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Armed Merchant Cruiser, mercantile conversion

Pendant Nos. M.73 (on coming into service), MI.88 (1.18). Built 1909, 12,077grt, 18.5kts, owned by Orient Line. Armament: 8-6in, 2-6pdr. Crew (7.15): 45 officers & 320 crew (bi). In service 11.11.14. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Sunk 23.7.17 by UC.49 near Rona, N. Minch. (British Warships 1914-1919)

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Notes:

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

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

Editor’s notes:

Positions (Latitude and Longitude) are given for noon each day, correcting or estimating the position given in the logs as appropriate. If exact times are not indicated in the log they have been estimated from the position of the entries (which show times on the left hand side of the log page).
Information about sea state is based on the Sea Disturbance Scale where “rough to very rough” indicates waves 5 to 10 feet from peak to trough, “high” indicates waves of 11 to 15 feet, “very high” indicates wave height of 16 to 35 feet and “phenomenal” indicates waves of 36 feet and above.
A note is made of numbers on sick list where this exceeds 5. This and other information from the log is included in square brackets [not in italics] if it is not to be found under “Remarks” on the right hand side of the page.
Additional information about geographical locations, terminology and about merchant and foreign naval ships encountered has been provided where identification is reasonably certain, by means of embedded links within the text.
Note also that when looking at the maps of the voyages of this ship there may be little apparent movement when Otway is on patrol, though she tends to cover between 200 and 250 miles per day, arriving back at a similar position at noon.

THE VOYAGES OF HMS OTWAY

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)

LOG BOOK – NOVEMBER 23RD 1914 TO MARCH 31ST 1915


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[Right hand side of cover, in poor condition, indicating Ship’s Log for HMS Otway from 23rd November 1914 to 31st March 1915]

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Log of HMS Otway

Commanded by Captain EL Booty RN

For the Period

Commencing

23rd November of 1914


Ending

31st March of 1915

Tonnage (Displacement)

9825 (light with boilers empty


Extreme Length

553 feet


Extreme Breadth

63ft 3 in


Engines

Manufacturer

Fairfield Co Ltd Glasgow


IHP

12000 Natural Draught


Description

Quadruple Expansion


When Fixed on Board

May 1909

Boilers

Manufacturer

Fairfield Co


Description

Cylindrical Scotch Type


When made

1909


When put in Vessel

May 1909 approx.

Screw Propeller

Manufacturer

Fairfield Co


Description

Two manganese bronze - four blades on each


General State of Repair

New

Signed EL Booty, Captain




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[Printed page of “Directions” on how the log is to be used and abbreviations for weather and sea conditions]


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Establishment of Ship’s Company

Officers

43

Seamen

137

Boys

0

Marines

38

Engine-room Establishment

85

Other non-executive ratings

46

Total

349


Barometer

Mercurial or Aneroid

Mercurial

Name of Maker and number

JJ Hicks, London MO 915

Height of cistern above sea

55 feet

Error of Mercurial Barometer

--


Thermometers for Air Temperature

Position in Ship

On Fore bridge

Whether in screen

In Screen

Maker and No

Negretti and Zambra MO 8064


J Hicks MO 1624

Thermometer for Sea Temperature

None


Position of Standard Compass

On upper bridge


Deviation of Standard Compass

Date obtained

Position

29th November 1914

Off Elbow Buoy, River Thames


Armament

Position

Nature and Number of Guns and Mountings

Four forward on C Deck

Eight 6” QF

Four aft on C Deck

PII Mounting

Fore end of B Deck

Two 6 pounder

Torpedo Armament


Nil



Boats

Number of Persons each carries

Length and Description


No.

53

28’ 0” x 8’ 8” x 3’ 7”

Cutter wooden

4

53

28’ 0” x 8’ 8” x 3’ 7”

Cutter wooden


53

28’ 0” x 8’ 8” x 3’ 7”

Cutter wooden


53

28’ 0” x 8’ 8” x 3’ 7”

Cutter wooden


21

24’ 0” x 6’ 35 “x 2’ 4”

Whaler wooden

2

21

24’ 0” x 6’ 35 “x 2’ 4”

Whaler wooden


50

28’ 0” x 9’ 0”

Rafts collapsible

4

50

28’ 0” x 9’ 0”

Rafts collapsible


50

28’ 0” x 9’ 0”

Rafts collapsible


50

28’ 0” x 9’ 0”

Rafts collapsible



Miscellaneous Information

Draught of water with Bunkers full, and complete with Provisions, Stores and Water

Forward

Aft


24’ 2”

25’ 3”


GM +3.32


Load draft

27’ 5”


Number of Tons necessary to increased draught 1 inch

62 (estimated)


Number of Tons of Coal Carried (43 cubic feet per ton)



(a) At load draught

2600


(b) With bunkers full



(c) In places other than Bunkers

400


Number of Tons of Oil Fuel carried

nil


Quantity of Water carried



(a) For Boilers

413 tons


(b) For Drinking

846 tons


Signed EL Booty, Captain RN, HG Staunton, Commander RNR, Navigating Officer



LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1914


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23 November 1914

At Tilbury Dock, Essex

Lat 51.5, Long 0.3

am: Ship commissioned by Captain EL Booty RN.

10.30am: Lieutenant Fry RNR, eight midshipmen RNR and 132 ratings joined ship.

Noon: Hands piped to dinner. Sub Lieutenant Uncles joined ship.

1.30pm: Both watches for exercise. Hands told off for various duties.

2.0pm: Sub Lieutenant C de Guerin joined ship.

6.0pm: Special leave to starboard watch till 7.0 am.

10.0pm: Lieutenant Smith RNR joined ship.


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24 November 1914

At Tilbury Dock, Essex

Lat 51.5, Long 0.3

9.0am: Hands stowing ammunitions and removing woodwork from ship.

11.0am: Sub Lieutenant Loraine RNR joined ship.

2.30pm: Gangway landed, ship hauled off to allow floating crane inside with guns for starboard bow.

3.0pm: Lieutenant Snow RNR and Sub Lieutenant McMillan joined ship.

4.0pm: Finished mounting guns.

4.45pm: Ship alongside, gangway rigged.

5.0pm: 20 RNVR ratings joined ship.

5.30pm: Special leave to Port watch till 7.00am.

6.15pm: Ceased loading ammunition.

8.45pm: One RNR Rating placed under sentry’s charge.


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25 November 1914

At Tilbury Dock, Essex

Lat 51.5, Long 0.3

11.30am: Tried Main Engines, steering gear, telegraphs and whistles and found same all correct.

1.15pm: Hands told off to load ammunition and remove wood work from ship.

1.20pm: One RNR rating sent to Chatham Hospital sick.

2.30pm: Receiving stores.

4.0pm: Finished loading ammunition.

5.30pm: Liberty party inspected. Leave till 7.0am.


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26 November 1914

At Tilbury Dock, Essex

Lat 51.5, Long 0.3

7.0am: Hands fall in - Removing ship’s fittings.

1.0pm: Seven ratings from Chatham joined ship.

4.0pm: Carpenter’s mate joined ship from Chatham.

5.0pm: Special leave to Port Watch.


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27 November 1914

At Tilbury Dock, Essex

Lat 51.5, Long 0.3

9.30am: Clothes given out to stokers.

10.30am: Seven bags of mail arrived on board.

1.45pm: PO and six men left for BOT [Board of Transport] offices.

3.10pm: Kingdom AB, absentee, returned on board.

5.0pm: Special leave to CPOs only to 10.0pm.

[Drizzly rain for most of day, temperature at noon 59F]


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28 November 1914

From Tilbury Dock, Essex to River

Lat 51.5, Long 0.4 [estimated]

1.15am: Slacked moorings.

5.30am: Shore gang fitting armour plates.

6.0am: Barge “Jack” arrived with stores for No 3.

8.0am: Special duty men to stations.

8.30am: Landed gangway. Proceeded towards locks. PLA [Port of London Authority] Pilot (Mr Langman) and tugs in attendance.

9.5am: In lock. 9.15am: Left lock. River pilot in attendance and proceeded to anchorage.

10.10am: Let go starboard anchor in 7 fathoms water veering chain to 60 fathoms.

11.20am: Fleet Surgeon Mahon [name inserted, indistinct, but appears later in log] joined ship.

4.0pm: Sunset. Anchor lights exhibited. Vessel slowly swinging to flood tide.

6.30pm: Three stokers joined ship.

6.45pm: One prisoner brought on board and placed under sentry’s charge. Vessel swung to flood tide.

10.10pm - 11.30pm: Vessel swinging to ebb tide.

[Noon Position: At anchor off Gravesend]

[Squally from 4am to 4pm, winds force 5 in am, force 4-7 at 4pm, then reducing]


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[Left hand side of page of Table of Deviations, Standard Compass, HMS Otway, 29 November 1914]

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29 November 1914

From Tilbury Docks or at Sea

Lat 51.5, Long 0.8 [estimated]

4.0am: Commenced swinging to flood.

5.20am: Round to flood tide.

7.30am: Defaulter handed over to engineers.

9.15am: Commenced to heave on anchor.

10.0am: Gave line from forward to tug “Falcon”.

10.2am: Anchor aweigh. Pilot (Mr Davis) in attendance, engines as required.

10.19am: Let go tug.

10.36am: Passed Ovens buoy.

11.25am: Passed Southend pier.

0.15pm: Passed Knob Buoy. 0.40pm: Edinburgh Light Vessel abeam.

1.0pm: Swung vessel for Compass adjustment, engines as required.

1.40pm: Full ahead. Finished adjustments.

3.30pm: Pilot away.

3.52pm: Dover Light abeam, distant 5 cables.

4.50pm: Lookouts placed.

5.10pm: Dungeness Light abeam, distant 1 mile.

6.55pm: Royal Sovereign Light Vessel abeam, distant 7 miles.

7.35pm: Beachy Head Light abeam.

Midnight: St Catherines Light bearing N10E.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 23 miles]

[Noon Position: Approaching Knob Buoy]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2996 tons, Oil 2208 gallons]

[Wind force 5 for most of am, increasing during pm, to force 8-9 at midnight, sea state rough in pm, temperature at noon 59F]


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30 November 1914

From Tilbury Docks, at Sea

Lat 49.9, Long -5.1

0.30pm: Lizard Light House abeam, distant 2.7 miles.

2.30pm: Wolf Rock Light House abeam, distant 3.5 miles.

3.12pm: Sevenstones Light Vessel abeam, distant 2 miles.

4.35pm: Placed lookouts.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 300 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: To position 2.5 miles South of Lizard Light House West 6.5 miles]

[Squally SW winds force 9-10 all am, with rain, reducing to force 7 to 6 in pm, sea state very rough to very high during day]



LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1914


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1 December 1914

From Tilbury Dock, at Sea

Lat 52.4, Long -10.8

2.0am: Observed Fastnet Rock Light bearing N43W(T).

4.10am: Fastnet Light abeam, distant 5.5 miles.

7.40pm: Eagle Island Light abeam, distant 10 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 287 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: To position 6 miles West of Black Rock N 7 15 S, 99.8 miles]

[Another squally day, winds force 8-9 with hail in am, force 7-8 most of pm, from W and S, sea state high to very high throughout the day]


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2 December 1914

From Tilbury Dock, at Sea

Lat 56.3, Long -7.4

[Sounding every 15 minutes from 10.0am to 0.15pm]

10.45am: Wind hauled to SW.

0.44pm: Skerryvore Light House abeam, distant 6 miles.

2.7pm: Dubh Artach Light House abeam, distant 1.8 miles.

3.30pm: Courses to Commodore’s [?] orders, sighted HMS “Teutonic” bearing SW.

9.13pm: Barra Head Light abeam N59E, 6 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 334 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: Noon Skerryvore Light House bore S79E. To position 1 mile North of Dubh Artach S76E, 26 miles]

[Barometric pressure low and dropping, down to 28.47 over 54 at midnight, winds gale force 8 from noon to 8pm, from SW, sea state high to very high all day]


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3 December 1914

From Tilbury Dock to Cruising

Lat 57.5, Long -8.5

3.26pm: Eastern end of St Kilda Island bearing N15W(C).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 249 miles]

[Apart from this log only records routine matters and changes in course and speed while patrolling/cruising. Weather still challenging, winds force 7 to 9 all day, mostly from W, sea state very rough to very high, noon temperature 44F, rain in early am, barometric pressure down to 28.38 over 52 at 4am, then rising slowly]


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4 December 1914

From Tilbury Dock to Cruising

Lat 58.2, Long -8.3

9.15am: Observed Flannan Isles Light House bearing S86E(T).

1.27pm: Sighted steamer four points on starboard how. 1.28pm: Increased to 70 revs, HMS Teutonic ahead, closed with vessel, “Otway” following.

2.33pm: Carried on zig zag tactics.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 211 miles]

[Wind down to force 3-4 at midday but force 7 to 9 in pm, rain most of pm, sea state high to very high all day, confused at times, barometric pressure falling again in pm]


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5 December 1914

From Tilbury Dock to Cruising

Lat 59.0, Long -8.6

3.45pm: Received signal from HMS Teutonic.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 146 miles]

[Barometric pressure still low but rising, winds NNE and Northerly, force 10 at 4am, gradually reducing to force 3 at midnight, sea state reducing from very high to very rough during day]


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6 December 1914

From Tilbury Dock to Cruising

Lat 58.9, Long -7.9

7.36am: Altered course S21E 3 miles astern of HMS “Teutonic”.

10.0am: Divisions - Ship’s Company and quarters inspected by Captain.

10.45am: Changed into hand gear.

11.15pm: Changed into main gear.

1.12pm: Stop. 1.13pm: Lowered away boat to board HMS Teutonic.

1.38pm: Boat returned. 1.45pm: Boat hoisted. 1.50pm: Full ahead.

4.0pm: Zig-zagging N2E and N42W every 15 minutes.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 170 miles]

[Winds force 2-3 initially, then rising during the day, to force 10 at midnight (with hail), sea state confused in am, rising to “phenomenal” (wave height 36ft and above) at midnight, noon temperature 42F, barometric pressure low and dropping during the day]


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7 December 1914

From Tilbury Dock to Cruising

Lat 60.9, Long -6.8

4.30am: Port DS Lead brass tube and 220 fathoms wire lost overboard by accident.

Noon: Lost overboard by accident DS Lead, brass tube and 90 fathoms wire for Kelvin sounder.

[Sounding from 11.50am to 3.54pm]

2.35pm: Observed land bearing S80E.

6.6pm: Sumbo [Sumba?] Light abeam, distant 9 miles.

11.0pm: Wet bulb [thermometer] broke.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 206 miles]

[Winds force 8 to 9 all day, rain all morning and at midnight, barometric pressure very low and variable, sea state from very rough to very high all day]


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8 December 1914

From Tilbury Dock to Cruising

Lat 60.4, Long -6.3

8.0am: Increased to 58 revs. Commenced zig-zagging.

9.0am: Zig-zagging every 15 minutes, mean course S16E.

1.30pm: Zigzag course altered to S29W and S51W every 15 minutes.

8.32pm: Observed Flannan Isles Light abeam bearing S54E, distant 8.6 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 201 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: To position off Flannan Island S22W, 136 miles]

[Another day with very strong winds, force 7 to 9 all day, barometric pressure low but rising, sea state high to very high most of the day, maximum temperature 43F, at midnight]


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9 December 1914

From Tilbury Dock to Cruising

Lat 55.2, Long -8.8

10.55am: Observed Knockfold [?] bearing N45E.

11.26am: Commenced zig zagging.

1.16pm: Tory Island Light House abeam, distant 2.5 miles.

6.32pm: Rathlin Island light abeam, distant 3.75 miles.

9.09pm: Maidens Light abeam bearing S52W.

11.48pm: Mull of Galloway Light abeam bearing N68E, distant 15.75 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 348 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: To position off Tory Island N78E, 20.5 miles]

[Winds force 5 to 6 in am, reducing to force 2 by midnight, rain on and off all day]


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10 December 1914

From Tilbury Dock to Cruising

Lat 53.5, Long -3.0 [estimated]

2.58am: Chicken Rock Light abeam, distant 4.5 miles.

8.47am: Observed Pilot boat. Rang ER [Engine Room] stand by, engines as required to pick up pilot.

9.14am: Pilot (Mr Mackintosh) boarded and proceeded.

10.53am: Fog set in, reduced speed.

11.11am: Let go Starboard anchor in 8 fathoms veering cable to 45 fathoms. Fog regulations strictly attended to.

[At anchor: C8 buoy bearing S16W magnetic distant 2 cables]

2.02pm: Anchor aweigh and proceeded towards Liverpool.

3.8pm: Dense fog. Let go Starboard anchor in 11.5 fathoms water veering cable to 45 fathoms. Fog regulations strictly attended to.

10.8pm: Anchor aweigh proceeded towards dock. Helm and engines to pilot’s directions.

10.55pm: Let go Starboard anchor in 11 fathoms, veering cable to 45 fathoms.

[Anchor bearings: Ship’s Head South, Seacombe Tower N62W, Entrance Light to Birkenhead Dock S69W]

[Course and Distance made good: Various 263 miles]

[Noon Position: Off C8 buoy, Mersey River]

[True Bearing and Distance: From anchorage to Liverpool Various 3. miles]

[Foggy from late am until after 8pm]


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11 December 1914

At Mersey River

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

3.10am: Anchor aweigh, engines as required awaiting orders to enter the lock. River pilot and 2 tugs in attendance.

5.55am: Let go Starboard anchor in 11 fathoms veering chain to 45 fathoms.

10.37am: Hove up anchor to change berth.

10.45am: Anchor aweigh, pilot in attendance, engines as required.

11.13am: Let go Starboard anchor in 12 fathoms veering cable to 45 fathoms.

[Anchor Bearings: Ship’s Head S25E, Seacombe Tower N34W, Tower on Lock entrance: N84W, Laviage Chimney S33.5W, Compass Bearings Deviation 1 degree E]

4.13pm: Anchor aweigh, pilot and 4 tugs in attendance.

5.15pm: Entered Birkenhead lock.

5.30pm: Arrived alongside of North wall of Lock and made fast.

[Birkenhead Docks]

[Misty in am, rain later on in day, winds force 4 to 5 all day, temperature 42F in pm]


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12 December 1914

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.30am: Let go from wharf and proceeded to berth in West Float. Pilot and 4 tugs in attendance. Engines as required.

9.14am: Arrived off berth. 9.31am: In berth and made fast.

9.33am: Finished with engines. Lowered gangway.

11am: Exercised Starboard watch at gun drill.

1.30pm: Exercise at gun drill.

2.0pm: Liberty men port watch ashore.

2.30pm: Stokers ashore on liberty.

5.15pm: Liberty party on shore.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1963 tons, Oil 2152 gallons]

[Rain throughout the morning]


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13 December 1914

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.40am: Gangway lifted.

7.45am: Hove ship off from wharf to allow coal lighter inside.

8.40am: Brow from shore rigged.

9.0am: Commenced coaling.

0.30pm: Ceased coaling for dinner.

1.0pm: Liberty party inspected.

1.30pm: Resumed coaling.

9.0pm: Ceased coaling for night.

[Rain at times, barometric pressure low and dropping, temperature 46F at 4 pm]


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14 December 1914

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: Hands told off to various duties and classes of instruction.

8.5am: Commenced coaling.

1.20pm: First part Starboard watch to field exercise. Second part Starboard watch to loader drill.

5.0pm: Liberty men inspected.

[Rain until 4pm, when barometric pressure started to rise slowly]


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15 December 1914

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: Hands told off to various duties and to classes of instruction in small arms drill.

9.30am: Clean guns.

0.30pm: Lighter with 200 tons sand ballast alongside.

1.15pm: Hands told off to trim ballast. Field exercise. Marines to loader.

7.30pm: Finished loading and trimming ballast.

10.45pm: Pilot aboard. D Vitters [?] breaking into ship fell overboard.

[This last entry leaves a number of unanswered questions!]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1935 tons, Oil 2148 gallons]

[Barometric pressure still rising slowly]


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16 December 1914

From Birkenhead to Sea

Lat 53.6, Long -3.7

[Draft Leaving: Forward 21’ 3”, Aft 26’ 6”]

6.10am: Landed brow. 6.45am: Two tugs alongside.

7.20am: Commenced to haul away from berth, three tugs and pilot in attendance, engines as required.

8.27am: Fast in lock.

9.2am: Cleared lock, pointed vessel full ahead

9.30am: Passed Rock Light House.

10.44am: Pilot away. Full ahead 50 revs.

4.52pm: Chickens Rock Light abeam.

9.13pm: Mull of Galloway Light abeam, bearing S85E, distant 14 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 28 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: To position off Chicken Rock N63W (True), 47 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2884 tons, Oil 2138 gallons] [which indicates, compared to previous day, coal taken in but not oil]

[Wind force 5 in pm, temperature 46F at 4 pm]


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17 December 1914

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.2, Long -7.4

1.30am: Sanda Island Light abeam, distant 11 miles.

7.57am: Oversay Point abeam, distant 3.8 miles. Commenced zigzagging every 15 minutes.

[Sounding every 15 to 30 minutes from 11.40am to 3.45pm]

5.0pm: Read Warrants Nos 1 and 2.

6.53pm: Monarch Island Light abeam, distant 8 miles.

Midnight: Flannan Isles Light S18W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 207 miles]

[Wind increasing during am, force 7 at noon and 4pm, then reducing, sea state high in middle of day, reducing to rough later, rain in middle of day, temperature peaked at 52F at 8pm]


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18 December 1914

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -5.1

8.0am: Commenced zig zagging. WT and signal books correct.

am: Watch employed at instructional classes in seamanship and small arm drill.

10.0am: Observed trawler, signalled her to stop.

11.30am: Fired blank charge for trawler to heave to. Spoke Trawler "Martineta" GY505 [listed here] of Grimsby, all correct. Ordered her to Lerwick for orders, Lat 59 58 N, Long 5 00 W.

0.10pm: Proceeded on course, zigzagging 2 points.

2.54pm: Stopped. Spoke Trawler "Newland" H713, all correct. Ordered to Lerwick for orders.

[Lat 59 42 N, Long 4 00 W]

2.59pm: Proceeded at 60 Revs. Exercised ammunition parties. Watch on deck at small arms and gun’s crews at 6 inch drill.

4.25pm: Increased to 70 Revs. Exercised General Quarters.

6.0pm: Observed Suleskerry Light bearing S8W(T), 13.5 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 293 miles]

[Wind force 5 to 6 and sea state rough for most of day]


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19 December 1914

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.2, Long -4.5

8.0am: Commenced zig-zagging. WT and signal books correct.

am: Watch employed at instructional classes at loader and First Aid.

10.10am: Observed stranger on port bow.

11.40am: Stand by, courses and speeds as required to close with vessel.

11.45am: Stop. Spoke SS Rhodesia of Copenhagen [listed here] bound for Pacific coast, allowed her to proceed.

[Lat 60 10 N, Long 4 31 W]

11.55am: Full ahead.

0.58pm: Stand by. Dropped target for practice purposes, courses and speeds various as required for gun practice and picking up target.

2.56pm: Full ahead zig-zagging.

6.32pm: Suleskerry Light bearing S40W.

10.45pm: Observed vessel 2 points on Port bow, steering ESE approx.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 214 miles]


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20 December 1914

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.6, Long -3.9

8.25am: Sighted stranger, courses and speeds as required to close with same.

8.51am: Sent away boat. Examined Russian SS “Burevesnik” [probably Burevestnik], allowed her to proceed.

[Lat 60 51 N, Long 4 03 W]

9.45am: Hoisted boat. 9.58am: Proceeded at 60 revs.

10.40am: Sighted stranger, courses and speeds as required to close with same. Spoke SS JW Fordney (USA) [Joseph W Fordney], in ballast for New York.

[Lat 60 44 N, Long 3 47 W]

11.14am: Ordered her to proceed. Full ahead, zigzagging 2 points.

4.30pm: Stopped zigzagging.

6.12pm: Suleskerry Light bearing S7W.

8.50pm: Observed stranger bearing S86E.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 165 miles]


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21 December 1914

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.1, Long -4.3

8.55am: Sighted stranger. Increased to 70 revs.

9.0am: Reduced zigzag from 22 degrees to 15 degrees on either side.

9.55am: Courses and speeds as required to close with stranger.

10.12am: Spoke British SS Suruza [?] of Liverpool from Archangel to Ardrossan in ballast.

[Lat 60 25 N, Long 4 12 W]

10.20am: Ordered her to proceed. Full ahead, 60 revs.

10.27am: Zigzagging 22 degrees either side.

am: Crew drilling at 6 inch guns - squad drill, physical and small arm drill.

1.25pm: General Quarters. 6 inch gun drill and target practice with 1 inch aiming rifle, courses and speeds as required for same.

4.37pm: Suleskerry Light bearing S39W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 219 miles]


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22 December 1914

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.7, Long -4.2

6.5am: Exercised General Quarters.

8.0am: Commenced zigzagging 2 points on either side.

9.3am: Stand by, courses and speeds as required to close with stranger.

9.20am: Sent away seaboat.

9.30am: Boarded SS “Steana Romana” [?], examined papers and searched ship.

[Lat 60 39 N, Long 4 10 W]

11.0am: Boarding officer returned.

11.20am: Vessel reboarded. Master of same and ship’s papers conveyed to “Otway” for further examination. Crew at Physical, gun and small arm drills.

0.20pm: SS Steana Romana allowed to proceed.

0.45pm: Full ahead, 70 revs, zigzagging.

2.21pm: Observed stranger, increased to 80 revs.

4.30pm: Stopped zigzagging.

5.0pm: Read Warrant No 3.

6.27pm: Suleskerry Light bearing S291/2W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 165 miles]

[Exceptional visibility throughout the day]


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23 December 1914

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.1, Long -4.3

[Nothing of note in log, just routine entries as shown here as an example:]

2.0am: Rounds visited.

4.0am: WT and signal books correct.

7.54am: Increased to 60 revs.

8.0am: Commenced zigzag. WT and signal books correct.

9.0am: Hands at physical - loader and small arms drill.

Noon: WT and signal books correct.

4.0pm: Reduced to 50 revs. WT and signal books correct.

4.15pm: Stopped zig-zagging.

4.23pm: Reduced to 35 revs.

8.0pm: WT and signal books correct. Increased to 60 revs.

10.0pm: Rounds visited.

Midnight: WT and signal books correct.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 226 miles]


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24 December 1914

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -8.2

2.30am: Starboard guns crews close up to guns.

8.15am: Commenced zigzagging.

1.17pm: Stand by. 1.20pm: Half speed. Dropped target over. General Quarters, gun firing practice.

2.42pm: Target aboard. Full ahead 60 revs.

4.30pm: Ceased zigzagging.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 268 miles]

[Winds force 3 to 4 all day, from S and E, barometric pressure relatively high, maximum temperature 44F at noon and 4pm]


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25 December 1914

Lat 60.5, Long -7.9

1am: Port guns crews closed up to guns and telaupads tested.

[telaupads are headphones - see http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org/tfs/index.php/Telaupad ]

10.30am: Divisions. Ship’s Company to prayers. [Presumably because this is Christmas Day]

3.45pm: Sounding every 15 minutes.

4.45pm: Ceased sounding.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 230 miles]

[Winds force 6 to 7 for most of day, SSE and S, sea state rough to very rough, temperature 43 to 44 all day, rain from time to time]


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26 December 1914

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.4, Long -6.8

am: Hands at small arm drill and seamanship classes.

5.20pm: Suleskerry Light abeam, distant 9 miles.

7.0pm: No 3 Port and Starboard guns crews mustered.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 230 miles]

[Winds between force 9 and 5-6 in am, force 7-8 to 5-6 in pm, mostly from S and W, sea state generally rough to very rough, rain all morning, barometric pressure low but rising from 8am]


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27 December 1914

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -4.2

1.0am: Port guns crews closed up and control communications tested.

8.18pm: Observed Suleskerry Light bearing S46W, distant 21 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 228 miles]

[Winds increasing from force 7 at 4am to force 11-10 (SE) at midday, force 8 then 7 in pm, sea state high for most of day, barometric pressure generally quite low]


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28 December 1914

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.2, Long -4.1

1.0am: Starboard guns crews closed up and control tested.

8.30am: Commenced zigzagging, increased to 60 revs.

10.0am: Hands at physical and small arm drill, cleaning guns.

5.0pm: Ceased zigzagging.

6.55pm: Closed up Starboard guns crews.

7.0pm: Commenced zig-zagging.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 212 miles]

[Winds force 5/6 early am, then dropping to force 1-2 in evening, noon temperature 41F]


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29 December 1914

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.7, Long -4.6

10.25am: Stopped, lowered boat with boarding party. Hands at General Quarters and Fire drill.

11.20am: Boarding party returned from SS Elsborg of Copenhagen.

1.12pm: Boat returned to SS Elsborg with prize crew (Sub Lieutenant de Guerrin [elsewhere given as de Guerin] in charge, Midshipman Wells).

[Lat 60 42 N, Long 4 34 W]

1.38pm: Boat returned and hoisted.

5.7pm: Ceased zig-zagging.

10.30pm: Starboard guns crews closed up.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 201 miles]


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30 December 1914

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -4.2

am: Hands to physical and small arm drill and First aid class.

11.0am: Turned ship around to investigate object in water resembling mine.

11.24am: Destroyed object and proceeded.

0.30pm: Sighted steamer "Olaf Kyrre" of Bergen [probably this ship].

0.55pm: Signalled instructions for her to proceed to Kirkwall. Engines and course as required to keep station on steamer till 2.55pm.

[Lat 60 18 N, Long 4 16 W]

2.55pm: Proceeded at 60 revs.

9.18pm: Observed Suleskerry Light bearing S25W, reduced to 45 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 231 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Winds force 2 to 4 in am, then increasing to force 8-9, from SSE, at 8pm, sea state high at 8pm, barometric pressure dropping during day, temperature in low 40’sF]


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31 December 1914

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.3, Long -4.2

1.0am: Sighted SS “Oria” of Christiania, engines and courses as required. Instructed steamer to proceed to Kirkwall.

[Lat 59 58 N, Long 4 10 W]

1.54am: Proceeded on course again. Port guns crews closed up.

8.30am: Resumed zig zagging.

am: Hands at physical, small arms and 6 inch gun drill.

6.30pm: Suleskerry Light bearing S81/2W, distant 11 miles. Guns crews closed up.

[Distance run through the Water: 246.4 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Light winds in am, force 5 in pm, barometric pressure generally low, noon temperature 40F]



LOGS FOR JANUARY 1915


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1 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -4.5

3.5am: Stand by, approached Norwegian SS Tholma of Arendal.

[Lat 60 30 N, Long 5 25 W]

3.38am: Resumed course and speed.

5.30am: Sighted stranger.

6.30am: Signalled SS “Liv” Norwegian from New York to [blank], ordered her to Kirkwall.

[Lat 60 50 N, Long 5 20 W]

am: Cautioned Probationary Sub Lieutenant Robert McMillan RNR for inattention to his duty during the morning watch of 1st January 1915. Signed EL Booty Captain and R MacMillan Sub Lieut RNR. [Note the two alternative spellings of the officer’s name]

10.0am: Revolutions as required to keep station with SS “Liv”.

2.0pm: Speeds as required for keeping station.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 194 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Winds force 7 to 6 in am, force 8 to 7 in pm, from S and E, sea state rough to high all day, barometric pressure still low, temperature round 45F all day]


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2 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.3, Long -2.3

2.30am: Sounded in 50 fathoms, sand. Speeds as requisite keeping station on convoy.

[Sounding every 30 minutes from 3.30am to 9.30am]

10.0am: Hands cleaning paintwork, flats and magazines. [While a gale raged outside]

10.37am: Dennis Head Light House abeam, distant 3 miles.

pm: Speeds as required to keep station.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 102 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Wind gale force 8 all am, force 7 to 6 in pm, mostly from SE, sea state high to very high for much of day, barometric pressure dropping until noon (when 28.44 over 51), temperature 44F]


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3 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.0, Long -3.0 [estimated]

9.10am: Auskerry Light House abeam, distant 1 mile, N and E.

10.0am: Ship’s Company at divisions and prayers.

11.21am: Anchored in 9 fathoms with 45 fathoms of cable on port anchor.

0.40pm: Sub Lieutenant de Guerrin's [elsewhere given as de Guerin] prize crew returned on board.

2.45pm: Whaler returned from shore.

3.7pm: Anchor aweigh and proceeded out of harbour.

7.30pm: Commenced zig zagging.

8.0pm: Ceased zig zags. WT and signal books correct.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 118 miles]

[Noon Position: At Kirkwall]

[Barometric pressure low but rising, winds force 2 to 5 during day, rain at midnight]


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4 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -5.0

8.30am: Resumed zig zagging.

am: Hands at signalling class, small arm, squad and physical drill.

11.55am: Observed two 4 funnelled cruisers on port bow steering WSW (approx).

1.40pm: Dropped target over for firing practice with 1 inch aiming tube.

3.12pm: Full ahead, resumed zig-zagging.

5.30pm: Ceased zig zagging.

8.30pm: Resumed zig zagging.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 243 miles]


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5 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.8, Long -6.9

9.0am: Read Warrant No 4.

9.20am: Observed HMS Bayano, speed as required to keep station.

11.0am: Hands at sightsetting instruction, signals and small arm and 6 inch gun drill.

5.0pm: Stopped zig zagging.

11.0pm: Resumed zig zagging.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 232 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Winds force 6 to 7 in am, force 8 for most of pm, sea state high at 4pm, then reducing, rain on and off during day]


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6 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.6, Long -6.8

8.50am: Observed schooner.

9.27am: Altered course to close with schooner.

9.35am: Sub Lieutenant de Guerrin boarded schooner Valkyrian ex Liverpool for Gothenburg.

[Lat 60 51 N, Long 7 00 W]

10.20am: Ordered same to proceed.

0.2pm: Engines and course as required to sink buoy.

5.30pm: Ceased zig zagging.

6.0pm: Closed guns crews up.

10.7pm: Resumed zig zagging.

10.15pm: Observed Sydero Light bearing N51E.

10.55pm: Observed Sydero Light bearing N59E, distant 27 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 223 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Winds force 4 to 5 for most of day]


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7 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.1, Long -6.1

4.17am: Lowered boat, boarded SS "Arnold Maersk", Swedish steamer [probably this Danish ship].

[Lat 60 33 N, Long 6 47 W]

5.0am: Signalled SS “Oskar Fredrik” [probably Oscar Fredrik], Stockholm for Barry.

6.0am: Sent prize crew under Sub Lieutenant MacMillan to “Arnold Maersk”.

am: Hands at physical drill and sightsetting instruction.

1.7pm: Reduced to 48 revs. Various courses and speeds to close with HMS Oropesa.

1.15pm: Boat from “Oropesa” arrived alongside for letters[?].

1.52pm: Full ahead, 70 revs.

3.45pm: Lowered boat, boarded SS Harald of Bergen.

[Lat 60 6 N, Long 5 34 W]

4.44pm: Boat hoisted. 4.49pm: Full ahead, 60 revs zigzagging.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 188 miles]

[Number on sick list: 9]

[Wind force 7 at 4am, then reducing, down to force 1 at midnight, barometric pressure fairly low and dropping, temperature 42F all pm]


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8 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -6.5

9.48am: General Quarters for target practice with 1 inch aiming rifle.

11.0am: Tested magazine flooding arrangements.

2.0pm: Observed stranger, engines and courses as required.

2.39pm: Lowered boat, boarded motor ship SS “Fiona” of Copenhagen [listed here].

[Lat 60 9 N, Long 6 00 W]

3.3pm: Boat hoisted. 3.5pm: Full ahead.

8.16pm: Courses and speeds as required to close with SS “Llama”[?].

8.40pm: Permitted SS “Llama” to proceed with prize crew from HMS “Oropesa”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 241 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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9 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.7, Long -7.0

10.0am: Commenced zigzagging.

5.7pm: Ceased zig zagging.

6.22pm: Observed stranger, courses and speeds as required to close with same.

6.40pm: Spoke HMS “Hilary”.

7.52pm: Full ahead, 52 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 236 miles]

[Winds force 4 to 6 in am, calm from 8pm onwards, temperature at noon 39F]


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10 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.8, Long -6.4

10.15am: Boat from HMS "Digby" alongside.

10.20am: Boat left. 10.21am: Proceeded full ahead, 56 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 220 miles]

[Wind increased to force 5 at midday, between force 6 and 4 in pm, with rain, barometric pressure low and dropping]


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11 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.1, Long -8.8

4.17am: Observed stranger, engines and courses as required.

5.0am: Spoke Swedish SS Vesterland from New Orleans.

[Lat 60 10 N, Long 8 18 W]

5.15am: Ordered same to proceed. Full ahead, 55 revs.

0.57pm: Increased to 70 revs - observed stranger.

0.58pm: Increased to 80 revs courses and speeds as required to close SS Bulto of Haagesund [Haugesund].

[Lat 60 12 N, Long 9 8 W]

2.18pm: Full ahead 52 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 235 miles]

[Rain all am, barometric pressure rising in pm]


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12 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -9.4

4.10am: Observed stranger, courses and speeds as required to close with same.

5.0am: Stopped SS Randulf Hansen of Arandel [Arendal] from Christiansund for Baltimore.

[Lat 60 00 N, Long 9 57 W]

5.16am: Allowed same to proceed. Full ahead, 56 revs.

1.54pm: Observed stranger, courses and speeds as required.

2.0pm: Lowered boat, boarded SS “California”, Danish steamer [listed here].

[Lat 59 54 N, Long 8 46 W]

2.50pm: Boat hoisted. Full ahead, 60 revs.

5.10pm: Sighted four battleships led by HMS St Vincent.

5.30pm: Ceased zig zagging.

5.40pm: Sighted five ships on Starboard bow led by HMS Marlborough.

10.30pm: Butt of Lewis Light S23.5E, 23 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 220 miles]

[Winds force 3 to 5 during the day, rain at times]


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13 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.6, Long -6.3

9.20am: Observed stranger courses and speeds as required.

11.41am: Lowered boat and sent away prize crew under Sub Lieutenant de Guerin to SS “Casique” of New York [Cacique (2) listed here].

[Lat 59 38 N, Long 6 16 W]

0.44pm: Hoisted boat. 0.50pm: Full ahead at 58 revs.

3.35pm: Observed land bearing S10W.

3.40pm: Observed five warships, spoke same.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 232 miles]

[Winds force 6 to 5 with rain in am, force 6 to 7 in pm with sea state rough to very rough]


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14 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.7, Long -6.7

8.26am: Stop. Spoke SS Nero of Hull [Nero (2) listed here], ordered her to Kirkwall.

[Lat 59 26 N, Long 6 30 W]

8.48am: Full ahead, 52 revs.

9.10am: Observed Suleskerry bearing S2W.

10.0am: Resumed zig zagging. Read Warrant No 5.

am: Hands at physical drill, mustering bags, squad drill and loader.

11.41pm: Flannan Isles Light abeam S25E, 18 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 227 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Winds force 4 to 5 in am, 6 to 7 in pm, sea state becoming very rough in evening]


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15 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.3, Long -9.2

am: Hands mustering bags and at guns.

6.35pm: Tory Island Light abeam, distant 1 mile.

8.48pm: Inishtrahull Light abeam, distant 7 cables.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 286 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Winds force 8 or 9 with sea state very rough to high until 4pm, then force 3-4 with quieter seas]


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16 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising [actually in Mersey at noon]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

0.30am: Maidens Light abeam, distant 7.5 miles.

1.35am: Mew Island Light abeam, distant 4.5 miles.

7.45am: Observed Bar Light Vessel S45E.

8.20am: Engines as required to pick up pilot.

8.30am: Pilot (Mr H Hood) aboard.

9.0am: Courses and speeds as required awaiting tide.

10.24am: Passed Bar Light Vessel.

0.21pm: Let go Starboard anchor in 13 fathoms water veering chain to 60 fathoms.

[Anchor Bearings: Ship’s Head S35W, Laviage Tower S27W, Seacombe Tower N43W, Liver Clock S61E, all Compass Bearings]

5.0pm: Tug left with Starboard watch for shore on Xmas leave.

11.20pm: Commenced to heave up anchor.

11.40pm: Anchor aweigh. Helm and engines to pilot’s directions. Proceeded towards dock assisted by four tugs.

11.52pm: Entered lock.

[Winds varying between force 8 and force 5 at different times during day, noon temperature 44F]


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17 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising [at Birkenhead]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

0.10am: Entered Alfred Dock

0.58am: Proceeded to berth.

1.27am: Arrived off berth.

1.42am: In berth and moored as customary. 1.48am: Let go all tugs.

Noon: Four sick men left for hospital.

4.0pm, 8.0pm, Midnight: Rounds made all correct.

[Coal Remaining: 910 tons][Oil no longer being mentioned in log]


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18 January 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.15am: Breasted ship off wharf to let coal lighters inside.

8.0am: Commenced coaling.

1.0pm: Sub Lieutenant McMillan returned.

4.30pm: First half of Port watch for liberty.

10.0pm: Ceased coaling for night.


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19 January 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Breasted ship off wharf assisted by tug aft, to allow coal barges inside.

8.0am: Ship fast. Resumed coaling.

9.45am: Party landed to fetch arms from HMS “Eagle”.

am: Hands employed getting 6 pounder gun fittings aboard and washing paint work.

5.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

6.50pm: Eased ship off to shift coal lighters.

7.45pm: Ship fast.


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20 January 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Shifted ship to allow coal lighters out.

am: Hands employed washing paint work, painting ship and remounting search lights.

pm: Hands employed getting ammunition aboard and deck stores.

pm: Read Warrants Nos 6 and 7.

4.45pm: Sub Lieutenant de Guerin and prize crew returned.

5.15pm: Sentries posted.

Midnight: Sub Lieutenant Uncles rejoined.


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21 January 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: Sub Lieutenant Loraine rejoined.

9.0am: Hauled ship off quay to shift coal lighters. Read Warrant No 8.

am: Hands employed cleaning ship and bringing stores aboard. Mounting 6 pounder guns.

4.0pm: Liberty party ashore.

[Noon temperature 38F]


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22 January 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

2.30am: Midshipman Hardwich rejoined ship.

7.0am: Lieutenant Smith RNR, Paymaster Windle and Midshipman Haggard rejoined.

8.15am: Midshipman Prest rejoined.

10.45am: Ship hauled alongside.

11.20am: Fleet Surgeon Mahon rejoined.

pm: Hands employed cleaning guns and paintwork.

2.0pm: Lieutenant Commander Hamilton rejoined.

5.30pm: Liberty party ashore. Sentries posted.

[Coal Remaining: 2955 tons]


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23 January 1915

To Sea or at Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.30pm: Pilot aboard.

2.0pm: Let go from wharf assisted by four tugs.

2.40pm: Entered lock.

3.26pm: Proceeded out of basin. 3.40pm: Cleared lock

3.50pm: Pilot left. Full ahead and proceeded down river.

4.10pm: Rock Light abeam.

4.45pm: Passed Formby Light Vessel.

5.9pm: Set speed 70 Revs.

5.49pm: NW Light Vessel abeam 2.5 miles. Read Warrant No 10.

8.0pm: Read Warrant No 9.

8.50pm: Observed Chicken Rock Light bearing N5W.

9.32pm: Chicken Rock Light abeam bearing N69E. Reduced to 62 Revs.

10.52pm: South Rock Light bearing N17W.

11.37pm: South Rock Light abeam S83W, 3.5 miles.

11.55pm: Mew Light bearing N13W. Reduced to 60 Revs.


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24 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.2, Long -7.1

4.38am: Mull of Cantyre Light abeam 6.5 miles.

7.25am: Oversay Light abeam 3 miles.

9.22am: Stand by, engines and courses as required to close with stranger.

9.35am: Lowered boat, boarded Danish trawler “Jon Forseti” of Reykjavik.

[Lat 55 46 N, Long 6 48 W]

10.20am: Full ahead.

10.30am: Divisions. Ship’s Company to prayers.

Noon: Commenced zigzagging.

3.39pm: Barra Head abeam 2.9 miles.

6.38pm: Monarch [Monach] Island Light abeam 7.5 miles.

8.14pm: Flannan Isles Light bearing N45.5E.

9.50pm: Flannan Isles Light abeam 10.5 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 232.5 miles]

[Winds force 5 in pm, sea state very rough at midnight]


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25 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.5, Long -9.4

2.0am: Port guns crews closed up.

am: Hands at physical drill.

5.15pm: Close up guns crews.

5.50pm: Observed Sydero Light bearing N20E, 6.75 miles.

9.0pm: Closed up 6 pounder guns crews.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 340 miles]


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26 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.3, Long -5.8

[Sounding at 9.15am and 9.30am]

am: Hands at loader and signal classes.

1.17pm: Stand by. 1:37pm: Spoke steam trawler Bravo of Aberdeen No A305 [listed here], left Aberdeen 12th January and remaining out for another two days.

[Lat 61 9 N, Long 6 24 W]

1.42pm: Full ahead.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 298 miles]

[Rain at times during day, noon temperature 44F]


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27 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.2, Long -6.2

9.0am: Hands at physical and boat drill, Port watch First aid and gun drill.

4.14pm: Spoke Trawler "Ben Hope" of Aberdeen A285 [listed here], ordered her to Lerwick.

[Lat 61 4 W, Long 7 25 W]

4.59pm: Spoke trawler “An Ford Meyville” [Ann Ford Melville] A365 [listed here], Aberdeen to Lerwick.

[Lat 61 34 N, Long 7 22 W]

5.2pm: Full ahead.

6.18pm: Myggenaes Light bearing N22E.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 288 miles]


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28 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.0, Long -6.9

[A fairly typical day at sea with not much happening - routine entries (excluding changes in speed) included below as an example:]

2.0am: Rounds made.

4.0am: WT and Signal books correct.

[Soundings at 6.30, 7.00, 7.15 and 8.0 and 8.35am]

7.45am: Close up guns crews.

8.0am: WT and Signal books correct

9.0am: Hands at physical and signalling drill.

10.45am: Various courses to close with HMS Cedric.

11.22am: Cedric’s boat alongside.

11.29am: Full ahead.

Noon: WT and Signal books correct.

1.35pm: General Quarters - 1 inch aiming practice, engines as required.

2.29pm: Target aboard. 2.30pm: Full ahead.

3.30pm: Changed from main to hand steering gear.

4.0pm: Changed to main gear. WT and Signal books correct.

5.17pm: Exercised Fire drill.

7.10pm: Closed up guns crews.

8:00pm: WT and Signal books correct,

10:00pm: Rounds made.

Midnight: WT and Signal books correct.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 284 miles]


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29 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.8, Long -9.3

9.0am: Hands at physical drill and overhauling boat gear.

10.20am: Spoke ST Electra, Iceland for Lerwick, H661 [listed here].

[Lat 62 46 N, Long 8 55 W]

10.53am: Spoke ST Virgilia CY1200 [GY registration, rather than CY - ship listed here] from Lerwick for Iceland.

[Lat 62 36 N, Long 9 04 W]

10.55am: Proceeded S78W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 243 miles]


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30 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -10.8

am: Hand at physical drill, scrubbing decks and flats.

11.25am: Stopped and spoke ST Canton of Grimsby for Lerwick.

[Lat 62 14 N, Long 10 51 W]

11.36: Sea boat away with mail. 11.50am: Sea boat returned. Full ahead.

4.48pm: Courses and speeds as required to close with object in water. Sank same. 5.2pm: Full ahead.

7.8pm: Courses and speeds as required to close with stranger.

9.20pm: Spoke ST Fawn of Grimsby [listed here] for Iceland.

[Lat 62 15 N, Long 10 16 W]

9.25pm: Full ahead.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 276 miles]


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31 January 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.2, Long -11.1

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 280 miles]

[A day of routine cruising/patrolling. Wind force 4 or 5 from 8am onwards, rain at times, barometric pressure fairly low, noon temperature 43F]



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1915


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1 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -11.1

7.45am: Sighted stranger, closed up guns crews.

8.55am: Increased to 66 revs. Courses as required to close with stranger,

9.20am: Fired a blank charge,

9.27am: Spoke ST Braconmoor A164 from Lerwick.

[Lat 62 31 N, Long 10 23 W]

9.40am: Proceeded.

am: Hands at physical drill and signal classes. Forward Supply party cleaning magazine, after supply party small arm drill.

7.50pm: Increased to 65 revs and altered course to close with stranger.

8.55pm: Closed with SS Esbjerg of Aarhus [Esbjerg (1) listed here] previously examined by HMS “Mantua”.

9.0pm: Reduced to 52 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 266 miles]

[Winds variable, force 6 in middle of day, barometric pressure relatively low, temperature 40F or most of day]


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2 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.2, Long -11.0

[Course and Distance made good: Various 234 miles]

[Log only records routine matters while cruising/patrolling. Windy from 8am onwards, up to force 8 at midnight, hail all pm, barometric pressure very low and falling, down to 28.35 over 52 at midnight, when sea state very high]


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3 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -10.4

[Course and Distance made good: Various 225 miles]

[Log records only routine matters but another very windy day, from S and W and S and E, down to force 5/6 in middle of day but up to force 10 at midnight, rain from noon to 8pm, sea state high to very high most of day, barometric pressure somewhat variable but generally very low]


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4 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -4.6

[Course and Distance made good: Various 241 miles]

[Log shows routine matters, still very windy in am (force 6 to 9), force 9/10 at 4pm, then force 5, mostly from S and W, barometric pressure rising, sea state generally high to very high, temperature 46F at noon]


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5 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.2, Long 0.4

6.0pm: Maximum roll Port 35 degrees, Starboard 26 degrees.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 213 miles]

[Apart from this log only shows routine matters on another very windy day, force 7 to 9 from 8am onwards, mostly from S, rain (sometimes heavy) for most of day, sea state very rough to high]


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6 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.8, Long -5.5

6.0am: Lost lead tube and 100 fathoms wire through wire parting.

am: Hands scrubbing decks, supply parties stripping 6 pounder guns.

3.30pm: Lost lead tube and 100 fathoms wire through wire parting.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 245 miles]

[Sounding in am and pm, very windy again, force 7 to 9 all day, mostly from S and E, rain at times, sea state very rough to very high, barometric pressure rising]


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7 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.0, Long -6.4

[Course and Distance made good: Various 216 miles]

[Log just records routine matters, changes in speeds and soundings. Winds force 7 to 9 all day, mostly S and SSE, sea state generally high, temperature at noon 40F]


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8 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.8, Long -4.7

[Course and Distance made good: Various 140.5 miles]

[Still cruising/patrolling to and fro. Still very windy, force 6 to 9 all day, from S and E, squally with rain, hail and snow all day, sea state very rough to high, noon temperature 36F]


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9 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -5.5

[Course and Distance made good: Various 209 miles] [Again nothing of particular note in log, wind force 7 at 4am, reducing to force 4 later in day]


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10 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.8, Long -7.0

9.0am: Hands at physical drill, squad and gun drill, overhauling boats falls, signal class and scrubbing decks.

0.19pm: Stand by, observed stranger.

0.30pm: Stop. Courses and speeds as required to close with same,

0.35pm: Spoke ST “Conisboro Castle” GY533 [listed here].

[Lat 62 42 N, Long 7 00 W]

0.47pm: Full ahead.

5.33pm: Stop. Spoke ST “Stalwart” of Hull H213 [listed here] from Faeroe Islands to Iceland.

[Lat 62 50 N, Long 9 14 W]

5.55pm: Full ahead.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 230 miles]


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11 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.8, Long -6.9

1.16pm: Stopped and dropped target overside for 1 inch aiming tube practise. Engines and courses as required.

2.28pm: Target aboard. Full ahead.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 231 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Winds force 3 to 4 all day, noon temperature 45F]


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12 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.7, Long -5.2

9.31am: Stopped for 6 inch target practice. Engines and courses as required.

0.57pm: Target on board. Full ahead.

4.5pm: Stand by. Courses and speeds as required to close with stranger.

4.17pm: Spoke ST “Strathugie” A61.

[Lat 62 28 N, Long 6 10 W]

4.25pm: Full ahead.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 195 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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13 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.7, Long -7.0

7.0am: Observed stranger, courses and speeds as required to close with same.

8.10am: Lowered sea boat, boarded SS “Trondhjiemfiord“ [Trondhjemsfjord] of Christiania - New York for Trondhjiem [Trondhjem]. Sent prize crew under Sub Lieutenant de Guerin aboard.

[Lat 62 47 N, Long 6 24 W]

10.20am: Seaboat hoisted. Full ahead at 55 revs.

1.36pm: Sighted HMS “Mantua”. Increased to 70 rev. Spoke same.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 194 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Wind force 5 for most of day]


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[Repeat of 13 February]


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14 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.6, Long -8.0

10.0am: Divisions. Read articles of war and certificates. Divine Service.

1.45pm: Stand by. 1.47pm: Slow. Spoke ST Elf King H1012 [listed here]. Iceland to Lerwick for orders.

[Lat 62 41 N, Long 8 43 W]

1.57pm: Full ahead.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 227.5 miles]

[Winds force 5 to 6 in am, with snow at noon, reducing to force 4 to 5 in pm, noon temperature 37F]


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[Repeat of 14 February]


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15 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.7, Long -7.8

8.45am: Altered course to close with stranger. Spoke ST “Strathclunie” A585 [actually A583, listed here]. Left Aberdeen on Monday, returns when loaded with fish.

[Lat 62 32 N, Long 7 02 W]

9.24am: Full ahead both.

10.0am: Supply party 6 pounder gun drill, painting and cleaning decks. Aired and inspected bedding.

1.6pm: Stopped and spoke British trawler “Vonolel” GY628.

[Lat 62 40 N, Long 8 10 W]

1.11pm: Proceeded 55 revs.

5.0pm: Read Warrant No 11.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 204 miles]

[Snow in pm, heavy at times, noon temperature 39F]


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16 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.7, Long -7.9

9.0am: Hands at signalling class. Guns layers and sightsetters tests. Aired and inspected bedding.

3.5pm: Signalled HMS “Columbella”.

11.55pm: Observed Myggenaes Light bearing S8E.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 216 miles]


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17 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -8.4

9.0am: Hands at small arm drill, signal class, painting and cleaning ship.

5.0pm: Ceased zig zagging. Lost lead, brass tube and wire overboard.

9.30pm: Passed HMS Virginian.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 220 miles]

[Barometric pressure dropping all day, winds force 6 in am, force 8 to 10 in pm, sea state high to very high in pm, rain during evening]


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18 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -8.0

7.23am: Observed Myggenaes Light bearing S73E.

11.45pm: Observed Myggenaes Light bearing S61E.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 220 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Winds force 5 to 6 all day, sea state rough to very rough for most part, rain on and off in am, barometric pressure low but rising slowly]


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19 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.4, Long -7.8

9.30am: Observed stranger, courses and speeds as required to close with same. Spoke ST Tourmaline H850 [listed here].

[Lat 62 33 N, Long 7 23 W]

am: Hands cleaning ship, signal classes and at collision mat.

Noon: Observed stranger, courses and speeds as required to close with same.

1.35pm: Spoke ST “Loch Tummel” A494.

[Lat 62 12 N, Long 7 18 W]

1.46pm: Full ahead.

8.0pm: Observed stranger, courses and speed as required.

9.49pm: Proceeded at 48 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 195 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Winds force 5 to 8 during day, sea state rough for most part, noon temperature 38F]


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20 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Glasgow

Lat 60.2, Long -8.9

11.15pm: Flannan Isles Light abeam S82E, 17.5 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 204.5 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Log records routine matters. Winds force 5 to 8 during day, snow and hail at times, sea state very rough to high until evening, noon temperature 38F]


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21 February 1915

From Birkenhead to Glasgow

Lat 56.1, Long -7.0

3.31am: Monarch [Monach] Island Light bearing S77E.

7.34am: Barra Head Light abeam S80E, 2.2 miles.

10.0am: Skerryvore Light House abeam 5.5 miles.

10.17am: Courses and speeds as required to close with USS Jessie.

10.22am: Stop. 10.29am: Full ahead.

11.36am: Spoke SS “Gallia”, Copenhagen.

11.48am: Spoke HM Store ship “Farraline” [mentioned here for Nov 1917].

[Lat 56 04 N, Long 6 58 W]

11.51am: Proceeded on course.

1.54pm: Oversay Light House abeam 2.3 miles.

4.46pm: Sanda Island Light House abeam N36E.

5.50pm: Ailsa Craig abeam bearing S18E.

6.14pm: Pladda Light abeam N18W. 6.30pm: Ceased zig zagging.

6.50pm: Holy Island abeam N67W, 2 miles.

7.35pm: Cumbrae Light abeam.

8.15pm: Toward Light abeam. 8.42pm: Cloch Point Light abeam.

8.57pm: Pilot (Mr Forth) aboard.

9.20pm: Let go Starboard anchor veering cable to 60 fathoms in 15 fathoms.

[Anchor Bearings, By compass: Ship’s Head S20E, Leading Lights of Hole S20W, Occ Light Rosneath N42W, No 1 Buoy S25E, Deviation 3 degrees East]

10.0pm: Commenced swinging to flood.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 232 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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22 February 1915

From Cruising to Glasgow and At Glasgow

Lat 55.9, Long -4.3

1.20am: Hove up anchor and proceeded up river. Two tugs and pilot in attendance.

2.15am: Passed Dumbarton Rock.

5.0am: Arrived off Yorkhill basin.

5.10am: Arrived off berth. 5.18am: Alongside and made fast to quay mooring ship as customary. Rigged gangway.

8.50am: Men for leave ashore.

10.0am: Hands scaling funnels and painting ship.

2.0pm: Prize crew returned.

4.30pm: Liberty men ashore.

[Coal Remaining: 706 tons]

[Snowing at midnight]


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23 February 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.9, Long -4.3

9.0am: Commenced coaling.

pm: Hands scaling funnels and painting on B deck.

4.30pm: Liberty men ashore.

pm: Coaling ship from shore and lighters.

[Snowing all am, and at 4pm, when temperature 36F]


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24 February 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.9, Long -4.3

6.30am: Hands clean mess flats.

8.0am: Coaling proceeding.

am: Hands painting ship. Gunner's party stripping breech blocks.

1.45pm: Prize crew for HMS Calyx arrived.

pm: Hands painting ship

5pm: Liberty men ashore.

7.0pm: Coaling proceeding.


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25 February 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.9, Long -4.3

7.0am: Coaling proceeding.

9.0am: Hands painting ship and getting stores aboard.

2.0pm: Coaling proceeding.

5.0pm: Liberty men ashore.


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26 February 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.9, Long -4.3

7.0am: Hands cleaning up flats.

9.0am: Hands cleaning paintwork.

pm: Hands scrubbing decks and paintwork.

3pm: Prize crew from HMS Calyx on board.

5pm: Liberty men ashore.

[Rain from noon to 8pm, temperature peaked at 45F at 8pm]


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27 February 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.9, Long -4.3

am: Hands cleaning ship and getting stores aboard.

am: Coaling continued.

1pm: Leave given to Starboard Watch.

5pm: First half of Port watch ashore.

[Rain at noon, then snow for rest of day]


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28 February 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.9, Long -4.3

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

4.30pm: Liberty men ashore.

[Snowing all day, temperature peaked at 36F at 8pm]



LOGS FOR MARCH 1915


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1 March 1915

At Glasgow

Lat 55.9, Long -4.3

3.0am: Coaling ship.

11.25am: Single up - to turn ship.

Noon: Moved from wharf - pilot and two tugs in attendance.

0.7pm: Slewed ship, engines as required.

1.5pm: Alongside wharf, remoored ship.

[Draught: Forward 21ft 3in, Aft 27ft 0in]

11.15pm: Left wharf pilot (Mr Bruce) and two tugs in attendance and proceeded down river.

[Coal Remaining: 2971 tons]

[Snowing at 4 and 8am, then clear]


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2 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 55.6, Long -6.6

Midnight: Passed HMS “Caribbean”.

0.20am: Passed Rothsay Dock. 0.55am: Passed Bowling.

2.15am: Discharged Pilot off Greenock and proceeded at 62 revs. 2.25am: Passed Cloch Light.

3.20am: Passed Cumbrae Light. 3.30am: Commenced zigzagging.

4.45am: Pladda Island Light abeam 4 miles.

9.30am: Ceased zigzagging.

10.0am: Rathlin Island abeam.

10.25am: Resumed zigzagging.

Noon: Streamed patent log.

0.30pm: Passed HMS “Bayano”.

2.30pm: Spoke HM “Mine sweeper”.

5.40pm: Barra Head Light abeam (N81E) 4.3 miles, triangle [symbol = log?] 80.3.

7.38pm: Observed Monarch [Monach] Island Light N33E.

8.0pm: Reduced to 62 Revs, ceased zigzagging. WT and signal books correct.

9.0pm: Monarch Island Light abeam 7 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 169 miles]

[Rain all pm]


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3 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 58.0, Long -9.0

6.5am: Commenced zigzagging.

7.18am: Observed stranger. Courses and speed as required to close with same.

7.40am: Lowered sea boat and boarded SS Svanholm of Copenhagen, Lat 58 12 N, Long 8 41 W.

9.45am: Lieutenant Uncles and prize crew left for Kirkwall with SS Svanholm. 10.0am: Full ahead.

am: RNVR Signal class. Watch cleaning paintwork.

6.17pm: Courses and speeds as required to close with stranger, spoke SS “Pensylvania” [sic, presumably Pennsylvania (1) listed here] of Copenhagen.

[Lat 57 20 N, Long 10 28 W]

6.54pm: Full ahead.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 270 miles]

[Rain all am, winds up to force 7 at 8pm, sea state rough in evening, noon temperature 48F]


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4 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 60.2, Long -11.9

am: Hands painting on A deck and at small arm and cutters drill.

10.16am: Stopped Hull Trawler "Queen Alexandra" H530. Left Iceland 2.3.15 for Fleetwood, allowed to proceed.

[Lat 59 50 N, Long 12 30 W]

10.30am: Full ahead.

6.30pm: Gun communications tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 264 miles]


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5 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 60.9, Long -11.8

[Log just recording routine matters, as shown below as example:]

2.0am: Rounds made.

4.0am: WT and signal books correct.

5.0am: Commenced zigzagging.

7.0am: Gun communications tested.

8.0am: WT and signal books correct. Increased to 62 revs.

10.0am: Exercised General Quarters.

10.30am: Hands at physical drill and painting on deck.

Noon: WT and signal books correct.

4.0pm: WT and signal books correct.

6.0pm: Controls tested.

8.0pm: WT and signal books correct.

8.05pm: Ceased zigzagging. 8.12pm: Reduced to 53 revs.

10.0pm: Controls tested.

11.0pm: Rounds made.

Midnight: Zigzagging. WT and signal books correct.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 272 miles]

[Winds force 4 to 5 in pm, maximum temperature 45F at 4pm]


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6 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 62.7, Long -9.0

am: Communications tested during watch. Hands cleaning flats.

9.30pm: Observed stranger. Courses and speeds as required to close with same (sighted ST “Cuirass” GY436).

[Lat 62 48 N, Long 9 17 W]

10.35pm: Streamed Patent Log 99.6. Reduced to 45 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 244 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Winds force 4 to 6 all day, sea state rough at times]


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7 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -10.1

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

2.20pm: Courses and speeds as required to speak ST “Worsley” GY814 [listed here].

[Lat 62 22 N, Long 10 07 W]

2.52pm: Full ahead.

6.18pm: Stopped and spoke ST Electric GY236 to Western Isles [also listed as for Worsley].

[Lat 62 44 N, 10 04 W]

10.0pm: Gun communications tested, No P2 telaupad not in order. [see earlier notes about telaupad headphones]

[Course and Distance made good: Various 220 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]

[Relatively high barometric pressure, temperature peaked at 47F at 4pm]


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8 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 63.1, Long -9.7

am: Hands at physical drill and washing decks.

10.0am: Exercised Fire, boat and collision stations.

4.0pm: Ceased zigzagging.

4.36pm: Altered course to close with stranger. 4.40pm: Increased to 65 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 244 miles]

[Number on sick list: 10]


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9 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 63.0, Long -10.0

[Course and Distance made good: Various 240 miles]

[Number on sick list: 9]

[Another routine day cruising/patrolling to and fro. Winds force 4 or 5 all day and misty from midday onwards, temperature 47F at 4pm]


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10 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 61.0, Long -7.0

5.30am: Commenced zigzagging S58E (S16E - S60E), 48 revs on both engines.

7.37am: Observed land on port hand, engines full astern and as required turned to West. Lost rotator of patent log through fouling propeller.

[Regular soundings from 8.5am to 10.15am and some in early pm]

4.15pm: Observed HMS “Cedric”.

4.26pm: Stopped, lowered boat.

5.0pm: Boat alongside with Lieutenant Uncles and prize crew. Hoisted boat.

5.5pm: Full ahead.

6.15pm: Fog lifted, Weather cleared.

8.30pm: Sent boat to board Swedish SS “Amphitrite”. Sent prize crew to “Amphitrite” under Sub Lieutenant McMillan.

[Lat 61 19 N, Long 8 02 W]

10.15pm: Proceeded, hoisted boat.

10.17pm: Proceeded 38 revs, course N24W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 212 miles]

[Number on sick list: 10]

[Mist then fog for most of day, winds force 3 to 4]


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11 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -10.1

1.9am: Myggenaes Light bearing N49E.

1.15am: Commenced zigzagging N33W (N11W - N55W).

9.12am: Fog cleared. Increased to 52 revs.

10.40am: Stopped and spoke ST Swinol [?] GY297 [name and number for trawler do not match, GY297 would be Viernoe, listed here].

[Lat 62 48 N, Long 9 56 W]

10.44am: Proceeded at 52 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 179 miles]

[Number on sick list: 9]

[Misty at 4am and again at 8pm and midnight]


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12 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 63.0, Long -10.1

5.10am: Altered course S45E, engines and courses as required, spoke ST “Honoria” GY693.

[Lat 62 53 N, 10 04 W]

5.46am: Resumed course S24W at 52 revs.

7.20pm: Signalled HMS Mantua.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 242 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Misty from noon onwards, winds force 5 to 6 for most of day]


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13 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 63.2, Long -9.5

[Course and Distance made good: Various 215 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Log records routine matters and changes in speed and course, zigzagging. Misty for part of am, winds force 6, rising to force 8, then force 7 in pm, sea state rough to very rough]


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14 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 62.8, Long -9.7

9.28am: Stopped. 9.40am: Sent away boat to HMS “Mantua” to fetch six ratings.

10.2am: Boat returned.10.12am: Boat hoisted.

10.13am: Proceeded on S37W zigzagging.

10.30am: Divisions and Divine Service.

0.56pm: Observed floating object. Helm as required to approach same.

1.10pm: Hauled in patent log. 1.30pm: Sank object and proceeded.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 225 miles]

[Winds force 5 or 6 for most of day, with rough seas until evening, temperature 46F at 4pm]


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15 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -10.5

Midnight: Altered course N18E (N4W - N40E), Revs: Port 60, Starboard 40.

4.0am: Altered course S32W (S10W - S54W), Revs: Starboard 60, Port 40]. WT and signal books correct.

8.0pm: Altered course N17E (N5W - N39E), Revs: Port 60, Starboard 40. WT and signal books correct.

0.13pm: Increased to 60 revs. Sighted ST “Mary Wetherly” A159 of Aberdeen.

[Lat 62 56 N, Long 10 57 W]

1.23pm: Altered course S9E (S13W - S31E).

5.0pm: Altered course N35E (N13E, N57E), Revs: Port 62, Starboard 42.

8.30pm: Altered course S20W (S2E - S42W).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 223 miles]

[Winds force 6 and 7 through middle of day, sea state rough to very rough for most part, temperature 45F at 4pm]


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16 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -9.9

7.7am: Steering gear broke down. Movements of engines[?] as required.

7.40am: Connected hand gear.

9.0am: Main steering gear reconnected.

4.5pm: Telemotor steering gear not working, engines as required. Hand gear in use.

4.0pm: Read Warrants Nos 12 and 13.

6.0pm: Telemotor gear working.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 242 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Snowing for most of the day, winds force 4 or 5, from NNE, noon temperature 26F]


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17 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -9.9

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

7.30am: Dense snow squall. Engines slow.7.34am: Full speed.

9.28am: Slowed engines for snow squall. 10.0am: Cleared. Full ahead.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 233 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Hail and snow for most of day, winds force 4 to 6, mostly from NNW and NE, noon temperature 30F]


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18 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 61.7, Long -8.3

2.0am: Observed stranger, courses and speeds as required to close with same.

2.51am: Spoke SS “Kiew” [listed here] of Copenhagen for Iceland with general cargo. Allowed her to proceed.

[Lat 61 54 N, Long 9 56 W]

2.56am: Proceeded on S23W at 52 revs.

9.54am: Stopped. Helm and engines as required to meet HMS Cedric.

10.2am: Seaboat left. 10.18am: Boat returned with Sub Lieutenant McMillan and prize crew.

10.38am: Boat hoisted. 10.40am: Full ahead on N9W (N13E - N31W).

6.12pm: Reduced to slow, heavy snow. 6.30pm: Ceased zig zagging.

10.40pm: Ceased snowing. Lost overboard by accident during windy weather Flag pattern 230.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 225 miles]

[Snow mid morning and mid afternoon, noon temperature 33F]


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19 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 62.6, Long -10.2

10.45am: Reduced to half speed, thick snow. 10.53am: Proceeded full speed.

11.30am: Hands clearing away snow and at signal class.

1.19pm: Stopped. HMS “Mantua” communicated by boat.

1.37pm: Proceeded on N27E (N5E - N49E) at 52 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 225 miles]

[Snow at midday and midnight, lowest temperature 21F, at 8pm]


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20 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 63.0, Long -9.9

0.37am: Reduced to half speed, heavy snow. Proceeded on S25W straight.

2.0am: Altered course N24E. Full (52) Starboard, Dead slow Port.

3.31am: Proceeded Full (52) both engines, zigzagging (N2E - N46E).

6.29am: Reduced speed, heavy snow.

9.0am: Hands clearing snow off decks.

11.30am: Zig zagging (S2W, S46W).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 215 miles]

[Snow for much of the day, heavy at times, winds very variable in direction in am, up to force 7 at 8am, then moderating, sea state rough in middle of day, noon temperature 29F]


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21 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -10.1

7.25am: Reduced to slow. Thick snow. 7.49am: Half speed. 7.50am: Full speed.

9.50am: Reduced speed for snow squall. 9.53am: Slow. 9.58am: Half. 9.59am: Full speed.

am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.30am: Observed S/T [Steam Trawler] steering West. White funnel, black top.

11.55am: Reduced speed, heavy snow. 11.56pm: Full speed, 52 revs.

5.8pm: Reduced speed for snow blizzard. 5.26pm: Full speed (53’.4) 52 revs on both engines.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 235 miles]

[Snowing until evening, winds force 4 to 5 in am, force 5 to 6 in pm, sea state mostly rough, lowest temperature at noon, 22F]


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22 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 63.0, Long -10.0

9.0am: Guns crews at Loader Competition.

11.39am: Engines and helm as required. Spoke ST Pacific, GY913 [listed here], Grimsby to Iceland via Lerwick.

[Lat 62 57 N, Long 10 02 W]

4.0pm: Read Warrants Nos 14 and 15.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 236 miles]

[Snow at midday, rain at midnight, winds force 6 to 7 in pm, from southerly direction for most of day, sea state very rough to high in pm, temperatures 29 to 33F in am, 40 to 42F in pm]


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23 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 63.1, Long -9.8

am: Gun crews exercised. Loader drill and washing decks.

3.12pm: Course and engines as required to speak British ST Doctor Lee H50 [listed here].

[Lat 62 33 N, Long 9 55 W]

3.18pm: Proceeded 52 revs, course S37W.

[Distance run through the Water: 238.9 miles]

[Winds variable in force and direction during day, sea state and temperatures also variable, barometric pressure rising]


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24 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 60.9, Long -10.3

am: Marines at infantry drill. Hands at signal classes and cleaning paint work.

Noon: Observed object in water, helm and engines as required to approach same.

0.24pm: Sank object and proceeded at 52 revs, on S54W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 264 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]

[Barometric pressure high and rising, noon temperature 35F]


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25 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 59.9, Long -10.2

10.37am: Observed stranger, courses and speeds as required to close with same.

10.40am: Increased to 62 revs.

0.3pm: Lowered boat and boarded SS “Liv”, from Bergen via South Shields in ballast for Delaware.

[Lat 59 53 N, Long 10 10 W]

0.40pm: Ordered her to proceed. Hoisted boat.

0.43pm: Proceeded at 62 revs. 0.47pm: Course S83W (S61W - N75W).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 242 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]


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26 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 59.8, Long -9.7

6.57am: Increased to 62 revs, courses as required to close with strangers.

7.38am: Reduced to 50 revs. Spoke SS “Kristianiafjord” by wireless and allowed to proceed.

[Lat 60 12 N, Long 8 24 W]

7.45am: Stopped, spoke SS Centric.

7.50am: Proceeded at 52 revs, course N72W.

9.10am: Heavy snow squall, eased speed.

9.52am: Cleared. Full 52 revs.

11.05am: Heavy snow squall. Eased speed. 11.15am: Cleared. Full 52 revs.

4.46pm: Courses and speeds as required to close with stranger.

5.47pm: Lowered boat and boarded SS “Nordsoen” of Denmark, from Ardrossan to Iceland, allowed her to proceed.

[Lat 59 58 N, Long 10 14 W]

6.6pm: Boat hoisted. Full ahead.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 240 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]


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27 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 59.9, Long -10.0

7.55am: Courses and speeds as required to speak SS “Fox” of Denmark.

8.10am: Lowered sea boat and boarded SS Fox.

[Lat 60 08 N, Long 8 47 W]

8.38am: Hoisted boat, allowed “Fox” to proceed. Proceeded full ahead 52 revs.

1.46pm: Observed object in water, turned ship to examine same. 2.4pm: Proceeded on N87W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 238 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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28 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 60.1, Long -8.9

2.45am: Altered course S74W (S52W, N84W).

6.0am: Altered course N70E, Increased to 70 Revs. 6.29am: Increased to 75 Revs.

7.57am: Stopped. 8.5am: Boarded SS “Oscar II” of Denmark [probably the ship listed here].

[Lat 60 29 N, Long 7 14 W]

9.5am: Allowed same to proceed. 9.9am: Hoisted boat and proceeded at 60 revs. 9.10am: Course S78W (N80W, S56W).

am: Divisions and Divine Service.

0.30pm: Altered course S22W (South, S44W).

2.30pm: Altered course N22E (North, N44E) (36.2).

6.12pm: Altered course S22W (South, S44W).

9.0pm: Altered course N22E (North, N44E).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 248 miles]

[Temperature 50F at noon and 4pm]


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29 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 60.1, Long -9.0

11.24am: Altered course S85W to close with stranger.

0.7pm: Lowered boat and boarded Norwegian SS “Bergensfjord” [Bergensfjord (1) listed here].

[Lat 60 05 N, Long 9 01 W]

1.0pm: Prize crew under Lieutenant De Guerin put on board.

1.36pm: Allowed same to proceed. Hoisted boat. 1.37pm: Full ahead (52).

4.16pm: Passed object in water. 4.25pm: Turned ship to pick up same.

4.33pm: Lowered boat. 4.38pm: Boat hoisted. 4.45pm: Proceeded full speed (52).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 250 miles]


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30 March 1915

From Glasgow to Cruising

Lat 60.3, Long -9.1

am: Hands at physical drill and painting ship.

2.26pm: Observed object in water. Turned ship to close with same. Engines as required.

2.40pm: Sank object. 2.42pm: Proceeded on S17W.

3.3pm: Altered course S2W (S20E - S24W) (30’.05). Spoke HMS “Oropesa” and “Changuinola”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 232 miles]

[Temperature peaked at 39F at noon]


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31 March 1915

From Glasgow to Liverpool

Lat 56.2, Long -7.6

0.35am: Flannan Isles Light abeam S74E, 15.75 miles.

2.15am: Spoke HMS Orotava.

3.0am: Observed Monach Island Light S11E.

6.45am: Cleared away all guns.

3.50pm: Oversay Island N75E.

4.55pm: Oversay Island abeam 15 miles.

6.20pm: Course as required passing through Rathlin Sound.

9.30pm: Altered course S8W (S23W, S7E). 9.43pm: Mew Island abeam 8.25 miles.

10.30pm: Altered course S18W (S4E, S40W), South Rock Light abeam 9 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 254 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: To position 10 miles North of Inishtrahull S18E, 38 miles]


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LOGS FOR APRIL 1915


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy Log, April 1915]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by HG Staunton, Navigating Officer] [Note in red “Enclosure 1 to Tenth CS Letter No 152/67 of 25 June 1915”]

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Ordinary speed or consumption exceeded.

Date: April 1915

Reasons for exceeding: As required under the orders of the Rear Admiral Commanding 10th Cruiser Squadron.

To: Admiral Sir John R Jellicoe, GCB, KCVO. Commander-in-Chief.

Signed: EL Booty, Captain, 1st of May 1915.

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 April 1915

From Cruising to Birkenhead and at Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

0.36am: Chicken Rock Light abeam S72E, 13.5 miles.

3.29am: Chicken Rock Light abeam N15E, distant 17 miles.

4.30am: All guns crews closed up.

8.10am: Hauled in patent log.

8.59am: Passed Formby Light Vessel.

9.16am: Pilot on board. Proceeded up river.

11.35am: Entered lock.

11.45am: Entered basin and made fast waiting for berth.

2.20pm: Let go from wharf and proceeded to berth in West Float. Pilot and three tugs in attendance.

3.10pm: Hove ship alongside of SS “Glenaffric” [listed here] and moored as customary.

3.30pm: Liberty men ashore. Leave expiring 8.0am Tuesday.

6.30pm: Prize crew of HMS “Patia” came aboard.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 276 miles]

[Coal Remaining: 700 tons]


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2 April 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands cleaning flats and washing down decks.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

10.30am: Leading Seamen G Shorrocks and E Daley rejoined ship.

1.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

5.0pm: Liberty men ashore.


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3 April 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: Hands cleaning up flats and rigging stages for painting.

0.30pm: Ambulance arrived taking [nothing filled in].

1.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

5.30pm: Lieutenant de Guerin and prize crew returned. Leave granted to men of prize crew till 9.0am Thursday.

[Rain from 8am to 4pm, temperature 52F at 4pm]


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4 April 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hauled ship off from SS “Glenaffric”.

7.0am: Coal lighters alongside.

7.45am: Rigged brow.

9.15am: Commenced coaling from lighters on both sides.

10.0am: Hands cleaning up decks and painting overside.

1.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

pm: Coaling proceeding with all dispatch.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

8.0pm: F Kingston RNVR placed under sentry.

8.35pm: Stopped coaling for night.


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5 April 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Shifted ship to allow coal lighters on the inside to shift.

8.0am: Resumed coaling.

am: Hands painting outside of ship.

pm: Coaling proceeding with all dispatch. Hands painting ship.

5.0pm: Liberty men ashore till 7.0am.

8.30pm: Shifted ship to move coal lighter.

9.30pm: Two leading seamen and 1 OS [Ordinary Seaman] joined up from Chatham.


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6 April 1915

At Birkenhead [though not stated]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.0am: Liberty men return.

am: Hands painting ship. Coaling proceeding with all dispatch.

Noon: Shifted ship to move lighters.

0.40pm: One seaman rating joined ship.

pm: Hands cleaning and painting ship. Coaling proceeding.

5.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

7.0pm: Prisoner released.

9.0pm: Rounds made (Prisoner released).


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7 April 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

am: Hands cleaning ship and getting stores aboard.

1.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

pm: Hands cleaning and painting ship and taking in ammunition.

5.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

7.0pm: Watch getting stores on board.

8.05pm: Sentry posted on wharf.


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8 April 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

4.45am: Finished coaling.

7.0am: Hands cleaning flats and rigging painting stages.

10.0am: Hove ship off and let coal barges out, heaving alongside SS Glenaffric after.

1.30pm: Port Watch ashore till 7.0am.

3.45pm: Ten men of prize crew from HMS Patia on board.

8.30pm: Sentry posted on wharf.

[Coal Remaining: 2836 tons]

[Wind force 6 at midnight]


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9 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Patrol and At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.0am: Strong gale, vessels moorings all correct.

9.0am: Hands cleaning paintwork and landing surplus stores.

3.30pm: Watch to stations.

4:31pm: Left berth, four tugs and pilot (Mr Adams) in attendance and proceeded towards basin.

5.22pm: Entered basin. 5.30pm: Made fast.

8.0pm: Let go and proceeded out of basin.

8.16pm: Cleared locks, disembarked pilot.

9.40pm: Formby Light Vessel passed.

10.9pm: 65 Revs. Passed Bar Light Vessel, shaped course N49W (N27W, N71W).

10.37pm: Streamed patent log.

[Wind force 7/8 at 4am, then reducing, rain at 8 and 11pm, noon temperature 56F]


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10 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Patrol

Lat 55.5, Long -7.0

2.49am: Chicken Rock Light abeam 9 miles (59’).

6.58am: Mew Island Light House abeam S87W 3 miles (117.7).

8.21am: Maidens Light House S87W x Buoy N60W (138.7).

9.40am: Ceased zigzagging.

10.22am: Altered course N38W (N60W, N16W).

4.0pm: Read Warrant No 16.

[Sounding from 6pm onwards]

[Course and Distance made good: Various 196 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: To position 10 miles North of Inishtrahull N38W, 14 miles]

[Rain and drizzle on and off all day]


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11 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Patrol

Lat 59.5, Long -8.2

[Course and Distance made good: Various 256 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Log just records routine matters and changes in course and speed. Rain early on, then mist and fog for most of the day, winds force 4 to 5 in pm, noon temperature 47F]


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12 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.8, Long -6.5

Midnight: Zigzagging (N3W - N41E).

3.48am: Myggenaes Light abeam S71E, 11 miles (68’.7).

am: Hands at physical drill. Exercised General Quarters.

11.45pm: Myggenaes Light S17E(True), 24.5 miles abeam.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 240 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Winds force 5 to 7 in am, 3 to 6 in pm, hail at times, sea state from rough to high for most of day, temperature peaked at 44F at 4pm]


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13 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.8, Long -6.2

9.0am: Hands at physical and small arm drill. Renewing boat falls.

0.20pm: Observed stranger.

0.36pm: Reduced speed, courses as required to close with same.

0.57pm: 32 revs. Signalled SS Hiram of Hangesund [probably Haugesund] Norway. Engines and course as required awaiting instructions.

1.50pm: Allowed SS Hiram to proceed.

4.36pm: Courses as required to close with stranger. Increased to 65 revs.

5.20pm: Lowered boat and boarded SS “Oscar Fredrik” (Swedish) from Buenos Aires to Goteborg with coffee and maize.

6.17pm: Put prize crew under Sub Lieutenant McMillan on board and sent into Kirkwall.

7.3pm: Proceeded, 58 revs, course S89W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 238 miles]

[Winds force 4 to 5 all day, rain or drizzle on and off]


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14 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -5.8

6.0am: Controls tested. After control not working.

10.0am: Hands washing decks and stowing stewards stores. Watch at guns.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 215 miles]

[Apart from this log just records routine matters and changes in speed and course. Winds force 5 to 6 in am, up to 6/7 at 8pm, then dropping, sea state rough to very rough until late evening]


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15 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.7, Long -7.0

[Another day when nothing really happened, log entries for am shown here as an example:]

1.30am: Controls tested, after control not correct.

2.15am: Altered course S85E (N73E - S63E).

3.0pm: Rounds made.

4.0pm: WT and signal books correct.

6.0am: Rounds made.

6.30am: Controls all correct.

7.55am: Increased to 58 revs.

8.0am: WT and signal books correct. Altered course N82W (S76W - N60W).

9.0am: Hands at physical and gun drill, watch washing decks.

Noon: WT and signal books correct.

pm: Frequent cross bearings taken.

8.45pm: Altered course S81E (S59E, N77E).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 250 miles]

[Winds force 3 to 5 in am, force 5 to 7 in pm, sea state rough in pm, barometric pressure dropping during day, noon temperature 43F]


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16 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.6, Long -7.1

0.45am: Observed Myggenaes Light bearing S21E (45 miles).

2.45am: Myggenaes Light bearing S29W.

4.0am: Altered course S89E (S67E, N69E).

5.45am: Altered course N85E (N63E, S73E)/

6.30am: Fore to after control gear out of order.

8.0am: Altered course N79W (N57W, S79W). Increased to 58 Revs.

am: Hands at loader, small arm drill and cleaning ship.

4.15pm: Altered course N57W (N35W, N79W), 11 degrees for leeway, Log (35.7).

10.0pm: Altered course S85E (N73E, S63E), 50 Revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 241 miles]

[Winds force 4 to 7 in am, force 6 in pm, until midnight when down to force 3, sea state rough to very rough for much of day, barometric pressure rising from noon onwards, noon temperature 36F]


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17 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.5, Long -7.1

11.30am: Observed stranger, altered course S70W.

0.15pm: Stopped Danish SS “Kong Helge” bound for Leith in ballast from Reykjavik. Sent mail.

0.55pm: Lowered boat and boarded same.

[Bearings of Land at time of stopping: Mylings S14W, Risin S0.5E, End of Kalso S44.5E: True 22.5 West Error]

1.15pm: Hoisted boat, allowed steamer to proceed.

1.18pm: Proceeded, 55 revs, course N77W (S81W - N55W).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 213 miles]


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18 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.7, Long -7.3

[Course and Distance made good: Various 222 miles]

[Another day of routine activity while cruising/patrolling to and fro. Winds force 5 to 8 in am, force 5 to 7 in pm, sea state rough to high most of day, barometric pressure generally fairly low, noon temperature 44F]


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19 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.7, Long -6.9

2.38am: Myggenaes Light bearing S20W, log 44’.

am: Hands at physical drill. Exercised boat and collision stations.

9.45am: Ceased zig zags. Course N64W.

11.0am: Altered course S70W. Exercised Watch at Fire stations.

Noon: Altered course N82W (N60W, S76W). Reduced to 60 Revs.

9.0pm: Altered course S88E (N70E, S66E) (Log 353.2). Reduced to 50 Revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 223 miles]

[Winds force 4 in am, with snow and hail, force 5 to 6 in pm, barometric pressure still relatively low]


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20 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.6, Long -7.3

0.57am: Myggenaes Light bearing S19E.

7.30am: Reduced speed for thick snow.

7.50am: Full ahead, weather cleared.

am: Hands at small arm and gun drill.

6.45pm: Closed with trawler.

7.0pm: Passed ST “Arabia” [actually Aralia, listed here] GY371.

8.58pm: Stop. Spoke Danish SS “Vesta” from Reykjavik to Leith.

9.13pm: Full ahead, 50 revs, course S61E. 9.20pm: Altered course East (N68E, S68E).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 237 miles]

[Winds force 6 to 7 from noon to 8pm, sea state rough to high during this period, temperature peaked at 39F at 4pm]


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21 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.6, Long -7.5

2.0am: Heavy northerly swell.

2.5am: Observed Myggenaes Light bearing S13E.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 215 miles]

[Yet another day of routine activity, zigzagging to and fro. Winds force 6 to 7 in am, from NNW, with sea state rough to high, less windy in pm with lessening seas, noon temperature 37F]


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22 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.6, Long -7.5

1.24am: Myggenaes Light bearing S23.5E (40.3). Exercised Guns crews.

am: Hands at small arm and gun drill and cleaning ship.

1.30pm: Dropped target. Proceeded as requisite, carried out 1 inch aiming rifle practise from 6 inch guns.

2.44pm: Stopped. Engines as required. Picked up target.

2.51pm: Proceeded 55 revs, course N82W (S76W - N60W)/

5.30pm: Observed stranger. 5.32pm: Altered course South, increased to 60 revs.

6.25pm: Closed up S1 and P4 and fired blank charge.

6.31pm: Stopped and spoke ST Bardolph of Hull, H296, from Iceland to Lerwick and Hull. Ordered her to proceed.

6.34pm: Full ahead 60 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 233 miles]

[Quieter weather, misty from 8pm]


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23 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.6, Long -8.3

am: Hands at visual control, small arm drill and cleaning ship. Controls tested.

Noon: Altered course N75W (N53W, S83W). Increased to 62 Revs.

0.58pm: Reduced zigzag to (N60W, West).

3.15pm: Sighted HMS “Digby”. Engines and course as required to close with same.

3.51pm: Stopped, lowered boat.

4.20pm: Sea boat returned with prize crew under Sub Lieutenant McMillan.

4.35pm: Full ahead, 45 revs, course S35W (S57W - S13W).

11.50pm: Observed Myggenaes Light Bearing S22E.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 203 miles]


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24 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.7, Long -6.7

8.41am: Stopped. Lowered boat and boarded Norwegian SS "Artemis" [listed here].

9.42am: Sent prize crew under Lieutenant Uncles aboard.

9.53am: Sea boat hoisted. 9.56am: Proceeded 55 revs. 10.0am: Set course N84W (N62W - S74W).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 212 miles]

[Misty during evening]


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25 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.6, Long -7.2

[Course and Distance made good: Various 204 miles]

[Another day of routine, zig zagging to and fro, sounding every hour for much of the day. Misty most of the time, winds force 4 to 5 in pm, temperature 47F at 4pm]


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26 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -8.9

11.40am: Reduced to 42 revs. Foggy weather.

4.0pm: Read Warrant No 17.

[Course and Distance made good; Various 193 miles]

[Nothing else of note in log. Fog recorded at noon, barometric pressure high and rising, peak temperature 48F, at 4pm]


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27 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.5, Long -9.1

4.30am: Myggenaes Peak S42E.

10.30am: Observed stranger on port beam, altered course N30W, increased to 65 revs. Spoke HMS “Digby”.

10.45am: Resumed course N20E and zigzags.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 231 miles]


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28 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.6, Long -9.4

am: Hands at physical drill, painting etc.

5.30pm: Steadied on N71E, observed stranger.

5.58pm: Fired blank charge.

6.17pm: Stopped. Lowered boat and boarded Dutch ST “Donald” IJM103 of “Iyamiden” [Ijmuiden] with fish.

7.8pm: Proceeded on S36E in company with trawler at 42 revs.

8.26pm: Allowed trawler to proceed, altered course N13E (N9W - N35E) (85.1).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 243 miles]


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29 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.6, Long -8.9

2.52am: Observed HMS “Hildebrand”.

3.12am: Courses as required to close with same.

3.16am: Stopped. Lowered boat.

3.40am: Seaboat returned with prize crew under Lieutenant Uncles.

3.42am: Proceeded on N24W (N2W - N46W), 50 revs.

10.0am: Exercised Watch Fire drill in after Magazine flat. Hands painting ship.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 216 miles]

[Misty during middle of day]

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30 April 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.6, Long -9.1

4.2am: Sunrise.

am: Hands at loader, small arm drill and cleaning ship.

3.40pm: Observed HMS “Digby”.

8.12pm: Sunset.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 243 miles]

[Winds NNE and force 5 to 6 for much of day, snow and hail in pm, noon temperature 35F]


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LOGS FOR MAY 1915


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[Left hand side of cover, Copy of Log for May 1915]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by HG Staunton, Navigating Commander RNR and Approved and Forwarded by Captain EL Booth, 1 June 1915]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.7, Long -9.4

3.55am: Sunrise.

6.55am: Dense snow squall, reduced speed (93.6).

7.12am: Reduced speed, snow squall (212’.5).

7.19am: Full speed, 55 revs (13’.9).

4.0pm: Observed HMS “Alsatian”. Altered course N45W, 50 revs. Courses and speeds as required to keep station.

5.11pm: Lowered boat.

5.41pm: Sea boat returned. 5.42pm: Proceeded to pick up station SSE 1 mile on Flagship.

6.50pm: Observed trawler, received orders to proceed after same.

7.16pm: Altered course S22W. Spoke ST Fawn GY1008 from Lerwick to Iceland. Allowed same to proceed.

7.20pm: Proceeded 52 revs, course N68E (East - N46E).

8.25pm: Sunset.

9.0pm: Altered course S24W (S2W - S46W), sighted ST “Aralia” GY371.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 236 miles]

[Winds force 4 to 5 all day, snow and hail in early am, temperature peaked at 39F at pm]


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2 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.7, Long -9.1

3.57am: Sunrise.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

8.0pm: Altered course S36E to close with trawlers. Spoke STs “Aquamarine” H356, ST “Scouter” GY1180, ST “Robinia” GY1147, ST Fawn GY1008 [all listed here]. Allowed all to proceed.

8.47pm: Proceeded on S37W (S59W - S15W) (98’.8).

11.45pm: Observed Myggenaes Light bearing S56E.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 246 miles]


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3 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.7, Long -9.1

9.30am: Exercised General Quarters.

10.0am: Loader competition for guns crews.

4.0pm: One prisoner released from cells, no complaints.

4.5pm: Altered course N25E (N3E - N47E) (47.0). Spoke HMS “Digby”.

8.15pm: Altered course S48E to close stranger.

8.49pm: Stopped, engines as required. Lowered boat. Boarded Danish SS “Sterling” of Copenhagen, from Copenhagen to Reykjavik. Correct, allowed to proceed. Hoisted boat.

9.22pm: Proceeded, 55 Revs, course N47W.

9.58pm: 55 Revs, altered course S61W (S39W - S83E).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 224 miles]

[Wind force 6/7 at 4am, thereafter force 4 to 5]


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4 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -12.0

3.53am: Sunrise.

am: Hands at physical drill, working ammunition and cleaning ship. Controls tested.

3.10pm: Altered course S24W. Spoke HMS “Patia”.

7.40pm: Spoke HMS “Columbella”.

7.59pm: Sunset.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 240 miles]

[Misty late in day, noon temperature 51F]


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5 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 57.3, Long -11.8

4.15am: ATS [Apparent Time at Ship]. Sunrise.

8.30pm: Sunset.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 257 miles]

[Log just records routine matters while zig zagging to and fro. Weather quiet, sea generally calm]


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6 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Liverpool

Lat 56.8, Long -8.2

4.0am: All guns cleared away. Crews standing by.

4.46am: Sunrise.

am: Hands cleaning ship and swinging out all boats.

11.20am: Spoke HMS “Ambrose”.

[Sounding at intervals in am and pm]

7.26pm: Observed Oversay Island bearing N50E.

7.41pm: Sunset.

10.0pm: Courses as required rounding Mull of Cantyre.

10.28pm: Mull Light abeam S65E, 0.7 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 267 miles]

[Very light winds and misty all day]


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7 May 1915

From Cruising to Liverpool

Lat 53.5, Long -3.0 [estimated]

2.8am: Mull of Galloway Light S68E.

7.20am: Dense speed [sic, presumably should read fog]. Eased to half speed.

7.58am: Dense fog. Eased speed.

[Sounding every 10 to 15 minutes from 9am to 11am]

11.0am: Fog cleared, altered course S61E, 50 revs.

11.5am: Spoke HMS “Dee”.

11.19am: Observed Bar Light Vessel S78E, courses as required entering river.

0.14pm: Spoke Examination steamer.

0.29pm: Passed Rock Light, Pilot boarded. Proceeded to anchorage in river, engines as required.

[Draught: Forward 18’ 00”, Aft 22’ 09”]

1.5pm: Let go port anchor veering cable to 45 fathoms. 1.14pm: Finished with engines.

[Anchor Bearings magnetic: Ship’s Head N5E, New Brighton Tower N10W, Liver Building clock N62E, Tower West Float N62W]

2.25pm: Liberty men left on tug.

4.31pm: Commenced to heave up anchor. 4.42pm: Anchor aweigh. Pilot and four tugs in attendance. Engines as required.

6.01pm: Entered lock. 6.10pm: Left lock.

6.12pm: Arrived alongside berth and moored as customary. Let go tugs. 6.22pm: Finished with engines.

6.55pm: Liberty men ashore.

9.30pm: Shifted ship to allow coal lighters inside.

11.0pm: Commenced coaling.

[Distance run through the Water: 303.9 miles]

[Noon Position: In Crosby Channel [Liverpool]]

[Coal Remaining: 623 tons]


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8 May 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.30am: Hands fall in. Cleaning up flats, getting in stores, prepare for coaling.

10.55am: 2 absentees arrived under guard.

11.30am: Stopped taking in stores.

1.0pm: Stopped coaling.

1.15pm: Liberty men ashore.

3.40pm: Telephone fitted on board.

10.30pm: Private Powers RMLI left ship.


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9 May 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

10.15am: Liberty men ashore.

[A quiet Sunday in dock. Temperature 57F at 4 and 8 pm]


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10 May 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Prisoner released.

8.30am: Absentee returned (W Cushion).

9.15am: 4 absentees returned from Chatham in charge of PO.

11.10am: Empty cartridge cases ashore and 3 test cases.

Noon: Stopped coaling.

1.10pm: Changed gangways, started coaling.


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11 May 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

am: Hands taking in stores as required.

5.0am: Liberty men ashore.

8.45pm: Finished coaling.


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12 May 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

10.0am: Special request men ashore, long leave.

0.30pm: Liberty men ashore.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

6.30pm: S Nicol absentee returned.

[Coal Remaining: 2959 tons]


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13 May 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

am: Hands painting ship.

pm: Hands painting ship and getting in stores.

6.10pm: 2 Marines joined ship from Chatham Barracks.

11.15pm: Draft of 1 PO and 3 Seamen ratings from Chatham via Glasgow.


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14 May 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

10.30am: Ward room stores on board. Hands painting ship and bow wave.

pm: Various stores coming aboard the whole watch.

3.30pm: Rifles came aboard.

4.30pm: Marines and Seamens rifles landed. Drill cartridges aboard.

8.30pm: Secured sea boat off Starboard bow.


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15 May 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: 3 RNVR seamen ratings left for Chatham.

am: Hands employed getting stores aboard.

1.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

2.0pm: Hands getting in stores.

5.0pm: Liberty men ashore.


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16 May 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.35am: Church party (Roman Catholics) ashore.

10.0am: Church party returned. Divisions and Divine Service.

1.0pm: Liberty men ashore.


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17 May 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

10.50am: Hands getting in stores.

1.15pm: Hands painting and cleaning ship.

3.55pm: Joined Sub Lieutenant E Monk, passenger to HMS Alsatian.

4.30pm: 36 bags mails and 8 Reg Letters for HMS “Alsatian” aboard.

5.30pm: Gunner’s stores aboard.


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18 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising and At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

am: Hands cleaning paintwork and stowing stores.

am: Draught leaving Forward 20ft 9in, Aft 26ft 6in.

1.0pm: Let go from berth and proceeded towards locks, pilot and four tugs in attendance.

1.20pm: Cleared locks. 1.32pm: Pilot left, let go tugs.

1.32pm: Proceeded at 50 revs, courses as required out of River Mersey. Exercised general quarters. Passed up ammunition and tested controls.

2.54pm: Passed Bar Light Vessel, shaped course N47W (N25W - N67W), set patent log, escorted by HMS “Dee”.

4.0pm: All guns crews closed up.

6.30pm: Read warrant No18.

9.0pm: HMS “Dee” parted company.

10.30pm: Mew Island Light abeam, distant 6.25 miles.

11.23pm: Corsewall Point Light abeam 10 miles.


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19 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 57.2, Long -8.3

0.50am: Ceased zigzags N30W.

1.27am: Mull of Cantyre abeam 1.2 miles.

1.45am: Passed HMS “Thorn”.

1.58am: Altacarry Light abeam 8.2 miles.

2.23am: Altered course N45W (N67W, N23W).

3.27am: Oversay Island Light abeam 5.5 miles.

[Sounding from 9.52am to noon]

am: Hands at physical drill and washing decks, all guns crews closed up.

1.0pm: Observed St Kilda Island bearing N8E.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 311 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: To Rendezvous N 14 49 W, 321.7 miles]

[Mist and drizzle from 8am, rain at 8pm, winds force 4 to 5 in pm, noon temperature 49F]


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20 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.7, Long -12.1]

[Course and Distance made good: Various 276 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: To Rendezvous N12W, 20.5 miles]

[Only routine matters and changes in courses and speeds noted in log. Mist and rain on and off all day, winds force 4 to 5]


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21 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.8, Long -10.8

3.10am: 42 revs. Foggy. Weather regulations attended to.

9.10am: Lowered boat and boarded Danish schooner “Mars” from Mandal to Iceland with timber, Lat 62 47 N, Long 9 39 W.

9.33am: Hoisted boat. Proceeded on S86W (S58W - N66W), streamed log.

9.50am: Exercised General Quarters.

10.0am: Ceased Zig Zag - 48 Revs. 10.15am: Stopped (Log 209).

am: Hands at small arm drill and cleaning ship.

0.59pm: Proceeded on S86W, 42 Revs. 1.4pm: 48 Revs, streamed log.

5.15pm: Fog lifted.

6.0pm: Observed HMS “Alsatian”.

6.26pm: Stopped. Lowered boat with Sub Lieutenant E Monk for flagship.

7.27pm: Boat hoisted. 7.30pm: Proceeded on S86W, 33 revs, streamed log.

9.0pm: 48 Revs, altered course S7E (zigzag S15W, S29E).

11.15pm: 38 Revs, altered course N83E (zigzag N61E, S75E) (72.4).

11.45pm: Ceased zigzag.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 185 miles]

[Mist and fog, sometimes dense, all day]


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22 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -11.1

2.45am: Fog lifted, 48 revs, commenced zigzag.

4.0am: Thick fog, ceased zigzag, 38 revs.

9.30am: Commenced zigzag N74W, S62W.

Noon: Ceased zigzag.

2.0pm: Commenced zigzag, N74W - S62W. Fog lifted.

2.30pm: Held course N74W to intercept stranger.

4.0pm: Altered course S84W (zigzag N74W, S62W).

4.15pm: Exercised General Quarters and Fires stations.

8.0pm: Altered course N83E (zigzag N61E, S75E).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 171 miles]

[Fog all am, then mist and rain, temperature peaked at 49F at 4pm]


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23 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.4, Long -10.9

7.0am: Observed three vessels.

8.4am: Course as required to close with strangers.

8.9am: Stop. Lowered boat and boarded Danish steamers “Egil Skuld” [?], “Veredands” [?] from Haugesund for Iceland, Lat 62 28 N, Long 10 31 W.

9.5am: Boat hoisted. 9.8am: Proceeded at 33 Revs. 9.13am: Shaped Course S84W.

10.0am: Commenced zigzag (S62W, N74W).

am: Divisions and Divine Service.

0.43pm: Course as required to close with floating object.

0.53pm: Stopped. Firing party sunk object. 0.54pm: Proceeded 58 Revs, S84W.

2.5pm: 48 Revs. Fog.

3.0pm: 38 Revs. Ceased zigzags.

5.30pm: Resumed zigzag. Fog lifted.

8.0pm: Spoke Danish 3 masted schooner “Alf” [probably this ship] by signal.

8.50pm: Dense fog.

10.0pm: Ceased zigzag (N77E).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 220 miles]

[Fog on and off during day, noon temperature 50F]


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24 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -10.9

3.30am: Commenced zigzag (N13E, N31W).

8.0am: Altered course S22E (zigzag South, S44E).

am: Exercised fire stations (third saloon). Hands cleaning ship and at physical and rifle drill.

2.25pm: East. Cleared away guns. Observed stranger.

2.31pm: Eased speed. Engines and courses as required to speak ST “Shakespeare” [probably this ship], Lat 62 45 N, Long 10 22 W.

3.17pm: Proceeded on N23W, 58 Revs.

4.12pm: 70 Revs. Observed HMS “Alsatian” and exchanged signals.

7.40pm: Passed British ST G155 [possibly GY155, Eastbourne, as listed here] bound south.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 218 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Foggy at 2am, then mist and rain for rest of am, winds force 4 to 5 in pm]


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25 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -11.3

2.0am: Moon set. Altered course N23W (N1W, N45W).

3.20am: Sunrise.

9.50am: General Quarters for firing practice with 1 inch aiming rifle. Helm and engines as required.

11.22am: Proceeded on S22E, 58 revs, having picked up target.

2.0pm: Altered course N13W (zigzag N9E, N35W).

3.35pm: Courses and speed as required to close with ST “Belvoir Castle” GY2, Lerwick to Iceland, Lat 62 54 N, Long 10 56 W.

5.0pm: Prisoner released from cells. No complaints.

8.0pm: Altered course S22E (South, S44E). WT and signal books correct.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 250 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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26 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.8, Long -10.6

7.26am: Stop. Spoke ST “Commander Holbrook” H223 from Iceland to Lerwick, allowed same to proceed, Lat 63 23 N, Long 12 02 W.

7.27am: Proceeded on N19W, 58 revs.

am: Hands at physical, gun and small arm drill. Controls tested. Exercised fire stations in after flats.

11.20am: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

4.34pm: Observed stranger. Increased to 65 revs.

5.27pm: Stop. Lowered boat and boarded Swedish SS “Sir Ernest Cassel” of Stockholm, Narvik to Philadelphia with ore. Destroyed floating object by fire, Lat 63 06 N, Long 11 19 W.

6.41pm: Allowed same to proceed. 6.42pm: Hoisted boat and proceeded on N27W (N5W - N49W), 58 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 272 miles]

[Weather quiet, barometric pressure relatively high, temperature peaked at 54F at 4pm]


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27 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.8, Long -10.6

3.7am: Eased speed. Courses and speeds as required to close with stranger. Boarded Norwegian SS “Thyra”, Narvik to Iceland. Allowed same to proceed, Lat 62 50 N, Long 10 30 W.

3.38am: Proceeded on N23W (N47W - N3W).

9.30am: Read warrant No19.

6.0pm: Thick fog in patches. Controls tested.

7.20pm: Observed schooner N44E.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 247 miles]


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28 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.2, Long -10.2

8.41am: Stopped. Spoke British ST GY126 "Persimmon" [listed as Persimon here], from Iceland to Grimsby.

[Lat 62 48 N, Long 9 14 W]

8.42am: Lowered boat. 8.52am: Hoisted boat. 8.54am: Proceeded on N20W, 58 revs.

10.0am: Hands at physical and small arm drill, stripping guns and cleaning ship.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 255 miles]

[Winds NNE force 5 in am, force 6/7 at 8pm and midnight, sea state rough to very rough in evening, noon temperature 40F]


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29 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.7, Long -10.9

[Course and Distance made good: Various 254 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Log just records routine activity and changes in course and speed, while zigzagging to and fro on patrol]


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30 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.8, Long -10.9

10.30am: Mustered by Divisions. Read Articles of War and CM [Court Martial] Returns. Divine Service.

7.10pm: Exchanged signals with HMS “Oropesa”.

8.20pm: Spoke HMS “Oropesa”.

11.46pm: Helm and engines as required. Fired a blank round. Stopped and spoke ST “Florence Dombey” FD196 [listed here], Iceland to Aberdeen.

[Lat 63 12 N, Long 11 36 W]

11.48pm: Allowed same to proceed. Proceeded on N23W, 58 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 254 miles]

[Winds force 6/7 at 8am and noon, less windy in pm, sea state rough for most of day]


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31 May 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -11.4

3.2am: Sunrise.

9.39am: Exercised boat stations. Lowered Port boats and sent them away with full crews.

10.30am: Hoisted and secured boats. 10.46am: Proceeded 28 revs, S20E. 10.50am: S22E (South S44E) 55 Revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 242 miles]

[Rain at times, wind increasing in pm, from force 5 up to force 6/7 at midnight, when sea state very rough, barometric pressure relatively low but rising in evening]


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LOGS FOR JUNE 1915


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for June 1915]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and Captain, as before]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.8, Long -11.0

1.0pm: Mustered by the open list. Monthly payment of all hands.

9.30pm: ATS [Apparent Time at Ship]. Sunset.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 239 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Wind force 6 and sea state rough at 4 and 8am, quieter later]


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2 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.7, Long -11.0

2.30am: Observed stranger, altered course S10W, 65 revs.

3.10am: Lowered boat and boarded Swedish steamer “Atland” of Goteborg from Narvik to Philadelphia with ore.

3.42am: Allowed SS “Atland” to proceed.

3.48am: Boat hoisted. Proceeded S60E (S38E - S82E].

am: Inspection of mens Kit.

9.30pm: ATS. Sunset.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 243 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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3 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.0, Long -10.9

[Course and Distance made good: Various 256 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Log just records routine matters and changes in course and speed while zigzagging to and fro on patrol. Winds force 4 to 5 all day, misty from time to time, noon temperature 49F]


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4 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.4, Long -12.1

4.0am: Altered course N19W (N3E, N41W). Patent Log foul, cleared and 4.22 Restreamed ditto 96.1.

8.0am: Altered course S21E (S1W, S43E).

10.15am: Altered course N19W (N3E, N41W).

am: Exercised fire drill in forward operating theatre.

0.23pm: Eased speed. Courses as required to close with HMS “Alcantara”.

0.36pm: Lowered boat. 0.57pm: Hoisted boat and proceeded on S16E (S6W, S38E), 55 Revs.

3.15pm: Altered course N38W (N16W, N60W).

4.0pm: Altered course S21E (S1W, S43E).

8.0pm: Altered course N22W (North, N44W).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 245 miles[

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Winds force 4 or 5 all day]


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5 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.8, Long -10.4

11.14am: Stopped. Spoke ST “Caliban” of Hull H313, Iceland to Hull. Ordered same to call at Lerwick. Allowed to proceed.

[Lat 62 53 N, Long 10 35 N]

11.17am: Proceeded on S12E (S1E - S23E).

2.45pm: Spoke HMS “Virginian”.

3.20pm: Spoke SS “Stirling” Copenhagen, Lat 62 7 N, Long 9 23 N.

9.50pm: Sunset.

10.45pm: Observed HMS “Oropesa”.

11.4pm: Stopped. Helm and engines as required. 11.35pm: Boat from HMS Oropesa alongside with two officers and 10 men for HMS “Andes”.

11.38pm: Lowered port seaboat. 11.54pm: Discharged Surgeon H Rouez [?] Bastard to “Oropesa” for hospital.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 244 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Winds force 5 through middle of day]


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6 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.9, Long -9.6

0.31am: Hoisted boat.

0.47am: Proceeded on N18W (N4E - N40W), 55 revs.

2.40am: ATS [Apparent Time at Ship]. Sunrise.

am: Mustered by Divisions - Divine Service.

11.54am: Courses and speeds as required. Spoke ST “Fortuna” GY140 - Iceland to Grimsby ordered to Lerwick.

11.59am: Proceeded on N16W (N6E - N38W), 60 revs.

9.15pm: Observed HMS “Arlanza”.

9.48pm: Courses and speeds as required to close with same.

9.51pm: Stopped. Lowered boat and transferred two officers and 10 men to “Arlanza” for “Andes”.

10.35pm: Hoisted boat and proceeded on N11W (N11E - N33W).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 267 miles]


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7 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.2, Long -12.0

9.30am: Exercised Ship’s Company at “Abandon Ship” stations, all boats swung out. Exercised Watches at Fire Stations and out collision mat.

1.23pm: Stopped. Lowered boat and boarded Swedish SS “Jemtland”.

2.25pm: Placed armed guard on board under Lieutenant Uncles.

2.35pm: Ordered her to proceed to Kirkwall.

2.37pm: Boat hoisted. 2.45pm: Proceeded on N10W (N12E - N32W), 55 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 256 miles]

[Wind increased in pm, force 5 then 7, rain later on, noon temperature 46F]


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8 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.1, Long -11.5

7.55am: Cleared log and restreamed same.

am: Hands at physical, 6 inch gun and small arm drill.

11.48am: Fired blank charge.

11.50am: Eased speed. Engines and courses as required to speak to ST “Stalker” GY496 [listed here] from Iceland to Lerwick - allowed her to proceed.

[Lat 63 08 N, Long 11 51 W]

11.56am: Proceeded on S10E (S12W - S32E), 55 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 225 miles]

[Wind force 6/7 at 1am, then reducing during the day]


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9 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.0, Long -11.7

5.17am: Courses and speeds as required to intercept ST “Barle” GY78 bound from Iceland to Grimsby via Lerwick.

[Lat 63 14 N, Long 12 04 W]

11.45am: Changed from Main to Auxiliary steering gear.

10.42pm: Sunset.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 248 miles]


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10 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.3, Long -11.6

2.50am: Sunrise.

9.6am: Eased speed to close with object in water. 9.9am: Stopped. Sank object with rifle fire.

9.15am: Proceeded on S19E, zigzag, 55 revs.

11.10am: Eased speed and closed with S Trawler. Engines and courses as required.

11.12am: Spoke ST “Buffalo” GY52 [listed here] - Grimsby to Iceland. Ordered him to proceed.

[Lat 63 17 N, Long 11 50 W]

11.16am: Proceeded at 53 revs.

11.52am: Spoke ST “Virgilia” GY1200, Lat 63 14 N, Long 11 34 W.

11.55am: Proceeded at 55 revs.

10.45pm: Sunset.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 248 miles]

[Wind increasing in evening, force 7 at midnight, with sea state very rough, temperature 47 to 49F all day]


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11 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.2, Long -11.5

2.51am: Sunrise.

4.30pm: Extinguished small fire in Blacksmith’s shop.

6.30pm: Wind and sea moderating.

10.45pm: Sunset.

[Distance run through the Water: 249.6 miles]

[Winds force 6 to 8 until 8pm, sea state rough to high all day, peak temperature 50F at 4pm]


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12 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.0, Long -11.6

2.45am: Sunrise.

5.16am: Observed HMS “Hilary”.

6.57am: Engines and course as required to close with “Hilary”.

7.4am: Lowered boat. 7.25am: Boat returned with Lieutenant Uncles and prize crew.

7.35am: Proceeded on N66E, 55 revs.

11.29am: Fired a blank charge.

11.33am: Eased speed. Courses as required to close with ST “Stoic” GY1015, Iceland to Lerwick.

[Lat 63 05 N, Long 11 36 W]

8.15pm: Log cleared and streamed.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 220 miles]

[Barometric pressure rising all day, recorded every 2 hours]


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13 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.1, Long -12.0

2.35am: Sunrise.

10.0am: Observed stranger.

10.40am: Altered course NE by N, courses and speeds as required to take station on HMS “Alsatian”.

10.49am: Eased speed and stopped. 10.58am: Lowered boat and sent to Flagship.

11.18am: Boat hoisted. Signalman and Third writer join up.

0.1pm: 55 revs. 0.2pm: Proceeded on S25W (S3W, S47W).

10.2pm: Fog. 48 revs.

10.50pm: Fog cleared.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 246 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Barometric pressure still high, recorded every 2 hours, peaked at 8am at 30.39 over 55, fog and mist late in evening]


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14 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.1, Long -11.9

3.39am: Sunrise.

9.48am: Exercised Abandon Ship.

9.49am: Stopped. Swung out all boats. Lowered starboard boats into water and pulled round ship. Hoisted boats.

10.49am: Proceeded on S25W, zigzagging, 55 revs.

1.0pm: Mustered seaboats crew.

5.30pm: Exercised gun’s crews.

6.0pm: Altered course S34E (S12E, S56E), Log 518.0.

6.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Course and Distance made good: South 243 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: To position S2W, 65 miles]

[Barometric pressure remains high and still recorded every 2 hours, misty at 4am and from 8pm onwards, temperature peaked at 56F at 8pm]


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15 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 57.0, Long -9.5

3.40am: Sunrise.

6.0am: Charthouse Patent Log recorder broken down. Guns crew closed up all watch.

7.53am: Patent Log hauled in 97.

10.21am: Streamed log.

10.30am: Ceased zigzagging.

10.50am: Altered course S59E (S37E, S81W). Zigzag every 15 minutes. Hands clearing up decks, rigging derricks over 3 hatch. Changed to main steering gear.

Noon: Zigzag every 10 minutes.

3.20pm: Barra Head Light House bore S70E(T) 15 miles.

3.45pm: Hands to boat stations to swing out life boat.

6.33pm: Skerryvore Light House abeam 5.8 miles.

8.32pm: Sunset.

9.10pm: Steadied on mid Course S13E.

9.25pm: Oversay Island Light House N58E (True), 2.5 miles. 9.30pm: Altered course S36E (S14E, S58E).

11.10pm: Altered course S15E. No zigzag. Log 200.

11.29pm: Mull of Cantyre abeam 8 miles, altered course S35E, patent log 205.8.

11.50pm: Shaped course S28E. Zig zag (S6E, S50E). Increased 82 Revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 275 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: To position off Barra Head S76E, 52 miles]


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16 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising [actually at Liverpool at noon]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

1.55am: Mew Island Light abeam, distant 7 miles.

3.4am: Sunrise.

4.50am: Chicken Rock Light bore N81.5E.

8.30am: Exercised signals with HMS Dove. Observed Bar Light Vessel.

8.47am: Bar Light Vessel abeam. Course and speed to orders.

9.9am: Formby Light Vessel abeam. Hands swung in life boats.

9.5am: Tug “Cairngarth” alongside. Pilot on board. Postman ashore with mails.

10.21am: Let go Port anchor (75 fathoms).

10.31am: Finished with engines. Hands cleaning ship. Lowered gangway.

[Anchor Bearings (Compass): Ship’s Head N1W, Alfred Dock Tower N84W, Seacombe Ferry N27.5W, Liver Buildings East, Princes Dock Tower N33.5E, Deviation 3 degrees West]

11.0am: Captain ashore.

0.30pm: Captain aboard.

1.30pm: Vessel swinging to ebb.

2.30pm: Vessel swung to ebb.

[Anchor Bearings (ebb tide), By compass: Ship’s head S5E, Alfred Dock Tower S79W, Seacombe Ferry N35W, Liver Buildings Tower S76E, Princes Dock Tower N47E]

4.20pm: Tug alongside. 4.25pm: Tug away.

4.35pm: Tug alongside. 4.50pm: Tug away.

5.0pm: Tug alongside.

8.45pm: Vessel swung to flood.

[Anchor Bearings (Flood tide): Ship’s Head N5E, Seacombe Ferry N22.5W, Birkenhead Ferry S19W, Alfred Dock Tower N74.5W]

9.15pm: Tug away.

11.30pm: Tug alongside.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 325 miles arrived Liverpool]

[Coal Remaining: 607 tons]


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17 June 1915

At Liverpool

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

2.20am: Vessel swung to ebb. Anchor watches kept.

[Anchor Bearings ebb tide: Liver Buildings S63.5E, Clarence Dock N48.5E, Seacombe Ferry N42E, Alfred Dock Tower S77W, Ship’s Head S5E]

7.0am: Hands cleaning flats and washing down.

9.0am: Hands fall in. Tender left with 2 hands to Hospital, working party (9) postman.

9.25am: Tender alongside with stores and working party.

10.0am: Vessel swung to flood.

[Anchor Bearings: Birkenhead Clock Tower N88W, Liverpool Clock Tower S81E, Seacombe church spire N40W, Tall chimney Liverpool S63E]

2.45pm: Vessel swung to ebb.

[Anchor Bearings (ebb tide): Ship’s Head S20E, Seacombe Ferry N35W, Liver Buildings S66E, Princes Dock Tower N47E, Alfred Dock Tower S79W]

4.0pm: Freshening breeze, fine and clear.

5.30pm: Tug ashore with mails.

6.15pm: Tug alongside.

10.10pm: Pilot on board.

10.30pm: Vessel swung to flood.

[Anchor Bearings (Flood tide): Ship’s Head N15E, Liver Tower S84E, Clarence Dock Tower N38E, Seacombe Ferry N27W, Alfred Dock Tower S70W]

[Weather misty early in am and during evening]


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18 June 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

Pilot Mr W Bird.

1.10am: Anchor up, engine and helm as requisite.

1.20am: Tug fast forward. 1.30am: 2 tugs fast aft.

1.45am: Entered locks. 2.0am: Cleared locks.

2.5am: Head and stern lines ashore, proceeded to heave alongside. Made fast as customary.

6.30am: Hands fall in. Gangway shipped.

7.15am: Breasted off for coal lighters.

8.0am: Hove alongside.

10.40am: Seaman Williams left ship.

2.30pm: Joined seaman E Cook RNR, sick bay steward I Polton, Third writer R Harlow, Second class PO P Whale.

5.0pm: Sentry discharged from No 2 magazine.

7.50pm: No 2 magazine inspected by Officer of Day. Correct.

9.0pm: Finished coaling for night.

9.45pm: Lands (Trimmer) 2 hours late.


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19 June 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hove off for coaling lighters.

7.30am: Commenced coaling.

9.0am: Hands employed getting stores aboard and overhauling gear.

10.0am: Sub Lieutenant AN Bushill RNR joined up.

0.45pm: Discharged Lieutenant Commander Cole Hamilton RN.

1.0pm: Liberty men ashore, coaling party finished work.

5.0pm: Liberty men fall in, leave till 7am.

6.0pm: Liberty men fall in, leave till 7am.

8.45pm: Joined four ratings for HMS Pembroke.

9.0pm: Joined Sub Lieutenants RNR Ellis and Wilkinson.


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20 June 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.20am: RC [Roman Catholic] party to church.

10.0am: RC party returned.

10.20am: Firemen liberty party ashore.

4.0pm: Finished coaling for day.

5.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

[Barometric pressure, having been relatively high for some time, now starting to drop, noon temperature 73F]


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21 June 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.0am: Commenced loading sand ballast into No3 hatch.

9.0am: Stewards stores coming aboard.

11.30am: Joined Sub Lieutenants RNR Champion and Dowding.

1.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

1.30pm: Seaman put under sentry’s charge. Taking in stores.

1.30pm: Edwards, Fireman put under sentry's charge.

3.0pm: Two marines ashore on duty.

3.45pm: All stores finished for day. Escort sent to Dale Light [?] for charge of prisoner I McMillan.

4.45pm: Ceased loading sand ballast.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

6.45pm: Discharged Lieutenants RNR De Guerrin [elsewhere given as de Guerin] and MacMillan [elsewhere given as McMillan, though with initial R, so not the one mentioned at 3.45pm].

7.30pm: Edwards, Fireman released.

8.10pm: Finished coaling. Coal received 2243. Total coal received on board 2800 [tons].


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22 June 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

2.40pm: Stores came aboard.

4.45pm: Liberty men ashore.

5.0pm: Shifted gangways and eased lines.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

6.45pm: Shifted gangways.

[Temperature peaked at 66F at 4pm]


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23 June 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

am: Hands stowing stores and cleaning ship.

pm: Hands stowing rum casks in spirit room.

4.20pm: Engine room stores coming aboard.

9.15pm: Telephone removed.

[Rain then mist in am, noon temperature 54.5F]


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24 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising and At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

am: Lost overboard by accident one sword bayonet scabbard.

6.15am: Pilot arrived on board.

6.35am: Landed brow. 6.40am: Singled up fore and aft.

7.25am: Proceeded from berth into lock assisted by tugs “Cavingarth” and “Yewgarth”, engines as required.

7.37am: Entered river. 7.58am: Let go starboard anchor veering cable to 45 fathoms. 8.3am: Rang off engines.

[Anchor Bearings: Seacombe Tower N25W, Princes Dock Tower N49E, Birkenhead dock Tower West, Liver Clock Tower S73E: Ship’s Head N60E.

9.0am: Vessel swung to ebb tide.

9.30am: Tug left with mails and pilot.

[Anchor Bearings: Birkenhead Dock Tower: S74W, Seacombe Tower N39.5W, Princes Dock Tower N49.5E, Liver Clock Tower S67.5E: Ship’s Head S9E]

11.30am: Exercised General Quarters.

11.55am: Anchor aweigh, proceeded to turn ship assisted by tug “Cavingarth”.

0.7pm: Let go tug and proceeded down river at 50 revs. Swung out all boats.

0.57pm: Passed Formby Light Vessel.

1.17pm: Bar Light Vessel abeam. Set course N46W (N24W, N68W) every 10 minutes. HMS “Dee” escorting.

3.50pm: HMS “Dee” parted company.

5.0pm: Altered course N30W (N8W, N52W). 5.4pm: Chickens Rock Light House abeam 2.8 miles.

9.0pm: Mew Island Light House abeam, 6 miles. 9.30pm: Altered course N10E (N32E, N12W).

11.32pm: Mull of Cantyre Light abeam, 1.3 miles. 11.40pm: Zig zag N6W, N50W.


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25 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.7, Long -9.2

0.55am: Mustered sea boats crew.

1.26am: Oversay Light abeam 4.75 miles.

3.41am: Sun rise.

4.38am: Skerryvore abeam 8 miles.

6.52am: Barra Head Light abeam 10 miles.

9.55am: St Kilda bore N29E.

11.0am: Exercised “General quarters”. Sea boats crew mustered. Hands variously employed about ship.

1.25pm: Altered course N40W, patent log 359.8 to close with stranger.

2.10pm: Lowered sea boat and boarded USA “Wico” [?] of New Jersey from Aarhus to Pennsylvania in ballast. Allowed same to proceed, Lat 58 3 N, Long 9 34 W.

2.45pm: Boat hoisted. 2.46pm: Proceeded N22E (North, N44E), 72 revs, log streamed.

4.15pm: Hands swung in boats.

10.30pm: Zig zag every quarter hour.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 343 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: To position 62 47 N, 11 0 W, N10W, 306 miles]


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26 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.0, Long -10.7

5.0am: Altered course N31E to close with stranger. “Laga” [?], Liverpool, Arkangel [Archangel] to Belfast with flax, Lat 60 52 N, Long 9 55 W.

5.25am: Proceeded N26E (N4E, N48E), 60 revs, log 558.

8.50am: Sighted HMS Alsatian.

9.51am: Stop. 9.52am: Alsatian’s boat alongside.

9.59am: Alsatian’s boat away.

10.15am: Proceeded 62 revs, N60W. Station NE 5 cables on Alsatian. Courses and speed various keeping station on Alsatian.

0.15pm: Commenced zigzag N60W (N38W, N82W), log 33.1.

pm: Controls tested. Exercised fire drill in forward ready magazine.

5.30pm: Altered course S1E (S21W, S23E), log 700.5. Met with Montagua [presumably Motagua] and gave her instructions.

8.15pm: Altered course N1E (N26E, N24W].

[Course and Distance made good: Various 276 miles]


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27 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.4, Long -12.9

[am: Mustered by the Open List. Divine Service]

10.45am: Lowered boat and boarded SS “Firda” (Bergen), Leith to Rejkjavik [Reykjavik], cargo of coal.

10.57am: Allowed her to proceed. Lat 62 25 N, Long 12 45 W.

11.7am: Boat returned and hoisted.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 274 miles]

[Barometric pressure relatively high, winds force 3 in pm, with hail in evening, temperature 52F at 4pm]


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28 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.7, Long -12.2

1.34am: Signalled HMS Alcantara, bound North.

6.30am: Altered course S85E to close with SS “Minerva” [there were several ships of this name at this time] from Isafjord to Stornaway.

[Lat 62 25 N, Long 13 2 W]

6.55am: Away sea boat.

7.25am: Hoisted sea boat. 7.30am: Streamed log. Proceeded S6E (S31, S19W).

am: Hands at physical drill and employed variously. Marines parade inspection. Controls tested. Sea boats crew mustered.

Noon: Altered course N3E (N28E, N22W). WT and signal books correct.

3.30pm: Exercised fire drill in third class saloon.

5.0pm: Altered course S3E (S28E, S22W), Log 89.5.

10.0pm: Altered course N4E (zig zag N59E, N21W).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 273 miles]


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29 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.4, Long -12.9

0.45am: Reduced speed. Course various to close with Norwegian SS “Heredia” from Newcastle to Reykiavik [Reykjavik] (Lat 62 25 N, Long 12 41 W).

00.51am: Stop, sea boat away, allowed stranger to proceed.

1.11am: Hoisted sea boat. 1.14am: Proceeded at 60 revs, log streamed, set course N17W (N8E, N42W).

3.6am: Altered course S4W (S2E, S29W).

8.0am: Altered course N1E (N24W, N26E).

am: Hands at physical drill and employed variously.

1.0pm: Altered course S3E (zig zag S28E, S22W), Log 529.4.

5.50pm: One cell prisoner released. No complaints.

6.0pm: Altered course N3E (N28E, N22W), Log 93.0.

11.0pm: Altered course S1E (S24W, S26E).

[No indication of distance covered]


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30 June 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.0, Long -12.5

1.45am: Spoke HMS India.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 274 miles]

[Log just records routine matters and changes in speed and course. Weather unremarkable, peak temperature 52F at 4pm]


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LOGS FOR JULY 1915


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for July 1915]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and Captain, as before]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.1, Long -12.7

Midnight: Spoke HMS Andes.

1.20am: Sighted HMS Hildebrand.

1.58am: Stop, sea boat away. Courses various.

2.17am: Sea boat hoisted, streamed log 101.4. 2.20am: Proceeded 60 revs, set course N21E (N4E, N46E).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 270 miles]


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2 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.7, Long -13.0

9.0am: Altered course N60E to close with trawler.

9.16am: Stopped and spoke ST Oceanic GY863 from Iceland to Fleetwood. (Lat 62 15 N, Long 12 45 W).

9.18am: Proceeded on course.

am: Hands to physical drill. Cleaning ship, small arm and 6 inch gun drill.

0.30pm: Mustered by the open list. Paid quarterly settlement.

pm: Sea boats crew mustered. Exercised fire drill in seamen’s mess deck. Controls tested.

3.40pm: Ship’s company at physical drill.

4.53pm: Altered course N45W, log 84.3 to close with stranger.

6.24pm: Slow ahead. Spoke ST “Thomas Stratton” (H116) from Hull to West coast Iceland.

6.32pm: Allowed her to proceed. Full ahead, set course N17E (zigzag N8W, N42E), log 107.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 273 miles]

[Winds force 3 or 4 all day, barometric pressure generally dropping, temperature between 50 and 52F all day]


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3 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.7, Long -12.2

[A day of routine log entries, all shown here as an example:]

0.30am: Controls tested.

2.0am: Altered course N3E (N28E, N22W), log 601.4. Sea boats crew mustered.

4.0am: Rounds correct. WT and signal books correct.

5.0am: Sea boats crew mustered. Controls tested.

7.0am: Altered course S3E (S22W, S28E).

8.0am: WT and signal books correct.

8.30am: Altered course S1E (S26E, S24W), log 84.0.

10.34am: Half speed both engines.

11.0am: Controls tested. Saturday routine.

Noon: Altered course N1E (zigzag N26E, N22W), log 724. WT and signal books correct.

Noon: Full ahead both. Reduced to 50 revs.

0.22pm: Half speed both engines. log 729.2.

2.30pm: Full speed (50 revs). Controls tested.

4.0pm: WT and signal books correct.

4.5pm: Reduced to 42 revs, log 765.7.

6.0pm: Altered course S1E (S24W, S26E).

7.0pm: Controls tested.

8.0pm: WT and signal books correct.

8.50pm: Increased to 50 revs.

10.0pm: Full speed.

10.30pm: Altered course N1W (zigzag N26W, N24E) log 26.2.

10.35pm: Increased to 54 revs.

11.0pm: Rounds correct.

11.35pm: Sea boats crew mustered.

Midnight: WT and signal books correct.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 273 miles]

[Fog and mist from noon onwards, temperature 56F at 4pm]


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4 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.5, Long -13.2 [from Double Altitude at 10.14am]

1.15am: Half speed both engines, Log 858.3.

3.0am: Altered course S1W. Stopped zigzag, Log 872.7.

6.20am: Fog cleared. 6.30am: Full speed ahead at 50 revs, commenced zigzag. Log 98.

7.0am: Half speed. Courses and engines as requisite to close with object.

7.5am: Opened fire on object.

7.20am: Sank object. 7.22am: Proceeded full speed, 50 revs.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

10.15am: Position by double altitude Lat 62 10.5 N, Long 12 50 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 210 miles]

[Fog through early part of am, misty during pm, hail at 8pm, then foggy again]


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5 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.1, Long -12.4

5.53am: Reduced to half speed on account of fog.

6.43am: Fog cleared. Increased to full speed. 60 revs.

8.2am: Slow ahead to close with stranger.

8.9am: Stop both engines as requisite to close with schooner “Maageri”. (Lat 61 32 N, Long 12 5 W), bound Dysart to Reykjavik.

8.20am: Away sea boat in charge of Lieutenant Uncles.

8.45am: Sea boat returned, allowed schooner Maageri to proceed. Hoisted sea boat.

8.50am: Proceeded half speed. 8.52am: Full ahead 60 revs. 8.55am: Set course N1E (N26E, N24W).

am: Exercised stations “Abandon ship”, “General Quarters” and “Collision mats”. Controls tested.

2.26pm: Slow. Spoke Trawlers GY371 “Aralia” and GY1095 “Nuttalia” [Nuttallia, listed here] from Grimsby to Iceland, Lat 62 1 N, Long 12 19 W.

2.29pm: Proceeded 60 revs.

7.36pm: Reduced to 42 revs (foggy).

8.11pm: Full speed. Increased to 58 revs.

8.45pm: Half speed, 42 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 246 miles]

[Mist and fog in am, clearer at noon but fog, sometimes thick, during evening]


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6 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.2, Long -12.5

[Course and Distance made good: Various 212 miles]

[Log records routine activities and changes in course and speed while cruising/patrolling to and fro. Mist and fog most of am and misty again at 4pm]


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7 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.1, Long -12.9

9.52am: Stopped (log 48.9), dropped target.

9.58am: Proceeded at 58 revs. Course as required. Carried out 1 inch aiming rifle practice. Connected after steering position.

10.58am: Stopped and as required, picked up target. Connected fore steering position.

11.11am: Proceeded at 58 revs, set course N1E. Streamed log 48.5.

3.44pm: Course and speed as required to close with HMS “Hilary”.

3.52pm: Stopped and sent away Starboard sea boat.

4.5pm: Sea boat returned. 4.9pm: Sea boat hoisted.

4.13pm: Proceeded at 58 revs, patent log streamed.

10.30pm: Altered course S20E, log 78.7 to close with schooner “Bien” bound Reyjavik [Reykjavik] to Stonehaven.

10.57pm: Full speed, 58 revs, set course S26E.

11.0pm: Streamed log (Lat 61 44 N, Long 12 15 W).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 251 miles]

[Noon temperature 55F, rain all pm]


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8 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -12.8

7.27am: Stopped. Lowered sea boat, boarded “Hinrick” out of Larvick [Larvik] from Leith to Reyjavik [Reykjavik]. Allowed to proceed. (Lat 61 39 N, Long 12 5 W).

7.45am: Sea boat hoisted. 7.48am: Proceeded 58 revs, S1E (S24W, S26E). Streamed patent log.

9.30am: Ship’s company to physical drill. Hands cleaning ship, rifle drill, guns crew cleaning guns, etc. Controls tested.

1.30pm: Altered course S26E to close with steamer.

2.32pm: Slow ahead. Engines and courses as required to close with same.

2.38pm: Lowered boat and boarded SS “Falls City” [listed here] from Chile to Archangel.

[Boarding Position: Lat 61 52 N, Long 12 20 W]

3.14pm: Hoisted boat, allowed same to proceed. 3.17pm: Proceeded S1E (S26E, S24E), 58 revs.

3.45pm: Ship’s company at physical drill.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 248 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Rain from time to time during day, wind increasing in evening to force 5, temperature peaked at 62F at 4pm]


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9 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.0, Long -12.9

0.37pm: Reduced speed to close with vessel, helm as required.

0.48pm: Port sea boat away. Boarded SS “Bergensfiord” [Bergensfjord], engines and helm as required to keep ship in position.

[Boarding Position: Lat 61 49 N, Long 12 56 W]

2.49pm: Sea boat returned. 2.53pm: Ordered “Bergensfiord” to proceed. Hoisted sea boat.

3.1pm: Proceeded full speed, streamed log and set course S47E (S22E, S72E), 58 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 241 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Winds force 7 to 6 in am, with sea state very rough, force 5 to 4 in pm, sea moderating]


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10 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.2, Long -12.5

7.10am: Spoke HMS “Changuinola”.

8.10am: Passed ST “Antonio” of Hull ([H]990).

am: Hands at usual Saturday routine.

10.45pm: Steadied on S22W to close with steamer.

11.15pm: Lowered starboard sea boat and boarded Danish SS Gullfoss [probably Gullfoss (1) listed here]. Lat 61 49 N, Long 12 16 W.

11.50pm: Sea boat returned.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 228 miles]

[Winds force 5 or 6 for most of day, sea state rough to very rough, temperature 52F at 4pm]


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11 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.1, Long -12.6

0.6am: Sent armed guard in charge of Sub Lieutenant Ellis on board.

0.21am: SS “Gulfoss” proceeded.

0.22am: Sea boat returned. 0.44am: Proceeded on S3E (S28E, S22W), 58 revs.

10.0am: Mustered for Divisions and Divine Service. Sea boats crew mustered.

5.50pm: Passed ST GY494 “Nellie Bruce”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 240 miles]


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12 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -12.6

6.20am: Passed ST H223 [Commander Holbrook].

6.35am: Passed ST H233 [Commander Horton, listed here].

10.45pm: Spoke HMS “Hildebrand”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 253 miles]

[Zig zagging to and fro on patrol, changing course every 4 hours. Rain and showers for most of day]


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13 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.2, Long -12.7

[Course and Distance made good: Various 257 miles]

[Log just records routine activities and changes in speed and course. Wind force 4 to 5 most of day, rain and showers on and off, noon temperature 52F]


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14 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.1, Long -12.4

5.16am: Lowered sea boat, examined “Fox II” of Copenhagen from Copenhagen to Greenland, allowed to proceed.

[Boarding Position: Lat 61 46 N, Long 12 10 W]

5.44am: Proceeded at 58 revs, patent log streamed. 5.45am: Set course S1W (S26W, S24E), Log 15.0.

7.0am: Midshipmen at physical frill.

9.30am: Hands to physical drill. Midshipmen at 6 pounder gun.

11.35am: Spoke HMS “Digby”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 240 miles]


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15 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.8, Long -12.1

10.42am: Spoke HMS Digby.

1.0pm: Spoke HMS “Changuinola”.

4.31pm: Reduced speed and as required, spoke British Trawler “Sea Horse” H533, Hull to Iceland. Lat 61 2 N, Long 11 21 W.

4.45pm: Proceeded at 58 revs.

7.5pm: Patent log hauled in 68.8. Spoke HMS Mantua and HMS Ambrose.

7.15pm: Eased speed. Courses as required. 7.20pm: Stop and received armed guard under Sub Lieutenant Ellis from “Duke of Cornwall”.

7.40pm: Sea boat returned. 7.45pm: Proceeded at 58 revs, set course N24E (N49E, N1W).

10.54pm: Half speed. Engines and courses as required to close with Danish schooner “Mars”.

[Position: Lat 61 12 N, Long 11 47 W]

11.26pm: Proceeded full speed, set course S16E (S9W, S41E).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 254 miles]


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16 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.7, Long -11.8

9.30am: Exercised “General Quarters”. Hands clean ship.

10.25am: Lowered sea boat and boarded Danish schooner “Emelie” of Thuro from Ronneby [in Sweden] to Reykjavik with amber.

[Boarding Position: Lat 61 13 N, Long 11 42 W]

10.32am: Allowed her to proceed.

10.55am: Boat hoisted. 10.58am: Proceeded on N4W, 58 revs.

11.28am: Stop, lowered sea boat and boarded Danish schooner “Confidence” of Thuro from Burnt Island with coal to Seidisfiord [Seydisfjord?] (Iceland).

[Lat 61 18 N, Long 11 46 W]

11.55am: Allowed her to proceed.

11.57am: Proceed on North (N25E, N25W), 58 revs.

10.28pm: Stopped. Engines and courses as required.

10.31pm: Lowered boat and boarded SS “Hans Egede” of Copenhagen from Greenland to Copenhagen with whale oil.

[Lat 61 41 N, Long 12 35 W]

11.19pm: Hoisted boat. 11.31pm: Proceed on S70E (S45E, N85E), 42 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 237 miles]


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17 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.0, Long -12.2

5.30am: Exercised guns crews and supply parties.

am: Hands at physical drill and cleaning ship.

6.30pm: Altered course S80E, closed with ST “Nattallia” [actually Nuttallia] GY1095.

6.40pm: Altered course North (N25W, N25E).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 225 miles]


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18 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.2, Long -12.6

Midnight: Altered course North (N25E, N25W).

4.0am: Altered course S2E (S27E, S23W).

5.45am: Passed Danish schooner “N Hansen”.

8.0am: Altered course North (N25E, N25W).

10.0am: Mustered by Divisions - Divine Service.

4.15pm: Altered course North (N25E, N25W).

8.0pm: Altered course S2E (S27E, S23W).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 260 miles]

[Unusually clear visibility for much of the day, peak temperature 56F at noon and 4 pm]


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19 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.0, Long -12.5

3.0pm: Fog set in. 3.10pm: 38 revs.

4.0pm: Fog cleared - 58 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 246 miles]

[Log just records routine matters and changes in course (about every 4 hours) and speed. Drizzle and rain most of am, wind increasing to force 7 at noon, less windy in pm but fog, sometimes thick, on and off, barometric pressure relatively low all day, peak temperature 54F at 4pm]


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20 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.0, Long -12.5

1.0am: 58 revs. Fog cleared.

7.30am: Fog set in.

8.35am: Fog cleared.

6.40pm: Spoke Swedish SS “Norbotten” [probably Norrbotten] to Stornaway.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 219 miles]

[Rain in early morning, then mist and fog for rest of day, wind force 5 or 6 in pm, sea state rough to very rough for much of day, temperature 49 to 51F all day]


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21 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.9, Long -11.5

2.50am: Spoke HMS “Columbella”.

4.0am: Spoke HMS “Orotava”.

am: Hands at loader, painting and cleaning ship.

1.14pm: Observed HMS “Alsatian”.

1.48pm: Altered course N22E (N6W, N50E), speed as required to keep station on flagship.

2.42pm: Lowered seaboat and proceeded to flagship.

3.03pm: Seaboat hoisted. 3.19pm: Proceeded as required. 3.25pm: Stop.

4.42pm: Proceeded on S19E (S6W, S44E), 58 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 255 miles]


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22 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.3, Long -7.8

10.0am: Swung out all boats.

10.53am: Barra Head Light House abeam 9 miles.

10.58am: Eased speed, spoke armed trawler No 23 “Bellona” [listed here].

0.15pm: Spoke HMS “Donegal” standing to Northward.

4.40pm: Oversay Light House abeam distant 11 miles.

8.4pm: Maidens Light House abeam distant 4.5 miles.

9.28pm: Mew Island abeam distant 7 miles.

10.17pm: Mull of Galloway Light abeam, distant 13 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 245 miles]

[Misty during am, rain on and off in pm, relatively low barometric pressure all day]


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23 July 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising and At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

5.0am: Stopped zigzag, altered course S67E. 5.10am: Hauled in patent log 104.3.

5.19am: Bar Light ship abeam.

5.34am: Formby Light Ship abeam. 5.44am: Spoke Seaforth battery.

[Draft: Forward 18ft 9”, Aft 22’ 9”]

6.9am: Stopped to pick up pilot.

[Pilot Mr W Gaskell]

6.13am: Slow ahead both. 6.40am: Picked up tugs.

6.52am: Entered locks, 3 tugs in attendance.

7.1am: Cleared locks. Bow and stern lines ashore. Hove alongside and moored as customary.

7.13am: Finished with engines. 7.45am: Shipped gangway.

11.0am: Mails (19 bags came on board).

11.30am: Officers on long leave went ashore.

Noon: 4 RNR ratings joined up.

1.0pm: Starboard watch ashore for long leave.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 249 miles]

[Coal Remaining: 517 tons]


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24 July 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

9.15am: 2 sick men left the ship.

9.30am: Armourers crew on board dismounting the guns.

11.30am: Party getting stores on board.

11.45am: Fatigue party.

1.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

4.30pm: Liberty men ashore.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore. Warrant Read No 21.

[Temperature 67F at noon]


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25 July 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.50am: Roman Catholick [sic] Church party ashore in charge of Leading Seaman McCarty.

10.0am: Roman Catholicks returned.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

0.9pm: Mails on board.

1.0pm: Liberty men ashore.


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26 July 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

9.0am: Hands fall in to paint and clean ship.

3.0pm: A Coleman returned from Hospital. Raining heavily, painting party cease work.

3.50pm: Hands fall in to get stores on board.

4.30pm: All stores on board. Liberty men ashore.

5.0pm: Liberty men ashore. Warrant Read No 22.

[Heavy rain recorded at 4pm, thunder, rain and hail at 6pm, then fog and more rain at 11pm]


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27 July 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

10.0am: Assistant Surgeon Joe RNVR joined up.

4.0pm: Painters stores taken on board.

4.30pm: Liberty men ashore.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

[Rain on and off in pm, with thunder in late evening]


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28 July 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

9.0am: Hands fall in, cleaning paintwork etc.

10.30am: Stores taken on board.

3.0pm: Shifted gangway.

3.30pm: Hove ship away from wharf.

4.30pm: Liberty men ashore.

5.0pm: Liberty men (stokers) fall in.

5.30pm: 3 Seamen and 1 Marine joined up from HMS Pembroke.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

8.45pm: T Henderson absentee apprehended by police.


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[presumably 29 July, but file will not open]


29 July 1915


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30 July 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

am: Hands cleaning ship and getting stores on board.

Noon: Ceased coaling. [which is odd because coaling not previously mentioned]

1.15pm: Hands fall in, clean ship and shifting stores.

3.55pm: Gangway ashore.

4.30pm: Let go and proceeded towards dry dock, 2 tugs aft, 2 forrad [sic - forward].

4.33pm: Entered locks. 4.36pm: Stern line fouled tug’s propeller.

4.37pm: Stern line clear. 4.42pm: Cleared locks.

5.0pm: Swung ship. 5.15pm: Made fast a second tug forrad [sic].

5.26pm: Entered locks. 5.33pm: Cleared locks.

6.10pm: Bow and stern line ashore and proceeded to heave alongside.

6.30pm: Made fast. 7.0pm: Gangway down.

8.5pm: Liberty party watch keeping firemen ashore.

11.0pm: Rounds correct, called hands to shift ship.

11.24pm: Hands fall in, took in gangway.

11.45pm: Singled up. 11.55pm: Let go and proceeded towards Dry dock, 2 tugs forrad, 2 aft.

Midnight: All correct. Prisoner correct.


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31 July 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

0.5am: Bow line ashore (port and starboard). 0.10am: Let go forrad tugs.

0.20am: Entered Dry dock. 0.23am: Starboard bow rope carried away.

0.27am: Starboard bow rope ashore.

0.45am: Let go tugs aft. 0.55am: Vessel in dock. 1.0am: Placing shores.

3.0am. Rounds and prisoner correct.

5.10am: Vessel on blocks.

6.30am: Rounds and 2 cell prisoners correct.

8.15am: Seaman Kingdom returned aboard (25 hours adrift).

9.0am: Dock dry.

1.0pm: Liberty party ashore.

2.0pm: Working party getting stores aboard.

4.30pm: Liberty men fall in.

5.0pm: Working party supplying water for galley.

5.45pm: Telephone on board.

6.0pm: Liberty men fall in.

11.30pm: Seaman Smith returned 34.5 hours adrift.


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LOGS FOR AUGUST 1915


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for August 1915]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and EL Booth, [now] Commodore]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 August 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

2.0am: Rounds and 1 cell prisoner correct.

5.15am: Rounds and 2 cell prisoners correct.

8.15am: Seaman Graham RNR returned 14 hours late.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

10.30am: Liberty men ashore.

0.20pm: Liberty men ashore.

4.45pm: Liberty men ashore.

11.20pm: Rounds and 2 prisoners correct.


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2 August 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

am: Hands cleaning paintwork and painting.

4.30pm: Liberty men ashore.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

10.0pm: Rounds and 1 prisoner correct.

[Rain from 8pm]


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3 August 1915


At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

0.20am: Absentee Fireman McCarthy returned 17 hours adrift.

2.30am: Rounds and prisoner correct.

3.0am: Heavy rain showers.

7.0am: Coyle (Trimmer) returned 24 hours late.

9.0am: Hands fall in, employed painting ship.

9.30am: Lieutenant Lorraine left the ship.

11.20am: Hands getting stores on board.

11.45am: I Duren [?] returned 52.5 hours late.

pm: Hands painting and getting stores aboard.

4.30pm: Liberty men ashore.

5.0pm: Seaman Ellerington returned 10 hours late.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

9.30pm: Rounds and 1 prisoner correct.


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4 August 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

0.45am: Fireman Shea returned 17.75 hours late.

3.30am: Rounds and 1 prisoner correct.

9.0am: Hands fall in, painting ship.

2.0pm: Fireman Jarrity returned and placed under sentry’s charge.

2.45pm: Dock workman finished painting ship’s side.

pm: Hands painting ship and stowing stores.

4.45pm: Liberty men ashore.

5.0pm: Duty men getting stores on board.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

7.0pm: B of T [Board of Transport] Surveyor surveyed cables.

9.0pm: Clarke (stoker RN) returned 38 hours late.

9.30pm: Rounds and prisoner correct.


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5 August 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands cleaning mess decks and painting ship.

8.30am: Fireman Freeman found on board (broke out August 3rd 8am).

am: All bilge plugs examined, 2 new ones put in after engine room bilge. Hands cleaning ship and getting stores on board.

0.30pm: Surgeon (Probationary) Crieg RNVR for HMS Mantua joined up.

0.45pm: Commenced filling dock.

1.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

1.15pm: Ship afloat. 1.30pm: Gangway ashore.

2.40pm: Proceeded from dry dock, 2 tugs aft.

3.5pm: Cleared locks. 3.10pm: 2 tugs fast forrad [forward], proceeded down dock (Pilot Mr Hughes).

4.20pm: Bow and stern lines ashore, hove alongside, moored as customary.

4.30pm: Read Warrant 23 to Freeman Stoker.

5.0pm: Gangway out.

5.30pm: Coal lighters alongside.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore. Commenced coaling.

6.15pm: Liberty men ashore.

9.30pm: Finished coaling.

11.0pm: Rounds and 1 prisoner correct.

[Coal Remaining: 458 tons]


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6 August 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.0am: Rounds and 1 prisoner correct.

7.45am: Commenced coaling.

9.0am: Commenced to get stores on board.

11.30am: Stores on board.

0.45pm: Telephone connected up.

1.0pm: Greaser Hay discharged from HMS Otway.

1.0pm: Starboard watch on leave.

1.15pm: Ships stores coming on board and 400 zinc plates for engineroom.

4.30pm: Liberty men ashore.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

9.0pm: Shift coal barges.

[Provisions received: Fresh Meat 226 carcases, Vegetables 19 sacks, 27 barrels]


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7 August 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Ceased coaling and work on guns.

8.0am: Coaling and work on guns resumed.

8.20am: Private Bix (RMLI) [Royal Marines Light Infantry] went to Hospital.

10.11am: Taking in 6 inch towing wire.

Noon: Finished mounting guns.

0.10pm: Lifting crane left ship.

0.20pm: Hove ship alongside quay.

1.15pm: Hands fall in. Stores coming aboard.

5.30pm: Shifted ship further astern.

6.0pm: Engineer Sub Lieutenant Jones RNR for HMS Alsatian joined up.

7.30pm: 2 stokers returned 12 hours late, 1 man put in cells.

8.45pm: Commenced shifting ship.

9.45pm: All fast.

11.30pm: 4 gangs knocked off coaling.

11.50pm: 4 Marines and 1 Sergeant ashore as escort.

Midnight: 1 gang working coal Port side aft.


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8 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising and At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.0am: Escort returned on board.

1.15am: Rounds and 1 prisoner and 1 man under sentry’s charge correct.

5.0am. Rounds correct. Starboard coaling gang knocked [off?].

6.0am: Port coaling gang knocked off.

6.45am: 1 Stoker returned, broke out of ship August 6th.

9.10am: Hands fall in, prepared ship for sea.

11.0am: Resumed coaling.

0.30pm: Coaling party ashore.

1.45pm: Resumed coaling.

[Draft leaving. Forward 21' 8" Aft 26' 6"]

6.30pm: Pilot (Mr S Jones) on board.

6.45pm: Finished coaling.

7.30pm: Let go all, 2 tugs in attendance. 7.45pm: Passing through locks.

7.55pm: Made fast in basin.

8.0pm: Exercised “General Quarters”. 8.25pm: Disperse.

8.55pm: Let go and entered locks. 9.6pm: Cleared locks, let go tugs.

9.16pm: Pilot left. 9.20pm: Proceeded at 48 revs.

9.38pm: North wall Light abeam.

10.2pm: Formby Light Vessel abeam.

10.46pm: Bar Light Vessel abeam, set course N47W (N25W, N69W).

11.28pm: Patent log streamed and set.

[Coal received: 2420 tons, Coal Remaining: 2838 tons]

[Fog and mist for most of day, very little wind, temperature 64F at 4pm]


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9 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 55.3, Long -6.6

5.54am: Observed South Rock Light Vessel bearing N34W magnetic.

9.5am: Maidens Light House abeam distant 4.5 miles.

9.47am: Reduced to 57 revs, log 37.5 (thick weather).

am: Starboard watch at guns. Port watch cleaning ship.

11.0am: Commenced zigzag N47W, N69W.

0.55pm: Inistrahull [Inishtrahull] Light House bore West (True) distant 10 miles. 1.0pm: Altered course N3W (zigzag N19E, N25W), Log 179.8.

4.0pm: Spoke HMS Hildebrand.

4.18pm: Skerryvore bore N87E (compass), Log 29.6.

5.40pm: Warrant No 25 read.

6.39pm: Barra Head bore N87E, log 63.5.

9.4pm: Altered course and stopped. 9.8pm: Patent log hauled in 100.4. Engines as required to salve bale of cotton, [Lat] 57 8 N, [Long] 8 28 W.

9.42pm: Proceeded at 71 revs on N17W (N39W, N5E).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 179 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: To position 10 miles East of Inistrahull Light House N63W (True), 12.5 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Mist in early morning, temperature peaked at 65F at 4pm]


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10 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.2, Long -11.0

1.0am: Zigzag every 15 minutes.

5.30am: Rounds and 2 cell prisoners correct.

6.30am: Spoke HMS “King Orry”.

8.20am: Demand and challenge with HMS "Ebro".

9.30am: Spoke HMS “Arlanza”.

3.55pm: Spoke HMS “Changuinola”.

9.40pm: Spoke HMS “Mantua”. Continued zigzag until 9.30.

9.55pm: Patent log hauled in 625.9, engines as required.

10.5pm: HMS “Mantua’s” sea boat alongside. Probationary Surgeon Creig left HMS Otway for HMS Mantua.

10.23pm: Proceeded at 55 revs, N73E (N51E, S85E), patent log streamed 625.9.

11.30pm: Rounds and 1 cell prisoner correct.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 330 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: to Position 62 0 N, 11 0 W, North 109 miles]

[Fog at 5pm and 8pm]


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11 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.8, Long -6.5

7.15am: Altered course left hand course N51E to intercept stranger.

11.45am: Altered course S74E (zigzag S54E, N86E), log 802.8 to close with HMS “Alsatian”.

0.18pm: Port sea boat away in charge of Midshipman Robertson. Engineer Sub Lieutenant Jones left HMS Otway for HMS Alsatian.

0.43pm: Sea boat returned and hoisted. Engines and courses as required. 0.45pm: Full ahead both engines. 0.50pm; Steadied on East (zigzag East, N22E).

1.8pm: Stop both.

2.32pm: Full ahead both on S84E (S62E, N74E), 60 revs. 2.40pm: Log streamed 808.8.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 271 miles]


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12 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 65.0, Long 2.4 [corrected from noon log entry indicating W instead of E for Longitude]

8.45am: Altered course N8E, log 39.3 to close with HMS “Virginian”.

9.2am: Sea boat away. 9.36am: Sea boat returned.

9.41am: Sea boat hoisted. 9.43am: Full speed ahead both.

10.0pm: Altered course North to close with SS “Eric Calvert” (Archangel to Preston).

[Stellar Position at 10.17: Lat 64 50 N, Long 5 15 E].

10.13pm: Patent log hauled in 200.4.

10.29pm: Sea boat away. 10.52pm: Sea boat returned.

10.56pm: Full ahead both engines. 10.58pm: Streamed log. 11.0pm: Proceeded S77E (N78E, S49E) 60 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 246 miles]


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13 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 64.4, Long 9.3

2.0am: Commenced zigzag every 10 minutes.

3.39am: Stopped to board Swedish SS Gotaland [mentioned in log of HMS India here]. 3.46am: Starboard sea boat away.

4.25am: Boat returns. 4.30am: Proceeded. 4.35am: Patent Log streamed. 4.36am: Set course S15W (S26W, S4W).

5.30am: Hoisted MN [probably signal flags], P1, S1, P4, S4 guns crew closed up.

6.2am: Fired blank 6 pounder charge.

6.7am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian trawler “Bjarne” (bound Aalesund), cargo of fish.

[Boarding Position: [Lat] 64 20 N, [Long] 6 54 E]

6.29am: Proceeded and set course S82E (N70E, S54E) at 60 revs.

9.30am: Practised “General Quarters”. 10.0am: Disperse. Starboard watch to guns. Port watch clean ship.

0.15pm: Halten Island Light House abeam, distant 13.5 miles.

2.54pm: Stand by, to close with Trawler [HMS] “Tenby Castle”. 2.57pm: Patent log in. 3.0pm: Stop both engines.

3.11pm: “Tenby Castle” alongside. Engine and helm as required.

5.16pm: “Tenby Castle” left with Midshipman Lunnocks and 4 men for Armed Guard.

5.18pm: Set course N33W (N61W, N5W), 60 revs.

7.19pm: Reduced speed and stopped. 7.26pm: Port sea boat away to “Tenby Castle” with Mr Paxton (Second Engineer) and provisions for armed guard.

8.20pm: Courses various to close with “Tenby Castle” and “Rushcot” [presumably HM Trawler Rushcoe].

8.45pm: Sea boat returned with engineers. 8.50pm: Sea boat away. 8.56pm: Sea boat returned.

9.0pm: Sea boat away. 9.5pm: Sea boat returned.

9.40pm: Sea boat away. 9.45pm: Sea boat returned.

9.49pm: Sea boat hoisted. 9.50pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. 9.52pm: Streamed log. 9.53pm: Course N63W (zig zag S89W, N35W).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 251 miles]


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14 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 64.9, Long 4.8

4.20pm: Cell prisoner (Warrant No 25) released.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 250 miles]

[Apart from this a routine day zigzagging to and fro on patrol, in unremarkable weather]


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15 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 64.8, Long 6.6

[Course and Distance made good: Various 268 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: To position Northern end of patrol N79W, 70 miles]

[Log records only routine matters and changes in speed and course while cruising/patrolling. Mist and fog from 4pm to 8pm, temperature peaked at 70F at noon]


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16 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 64.7, Long 7.7

9.40am: Altered course S60E to close with trawler.

9.45am: Sea boat away. 9.50am: Boarded Norwegian ST “Drot”.

[Boarding Position: Lat 64 46 N, Long 6 52 E]

10.2am: Sea boat returned, ordered trawler to proceed.

10.5am: Sea boat hoisted. 10.6am: Proceeded at 60 revs. 10.7am: Set course S74E (zigzag S46E, N78E).

am: Controls tested. Port watch at guns. Port watch scrubbing decks. Party at small arm drill.

1.0pm: Altered course N43E, log 240, to close with SS “Bauta Horge” [?] from Arkangle [Archangel] to Lowestoft.

[Boarding Position: Lat 64 50 N, Long 8 10 E]

1.35pm: Stop both. Engine and helm as required. 1.40pm: Sea boat away in charge of Lieutenant Uncles.

2.0pm: Sea boat returned and hoisted. 2.4pm: Full ahead both engines, streamed patent log.

[Sounding from 3.10 to 4.0pm]

4.19pm: Stop both, patent log hauled in 74.5. 4.25pm: Captain of “Tenby Castle” came on board.

4.25pm: Captain left with provisions for “Otway’s” armed guard.

5.15pm: Full ahead. 5.20pm: Set course N65W (zigzag S87W, N37W), patent log streamed.

7.40pm: Altered course N19E (no zigzag) to close with steamer, log 304.0

8.3pm: Patent log hauled in, 309.2. Fired 6 pound blank charge.

8.20pm: Sea boat away. Boarded Danish steamer “Havet” from Elsinore to Onega.

8.40pm: Sea boat returned, ordered “Havet” to proceed.

8.42pm: Sea boat hoisted. Proceeded 60 revs. 8.43pm: Patent Log streamed. 8.45pm: Set course N73W (zig zag N45W, S79W).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 261 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: To RV [Rendezvous] S85E, 43 miles]


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17 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 64.9, Long 4.3

3.30am: Altered course N45E, log 96.5 to close with stranger.

4.55am: Six pounder blank fired. 4.58am: 6 inch blank fired 5.7am: 6 inch blank fired.

5.18am: Stopped. Starboard sea boat away with Sub Lieutenant Champion to board Norwegian steamer “Victoria” of Bergen.

5.29am: Sea boat returned. 5.31am: Sea boat hoisted. 5.33am: Full ahead. 5.35am: Proceeded, set course S89W (N63W, S61W), Log 16.0.

9.25am: Patent log hauled in 469.4 and stopped. Dropped target.

9.53am: Proceeded as required. Carried out 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

10.47am: Stopped. Picked up target. 10.56am: Proceeded at 60 revs, set course S26E (S2W, S54E), patent log streamed.

3.0pm: Altered course N25W (N53W, N3W), Log 22.4.

5.0pm: Altered course S70E (S42E, N82E), Log 47.1.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 167.2 miles]

[Weather unremarkable, temperature 52F all am, 53F all pm]


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18 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising.

Lat 65.1, Long 5.1

6.7am: Stopped and Port sea boat away with Lieutenant Uncles to board Russian steamer “Frixos” bound to Archangel.

[Boarding Position: Lat 64 43 N, Long 6 0 E]

6.25am: Boat returned and hoisted. 6.31am: Full ahead. 6.33am: Patent Log streamed 14.9. 6.34am: Set course S78W (Log 15.5) zigzag (S50W, N74W).

9.10am: Altered course N25W (zigzag N3E, N53W) log 49.2, steady on N3E to close with steamer.

10.5am: Boarded Norwegian steamer “Hjordis”, Iceland to Christianasund.

[Boarding Position: Lat 64 40 N, Long 4 48 E]

10.19am: Boat returned. 10.20am: Ordered “Hjordis” to proceed.

10.25am: Proceeded at 60 revs, set course N25W (N3E, N53W).

1.0pm: Altered course S30E to close with SS “Kenilworth” from Port Talbot to Kem [White Sea].

[Boarding Position: Lat 64 51 N, Long 5 15 E]

1.45pm: Sea boat away in charge of Lieutenant Uncles.

1.59pm: Sea boat returned. 2.4pm: Full ahead both engines. 2.6pm: Proceeded N58W (N86W, N30W), Log 99.3.

3.35pm: Altered course North to close with stranger.

4.2pm: Sea boat away. Boarded SS “Weimar” of Leith [listed here] from Koods [?] (White Sea) to London.

[Boarding Position: Lat 65 0 N, Long 4 30 E]

4.25pm: Sea boat returned and hoisted. 4.30pm: Full ahead, set course N73W (zigzag S79W, N45W), patent log streamed 23.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 251 miles]


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19 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 65.0, Long 5.7

[Course and Distance made good: Various 255 miles]

[Log records routine matters and changes in course and speed. Weather unremarkable, peak temperature 59F at 4pm]


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20 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 65.0, Long 5.6

[Course and Distance made good: Various 267 miles]

[Another day of routine while cruising/patrolling in zigzag fashion. Rain through middle of day]


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21 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 64.7, Long 5.8

9.31am: Engine and helm as required to close with floating object.

9.45am: Sunk object by rifle fire. 9.45am: Proceeded on course at 60 revs. 9.47am: Patent Log streamed.

am: Starboard watch at guns. Port watch cleaning ship.

1.40pm: Observed HMS “Hildebrand” ahead.

2.15pm: Sent sea boat to “Hildebrand”, engines and helm as required.

[Position Rendezvous: Lat 64 51 N, Long 4 48 E]

2.46pm: Sea boat hoisted. 2.52pm: Patent log streamed. Proceeded at 60 revs. 2.56pm: Set course S77E (S49E, N75E).

7.32pm: Altered course S38W, log 800.5 to close with stranger.

7.57pm: Sea boat away. 8.0pm: Boarded Norwegian ST “Aklia” [?] from Aalesund, ordered her to proceed.

[Boarding Position: Lat 64 44 N, Long 6 56 E]

8.16pm: Sea boat returned. 8.21pm: Sea boat hoisted. 8.24pm: Set course N62W (West, N34W).

8.26pm: Proceeded at 60 revs, patent log streamed 803.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 267 miles]


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22 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 65.0, Long 5.1

7.50am: Resumed zig zag (left leg) on S60E.

10.0am: Divine Service.

1.45pm: Spoke HMS “Hildebrand”.

4.5pm: Port sea boat away to HMAT “Tenby Castle” with mails for dispatch.

4.16pm: Port sea boat returned with Midshipman Lunnocks and armed guard from Tenby Castle.

4.27pm: Sea boat away to HMAT “Rushcoe”. 4.37pm: Sea boat returned with “Virginian’s” armed guard. (Virginian’s armed guard of 4 ratings under Midshipman Smithard).

4.40pm: Leaves for “Rushcoe” with letter.

4.53pm: Boat returned and hoisted. 4.59pm: Proceeded at 67 revs.

5.0pm: Set course N84W (zigzag S74W, N62W), patent log streamed 56.4

[Course and Distance made good: Various 262 miles]

[Wind force 5 or 6 all day, with rain on and off, barometric pressure falling slowly and being recorded more frequently than usual, temperature peaked at 55F at 4pm]


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23 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 64.0, Long -3.9

Forenoon: Starboard watch at guns. Port watch fitting boat falls and cleaning ship.

10.57am: Stopped. 10.58am: Patent log in 7.4. Engine and helm as required to communicate with HMSs “Digby” and “Ebro”.

11.25am: Boat arrives from “Digby” with armed guard (Sub Lieutenant Forgham) and 4 ratings from HMS Orcoma and Sub Lieutenant McLellan and 4 ratings belonging to HMS Arlanza.

11.35am: Boat returned to Digby.

11.55am: Proceeded 60 revs. Noon: Set course S76W (S54W, N82W), Log 8.2.

7.0pm: Sea boats crew mustered.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 272 miles]

[Wind force 5 or 6 for most of day, rain from time to time, sea state rough, temperature 50 to 52F all day]


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24 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.2, Long -10.3

5.10am: Passed Trawler GY533 “Conisboro Castle” [Conisbro Castle], bound NW.

9.30am: Hands to physical drill, small arm drill, scrubbing decks. Refitting boat falls.

2.15pm: Spoke HMS “Orcoma”.

4.29pm: “Orcoma’s” sea boat takes off armed guard.

4.31pm: Proceeded at 60 revs on S32W (S54W, S10W).

6.20pm: Spoke HMS Montagua [Motagua].

9.15pm: Arlanza’s boat alongside, discharged armed guard.

9.20pm: Arlanza’s boat away. 9.31pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. 9.34pm: Set course N19E (N3E, N41W). Patent Log streamed.

10.0pm: Altered course S29W (S7W, S51W), Log 704.4. 10.5pm: Reduced to 54 revs, zigzag every 15 minutes.

11.0pm: Increased to 60 revs, zigzag every 10 minutes.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 259 miles]

[Winds force 7 to 8 in early am, force 5 to 6 in pm, sea state mostly rough to very rough]


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25 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.8, Long -11.3

[Course and Distance made good: Various 249 miles]

[Log records routine matters and changes in course and speed while zigzagging on patrol. Wind force 7 to 6 in am, force 5 to 7 in pm, misty from noon to 8pm, sea state rough]


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26 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.1, Long -11.0

6.30am: Altered course N75W, log 13.6 to intercept stranger.

6.45am: Spoke Russian SS "Australia". 6.54am: Resumed course S26W, log 18.3.

am: Ship’s company to physical drill. Port watch at guns. Starboard watch at First Aid instruction.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 265 miles]

[Misty all day with wind force 4 to 5, temperature peaked at 56.5F at 4pm]


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27 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.3, Long -11.3

[Course and Distance made good: Various 268 miles]

[Log just records routine activities and changes in speed and course while zigzagging to and fro. Winds force 4 for most of day, misty on and off and some rain]


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28 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.1, Long -11.1

3.0am: Commenced zig zag every ten minutes.

11.20am: Stopped zig zag Log 80.

11.33am: Stopped. 11.37am: Sea boat away, boarded SS “Ulriken” of Norway from Christiania to Sydney Cape Breton.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 4 N, Long 11 5 W]

11.52am: Sea boat returned.

0.2pm: Proceeded at 57 revs, course N24E (N46E, N2E), patent log streamed.

0.30pm: Altered course N32W, log 86.0 to close with trawler.

0.41pm: Stopped and spoke ST “Earl Kitchener” H345.

[Position: Lat 60 11 N, Long 11 9 W]

0.43pm: Proceeded 57 revs, set course S24W (S2W, S46W), log 88.3.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 264 miles]


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29 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.2, Long -11.0

10.0am: Mustered by open list. Read Articles of War and CM [Court Martial] returns.

10.40am: Divine Service.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 259 miles]

[Apart from this log records routine matters and changes in course and speed while zigzagging to and fro on patrol]


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30 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.8, Long -10.9

4.0am: Commenced zig zag every 10 minutes.

9.45am: General quarters Exercise action.

9.50am: Stopped and dropped target. 9.51am: Proceeded as required, carried out 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

10.57am: Target on board. Proceeded on course N24E (N46E, N2E) at 57 revs, Zig Zag every 15 minutes.

8.19pm: Spoke HMS "Victorian".

8.26pm: Stand by, closed with HMS Victorian.

8.42pm: Sea boat away with “Virginian’s” armed guard.

9.12pm: Sea boat hoisted. 9.15pm: Proceeded at 52 revs on course S61E (N89E, S31E), zigzag every 15 minutes.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 249 miles]


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31 August 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.0, Long -5.9

4.0am: Increased to 57 revs. Commenced zigzag every 10 minutes.

5.40am: Spoke ST "Olympia" GY62 [listed here] from Grimsby.

[Position][Lat 61 1 N, Long 8 12 W]

[Sounding from 9am to 11pm]

Forenoon: Starboard watch at guns. Port watch cleaning ship.

1.0pm: Mustered by the open list. Paid monthly advance to ship’s company.

10.0pm: Zig zag every quarter of an hour.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 248 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: To position 61 0 N, 3 0 W, East 84 miles]

[Misty on and off during day]


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LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1915


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[Left hand side of cover of copy of Log for September 1915]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer Staunton, as before, Approved and Forwarded EW Booth, Commodore, 2.10.1915]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers:]

Barometer


Mercurial or Aneroid

Mercurial

Name of Maker and number

JJ Hicks London MO 915

Height of cistern above sea

58 feet

Error of Mercurial Barometer

[blank]

Thermometers for Air Temperature


Position in Ship

On fore bridge

Whether in screen

Screen

Maker and No



JJ Hicks MO 1524


Negretti and Zambra MO 8064

Thermometer for Sea Temperature



J Hicks London 8034 [symbol]


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1 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4 [estimated]

2.0am: Altered course S42E (S20E, S64E), Patent Log 19.7. Controls tested.

3.15am: Observed land bearing S72E.

3.30am: Sounded in 67 fathoms (fine sand).

4.0am: WT and bridge signal books correct.

4.5am: Observed Ura Firth Light House bearing S54E.

4.42am: Patent Log hauled in 53.1. 4.53am: Courses as requisite to enter harbour. 4.56am: Stop both engines, speed various.

5.12am: Entered boom defence.

5.37am: Stop. 5.38am: Let go anchor in 16.5 fathoms, veered to 60 fathoms (4 shackles).

[Anchor Bearings: Busta Voe Post Office N40E, Free church N52E, Busta House N43W, Burgaster [Burgastoo] Rock S77W, Ship’s Head N21E]

[Draft Arriving: Forward 20’ 0”, Aft 22’ 0”]

9.2am: Commodore ashore.

9.45am: Collier “Cairnnevis” [listed here] came alongside (Port) (No 121).

10.5am: Commodore returned aboard.

10.40am: Rear Admiral came aboard.

11.0am: Commenced coaling on Port side.

11.30am: Collier “Norton” [probably the ship listed here as “Cornwall”] came alongside (Starboard) (No 488).

11.50am: Rear Admiral ashore.

Noon: WT and bridge signal books correct.

[Amount of coal received every hour recorded on far left of page]

0.30pm: Stopped coaling for dinner. 1.0pm: Resumed coaling on port side. 1.10pm: Commenced coaling on starboard side.

1.30pm: Rear Admiral’s drifter alongside for repairs.

4.0pm: Stopped coaling. Bridge signal books correct.

4.50pm: Resumed coaling.

6.50pm: Finished coaling for night. Received from “Cairnevis” [sic] (port side) 204 tons, Admiralty No 121. Received from Norton (starboard side) 163 tons, Admiralty No 488.

8.0pm: WT and bridge signal books correct.

8.30pm: Part of watch at night defence stations.

9.30pm: Boat away to bring mail.

10.45pm: Mail came aboard.

11.0pm: Rounds correct.

Midnight: WT and bridge signal books correct.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 223 miles (anchored at Busta Voe)]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 900 tons]

[Weather mostly fine, though some drizzle at times, noon temperature 42F]

[From here on mention of signal books, every 4 hours, will not be included unless there are any anomalies]


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2 September 1915

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

2.0am: Rounds correct.

4.30am: Rounds correct.

6.50am: Hands fall in.

7.0am: Rear Admiral’s drifter alongside for repairs.

7.5am: Stokers arrived from HMS “Gibraltar”.

7.15am: Resumed coaling both sides.

[Amount of coal received every hour recorded on far left of page]

11.55am: Stopped coaling for dinner

0.30pm: Resumed coaling both sides. Commodore ashore.

2.0pm: Stopped coaling to shift colliers forward.

2.45pm: Commander ashore.

3.0pm: Resumed coaling.

4.0pm: Stopped coaling for tea.

4.30pm: Resumed coaling both sides.

4.50pm: Rear Admiral’s drifter alongside with carpenters.

5.10pm: Commander on board.

6.50pm: Stopped coaling Port side.

7.0pm: Stopped coaling starboard side.

8.30pm: Part of watch at night defence stations.

10.15pm: Rounds correct.

[Fuel: Coal: Received: 362 tons, Remaining: 1244 tons]


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3 September 1915

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

6.50am: Hands fall in.

7.0am: Coaling party from HMS “Gibraltar” alongside. 7.5am: Resumed coaling both sides. Rear Admiral’s drifter alongside for repairs.

am: Employed coaling ship.

10.45am: Rear Admiral’s drifter alongside.

[Amount of coal received every hour during am recorded on far left of page]

10.50am: Finished coaling. Received from “Cairnnevis” 500 tons, Received from Norton 503 tons: Total 1003 tons. Average 52.1 tons per hour.

0.30pm: Sent Armed guard (W Harris Midshipman and 3 seamen) to Lerwick to escort sailing vessel “Hebe” in tow to Fleetwood.

pm: Watering ship from colliers. Employed cleaning ship.

4.10pm: Water lighter “Borderglen” came alongside.

4.50pm: SS “Cairnnevis” cast off.

5.55pm: SS “Norton” cast off.

8.30pm: Part of watch at night defence stations.

pm: Water received from: Cairnnevis 70 tons, Norton 161 tons, Borderglen 91 tons.

11.10pm: Water lighter “Borderglen” cast off.

[Coal Received: 641 tons, Remaining: 1863 tons.


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4 September 1915

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

am: Employed cleaning ship.

pm: Draft of water: Forward 20’ 3”, Aft 24’ 6”.

7.30pm: Commenced to heave up anchor. 7.40pm: Anchor aweigh. Engine and helm to Commodore’s orders.

7.54pm: Anchor up, half speed ahead.

8.6pm: General quarters. 8.18pm: Proceeded at 57 revs. Swarback Mins [Swarbacks Minn] Light abeam, set course N30W (N52W - N8W).

8.35pm: Patent log streamed 58.4.

8.50pm: Ura Firth Light bearing N84E (magnetic) 5 miles, Log 56.3.

10.0pm: Altered course N7W.

11.0pm: Controls tested.

[Weather calm and cloudy, noon temperature 56F]


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5 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.5, Long -5.1 [DR from Double altitude at 10.19am]

1.30am: Commenced zig zag N18W, N4E (11 degrees) every 15 minutes, Log 118.5.

2.0am: Reduced to 68 revs, stopped zig zag. Controls tested.

4.0am: Resumed zig zag N27W, N13E (20 degrees) every 15 minutes (Log 164.2).

9.18am: Reduced to slow. Patent Log hauled in 41.6. 9.21am: Stopped, spoke Norwegian SS “Kongshaug” (Haugesund to Iceland).

[Position: Lat 62 57 N, Long 4 30 W]

9.27am: Proceeded at 68 revs. 9.28am: Patent Log streamed. Set course N5W (N15E, N25W).

10.0am: Divisions and Divine service.

3.55pm: Rang stand by. 3.59pm: Slow ahead. 4.0pm: Stopped zig zag, Log 40.0.

4.5pm: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 41.3.

4.42pm: Courses and speed as requisite to close with HMS Alsatian.

4.53pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. 5.7pm: Reduced to 48 revs. Course N67W. Keeping station 3 cables on starboard beam of HMS Alsatian.

5.15pm: Sea boat away to HMS Alsatian with Commodore.

6.5pm: Sea boat hoisted. 6.10pm: Proceeded on N78W at 48 revs, Patent Log streamed, 41.3.

7.15pm: Commenced zig zag on N78W (S82W, N58W) at 58 revs every 15 minutes. Controls tested.

10.30pm: Stopped zig zag.

10.40pm: Sea boats crew mustered.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 218 miles]

[Mist, rain and fog in pm]


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6 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.2, Long -13.4

3.0am: Commenced zig zag N61W, S79W, every 15 minutes.

8.30am: Altered course S58W, Log 521.5 to close with Swedish SS “Sir Ernest Cassel”.

9.22am: Resumed course S78W (S58W, N82W) Log 32.8.

11.30am: Altered course N85W (N65W, S75W) Log 60.47.

0.38pm: Patent Log hauled in 573.3. 0.45pm: Stopped. 0.47pm: Sea boat away to HMS Andes.

1.0pm: “Andes’” boat alongside with mails.

1.15pm: Sea boat returned with Assistant Paymaster Grace RN.

1.21pm: Sea boat hoisted. 1.23pm: Proceeded at 57 revs. 1.24pm: Patent Log streamed. 1.25pm: Set course S1W (S23W, S21E).

6.0pm: Sea boats crew mustered.

9.57pm: Altered course to close with Russian SS “Umba”. 10.4pm: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 84.2.

10.10pm: Sea boat away in charge of Lieutenant Uncles, boarded SS “Umba”, Barry Dock to Archangel. Allowed her to proceed.

[Boarding Position: Lat 61 39 N, Long 12 12 W]

10.53pm: Boat returned and hoisted. 10.59pm: Proceeded 57 revs, course S1W. 11.0pm: Patent Log streamed 84.2.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 261 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: To Rendezvous Lat 62 10 N, Long 13 40 W, N85W, 8 miles]


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7 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.3, Long -11.0

1.0am: Controls tested

3.0am: Commenced zig zag (S23W, S21E) every 15 minutes.

5.0am: Fog set in. 5.5am: Reduced to 48 revs.

6.42am: Increased to 57 revs. 6.45am: Altered course S23W (S1W - S23W) Log 78.0.

9.0am: Altered course N23E (N1E, N45E) Log 4.5.

am: Second Part Starboard watch at guns, First Part cleaning ship. Port watch at gun drill.

11.15am: Altered course S23W (S1W, S45W), Log 29.1.

0.25pm: Altered course West, Log 41.5.

1.0pm: Resumed zig zag on S23W, log 49.0.

2.30pm: Altered course N25E (N47E, N3E), Log 68.4.

5.0pm: Altered course S13W (zig zag S35W, S9E), Log 900.7.

7.0pm: Sea boats crew exercised.

8.15pm: Altered course N25E (N47E, N3E), Log 39.8. 8.21pm: Reduced to 48 revs.

11.0pm: Altered course S23W, Log 71.6. Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 245 miles]

[Mist or fog (thick at times) all day, noon temperature 57F]


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8 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.6, Long -11.0

4.0am: Commenced zig zag on N25E (N3E, N47E). Increased to 57 revs.

3.0am: Altered course S23W (zig zag S45W, S1W), Log 373.

[Further changes of course, with zig zag at 8am and every 4 hours]

am: Hands cleaning ship. Port watch at guns. Controls tested.

3.40pm: Spoke HMS Ambrose.

9.30pm: Stopped zig zag. Reduced to 50 revs.

10.0pm: Controls tested. Sea boats crew mustered.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 262 miles]


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9 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -11.1

3.30am: Commenced zig zag (N3E, N47E), Log 9.7.

4.0am: Altered course S23W (S1W, S45W), Log 16.1.

[Changing course, with zig zag, about every 4 hours thereafter]

10.0am: Exercised “General Quarters” and “Abandon Ship” stations.

5.44pm: Reduced to 48 revs. Fog set in.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 263 miles]

[South westerly wind force 3 or 4 all day, with mist and drizzle for most of the day, noon temperature 57F]


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10 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.3, Long -12.6

am: Forenoon. Port watch to guns. Cleaning ship. Starboard watch at Kit and bedding inspection.

10.15am: Altered course N35W, Log 77.4 to intercept stranger.

11.7am and 11.14am: Fired 6 inch blank charges.

11.35am: Stopped, hauled in Patent Log 101.1. Engines and helm as requisite.

11.40am: Sea boat away. 11.45am: Lieutenant Uncles boarded SS “Kristianiafjord” from Bergen to New York.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 17 N, Long 12 34 W]

1.58pm: SS “Kristianiafjord” proceeded. 2.0pm: Boat returned.

2.35pm: Sea boat hoisted. 2.36pm: Proceeded at 57 revs. 2.37pm: Patent Log streamed.

2.45pm: set course N35E to close with steamer, Log 702.6.

3.2pm: Patent Log hauled in 706. Engines and helm as requisite. 3.6pm: Stopped.

3.18pm: Sea boat away. 3.25pm: Boarded SS “Muskogee” of Bayonne from New Orleans to Goteburg. Place armed guard on board under Sub Lieutenant Wilkinson.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 24 N, Long 12 25 W]

4.23pm: Sea boat returned and hoisted. 4.30pm: Proceeded at 57 revs, set course S75E (S53E, N83E). Log 706.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 277 miles]

[Another day of zig zagging, changing course about every 4 hours]


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11 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.6, Long -11.0

[Still zig zagging, changing course about every 4 hours]

am: Sea boats crew mustered. First Part starboard watch at guns. Remainder cleaning ship. Control tested.

11.15am: Spoke HMS Victorian.

11.6pm: Patent Log hauled in. 11.14pm: Stopped to board SS “Godthaab” of Copenhagen from Stornaway to Greenland.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 6 N, Long 11 12 W]

11.55pm: Allowed Godthaab to proceed.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 208 miles]


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12 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -11.2

0.11am: Sea boat hoisted. 0.13am: Proceeded at 48 revs on S23W (S1W, S45W). 0.15am: Patent Log streamed 73.7.

0.45am: Altered course N36E (N58E, N14E), Log 78.4.

[Then changes of course about every 4 hours, zig zagging]

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

2.16pm: Reduced speed (engines as requisite) to communicate with HMS “Columbella”.

3.3pm: Proceeded at 57 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 246 miles]


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13 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.2, Long -12.5

3.20am: Fog set in.

4.0am: Stopped zig zag on N4W and reduced to 38 revs.

5.30am: Fog cleared, resumed zig zag. Increased to 57 revs.

11.15am: Stopped. Course and speed as requisite to close HMS Orcoma.

11.26am: Orcoma’s boat left Otway with Surgeon Bastard.

0.5pm: Proceeded at 57 revs, set course S13E (S35E, S9W). Patent Log streamed 84.5.

4.23pm: Altered course S13E (S35E, S9W), Log 38.7. Passed Danish motor topsail schooner “Danmark” (Boarded by HMS “Victorian” in forenoon).

[Position: Lat 60 34 N, Long 11 44 W]

[Course and Distance made good: Various 247 miles]


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14 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.4, Long -11.0

4.30am: Reduced to 57 revs, temporary breakdown of steering gear. 4.31am: Stand by. Stopped.

4.43am: Proceeded at 57 revs, Log 80.5. Steering gear broke down.

5.14am: Stop starboard engine, Log 86.2. Used auxiliary gear. 5.15am: Proceeded at 57 revs.

6.45am: Changed to bridge steering gear.

10.0am: Reduced speed. Patent Log hauled in 47.6. 10.1am: Stopped. Course and speed as requisite.

10.10am: Sea boat away with Lieutenant Uncles. Boarded SS “Bolta” (Norwegian) Gothenburg and Christiania for USA.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 4 N, Long 11 0 W]

10.41am: Boat hoisted.

11.15am: Allowed SS Bolta to proceed. 11.16am: Set course N25E (N47E, N3E). Proceeded at 57 revs. Patent Log streamed 47.6.

11.30pm: Wind shifted to SW.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 241 miles]


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15 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.9, Long -12.1

9.0am: Passed Norwegian barque “Silius” with Patuca’s armed guard on board.

9.45am: Spoke HMS Patuca.

11.42pm: Altered course N71W, Log 76.2 to close with steamer. Stand by.

Midnight: Patent Log hauled in.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 250 miles]

[Patrolling to and fro, as before, zig zagging and changing course about every 4 hours]


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16 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.9, Long -11.9

0.10am: Stopped. Spoke British RFA [Royal Fleet Auxiliary] “Aureole” No 19 of Newcastle on Tyne from Scapa to Port Arthur. Allowed her to proceed.

[Position: Lat 59 23 N, Long 12 0 W]

0.25am: Proceeded at 48 revs. 0.30am: Set course N18E (N4W, N40E), Log 78.4.

3.25pm: Patent Log hauled in 56.3. 3.26pm: Stopped. 3.31pm: Sea boat away to HMS “Digby”. Engines and helm as requisite.

3.52pm: Boat returned and hoisted.

4.0pm: Proceeded at 57 revs on S4W (S18E, S26W). 4.1pm: Patent Log streamed.

7.45pm: Spoke HMS “Digby”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 249 miles]

[West and north westerly wind force 5, with sea state rough until 10am, then quieter]


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17 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.5, Long -11.8

9.30am: Physical drill. Exercised “General quarters”, “abandon ship” and “out collision mats”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 248 miles]

[Zig zagging on patrol, as before, changing direction about every 4 hours]


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18 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.9, Long -9.6

0.48am: Stopped. 0.49am: Patent Log hauled in 42.7. Engines and helm as requisite to communicate with Swedish Steamer “Atland” Baltimore to Gothenburg.

[1.0am Position: Lat 59 0 N, Long 11 31 W]

1.25am: Proceeded at 42 revs. 1.28am: Set course S60E, Log 44.0.

1.35am: Reduced to 35 revs. 1.55am: Reduced to 25 revs.

2.11am: Altered course S62E. Revolutions and course as requisite to keep company with SS “Atland”.

5.0am: Commenced zig zag S62E (S84E, S40E). Controls tested.

10.0am: Zig zag courses altered to East and S34E.

Noon: SS Atland proceeded to Kirkwall. Altered course East.

0.27pm: Altered course S34E, Log 27.3 to close with Norwegian SS “Skard” of Christiana from Kirkwall to Baltimore. Engines as requisite.

0.39pm: Altered course N32W, Log 29.1. 1.0pm: Altered course N52E (N74W, N30W), Log 32.9.

1.5pm: Proceeded at 57 revs.

4.30pm: Warrant No 26 read.

5.0pm: Controls tested. Sea boats crew mustered.

6.30pm: Altered course N10E (N32E, N12W), Log 3.3.

7.45pm: Altered course S4E (S26E, S18E), Log 17.6.

8.30pm: Reduced to 48 revs.

Midnight: Altered course N12E (N34E, N10W), Log 59.5.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 204 miles]

[South easterly wind force 6 or 7 for most of day, sea state rough in am, very rough in pm, rain or showers on and off, noon temperature 52F]


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19 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.5, Long -11.8

Midnight: 56 revs Starboard engine, 40 revs Port engine.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

4.45pm: Altered course West. 4.50pm: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 49.8. Spoke SS “Fremona” of Dundee from Leith to Montreal.

[Position: Lat 58 44 N, Long 11 25 W]

5.10pm: Proceeded at 57 revs, set course N13E (N35E, N9W), Log streamed 50.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 236 miles]

[Zig zagging and changing course about every 4 hours throughout. South easterly wind force 6 or 7 with sea state very rough until 4pm, wind and sea easing by 8pm. Rain early in day and all afternoon]


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20 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.4, Long -11.7

7.13am: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in, engines and helm as requisite.

7.20am: Sea boat away. Boarded SS “Policastria” [listed here under previous name of “Max Brock”] Transport No 280 from Dundee to Montreal via Sydney, Cape Breton Islands.

7.56am: Proceeded at 57 revs, set course S3W (S25W, S19E), Log 6.0.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 0 N, Long 11 31 W]

5.0pm: Spoke HMS “Motagua”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 232 miles]

[Another typical day on patrol, zig zagging to and fro. Misty for most of day, after early rain, with southerly and south easterly, force 5/6 in pm, with sea state very rough]


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21 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.5, Long -8.7

4.0am: Reduced to 48 revs. Zig Zag of 30 degrees. Altered course S69E (N81E, S39E), log 41.6.

5.0am: Increased to 60 revs. Commenced zig zag every 10 minutes.

8.56am: Increased to 72 revs, Log 602. Guns crews closed up.

9.0am: Altered course S35E (S65E, S5E), Log 2.4.

9.45am: Swung out all boats. Controls tested.

Noon: Altered course S36E (S11E, S61E), Log 48.0.

[Sounding from 4.0pm to 5.15pm]

5.40pm: Observed land ahead.

[Several changes in course from 6.0pm to 6.45pm]

7.40pm: Ceased zig zag. Sea boats crew mustered.

7.50pm: Altered course S21E (S46E, S4W), Log 71.4.

8.27pm: Ceased zig zag. 8.37pm: Mull of Cantyre abeam, distant 1.4 miles.

8.45pm: Altered course S30E (S55E, S5E) Log 86.6.

9.45pm: Spoke HMS “Alcantara”.

11.19pm: Black Head Light bore N60E (Magnetic), distant 7.5 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 238 miles]

[True Course and Distance: to position off Oversay S55E, 89 miles]


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22 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

[Position 8.0am: Off Bar Light Vessel]

2.30am: Altered course S47E (S72E, S22E), Log 79.3.

3.0am: Chickens Light bore N22E (Magnetic), distant 2 miles.

7.40am: Stopped zig zag. 7.55am: Courses as requisite into harbour.

8.0am: Reduced to 48 revs. Bar Light Vessel abeam. Patent Log hauled in.

8.1am: Stand by. 8.18am: Formby Light Vessel abeam. 8.30am: Engine movements as requisite.

9.2am: Pilot boarded.

10.30am: Made fast in Alfred lock.

[Draft on Arrival: Forward 18’ 8”, Aft 22’ 8”]

11.41am: Cast off from Alfred lock and with assistance of 4 tugs proceeded to West Float (North side). Engines and helm as requisite.

0.31am: Ship alongside berth North side of West Float [details here].

0.35pm: Finished with engines. Rigged Gang ways etc. Sub Lieutenant Wilkinson with 3 marines (armed guard) returned.

2.45pm: 2 seamen of armed guard return. Starboard watch on leave.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 295 miles]


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23 September 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.1 [estimated]

6.30am: Hands fall in.

am: Hands at boat drill, Gunners party at ammunition and variously employed cleaning ship.

pm: Hands taking stores and ammunition on board.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

[Weather overcast, with mist or drizzle at time, noon temperature 65F]


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24 September 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.1

6.0am: Hands fall in. Hove ship off wharf for coal lighters.

7.30am: Coal lighters alongside.

9.30am: Commenced coaling.

am: Exercising boats crews.

Noon: Ceased coaling for dinner.

1.0pm: Resumed coaling.

pm: Hands employed cleaning boats etc.

5.0pm: Ceased coaling for tea. Liberty men ashore.

6.0pm: Resumed coaling.

10.0pm: Ceased coaling for the night.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 510 tons]


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25 September 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.1

6.30am: Hands fall in, shift ship for lighters.

8.0am: Five ratings from HMS Pembroke joined up.

9.0am: Hands employed cleaning cutters and getting stores on board.

11.30am: Ceased coaling for dinner.

1.0pm: Liberty men ashore. Resumed coaling.

3.0pm: Knocked off coaling.

5.5pm: Two marines joined up.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

10.10pm: Engineer Bowlswell joined up.


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26 September 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.1

7.55 am: Two assistant Engineers joined up.

8.40am: RC’s [Roman Catholics] ashore to Service.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service conducted by the Reverend HE Kendall.

10.30am: ERAs [Engine Room Artificers] Gray and Barker left the Otway.

10.45am: Assistant Engineer Malins joined up.

1.0pm and 5.0pm: Liberty men ashore.


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27 September 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.1

9.0am: Commenced coaling. Hands cleaning ship and taking in stores.

10.0am: Two Trimmers discharged from ship (Unfit for duty).

Noon: Knocked off coaling.

1.0pm: Resumed coaling. Hands getting in stores.

5.0pm: Liberty men ashore. Taking in stores.

5.30pm: Knocked off coaling.

6.30pm: Resumed coaling.

9.30pm: Knocked off coaling.


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28 September 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.1

6.30am: Hands falls in, clean mess decks and flats. Liberty men (Starboard watch) returned.

7.40am: Commenced coaling.

8.45am: Sub Lieutenant Antrun [? - possibly Antram] RNR joined up.

9.0am: Hands getting stores in board.

Noon: Knocked off coaling.

1.0pm: Liberty men ashore. Resumed coaling.

2.45pm: Two ERAs left the ship.

4.0pm and 6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

7.30pm: Fire on navigating bridge. Hands piped to fire stations.

7.45pm: Fire Brigade arrived.

8.0pm: Salvage corps arrived. Fire quenched and splinter protection round chart house thrown overboard.

8.15pm: Fire Brigade left the ship. Fire presumed to be due to fusing of electric wire.

8.45pm: Knocked off coaling.


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29 September 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.1

8.15am: Commenced coaling.

8.45am: 1 Leading seaman, two able Seamen and 1 Marine left the ship for Chatham Barracks.

9.0am: Sub Lieutenant Champion RNR left the ship.

9.45am: Escort ashore to police station.

am: Hands cleaning ship, taking in stores and exercising boats crews.

Noon: Stopped coaling.

0.25pm: Escort returned.

1.0pm: Resumed coaling. Liberty men ashore.

2.0pm: Mails for HMS “Alsatian” on board.

3.0pm: Taking in stores.

4.25pm: Dispatches for HMS Digby, Alsatian and Columbella on board.

4.30pm and 6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

7.15pm: Taking in stores.

9.0pm: Stopped coaling.

[Coal Received: 2376 tons 17 cwt, Fuel Remaining: Coal 2861 tons 17 cwt]


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30 September 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising and At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

2.0am: Midshipman Robertson and armed guard returned.

6.30am: Hands fall in. Hove ship alongside wharf after shifting coal lighters.

9.0am: Hands shifting stores and preparing ship for sea.

[Draft Leaving: Forward 21’ 10”, Aft 25’ 9”]

10.50am: Pilot on board (Mr Bragedale).

11.10am: Gangway ashore.

11.25am: Cast off and proceeded out of dock, four tugs in attendance.

11.38am: Entered locks. 11.46am: Cleared locks.

0.13pm: Entered locks. 0.25pm: Cleared locks, bow and stern lines ashore.

0.45pm: Made fast in lock.

1.50pm: Let go and proceeded out of lock, ship bumped heavily on Port side apparently no damage.

2.0pm: Cleared locks and entered river.

2.8pm: Stopped and discharged Pilot.

[Exercised “General quarters”]

2.22pm: Proceeded at 48 revs. Courses as requisite down the river.

3.17pm: Rounded C1 (Bell buoy). 3.27pm: Formby Light Vessel abeam.

3.45pm: Increased to 72 revs. 3.49pm: Bar Light Vessel abeam. 3.50pm: Set course N46W (N71W, N21W), streamed log. Mustered sea boats crew.

4.43pm: Spoke HMS Victorian.

5.28pm: Spoke HMS Shark and HMS Acastra [Acasta].

6.55pm: Observed Chickens Light bearing N41W (magnetic).

7.0pm: Altered course N35W (N10W, N60W), Log 41.9. Controls tested.

8.10pm: Altered course N2E (N22E, N18W), Log 59.4.

8.34pm: Chickens Light abeam, Log 65, distance 2.25 miles.

10.0pm: Controls tested. Sea boats crew mustered.


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LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1915


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for October 1915]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and Commodore, as before]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.9, Long -8.2

1.30am: Altered course N29W (N9W, N49W), Log 39.2.

2.37am: Mull of Cantyre Light abeam distant 1 mile.

3.40am: Altered course N57W (N79W, N35W), Log 71.9.

4.47am: Oversay Light abeam.

6.20am: Innistrahull [Inishtrahull] Light House bore S19W, distant 11.25 miles. Altered course N3E (N28E, N22W), Log 11.5.

8.30am: Observed Skerryvore Light House bearing N71E.

9.0am: Skerryvore Light House abeam, distant 18 miles, Log 51.9.

11.19am: Barra Head Light House bore S79E, distant 11 miles. 11.20am: Altered course N28W (N53W, N3W) Log 88.0.

3.45pm: Spoke HMS Hilary.

7.0pm: Commenced zig zag every 15 minutes.

8.0pm: Zig zag N74W, N30W.

9.15pm: Stopped zig zag. Reduced to 66 revs, Log 36.7. Controls tested.

10.45pm: Altered course N4E, Log 57.9.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 272 miles]

[Weather cloudy in am, raining in pm, wind increasing in late pm, noon temperature 51F]


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2 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -14.6

5.30am: Resumed zig zag N4E (N26E, N18W). Increased to 72 revs, Log 55.3.

am: Hands cleaning ship and at various duties around the decks.

0.20pm: Altered course N43E (N65E, N21E) Log 32.7.

5.45pm: Altered course N7E (N32E, N18W), Log 11.0.

8.0pm: Altered course S6W (S31W, S19E), Log 40.0.

10.55pm: Sea boats crew mustered. Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 334 miles]


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3 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.0, Long -14.2

0.30am: Altered course N7E (N32E, N18W), Log 792.6.

4.0am: Altered course S6W (S31W, S19E), Log 40.4.

8.0am: Altered course N11E (N36E, N14W), Log 92.3.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.33am: Patent Log hauled in 41.9. Stopped to communicate with HMS Alsatian.

11.40am: Sea boat away. Engine and helm as requisite.

0.7pm: Sea boat returned and hoisted. 0.9pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. 0.10pm: Set course S3W (S22E, S28W). Patent Log streamed at 42.2.

4.15pm: Altered course N7E (N32E, N18W), Log 9.3.

8.0pm: Altered course S6W (S31W, S19E), Log 43.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 280 miles]

[Weather overcast in am, rain in pm, south westerly wind increasing in pm, noon temperature 54F]


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4 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.0, Long -14.20

am: Starboard watch cleaning ship. Port watch at guns.

5.0pm: Reduced to 48 revs. Stopped zig zag.

5.30pm: Increased to 60 revs. Resumed zig zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 245 miles]

[Patrolling to and fro, zig zagging, changing course every 4 hours. South westerly wind force 5 for most of day, mist and drizzle all day]


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5 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.9, Long -13.0

am: Hands employed cleaning ship.

0.40pm: Spoke HMS Mantua.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 250 miles]

[Patrolling to and fro, changing direction from time to time, zig zagging. Another misty day, noon temperature 55F]


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6 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.2, Long -12.7

5.30am: Exercised guns crews.

9.44am: Dropped target. Exercised Action. Carried out 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

11.0am: Picket up target and proceeded.

11.20am: Spoke HMS Arlanza.

3.0pm: Sea boats crew mustered. Mustered by the Open list. Paid Quarterly settlement to ships company.

7.15pm: Sea boats crew mustered. Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 230 miles]

[More patrolling to and fro, changing course about every 4 hours]


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7 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.1, Long -12.9

am: Forenoon. Starboard watch at guns. Port watch at squad drill, gunnery classes and cleaning ship.

8.0pm: Stopped zig zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 246 miles]

[South easterly wind force 6 to 7/8 in pm, with sea state high, and raining]


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8 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.1, Long -12.8

5.45am: Resumed zig zag (S29W, S21E).

1.43pm: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 34.0.

1.56pm: Sea Boat away with Lieutenant Uncles to board Swedish steamer “Orion” [possibly this ship] Philadelphia to Stockholm with coal.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 48 N, Long 12 48 W]

2.25pm: Boat returned. Sub Lieutenant Bushill, Petty Officer and 4 ratings put on board SS Orion.

3.43pm: SS Orion proceeded towards Kirkwall.

4.0pm: Sea boat hoisted. 4.8pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. 4.13pm: Set course S4W (S29W, S21E), Patent Log streamed 34.4.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 229 miles]

[Still patrolling, changing course about every 4 hours]


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9 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.9, Long -12.8

2.34am: Stopped. 2.42am: Sea boat away with Lieutenant Uncles.

2.50am: Boarded Norwegian steamer “Kong Haakon” of Haugesund from Newcastle to Baltimore in ballast.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 40 N, Long 12 24 W]

3.6am: Allowed her to proceed. Sea boat returned and hoisted.

3.22am: Proceeded at 48 revs on N6E (N31E, N19W). Patent Log streamed 50.0.

9.40am: Patent Log hauled in. 9.41am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite to close with “Adric” for mails.

9.59am: Sea boat returned and hoisted (with mails and official correspondence). Rejoined 1 Seaman RNR.

10.5am: Proceeded at 60 revs on course. Patent Log streamed.

11.32am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite to close with [HMS] “Digby”.

11.35am: Patent Log hauled in. 11.45am: Digby’s boat alongside. 11.49am: Boat away.

11.50am: Proceeded 60 revs. 11.55am: Set course S4W (S21E, S29W). Patent Log streamed.

3.30pm: Exercised “General Quarters”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 201 miles]


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10 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.1, Long -12.8

1.1am: Reduced speed. Patent Log hauled in 1.4. 1.6am: Courses and speed as requisite to close with stranger.

1.18am: Sea boat away with Sub Lieutenant Wilkinson to board Danish ST “Njordur” from Reyjavik [Reykjavik] to Fleetwood, allowed her to proceed.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 36 N, Long 12 30 W]

1.45am: Boat returned and hoisted.

2.13am: Set course S45E, proceeded at 48 revs. Patent Log streamed.

4.22am: Altered course S85E. Log 19.4 to close with stranger.

4.53am: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 25.6. 5.5am: Engines and helm as requisite. Port sea boat away with Lieutenant Uncles to board Danish SS “Russ” of Copenhagen, Baltimore to Aahuus [?Aarhus] with grain.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 58 N, Long 12 16 W]

5.35am: Sea boat returned.

6.30am: Allowed SS Russ to proceed. 6.44am: Sea boat hoisted. 6.48am: Proceeded at 60 revs.

6.50am: Set course S41W (S66W, S16W) and streamed Patent Log 25.6.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 214 miles]


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11 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.3, Long -13.1

am: Forenoon. Starboard watch at guns. Port watch cleaning ship, squad drill and training classes.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 242 miles]

[Patrolling to and fro, zig zagging and changing course about every 4 hours. South westerly wind increasing in force during day up to force 8 then 8/9 at 8pm, becoming south easterly. Sea state high to very high at times in pm. Rain on and off. Barometric pressure relatively low and falling until 8pm (when 28.87/63), noon temperature 54F]


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12 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.3, Long -12.7

4.10am: Stopped to communicate with Danish SS “Hekla”, Greenland to Copenhagen. Engine and helm as requisite.

[Position: Lat 60 12 N, Long 12 44 W]

4.40am: Proceeded at 48 revs. 4.45am: Set course S3W (S28W, S22E). Patent Log streamed 29.3.

am: Port watch at guns. Starboard watch cleaning ship.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 207 miles]

[Patrolling to and fro, as before. Wind variable in direction during day, squally and force 7 or 8 through middle of day, rain at times, sea state high from noon to 8pm. Barometric pressure low but rising slowly during day]


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13 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -12.8

9.23am: Altered course WSW. Reduced speed to close with Norwegian SS “Stanja”, Log 35.8. 9.25am: Patent Log hauled in 36.2.

9.29am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

10.13am: Sea boat away with Lieutenant Uncles and part of armed guard.

[Boarding Position Lat 59 50 N, Long 12 42 W]

10.30am: Sea boat returned. 10.37am: Sea boat away with Sub Lieutenant Antrim and second part of armed guard. SS Stanja (from New York to Gothenburg) sent to Lerwick.

10.47am: Sea boat returned with Lieutenant Uncles and hoisted. 10.55am: Proceeded on N13E.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 208 miles]

[Another day of strong squally winds (up to force 9 at 8pm), rough sea (very high at 8pm) and rain on and off]


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14 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.1, Long -12.8

9.30am: Hands at physical drill.

11.32am: Spoke HMS “Digby”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 162 miles]

[Still patrolling to and fro, zig zagging, altering course about every 4 hours. Squally winds still force 6 or 7 for most of day, mostly south westerly, with sea state very rough or high. Barometric pressure now rising slowly]


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15 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -12.7

7.20am: Spoke HMS “Patuca”. 7.36am: Stand by. 7.42am: Reduced speed.

7.50am: Patent Log hauled in 21.3

7.54am: Stopped. Engine and helm as requisite to communicate with HMS “Patuca”.

8.8am: Sea boat away. 8.17am: “Patuca’s” boat alongside with armed guard for “Motagua”.

9.20am: Sea boat returned with Sub Lieutenant Bushill and armed guard.

9.10am: Boat hoisted. Proceeded at 60 revs. 9.15am: Set course S20W (S45W, S5E). Patent Log streamed 21.5.

am: Starboard watch to guns. Port watch rifle and squad drill and instruction.

4.0pm: Spoke HMS Motagua. Altered course S40E, Log 95.7.

4.42pm: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in. Engines and helm as requisite to communicate with “Motagua”.

5.0pm: Motagua’s boat left Otway with former’s armed guard.

5.5pm: Proceeded at 54 revs. Patent Log streamed. 5.11pm: Set course N10W (N35W, N15E), Log 4.3.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 202 miles]

[Yet another squally day, with force 6/7 winds and very rough sea, though wind and sea starting to moderate from 6pm, noon temperature 52F]


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16 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.4, Long -11.9

5.17am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite to close with Danish SS “United States” [mentioned here] from New York to Christianasund.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 41 N, Long 10 45 W]

5.25am: Boarded and placed armed guard under Lieutenant Uncles on board.

6.55am: “United States” proceeded.

7.4am: Sea boat hoisted. 7.10am: Set course S82W, Patent Log streamed 67.3. Proceeded at 80 revs.

9.38am: Altered course N60W, Log 4.8 to close with HMS “Hildebrand” and Norwegian SS “Corona” [this ship, though shown as being abandoned the day before - see also log of HMS Hildebrand for this date].

10.19am: Stopped. 11.10am: Boat away with working party of 15 men to SS “Corona”. Engines and helm as requisite.

0.41pm: Boat with working party returned and hoisted. HMS Hildebrand proceeded with SS Corona in tow.

0.54pm: Proceeded at 60 revs, set course S51E (S26E, S76E), Log 15.0 in company with HMS Hildebrand.

2.20pm: Spoke HMS Hilary.

3.30pm: Exercised General quarters.

4.0pm: Altered course N35W (N60W, N10W), Log 47.7. HMS Hilary in company with HMS Hildebrand. HMS Otway returned to patrol.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 243 miles]


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17 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.8, Long -12.3

9.45am: Altered course N40E, Log 30.4 to close with stranger.

10.12am: Reduced speed and stopped. Patent Log hauled in 36.5.

10.35am: Sub Lieutenant Dowding boarded Danish steamer “Vulcan” of Copenhagen. Philadelphia to Malmo (Sweden).

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 34 N, Long 12 16 W]

11.28am: SS Vulcan proceeded to Lerwick with armed guard in charge of Midshipman Taylor.

11.30am: Boat hoisted. 11.43am: Proceeded at 60 revs. 11.45am: Set course S12W (S37W, S13E). Patent Log streamed 37.0.

1.45pm: Spoke HMS “Motagua”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 180 miles]


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18 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.4, Long -12.2

6.34am: Spoke HMS Changuinola.

7.45am: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 80.7.

8.0am: HMS “Changuinola’s” boat alongside for despatches and with Engineer Evans RNR and one rating for HMS “Motagua”.

8.5am: Boat away. 8.6am: Proceeded at 60 revs. 8.8am: Patent Log streamed. 8.10am: Set course N6E (N31E, N19W), Log 81.0.

am: Forenoon. Port watch to guns, starboard watch cleaning ship, 6 inch drill (loader) and instruction.

3.45pm: Altered course N60E, Log 79.0 to close with steamer.

4.25pm: Stopped. 4.26pm: Courses and speed as requisite. 4.29pm: Boat away. Boarded Norwegian SS “Actio” of Haugesund from Runcorn to Iceland and allowed her to proceed.

[Boarding Position: Lat 58 52 N, Long 11 37 W]

4.47pm: Boat hoisted. 4.55pm: Proceeded at 60 revs, N8W (N17E, N33W), Log 87.0.

7.15pm and 11.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 254 miles]

[Weather quiet, though rain at times, barometric pressure relatively high and tending to rise]


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19 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.4, Long -12.3

6.45am: Exercised guns crew.

10.0am: Exercised General Quarters, Place collision and Abandon ship stations.

10.20am: Spoke HMS Hildebrand.

0.25pm: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 31.1. 0.29am: Sea boat away with Lieutenant Owens to board Danish SS “Frederik VIII” from Copenhagen to New York.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 24 N, Long 12 4 W]

0.40pm: Spoke HMS “Orotava”.

1.0pm: Boat returned and hoisted. SS Frederik VIII allowed to proceed.

1.6pm: Proceeded 60 revs. Set course N60E (N82E, N38E). Patent Log streamed. Controls tested.

11.20pm: Spoke with HMS “Virginian”. Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 257 miles]

[True Course and Distance: to Position 5 miles off Myggenoes [Myggenaes] Light House [Faroe Islands] N37E, 202 miles]

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


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20 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.4, Long -5.9

4.25am: Observed Myggenoes Light bearing East.

6.52am: Myggenoes Light abeam, distant 11.75 miles.

9.48am: Kalso [Kalsoy] Island abeam distant 5 miles.

11.0am: Altered course S37E (S59E, S15E), Log 5.7.

11.20am: Fugla [Fugloy] Island abeam, distant 5.5 miles.

0.15pm: Altered zigzag (S62E, S12E), Log 22.4.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 270 miles]

[True Course and Distance: Position off Muckle Flugga S57E, 151 miles]

[Zig zagging throughout, some changes of mean course in am, none in pm (S37E, throughout)]


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21 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4 [estimated]

[Position 8.0am: In Busta Anchorage]

1.0am: Controls tested. Exercised sea boats crew.

2.25am: Observed Muckle Flugga Light bearing S80E.

7.17am: Courses as requisite. 7.19am: Swarback Minns [Swarbacks Minn] Light House abeam.

7.29am: Passed through fixed Denfences [Defences].

7.41am: Stopped. 7.44am: Let go anchor in 16 fathoms (60 fathoms of cable). Sea boat lowered.

[No 3 berth Anchorage]

[Anchor Bearings: Post Office N44.5E (magnetic), Church N56.5E (magnetic), Busta House N35W (magnetic), Ships Head S75E]

[Draft Arriving: Forward 19’ 0”, Aft 24’ 6”]

8.20am: Collier SS Karleywood [?] No 394 alongside Port side.

8.30am: Collier SS Rondo No 74 alongside Starboard side.

10.32am: Commenced coaling on Starboard side.

10.50am: Commenced coaling on Port side.

Noon: Stopped coaling. Received 68 tons.

[Information on coal received every hour in pm shown on left hand side of log page]

1.0pm: Resumed coaling.

1.30pm: Midshipman Prest and armed guard returned from HMS Gibraltar.

2.30pm: Sub Lieutenant Antrun [?Antram] and armed guard returned from shore.

3.0pm: Midshipman Taylor and armed guard returned from shore.

4.0pm: Ceased coaling for tea. 4.30pm: Resumed coaling.

6.55pm: Ceased coaling.

8.0pm: 2 guns crew at night defence stations.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 211 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1176 tons]


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22 October 1915

From Birkenhead, At Base (Busta Voe)

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

2.0am and 5.45am: Exercised guns crews.

6.20am: Starboard 1 and 2 guns secured.

7.0am: Commenced coaling.

[Information on coal received every hour shown on left hand side of log page]

8.0am: 1 Signal man ashore for duty.

Noon: Coaling party to dinner.

1.0pm: Resumed coaling.

4.0pm: Coaling Party to tea. 4.30pm: Resumed coaling.

6.0pm: Finished coaling. Received during day 484 tons.

8.0pm: Part of the watch at night defence stations (S1, S2 guns).

[Coal Received: 588 tons, Coal Remaining: 1750 tons]

[South easterly wind force 3 or 4 all day, with rain or showers at times, noon temperature 48F]


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23 October 1915

From Birkenhead, At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

6.0am: S1 and S2 secured.

7.0am: Commenced coaling.

[Information on coal received every hour in am shown on left hand side of log page]

9.20am: Water boat alongside.

Noon: Finished coaling. Received during day 208 tons. Received by tallying 1033 tons, by measurement 999 tons.

0.45pm: Both colliers cast off (from ship).

pm: Hands cleaning ship.

3.0pm: Water boat left.

8.0pm: Part of watch at night defence stations (S1 and S2).

[Coal Received: 411 tons, Coal Remaining: 2148 tons]


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24 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising, At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

2.30am and 5.0am: Exercised gun’s crews.

6.0am: Guns secured. 6.30am: Hands to clean ship.

9.15am: Divisions and Divine Service.

9.30am: Water boat alongside.

0.6pm: Water boat left.

2.30pm: Water boat alongside.

4.40pm: Finished receiving water.

5.55pm: Water boat left. Commenced to heave up anchor.

[Draft leaving: Forward 20’ 0”, Aft 25’ 6”]

6.5pm: Anchor aweigh. Exercised “General Quarters”.

6.15pm: Received two armed guards for HMS “Ebro” and “Virginia” (2 officers and 8 men).

6.36pm: Sea boat hoisted. 6.39pm: Engines and helm as requisite.

7.3pm: Passed through boom defence.

7.14pm: Swarback Minns Light abeam, set course N24W (N46W, N2W), 60 revs. Patent Log streamed.


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25 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.5, Long -6.9

1.15am: Spoke HMS “Hilary”.

1.17am: Helm hard astarboard to close with Norwegian barque “Glance”. Engines and helm as requisite. Spoke barque and found prize crew on board from HMS “Oropesa”, allowed her to proceed to Lerwick.

[Position: Lat 61 12 N, Long 3 25 W]

1.50pm: Proceeded at 60 revs.

2.35pm: Exercised sea boats crew. Controls tested.

9.30am: Altered course N53W (N31W, N75W) Log 28.3.

10.23am: Fuglo Island abeam distant 5 miles.

am: Hands to physical drill, gun drill, Torpedo and Gunners classes, cleaning ship, Midshipmen at signal class.

11.30am: Altered course N87W (N65W, S71W), Log 51.8.

Noon: Kadlur abeam distant 4.75 miles.

1.0pm: Altered course S85W (N73W, S63W), Log 70.8.

2.30pm: Myggenoes Light House abeam bearing S5E, distant 9 miles. Controls tested.

7.0pm: Reduced to 58 revs. 7.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

8.0pm: Altered course N83E (N61E, S75E), Log 60.7.

9.30pm: Altered course S87W (S65W, N71W), Log 79.9.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 226 miles]


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26 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.2, Long -12.8

4.15am: Stopped. Course and speed as requisite.

4.32am: Boat away with boarding officer to examine Russian SS “Egret”, Archangel to Barry Roads in ballast.

[Boarding Position: Lat 61 16 N, Long 9 4 W]

4.57am: Allowed her to proceed. Boat returned.

5.5am: Proceeded at 58 revs.

8.0am: Spoke HMS “Ebro”.

9.25am: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 22.4. 9.34am: Sea boat away to HMS Alsatian. Engines and helm as requisite.

10.9am: Boat returned with correspondence and 1 rating.

10.31am: Boat away to HMS Digby with “Virginian’s” armed guard.

10.40am: Ebro’s boat alongside for armed guard.

10.50am: Sea boat returned and hoisted. 11.0am: Proceeded at 60 revs, N6E (N16W, N28E), Log 22.7.

am: Hands to physical drill, gun drill and cleaning ship.

2.50pm: Altered course S40E, Log 72.3 to close with stranger.

2.52pm: Increased to 80 revs.

3.18pm: Altered course S10E, Log 78.9.

3.29pm: Spoke HMS “Cedric”. Reduced to 60 revs.

5.0pm: Warrant No 27 read.

11.7pm: Course and speed as requisite. 11.13pm: Stopped.

11.15pm: Sea boat away to examine Norwegian SS “Stralsund” for Haugesund from Troon to Rejkjavik [Reykjavik] allowed her to proceed.

[Boarding Position: Lat 61 41 N, Long 13 15 W]

11.59pm: Boat returned and hoisted.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 208 miles]


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27 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -13.9

Midnight: Proceeded at 58 revs, set course S25W, Log 79.5.

am: Hands cleaning ship and instruction classes.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 264 miles]

[On patrol, zig zagging and changing course about every 4 hours. Squally south easterly wind increasing in force from noon, force 7/8 in pm, with sea state high. Rain on and off, barometric pressure falling all day, noon temperature 50F]


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28 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.6, Long -13.8

4.5am: Altered revs on both engines to 30 revs.

8.0am: Altered course South, Log 73.6. Engines Port Dead slow, Starboard half speed.

9.30am: Altered course N57E (N79E, N35E), Log 79.0. Increased to 56 revs.

am: Forenoon: Watch on decks at guns, watch below cleaning ship.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 156 miles]

[Squally south easterly wind force 7 to 8 for most of day, with sea state high, barometric pressure rising slowly from 8am. Noon temperature 49F]


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29 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -13.7

Noon: Spoke HMS “Ebro”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 219 miles]

[Yet another day on patrol, zigzagging to and fro. Squally south easterly wind force 7 for most of day with sea state rough or rough to high, rain at times]


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30 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.2, Long -12.8

8.30am: Passed ST [Steam Trawler] “The Quail”, GY215 [listed here].

9.30am: Hands to physical drill and clean ship.

11.0am: Exercised General Quarters.

5.37pm: Position by stellar Observation 61 51 N, 13 29 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 243 miles]


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31 October 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.7, Long -10.8

[All log entries shown here, as an example:]

1.0am: Exercised sea boats crew. Controls tested.

4.0am: WT and bridge signal books correct.

6.0am: Altered course S2W (S20E, S24W), Log 77.4.

7.0am: Increased to 60 revs.

8.0am: Altered course N7E (N29E, N15W), Log 2.1. WT and bridge signal books correct.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.0am: Controls tested.

11.45am: Altered course S2W (S24W, S20E), Log 51.3.

Noon: WT and bridge signal books correct.

1.0pm: Controls tested.

4.0pm: Altered course N6E (N28E, N16W), Log 5.5. WT and bridge signal books correct.

6.0pm: Altered course S17E (N87E, S49E), Log 31.6. Reduced to 48 revs.

7.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

8.0pm: WT and bridge signal books correct.

9.0pm: Controls tested.

Midnight: WT and bridge signal books correct.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 264 miles]

[Rain all day, noon temperature 45F]


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LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1915


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for November 1915]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and Commodore, as before, dated 2nd December 1915]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.4, Long -6.8

7.5am: Position by Stellar Observation at 7.5: 63 15 N, 5 20 W.

8.15am: Spoke HMS “Oropesa”.

am: Forenoon. Marines and stokers to rifle and squad drill. Port gun’s crew at loader. Sightsetters at test. Starboard watch cleaning ship.

pm: Paid monthly advance to ships company.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 254 miles]

[Still patrolling, altering course about every 4 hours or so, zig zagging throughout]


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2 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.3, Long -6.1

7.5am: Position by Stellar Observation at 7.5: Lat 63 8 N, Long 4 37 W.

9.35am: Exercised “General Quarters”, “Exercise Action”.

9.44am: Stopped. Dropped target.

9.45am: Proceeded at 60 revs, carried out 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

11.15am: Picked up target and Proceeded at 60 revs. 11.20am: Set course N47W (N69W, N25W), Log 4.3.

7.0pm: Altered boat S63E (S85E, S41E), Log 500.1.

7.30pm: Mustered sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 244 miles]


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3 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.5, Long -7.3

[Changes of course at 6.0am, 8.0am, 11.0am and 5.15pm]

7.5am: Position by Stellar Observation at 7.5: Lat 63 15 N, Long 5 16 W.

9.30am: Hands at Physical drill, squad and gun drill and cleaning ship.

5.0pm: Stellar Observation unobtainable.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 249 miles]


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4 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.4, Long -6.7

6.30am: Altered course N55W (N77W, N33W), Log 9.0.

7.0am: Stellar Observations unpracticable.

8.35am: Observed High land of Faroe Islands S62W (magnetic).

10.20am: Altered zig zag N70W, N40W.

am: Hands employed at various drills and instruction.

Noon: Altered course N52W (N67W, N37W), Log 79.3.

2.7pm: Spoke HMS “Orotava”.

2.30pm: Altered course N37W. Patent Log hauled in 14.7.

2.40pm: Stopped. Received 4 ratings from HMS “Orotava”.

3.0pm: Set course N55W (N77W, N33W), Log 14.7, 60 revs.

5.0pm: Position by Stellar observation: Lat 63 27 N, Long 8 40 W.

6.15pm: Altered course S65E (S87E, S43E), Log 55.6.

6.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew. Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 254 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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5 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.4, Long -6.9

[Zig zagging throughout, changes of course at 6.30am, 4.0pm, 6.45pm and 8.0pm]

am: Forenoon. Hands employed cleaning ship, drill and instruction classes.

5.0pm: Position by Stellar Observation at 5.0pm: Lat 63 29 N, Long 8 44 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 249 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Weather cloudy, north westerly wind force 6 or 6/7 in pm, with sea state very rough, noon temperature 48F]


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6 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.4, Long -11.4

7.35am: Position by Stellar Observation at 7.35am: Lat 61 7 N, Long 10 34 W.

5.27pm: Reduced to 28 revs. Spoke Swedish SS “Anglia” of Goteburg (Baltimore to Ystad).

[5.45pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 8 N, Long 12 40 W]

6.0pm: Altered course S82E. 6.30pm: Increased revs to 40 Port, 24 Starboard.

7.0pm: Increased revs to 48 Port, 24 Starboard.

7.45pm: Increased revs to 48 Port, 30 Starboard.

8.0pm: Increased to 48 Port, 36 Starboard.

8.30pm: Increased revs to 54 Port, 42 Starboard.

9.0pm: Altered course S80E, Log 50.3.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 262 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Squally north westerly winds force 6 to 7/8 in pm, with sea state very rough to high]


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7 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -6.4

10.30am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.0am: Set course S78E (N87E, S63E), Log 99.3. Increased to 54 revs Port, 42 revs Starboard.

0.20pm: Both Engines 48 revs. 0.21pm: Altered course N75W (S83W, N53W), Log 15.4.

5.0pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 23 N, Long 7 34 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 248 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Another squally day with north westerly winds force 6 to 7 all day, with sea state very rough or high throughout]


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8 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.2, Long -10.0

3.0am: Altered course S62E (S84E, S40E), Log 29.9.

6.0am: Altered course N5W (N29W, N73W), Log 61.5.

[7.10am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 3 N, Long 9 10 W]

7.50am: Stopped zig zag on N51W. Increased to 80 revs.

9.0am: Closed with Danish SS “Hellig Olav” [listed here] (Copenhagen to New York).

9.6am: Patent Log hauled in 98.4. 9.8am: Stopped. Engine and helm as requisite.

9.12am: Sea boat away with Lieutenant Uncles (Boarding Officer).

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 9 N, Long 9 55 W]

10.0am: Hands cleaning ship. Midshipman to small arm drill. Controls tested.

0.53pm: Boat returned with 4 Austrian Poles (prisoners of war) from SS “Hellig Olav”.

1.7pm: Boat away.

1.10pm: Spoke HMS Victorian.

1.26pm: SS “Hellig Olav” proceeded.

1.45pm: Boat returned with boarding officer. Hoisted ditto. Half ahead Starboard.

1.46pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course N57W (N35W, N79W). Patent Log streamed 98.4.

5.0pm: Read Warrant No 28.

5.7pm: Position by Stellar Observation 5.7pm: Lat 60 15 N, Long 11 1 W.

8.30pm: Altered course S59E (S81E, S37E), Log 78.7.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 176 miles]


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9 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.3, Long -11.0

2.15am: Spoke HMS “Andes” standing to Southward.

2.35am: Spoke HMS “Hildebrand” standing to North Eastward.

6.15am: Altered course N54W (N32W, N76W), Log 82.6.

8.55am: Patent Log hauled in 314.

9.30am: Reduced to: 62 revs Starboard Engine, 50 revs Port Engine.

9.40am: Patent Log streamed 39.7.

am: Forenoon. Starboard watch to guns, remainder at training classes and rifle range, scrubbing out boats and decks.

1.25pm: Reduced to: 58 revs Starboard Engine, 38 revs Port Engine.

5.28pm: 48 revs on both Engines. 5.30pm: Altered course S88E.

5.36pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 21 N, Long 12 36 W.

9.9pm: Helm as requisite to close with Swedish SS “Drottning Sophia” [listed here] of Stockholm (not under Control). Engines as requisite.

[Position: Lat 60 26 N, Long 11 52 W]

9.25pm: Turned right round. 10.0pm: Set course East, Log 949.8. Dead Slow Starboard, Stop Port Engine.

11.45pm: Reduced to 18 revs on Starboard Engine.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 223 miles]

[Squally north easterly wind force 7 or 8 from noon onwards, with sea state high to very high and rain or hail]


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10 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.2, Long -11.1

am: Port watch at guns.

5.10pm: Position by Stellar Observation 5.10pm: Lat 60 10 N, Long 11 3 W.

9.19pm: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 25.3.

9.35pm: Sea boat away with armed guard for SS “Drottning Sophia”.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 24 N, Long 10 18 W]

10.34pm: Sea boat hoisted. 10.36pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. 10.39pm: Patent Log streamed.

11.17pm: Patent Log hauled in 33.6.

11.33pm: Stopped. 11.41pm: Sea boat away with boarding officer to SS “Frederik VIII”.

[Position:] Lat 60 19 N, Long 10 21 W]

[Course and Distance made good: Various 84 miles]

[Numerous changes in speed, often different revs on port and starboard engines. Another squally day, with hail at times, noon temperature 43F]


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11 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.9, Long -9.7

Midnight: Lieutenant Wilkinson, Midshipman Haggard and 6 ratings put on board SS “Frederik VIII”.

0.58am: Proceeded to Kirkwall.

1.0am: Boat returned with Boarding officer. 1.30am: Boat hoisted.

1.44am: Set course S44E (S66E, S22E) at 48 revs. 1.46am: Patent Log streamed 33.6.

7.30am: Position by Stellar Observation at 7.30: Lat 59 52 N, Long 9 50 W.

9.45am: Patent Log hauled in (Stopped). Controls tested.

am: Hands at small arm and squad drill. Watch at guns, part cleaning ship.

11.0am: Patent Log streamed 11.5. Altered course S32E, Log 11.5.

11.20am: Spoke HMS “Teutonic”.

11.40am: Patent Log hauled 118.8. 11.41am: Stopped.

11.53am: “Teutonic’s” boat alongside, took off 4 ratings (2 for HMS “Columbella”).

Noon: Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course N36W (N58W, N14W), Log 19.0.

5.0pm: Altered course N49W (N71W, N27W), Log 81.0. Stellar Observation Impracticable.

8.15pm: Altered course S60E (S38E, S82E), Log 17.5.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 151 miles]


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12 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.2, Long -10.8

0.20am: Altered course S15W, Log 60.3 to close with stranger.

1.15am: Spoke British SS “Maltby” Archangel to Manchester (with timber).

[Position: Lat 60 0 N, Long 11 12 W]

1.24am: Altered course S72E (N86E, S50E), Log 74.3.

6.30am: Altered course N52W (N74W, N30W), Log 23.8.

7.35am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 2 N, Long 10 16 W.

9.53am: Increased to 70 revs. Altered course N20W to close with stranger.

10.30am: Spoke Russian Government’s vessel SS “Louma”. Penarth to Loroka.

[Position: Lat 60 13 N, Long 11 16 W]

10.47am: Altered course S60E (S38E, S82E), Log 79.5.

11.15am: Spoke HMS “Teutonic”.

11.40am: Spoke HMS “Cedric”.

11.52am: Increased to 75 revs, altered course S11W (S26W, S4E), Log 93.6.

1.30pm: Spoke HMS “Almanzora”.

3.30pm: Exercised “General Quarters”.

5.0pm: Position by Stellar Observation 5.0pm: Lat 58 58 N, Long 10 28 W. Course and distance made good S8E, 75.5 miles.

6.0pm: Controls tested. Exercised sea boats crew.

10.45pm: Altered course S28E (S13E, S43E), Log 72.4. Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 244 miles]


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13 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 55.0, Long -5.7

1.30am: Duty part of the watch closed up to guns.

2.28am: Observed Barra Head bearing S68E (magnetic).

4.15am: Barra Head Light abeam distant 23 miles.

5.30am: Skerryvore bearing S81E.

6.0am: Altered course S9E (S24E, S6W), Log 89.1.

8.50am: Inistrahull [Inishtrahull] Light House abeam (S81W) distance 10.5 miles.

9.10am: Altered course S50E (S65E, S35E), Log 42.6. Zig Zag every 10 minutes.

10.20am: Spoke HMS “Garry”.

10.39am: Altacarry Head Light House abeam distant 3.5 miles.

11.0am: Altered course S29E (S44E, S14E), Log 73.7.

0.20pm: Altered course S4E (S11W, S19E), Log 97.4. Maidens Light House abeam distant 6.5 miles.

1.0pm: Mew Island abeam.

1.40pm: Skulmartin Light Ship abeam.

3.0pm: Observed Chicken Light House bearing S13E.

3.50pm: Altered course S49E (S71E, S27E), Log 55.6.

3.55pm: Chickens Light House abeam distant 2 miles.

6.22pm: Observed Great Ormes Light bearing S3E.

7.45pm: Observed Bar Light bearing S49E (magnetic).

8.36pm: Patent Log hauled in 25.6.

[Courses to Commanders Orders]

9.0pm: Stopped zig zag. 9.3pm: Bar Light Vessel abeam. Reduced to 48 revs.

9.27pm: Formby Light Vessel abeam.

9.39pm: Bell buoy abeam (C1).

10.20pm: Stopped to pick up pilot.

10.23pm: Pilot on board, proceeded with Pilot in charge. Rock Light abeam.

[Pilot’s orders (Mr Tibbells)]

10.48pm: Let go Port anchor in 10 fathoms (4 shackles).

11.30pm: Ship swung to flood tide. Rang off engines.

[Draft Arriving: Forward 19’ 6”, Aft 22’ 0”]

[Course and Distance made good: Various 373 miles]

[Course and Distance: to Bar Light Vessel Various 130 miles]


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14 November 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

2.32am: Commenced shortening in cable.

3.10am: Anchor up. 3.20am: One tug fast forward and two tugs aft, proceeded to lock gates. Helm and engines to Pilot’s orders.

4.10am: Entered lock. 4.20am: Cleared lock.

4.30am: Made fast in Alfred Basin.

6.0am: Let go. 6.1am: Entered lock. 6.6am: Cleared lock.

6.20am: Entered lock. 6.28am: Cleared lock.

6.45am: Stern line ashore. Tugs left. 6.55am: Bow line ashore.

7.5am: Hove alongside (North side of West Float). 7.10am: Made fast as customary.

7.30am: Lowered gangway. Pilot left.

11.0am: W Oddy (cook) and J Abblett (Seaman RNR) sent to hospital.

1.0pm: Watch ashore on long leave.

3.30pm: One Seaman RNR joined up.

4.15pm: Sunset, struck Broad pennant. Commodore proceeded on leave.

6.45pm: Telephone fitted on board.

9.0pm: Shore party ceased with on Charthouse.

10.30pm: Shore party ceased work aft.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 142 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 572 tons]

[Weather calm and cloudy, noon temperature 53F]


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15 November 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands fall in.

9.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship and working as necessary.

1.30pm: Lieutenant Snow RNR left the ship.

2.30pm: Sub Lieutenant Carter RNR joined up.

pm: Hands cleaning ship and getting stores on board. Barometer unshipped for working party in chart room.

9.0pm: Ceased work in Chart room.

10.45pm: Ceased work aft.


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16 November 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands fall in. Gangway hoisted. Shifted ship to allow coal lighters alongside.

7.30am: Coal lighters alongside. Ship made fast.

8.30am: Lieutenants Ellis and Wilkinson and armed guards returned on board. Hands getting up ammunition from magazines.

9.25am: Commenced coaling both sides.

11.0am: Lieutenant Wilkinson proceeded on leave.

pm: Hands cleaning ship and getting ammunition from magazines on deck.

3.57pm: Gangway taken on board.

4.30pm: Gangway on board.

5.15pm: Prisoners left ship under military escort.

5.30pm: Duty part of watch taking stores on board.

9.0pm: Ceased coaling and work on Chart house.

11.0pm: Resumed work on Chart house.


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17 November 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

3.20am: J Stiles (Trimmer) brought on board by two special constables who found him at 3.0 in Jersey Lane. Examined by Surgeon Probationer Joe and placed in sick berth, being absent without leave since 1 pm Nov 15th.

6.0am: Hands employed carrying stores.

9.0am: Commenced to ammunition ship.

Noon: Ceased coaling and taking in ammunition.

6.15pm: Resumed coaling.

9.0pm: Ceased work on chart house. 9.30pm: Ceased coaling.

11.15pm: Ceased work aft. 11.45pm: Resumed work aft.


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18 November 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Shifted ship.

8.0am: Resumed coaling.

9.0am: Hands shifting stores and working ammunition.

Noon: Ceased coaling.

1.0pm: Hove off to allow lighter to move.

pm: Hands getting stores on board and cleaning ship.

4.30pm: Duty part of watch taking splinter proof padding on board.

5.0pm: Ceased coaling. 6.0pm: Resumed coaling.

9.30pm: Ceased coaling and work on deck (carpenters caulking, etc).


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19 November 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

7.45am: Seaman Elliot RNR joined up from Chatham.

8.0am: Resumed coaling.

am: Hands getting stores on board.

pm: Hands taking provisions on board.

2.0pm: Escort ashore in charge of a Inc [?] Corporal.

5.0pm: Hove ship along quay and finished coaling on Starboard side.

7.30pm: Two Privates RMLI joined up.

8.45pm: Finished coaling. Received 2330 tons.


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20 November 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: Liberty men from long leave returning.

8.15am: Commodore returned on board.

9.0am: Hoisted broad pennant.

am: Hands getting stores on board.

0.30pm: Gentry (Fireman) left the ship.

1.20pm: Resumed taking in stores.

4.15pm: Working party to tea.

4.45pm: Resumed taking in stores.

7.40pm: Ceased taking in stores.

[Coal Received: 2335 tons. Coal Remaining: 2877 tons]


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21 November 1915

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands getting stores on board and cleaning ship.

9.50am: Divisions and Divine Service. Starboard watch working stores.

11.10am: Finished taking in stores.

2.0pm: J Smith (Trimmer) discharge to Walton Jail for 60 days imprisonment (Warrant 29).

7.0pm: One Seaman left the ship.


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22 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

6.30am: Hands preparing ship for sea.

6.50am: Pilot (Mr Eccleston) on board.

7.0am: Telephone disconnected and taken ashore.

7.5am: Two Marines disembarked for Chatham.

7.45am: Two tugs made fast forward.

8.0am: Hoisted companion ladder.

[Draft Leaving: Forward 22’ 0”, Aft 26’ 0”]

8.2am: Let go from wharf and proceeded down the dock. Engines and helm as requisite.

8.41am: Passed into East Float.

9.5am: Passed into Alfred Basin.

9.26am: Mades [sic] ship fast in lock.

10.16am: Let go and proceeded into the river. 10.19am: Let go forward tugs. 10.20am: Let go after tugs. Let go Port anchor in 10 fathoms. Exercised General Quarters.

11.10am: Tug alongside with stores. 11.15am: Pilot left.

11.30am: Commenced heaving up anchor. 11.54am; Proceeded at 48 revs.

0.5pm: Passed Rock Light House.

0.53pm: Passed Formby Light Vessel.

1.12pm: Passed Bar Light Vessel. Increased to 70 revs. Set course N44E (N66W, N22W). Streamed Patent Log. Controls tested.

5.21pm: Chicken Rock Light abeam bearing N46E, distant 2.5 miles.

5.30pm: Altered course N3E (N25E, N19W), Log 62.4.

7.0pm: Controls tested. Exercised sea boats crew.

8.45pm: Observed Black Head Light bearing N25E (magnetic).

9.24pm: Black Head Light abeam distant 5.25 miles, Log 121.2.

10.20pm: Corsewall Point Light abeam distant 6 miles, Log 131.0.

11.0pm: Altered course N34W (N56W, N12W) Log 140.6.

11.40pm: Steadied on N34W. Reduced to 57 revs.

[Misty all day]


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23 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.9, Long -8.7

[Sounding frequently from Midnight to 1.10am]

0.10pm: Slow ahead both engines, altered course N56W, Log 57.0.

1.45am: Commenced zig zag every 15 minutes. Increased to 57 revs, Log 69.0.

2.15am: Altered course N40W (N62W, N18W), Log 74.5. Otter Rock Light abeam distant 5.5 miles.

3.0am: Controls tested. Sea boats crew mustered.

3.21am: Oversay Light abeam distant 4.5 miles.

3.30am: Altered course N11W (N11E, N33W) Log 89.4. Increased to 66 revs.

7.0am: Skerryvore Light House abeam distant 10.25 miles.

8.0am: Spoke HMS “Teutonic”.

9.20am: Divisions.

9.43am: Barra Head Light House abeam distant 10.25 miles.

am: Starboard watch at guns. Port watch securing boats and cleaning flats. Controls tested.

0.45pm: Spoke HMS “Hildebrand”.

3.30pm: Spoke HMS “Motagua”.

4.0pm: Altered course N4E (N26E, N18W), Log 56.2.

6.0pm: Reduced to 62 revs. Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 309 miles]


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24 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.9, Long -10.9

Midnight: Altered course N24E (N2E, N46E), Log 460.0.

0.30am: Steadied on N2E. 0.45am: Reduced speed. Helm as requisite to close with stranger.

1.0am: Stopped. 1.10am: Boarded Danish SS “Arkansas” [Arkansas (1) listed here] New York to Copenhagen, ordered her to Kirkwall.

[Boarding Position Lat 58 54 N, Long 11 4 W]

1.52am: Sea boat hoisted. 1.55am: Proceeded at 62 revs on original course (zig zag every 15 minutes). Controls tested.

7.10am: Courses Various. 7.15am: Steadied on N46E. 7.20am: Stopped.

7.27am: Sea boat away, boarded Norwegian SS “Gesto ex Bifrost” [a ship which had a number of names, listed here under previous name of “Richmond”] from Philadelphia to Christiansund.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 2 N, Long 11 1 W]

8.10am: Midshipman Wells, PO and 4 ratings placed on board.

8.18am: Vessel proceeded to Kirkwall. 8.20am: Boat hoisted. 8.34am: Proceeded at 62 revs, set course East.

8.45am: Altered course S60E, Log 42.6.

9.10am: Altered course S30W, Log 46.5 to communicate with SS “Gesto ex Bifrost”.

9.20am: Altered course N24E (N2E, N46E), Log 47.3.

10.0am: Altered course S29W (S51E, S7W), Log 55.6.

9.30am: Divisions and physical drill. Hands cleaning decks and flats. Port watch at guns.

Noon: Altered course N85W (N63W, S73W), Log 80.3.

pm: Issued winter clothing to ships company.

2.30pm: Altered course S81E (N77E, S59E) Log 11.1.

4.30pm: Altered course N85W (N63W, S73W) Log 635.9. Sea boats crew mustered.

4.37pm: Position by Stellar Observation at 4.37: Lat 59 42 N, Long 11 10 W.

8.0pm: Altered course N78E (N56E, S80E), Log 78.8.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 247 miles]

[Wind and weather rather variable, barometric pressure relatively high and falling slowly, noon temperature 45F]


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25 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -10.8

7.46am: Position by Stellar Observation at 7.46: Lat 60 21 N, Long 9 52 W.

9.15am: Divisions. 9.30am: Physical drill. Hands cleaning ship.

10.9am: Spoke HMS “Patuca”.

11.25am: Course and speed as requisite. Patent Log hauled in 70.5.

11.46am: Boat away to HMS “Patuca”. 11.52am: Boat returned and hoisted.

0.12pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course N43W (N65W, N21W). 0.15pm: Patent Log streamed 70.3.

3.15pm: Altered course S74W (left hand zig zag). 3.25pm: Altered course S30W, Log 10.7 to intercept stranger.

3.25pm: Reduced speed. 3.38pm: Stopped. 3.41pm: Boat away with boarding officer to British SS “Belgravian” [Belgravian (1) listed here] (Liverpool to Arkangel).

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 0 N, Long 12 2 W]

3.50pm: Boat recalled. 3.55pm: Boat hoisted.

4.0pm: WT and bridge signal books correct. Proceeded at 60 revs on N84W. Log 13.9.

4.45pm: Position by Stellar Observation 4.45: Lat 59 57 N, Long 12 11 W.

10.0pm: Sea boats crew mustered.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 258 miles]

[Patrolling to and fro, zig zagging and changing course every few hours]


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26 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.4, Long -10.4

6.0am: Altered course N84W (N62W, S74W), Log 95.9.

7.30am: Stellar Observations impracticable.

9.20am: Hands to Divisions and Prayers and Physical drill.

10.10am: Exercised “General Quarters” and “Out Collision Mat” stations.

6.0pm: Altered course S88E (S66E, N70E), Log 53.7. Reduced to 48 revs.

10.45pm: Position by Stellar Observation at 10.45: Lat 60 11 N, Long 11 35 W.

[Course and Distance made good: 275 miles]

[Weather cloudy in am, showers in pm, light winds, noon temperature 39F]


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27 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.7, Long -10.6

6.0am: Altered course N86W (N64W, S72W), Log 100.4.

6.30am: Altered course N64W (right hand zig zag). 6.53am: Altered course N20E, Log 10.7 to intercept stranger.

7.26am: Helm as requisite. 7.30am: Reduced speed to communicate with Steam Trawler “Cedric” GY278 (Grimsby) fishing.

[Position: Lat 60 44 N, Long 9 1 W]

7.33am: Proceeded at 58 revs. Stellar Observation impracticable. 7.34am: Set course N89W (N67W, S69W), Log 19.4.

9.30am: Hands to physical drill. Starboard watch at guns. Port watch cleaning ship.

0.45pm: Altered course S72W (N86W, S50W) Log 82.0.

2.15pm: Altered course N14E (N36E, N8W), Log 501.5.

5.0pm: Altered course S19W (S41W, S3E), Log 39.0.

10.0pm: Altered course S88E (S66E, N70E), Log 91.3.

10.48pm: Position by Stellar Observation 10.48: Lat 60 9 N, Long 10 57 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 264 miles]


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28 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.3, Long -10.3

7.50pm: Position by Stellar Observation 7.50am: Lat 60 29 N, Long 8 51 W.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

5.0pm: Stellar Observation impracticable.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 263 miles]

[On patrol, zig zagging, changes of course at 6.0am, 9.0am and 1.45pm (the last two relatively minor changes), and 6.0pm. South westerly wind force 4 in am, force 5 to 7 in pm, when sea state rough and some rain]


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29 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.4, Long -10.3

1.34am: Altered course S15W, Log 14.5 to intercept stranger.

1.50am: Reduced speed, altered course S80W, Log 17.5. Spoke with Danish SS “Absalom” Kirkwall to Baltimore.

[Position: Lat 60 18 N, Long 10 21 W]

1.58am: Proceeded at 58 revs. 2.2am: Set course S85E, Log 19.5

7.30am: Stellar Observations impracticable.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

am: Forenoon. Starboard watch at guns and drill loader. Port watch cleaning ship. Exercised fire control.

4.30pm: Stellar Observation impracticable.

6.0pm: Altered course S85E (N73E, S63E), Log 10.7.

6.56pm: Altered course North, Log 19.6 to intercept stranger.

7.46pm: Patent Log hauled in 26.3. Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite to communicate with Russian SS “Ethelaida” [listed here] from Barry to Arkangel with coal.

[Position: Lat 60 4 N, Long 12 2 W]

8.40pm: Proceeded with 48 revs. Patent log streamed. Set course S85E (N73E, S63E).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 240 miles]

[Squally south easterly wind force 5 or 6 all day, sea state rough in am, rough to very rough in pm, drizzle at times, barometric pressure falling for most of day]


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30 November 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.9, Long -9.2

7.30am: Vessel pitching heavily.

10.20am: Altered course N25E, Log 65.5 to close with stranger.

10.40am: Reduced speed to communicate with Swedish SS “Ovidia” (not under control), altered course N25E.

[Position: Lat 59 51 N, Long 9 10 W]

10.50am: Stopped. Port watch at guns. Starboard watch to bag and Kit inspection.

10.55am: Dead slow Port engine.

0.15pm: Stop Port Engine. 0.17pm: Patent Log hauled in 71.8. Engines and helm as requisite to keep direction of Ship’s head.

3.20pm: Full ahead Port Engine, commenced to turn Ship to SE. 3.32pm: Stopped Port Engine. Slow ahead Starboard Engine. 3.40pm: Ship’s head SE. 3.44pm: Half ahead Starboard Engine.

4.28pm: Stop. 4.35pm: Slow astern Starboard Engine. Ship’s head South. 5.0pm: Stop.

5.55pm: Slow astern Starboard Engine. Stellar Observation impracticable. Controls tested.

6.57pm: Stopped Starboard Engine.

7.34pm: Engines and helm as requisite to swing ship.

8.10pm: Slow ahead Port Engine. Ship’s head N5W.

10.50pm: Full ahead Port Engine and helm as requisite to swing the ship.

11.0pm: Steadied Ship’s head S58E. 11.6pm: Slow ahead Starboard Engine.

11.57pm: Stopped Starboard Engine.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 210 miles]

[Squally easterly wind force 7 or 8 for most of day with sea state becoming high. Heavy rain or hail at times, noon temperature 44F]


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LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1915


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for December 1915]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and Commodore, as before]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.7, Long -10.9

4.0am: Vessel rolling heavily. Stopped Port Engine.

7.30am: Stellar Observation impracticable.

9.30am: Physical drill. Starboard watch at guns and cleaning ship. Port watch bag and kit inspection.

4.25pm: Reduced speed to communicate with SS “Ovidia”.

4.40pm: Patent Log streamed 72.3. Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course N28E (N50E, N6E). Controls tested.

6.30pm: Mustered sea boats crew.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Distance run through the Water: 7.8 miles]

[Course and Distance made good: Various Nil, Vessel hove to]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Log records multiple instances of starting and stopping both engines while hove to. North easterly wind force 6 for most of day, with sea state rough. Barometric pressure rising all day, mist and rain at times, noon temperature 43F]


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2 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.5, Long -10.1

3.0am: Moon rose.

8.10am: Position by Stellar Observation 8.10: Lat 60 2 N, Long 10 50 W.

am: Hands at small arm drill. Controls tested.

pm: Mustered by the Open List and Paid monthly advance to ships company.

4.20pm: Position by Stellar Observation 4.20: Lat 62 6 N, Long 10 4 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 208 miles]

[Back to patrolling, zig zagging and changing direction about every 4 hours. Wind still squally, though less strong than on previous days, snow and hail at times, noon temperature 33F]


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3 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.9, Long -7.5

8.16am: Position by Stellar Observation at 8.16: Lat 61 34 N, Long 8 32 W.

9.35am: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

9.50am: Speed and courses as requisite to take station on HMS “Alsatian”.

10.10am: Set course East, Log 24.7. Hands cleaning ship.

11.31am: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in, 40. 11.36am: Sea boat away to HMS “Patuca”.

11.47am: HMS “Alsatian’s” boat alongside with papers.

11.55am: “Alsatian’s” boat away.

0.30pm: Engines and helm as requisite to pick up sea boat.

1.17pm: Boat alongside with Midshipman Wells and armed guard.

1.21pm: Boat hoisted. 1.23pm: Patent Log streamed 740.0.

1.26pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course N80W (N58W, S78W), Log 40.6.

1.45pm: Passed Danish ST “Suomi Jodi” RE141 [Reykjavik registration]. Controls tested.

[Position: Lat 61 54 N, Long 7 36 W]

4.34pm: Stellar Observation 4.34: Lat 61 36 N.

7.50pm: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 224 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Still squally north easterly wind, force 4 or 5 for most of day, with sea state mostly rough, hail from noon onwards]


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4 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.8, Long -9.5

8.18am: Position by Stellar Observation 8.18: Lat 60 31 N, Long 9 38 W.

am: Hands at Divisions and physical drill.

10.0am: Exercised “General Quarters” and “Abandon ship” stations. Controls tested.

4.25pm: Position by Stellar Observations 4.25: Lat 60 9 N, Long 9 0 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 224 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Patrolling, changing course about every 4 hours]


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5 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.6, Long -10.6

8.4am: Position by Stellar Observation 8.4: Lat 60 18 N, Long 9 4 W.

10.0am: Divisions. Read Articles of War and Court Martial Returned. Mustered by the Open List. Divine Service.

4.23pm: Position by Stellar Observation 4.23: Lat 60 41 N, Long 11 58 W.

8.45pm: Altered course S45E to close with steamer, Log 57.5.

10.0pm: Spoke British Transport No 61 SS “Addah” from Archangel to Liverpool.

[Position Lat 60 31 N, Long 11 18 W]

10.12pm: Set course N67E, Log 76.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 235 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Weather relatively quiet to start with but wind increasing in evening, snow and hail at times]


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6 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.3, Long -8.9

3.30am: Altered course N89E, Log 22.9.

8.0am: Altered course N83W, Log 61.4.

8.30am: Increased to 60 revs. Clock put on 6 minutes.

9.15am: Altered course N78E, Log 79.0.

am: Forenoon. Watch at guns, hands at training classes, mustering bags, rifle range.

2.0pm: Altered course N85W, Log 18.6. Revs: Starboard Engine 60, Port Engine 36.

3.45pm: 48 revs on both Engines.

6.0pm: Sea boats crews mustered.

8.30pm: Altered course S87E, Log 87.6.

8.39pm: Slow ahead both Engines at 28 revs. 9.0pm: Increased revs: Starboard Engine 35, Port Engine 28.

10.45pm: Altered course N83E, Log 94.1. Increased to 35 revs both Engines.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 229 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Wind east by north all day, force 6 to 8, with sea state very rough, snow then rain from noon onwards]


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7 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.1, Long -10.3

7.50am: Increased to 48 revs.

8.0am: Altered course S88E, Log 27.7.

9.0am: Altered course S84W, Log 34.9. 9.7am: Increased to 60 revs.

am: Divisions and physical drill.

11.0am: Clock put on 4 minutes.

Noon: Altered course S88E, Log 75.4. Reduced to 48 revs.

5.30pm: Soundings 5.30: 1/113 fathoms.

8.0pm: Altered course N81W, Log 22.8. Revs: Starboard 60 revs, Port 24 revs.

9.5pm: Speed as requisite to close with stranger.

9.40pm: Altered course N58E, Log 38.4. Spoke HM Transport “Umona” No 58 from Liverpool to Archangel.

[Position: Lat 61 19 N, Long 9 2 W]

10.14pm: Proceeded at 48 revs. 10.18pm: Set course N86W, Log 44.0. Revs: Starboard 60 revs, Port 24 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 166 miles]

[Squally north easterly wind force 6 to 8 all day, sea state high from noon, snow, heavy at times, from noon, when temperature 36F]


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8 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.2, Long -9.5

3.0am: Altered course N88E (N66E, S70E), Log 90.5.

8.29am: Position by Stellar Observation 8.29: Lat 60 41 N, Long 10 23 W.

8.45am: Altered course N18E (N40E, N4W), Log 42.4.

am: Hands at Divisions and Physical drill. Controls tested. Clock put on 5 minutes.

Noon: Altered N80W (N58W, S78W), Log 81.1.

1.45pm: Reduced to half speed. Heavy snow squall.

2.0pm: Altered course East (S68E, N68E), Log 7.8.

2.30pm: Stopped zig zag. 2.45pm: Weather cleared.

3.0pm: Increased to full speed (60 revs). Resumed zig zag.

5.0pm: Position by Stellar Observation 5.0: Lat 61 16 N, Long 9 47 W.

5.30pm: Reduced to 48 revs.

7.0pm: Altered course S89W (S67W, N69W), Log 56.9.

Midnight: Altered course East (S68E, N68E), Log 12.2.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 189 miles]

[Yet another squally day with rough seas and heavy snow through middle of day, weather moderating in late evening]


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9 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.1, Long -10.8

2.0am: Mustered sea boats crew.

6.0am: Altered course N80W (N58W, S78W), Log 72.5. Controls tested.

8.22am: Position by Stellar Observations 8.22: Lat 61 15 N, Long 10 0 W.

9.20am: Divisions. Physical drill, Exercised “General Quarters” and “Out Collision Mat” stations. Watch at guns.

11.0am: Altered course East (N68E, S68E), Log 30.0.

7.0pm: Altered course N68W (West, N46W), Log 24.8.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 227 miles]

[More snow and hail today, noon temperature 30F]


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10 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.8, Long -10.6

1.0am: Altered course S87E (S65E, N71E), Log 89.3.

4.0am: Altered course N46W, Log 20.0.

4.20am: Courses various, Patent Log hauled in 24.2 (P1 and S1 guns crews closed up).

4.27am: Stopped. Engine and helm as requisite . 4.36am: Sea boat away to Danish SS “Sterling” [there were several ships of this name but of Norwegian origin] from Rejkayik [Reykjavik] to Copenhagen, allowed her to proceed.

[Boarding Position: Lat 61 39 W, Long 9 46 W]

5.25am: Sea boat hoisted. Proceeded at 62 revs. Set course S40W. Patent Log streamed 24.7.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

9.30am: Altered course S22E, Log 79.7.

9.45am: Spoke HMS “Patuca” and “Orotava”.

10.6am: Stopped. Engine and helm as requisite. 10.15am: Sea boat away to HMS “Patuca”.

10.28am: Sea boat returned and hoisted. 10.36am: Proceeded at 60 revs.

10.36am: Set course N51W (N73W, N29W), Log 87.5.

am: Hands employed: Port watch at guns, third and fourth divisions and Marines at squad drill, training classes and cleaning ship.

2.0pm: Altered course N84W (N62W, S74W), Log 32.1.

4.40pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 35 N, Long 12 20 W.

5.45pm: Altered course N67E (N89E, N45E), Log 82.1.

8.30pm: Moon set.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 240 miles]


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11 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.3, Long -10.7

11.4am: Stopped. Log 67.3. Patent Log hauled in 67.5.

11.20am: Proceeded at 60 revs. Spoke HMS “Cedric”.

11.50am: Set course S45W to Keep station on HMS “Cedric”.

0.28pm: Stopped. 0.34pm: Sea boat away to HMS “Cedric”. Engines and helm as requisite to turn ship and pick up sea boat.

1.5pm: Boat returned with mails and J Southgate AB (sick ashore). Boat hoisted.

1.20pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course N78W (N56W, S80E), Log 67.7.

4.45pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 1 N, Long 12 30 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 241 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Still patrolling to and fro, with changes of course every few hours until 5.32pm. Squally north easterly wind increasing to force 7/8 in evening, with sea state becoming high. Snow and hail for most of day, noon temperature 30F]


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12 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.4, Long -10.1

8.27am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 25 N, Long 9 26 W.

10.0am: Divine Service.

am: Vessel rolling heavily. Clinometer Recorded 41 degrees Port, 33 degrees Starboard.

11.30am: Spoke HMS “Orotava”. Controls tested.

4.38pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 18 N, Long 11 52 W.

10.0pm: Resumed zig zag every 15 minutes. Course N68E, S68E.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 176 miles]

[Number on sick list: 9]

[Squally northerly wind force 8 then 7/6 in am, moderating in pm, sea state high or very high until 11am, then more moderate but with heavy swell, hail in pm]


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13 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.4, Long -10.5

9.30am: Divisions, Prayers and Physical drill. Exercised “General Quarters”.

10.2am: Stopped. Dropped target. 10.7am: Proceeded as requisite. Carried out 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

11.1am: Stopped. 11.5am: Picked up target. 11.9am: Proceeded at 60 revs, set course N82W.

Noon: Patent Log streamed 73.5.

10.42pm: Altered course N5W, Log 98.0. Increased to 60 revs to close with stranger.

11.35pm: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 9.5.

11.50pm: Sea boat away with boarding officer to Norwegian SS “Frey” [possibly the ship listed here] of Bergen, Baltimore to Landskrona [Sweden].

[Boarding Position: Lat 61 22 N, Long 11 19 W]

[Course and Distance made good: Various 219 miles]

[Number on sick list: 9]


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14 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.4, Long -10.8

0.9am: Boat returned. 0.25am: Boat away with Sub Lieutenant Bushill and armed guard.

0.45am: SS “Frey” proceeded.

0.56am: Boat returned and hoisted. 1.1am: Patent Log streamed 209.5. 1.4am: Proceeded at 48 revs. Set course S83E (S61E, N75E), Log 10.0.

7.30am: Altered course West (N68W, S68W), Log 71.9.

am: Hands employed cleaning ship, training classes, loader drill. Watch at guns. Controls tested.

6.0pm: Altered course S87E (S65E, N71E), Log 88.5.

8.0pm: Stopped zig zag, set course S87E, Log 8.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 278 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Wind south easterly, then easterly, force 3 to 5 for most of day, also rain for most of day, noon temperature 43F]


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15 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.5, Long -7.6

6.0am: Altered course S49E, Log 500.0.

am: Soundings: 8.45am 1/100 fathoms, 10.30am 1/80 fathoms.

9.0am: Altered course S67E, Log 32.1. Increased to 58 revs.

9.30am: Divisions, physical drill, squad drill. Clean ship.

10.55am: Observed Sydero bearing S72E (magnetic).

11.0am: Altered course S45E, Log 56.6.

1.0pm: Altered course S47E (S69E, S25E), Log 82.0

2.30pm: Akraberg Light House abeam distant 4.5 miles.

11.16pm: Courses various to close with steamer, Log 11.8.

11.22pm: Stopped. Spoke Danish SS “Ceres”.

[Position: Lat 60 57 N, Long 3 27 E]

11.27pm: Proceeded at 56 revs. Set course S71E (N87E, S49E), Log 13.6. Sea boats crew mustered.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 232 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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16 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4 [estimated]

[Position 8.0am: Off Swarbacks Minn]

3.15am: Altered course S9W (S39W, S13E), Log 59.7.

3.30am: Moon set.

4.15am: Observed Esha Ness Light bearing S8E (magnetic).

7.0am: Esha Ness Light abeam distant 5 miles, Log 97.5.

7.30am: Patent Log hauled in 2.6. 7.45am: Courses as requisite for entering harbour.

8.0am: Swarbacks Minn Light abeam. Reduced to 42 revs.

8.10am: Passed through boom defence. Engines and helm as requisite.

8.22am: Stopped. 8.31am: Let go Starboard anchor.

8.45am: Anchor aweigh. Proceeded to shift berth.

8.57am: Let go Starboard anchor in 13 fathoms (4 shackles).

[Anchor Bearings: Busta House N73W, Post Office N28W, Burgastoo Rock S42W, Ship’s Head ExN]

[Draft Arriving: Forward 19’ 0”, Aft 24’ 0”]

9.20am: Collier “Sir Francis” alongside Port, No 208.

9.40am: Collier “Pensacola” [listed here] alongside Starboard, No 212.

9.50am: Boat left for mails. Commodore ashore.

10.10am: Commenced coaling Starboard side. 10.17am: Commenced coaling Port side.

11.8am: Mails on board.

[Information on amount of coal received per hour from 11am to 6.0pm shown on left hand side of log page]

Noon to 1pm: Dinner hour for “Gibraltar’s” men.

4.0pm: Stopped coaling for tea. 4.30pm: Resumed coaling.

6.0pm: Ceased coaling.

6.30pm: Part of watch at night defence stations. Exercised guns crews. Controls tested.

[Anchor Bearings: Ship’s head N70E, Jetty Light N75W, Revden Ness [Hevden Ness] S15W]

10.50pm: Sub Lieutenant Bushill and armed guard returned.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 212 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1035 tons]


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17 December 1915

From (Birkenhead) to (Cruising) and at Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

2.0am: Exercised guns crews. Controls tested.

6.50am: Hands fall in. Shifted Starboard collier.

7.15am: Commenced coaling Port side. 7.22am: Commenced coaling Starboard side.

7.40am: Water boat “Flying Breeze” alongside Starboard.

7.45am: “Gibraltar’s” men commenced coaling.

[Information on coal received per hour from 8.0am to 6.0pm shown on far left of log page]

11.15am: “Flying Breeze” left ship’s side.

Noon: Stopped coaling for dinner.

0.15pm: Both colliers shifted aft. 1.0pm: Resumed coaling.

3.25pm: HMS Victorian sailed.

4.25pm: Seaman Elliot, Boy telegraphist Reagan, Steward Knight discharged to [HMS] “Duke of Cornwall”.

6.0pm: Stopped coaling. Part of watch at night defence stations at P4 and S4 guns.

6.20pm: “Gibraltar’s” men left the ship.

6.50pm: Waterboat “Flying Breeze” cast off.

8.30pm: HMS “Duke of Cornwall” sailed.

10.45pm: Exercised gun’s crews. Controls tested.

[Coal Received: 503 tons, Coal Remaining: 1528 tons]


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18 December 1915

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

6.15am: Gun’s [sic] secured.

7.0am: Resumed coaling. Shifted Port collier. 7.15am: Resumed coaling on Port side.

7.45am: “Gibraltar’s” men alongside.

[Information on coal received per hour shown on left hand side of log page]

8.43am: HMS “Orotava” arrived.

10.35am: Shifted Port collier. 10.45am: Resumed work on Port side.

11.40am: Finished coaling. 1502 tons Received.

0.11pm: “Gibraltar’s” men left the ship.

2.0pm: Port collier cast off. 2.30pm: Starboard collier cast off.

6.0pm: Part of watch at night defence stations.

11.0pm: Exercised gun’s crews.

[Coal Received: 999 tons, Coal Remaining: 2517 tons]

[Relatively light winds, cloudy in am, snow in pm, noon temperature 33F]


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19 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

6.30am: Hands cleaning ship.

8.20am: HMS “Columbella” arrived.

9.15am: Divisions and Divine Service.

9.40am: Water boat “Flying breeze” alongside.

0.20pm: “Flying Breeze” cast off.

1.30pm: Sub Lieutenant Myers and 8 men (armed guard) for HMS “Motagua” on board.

2.25pm: “Flying Breeze” alongside. 2.50pm: Commenced heaving up anchor.

3.5pm: “Flying Breeze” cast off.

3.20pm: Exercised “General Quarters”.

3.25pm: Anchor up. Proceeded out of harbour.

3.58pm: Passed boom defences.

4.7pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. 4.10pm: Swarbacks Minn Light abeam. Patent Log streamed.

4.15pm: Set course N30W (N52W, N8W) Log 3.5.

5.0pm: Esha Ness Light abeam distant 3 miles.

6.45pm: Exercised sea boats crew. Controls tested.

9.0pm: Altered course N67W (N45W, N89W), Log 72.0.

pm: Lost overboard during first watch one 6 pounder gun cover.


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20 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.8, Long -8.8

2.15am: Sea boats crew mustered.

4.55am: Observed Sydero Light bearing N20W.

5.30am: Altered course N85W (N63W, S73W), Log 77.0.

5.42am: Sydero Light abeam distant 18 miles.

9.20am: Divisions and Physical drill. Controls tested.

am: Starboard watch at guns. Port watch at loader drill and training classes. Cleaning ship.

3.45pm: Altered course N36W (N58W, N14W), Log 9.2.

6.0pm: Position by Stellar Observation 6.0pm: Lat 60 40 N, Long 11 0 W.

6.30pm: Altered course N58E (N80E, N36E), Log 40.9.

pm: Exercised fire drill in Marines Flat. Controls tested. Sea boats crew mustered.

9.15pm: Altered course N46E (N68E, N24E), Log 76.6.

11.30pm: Altered course N35W (N57W, N13W), Log 5.2.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 233 miles]


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21 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.9, Long -10.4

5.0am: Altered course S69E (N89E, S47E), Log 375.0.

5.30am: Exercised gun’s crew.

9.10am: Spoke HMS “Cedric”.

9.20am: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

9.30am: Divisions. Physical drill, squad and rifle drill.

9.56am: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 39.7, course and speed as requisite to communicate with HMS “Alsatian”.

10.0am: Sea boat away to “Alsatian”.

10.36am: Boat returned with two ratings.

10.41am: Sea boat away.

11.2am: Boat returned and hoisted.

11.11am: Proceeded at 60 revs. Patent Log streamed 39.7. Set course S63W (S85W, S41W), Log 39.7.

1.40pm: Altered course South, Log 71.3.

1.47pm: Increased to 70 revs to intercept 3 masted Barque.

2.33pm: Fired 6 inch blank charge. 2.35pm: Reduced speed. Patent Log hauled in 84.5.

2.41pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

2.45pm: Boat away with boarding officer to 3 masted Barque “Skomvaer” (Norwegian) of Porsgrund [Porsgrunn] from Buenos Ayres [Aires] to Flekkyejord [Flekkefjord].

[Boarding Position: Lat 61 20 N, Long 10 58 W]

3.15pm: Sub Lieutenant Carter, Midshipman Ritson and armed guard place on board. Vessel proceeded to Lerwick.

3.45pm: Boat hoisted. Proceeded at 60 revs. Patent Log streamed 84.5. Set course S64W (S42W, S86W).

4.40pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 17 N, Long 10 44 W.

5.15pm: Altered course S26W (S48W, S4W), Log 3.9.

10.0pm: Altered course S87E (N71E, S65E), Log 65.0. Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 257 miles]

[Winds relatively light, rain early and late in day, noon temperature 44F]


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22 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -10.2

[On patrol, zig zagging, changes of course at 6.0am, noon and 6.45pm]

9.30am: Divisions, physical drill. Clean ship.

3.5pm: Spoke HMS “Motagua”.

3.33pm: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 73.3. Engines and helm as requisite. 3.45pm: Boat from “Motagua” alongside.

3.54pm: “Motagua’s” armed guard left.

4.10pm: Set course N77W (N55W, S81W), Log 73.3, 60 revs.

5.10pm: Position by Stellar Observation 5.10pm: Lat 60 10 N, Long 11 26 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 255 miles]


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23 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -10.4

3.19am: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 12.8. Engines and helm as requisite to speak British SS “Saxon”, Liverpool to Archangel.

[Position: Lat 60 44 N, Long 9 1 W]

3.26am: SS “Saxon” proceeded. 3.29am: Proceeded at 58 revs. Patent Log streamed 12.8. Set course East (N68E, S68E), 12.8.

6.0am: Altered course N86W (N64W, S72W) Log 42.8. Controls tested. Exercised gun’s crews.

9.30am: Divisions, Physical drill, gun drill and clean ship.

2.37pm: Reduced speed. Engines and helm as requisite to close with stranger. 2.40pm: Stopped. Engines as requisite. Patent Log hauled in 51.7. Boarded Swedish SS “Carolina”, New York to Gothenburg.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 18 N, Long 11 5 W]

3.30pm: Sent Sub Lieutenant Antrum [Antram?] and 5 men (armed guard) to ditto.

3.40pm: SS “Carolina” proceeded to Lerwick.

3.47pm: Boat hoisted, proceeded at 60 revs. Set course N86W (N64W, S72W). Patent log streamed 52.8.

6.45pm: Altered course East (N68E, S68E), Log 89.3.

[Course and Distance made good: 251 miles]


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24 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.1, Long -10.2

3.8am: Altered course S80E, Log 69.5. Spoke SS “Carolina”.

3.25am: Proceeded. Set course East (N68E, S68E) Log 70.6.

1.30pm: Spoke British ST “Conan Doyle” H240 from Iceland to Hull.

4.35pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 51 N, Long 11 27 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 206 miles]

[On patrol, zig zagging, main changes of course at 8.0am, 10.15am, 11.30am and 6.0pm. South easterly wind force 6 for most of day, sea state very high at 4am, rough in pm, snow and hail at times, noon temperature 34F]


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25 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.1, Long -10.3

8.32am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 29 N, Long 9 17 W.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service [presumably to mark Christmas Day].

4.40pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 40 N, Long 11 39 W.

8.22pm: Proceeded at 56 revs. Set course East (N68E, S68E), Log 12.8. Spoke SS “Bergensfiord” [Bergensfjord] bound West.

[Position: Lat 60 50 N, Long 12 19 W]

[Course and Distance made good: Various 231 miles]


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26 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.1, Long -10.3

8.0am: Altered course S83W (S61W, N75W), Log 37.4.

8.30am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 26 N, Long 9 21 W.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

4.15pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 37 N, Long 11 42W.

5.15pm: Altered course N80E (N58E, S78E), Log 52.7.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 249 miles]


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27 December 1915

Lat 61.1, Long -10.0

6.15am: Altered course S84W (S62W, N74W), Log 99.6.

8.25am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 19 N, Long 9 8 W.

9.30am: Divisions and Physical drill.

9.50am: Patent Log hauled in. 9.56am: Stopped, dropped target. Carried out 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

10.35am: Target capsized, engines and helm as requisite to pick up target.

11.0am: Set course S88W (S66W, N70W). Proceeded at 60 revs. Patent Log streamed 44.0. Controls tested.

4.20pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 39.5 N, Long 11 26 W.

5.45pm: Altered course N77E (S81E, N55E), Log 33.2. Exercised sea boats crew.

11.15pm: Moon rose.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 249 miles]


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28 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.0, Long -10.0

2.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

9.30am: Divisions. Prayers. Physical drill. “Abandon Ship” stations.

7.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 252 miles]

[On patrol, zig zagging, main changes of course at 6.45am and 5.45pm. Weather quiet and cloudy or overcast, noon temperature 37F]


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29 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.8, Long -9.0

0.30am: Moon rose.

6.0am: Altered course S86W (S64W, N72W), Log 56.5.

8.31am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 7 N, Long 9 3 W.

9.30am: Divisions, Prayers and physical drill.

11.8am: Stopped. Patent Log hauled 23.0. Engines and helm as requisite.

11.15am: Boat away with boarding officer to Norwegian SS “Stigstad” from Baltimore to Malmo.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 49 N, Long 9 0 W]

11.35am: Placed Midshipman Lunnicks [Lunnocks elsewhere in log] and armed guard on board SS “Stigstad”.

Noon: SS “Stigstad” proceeded to Lerwick.

0.7pm: Boat returned and hoisted. 0.9pm: Proceeded at 60 revs, set course S89W (S67W, N9W). Patent Log streamed 23.0.

9.0pm: Altered course N85E (N63E, S73E), Log 29.1.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 253 miles]


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30 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.4, Long -11.3

7.0am: Altered course S81W (S59W, N77W), Log 17.3.

8.14am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 47 N, Long 10 19.5 W.

11.0am: Altered course S48W, Log 61.9 to close with Sailing Vessel.

11.45am: Spoke Norwegian ship “Fritz Smith” with HMS “Patuca’s”, armed guard on board.

[Position: Lat 60 21 N, Long 11 12 W]

Noon: Altered course S77W (S55W, N71W), Log 73.2.

5.30pm: Altered course S88E. 5.35pm: Reduced to 48 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 223 miles]

[Squally south easterly wind force 6 or 7 all day, sea state rough in am, very rough to high in pm]


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31 December 1915

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -10.7

3.30am: Increased to 56 revs. Resumed zig zag (S66E, N70E), Log 119.2.

7.15am: Altered course S80W (S58W, N78W), Log 157.9.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill. Hands cleaning ship and at Medical Lecture.

Noon: Stopped zig zag. Set course S80W. Revs: Port 60, Starboard 40.

0.10pm: Set Chart House P2. Controls tested.

2.40pm: Increased to 60 revs Starboard Engine (Both Engines 60 revs).

3.0pm: Resumed zig zag (N78W, S58W), Log 30.3.

4.40pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 56 N, Long 11 46 W.

5.15pm: Altered course S84W (S62W, N74W), Log 59.8.

6.30pm: Altered course N79E (N57E, S79E), Log 74.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 211 miles]


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LOGS FOR JANUARY 1916


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for January 1916]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and Commodore, as before]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 January 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.6, Long -10.2

1.0am: Sea boats crew mustered.

6.15am: Altered course S82W (S60W, N76W) Log 91.6. Exercised gun’s crew.

8.34am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 42 N, Long 9 52 W.

10.30am: Altered course N48E (N26E, N70E), Log 37.2.

11.0am: Set course N48E (no zig zag). Increased to 60 revs.

11.17am: Spoke HMS “Cedric”.

11.44am: Stopped, Log 52.3.

Noon: “Cedric’s” boat alongside. 0.5pm: Boat left. 0.13pm: Streamed Patent Log 52.3. Proceeded at 60 revs.

0.15pm: Set course S27W (S49W, S5W), Log 52.8.

3.15pm: Spoke HMS “Changuinola”.

4.46pm: Position by Stellar Observation at 4.46: Lat 59 38 N, Long 10 14 W.

8.30pm: Steadied on S27E. 8.40pm: Spoke HMS “Orotava”.

9.15pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite. 9.28pm: Boat away to “Orotava”.

9.47pm: Boat returned with one rating for “Otway”. 9.52pm: Proceeded at 62 revs. Set course S27W, Log 77.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 224 miles]


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2 January 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.6, Long -7.7

1.0am: Set course S27W. Stopped zig zag, Log 14.1.

3.43am: Resumed zig zag. 3.45am: Altered course S34E (S12E, S56E), Log 46.4.

8.30am: Position by Stellar Observation at 8.30: Lat 57 6 N, Long 8 50 W.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

10.40am: Observed high land of Barra Head bearing S70E (magnetic).

11.0am: Altered course S12E (S34E, S10W), Log 49.8.

11.14am: Barra Head Light House abeam distant 14 miles.

4.5pm: Observed Oversay Light bearing S50E (magnetic).

4.18pm: Oversay Light abeam distant 3.25 miles.

6.0pm: Altered course S5E, Log 65.0. Stopped zig zag.

6.16pm: Mull of Cantyre Light abeam distant 1 mile. Altered course S32E, Log 70.5.

6.30pm: Resumed zig zag (S54E, S10E), Log 75.1.

8.45pm: Black Rock Light abeam distant 6 miles.

10.10pm: Mull of Galloway Light abeam, distant 11.5 miles.

11.30pm: Altered course S4W (S26W, S18E), Log 42.4.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 288 miles]


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3 January 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

1.10am: Chickens Light bore N55E (magnetic), distant 2.5 miles.

4.25am: Observed Great Ormes Head Light bearing S17W (magnetic).

5.50am: Courses as requisite into river. Patent Log hauled in 32.5.

5.55am: Bar Light Vessel abeam. Reduced to 48 revs. 6.10am: Formby Light Vessel abeam. Reduced speed.

7.0am: Rock Light abeam. 7.15am: Pilot TK Dixon boarded and took charge. 7.19am: Proceeded slow ahead and to pilots orders.

7.22am: Hard a port. Full ahead Port. Stop and half astern Starboard. 7.24am: Full ahead Port. Stop Starboard. 7.25am: Hard a starboard. Full ahead Starboard. 7.26am: Stop Port. 7.27am: Full astern both.7.28am: Stopped both.

7.29am: Ship struck stern [or possibly stem] of SS “Dominion” [probably Dominion (2) listed here] at anchor. Engines and helm as requisite. Damaging Port quarter of “Otway”.

8.2am: Commenced to enter lock. 8.15am: In lock.

8.25am: Entered basin, lines ashore.

[Draft on Arrival: Forward 17’ 6”, Aft 28’ 9”]

11.15am: Moored fore and aft. Hands employed transferring ammunition from aft to forward.

3.0pm: Pilot Mr Edwards on board.

4.0pm: All correct. 4.10pm: Cast off. 4 tugs in attendance. Pilot in charge.

4.30pm: Passing through lock gates. 4.32pm: Cleared locks. Engines and helm as requisite.

4.40pm: Swung the ship in East Float. 5.0pm: Passed into West Float.

5.30pm: Stern line ashore. 5.35pm: Bow line ashore. Hove ship alongside and moored up.

7.0pm: Long leave men for Stornaway and Ireland ashore.

8.30pm: Sub Lieutenant Autram and Armed guard returned.

9.0pm: Cast off from wharf. Pilot in charge. 4 tugs in attendance. Engines as requisite. Proceeded to graving dock.

9.20pm: Bow line ashore. 9.30pm: Bow tugs cast off.

9.50pm: Entered dock. 10.0pm: Quarter lines ashore, stern tugs cast off.

10.25pm: Moored ship in graving dock.

11.0pm: Port watch rigging shores.

11.57pm: Ship on blocks.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 263 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1296 tons]


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4 January 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.40, Long -3.1 [estimated]

1.30am: Finished placing shores.

2.0am: Rigged brow. 2.30am: Hands piped down. Gangway watches set.

5.0am: Docked [sic] pumped dry.

7.0am: Starboard watch in. Collision mat taken in.

8.30am: Port watch stowing ammunition.

9.45am: Starboard watch on leave.

1.30pm: Engineer Lieutenant Allen left the ship for Hospital.

6.30pm: W Down Leading Signalman joined up.

[Drizzle and rain in middle of day, noon temperature 53F]


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5 January 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.40, Long -3.1

6.30am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

7.10am: J Johnston Stoker discharged to Devonport.

11.0am: Pumped out fore peak tank.

pm: Hands cleaning boats, working with gunner and variously employed.

2.30pm: Pumping out both No 6 tanks.


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6 January 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.40, Long -3.1

0.30am: Used fire hose to extinguish smouldering planks of lower staging.

5.45am: Ceased work on ships side.

6.30am: Clean mess decks and flats.

7.30am: Resumed work on ships side.

9.10am: Taking in boiler water.

9.0am [should probably be 10.0am]: Hands discharging frozen meat from refrigerator.

pm: Hands cleaning boats, taking meat, getting stores on board, working at guns.

4.45pm: Midshipman Lunnocks and Armed guard arrived on board.


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7 January 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.40, Long -3.1

am and pm: Hands getting stores on board and working as requisite.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.


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8 January 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.40, Long -3.1

6.30am: Clean mess decks and flats and getting dismounting gear on board.

am: Hands cleaning boats, getting in stores. Gunners party running back guns.

10.0am: 1 Stoker RFR [Royal Fleet Reserve] from Devonport and 3 Seamen RNR from Chatham joined up.

3.0pm: Liberty men ashore.


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9 January 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.40, Long -3.1

9.0am: Roman Catholics ashore.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.0am: Roman Catholics returned.

2.0pm: Liberty men ashore.


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10 January 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.40, Long -3.1

7.0am: Starboard watch returned from leave. Port watch proceeded on leave.

10.0am: Commodore proceeded on leave.

1.0pm: Hands employed getting stores on board. Gunners party dismounting S1 and P1 guns.

3.30pm: Sunset. Struck Broad Pennant.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.


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11 January 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.40, Long -3.1

am: Gunners party stripping guns. Hands employed cleaning ship.

9.45am: Midshipman Haggord left the ship for Chatham Hospital.

pm: Hands employed getting stores on board. Gunners party working on guns.

3.10pm: One Rating from HMS “Almanzora” joined up.

5.30pm: Liberty men ashore.


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12 January 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.40, Long -3.1

6.0am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

am: Gunners party working at guns. Working party on rigging. Getting stores on board and cleaning up No 4 hold.

5.0pm: Liberty men ashore.


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13 January 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.40, Long -3.1

am: Hands working as requisite, at guns and rigging.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.

[Squally north westerly wind force 6 in am, with rain, force 5 and cloudy for most of pm]


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14 January 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.40, Long -3.1

am: Hands getting stores on board and cleaning ship.

pm: Hands piped to “Make and mend”.

5.0pm: Liberty men ashore.


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15 January 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.40, Long -3.1

8.30am: Hands cleaning ship.

pm: Liberty men ashore.


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16 January 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.40, Long -3.1

6.30am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

9.45am: Divisions and Divine Service.

1.30pm: Liberty men ashore.


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17 January 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.40, Long -3.1

9.0am: Commodore returned from leave. Rehoisted Broad Pennant.

10.55am: Commenced to fill dry dock.

11.45am: Ship afloat. Disconnected telephone.

0.30pm: Pilot (Mr L Jones) on board.

1.25pm: Tug fast aft. 1.30pm: Proceeded out of dry dock.

1.50pm: Cleared dock. Tug fast forward. Proceeded to berth.

2.10pm: Bow and stern lines ashore. Cast off tugs.

2.20pm: Hove alongside wharf and moored as customary.

2.55pm: Gangway down.

6.0pm: Liberty men ashore.


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18 January 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.40, Long -3.1

6.45am: Hoisted gangway and breasted ship off to allow coal lighters alongside.

7.25am: Brow ashore.

8.30am: Coal lighters alongside.

9.0am: Starboard watch working ammunition from forward magazine to after magazine.

9.30am: Port watch getting stores on board.

10.5am: Commenced coaling on Port side. 10.20am: Commenced coaling on Starboard side.

Noon: Ceased coaling.

1.0pm: Resumed coaling both sides. Hands getting stores on board.

4.30pm: Sub Lieutenant Carter returned from duty. Liberty men ashore.

4.50pm: Midshipmen Ritson and armed guard returned.

5.0pm: Ceased coaling for tea. Part of watch stowing stores away.

5.45pm: Read warrant No 31.

6.30pm: Resumed coaling.

9.30pm: Ceased coaling.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1185 tons]


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19 January 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.40, Long -3.1

9.0am: Hands employed transporting ammunition and getting stores on board.

pm: Hands employed working stores and transporting ammunition.

5.0pm: Ceased coaling. Liberty men ashore.

6.0pm: Resumed coaling. 6.10pm: Ceased coaling on account of rain.

6.25pm: Resumed coaling.

7.30pm: Finished coaling after bunkers.


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20 January 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Birkenhead

Lat 53.40, Long -3.1

6.30am: Hands fall in. Breasted ship off to move coal lighters.

8.15am: Coal lighters alongside. 8.30am: Resumed coaling.

am: Hands employed painting and working ammunition.

9.20am: Wingel [?] (Fireman) left the ship under escort for Walton Prison.

pm: Hands working ammunition.

1.30pm: Escort returned.

[Draft Leaving: Forward 21’ 9”, Aft 26’ 8”]

5.0pm: Finished coaling. Hands cleaning ship.

6.15pm: Pilot (WA Smith) on board.

6.45pm: Mails for HMS “Alsatian” on board.

7.15pm: Telephone disconnected. 7.20pm: Gangway ashore. Hands to Stations.

7.30pm: Singled up. 7.35pm: Cast off. 2 tugs forward and 1 aft. Proceeded from berth.

7.50pm: Exercised “General Quarters” Stations.

8.0pm: Second tug made fast aft. 8.3pm: Passed into East Float. 8.15pm: Swung Ship.

8.40pm: Entered Alfred Basin. 8.45pm: Entered locks, quarter lines ashore.

9.5pm: Made fast in lock. 9.15pm: Let go one tug forward.

10.40pm: Let go all tugs. 10.45pm: Cast off and proceeded into river. 10.52pm: Entered river.

11.5pm: Pilot left. 11.6pm: Proceeded down river at 48 revs.

11.28pm: Rock Light abeam.

11.50pm: Passed Crosby Bell buoy.

[Coal Received: 1865 tons 17 cwt. Coal Remaining: 3038 tons]


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21 January 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 55.2, Long -6.1

0.8am: Passed Formby Bell buoy

0.19am: Passed Formby Light Vessel.

1.0am: Passed Bar Light Vessel. Streamed Patent Log. Set course N45W (N67W, N23W].

4.20am: Chickens Light bearing N39W (magnetic).

5.20am: Chickens Light abeam distant 2 miles. Altered course N4W (N26W, N18E), Log 59.6.

7.50am: Mull of Galloway Light abeam (N86E).

8.48am: Mew Island Light abeam distant 5 miles.

10.12am: Maidens Light House abeam distant 4 miles.

11.50am: Altered course N48W (N58W, N38W), Log 56.4.

0.9pm: Rue Point abeam distant 0.75 miles.

2.10pm: Inistrahull [Inishtrahull] Light bearing S82W distant 8.5 miles, Log 89.6. Altered course N1W (N23W, N21E).

5.0pm: Controls tested. Sea boats crew mustered.

8.10pm: Altered course N48W (N26W, N70W), Log 71.5. Barra Head Light bore N69E (magnetic) 7.5 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 151 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Wind south westerly, then north westerly from noon, force 5 to 7 during day, sea state very rough, with heavy westerly swell from 8pm. Noon temperature 51F]


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22 January 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 57.7, Long -11.2

2.30am: Reduced to 48 revs. Commenced zig zag every 15 minutes.

4.0am: Set course N48W, no zig zag.

am: Controls tested. Sea boats crew mustered. Hands cleaning ship.

1.10pm: Altered course N20W, Log 15.7.

2.30pm: Rolling Starboard 35 degrees, Port 30 degrees.

5.21pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 58 8 N, Long 11 42 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 236 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Squally wind mostly westerly and north westerly, force 7 to 8/9 until 4pm, then force 6, sea state high or very high for most of day, rain then hail at times]


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23 January 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.7, Long -13.4

7.0am: Altered course N45E, Log 55.0.

Noon: WT and bridge signal books correct.

4.0pm: Bridge signal books correct.

4.30pm: Seaman Beatty released from cells (Warrant No 31).

5.10pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 47 N, Long 12 43 W.

7.50pm: Altered course S70E, Log 1.0. Increased to 62 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 201 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Wind still squally, south westerly, force 6 to 7/8, sea state very rough, rain or hail at times, noon temperature 42F]


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24 January 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.4, Long -6.0

Soundings: 7.10am: 83 fathoms, 7.25am: 85 fathoms.

8.0am: Altered course S68E, Log 60.7.

8.15am: Commenced zig zag (S46E, East).

8.50am: Altered course N71E (S87E, N49E), Log 71.8.

9.30am: Divisions. Altered course N22E, Log 79.6.

10.3am: Altered course S24W, Log 85.0.

am: Ship rolling heavily. Max Starboard 24 [degrees], Port 35. Hands cleaning ship.

2.0pm: Altered course N3E, Log 27.0.

3.0pm: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

3.7pm: Altered course N40E to close with HMS “Alsatian”, Log 40.7.

3.37pm: Reduced speed. Courses various, Log 47.7 to keep station on “Alsatian”.

4.21pm: Stopped. 4.31pm: Sea boat away to “Alsatian” with mails etc. Engines and helm as requisite to pick up boat.

4.55pm: Boat returned and hoisted.

5.3pm: Proceeded at 54 revs. 5.5pm: Set course N54E (N76E, N22E), Patent Log streamed 55.5.

11.0pm: Altered course S24W (S46W, S2W), Log 21.3.

Midnight: Altered course N14E (N8W, N36E), Log 28.5.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 278 miles]

[Squally south westerly wind force 5 or 6 for most of day, with hail then rain]


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25 January 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.4, Long -5.4

4.0am: Altered course S32W (S10W, S54W), Log 67.2.

5.0am: Engines Dead slow Starboard, Slow Port: Ship’s Head West to W by S.

5.52am: Increased to 34 revs Port Engine. 6.0am: Slow ahead Port Engine.

8.15am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 63 26 N, Long 5 11 W.

9.30am: Divisions and Physical drill. Hands cleaning ship.

9.45am: Engines: Port half ahead, Starboard Dead slow.

4.10pm: Slow ahead both Engines.

5.0pm: Full ahead both Engines at 48 revs. Altered course N62E, Log 55.0

7.0pm: Controls tested. Sea boats crew exercised.

8.0pm: Altered course S30W, Log 27.0.

10.0pm: Sea boats crew mustered.

Midnight: Altered course N16E (N6W, N38E), Log 63.2. Bridge signal books correct.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 170 miles]

[Weather unchanged]


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26 January 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.6, Long -4.8

4.0am: Altered course S29W (S7W, S51W), Log 8.7.

8.45am: Altered course N16E (N38E, N6W), Log 61.5.

9.30am: Divisions and Physical drill. Hands cleaning ship.

0.30pm: Altered course S41W (S63W, S19W), Log 4.0.

2.30pm: Patent Log hauled in. New Rotator put on.

4.0pm: Altered course N14E (N36E, N8W), Log 39.2.

7.30pm: Sea boats crew exercised.

8.15pm: Altered course S23W (S45W, S1W), Log 85.0.

Midnight: Altered course N22E (North, N44E), Log 25.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 193 miles]

[Weather generally quieter today, cloudy after early rain, barometric pressure rising all day, noon temperature 29F]


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27 January 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.5, Long -5.1

[8.8am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 62 52 N, Long 5 8 W]

9.30am: Divisions and Physical drill.

10.1am: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 42.8. 10.9am: Dropped target. Helm and Engines as requisite.

10.32am: Picked up target. 10.35am: Proceeded at 58 revs. Patent Log streamed. Set course N22E (North, N44E), Log 42.8.

am: Forecastle and foretop men and marines to small arm and squad drill. Controls tested.

10.15pm: Patent log foul. Hauled in to clear it.

10.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 254 miles]

[Zig zagging on patrol, changes of course at 4.0am, 8.0am, Noon and 8.0pm]


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28 January 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.0, Long -2.3

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

10.5am: Exercised “General quarters” stations.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 240 miles]

[On patrol, zig zagging, changing course every 4 hours]


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29 January 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 64.0, Long -6.9

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill. Controls tested.

am: Forenoon. Duty part of watch to guns. Remainder cleaning ship.

5.40pm: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 63 29 N, Long 6 37 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 240 miles]

[Still patrolling, changing course about every 4 hours]


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30 January 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.9, Long -7.2

8.6am: [Position] Stellar Observation Lat 63 17 N, Long 7 11 W.

9.0am: Stopped zig zag, set course N21E.

9.15am: Spoke HMS Andes.

9.30am: Resumed zig zag.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

10.0pm: Stopped zig zag, set course S23W, Log 7.4.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 237 miles]

[Patrolling, as before]


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31 January 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.9, Long -7.0

Midnight: Altered course N23E (N1E, N45E), Log 24.2. Resumed zig zag.

4.0am: Altered course S23W. Stopped zig zag.

7.0am: Rolling Starboard 20 degrees, Port 27 degrees.

8.45am: Altered course N23E, Log 4.0.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill. Controls tested. Rolling Starboard 24 degrees, Port 22 degrees (maximum).

am: Forenoon. Hands cleaning ship and at gunnery and torpedo classes.

11.45am: Altered course S26W, Log 37.6 (no zig zag).

4.15pm: Altered course N20E (N42E, N2W), Log 87.2.

5.4pm: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 63 27 N, Long 6 22 W.

8.15pm: Altered course S28W (S6W, S50W).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 221 miles]

[South westerly wind force 4 or 5, sea state rough or very rough in late am, when mist and drizzle. Heavy dew in pm, noon temperature 40F]


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LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1916


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for February 1916]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and Commodore, as before]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.9, Long -6.8

8.10am: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 63 15 N, Long 6 52 W.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

10.15am: Exercised “General quarters”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 247 miles]

[Still patrolling, zig zagging, changing course about every 4 hours]


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2 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.4, Long -6.4

2.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

8.0am: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 63 19 N, Long 7 8 W.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

9.40am: Patent Log hauled in 34.4. 9.45am: Reduced speed. 9.50am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

9.55am: Dropped target. “General Quarters”. Exercised action and carried out 1 inch aiming rifle practice.

11.32am: Stopped. Engines and as requisite. 11.40am: Picked up target. 11.45am: Streamed Patent Log 34.4. Set course S75E (S53E, N83E) at 60 revs.

5.35pm: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 63 5 N, Long 7 37 W.

11.13pm: Myggenoes Light bore S19E.

Midnight: Myggenoes Light abeam.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 215 miles]

[Patrolling, as before]


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3 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.3, Long -10.0

8.0am: Altered course S24W (S46W, S2W), Log 41.5.

am: Forenoon. Watch at guns. Hands cleaning ship and at training classes.

11.30am: Altered course N24E, Log 63.4. 11.39am: Revs: Starboard 56, Port 40.

3.25pm: Proceeded at 48 revs both engines.

5.0pm: Altered course S21W, Log 24.7.

5.20pm: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 62 11 N, Long 10 15 W.

7.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

10.0pm: Altered course N29E, Log 69.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 206 miles]

[South easterly wind force 7/8 at noon, with sea state very rough, wind and sea moderating in late pm. Rain in middle of day, barometric pressure relatively low, falling in am, steady in pm (at 28.43/52), noon temperature 42F]


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4 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.2, Long -10.1

8.0am: Commenced zig zag N2E, N46E.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

am: Forenoon. Duty part of watch at guns. Third and fourth divisions at squad drill, remainder at instruction and cleaning ship.

3.33pm: Altered course West, Log 69.6 to close with trawler.

3.40pm: Exercised “General quarters”.

3.53pm: Stopped, helm as requisite. Spoke trawler H103 “Admiral Craddock” from Hull to Iceland.

[Position: Lat 61 34 N, Long 10 8 W]

3.55pm: Proceeded at 60 revs, set course S14W (S36W, S8E), Log 74.9.

5.39pm: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 61 14 W, Long 10 24 W.

11.0pm: Reading Patent Log aft. Forward Patent Log incorrect.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 248 miles]

[Patrolling, zig zagging from 8.0am, changing course about every 4 hours]


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5 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.9, Long -8.6

7.55am: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 60 54 N, Long 8 33 W.

am: Forenoon. Hands cleaning ship.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 228 miles]

[More zig zagging to and fro on patrol. Squally south westerly wind, increasing in am, force 8 for most of pm, with sea state high, rain, then hail in pm, noon temperature 40F]


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6 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.1, Long -9.1

3.45am: Revs: Starboard 54, Port 42.

4.57am: 48 revs both engines. 5.0am: Altered course N86W (N64W, 72W), Log 21.1.

10.0am: Stopped zig zag, set course N86W. Reduced to 44 revs. Mustered by the Open List. Read Articles of War and Characters. Divine Service.

1.15pm: Altered course S82W, Log 72.0.

9.0pm: Altered course S88E, Log 13.5.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 186 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Another squally day, wind south westerly until 4pm, the north westerly, force 8 for most of day, sea state high to very high all day, rain on and off]


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7 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -9.3

7.57am: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 60 43 N, Long 8 25 W.

8.0am: Commenced zig zag (N64W, S72W), Log 14.9.

am: Forenoon. Starboard watch to guns and cleaning ship. Port watch mustering bags.

4.0pm: Sighted HMS “Teutonic”. 4.15pm: Spoke HMS “Teutonic”.

6.36pm: Altered course N88E, Log 81.8, stopped zig zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 181 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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8 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.4, Long -6.2

0.19am: Altered course S80E, Log 45.0.

6.0am: Altered course N46E, Log 9.9. Increased to 60 revs.

7.30am: Commenced zig zag (N24E, N68E), Sumbo Light bore N43W (magnetic), Log 29.8.

8.20am: Spoke HMS “Teutonic”.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

9.40am: Course and speed as requisite to keep station on HMS “Teutonic”.

9.58am: Stopped. 10.0am: “General Quarters” and “abandon ship stations”. Controls tested.

10.5am: “Teutonic’s” boat alongside.

10.35am: Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course S81W (S59W, N77W), Log 48.9.

0.51pm: Reduced speed and stopped. 0.58pm: Sea boat away with boarding officer to Danish SS “Holor” [Holar] (to Leith). Engines and helm as requisite.

[Boarding Position: Lat 61 19 N, Long 6 23 W]

1.20pm: Boat returned and hoisted. SS Holor proceeded. 1.35pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course S81W (S59W, N77W).

2.23pm: Sumbo Light House abeam distant 11 miles, Log 47.9.

3.0pm: Streamed and set logs 0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 227 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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9 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.3, Long -9.0

7.58am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 30 N, Long 7 54 W.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill. Port watch at medical lecture, watch at guns, remainder employed as requisite.

6.0pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 9 N, Long 10 40 W.

7.0pm: Controls tested. Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 210 miles]

[Patrolling, zig zagging, main changes of course at 0.30am, 6.0am and 6.30pm]


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10 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.6, Long -8.6

7.0am: Stellar Observation impracticable.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

9.45am: Patent Log hauled in, reduced speed. Engines and helm as requisite.

10.0am: Dropped target. Exercised Action, carried out 1 inch aiming practice.

11.40am: Picked up target. 11.42am: Proceeded at 60 revs. 11.45am: Set course West (S68W, N68W), Log 43.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 213 miles]


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11 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.6, Long -8.7

6.30am: Altered course N86W (N64W, S72W), Log 68.0.

7.55am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 41.5 N, Long 7 21.5 W.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill and squad drill.

9.30am: Altered course N64W to close with Sailing Vessel.

10.32am: Reduced speed. Patent Log hauled in 16.6.

10.36am: Stopped. 10.42am: Sea boat away with boarding officer to Swedish Barque “Magda” from Gothenburg to Durban. Allowed her to proceed.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 40 N, Long 8 29 W]

11.15am: Sea boat returned and hoisted. 11.18am: Proceeded at 60 revs. Patent Log streamed. Controls tested. Set course S88W (S66W, N20W), Log 16.6.

4.0pm: Altered course N82W (N60W, S76W), Log 74.7.

6.45pm: Altered course East (N68E, S68E), Log 8.3.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 248 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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12 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -8.5

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill. Watch at guns, remainder cleaning ship.

6.0pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 27 N, Long 10 0 W.

10.0pm: Controls tested. Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 252 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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13 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.8, Long -8.5

9.0am: Reduced to 48 revs, stopped zig zag, set course N86W.

10.0am: Divine Service.

10.30am: Controls tested. Vessel pitching heavily.

6.0pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 39 N, Long 9 0 W.

11.0pm: Altered course S88E, Log 2.9.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 217 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Squally westerly and north westerly wind for most of day, force 6 to 8, with sea state high to very high from 8.0am, rain or hail at times, noon temperature 41F]


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14 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.4, Long -6.1

5.0am: Altered course S83E, Log 60.6.

[Sounding at 8.45am, 9.0am and 9.30am]

9.0am: Commenced zig zag (N75E, S61E).

9.45am: Observed Southern end of Sydero Island bearing N52E (Magnetic).

[10.8am: Cross bearings Position: Lat 61 16.5 N, Long 6 42 W]

10.8am: Sumbo Light House bore N9E (True), distant 7.5 miles.

am: Forenoon. Watch at guns, starboard watch at bag muster. Remainder employed as requisite. Controls tested.

7.0pm: Altered course S22E (S44E, South), Log 1.0.

8.6pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 28 N, Long 3 40 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 169 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Wind and sea moderating from noon, rain at times, hail then snow in late evening]


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15 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4 [estimated]

2.35am: Sighted Esha Ness Light bearing S27E.

7.0am: Patent Log hauled in 15.7. 7.9am: Swarbacks Minn Light abeam.

7.22am: Passed boom defence and proceeded to anchorage.

7.42am: Let go Port anchor in 14 fathoms (4 shackles).

[Anchor Bearing: Ship’s Head N20E, Post Office N46.5E (magnetic), Busta House N71.5W (magnetic), Burgasto [Burgastoo] Rock S64W (magnetic)]

[Draft on arrival: Forward 19’ 0”, Aft 23’ 6”]

8.30am: Collier “Burnhope” No 116 alongside Port.

9.18am: Collier “Norton” No 488 alongside starboard.

9.30am: Sub Lieutenants Huggan [?] and Parnell RNVR joined up. Gibraltar’s men alongside at 8.15.

9.50am: Commenced coaling from Port collier. 9.55am: Commenced coaling from Starboard collier.

[Information about coal received per hour and remaining to come in shown on far left of log page]

Noon: Gibraltar’s men to dinner.

1.0pm: “Gibraltar’s” men resumed coaling.

6.0pm: Finished coaling for the day. Received 567 tons.

7.0pm: Part of watch at night defence stations.

10.0pm: Controls tested. Exercised guns crews.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 178 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1021 tons]

[Hail and snow for most of day, noon temperature 40F]


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16 February 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

6.0am: Guns secured.

6.20am: HMS “Motagua” arrived.

7.0am: Starboard collier shifted aft. 7.5am: Resumed coaling on Port side.

8.0am: “Gibraltar’s” men aboard.

8.5am: Resumed coaling on Starboard side. HMS “Virginian” arrived in Olna Firth.

10.50am: Water boat “Flying Breeze” alongside.

Noon: “Gibraltar’s” men to dinner.

0.30pm: “Flying breeze” cast off.

1.0pm: “Gibraltar’s” men resumed coaling.

1.30pm: Port collier shifted aft. 1.45pm: Resumed coaling on port side.

1.55pm: HMS “Virginian” arrived in Busta Voe.

2.5pm: “Flying Breeze” alongside.

6.0pm: Finished coaling for the day, received 1314 tons.

7.0pm: Part of watch at night defence stations.

10.0pm: Exercised gun’s crews. Controls tested.

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Snow early and late in day]


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17 February 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

6.30am: Secured guns.

7.0am: Shifted colliers.

7.20am: “Flying Breeze” alongside.

7.30am: Commenced coaling Port side.

7.50am: “Gibraltar’s” men alongside.

7.55am: Commenced coaling Starboard side.

10.30am: Finished coaling. Received from: Burnhope No 116, 713 tons, Norton No 488, 720 tons, Total 1433 tons, Average 81.3 tons.

11.20am: “Gibraltar’s” men left.

11.30am: SS Burnhope cast off.

11.45am: SS Norton cast off.

1.0pm: “Flying Breeze” cast off.

7.0pm: Collier No 218 in foul berth. 7.15pm: Collier shifted.

8.0pm: Part of watch at night defence stations.

[Number on sick list: 8]


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18 February 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

6.0am: Secured guns.

9.10am: “Otway’s” signalman returned from shore.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

9.45am: Exercised abandon ship stations.

1.30pm: Exercised abandon ship stations. Lowered 4 cutters, exercised crews and hoisted them again.

3.0pm: Lieutenant Richards and 4 men for HMS “Ebro” on board.

4.0pm: “Flying Breeze” alongside.

6.30pm: Part of watch at night defence stations.

[Draft leaving: Forward 20’ 3”, Aft 25’ 9”]

7.10pm: HMS “Duke of Cornwall” arrived. Leading Signalman Thompson left the ship for “Duke of Cornwall”.

7.44pm: Commenced heaving up. 7.46pm: Stand by.

7.50pm: “Flying Breeze” cast off. Engines and helm as requisite to leave harbour.

8.0pm: Anchor up. 8.9pm: Lieutenant Wynn and Armed Guard for HMS “Columbella”, Lieutenant Smiles and signalman for HMS “Ebro” on board. Boat hoisted. Proceeded out of harbour.

8.20pm: Exercised “General quarters”.

8.45pm: Passed boom defence. 8.51pm: Streamed Patent Log 0. 8.52pm: Proceeded at 65 revs.

8.56pm: Swarbacks Minn Light abeam. Set course N29W (N7W, N51W), zig zag every 15 minutes.

9.39pm: Esha Ness Light abeam distant 3.75 miles. Controls tested.

[Number on sick list: 9]

[Coal Received 1433 tons, Coal Remaining: 2384 tons]


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19 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.3, Long -6.3

1.45am: Altered course N68W (N46W, West), Log 65.0. Reduced to 60 revs.

2.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

7.0am: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 60 57.5 N, Long 5 15 W.

8.0am: Altered course S44W (S66W, S22W), Patent Log 47.5.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill. Watch at guns, remainder cleaning ship.

Noon: Altered course N52W to close with stranger.

0.4pm: Reduced speed and stopped. 0.7pm: Spoke British ST “Thomas Stratton” (H116) Iceland to Hull.

0.8pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course S44W (S66W, S22W), Log 99.4.

3.0pm: Fired 6 inch blank to stop stranger.

3.14pm: Spoke HMS “Mantua”. 3.15pm: Altered course S37W (S59W, S15W), Log 41.5.

5.25pm: Spoke HMS “Hilary”. Controls tested.

6.31pm: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 59 17 N, Long 7 42 W.

7.30pm: Spoke HMS “Hilary”. 7.40pm: Altered course N45W, Log 99.1.

8.23pm: Spoke British ST “Conisbro Castle” from Stornaway to Iceland.

[Position: Lat 59 31 N, Long 8 19 W]

8.26pm: Proceeded, set course S71W (N87W, S49W), Log 9.0 at 57 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 188.2 miles]

[Number on sick list: 9]


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20 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.1, Long -10.2

2.38am: Altered course S49E, Log 84.0 to close with stranger.

3.5am: Patent Log hauled in 89.9. Reduced speed. Spoke British SS “Imani” already boarded by “Ebro”. Engines as requisite.

3.15am: Proceeded at 57 revs S87W (N71W, S65W). 3.17pm: Patent Log streamed.

3.20am: Spoke HMS “Ebro”.

3.50am: Proceeded at 57 revs.

6.30am: Altered course East (S68E, N68E), Log 26.2. Controls tested.

7.20am: [Position] Stellar Observation Lat 58 30 N, Long 10 22 W.

8.59am: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 57.5. Engines and helm as requisite.

9.7am: HMS “Ebro’s” boat alongside. 9.10am: Ebro’s boat left with Armed Guards.

9.13am: Proceeded at 57 revs. Patent Log streamed. 9.15am: Set course S80W, Log 57.5.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.54am: Reduced speed. Courses as requisite to close with Danish ST “Jarlin” [Jarlinn] of Isafjord.

Noon: Patent Log hauled in 491.3.

0.2pm: Stopped. Boat away with boarding officer to Danish S Tr [Steam Trawler] “Jarlinn” IS356 Reykavik [Reykjavik] to Fleetwood. 0.29pm: Boat returned and hoisted.

[Position: Lat 58 4 N, Long 10 6W]

0.30pm: Proceeded on N23E (N45E, N1E) at 57 revs. Patent Log streamed 91.6.

6.0pm: Altered course N20E (N42E, N2W), Log 56.5.

6.15pm: Passed Danish barque “Ingrid”.

7.9pm: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 59 13 N, Long 9 55 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 262 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]


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21 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.6, Long -10.0

6.15am: Altered course S25W (S47W, S3W), Log 2.3.

8.35am: Spoke HMS “Columbella”.

9.3am: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 38.4. Engines and helm as requisite.

9.11am: Columbella’s boat alongside.

9.16am: Boat left with Armed Guard.

10.0am: Dropped target. General Quarters. Exercised Action. Carried out 6 inch gun practice.

11.28am: Reduced speed. 11.53am: Hoisted target. 11.57am: Proceeded at 60 revs, set course S89E (S67E, N69E). Noon: Patent Log streamed 39.5.

7.0pm: Altered course N84W (N62W, S74W), Log 30.5.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 220 miles]

[Number on sick list: 10]


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22 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.7, Long -9.2

6.0am: Altered course S89E (S67E, N69E), Log 59.1

7.23am: [Position] Stellar Observation Lat 60 22 N, Long 10 36 W.

8.30am: Altered course N74E (N52E, S84E), Log 91.3.

9.20am: Divisions, Prayers and physical drill. Part of watch at guns. First and second division at small arm drill. Watch cleaning ship.

0.15pm: Set course S84E to close with trawler.

1.9pm: Stopped engines and helm as requisite. Spoke with British ST H533 “Sea Horse” Iceland to Hull.

[Position: Lat 60 49 N, Long 8 40 W]

1.10pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course N86E (N64E, S72E), Log 52.2.

5.0pm: Exercised gun’s crews. Exercised sea boats crew.

5.30pm: Altered course N86W (N52W, S60W), Log 8.4. Zig zag 3 points every 10 minutes.

5.50pm: Sydero Light bore N72E.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 265 miles]

[Number on sick list: 11]

[Weather quiet, mostly cloudy with rain at times, barometric pressure relatively high and steady, noon temperature 41F]


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23 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.6, Long -10.0

6.30am: Altered course S88E (N58E, S54E), Log 62.1.

7.20am: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 60 26 N, Long 11 2 W.

9.20am: Divisions. Prayers, physical drill.

9.45am: Altered course North, Log 4.8 to close with stranger.

10.24am: Reduced speed, Patent Log hauled in 13.8. 10.28 Stopped.

10.31am: Boat away with boarding officer to British SS “Northern Coast” (No 59) from Semenova to Cardiff. Allowed her to proceed.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 36 N, Long 10 10 W]

11.0am: Boat hoisted. Patent Log streamed. Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course S66E (S32E, N80E). Part of watch at guns, remainder cleaning ship.

1.0pm: Altered course S72W (S38W, N74W), Log 39.0.

6.0pm: Altered course S88E (S54E, N58E), Log 3.2.

6.17pm: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 60 1 N, Long 10 41 W.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 247 miles]

[Number on sick list: 11]


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24 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.7, Long -10.7

2.30am: Altered course N63W (N29W, S83W), Log 1.5.

6.0am: Exercised guns crews.

8.55am: Spoke HMS “Teutonic”.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill. Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

9.30am: Altered course N70W to close with flagship.

10.5am: Patent Log hauled in 97.6. 10.7am: Stopped. 10.10am: Boat away with Commodore to Flagship.

10.15am: Flagship’s boat alongside with mails, 1 Marine, 2 Seamen rejoining “Otway”.

10.25am: Flagship’s boat away.

10.40am: Otway’s boat returned and hoisted. Proceeded. Courses and speed as requisite to keep station on Flagship.

0.20pm: Stopped, sea boat away to Flagship.

0.45pm: Commodore returned. Boat hoisted. 0.47pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. 0.55pm: Patent Log streamed 97.7. Set course S56E (S22E, East).

2.0pm: Altered course S45W (S11W, S79W), Log 11.8.

4.0pm: Altered course N88W (N54W, S58W), Log 37.8.

6.30pm: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 60 6 N, Long 11 14 W.

7.0pm: Altered course East (N56E, S56E), Log 76.3.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 220 miles]

[Number on sick list: 12]


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25 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.2, Long -11.2

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

9.54am: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 50.4. 10.0am: Dropped target. Proceeded to carry out 6 pounder gun practice for gunnery training classes. Engine and helm as requisite. Watch at guns and cleaning ship.

11.0am: Stopped. Picked up target. 11.13am: Proceeded at 57 revs. Patent Log streamed 50.7. Set course N86W (N52W, S60W).

3.30pm: Exercised “General Quarter” stations.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 212 miles]

[Number on sick list: 11]

[On patrol, zig zagging, in quiet weather, main changes of course at 4.0am and 5.30pm]


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26 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.2, Long -10.8

1.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

5.45am: Exercised gun’s crews.

7.7am: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 60 31 N, Long 9 8 W.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill. Controls tested.

am: Hands cleaning ship.

4.37pm: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

5.9pm: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 11.7. 5.15pm: Boat away. Engines and helm as requisite.

5.33pm: Rear Admiral and Staff came on board. 5.35pm: Proceeded at 67 revs, set course S23W in company with “Alsatian”.

6.15pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

6.30pm: Rear Admiral and staff left the ship.

6.58pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 60 25 N, Long 11 1 W.

7.0pm: Set course S79W (S36W, N76W), Log 11.7.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 230 miles]

[Number on sick list: 10]

[Patrolling to and from, main changes of course at 6.30am, 2.0pm and 10.0pm]


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27 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.1, Long -8.7

6.37am: Spoke HMS “Columbella”.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

1.24pm: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 26.6.

1.27pm: Boat away with boarding officer to Danish barquentine “Aero” [possibly this ship] Iwija [?] to Vaag (Faeroes Islands). Engines and helm as requisite.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 15 N, Long 8 17 W]

1.53pm: “Aero” proceeded, boat returned and hoisted.

2.0pm: Set course S89W (S55W, N57W). Patent Log streamed 26.8, at 60 revs.

7.55pm: Altered course S20W, Log 2.5 to close with stranger.

9.9pm: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 16.8. Engines and helm as requisite.

9.20pm: Boat away with boarding officer to American SS “Corning” Stockholm to New York.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 36 N, Long 10 12 W]

9.28pm: Spoke HMS “Columbella”.

9.50pm: SS Corning Proceeded.

10.6pm: Sea boat returned and hoisted. Proceeded at 48 revs. Patent Log streamed 17.0

10.10pm: Set course N60E (S86E, N26E), Log 17.0. Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 221 miles]

[Number on sick list: 9]


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28 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -8.9

0.10am: Altered course S88E (N58E, S54E), Log 36.4.

6.0am: Exercised sea boats crew. Exercised guns crews.

7.11am: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 60 11 N, Long 8 3 W.

7.54am: Spoke HMS “Teutonic”.

9.12am: Reduced speed. 9.15am: Stopped. 9.17am: Engines and helm as requisite.

9.21am: Boat away with Commodore to “Teutonic”.

10.0am: Commodore returned, boat hoisted. 10.5am: Proceeded at 62 revs. Set course N84W (S62W, N50W). Patent Log streamed 33.4.

am: Hands cleaning ship. Port watch at loader drill.

4.22pm: Spoke HMS “Mantua”.

4.46pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 20.3. 4.50pm: Boat away to “Mantua”.

5.10pm: Boat returned and hoisted. Proceeded at 60 revs. Patent Log streamed 20.3. 5.17pm: Set course N86W (S60W, N52W), Log 20.8.

5.22pm: Altered course S60E to close with stranger.

5.56pm: Reduced speed. Engines and helm as requisite. 5.58pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 28.7.

6.2pm: Boat away with boarding officer to Norwegian SS “Drot”, Bergen to New York.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 52 N, Long 9 36 W]

6.25pm: SS “Drot” allowed to proceed. 6.30pm: Boat returned and hoisted. 6.33pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. Patent Log streamed 28.7. Controls tested. Set course N86W (S60W, N52W), Log 28.7. Exercised gun’s crew.

[6.33pm: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 59 49 N, Long 9 45 W]

[Course and Distance made good: Various 205 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]


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29 February 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.4, Long -6.4

Number on Sick List

1.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

5.55am: Exercised “General Quarter” Stations.

7.0am: [Position] Stellar Observation Lat 60 13 N, Long 7 5 W.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

10.10am: Exercised “Action”.

1.0pm: Commenced zig zag S88E (S66E, N80E), Patent Log 53.6.

9.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 233 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]


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LOGS FOR MARCH 1916


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for March 1916]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and Commodore, as before]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before, except second thermometer for air temperature: “Negretti and Zambra MO 8064” crossed through, replaced with Grinyer and Co [no number]]


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1 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -8.9

5.35am: Reduced speed. Spoke British ST “Elf King” H1012 Hull to Iceland.

[Position: Lat 60 16 N, Long 7 25 W]

5.39am: Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course S88E (N58E, S54E), Log 47.8.

6.42am: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 60 14 N, Long 7 1 W.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill. Hands at small arm and squad drill.

3.5pm: Spoke to HMS “Hildebrand”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 242 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]


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2 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.2, Long -15.1

2.50am: Revs 60 Starboard, 36 Port. Stopped zig zag.

6.40am: Resumed zig zag, N79W (S67W, N45W).

7.25am: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 59 5 N, Long 15 22 W.

9.0am: Altered course S86E (S52E, N60E), Log 69.8.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill. Hands cleaning ship, at rifle range and loader.

Noon: Altered course N82W (S64W, N48W), Log 3.4.

4.30pm: Altered course S88E (S54E, N58E), Log 60.6.

6.53pm: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 59 1 N, Long 15 53 W.

9.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 240 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]

[Wind mostly north easterly and squally, variable in force (from 7 to 3), hail and snow at times, noon temperature 33F]


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3 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.3, Long -14.3

7.15am: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 59 31 N, Long 12 37.5 W.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill. Hands at small arm drill, cleaning ship.

5.20pm: Spoke HMS “Teutonic”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 230 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Patrolling to and fro, zig zagging, main changes of course at 7.0am, noon, 5.25pm and midnight]


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4 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.1, Long -16.0

[Another day on patrol, in unremarkable weather, when nothing much happened - all log entries shown here as an example:]

2.0am: Exercised sea boats crew. Controls tested.

4.0am: Bridge signal books correct.

5.0am: Exercised gun’s crews.

6.0am: Increased to 60 revs.

6.30am: Altered course N83W (S63W, N49W), Log 87.3. Controls tested.

7.11am: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 61 25 N, Long 14 11 W.

8.0am: Bridge signal books correct.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill. Watch at guns, remainder cleaning ship.

10.30am: Controls tested.

Noon: Bridge signal books correct.

1.30pm: Altered course N77W (N43W, S69W), Log 78.4.

3.0pm: Controls tested.

4.0pm: Bridge signal books correct.

6.0pm: Altered course S84E (N62E, S50E), Log 35.8.

7.0pm: Controls tested.

7.8pm: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 60 50 N, Long 17 51 W.

8.0pm: Bridge signal books correct.

8.30pm: Reduced to 48 revs.

9.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

10.30pm: Controls tested.

Midnight: Bridge signal books correct.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 239 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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5 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.1, Long -15.9

8.0am: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 61 26.5 N, Long 14 12.5 W.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

3.57pm: Spoke with HMS “Hildebrand”.

7.10pm: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 60 49 N, Long 17 14 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 245 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]


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6 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.2, Long -12.4

5.30am: Stopped. Patent Log in 51.9. Courses as requisite. Spoke British ST “Mollyhawk” GY654 [actually “Mollymawk”, shown here under a later name] Iceland to Grimsby.

[Position: Lat 61 32 N, Long 14 0 W]

5.34am: Proceeded at 60 revs. Patent Log streamed 51.9.

7.10am: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 61 11 N, Long 13 19 W.

9.20am: Spoke HMS “Teutonic”. Divisions, Prayers and physical drill.

am: Forenoon. Part of watch at guns, remainder at loader drill, working ammunition and cleaning ship.

7.0pm: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 58 51 N, Long 10 55 W.

9.0pm: Reduced to 60revs. Ceased zig zag.

10.0pm: Resumed zig zag.

11.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 258 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]


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7 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.1, Long -7.6

1.40am: Courses as requisite. Reduced speed. Spoke with British SS “Paul Paix” from Port Arthur Texas to Stornaway.

[Position: Lat 57 40 N, Long 9 56 W]

1.56am: Proceeded at 60 revs. 2.0am: Set course S6W (S40W, S28E), Log 51.9.

6.55am: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 56 53 N, Long 9 4 W.

7.0am: Watch at guns.

7.38am: Observed High land of Bora Head [Barra Head] bearing S73E (magnetic).

9.35am: Bora [sic] Head Light House bore N69E (magnetic), distant 14.5 miles.

10.0am: Exercised “General Quarters” and “Abandon ship” stations.

11.30am: Swung out all boats.

2.45pm: Inistrahull [sic] Light House abeam distant 6.5 miles.

5.34pm: Rue Point abeam distant 0.75 miles.

5.40pm: Spoke Tor Head signal station.

8.34pm: Mew Island Light abeam, distant 4.25 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 302 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: to Position 8 miles East of Inistrahull [Inishtrahull] S26E, 45 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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8 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

6.15am: Courses as requisite to Commanders orders.

6.25am: Bar Light ship abeam. Patent Log in 46.9.

6.30am: Spoke Seaforth Battery. Engines as requisite.

6.47am: Formby Light Vessel abeam.

7.17am: Crosby bell buoy abeam.

7.33am: Stopped. 7.35am: Pilot (Mr McIntyre) took charge and proceeded.

7.39am: Rock Light House abeam.

7.58am: Stopped. Engines and helm to Pilot’s orders.

8.2am: Dropped Starboard anchor (3 shackles). Vessel swing to ebb tide.

9.0am: Engines as requisite for turning ship to the flood tide. Payed out cable to five shackles.

[Draft Arriving: Forward 19’ 6”, Aft 22’ 6”]

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

9.27am: Tug left with Commodore, Paymaster and Surgeon.

10.10am: Tug alongside with mails.

10.30am: Tug left.

10.50am: Commodore and Paymaster returned.

11.45am: Commenced heaving up. 11.55am: Anchor aweigh. 11.59am: Anchor up. Engines and helm to Pilot’s orders.

Noon: With 4 tugs in attendance proceeded towards lock.

1.9pm: Entered lock. 1.30pm: Cleared lock. Made fast in basin.

2.28pm: Let go and proceeded. 2.32pm: Entered East Float.

2.50pm: Entered West Float.

3.8pm: Lines ashore, hove ship alongside (North side) and moored as customary.

3.30pm: Cast off tugs.

4.30pm: Commodore proceeded on leave. Gave leave to Starboard watch to 7.0am 15th. Watch ashore on long leave.

5.0pm: Sunset. Commodore’s broad pennant struck.

6.0pm: Two marine sentries posted over forward and after magazines.

9.0pm: Telephone connected.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 242 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 810 tons]

[Weather cloudy, noon temperature 36F]


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9 March 1916

At Birkenhead [though not stated in log]

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

6.30am: Hands fall in. Hove ship off wharf to allow coal lighters into position.

7.30am: Coal lighters alongside both sides.

9.0am: Divisions. Hands cleaning boats and getting stores on board.

9.15am: Commenced coaling both sides.

Noon: Stopped coaling.

1.0pm: Resumed coaling.

5.30pm: Ceased coaling for tea.

7.45pm: Brow rigged.

9.0pm: Stopped coaling.


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10 March 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

7.45am: Resumed coaling.

9.0am: Divisions and physical drill.

am: Hands employed cleaning paint work.

Noon: Ceased coaling.

1.0pm: Resumed coaling.

4.0pm: Patrol left the ship.

9.0pm: Ceased coaling.

11.30pm: Patrol returned.


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11 March 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Cleaning mess decks and flats.

7.45am: Commenced coaling.

am: Hands cleaning paintwork on A Deck.

11.30am: J Smith (fireman) discharged.

1.0pm: Liberty men ashore. Finished coaling for the day.

5.30pm: Lighter alongside with ammunition.

[Weather quiet, snow for most of day, noon temperature 33F]


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12 March 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

9.30am: Roman Catholicks [sic] ashore to Divine Service.

9.45am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.0am: Roman Catholicks returned.


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13 March 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

am: Hands employed taking in and discharging ammunition.

9.0am: Resumed coaling.

pm: Hands working ammunition in forward magazine.

4.15pm: Finished working ammunition.

6.0pm: Finished coaling for the day.


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14 March 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands fall in. Clean mess decks and flats.

am: Hands getting in stores and painting boats.

10.30am: JW Leelan [or possibly J Wheelan] (Trimmer) discharged.

1.30pm: Resumed coaling.

9.0pm: Finished coaling for the day.


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15 March 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: Starboard watch returned from long leave.

8.0am: Rehoisted Commodore’s broad pennant.

am: Hands taking in stores.

pm: Hands taking in stores and 10 rounds practice shot.

4.30pm: Stopped coaling.

5.5pm: Read Warrant No 32.

5.15pm: HMS “Andes” sailed.

9.0pm: Workmen ashore.


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16 March 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

am: Hands employed getting stores on board, painting boats and working at guns.

11.30am: Sub Lieutenant Hall RNR joined up.

pm: Hands employed painting and getting stores on board.

5.30pm: Read Warrant No 34.

7.45pm: Finished coaling ship.

[Coal Remaining: 3009 tons, Received 2327 tons 2 cwt]

[Mist and fog for most of day, noon temperature 44F]


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17 March 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Ship hove alongside quay.

7.0am: Ordinary Seaman Howes RNR joined up.

8.10am: Sub Lieutenant Shields RNR joined up.

9.0am: Lieutenant Bushill RNR left the ship. Kingston RNVR (carpenter) discharged to RN Barracks Chatham. Potter Seaman RNR discharged to RN Hospital Chatham.

9.35am: Kingsford (Officers Steward) left the ship.

am: Hands employed cleaning ship.

10.45am: Probationary Surgeon Jones RNVR joined up.

11.7am: Probationary Surgeon Joe RNVR left the ship.

1.0pm: Hands cleaning ship.

5.45pm: Eight bags of mails arrived from HMS “Andes” for HMS “Alsatian”. Engineer Sub Lieutenant Hughes RNR joined ship for HMS “Alsatian”.

6.15pm: Special parcel of correspondence for HMS “Alsatian” arrived.

11.45pm: O’Brian (fireman) under sentry’s charge.

11.30pm: Pilot (Mr Warrall) on board.

[Fog or mist for most of day]


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18 March 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

6.30am: Hands preparing ship for sea.

6.45am: Discharged Seaman Buck RNR to Chatham Hospital.

7.0am: Hands to anchor stations. Singled up. 2 tugs aft and one forward.

7.12am: Cast off, proceeded out of dock. Pilot in charge. Engines and helm as requisite.

7.35am: Passed into East Float.

8.14am: Passed into Alfred Basin. Moored ship fore and aft.

9.48am: Cast off and proceeded into river.

10.5am: Entered the river.

10.29am: Let go Port anchor (5 shackles). Fog watches kept.

[Draft leaving: Forward 21’ 9”, Aft 26’ 9”]

pm: Fog signals sounded.

[Anchor Bearings at 4.30: Liver Tower S47E, Victoria Dock Tower N67E, Alfred Dock Pumping Station N75.5W: by Standard Compass]

5.0pm: Tug left with mails.

6.0pm: “General quarter” Stations.

6.40pm: Swung to flood tide. 6.45pm: Tug returned. Steered north to retain sheer. Fog signals sounded.

10.0pm: Fog signals sounded.

11.20pm: Swung to ebb tide.

[Mist and fog all day, with light winds, noon temperature 42F]


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19 March 1916

In the Mersey

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.20am: Swung to flood tide.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.15pm: Tug left.

Noon: Swung to ebb tide.

0.10pm: Tug returned with mails.

1.17pm: Tug left.

3.0pm: Tug returned. 3.5pm: Tug left with escort.

6.30pm: Tug returned with escort. Commenced swinging to flood tide.

[Anchor Bearings at 7.0pm: Seacombe Ferry White Light N63W, Alfred Dock Red Light S58W by standard compass]

7.45pm: Swung to flood tide.

10.15pm: Pilot disembarked and tug left. Commenced heaving up.

10.28pm: Anchor aweigh. Proceeded down river. Engines and helm as requisite.

10.53pm: Seacombe Light abeam.

11.9pm: North Wall Light abeam. 11.11pm: Rock Light abeam.

11.30pm: Passed Crosby Bell buoy.

11.56pm: Passed Formby Light Vessel.

[Mist and fog until 4pm, then clearing]


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20 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 55.2, Long -6.0

0.20am: Set course N46W (N80W, N12W). 0.21am: Passed Bar Light Vessel. 0.28am: Patent Log streamed.

4.42am: Observed Chicken’s Rock Light bearing N22E (magnetic).

5.0am: Altered course N2E (N36E, N32W), Log 62.5.

5.25am: Chickens Rock Light House abeam, distant 5.25 miles.

7.35am: Observed South Rock Light Vessel bearing N77.5W.

8.5am: Spoke HMATs [Armed Trawlers] “Vesper” and “Earl Lennox”.

9.11am: Mew Island abeam, distant 3 miles.

10.15am: Altered course N35W (N69W, N1W), Log 37.4.

am: Hands at Divisions and physical drill.

10.38am: Maidens Light House abeam, distant 4.2 miles. Controls tested.

11.40am: Altered course N7W (N27E, N41W), Log 58.6.

0.6pm: Spoke Tor Point signal station.

0.20pm: Altered course N62W (N28W, S84W), Log 68.2.

1.0pm: Altered course N54W (N20W, N88W), Log 78.4.

2.40pm: Inistrahull [Inishtrahull] Light House abeam distant 1.6 miles.

3.0pm: Altered course N87W (S59W, N53W), Log 9.7.

3.3pm: Spoke Malin Head Signal station.

3.56pm: Spoke Fanad Point signal station.

4.0pm: Altered course S80W (S46W, N66W), Log 25.7.

5.0pm: Altered course N66W (S80W, N32W), Log 41.2.

5.16pm: Tory Island Light House abeam, distant 3 miles. Exercised gun’s crews.

8.0pm: Reduced to 60 revs. Bridge signal books correct. Altered course N21W (N43W, N1E), Log 87.7.

8.30pm: Altered course N6W (N16E, N28W), Log 94.4. Increased to 65 revs.

10.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 161 miles]


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21 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.3, Long -12.8

am: Hands to Divisions, physical drill. Exercised “Abandon ship” stations. Swung in boats. Clean ship.

10.0am: Altered course N2E (N20W, N24E), Log 77.9.

10.30am: Streamed log (new rotator and line). Controls tested.

11.45am: Secured guns forward.

2.30pm: Altered course West, Log 42.7 to close with stranger. Gun’s cleared away, crews closed up.

2.54pm: Stopped. 2.56pm: Proceeded at 75 revs. Passed Danish SS “Kentucky” [Kentucky (1) listed here].

[Position: Lat 58 41 N, Long 13 25 W]

3.0pm: Set course N7E (N29E, N15W), Log 48.7.

3.35pm: Altered course N55W, Log 54.8 to close with SV [Sailing Vessel], stopped zig zag.

4.1pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 61.2. Spoke SV “Lapwing” (Norwegian) with Armed Guard on board.

[Position: Lat 58 50 N, Long 13 43 W]

4.5pm: Proceeded at 75 revs. Patent Log streamed 61.2. 4.10pm: Set course N14E.

5.28pm: Reduced speed. Spoke Norwegian SV “Lysgint” [Lysglimt] with Armed Guard on board.

[Position: Lat 59 7 N, Long 13 57 W]

5.30pm: Proceeded at 75 revs, set course N29E, Log 81.2.

5.55pm: Altered course East, Log 86.0. Reduced to 60 revs. Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

6.19pm: Stopped, boat away with Engineer Sub Lieutenant Hughes RNR to flagship.

6.21pm: Proceeded. Engine and helm as requisite. 6.46pm: Stopped, picked up sea boat. Patent Log streamed.

6.56pm: Proceeded at 57 revs, following flagship. Engine and helm as requisite to keep station on flag ship.

7.34pm: Proceeded at 57 revs, set course N60E (N82E, N38E), Log 95.3.

[7.49pm: [Position] Stellar Observation: Lat 59 17 N, Long 13 51 W]

10.0pm: Controls tested. Sea boats crew mustered.

11.30pm: Set course N60E (N26E, S86E), Log 37.7.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 317 miles]

[True Course and Distance: to RV [Rendezvous] N26W, 83 miles]

[Squally north easterly wind force 5 to 6 from noon, sea state rough in pm, noon temperature 41F]


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22 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.2, Long -10.6

5.40am: [Position] Stellar Observation at 5.40: Lat 60 32 N, Long 11 58 W.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

9.30am: Stopped zig zag.

10.0am: Exercised “General Quarter” stations.

10.25am: Stopped. Spoke British ST “Pericles” H131 [shown here under a later name], Iceland to Hull.

[Position: Lat 61 16 N, Long 11 15 W]

10.30am: Proceeded at 60 revs. 10.40am: Altered course S45E.

1.0pm: Altered course S70E, Log 1.0 to close with trawler.

1.22pm: Stopped. Spoke Grimsby ST “India” [probably GY833 listed here], Iceland to Grimsby.

[Position: Lat 61 11.5 N, Long 10 0 W]

1.30pm: Proceeded at 57 revs. Set course N7E (N41E, N27W), Log 6.6.

8.0pm: Stopped zig zag.

10.30pm: Altered course S24W, Log 96.4.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 253 miles]

[North easterly wind force 3 or 4 until 4 pm, force 7 in late pm, with sea state very rough]


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23 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.4, Long -11.2

5.12am: Increased to 57 revs. Commenced zig zag (S46W, S2W)/

7.0am: Altered course N24E (N2E, N46E), Log 90.4.

am: Hands employed as requisite. Controls tested.

10.35am: Position by Double altitude: Lat 61 14 N, Long 11 13.5 W]

9.30pm: Altered course S19W (S41W, S3E), Log 4.0.

10.30pm: Controls tested. Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 238 miles]

[Still squally, north easterly wind force 6 or 7 until 4pm, with sea state very rough to high. Hail in am, wind and sea moderating later in evening]


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24 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.7, Long -10.8

4.52am: Stopped, helm as requisite. Intercepted ST “Stalwart” (H123).

[Position: Lat 61 49 N, Long 11 10 W]

4.58am: Resumed course and speed.

8.0am: Altered course N24E (N58E, N10W), Log 54.2. Increased to 60 revs.

9.10am to 10.20am: Repairing WT aerial.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill, small arm drill and cleaning ship.

11.40am: Altered course N55W, Log 94.0 to close with stranger. 11.45am: Reduced speed. Engines and helm as requisite.

0.5pm: Boat away with boarding officer to Swedish SS “Inland” from Tampa to Gothenburg. Placed Lieutenant Ellis and armed guard on board.

[Boarding Position: Lat 61 44 N, Long 10 50 W]

1.10pm: SS Inland proceeded to Lerwick. Boat returned and hoisted.

1.20pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. Patent Log streamed 97.1. Set course N21E (N13W, N55E), Log 97.1.

4.49pm: Thick stow [presumably snow] storm, reduced to half speed.

7.0pm: Altered course N27E (N5E, N49E), Log 52.5.

10.0pm: Altered course S23W (S1W, S45W), Log 72.3.

11.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 237 miles]

[Weather quieter until evening, when force 6 to 7/8 with heavy snow, sea state very rough. Noon temperature 32F]


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25 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.5, Long -10.8

7.36am: Heavy snow squall. Reduced to 42 revs and made regulation signals.

7.58am: Increased to 57 revs.

8.0am: Altered course N26E (N48E, N4E), Log 77.5.

8.15am: Heavy snow squall. Reduced to 42 revs.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill and clean ship.

10.27am: Altered course N80E, Log 97.1 to close with ST [Steam Trawler].

11.0am: Passed ST “Alanzo” H887 [actually “Alonzo]. Resumed course N26E, Log 2.8.

[Position: Lat 61 24 N, Long 10 50 W]

3.30pm: Altered course East, Log 46.3 to close with trawler.

4.5pm: Stopped. Spoke British ST “Seriema” GY504 [listed here] bound to Iceland.

[Position: Lat 62 6 N, Long 11 15 W]

4.10pm: Proceeded at 52 revs. Proceeded on N26E (N48E, N4E), Log 52.2.

8.21pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 62 42.5 N, Long 11 18 W.

10.0pm: Altered course S18W (S4E, S40W), Log 8.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 203 miles]

[Squally north easterly wind, mostly force 7 to 8 in am, force 5 to 6 in pm, sea state very rough. Snow, heavy at times until 2pm]


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26 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.6, Long -11.1

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

8.0pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 53 N, Long 11 9 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 219 miles]

[Patrolling to and fro, zig zagging, changes of course at 8.0am, 6.0pm and 10.0pm. Winds still force 6 to 7 for most of day, rain in am, snow and hail at times in pm, sea state very high at noon, when temperature 40F]


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27 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -11.3

am: Forenoon. Hands cleaning ship, at squad and loader drill. Controls tested.

5.27pm: Reduced speed. Spoke British ST “Fortuna” GY140, Grimsby to Iceland.

[Position: Lat 61 18 N, Long 11 20 W]

5.30pm: Proceeded at 57 revs.

[Distance run through the Water: 217.5 miles]

[Difficult weather and sea conditions continue]


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28 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.4, Long -13.4

9.30am: Divisions and physical drill.

am: First and third divisions at squad drill, remainder at training classes and as requisite.

2.45pm: Stopped. Spoke British ST “Conisbro Castle” GY533 from Aberdeen to Iceland.

[Position: Lat 62 24 N, Long 14 40 W]

2.49pm: Proceeded at 60 revs.

4.1pm: Stopped. Spoke British ST “St Cuthbert” GY824 [details here] from Iceland to Grimsby.

[Position: Lat 62 24 N, Long 15 4 W]

4.3pm: Proceeded at 60 revs.

7.0pm: Heavy snow squall. Reduced to 42 revs. Stopped zig zag, made regulation signals.

7.20pm: Altered course N67W, Log 11.0. 7.22pm: Proceeded at 60 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 244 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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29 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.3, Long -21.2

5.0am: Increased to 57 revs. Commenced zig zag N61W (N83W, N39W).

6.0am: Spoke HMS “Patia”.

6.16am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 62 24 N, Long 20 25 W.

7.0am: Altered course N18E (N4W, N40E), Log 36.5.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

10.0am: Reduced to 48 revs. Exercised “General Quarters”.

10.40am: Exercised “Abandon ship” stations. 11.0am: Increased to 57 revs.

1.0pm: Altered course S10E (S12W, S32E), Log 7.2.

8.0pm: Altered course N22W (North, N44W), Log 89.1.

10.0pm: Controls tested. Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 263 miles]


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30 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.1, Long -20.9

6.10am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 63 14 N, Long 22 24 W.

6.45am: Reduced to 28 revs. Heavy snow storm. 7.0am: Increased to 42 revs. Stopped zig zag.

7.23am: Proceeded at 57 revs. 7.30am: Resumed zig zag.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

9.53am: Stopped. Patent Log in 37.2. 9.57am: Dropped target and Proceeded. Engines and helm as requisite.

10.0am: “General Quarters”, “Exercised Action”. Carried out 1 inch aiming tube practice and 6 pounder aiming tube practice.

11.40am: Picked up target. 11.41am: Proceeded at 57 revs, Log 37.2. Set course S9E (S31E, S13W), Log 37.2.

8.32pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 62 50 N, Long 20 18 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 231 miles]


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31 March 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -19.9

am: Forenoon. Marines and fourth division at squad and rifle drill, training classes and as requisite.

8.40pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 62 41 N, Long 20 36 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 265 miles]

[Still zig zagging on patrol, main changes of course at 4.0am, noon, 5.0pm and 7.50pm]


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LOGS FOR APRIL 1916


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for April 1916]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and Commodore, as before]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as previous month]


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1 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.1, Long -22.7

[Another day on patrol when not much happened - all log entries shown here as example]

0.21am: Reduced to 48 revs.

1.30am: Exercised sea boats crew.

3.30am: Controls tested.

4.0am: Altered course S37E (S59E, S15E), Log 6.5. Bridge signal books correct.

6.15am: Increased to 57 revs. Controls tested.

8.0am: Bridge signal books correct.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

9.30am: Altered course N17W (N39W, N5E), Log 67.8.

am: Hands cleaning ship.

Noon: Altered course S15E (S37E, S7W), Log 97.9. Bridge signal books correct.

1.0pm: Altered course S19E (S41E, S3W), Log 6.7. Reduced to 52 revs.

2.0pm: Controls tested.

3.30pm: Stopped zig zag. 3.37pm: Reduced to 48 revs.

4.0pm: Bridge signal books correct.

6.0pm: Altered course N6W, Log 45.4. Controls tested.

8.0pm: Bridge signal books correct.

9.0pm: Controls tested.

10.0pm: Altered course S13E, Log 86.3.

11.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

Midnight: Bridge signal books correct.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 268 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Rain on and off all day, wind now south easterly and variable in force, force 8 from noon to 4pm, sea state very rough to high during this period, noon temperature 38F]


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2 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.0, Long -24.7

5.0am: Altered course N35E, Log 51.5.

6.0am: Commenced zig zag N35E (N57E, N13E), Log 61.5

9.0am: Altered course N57E (N35W, N79W), Log 95.2.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.0am: Altered course S73E (S51E, N85E), Log 18.7.

2.24pm: Observed the high land of Heimaey Island bearing N59E (magnetic).

4.10pm: Heimaey Light House abeam, distant 12.2 miles.

4.37pm: Altered course N25W, Log 38.0 [should be 83.0]. Increased to 65 revs to close with stranger.

5.10pm: Stopped, Patent Log in 90.6.

[Bearings when ship was stopped, Magnetic: Ellidaey Island N1.5E, Heimaey Light House N26W, Hellisey Island N54W, Geirfuglaskier [Geirfuglasker] Island N83.5W]

5.17pm: Boat away with boarding officer to Danish SS “Olga” from Troon to Reykjavik. Allowed her to proceed.

[Boarding Position Lat 63 18 N, Long 20 11 W]

5.36pm: Boat returned and hoisted.

5.46pm: Set course S52E (S74E, S30E) at 57 revs. Patent Log streamed 90.9.

8.27pm: Portland Light [?] abeam distant 8.5 miles. 8.30pm: Altered course S30E (S52E, S8E), Log 21.1.

10.10pm: Stopped zig zag. Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 226 miles]

[True Course and Distance: to position 12 miles SSE of Heimaey Light House [Iceland] N74E, 43 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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3 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.0, Long -12.6

0.30am: Altered course S63E, Log 68.0. Reduced to 57 revs.

5.10am: Commenced zig zag S63E (S41E, S85E).

5.31am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 62 55 N, Long 15 39 W.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

am: Hands employed at loader drill and as requisite. Training classes at seamanship and gunnery. Controls tested.

3.0pm: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

3.54pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 55.7. 4.0pm: Boat away to Flagship.

4.8pm: Proceeded. Engines and helm as requisite to close Flagship’s boat.

4.18pm: Flagship’s boat alongside. Vice Admiral came on board.

5.25pm: Vice Admiral left the ship. Proceeded to pick up Otway’s boat.

5.55pm: Boat hoisted with mails to HMS “Patuca” and “Otway” and three ratings for “Otway”.

6.0pm: Patent Log streamed 56.0. Proceeded at 57 revs, set course S49W (S27W, S71W). Controls tested.

10.0pm: Stopped zig zag. Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 267 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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4 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -14.5

5.0am: Commenced zig zag S59W (S81W, S37W).

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

9.30am: Altered course N83W (S75W, N61W), Log 25.7.

am: First and third Divisions drilling, remainder cleaning ship and as requisite.

7.0pm: Altered course East (N68E, S68E), Log 27.5.

8.30pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 7 N, Long 16 9 W]

9.0pm: Altered course S85E (N73E, S63E), Log 51.2.

11.0pm: Moon set. Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 229 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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5 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.2, Long -14.8

5.0am: Increased to 57 revs. Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 51 N, Long 14 24 W.

9.20am: Spoke HMS “Patuca”. Divisions and physical drill.

10.2am: Stopped. Patent Log in 97.5. Engines and helm as requisite.

10.10am: Boat away to “Patuca”.

10.27am: Boat returned and hoisted. 10.29am: Proceeded, set course N19W (N41W, N3E) at 57 revs. Patent Log streamed 97.5. Exercised “General Quarters”.

1.25pm: Spoke HMS “Gloucestershire”.

3.37pm: Spoke HMS “Hilary”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 251 miles]


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6 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -14.8

6.0am: Exercised gun’s crews.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

am: Hands cleaning ship, at loader and control exercise.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 268 miles]


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7 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.9, Long -15.0

5.30am: Position by Stellar observation: Lat 59 13 N, Long 12 51 W. Altered course N84W (S74W, N62W), Log 21.5.

8.30am: Altered course N84W to close with stranger. Increased to 70 revs.

10.0am: Exercised “Action”.

10.19am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite, boat away with boarding officer to British SS “Hurona” [listed here] from Hull to Portland Maine. Allowed her to proceed.

[Boarding Position: Lat 58 53 N, Long 14 51 W]

10.48am: Boat returned and hoisted.

10.56am: Proceeded at 57 revs. Patent Log streamed 85.7. 11.0am: Set course N84W (S74W, N62W), Log 86.2.

5.30pm: Altered course S86E (N72E, S64E), Log 63.5.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 265 miles]


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8 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.5, Long -14.0

2.15am: Moon set.

3.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

5.0am: Altered course N84W (N62W, S74W), Log 5.0.

5.30am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 14 N, Long 12 47 W.

am: Watch at guns, remainder cleaning ship. Controls tested.

11.30am: Altered course S30W (S8W, S52W), Log 68.7.

Noon: Vessel rolling 35 degrees Port, 22 degrees Starboard.

0.12pm: Altered course West, Log 77.5. Reduced to: 42 revs Port, 18 revs Starboard: Mean 30 revs.

8.0pm: Altered course N79W, Log 1.3.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 252 miles]

[After a number of days of relatively quiet weather today winds are squally and north westerly, force 7/8 from noon to 8pm, with sea state high to very high for this period. Hail for much of day, noon temperature 41F]


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9 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.8, Long -14.1

7.50am: Spoke HMS “Hilary”.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine service.

11.50am: Spoke HMS “Gloucestershire”.

1.30pm: Altered course N20W, Log 44.2 to close with stranger.

2.22pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 53.0. Engines and helm as requisite.

2.27pm: Boat away with boarding officer to Norwegian SS “Maud” from New Orleans to Christiania. Placed Sub Lieutenant Carter and Armed Guard on board.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 7 N, Long 14 18 W]

3.30pm: SS “Maud” proceeded to Kirkwall.

3.40pm: Boat returned and hoisted. Proceeded at 57 revs. 3.41pm: Set course S1E (S23E, S21W), Patent Log streamed 53.0.

4.15pm: Spoke HMS “Gloucestershire”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 140 miles]

[Patrolling to and from, zig zagging, changes of course at 5.0am, 8.30am, 10.40am, 5.50pm, 8.0pm and 11.0pm. Wind and sea more moderate today]


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10 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.7, Long -14.1

3.0am: Controls tested. Exercised sea boats crew.

5.45 am: Exercised guns crews. Controls tested.

9.30am: Divisions, physical drill, gun drill and hands cleaning ship.

10.25am: Altered course S49W, Log 67.8 to close with stranger.

10.58am: Reduced speed, altered course N55W. Spoke American SS “Moreni” from Copenhagen to New York.

11.15am: Altered course N70W, Log 74.5.

1.0pm: Spoke HMS “Orotava”.

4.30pm: Intercepted Danish [probably Norwegian] barque “Aviemoor

8.35pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 47.5 N, Long 12 2 W.

11.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 231 miles]

[North westerly and south westerly winds force 6 in pm, sea state very rough to high, rain at times]


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11 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.1, Long -6.7

4.53am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 36 N, Long 9 21 W.

9.0am: Altered course S71E (S49E, N87E), Log 35.0.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

am: Exercised “General Quarters”. Exercised connecting after steering position. Exercised Abandon ship stations.

0.50pm: Altered course S70E (S48E, N88E).

1.6pm: Passed ST “Dale” GY1133. [Position] Lat 61 3 N, Long 6 19 W.

8.0pm: Altered zig zag (S36E, N76E).

10.0pm: Altered course S25E (S59E, S9W), Log 0.6. Reduced to 54 revs.

11.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 268 miles]

[True Course and Distance: to Position Lat 61 0 N, Long 3 0 W, S87W, 111 miles]


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12 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4 [estimated]

0.5am: Spoke HMS “Orcoma”.

0.50am: Observed Esha Ness Light bearing S43E.

3.6am: Esha Ness Light abeam, distant 5.5 miles.

3.53am: Swarbacks Minns [sic] Light abeam. Reduced speed. 3.55am: Stopped. Patent Log in 70.5. Helm to Commanders orders. Engines as requisite.

4.5am: Passed through boom defence. Proceeded. Engines and helm as requisite.

4.21am: Let go Port anchor in 15 fathoms (4 shackles), No 3 Berth.

[Anchor Bearings True: Ship’s Head WxS, Busta House N49W, Burgasto [Burgastoo] Rock S64.5W, Post office N24.5E]

6.10am: Collier “Cairnevis” [Cairnnevis] made fast port side.

6.35am: Collier “Westwood” made fast Starboard side.

7.35am: Coaling Party from “Gibraltar” alongside.

8.15am: Commenced coaling.

[Draft Arriving: Forward 19’ 6”, Aft 23’ 3”]

[Details of coal received per hour shown on far left of log page]

8.30am: Water boat “Flying Breeze” alongside.

9.30am: Lieutenant Ellis and Armed Guard returned. W Lancaster (stoker) rejoined, D Jones Signalman RNVR joined up, Crooks Signalman RNVR joined up, WT [Wireless Telegraphy] Officer Lamb RNR joined up.

4.15pm: Port collier shifted astern.

6.0pm: Finished coaling for day. “Gibraltar’s” men left.

8.0pm: Part of watch at night defence stations.

10.30pm: Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 180 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 981 tons]


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13 April 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

3.50am: HMS “Victorian” entered Olna Firth.

5.0am: Exercised gun’s crews and supply parties.

6.0am: Secured guns.

7.0am: Resumed coaling.

[Details of coal received per hour shown on far left of log page]

7.15am: Shifted Starboard collier aft.

7.50am: “Gibraltar’s” men alongside.

0.45pm: Port collier shifted astern.

1.0pm: Resumed coaling on Starboard side. 1.15pm: Resumed coaling on port side.

5.30pm: Vice Admiral came aboard and presented DS [Distinguished Service] medals.

5.45pm: Vice Admiral left the ship. Water boat “Flying breeze” alongside.

6.0pm: Finished coaling for the day. “Gibraltar’s” men left.

8. 0pm: Part of watch at night defence stations.

8.30pm: HMS “Alsatian” sailed.

11.0pm: Exercised gun’s crews.

[Weather mostly calm and cloudy, noon temperature 50F]


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14 April 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

5.0am: Exercised guns crews. Secured guns.

6.10am: Resumed coaling from Port collier.

7.50am: Finished coaling. Amount Received: 1500 tons: From “Westwood” 746 tons, From “Cairnnevis” 754 tons. Average 82.26 tons [per hour].

9.0am: Collier “Cairnnevis” cast off. 9.26pm: Collier “Westwood” cast off.

9.30am: Divisions, physical drill.

am: Hands cleaning ship. Officers at 6 inch gun drill.

5.0pm: HMS “Duke of Cornwall” arrived.

6.0pm: Sub Lieutenant Carter and Armed Guard returned. Sub Lieutenant Lambe RNVR joined up.

6.10pm: Hoisted first and second cutters.

6.40pm: Hoisted Port whaler.

8.0pm: Part of watch at night defence stations.

[Coal Received: 1500 tons, Coal Remaining 2449 tons]


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15 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

6.30am: Hands cleaning ship.

7.0am: Lowered port whaler. Lieutenant Smith RNR and Seaman McDonald discharged to “Duke of Cornwall”.

7.30am: Celebration of Holy Communion by Chaplain of HMS “Gibraltar” [it is unclear why, as this is a Saturday and it does not appear to be related to Easter celebrations].

8.40am: HMS “Duke of Cornwall” sailed.

9.0am: Divisions. Prayers. Physical drill.

am: Hands cleaning ship.

2.0pm: Lowered No 4 cutter.

[Draft Leaving: Forward 20’ 9”, Aft 25’ 11”]

6.0pm: Hoisted cutter. 6.20pm: Starboard sea boat hoisted.

8.0pm: Port sea boat hoisted.

8.15pm: Commenced heaving up.

8.25pm: Anchor aweigh. 8.30pm: Anchor up. Engines and helm as requisite for leaving harbour. HMS “Victorian” left. “Artois” left.

8.40pm: “General Quarters” exercised.

8.54pm: Passed through boom defence.

9.1pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. 9.5pm: Swarbacks Minn Light abeam. Patent Log streamed 0. Set course N26W.

9.40pm: Commenced zig zag (N48W, N4W).

10.0pm: Esha Ness Light abeam, distant 3 miles, Log 13.9. Altered course North (N22E, N22W).

11.0pm: Altered course N26W (N48W, N4W), Log 24.9.


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16 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -5.7

8.0am: Altered course N28W (N50W, N6W), Log 50.3.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

10.20am: Passed ST “Star of the Sea” A538.

10.35am: Altered course S53E, Log 38.8 to close with trawler.

10.45am: Stopped. Patent Log in 86.1.

10.55am: Boat away with Lieutenant Antram [or Autram?] to British ST “Star of the South” GY676 [listed here] from Grimsby to the Faeroes. Allowed her to proceed.

[Boarding Position: Lat 62 15 N, Long 5 33 W]

11.20am: Boat returned and hoisted. 11.25am: Resumed Course N28W (N50W, N6W). 11.27am: Proceeded at 60 revs. 11.28am: Patent Log streamed 86.3.

1.0pm: Altered course S40W, Log 5.5 to close with stranger.

1.13pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 8.4. Engines and helm as requisite.

1.18pm: Sea boat away with boarding officer to Dutch ST “Hercules” IJM 196 [pictured here].

[Boarding Position: Lat 62 25 N, Long 6 0 W]

1.30pm: Allowed her to proceed. 1.36pm: Boat returned and hoisted.

1.42pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course N28W (N50W, N6W), Patent Log streamed 8.4.

11.0pm: Altered course N24E (N2W, N46W), Log 32.6. Exercised sea boats crew. Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 182 miles]


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17 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.6, Long -9.5

0.30am: Altered course S27E (S49E, S5E), Log 50.6.

2.0am: Altered course N24W (N46W, N2W), Log 66.0. Exercised sea boats crew.

6.0am: Altered course S27E (S49E, S5E), Log 14.6.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

am: Port watch mustering bags, remainder cleaning ship.

10.30am: Altered course N17W (N5E, N39W), Log 63.6.

0.10pm: Altered course S79W (S57W, N79W), Log 85.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 265 miles]

[Easterly or north easterly wind force 5 or 6 all day, mist, drizzle and rain all day, noon temperature 40F]


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18 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.4, Long -16.3

am: Starboard watch mustering bags, remainder at instruction and cleaning ship. Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 252 miles]

[Patrolling to and fro, zig zagging, main changes of course at 7.0am, 11.50am, 4.10pm, 8.0pm and midnight. North easterly wind force 6 all day, sea state mostly rough, rain at times]


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19 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -16.0

am: Foretopmen at bag muster. Remainder at training classes and cleaning ship.

7.20pm: Spoke HMS “Moldavia”.

8.50pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 62 10 N, Long 15 25 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 259 miles]

[Patrolling, zig zagging, in similar weather, changing course about every 4 hours]


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20 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -15.5

2.33am: Course and engines as requisite to close with Sailing Vessel.

2.43am: Passed Danish schooner “Christian”. Resumed course N19E at 57 revs.

[Position: Lat 62 12 N, Long 15 25 W]

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill. Exercised General Quarters and Abandon ship stations.

9.30am: Reduced to half speed to carry out general evolutions.

10.57am: Proceeded at 60 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 263 miles]


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21 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.4, Long -15.6

2.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

5.0am: Exercised gun’s crews.

10.0am: Divisions and prayers.

2.15pm: Stopped and spoke British ST “Serapian” GY154 [presumably Serapion GY1154, listed here], Grimsby to Iceland. Allowed her to proceed.

[Position: Lat 62 3 N, Long 15 16 W]

2.17pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course S34W (S56W, S12W), Log 64.5.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 278 miles]

[Patrolling to and fro, zig zagging, changing course about every 4 hours]


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22 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -15.6

am: Hands cleaning ship. Controls tested.

11.0am: Reduced to 54 revs. Ship labouring and shipping sprays forward.

0.5pm: Revs: 48 Starboard, 60 Port.

4.0pm: Revs 50 both engines.

4.10pm: Revs: 56 Starboard, 44 Port.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 264 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Still patrolling to and fro, changing course every 4 hours. Squally south easterly wind, force 8 through middle of day, sea state very rough from noon, when temperature 38F]


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23 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.1, Long -15.5

9.15am: Spoke HMS “Moldavia”.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

10.30am: Exercised guns crews. Controls tested.

6.6pm: Reduced speed. 6.16pm: Hard a port to close with ST “Shakespeare”, H994.

[Position: Lat 62 45 N, Long 15 42 W]

6.30pm: Resumed course N20E (N2W, N42E), Log 43.2. 57 revs.

9.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 224 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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24 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.0, Long -16.0

6.0am: Wind shifted to SSW.

7.30am: Exercised gun’s crews.

9.30am: Divisions and physical drill.

10.0am: Hands employed at training classes and as requisite. Midshipmen at control.

Noon: Altered course N60E. Increased to 75 revs to close with stranger.

0.57pm: Courses as requisite. 0.59pm: Reduced speed. 1.3pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 63.7. Engines as requisite.

1.9pm: Boat away with boarding officer to Russian SS “Kursk” [Kursk/Polonia 1910 listed here], (New York to Narvik and Kola with general cargo.

[Boarding Position Lat 63 13 N, Long 15 45 W]

1.40pm: Spoke with HMS “Orcoma”.

2.0pm: SS “Kursk” proceeded.

2.7pm: Boat returned and hoisted.

2.25pm: Set course S20W (S2E, S42W), Log 64.1 at 60 revs.

6.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

11.9pm: Stopped. Spoke with British ST “King George” GY1214 [discussed here] Grimsby to Iceland. Engines and helm as requisite.

[Position: Lat 62 22 N, Long 15 35 W]

11.24pm: Proceeded at 57 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 252 miles]


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25 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.2, Long -15.6

10.0am: Exercised “General Quarters” stations.

3.19pm: Spoke HMS “Orcoma”.

3.50pm: Stopped. Engines as requisite. Patent Log in 85.2. 3.55pm: Boat away to “Orcoma” with mails.

4.14pm: Boat returned and hoisted.

4.24pm: Proceeded at 60 revs, set course S20W (S2E, S42W). Patent Log streamed 85.2.

4.47pm: Reduced to half speed, altered course S17W. Engines and helm as requisite to test direction finder.

5.45pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. 5.47pm: Set course S5W (S27W, S17E), Log 800.7.

9.58pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 54 N, Long 15 23 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 263 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Patrolling to and fro, zig zagging, changing course about every 4 hours]


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26 April 1916

Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.0, Long -15.5

6.0am: Exercised gun’s crews.

9.20am: Divisions. Prayers, physical drill.

9.50am: Reduced speed. 9.54am: Stopped. 10.0am: Dropped target. “General quarters”. Proceeded helm as requisite. Carried out 1 inch aiming tube practice.

11.27am: Stopped. 11.41am: Picked up target and proceeded on N18E (N4W, N40E), Patent Log streamed.

0.38pm: Reduced speed, helm as requisite. 0.39pm: Stopped. Spoke British ST “Commander Holbrook” H223, Iceland to Hull.

[Position: Lat 62 5 N, Long 15 25 W]

0.41pm: Proceeded at 60 revs, set course N18E (N4W, N40E).

1.0pm: Altered course S18W (S4E, S40W), Patent Log 20.8.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 253 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Still patrolling to and fro, zig zagging, changing course about every 4 hours, in relatively benign weather]


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27 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.2, Long -15.5

9.30am: Divisions and physical drill.

10.0am: Hands cleaning ship. Controls tested.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew. Controls tested.

10.33pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 62 2 N, Long 15 28 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 264 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Zig zagging to and fro, as before. Rain early in day, then mist and fog]


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28 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.5, Long -15.5

10.0am: Hands cleaning ship. First and third divisions at small arm drill. Officers at signal classes.

8.30pm: Spoke HMS “Orcoma”.

8.47pm: Altered course West, Log 96.8 to close with trawler.

9.6pm: Spoke British ST “Petunia” GY710 [Petunia III listed here], Iceland to Grimsby. Allowed her to proceed.

[Position: Lat 62 28 N, Long 15 50 W]

9.4pm: Resumed course N15E (N7W, N37E).

10.0pm: Altered course S8W (S30W, S14E), Log 10.6.

10.5pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 62 41 N, Long 15 57 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 265 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Westerly then south westerly wind force 6 in pm with sea state becoming very rough, showers at times, noon temperature 44F]


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29 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.0, Long -15.9

9.30am: Divisions and physical drill.

am: Hands cleaning ship. Officers at small arm drill. Controls tested.

0.10pm: Altered course West to close with Danish sailing fishing vessel TG373. Standing to south eastward.

0.25pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course S14W (S36W, S8E), Patent Log 75.9.

3.3pm: Fired 6 inch blank. 3.13pm: Reduced speed. Spoke British ST “Stalwart” H213 to Hull.

[Position: Lat 62 23 N, Long 15 29 W]

3.18pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. 3.20pm: Resumed course S14W (S36W, S8E), Log 12.8.

3.30pm: Position by Venus and Sun: Lat 62 22.5 W, Long 15 24 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 265 miles]

[Patrolling, zig zagging, changing course about every 4 hours]


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30 April 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.6, Long -15.4

5.57am: Altered course S35E, Log 94.5 to close with stranger.

7.58am: Stopped. Patent Log in 22.1. Engines and helm as requisite.

8.3am: Boat away with boarding officer to Danish SS “Botnia” [Botnia (1) listed here] from Reykjavik to Leith.

8.45am: Allowed SS Botnia to proceed, boat returned and hoisted.

8.55am: Proceeded at 60 revs on S35E, Log 22.6.

9.25am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

9.32am: Boat away to SS “Botnia”.

[Boarding Position: Lat 62 24 N, Long 14 57 W]

9.44am: Boat returned and hoisted. SS “Botnia” proceeded.

9.48am: Proceeded at 60 revs. 9.50am: Set course N22W (North, N44W), Log 29.8.

10.0am: Divisions. Mustered by the Open List. Read Articles of War and Court Martial Returns. Divine Service.

0.50pm: Altered course East, Log 68.0 to intercept trawler.

1.14pm: Stopped. Spoke British ST “Commander Horton” H233 from Hull.

[Position: Lat 62 43.5 N, Long 15 0 W]

1.17pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. 1.20pm: Altered course S22W to intercept sailing vessel.

1.30pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 76.5.

1.35pm: Boat away with boarding officer to Danish SV “Clytia” from Dysart to Reykjavik, allowed her to proceed.

[Boarding Position: Lat 62 41 N, Long 14 58 W]

2.2pm: Boat returned and hoisted. 2.10pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. Patent Log streamed 76.7. Set course S67W (S45W, S89W), Log 76.7.

3.0pm: Altered course N50W, Log 87.3 to intercept stranger [which presumably then disappeared].

10.10pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 62 38 N, Long 15 50 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 259 miles]


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LOGS FOR MAY 1916


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for May 1916]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and Commodore, as before]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 May 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.0, Long -16.0

5.50am: Exercised gun’s crews. Controls tested.

3.22pm: Stopped. Spoke British ST “Thomas Stratton” H116.

[Position: Lat 62 30 N, Long 15 55 W]

3.26pm: Proceeded at 60 revs, set course S60E. 3.45pm: Altered course N40E.

4.22pm: Reduced speed. Helm and engines as requisite to intercept trawler.

4.26pm: Stopped. Spoke British ST “Aralia” GY371.

[Position: Lat 62 38 N, Long 15 43 W]

4.34pm: Proceeded at 60 revs on S14W (S36W, S8E), Log 26.4.

10.13pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 62 36 N, Long 15 52 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 284 miles]

[Patrolling to and fro, zig zagging, main changes of course about every 4 hours]


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2 May 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.6, Long -15.9

3.25am: Increased to 60 revs. Exercised sea boats crew.

7.32am: Reduced speed 7.36am: Stopped. 7.37am: Spoke British ST “Diver” GY1205.

[Position: Lat 62 33 N, Long 15 46 W]

7.38am: Proceeded at 60 revs. 7.40am: Resumed course S14W (S8E, S36W), Log 19.5.

9.20am: Divisions. Physical drill.

9.46am: Stopped. Patent Log in. Engines and helm as requisite. Spoke British ST “Grebe” GY109 [though “Grebe” is shown here, and elsewhere, as being GY219].

[Position: Lat 62 36 N, Long 15 47 W]

9.51am: Dropped target. 9.57am: Exercised “General quarters”, carried out 6 inch and 6 pounder aiming tube practice.

11.8am: Engines and helm as requisite to pick up target.

11.31am: Target up. 11.33am: Proceeded at 72 revs. 11.35am: Resumed Course N18E (N4W, N40E), Log 47.7.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 261 miles]


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3 May 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.7, Long -16.2

0.55am: Intercepted Danish SS “Skalholt”. 1.0am: Reduced to 48 revs. 1.5am: Reduced to half speed, altered course N34W, Log 22.7.

1.25am: Stopped. Engines as requisite to keep position with SS “Skalholt”.

[Position: Lat 62 39 N, Long 15 48 W]

2.24am: Proceeded at 57 revs. 2.25am: Set course N20E (N2W, N42E), Log 29.2.

9.19am: Reduced to half speed. 9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

10.10am: Proceeded at 57 revs 10.49am: Reduced to 54 revs.

am: Hands cleaning ship.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 250 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Patrolling to and fro, zig zagging and changing course about every 4 hours. North easterly wind force 6 or 7 from 8am, with sea state rough to very rough. Weather cloudy until evening, when snow. noon temperature 38F]


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4 May 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -15.8

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill. 9.25am: Reduced to half speed.

10.0am: Proceeded at 57 revs.

am: Hands at instruction, rifle range, bag muster and cleaning ship.

10.7pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 40 N, Long 15 11 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 249 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Wind and sea moderating from noon onwards, snow at times in pm]


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5 May 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.9, Long -13.6

[Course S9W, zig zagging, until 1.0pm]

1.0pm: Altered course S4W (S18E, S26W), Log 26.7.

3.40pm: Spoke HMS “Andes”.

5.6pm: Altered course S40E, Log 86.5. Increased to 75 revs. Exercised “General Quarters”.

6.0pm: Altered course S30W, Log 1.2. 6.7pm: Stopped, Patent Log in 2.9.

6.10pm: Boat away with boarding officer to Norwegian SS “Alexander Kielland” [mentioned here as “Samui”] from Baltimore to Christiania. Placed Lieutenant Antram and Armed Guard on board.

[Boarding Position: Lat 57 35 N, Long 12 37 W]

7.0pm: Vessel proceeded. 7.1pm: Boat returned. 7.7pm: Proceeded at 70 revs. Patent Log streamed. Set course S12W (S34W, S10E), Log 3.2.

8.10pm: Steadied on S12W, Log 18.8.

8.32pm: Altered course S40W, Log 24.9 to close with Norwegian SV “Hjertness” [probably Hjertnes] with Armed Guard on board.

[Position: Lat 57 11 N, Long 12 35 W]

8.40pm: Proceeded at 70 revs. Set course S12W (S10E, S34W), Log 26.5.

9.28pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 57 5 N, Long 12 37 W.

10.0pm: Altered course S3W (S19E, S25W), Log 46.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 287 miles]

[True Course and Distance: To Position 55 20 N, 12 0 W, S14E, 220 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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6 May 1916


From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 55.4, Long -9.0

5.0am: Altered course S75E (S53E, N86E), Log 50.6.

9.20am: Divisions. Physical drill.

10.30am: Spoke HMS “Hilary” and “Gloucestershire”.

1.24pm: Observed Tory Island Light House bearing S30E (magnetic).

1.49pm: Tory Island Light House abeam, distant 6.25 miles.

4.25pm: Inistrahull Light House abeam distant 1.3 miles.

6.40pm: Spoke HMS “Garry”.

7.8pm: Rue Point abeam distant 1 mile.

8.50pm: Maidens Light abeam, Log 3.4.

10.2pm: Mew Island Light abeam distant 4 miles.

10.30pm: Stopped zig zag.

11.20pm: South Rock Light Vessel abeam distant 5 miles, Log 39.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 307 miles]

[True Course and Distance: to Position off Tory Island, N85E, 25 miles]


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7 May 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

1.38am: Chickens Rock Light House abeam distant 4.6 miles. Altered course S52E, Log 68.9.

3.40am: Resumed zig zag (S30E, S74E).

[Soundings at 6.30 and 6.40am]

6.40am: Stopped zig zag.

6.50am: Observed Bar Light Vessel bearing S37E (magnetic), Patent Log in.

7.7am: Bar Light Vessel abeam. Helm as requisite. 7.14am: Passed BI [buoy].

7.26am: Passed Formby Light Vessel. Engines as requisite. 7.35am: Passed CI bell buoy.

7.53am: Passed C8 bell buoy.

8.5am: Stopped. 8.7am: Pilot (Mr Knowles) came on board and took charge. Proceeded. Engines and helm as requisite.

8.43am: Let go Starboard anchor in 10 fathoms (3 shackles), vessel swung to ebb tide.

[Anchor Bearings Magnetic: Ship’s Head N10W, North Wall Light House N8E, Liver Building’s Tower S86E]

[Draft: Forward 18’ 6”, Aft 22’ 0”]

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

10.10am: Vessel swung to flood. 10.20am: Veered cable to 4 shackles. 10.35am: Rang off engines.

0.45pm: Pilot in charge. Commenced heaving up. 0.53pm: Anchor aweigh. Proceeded into dock. Engines and helm as requisite.

1.19pm: Four tugs in attendance, entered locks.

1.28pm: Cleared locks. 1.35pm: Made fast in Alfred Basin.

3.22pm: Let go and proceeded into East Float.

3.40pm: Entered West Float.

4.5pm: Ropes ashore. Cast off tugs. Hove alongside and moored as customary.

5.0pm: Midshipman Skinner RNR joined up.

5.30pm: Leave granted.

10.15pm: Seaman Clark brought from hospital.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 267 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 667 tons]


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8 May 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

6.30am: Hands breasting ship for coal lighters.

7.50am: Coal lighters alongside.

9.0am: Private Curtis RMLI discharged with RN Hospital Haslar.

9.20am: Commenced coaling.

9.30am: Leave granted to Port watch until 7.0am 13th May.

10.0am: Commodore proceeded on leave.

11.20am: Rigged brow.

pm: Hands working as requisite. Gunners and Boatswain’s parties.

7.0pm: Sunset. Struck Commodore’s broad pendant.

9.0pm: Stopped coaling for the day.

[Rain in am, cloudy in pm, noon temperature 42F]


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9 May 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands breasting ship off. 6.45am: Hands working ammunition.

8.10am: Resumed coaling.

am: Hands working ammunition, rigging crows nest, scrubbing ship’s side and getting stores on board. Midshipman Hoadley RNR joined up.

pm: Coaling not continued after dinner on account of heavy rain.

4.30pm: Leave granted.


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10 May 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands employed working ammunition.

7.20am: Lieutenant Antram and Armed Guard returned.

8.30am: Commenced coaling.

am: Hands working ammunition and stores.

pm: Hands working as requisite with gunner, boatswain and getting in stores.

5.0pm: Leave granted.

9.0pm: Stopped coaling for the day.


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11 May 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands cleaning ship.

8.10am: Commenced coaling.

am: Hands cleaning and painting ship.

2.45pm: Finished coaling on Starboard side.

3.0pm: Landed brow. Rigged Starboard accomodation [sic] ladder.

5.0pm: Finished coaling on Port side.

6.0pm: Leave granted.


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12 May 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.45am: Private Vearnals RMLI joined up.

am and pm: Hands cleaning ship.

5.0pm: Leave granted.


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13 May 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.30am: Port watch returned from long leave.

8.30am: Leave granted to Starboard watch until 7.0am Thursday May 18th.

10.0am: Commenced taking in fresh water. Hands working stores.

11.30am: Landing party left the ship.

4.30pm: Rehoisted Commodore’s broad pendant. Landing party returned.

6.0pm: Leave granted.


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14 May 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

9.15am: Divisions.

9.30am: Divine Service. 9.30am: Roman Catholicks [sic] ashore to Service.

11.0am: Roman Catholicks returned.

1.30pm: Leave granted.


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15 May 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

am: Hands painting ship.

9.30am: Sub Lieutenant Robertson RNR left the ship for RNB [Royal Naval Barracks] Devonport.

pm: Hands painting ship and working stores.

4.30pm: Read Warrant No 36.

5.30pm: Leave granted.


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16 May 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

am: Hands cleaning ship and scaling hull.

pm: Hands cleaning and painting hull and getting anti air craft guns on board.

4.30pm: Leave granted. Warrant No 37 read.

pm: Workmen on board fitting motor ammunition hoists, shell racks, and repairing ventilators during the night.


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17 May 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

5.0am: Night workmen ashore.

am: Hands working ammunition.

am and pm: Hands working stores and painting.

2.20pm: Fireman McLean discharged.

4.54pm: Finished working stores.

6.0pm: Leave granted.

pm: Shore gangs working all night, placing magazine motors, ammunition racks and in engine room.

[Weather calm and cloudy, noon temperature 70F]


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18 May 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

2.0am: Finished working in forward magazine.

6.30am: Hands working ammunition, stores and timber.

8.0am: Starboard watch returned from Leave.

am and pm: Hands working stores and painting.

5.30pm: Leave granted.

7.0pm: Lieutenant Smith rejoined ship.


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19 May 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

9.0am: Hands employed as requisite preparing ship for sea.

1.20pm: Seaman Lawrence RNVR discharged.

2.20pm: Midshipman Bagley RNR joined from RNB Chatham.

4.0pm: Sub Lieutenant Lunnucks [Lunnocks elsewhere in log] RNR discharged to RNB Chatham.

7.25pm: Pilot Mr G Jones came on board.

7.45pm: Dismantled telephone.

8.0pm: Exercised General Quarter Stations.

8.55pm: “Anchor stations”. 9.0pm: Two tugs fast forward, two tugs aft.

9.2pm: Stand by. 9.20pm: Cast off forward and aft.

9.25pm: Engines and helm to Pilot’s orders. Proceeded out of dock.

10.25pm: Passed into East Float.

10.25pm: Passed into Alfred Basin.

10.40pm: Cast off one tug forward and one aft. Made fast in lock, discharged shore workmen.

11.15pm: Cast off from wharf and tugs. Proceeded into river.

11.23pm: Cleared locks.

1.39pm: Discharged Pilot and proceeded down river, engines and helm to Commander’s orders.

11.44pm: Proceeded at 48 revs. Swung out all boats.

[Coal Received: 3053 tons 13 cwt, Coal Remaining: 2985 tons] [presumably these figures are transposed]


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20 May 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 55.2, Long -6.0

0.5am: Increased to 57 revs. Passed Rock Light.

0.28am: Passed C8 buoy.

0.51am: Passed Formby Light Vessel. 1.3am: Streamed Patent Log 0.

1.8am: Passed Bar Light Vessel, Log 0.5 and Increased to 65 revs. 1.10am: Set course N46W (N68W, N24W), Log 0.5.

2.30am: Increased to 72 revs. Commenced 3 point zig zag on N46W (N80W, N12W). Exercised sea boats crews.

5.20am: Altered course N2W (N36W, N32E), Log 63.4. 5.25am: Chickens Rock Light bore N65E (magnetic). 5.30am: Chickens Rock Light abeam, distant 1.8 miles, Log 66.4.

7.52am: Observed Skulmartin Light Vessel bearing N44W.

9.5am: Mew Island abeam distant 3.3 miles.

9.20am: Divisions. Officer’s Physical drill.

10.30am: Maidens Light House abeam distant 4.0 miles.

am: Watch at guns. Remainder cleaning ship and as requisite.

0.7pm: Spoke Tor Point Signal Station.

0.38pm: Rue Point abeam distant 0.75 miles, Log 76.3.

3.5pm: Inistrahull Light House abeam distant 9 cables.

3.20pm: Spoke Malin Head War Signal Station.

5.42pm: Tory Island Light House abeam distant 3.6 miles, Log 53.0.

8.7pm: Spoke HMS “Almanzora”.

9.35pm: Helm to Commodore’s orders to close with stranger.

9.40pm: Stopped, Patent Log in 12.7. 9.45pm: Boat away with boarding officer to Dutch SS “Alioth” [Alioth (1) listed here] (Rotterdam to Monte Video).

[Boarding Position: Lat 55 20 N, Long 9 48 W]

10.10pm: SS Alioth proceeded. 10.16pm: Boat returned and hoisted. 10.18pm: Patent Log out 12.7. 10.20pm: Proceeded N70W (S88W, N48W) (2 point zig zag) at 72 revs, Log 12.7

[Course and Distance made good: Various 159 miles]

[Misty with light winds, noon temperature 52F]


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21 May 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 55.8, Long -15.5

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

3.57pm: Altered course to close with HMS “Patuca”, Log 78.4.

4.0pm: Spoke HMS “Patuca”, set course S40W, Log 78.8.

4.10pm: Altered course S60W, Log 80.3. Proceeded at 48 revs.

5.12pm: Altered course S85W, Log 88.2.

8.30pm: Altered course N85E, Log 14.9. 8.39pm: Increased to 52 revs.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew. Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 320 miles]

[South westerly then westerly wind force 6 to 8 in pm, with sea state rough to high and misty weather]


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22 May 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.2, Long -16.4

3.0am: Resumed zig zag N85E (N63E, S73E), Log 90.2. Increased to 55 revs.

6.0am: Altered course S87W (S65W, N71W), Log 24.5. Increased to 58 revs.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

11.34am: Reduced to half speed (42 revs). Stopped zig zag.

0.9pm: Increased to 58 revs. Resumed zig zag.

1.30pm: Altered course S83W (N75W, S61W), Log 5.6.

7.0pm: Altered course N84E (N62E, S74E), Log 70.4.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 261 miles]


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23 May 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.2, Long -16.9

5.30am: Altered course S85W (S63W, N73W), Log 98.0.

8.30am: Altered course N58W, Log 33.1.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill. 10.0am: Exercised General Quarters and Abandon ship stations.

10.18am: Spoke HMS “Motagua”.

10.33am: Stopped. Patent Log in 60.5. Engines and helm as requisite.

10.40am: Boat away to Motagua. 10.57am: Boat returned and hoisted.

11.0am: Proceeded at 60 revs, Log 60.5. Set Course S61W, Log 60.5.

11.30am: Resumed zig zag S39W, S83W.

2.0pm: Altered course S83W (S61W, N75W), Log 95.7.

4.30pm: J Dunn (Trimmer) released from cells, Warrant No 37.

6.30pm: Altered course N83W (N61E, S75E), Log 50.0.

9.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

10.13pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 55 51 N, Long 17 6 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 267 miles]


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24 May 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.3, Long -15.9

5.30am: Altered course S85W (S63W, N73W), Log 93.4.

6.44am: Altered course S40W, Log 90.0 to close with stranger.

7.5am: Reduced speed. Engines and helm as requisite.

7.22am: Stopped, Patent Log in 15.5. 7.23pm: Boat away with boarding officer to British SS “Strathgyle” (Liverpool to Archangel).

[Boarding Position: Lat 56 21 N, Long 15 21 W]

7.38am: Allowed her to proceed.

7.50am: Boat returned and hoisted. Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course N89W (S69W, N67W), Log 15.5.

9.52am: Stopped. Engine and helm as requisite. 9.56am: Dropped target. 10.0am: Exercised “General Quarters”. Carried out 1 inch and 6 pounder aiming tube practice.

11.30am: Engines and helm as requisite to pick up target.

11.45am: Target on board. Proceeded at 60 revs, set course N89W (S69W, N67W), Log 41.3.

1.10pm: Altered course S83W (S63W, N73W), Log 59.0.

7.10pm: Altered course N85E (S73E, N63E), Log 32.1.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 258 miles]


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25 May 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.1, Long -16.7

4.50am: Altered course N63E, Log 55.8. Increased to 60 revs. Spoke HMS “Teutonic”.

5.13am: Helm as requisite to close with “Teutonic”, Log 60.9.

5.18am: Reduced speed and Stopped. Patent Log in 62.1.

5.35am: “Teutonic’s” boat alongside and away.

5.40am: Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course S84W (S62W, N74W), Log 62.1.

2.0pm: Spoke HMS “Teutonic”.

2.30pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 71.7. Engines and helm as requisite.

2.35pm: Boat away to “Teutonic”. 2.47pm: Boat returned and hoisted.

2.55pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. Patent Log streamed. Set course N40E (N18E, N62E), Log 71.7.

5.0pm: Clarke AB released from cells. Warrant No 36.

8.22pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 44.4. Helm and engines as requisite.

8.27pm: Boat away with boarding officer to Russian SS “Australia”, Cardiff to Seminoba [?].

[Boarding Position: Lat 56 47 N, Long 15 55 W]

8.40pm: Vessel proceeded. 8.45pm: Boat returned and hoisted. 8.50pm: Proceeded at 62 revs. Patent Log streamed 44.4. Set course N36E (N58E, N14E), Log 44.4.

10.15pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 57 8 N, Long 15 51 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 280 miles]

[Weather cloudy and relatively quiet, noon temperature 52F]


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26 May 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.9, Long -15.0

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

Noon: Altered course N49E (N71E, N27E), Log 47.4.

2.30pm: Stopped. Patent Log hauled in 72.5.

2.53pm: Proceeded at 53 revs. Set course N37E.

3.0pm: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”. 3.6pm: Altered course East to close with flagship.

3.30pm: Stopped, boat away to flagship with mails. 3.34pm: Engines and helm as requisite to keep station and pick up boat.

4.5pm: Boat returned and hoisted.

4.32pm: Proceeded at 57 revs. Patent Log streamed 79.1. Set course North (N22W, N22E), Log 79.1.

8.0pm: Altered course N43E (N65E, N21E), Log 29.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 288 miles]

[True Course and Distance: to Rendezvous N22E, 42 miles]


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27 May 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 64.4, Long -12.7

[Sounding half hourly from 9.0am to noon]

10.0am: Altered course N70E (S88E, N48E), Log 31.8.

10.30am: Stopped zig zag.

11.30am: Resumed zig zag.

[Sounding hourly from 1.0pm to 4.0pm, then half hourly from 5.30pm to 6.30pm]

7.0pm: Altered course S25W (S3W, S47W), Log 39.3.

10.15pm: Engines and helm as requisite. 10.16pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 78.8.

10.25pm: Boarded Danish SV “Gefion” from Burnt Island to Leides Fjiord.

[Boarding Position: Lat 65 6 N, Long 12 35 W]

10.40pm: Allowed her to proceed.

10.50pm: Proceeded at 57 revs. Set course S25W (S3W, S47W), Log streamed 78.8. Controls tested.

11.30pm: Altered course N31E (N9E, N53E), Log 86.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 277 miles]

[Fog in late am, then rain and mist in pm, noon temperature 42F]


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28 May 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 65.73, Long -12.77

3.0am: Altered course S25W (S47W, S3W), Log 28.7. Stopped zig zag. 3.10am: Reduced to 38 revs.

4.0am: Increased to 48 revs. Resumed zig zag.

5.40am: Exercised gun’s crews. Controls tested.

7.0am: Altered course N29E (N7E, N51E). Log 68.8.

[Sounding from 8.0am to 7.30pm, about hourly to start with, then half hourly]

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.0am: Altered course N19W, Log 4.1.

5.30pm: Altered course East, Log 59.5.

7.35pm: Altered course South, Log 76.0. 7.47pm: Reduced to 28 revs.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 238 miles]

[Thick fog for most of day]


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29 May 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 66.6, Long -13.9

5.9am: Stopped, helm as requisite. 5.12am: Patent Log in 40.4.

5.20am: Boarded Danish barquentine “J Loty” from Halmstad to Akureyre.

[Boarding Position: Lat 66 5 N, Long 13 1 W]

5.37am: “J Loty” proceeded. 5.50am: Proceeded at 28 revs, set course N12W, Log 40.4.

[Sounding about half hourly from 7.30am to 0.45pm]

3.28pm: Stand by. Approaching HMT “Tenby Castle” and “Rushcoe”.

3.32pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 22.1.

3.40pm: Boat away for Captains of “Tenby Castle” and “Rushcoe”.

4.30pm: Captains of Trawlers left the ship.

4.40pm: Boat returned and hoisted. Patent Log streamed. Proceeded at 33 revs, set course N10W, Log 22.5.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 168 miles]

[Mist or fog (thick at times) all day, noon temperature 38F]


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30 May 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 66.9, Long -15.5

4.45am: Helm as requisite to close with steamer.

4.54am: Stopped. Patent Log in 38.0. 5.0am: Boarded Norwegian SS “Arc” (Fleetwood to Akureyre).

[Boarding Position: Lat 66 38 N, Long 16 18 W]

5.15am: SS Arc proceeded.

5.25am: Proceeded at 48 revs. Patent Log streamed. 5.30am: Set course S84E (S62E, N74E). Log 38.2.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

am: Watch to guns, remainder cleaning ship, training classes and as requisite. Controls tested.

0.40pm: Commenced zig zag (S80E, S36E).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 206 miles]

[Patrolling to and fro, zig zagging and changing course about every 4 hours in pm, once fog cleared]


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31 May 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 66.9, Long -14.5

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

9.50am: Stopped. Engines as requisite. Patent Log in.

9.55am: Dropped target and proceeded as requisite. 10.0am: Exercised “General Quarters”, carried out 6 inch firing practice.

11.54am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite to pick up target.

0.10pm: Picked up target. 0.29pm: Proceeded at 48 revs. Patent Log streamed 83.6. 0.34pm: Set course N61W (N83W, N39W), Log 83.6.

10.10pm: Altered course South, Log 85.8.

11.10pm: Resumed zig zag (S8E, S52E).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 171 miles]


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LOGS FOR JUNE 1916


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for June 1916]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by JCK Dowding, Sub Lieutenant RNR, for Navigating Officer and EL Booty, Captain RN]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 66.8, Long -14.1

[Course and Distance made good: Various 227 miles]

[An uneventful day, patrolling to and fro, zig zagging, changing course about every 4 hours. Weather relatively quiet, some mist and fog in pm, noon temperature 38F]


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2 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 67.0, Long -15.1

[Still changing course about every 4 hours]

2.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

4.30am: Spoke HMS “Hildebrand”.

4.40am: Stopped zig zag, Log 97.9. 5.10am: Resumed zig zag, Log 3.4.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill. 10.0am: Exercised “General Quarters” and “Collision” Stations.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 220 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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3 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 67.1, Long -16.4

8.28am: Courses as requisite to close with Danish fishing vessel “Eirik” EA16 [registration for Eysafjord, Iceland] of Akureyre. 8.30am: Stopped.

[Position: Lat 67 14.5 N, Long 15 0 W]

8.40am: Proceeded at 48 revs. 8.45am: Set course N75W (S83W, N53W), Log 90.4.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

am: Hands employed cleaning ship and as requisite.

6.30pm and 9.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 228 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Rain and snow showers at times]


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4 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 67.1, Long -17.2

[Another day on patrol when not much happened, all log entries (apart from “Bridge signal books correct” every four hours) shown here as an example:]

1.30am: Controls tested.

2.30am: Exercised sea boats crew.

4.0am: Altered course S63E (S85E, S41E), Log 95.0.

5.0am: Controls tested.

8.0am: Altered course N59W (N81W, N37W), Log 35.3.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.0am: Controls tested.

Noon: Altered course S63E (S58E, S41E), Log 75.7.

2.0pm: Controls tested.

4.0pm: Altered course N59W (N81W, N37W), Log 16.0.

5.0pm: Altered course N68W (West, N46W), Log 26.8. Decreased to 58 revs.

6.0pm: Controls tested.

7.58pm: Observed Grimsey Island bearing S30W (magnetic).

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

11.0pm: Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 230 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Snow squalls at times, noon temperature 36F]


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5 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 66.7, Long -22.9

8.45am: Altered course, Courses as requisite. Reduced to 48 revs. 8.50am: Stopped, Patent Log in.

9.5am: Boarded Norwegian S Tr [Steam Trawler] “Atlas” (fishing).

[Boarding Position: Lat 66 35 N, Long 23 32 W]

10.8am: Boat hoisted. 10.10am: Set course S69E (N89E, S47E), Log 24.1.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

am: Controls tested. Hands at loader and general drill.

Noon: Position verified by cross bearings.

11.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 246 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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6 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 66.8, Long -22.6

4.43am: Courses as requisite to close with boat from Danish fishing vessel TG347 [registered at Trangisvaag, Faero Islands].

4.44am: Stopped. Patent Log in 17.8. 4.50am: Proceeded on original course, Log 17.8.

9.45am: Stopped, Patent Log in 68.3.

9.49am: Dropped target and proceeded, helm as requisite. 9.50am: Exercised “Action”, carried out 1 inch aiming tube practice and 6 pounder practice.

11.37am: Stopped. 11.46am: Picked up target. 11.48am: Proceeded at 48 revs. Set course S55E (S77E, S33E), Log 68.3.

5.36pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 31.8.

5.45pm: Boarded French fishing schooner “Anemone”.

[Boarding Position: Lat 66 47 N, Long 23 26 W]

6.5pm: Proceeded at 48 revs and set course S46E (S24E, S68E), Log 31.8.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 233 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]


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7 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 66.7, Long -21.6

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

am: First and third divisions at squad drill, remainder employed as requisite. Controls tested.

2.0pm: Position verified by cross bearings.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 225 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Still patrolling to and fro in unremarkable, if cool, weather, zig zagging, changing course about every 4 hours]


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8 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 66.8, Long -22.9

9.0am: Stopped. 9.5am: Patent Log in 33.4. Spoke HMS “Hildebrand”.

9.47am: Spoke HMS “Andes” and communicated with “Hildebrand”.

10.12am: Proceeded at 48 revs. 10.15am: Set course S58W to close with “Andes”.

10.28am: Stopped to communicate with “Andes”.

11.9am: Set course S56E (S34E, S78E), Log 33.6, at 64 revs.

8.55pm: Grimsey Island abeam distant 6 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 209 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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9 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 65.7, Long -11.8

1.12am: Stopped, Patent Log in 26.8. Engines and helm as requisite to communicate with HMAT “Tenby Castle” and “Rushcoe”.

1.20am: Boat away with stores etc for trawlers.

1.50am: Proceeded at 64 revs, Patent Log streamed. Set course S49E (S27E, S71E), Log 26.9.

3.1am: Reduced to half speed, stopped zig zag [thick fog].

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

2.0pm: Reduced to 52 revs. Stopped zig zag [thick fog].

2.53pm: Increased to 64 revs. 3.0pm: Resumed zig zag.

5.30pm: Altered course S26E (S48E, S4E), Log 33.0. Exercised “General Quarter” stations.

7.45pm: Altered course N80E, Log 64.3 to close with stranger.

8.19pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 73.0.

8.25pm: Boarded Norwegian whaling schooner “Gota”.

[Boarding Position: Lat 64 42 N, Long 8 37 W]

8.45pm: Proceeded at 64 revs. Set course S25E (S47E, S3E), Log 73.1.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 293 miles]

[Distance: to Swarbacks Minn Light House 433 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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10 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.4, Long -3.9

6.18am: Stopped, Patent Log in 7.8.

6.25am: Boarded Dutch ST “Camelia” IJM18. Midshipman Prest and Armed Guard placed on board.

[Boarding Position: Lat 63 30 N, Long 5 7 W]

6.55am: “Camelia” proceeded to Lerwick.

7.3am: Proceeded at 66 revs, Patent Log out 8.0. Set course S8E (S30E, S14W), Log 8.0.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

am: Hands cleaning ship. Controls tested.

6.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew. Controls tested.

7.50pm: Stopped, Patent Log in 92.0. 8.1pm: Boat away.

8.3pm: Proceeded. Engines and helm as requisite. 8.10pm: Boarded Swedish fishing vessel “Virgo” MD240 [registration for Marstrand].

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 51 N, Log 1 54 W]

8.20pm: “Virgo” allowed to proceed.

8.30pm: Proceeded 65 revs. Set course S3W (S37W, S31E), Log 92.1

9.40pm: Observed Esha Ness Light bearing S25E.

10.50pm: Esha Ness Light abeam distant 7 miles.

11.25pm: Spoke HMS “Alsatian” and TBD “Sprightly”.

Midnight: Swarbacks Minn Light abeam, Patent Log in 39.1.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 295 miles]

[True Course and Distance: To Position off Swarbacks Minn Light House S28E, 143 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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11 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4 [estimated]

0.8am: Passed boom defence and proceeded into harbour. Engines and hem as requisite.

0.25am: Stopped. 0.28am: Let go Starboard anchor in 14 fathoms (4 shackles). 0.45am: Rang off engines.

[Anchor Bearings, Magnetic: Post office N43E, Busta House N71W, Burgsto [Burgastoo] Rock S66W, Ship’s Head North]

0.50am: Drifter alongside with mails (64 bags).

3.0am: Part of watch at night defence stations.

6.17am: Starboard Collier SS “Tosto” No 81 [possibly this ship] alongside.

6.48am: Port collier SS “Venice” No 128 alongside.

[Draft Arriving: Forward 19’ 6”, Aft 23’ 3”]

7.25am: Gibraltar’s coaling party alongside.

7.30am: Landed duty signalman. Received Duty Steam boat from “Gibraltar” (6 ratings).

8.0am: Commenced coaling starboard side.

8.10am: Commenced coaling Post side.

[Details of coal received per hour shown on far left hand side of log page]

9.0am: Water boat “Flying Breeze” alongside.

10.20am: Water boat left.

Noon: Stopped coaling for dinner.

1.0pm: Divisions and prayers.

1.15pm: Resumed coaling.

4.0pm - 4.30pm: Tea.

6.0pm: Finished coaling: “Venice” 343 tons, “Tosto” 293 tons: Average 77.1 tons. Received 636 tons.

6.30pm: Colliers cast off.

8.30pm: Part of watch at night defence stations. Controls tested.

9.50pm: HMS “Sprightly” sailed.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 148 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1268 tons]


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12 June 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

0.10am: HMS “Orcoma” and Sprightly arrived.

2.0am: Exercised gun’s crews.

7.0am: Hands cleaning ship.

9.0am: Divisions and physical drill.

am: Hands cleaning ship and employed as requisite.

11.5am: Let go Port anchor in 17 fathoms.

0.30pm: Midshipman Prest and Armed Guard returned.

9.0pm: Part of watch at night defence stations.

9.5pm: HMS “Sprightly” left.

10.5pm: HMS “Duke of Cornwall” arrived.

Midnight: Reverend HS de Jersey joined and 3 ratings rejoined from “Duke of Cornwall”.

[Coal Received: 636 tons, Coal Remaining: 1886 tons]

[North easterly wind force 5/6 to 7 all day, weather cloudy, noon temperature 47F]


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13 June 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

0.12am: HMS “Mantua” and “Sprightly” arrived.

9.0am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

10.5am: HMAT “Robert Smith” arrived.

10.53am: HMS “Duke of Cornwall” sailed.

1.35pm: “Abandon Ship stations” “Away all boats”.

[Draft Leaving: Forward 22’ 6”, Aft 24’ 3”]

6.25pm: Mails went ashore.

7.0pm: Boat returned with 13 bags of mails for HMS “Alsatian”.

7.15pm: Five armed guards (on passage) arrived (2 for Andes, 2 for Moldavia, 1 for Orotava).

8.15m: Exercised “General Quarters”.

9.0pm: Transferred DSB [Duty Steam Boat] (crew of 6 ratings) to “Mantua”.

9.25pm: Cabe [Cable] Stations.

9.35pm: Assistant Paymaster for “Alsatian” arrived.

9.38pm: Weighed Port anchor. 9.48pm: Engines and helm as requisite.

9.51pm: Weighed Starboard anchor.

10.5pm: Proceeded out of harbour.

10.27pm: Passed boom defence. Proceeded at 60 revs.

10.35pm: Swarbacks Minn Light abeam. Set course N25W. Increased to 68 revs. Spoke HMS “Sprightly”.

11.0pm: Commenced zig zag (N9E, N59W), Log 3.4.

11.23pm: Esha Ness Light abeam distant 3 miles, Log 8.6.

11.25pm: Spoke HMS “Columbella”.

11.40pm: Parted Company with HMS “Sprightly”.


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14 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.9, Long -6.1

2.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

2.55am: Spoke HMAT “Rushcoe” and “Tenby Castle”.

3.0am: Altered course N67W (S79W, N33W), Log 59.3.

4.40am: Altered course South, Log 81.0.

5.0am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite. 5.5am: Boarded Norwegian SS “Hector” (Liverpool to Narvik).

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 52 N, Long 3 18 W]

5.22am: “Hector” proceeded.

5.30am: Proceeded 65 revs. Resumed course N67W, Log 86.1.

am: First and third divisions at small arm drill, remainder cleaning ship and as requisite. Controls tested.

1.57pm: Fired 6 inch blank. 2.6pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 6.2. Engines and helm as requisite to communicate with British ST “Venetia” (Grimsby to Faeroes).

2.18pm: Proceeded 65 revs. 2.20pm: Altered course N81W (N47W, S65W), Log 6.3. Sambro Light House bearing N27E (magnetic), distant 10.5 miles.

9.35pm: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

9.57pm: Stopped, Patent Log in 20.5. Boat away to flagship with Assistant Paymaster, mails and correspondence.

9.59pm: Proceeded, engines and helm as requisite.

10.29pm: Stopped. 10.32pm: Received Armed Guard (one officer and 3 ratings) for “Moldavia”.

10.42pm: Proceeded at 50 revs. Patent Log streamed. 10.45pm: Set course S36W (S14W, S58W), Patent Log 22.5.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 156 miles]


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15 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.0, Long -13.2

6.15am: Spoke HMS “Teutonic”.

7.0am: Exercised gun’s crews. Controls tested.

10.5am: Spoke HMS “Gloucestershire”. 10.0am: Resumed course S69W, Log 57.0.

am: Hands cleaning ship. Exercised supply parties. Controls tested.

5.30pm: Warrant No 38 read.

10.11pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

10.20pm: Boarded British oil SS Bulysses (No 47).

[Boarding Position: Lat 58 25 N, Long 13 6 W]

10.32pm: “Bulysses” proceeded.

10.42pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course N88E (N54E, S58E), Log 16.9.

11.20pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 20.5. Engine and helm as requisite.

11.25pm: Fired 6 inch blank to stop stranger. Examined Danish Barquentine “Morthing”.

11.40pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course N82E (N48E, S64E), Log 25.0. Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 276 miles]

[Light winds, misty through middle of day, barometric pressure relatively high and stable, noon temperature 56F]


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16 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.6, Long -12.9

6.15am: Spoke HMS “Orotava”.

6.55am: Stopped. Patent Log 15.6. Engine and helm as requisite. Discharged to Orotava 1 Armed Guard and 3 Armed Guards for Moldavia. Received from Orotava 2 ratings.

7.23am: Proceeded at 58 revs. Patent Log 15.7. 7.24am: Resumed course N86W, Log 15.7.

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

am: Second and fourth divisions at divisional drill. Gunnery Training class and seamanship class at instruction, remainder employed as requisite. Controls tested.

6.57pm: Spoke “Artois” [previously HMS Digby, under French flag at this time, details here].

7.42pm: Stopped, Log 77.3. Engines and helm as requisite.

7.50pm: Discharged 2 Armed Guards for Andes for “Artois”. Received 4 “Evinrude” [company details here] motors from “Artois”

8.50pm: Proceeded. Set course N86W (S60W, N52W), Log 77.3. 8.52pm: Revs 58.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 247 miles]


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17 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.4, Long -13.1

1.30am: Exercised sea boats crew.

6.0am: Altered course N86W (S60W, N52W), Log 93.2.

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

am: Hands employed cleaning ship. Officers at signal instruction. Controls tested.

1.0pm: Altered course N77W (S69W, N43W), Log 81.2.

3.30pm: Exercised “General Quarters”.

5.0pm: Altered course N86W (S60W, N52W), Log 31.0.

5.30pm: Altered course S87E (N59E, S53E), Log 37.4.

9.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 247 miles]


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18 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.3, Long -13.1

3.25am: Spoke HMS “Columbella”.

3.57am: Stopped. Patent Log in 67.1. Engine and helm as requisite.

4.10am: Received from “Columbella” Sub Lieutenant Smith RNR and discharged to “Columbella” one rating and one “Evinrude” motor for “Victorian”.

4.25 am: Proceeded at 58 revs. Resumed Course S87E, Log 67.2.

10.0am: Divisions. 10.30am: Divine Service.

1.10pm: Commenced 3 point zig zag (N39W, S73W), Log 71.3.

6.3pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

6.15pm: Boarded Norwegian SS “Klosterfos" (Baltimore to Buviken).

[Boarding Position: Lat 58 12 N, Long 15 12 W]

6.28pm: Placed Sub Lieutenant Hall and 5 ratings (Armed Guard) on board.

6.40pm: “Klosterfos” proceeded to Kirkwall.

6.47pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. Patent Log streamed 30.6. Set course S88E (N58E, S54E), Log 30.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 244 miles]

[Patrolling to and fro, zig zagging, main changes of course at 6.0am and noon]


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19 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.6, Long -12.5

6.20am: Altered course S88E, Log 75.7. Spoke Norwegian SS “Tanafjord” [Tanafjord (1) listed here] from Kirkwall, Allowed her to proceed.

7.0am: Exercised gun’s crews. Controls tested.

7.20am: Altered course N82W (S64W, N48W), Log 88.2.

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

Noon: Passed Danish SS “Vulcan”.

1.1pm: Commenced zig zag 2 points (N62W, S74W), Log 61.1.

4.0pm: Altered course N40W to closed with stranger.

4.27pm: Reduced speed. 4.29pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 2.1.

4.42pm: Boarded British SS “Butetown” from New Orleans to the Tyne. Engines and helm as requisite.

[Boarding Position: Lat 58 23 N, Long 13 52 W]

5.6pm: “Butetown” proceeded. 5.13pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. Altered course N86W (N64W, S72W), Log 2.1.

9.9pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite. 9.10pm: Spoke Admiralty oil “San Silvestre” [listed here] No 87.

[Position: Lat 58 26 N, Long 13 33 W]

9.11pm: Proceeded at 58 revs, altered course N57E, Log 51.2.

10.0pm: Altered course S89E, Log 60.6.

10.56pm: Increased to 70 revs.

Midnight: Stopped, engines and helm as requisite.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 245 miles]


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20 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.6, Long -12.8

0.10am: Boarded Dutch SS “Maartensdijk” [listed here] from New York to Rotterdam. Placed Midshipman Taylor and Armed Guard on board.

[Boarding Position: Lat 58 42 N, Long 12 34 W]

0.52am: “Maartensdijk” proceeded to Kirkwall.

1.0am: Proceeded at 58 revs, set course S89E (N57E, S55E), Log 89.2.

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

am: Port watch mustering kit, remainder cleaning ship. Controls tested.

1.21pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 43.8. Engines and helm as requisite.

1.33pm: Boarded Dutch SS “Amsteldijk” [Amsteldijk (1) listed here] from New Orleans to Rotterdam. Placed Sub Lieutenant Haggord and Armed Guard on board.

[Boarding Position: Lat 58 28 N, Long 13 11 W]

2.3pm: “Amsteldijk” proceeded to Kirkwall.

2.12pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course N84W (S62W, N50W), Log 43.9.

6.20pm: Altered course S89E (N57E, S55E), Log 94.5.

11.52pm: Altered course North, Log 66.0

[Course and Distance made good: Various 242 miles]

[Showers in am, misty in pm, noon temperature 51F]


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21 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.7, Long -12.4

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

9.46am: Reduced speed. 9.47am: Stopped. Patent Log in 91.5. Engines and helm as requisite. Dropped target and carried out 1 inch aiming tube practice.

9.51am: Proceeded. 9.55am: Exercised “general quarters”.

10.59am: Stopped. 11.8am: Picket up target. 11.9am: Proceeded at 58 revs. 11.10am: Set course West (S56E, N56W), Log 91.8

[Course and Distance made good: Various 231 miles]

[Patrolling to and fro, zig zagging, main changes in course at 0.15am, 6.0am and 7.0pm]


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22 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.7, Long -12.3 [from Double Altitude at 10.14am]

2.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

5.0am: Exercised gun’s crews.

10.24am: Stopped. Patent Log in 77.7.

10.45am: Boarded Swedish SS “New Sweden”, Baltimore to Aarhus. Placed Lieutenant Ellis and Armed Guard on board.

[Boarding Position: Lat 58 42 N, Long 12 2 W]

11.10am: New Sweden proceeded to Kirkwall.

11.19am: Proceeded at 58 revs. 11.20am: Set course N85W (S61W, N51W), Log 77.8.

4.30pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 40.9. Engines and helm as requisite.

4.44pm: Boarded Dutch SS “Blommersdijk” [Blommersdijk (1) listed here] from New York to Rotterdam.

[Boarding Position: Lat 58 25 N, Long 13 50 W]

5.5pm: “Blommersdijk” proceeded to Kirkwall with Armed Guard in charge of Midshipman Wells.

5.18pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course South to close with sailing vessel.

5.45pm: Altered course N85W (S61W, N51W). Patent Log streamed 41.0, passed Russian SV [Sailing Vessel] “Benor”.

7.14pm: Altered course S88E (S54E, N58E), Log 59.1.

10.15pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 241 miles]


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23 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.4, Long -12.8

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill, after magazine party getting up ammunition.

am: Starboard watch at Kit muster, remainder employed cleaning ship. Controls tested.

7.0pm: Altered course N20E, Log 58.4.

7.20pm: Resumed Course S79E. Passed Dutch SS “Ubbergen” [Ubbergen (1) listed here], previously boarded.

7.25pm: Spoke HMS “Moldavia”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 246 miles]

[On patrol, zig zagging, main changes of course at 6.0am, 5.0pm and 10.10pm]


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24 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.5, Long -12.3

3.14am: Altered course N20E, Log 61.0 to intercept steamer.

3.40am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

3.52am: Boarded Norwegian SS “Anna Fostenes” from Newcastle to Portland Maine.

[Boarding Position: Lat 58 50 N, Long 11 11 W]

4.0am: SS “Anne Fostenes” proceeded.

4.8am: Proceeded at 58 revs, set course N30W, Log 67.5.

6.0am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

6.10am: Boarded Danish SS “Kentucky” from Newcastle to Baltimore.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 2 N, Long 11 50 W]

6.20am: SS “Kentucky” proceeded.

6.30am: Proceeded at 58 revs, set course S18E (S52E, S16W), Log 92.3.

am: Hands employed cleaning ship and working ammunition from forward magazine.

3.10pm: Passed American SS “Wisco” [?].

3.30pm: Exercised “General Quarters”.

3.40pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite to sink barrel.

3.50pm: Barrel sunk. Proceeded at 58 revs on N86W.

4.54pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 20.1, engines and helm as requisite.

5.3pm: Boarded Dutch SS “Sommelsdijk” [Sommelsdijk (2) listed here] from New Orleans to Rotterdam.

[Boarding Position: Lat 58 11 N, Long 13 22 W]

5.25pm: Sommelsdijk proceeded to Kirkwall with Armed Guard Midshipman Ritson in charge.

5.32pm: Set course N86W (N52W, S60W), Log 20.1, at 58 revs.

6.20pm: Spoke HMS “Moldavia”.

8.42pm: Spoke HMS “Patia”, altered course North, Log 59.5. Increased to 58 revs.

9.10pm: Stopped, Log 65.5. Engines and helm as requisite.

9.27pm: Discharged one rating to “Patia”. Proceeded at 58 revs. Altered course S56E (East, S22E), Log 66.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 247 miles]

[Light winds, cloudy, noon temperature 63F]


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25 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.5, Long -11.8

8.27am: Stopped. Spoke British ST “Mannofield” [details here] A526, Fleetwood to Iceland.

[Position: Lat 58 40 N, Long 10 46 W]

8.50am: Proceeded at 58 revs, set course N78W (S68W, N44W), Log 10.0.

10.0am: Divisions. 10.30am: Divine Service.

0.45pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite. Spoke Russian barquentine “Benor”.

1.0pm: Proceeded at 58 revs, set course N45E.

[1.10pm: Boarding Position: Lat 58 25 N, Long 12 5 W]

1.12pm: Stopped, Log 64.6. Engines and helm as requisite.

1.35pm: Boarded “Benor” to give Master special instructions re White Sea.

1.55pm: Proceeded at 58 revs, set course S56E, Log 65.2.

2.42pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 75.4.

2.52pm: Boarded British SS “Lepanto” (Middlesborough [Middlesbrough] to New York).

[Boarding Position: Lat 58 21 N, Long 11 37 W]

3.2pm: “Lepanto” proceeded.

3.15pm: Proceeded at 65 revs. Set course S28W (S6E, S62W), Log 75.7.

8.40pm: Exercised gun’s crews.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

10.35pm: Spoke HMS “Orotava”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 246 miles]


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26 June 1916

Lat 55.3, Long -9.6

8.30am: Watch closed up at guns.

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

10.0am: Exercised “Collision and Abandon ship” stations. Swung out all boats.

2.55pm: Tory Island Light House abeam distant 6.5 miles.

5.10pm: Inistrahull Light House abeam distant 1.2 miles.

7.28pm: Rue Point abeam distant 1.1 miles.

10.20pm: Mew Island abeam distant 7.5 miles.

10.58pm: Skulmartin Light Vessel abeam distant 7 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 283 miles]


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27 June 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

1.4am: Chickens Light abeam distant 8.5 miles.

[Soundings at 5.26 and 5.35am]

5.40am: Reduced to 57 revs. Courses as requisite into River Mersey.

5.52am: Passed Bar Light Vessel. Engines and helm as requisite.

6.11am: Passed Formby Light Vessel.

6.20am: Passed C1 [buoy]. 6.36am: Passed C8.

6.45am: Stopped. Picked up Pilot (Mr Bird) and proceeded to Pilot’s directions.

7.0am: Passed Rock Light House.

7.50am: Paymaster and postman ashore.

8.0am: Made fast to four tugs.

8.25am: Entered lock. 8.40am: Made fast in Alfred Basin.

8.45am: Commodore ashore.

10.10am: Proceeded into East Float.

10.27am: Passed into West Float.

10.50am: Lines ashore, made fast as customary to North side of West Float.

10.55am: Rang off engines.

11.0am: Put clocks on to “Summer Time”. 5 Armed Guards and officers returned on board.

Draft Arriving: Forward 18’ 6”, Aft 22’ 6”.

1.5pm: Franks Seaman RNR left the ship for Chatham Hospital in charge of Sergeant Major RMLI.

1.10pm: Commodore proceeded on leave.

1.15pm: Paid money to Port watch. Granted leave to Port watch until 7.0am July 2nd.

pm: Hands employed working ammunition, scrubbing ship’s side and as requisite.

4.0pm: Leave granted.

4.30pm: Midshipman Wells discharged from ship.

8.0pm: Sunset. Struck Commodore’s broad pendant (Commodore on leave).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 291 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 706 tons]


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28 June 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

2.45am: Coal lighters alongside.

6.15am: Midshipman Ritson and Armed Guard returned.

am: Hands employed preparing ship for coaling.

9.30am: Commenced coaling Starboard side. 9.45am: Commenced coaling port side.

11.0am: Rigged brow.

pm: Hands working in magazines, scrubbing ship’s side and as requisite.

6.0pm: Leave granted.

9.15pm: Stopped coaling for the day.


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29 June 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands working ammunition and as requisite.

7.55am: RN Armourers party on board to dismount guns.

am: Hands working at guns and in magazine.

pm: Hands working at guns, getting stores on board and cleaning ship’s side.

5.30pm: Leave granted.

7.15pm: Armourers stopped work.

8.45pm: Workmen stopped work.

9.15pm: Stopped coaling for the day.

[Weather cloudy until late pm, when rain, noon temperature 60F]


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30 June 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

7.45am: Resumed coaling.

8.0am: Armourers resumed work.

8.30am: Ships Corporal Keens joined up and Seaman Beattie rejoined from “Chatham”.

am: Hands working at guns, painting and cleaning ship’s side.

9.45am: Stopped coaling on account of heavy rain.

10.45am: Resumed coaling.

pm: Hands employed working with Gunner, getting stores on board and as requisite.

4.15pm: Sub Lieutenant Smith RNR left the ship to RNB Devonport.

6.0pm: Leave granted.

9.0pm: Finished coaling for the day.


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LOGS FOR JULY 1916


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for July 1916]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and Commodore, as for May 1916]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 July 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

2.0am: Shore workmen working in the engine room during the night.

6.45am: Brow ashore. Hove ship off to allow crane to get along Starboard side.

8.5am: Resumed coaling.

am: Hands employed cleaning ship.

11.30am: Finished coaling. Received 2309 tons. Tug “Ullsgarth” [listed here] assisted in shifting ship.

3.0pm: Seaman Buttler [or possibly Battler] returned from HMS “Eagle”.

6.30pm: Leave granted.

[Rain through middle of day, noon temperature 52F]


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2 July 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: Port watch returned from leave.

8.0am: Rehoisted Commodore’s broad pendant. Commodore returned on board.

9.35am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.0am: Leave granted to Starboard watch until 7.0am July 7th.

1.0pm: Seaman Hinton RNVR discharged.

2.30pm: Shore workmen working in after smoke room, after control and in engine room.

5.0pm: Shore workmen finished work.

6.30pm: Leave granted.


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3 July 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands cleaning ship.

9.0am: MAA [Master at Arms] Tush and 3 ordinary seamen RN discharged to RNB Chatham.

10.30am: Hands cleaning ship and taking in stores.

2.40pm: Lieutenant Wills RNR joined up.

pm: Hands taking in stores and painting ship.

5.0pm: Read Warrant No 39.

6.30pm: Leave granted.

[Coal Received: 2309 tons, Coal Remaining: 2959 tons]


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4 July 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands cleaning Mess decks and flats and taking in stores.

am: Hands painting ship and taking in stores.

pm: Hands cleaning and painting ship.

4.30pm: Leave granted.

4.45pm: Read Warrant No 40.

5.0pm: Engineer and deck stores taken on board.


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5 July 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands stowing stores.

8.0am: 11 Ordinary Seamen from RNB Chatham and 1 Ordinary Seaman from RNB Portsmouth joined up.

am: Hands getting stores on board and cleaning ship.

pm: Hands cleaning ship and taking in stores.

5.30pm: Leave granted.


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6 July 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands cleaning mess decks and stowing stores.

am: Hands cleaning ship and taking in stores.

10.15am: Two privates RMLI joined up.

pm: Hands taking in stores and cleaning ship.

5.0pm: Hands taking in stores.

6.0pm: Leave granted.

[Weather calm, rain in pm, noon temperature 61F]


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7 July 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

5.30am: Hands employed preparing ship for sea.

7.0am: Starboard watch returned from leave.

8.30am: Two Privates RMLI discharged to RMB Chatham.

am: Hands cleaning ship.

11.30am: Telephone disconnected.

11.40am: Pilot (Mr Roberts) came on board. Lieutenant Kenyon RN on board for passage to HMS Patia.

[Draft leaving: Forward 21’ 10”, Aft 26’ 9”]

Noon (GMT): Stand by. Two tugs fast forward and two aft. 0.4pm: Cast off and proceeded out of dock. Engines and helm to pilot’s orders.

0.42pm: Passed into East Float.

1.8pm: Passed into Alfred Basin.

1.49pm: Made fast in Alfred Dock. Cast off after tugs.

2.25pm: Cast off forward tugs and proceeded into river.

2.42pm: Stopped. Discharged pilot. 2.45pm: Proceeded at 48 revs to Commander’s orders. Exercised “General Quarters”.

3.10pm: Passed Rock Light.

3.53pm: Passed C1 [buoy]. Swung out all boats.

4.4pm: Passed Formby Light Vessel. 4.5pm: Increased to 60 revs.

4.21pm: Increased to 68 revs. 4.24pm: Passed Bar Light Vessel. Set course N47W. Patent Log streamed 0.0. 4.30pm: Commenced zig zag N47W (N81W, N13W).

5.30pm: Clocks put to GMT. Controls tested.

8.23pm: Observed Chickens Light House bearing N11W (magnetic).

9.0pm: Altered course North (N34W, N34E), Log 64.9. Increased to 68 revs.

9.24pm: Chickens Light House abeam distant 4 miles.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew. Controls tested.


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8 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 55.4, Long -8.9

1.19am: Mew Light abeam distant 6 miles, Log 24.9.

2.0am: Altered course N26W (N60W, N8E), Log 34.2.

2.54am: Maidens Light abeam distant 4 miles.

3.0am: Exercised sea boats crew. Controls tested.

4.20pm: Spoke HMS “Garry”.

4.30pm: Altered course N51W (N85W, N17W), Log 69.2.

4.55am: Rue Point abeam distant 1.3 miles.

7.0am: Altered course N72W (N38W, S74W), Log 3.9.

7.28am: Inistrahull Light House abeam distant 1.4 miles.

7.35am: Spoke Malin Head Signal Station.

10.0am: Watch at guns, remainder cleaning ship. Altered course N66W (S80W, N32W), Log 44.6.

10.10am: Tory Island Light House abeam, distant 6.2 miles, Log 47.0.

2.0pm, 6.0pm and 11.0pm: Controls tested.

8.0pm: Altered course N16E (N18W, N50E), Log 85.1.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 265 miles]


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9 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.5, Long -12.3

1.0am: Spoke HMS “Moldavia”.

5.52am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

5.57am: Boarded Dutch SS “Themisto”, Portland Maine to Rotterdam.

[Boarding Position: Lat 57 21 N, Long 12 0 W]

6.20am: “Themisto” proceeded to Kirkwall with Armed Guard in charge of Midshipman Prest.

6.30am: Set course N14E (N8W, N36E), Log 22.9 at 68 revs.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.45am: Secured boats inboard.

0.25pm: Spoke HMS “Mantua”.

0.40pm: Altered zig zag to 15 degrees (N27E, N3W).

8.40pm: Stopped zig zag. Reduced to half speed.

8.52pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 25.6.

9.40pm: Proceeded at half speed.

9.55pm: Spoke HMS “Teutonic”.

10.7pm: Stopped. 10.13pm: Boat away with mails to “Teutonic”.

10.51pm: Proceeded at 48 revs. Set course S60E. 10.54pm: Patent Log out 25.8.

11.15pm: Altered course N24E (N46E, N2E), Log 28.6. Increased to 58 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 285 miles]

[True Bearing and Distance: To Position 60 20 N, 13 0 W, N11W (True), 117 miles]


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10 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.6, Long -12.4

4.0am: Stopped and as requisite. 4.5am: Spoke Danish schooner “Dannebrog” from Burnt Island to Iceland, allowed her to proceed.

[Position: Lat 61 0 N, Long 13 40 W]

4.8am: Proceeded at 58 revs. 4.10am: Set course N49E (N71E, N27E).

7.0am: Altered course South (S22E, S22W), Log 19.1.

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

am: Ammunition supply parties exercising. Gun’s crews at loader drill, remainder cleaning ship and as requisite.

Noon: Altered course N26E (N4E, N48E), Log 82.9.

6.0pm: Altered course S25W (S3W, S47W), Log 55.8.

9.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 261 miles]


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11 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.9, Long -14.2

6.20am: Spoke HMS “Hilary”.

6.56am: Stopped, Log 19.2. Engines and helm as requisite.

7.15am: Lieutenant Kenyon RN left for Hilary.

7.28am: Proceeded at 58 revs. 7.30am: Set course N83W (S75W, N61W), Log 19.3.

am: Hands to “General Quarter” stations, Abandon ship and collision stations.

0.30pm: Spoke HMS “Motagua”.

2.0pm: Spoke HMS “Almanzora”.

4.30pm: Read Warrant No 42.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 268 miles]

[Patrolling to and fro, zig zagging, main changes of course every 3 to 4 hours. Weather cloudy and calm, noon temperature 55F]


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12 July 1916


From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.8, Long -10.9

10.30am: Set course N32W to close with sailing vessel.

10.53am: Stopped. Patent Log in. Engines and helm as requisite.

11.0am: Boarded Danish schooner “Ami”, Klaksrig (Faeroes) to Buctouches, New Brunswick. Allowed her to proceed.

[Boarding Position: Lat 61 40 N, Long 10 46 W]

11.25am: Proceeded on N10W, Log 67.9.

2.30pm: Stopped zig zag, set course S41E, Log 6.5 to close with stranger.

2.53pm: Spoke British SS “Groeswen”, previously boarded.

[Position: Lat 61 40 N, Long 10 35 W]

2.55pm: Proceeded at 60 revs on original course S19E.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 271 miles]

[Mist and fog through middle of day]


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13 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.1, Long -11.4

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

am: Hands cleaning ship and as requisite.

11.30am: Spoke French AMC [Armed Merchant Cruiser] “Artois”.

5.58pm: Stopped. 6.0pm: Spoke British ST Vulcana GY27, Iceland to Grimsby.

[Position: Lat 62 5 N, Long 11 35 W]

6.3pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. 6.4pm: Set course N14E (N24W, N48E), Log 55.8.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 284 miles]

[Zig zagging to and fro on patrol, in unremarkable weather changing course about every 4 hours]


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14 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -11.4

5.40am: Steadied on S11E to close stranger.

6.10am: Stopped. Helm and Engines as requisite.

6.19am: Boarded British SS “Begonia”, Barry dock to Archangel.

[Boarding Position: Lat 62 6 N, Long 11 23 W]

6.28am: Begonia proceeded.

6.35am: Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course S11E (S45E, S23W), Log 13.0.

9.26am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite. Patent Log in 48.5. Sank barrel by rifle fire.

9.41am: Proceeded at 60 revs, Log 48.5.

9.45am: Divisions, Prayers, physical drill.

10.2am: Stopped, Log 52.2. Dropped target.

10.8am: “General Quarters”. Proceeded at 60 revs. Engines and helm as requisite. Carried out 1 inch aiming tube practice.

11.5am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

11.21am: Picked up target. 11.24am: Proceeded at 60 revs. Patent Log out 52.5. Set course N5W (N39W, N29E), Log 52.5.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

11.0pm: Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 255 miles]


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15 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.7, Long -12.2

[Course and Distance made good: Various 261 miles]

[Nothing of note in log. On patrol, zig zagging, changing course every 4 hours in am and at 2.0pm and 7.0pm. Mist then thick fog from noon to 8pm]


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16 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -11.3

8.0am: Ceased zig zag.

9.20am: Altered course S30W, Log 72.0 to close HMS “Alsatian”.

9.32am: Stopped. Patent Log in 75.1. Engines and helm as requisite.

9.37am: Commodore left for flagship. 9.38am: Proceeded as requisite.

9.49am: Hard a port to close trawler.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

10.3am: Stopped. Spoke British ST “Pretoria” GY180, Iceland to Faeroes.

[Position: Lat 62 49 N, Long 11 15 W]

10.7am: Proceeded at 60 revs to take station on flagship.

10.36am: Stopped, engines and helm as requisite.

11.0am: Commodore returned, mails on board.

11.11am: Proceeded at 60 revs. Patent Log streamed 75.1. Set course S66W (S32W, N80W), Log 75.1.

6.19pm: Stopped, Log 62.0.

6.25pm: Boarded Danish SS “TJ Aldur” [probably Tjaldur, as there were several subsequent ships of this name], Iceland to Leith.

[Boarding Position: Lat 62 7 N, Long 12 35 W]

6.39pm: TJ Alder proceeded.

6.47pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course S66W (S32W, N80W), Log 62.2.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 191 miles]


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17 July 1916

Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.2, Long -11.6

4.40am: Stopped zig zag, Log 81.1 to close with trawler.

4.52am: Stopped. Patent Log in 83.9. Engines and helm as requisite.

5.10am: Boarded Danish ST “Mars” (TN257) [registered in Thorshavn, Faeroe Islands], Faeroes to Iceland.

[Boarding Position: Lat 63 13 N, Long 10 29 W]

5.35am: Proceeded at 57 revs. Set course S66W (S32W, N80W), Log 84.2.

9.7am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite to speak British ST “City of London” A561, Iceland to Aberdeen.

[Position: Lat 62 56 N, Long 10 55 W]

9.10am: Proceeded on S66W (S32W, N80W), Log 24.6 at 60 revs.

9.30am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

2.50pm: Spoke HMS “Motagua”.

3.25pm: Courses as requisite, Log 1.8.

3.35pm: Stopped. Patent Log in 2.9. Communicated with Motagua. Midshipman Prest and Armed Guard returned.

4.2pm: Set course S63W.

4.24pm: Helm as requisite. 4.26pm: Stopped. 4.37pm: Boarded SS “Reapwell”, Cardiff to Archangel.

[Boarding Position: Lat 62 12 N, Long 11 40 W]

5.0pm: SS Reapwell proceeded.

5.9pm: Set course S10E, 60 revs.

5.29pm: Helm as requisite. 5.33pm: Stopped. 5.35pm: Spoke British ST “Nellie Bruce” GY494, Iceland to Grimsby.

[Position: Lat 62 9 N, Long 11 31 W]

5.35pm: Proceeded at 60 revs, set course N1W (N35W, N33E), Log 3.3.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: 237 miles]

[Westerly wind force 3 or 4 for most of day, with heavy south westerly then westerly swell, sea state rough or very rough from 8am to 8pm, noon temperature 54F]


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18 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.5, Long -11.8

3.20am: Spoke French AMC “Artois”.

7.27am: Reduced speed, helm as requisite, Log 78.4. 7.30am: Stopped.

7.45am: Boarded Swedish Schooner “Harry”, Copenhagen to Iceland.

[Boarding Position: Lat 62 15 N, Long 11 15 W]

8.0am: Allowed here to proceed.

8.4am: Proceeded at 60 revs, set course N15W (N49W, N19E), Log 78.4.

9.30am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

9.54am: Stopped, Log 100.6. Dropped target.

9.57am: Proceeded as requisite. Exercised General Quarters and carried out 1 inch aiming tube practice.

11.9am: Stopped. 11.20am: Picked up target. Set course N10W (N44W, N24E), Log 100.7 at 60 revs.

3.25pm: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 227 miles]


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19 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.2, Long -12.0

am: Hands cleaning and painting ship and as requisite.

5.9pm: Position by Double altitude: Lat 62 27 N, Long 13 15 W]

[Course and Distance made good: Various 245 miles]

[On patrol, zig zagging, main changes of course at midnight, 8.0am and 6pm. Damp and foggy until 3pm]


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20 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.1, Long -12.1

2.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

7.30am: Exercised gun’s crew.

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

am: Hands employed cleaning and painting ship as requisite.

9.5pm: Reduced to 58 revs. 9.12pm: Helm as requisite.

9.36pm: Stopped. Spoke to British ST “Envoy” [shown in list here], A507 Aberdeen to Iceland.

[Position: Lat 62 48 N, Long 12 45 W]

9.37pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course N64E (N30E, S82E).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 258 miles]

[Zig zagging, changes of course at 6.0am and 6.0pm only]


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21 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.2, Long -12.2

am: Second and fourth divisions at divisional drill. Marines at small arm drill. Remainder working as requisite.

3.30pm: Exercised “General Quarters”.

5.0pm: Read Warrant No 43.

6.0pm: Position by Double Altitude: Lat 60 30.5 N, Long 13.15 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 221 miles]

[Thick fog for most of day, log records numerous changes of speed, main changes in course at 6.0am and 6.30pm]


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22 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.1, Long -12.0

6.0am: Altered course S66W (S32W, N80W), Log 10.4.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

am: Hands cleaning ship and as requisite.

2.0pm: Altered course N43W (N9W, N77W), Log 96.5.

4.52pm: Stopped, Log 34.3. Helm and engines as requisite.

5.3pm: Boarded Danish Schooner “Falken”, Iceland to Campbelltown NB [Campbellton, New Brunswick].

[Boarding Position: Lat 63 5 N, Long 13 28 W]

5.15pm: “Falken” proceeded.

5.25pm: Set course S66E (S32E, N80E), Log 34.4 at 60 revs.

8.0pm: Altered course S64E (N82E, S30E), Log 66.7.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 216 miles]


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23 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.1, Long -10.2

2.45pm: Altered course S70W, Log 97.2. Passed Danish schooner “Vera”.

[Position: Lat 63 24 N, Long 11 2 W]

3.27pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

3.40pm: Boarded Danish Schooner “Jens Nielsen” from Akureyre to Mirimachi NB [Miramichi New Brunswick]

[Boarding Position: Lat 63 19 N, Long 11 15 W]

3.55pm: “Jens Nielsen” proceeded.

4.43pm: Stopped. Spoke British ST “Deeside” A397, Iceland to Aberdeen.

[Position: Lat 63 18 N, Long 11 23 W]

4.45pm: Set course N27W (N7E, N61W), Log 12.5 at 58 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 256 miles]


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24 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.1, Long -11.5

8.28am: Spoke HMS “Patia”.

am: Gun’s crews at loader drill, ammunition supply parties at exercise, cleaning ship and as requisite.

5.0pm: Read Warrant No 44.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 244 miles]

[On patrol, zig zagging, main changes of course at midnight, 6.0am, 0.10pm, 6.10pm and midnight. Weather fine until midnight when foggy, with relatively light winds, noon temperature 52F]


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25 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.1, Long -11.7

am: Put out new log line and rotator. First and third divisions at small arm drill, remainder working as requisite. Controls tested.

6.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew. Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 213 miles]

[Zig zagging, main changes of course at midnight, 5.30am, 0.30pm, 6.0pm and 8.30pm (when zig zag ceased). Mist or fog (thick at times) all day]


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26 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.5, Long -10.4

1.0am: Commenced zig zag (S59E, S9W), Log 24.2.

4.40am: Stopped zig zag.

7.54am: Spoke HMS “Hilary”. 7.58am: Helm as requisite, Log 89.1, altered course S85E, Log 89.1.

8.5am: Stopped, Log 90.2. Engines and helm as requisite to communicate with “Hilary”.

8.20am: Proceeded at 48 revs. 8.26am: Set course S24W (S10E, S58W), Log 90.5. Increased to 60 revs.

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

10.0am: Hands cleaning ship, officers at 6 inch gun drill.

10.41am: Increased to 60 revs. Commenced zig zag.

11.16am: DA [Double Altitude] Position at 11.16: Lat 62 45 N, Long 10 20 W.

0.6pm: Reduced to 52 revs. Stopped zig zag.

1.0pm: Increased to 60 revs. Resumed zig zag.

2.47pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

2.55pm: Boarded British SS “Errington Court” No 339, Cardiff to Archangel.

[Boarding Position: Lat 62 13 N, Long 10 5 W]

3.10pm: “Errington Court” proceeded.

3.24pm: Set course S24W (S10E, S58W), Log 66.1 at 60 revs.

5.0pm: Read warrant No 45.

6.19pm: Spoke HMS “Alsatian.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 217 miles]

[Still patrolling, on another foggy day]


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27 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.7, Long -10.0

0.3am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite, examined British ST “Fort William” GY712. Allowed to proceed.

[Position: Lat 60 37 N, Long 10 3 W]

0.10am: Proceeded on S24W.

1.39am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

1.50am: Boarded Norwegian SS “John Blumer” Tyne to New York.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 29 N, Long 10 3 W]

2.5am: “John Blumer” proceeded.

2.14am: Proceeded at 58 revs. 2.16am: Set course S39E (S73E, S5E), Log 96.8.

5.0am: Exercised gun’s crews.

9.12am: Reduced speed. 9.13am: Stopped. 9.14am: Engines and helm as requisite.

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

9.25am: Boarded Norwegian SS “Voss” Baltimore to Bergen. Placed Armed Guard on board in charge of Midshipman Taylor.

[Boarding Position By Double Altitude at 9.13am: Lat 59 45 N, Long 9 50 W]

9.55am: SS Voss proceeded to Kirkwall.

10.9am: Dropped target. Exercised “General quarters”.

10.11am: Proceeded to carry out 1 inch aiming tube practice.

11.13am: Stopped. 11.26am: Picked up target.

11.30am: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course West (N56W, S56W), Log 83.3.

11.49pm: Stopped. Spoke to Norwegian SS “Olaf Kyrre”, Bergen to New York.

[Position: Lat 59 44 N, Long 10 50 W]

11.53pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. Midnight: Set course N87E (S59E, N56W), Log 36.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 231 miles]


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28 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.6, Long -10.7

2.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

am: Lost overboard by accident: Heads piasaba 1, Spindle cleaner 1, Stave end 1, Staves intermediate 2.

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

10.44am: Position by DA [Double Altitude]: Lat 59 46 N, Long 9 30 W.

am: Hands cleaning ship, at instruction and as requisite.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 254 miles]

[Still patrolling to and fro, zig zagging, main changes of course at 6.0am, noon, 4.10pm and 9.10pm. Mist and rain for much of day]


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29 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.7, Long -10.3

6.8am: Steadied on S84W. Reduced to 42 revs.

6.55am: Increased to 60 revs. Resumed zig zag.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

10.44am: Stopped. Log 61.8. Engines and helm as requisite.

11.0am: Boarded British SS “Maplemore” [probably the ship listed here as Gibraltar (2)] flying not under command signal, from Sunderland to Montreal. Required no assistance.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 40 N, Long 10 21 W]

11.15am: Allowed to proceed.

11.25am: Proceeded 60 revs, set course N79E (S67E, N56E), Log 62.5.

am: Hands cleaning ship and as requisite.

0.39pm: Stopped. Log 78.5.

0.50pm: Boarded Danish Schooner “Irene” from Sigle Fiord [Siglefiord] to Mirimachi [sic] NB.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 45 N, Long 10 2 W]

1.5pm: “Irene” proceeded. 1.6pm: Resumed Course N79E (S67E, N45E), Log 78.6 at 60 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 240 miles]


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30 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.8, Long -10.0

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 249 miles]

[Patrolling to and fro, zig zagging, changes of course at 3.0am, 9.0am, 3.0pm and 9.10pm]


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31 July 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.7, Long -10.3

9.55am: Stopped, Log 29.1. Dropped target and proceeded as requisite. Exercised “General Quarters” and carried out 1 inch aiming tube practice.

10.55am: Stopped. Picked up target and proceeded at 60 revs at 11.11.

11.11am: Set course N83E (N49E, S63E), Log 29.1.

1.0pm: Steadied on N83E. 1.30pm: Resumed zig zag (N49E, S63E).

1.40pm: Passed Danish SS “Oscar II” standing to Westward.

[Position: Lat 59 54 N, Long 9 50 W]

2.10pm: Altered course North, Log 67.7.

3.0pm: Courses as requisite. 3.6pm: Stopped, Log 79.5.

3.20pm: Boarded British SS “Eastville” South Shields to Montreal.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 5 N, Long 9 36 W]

3.30pm: “Eastville” proceeded.

3.43pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course N83E (S63E, N49E), Log 79.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 240 miles]

[Weather quiet and cloudy until 10.0pm when south easterly wind force 6, with rain. Noon temperature 59F]


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LOGS FOR AUGUST 1916


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for August 1916]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and Commodore, as before]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 August 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.8, Long -10.0

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

10.0am: Hands cleaning ship, at training classes and employed as requisite.

4.30pm: Read Warrant No 46.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 239 miles]

[On patrol, zig zagging, changes of direction at 3.0am, 8.40am, noon, 1.0pm, 3.0pm and 9.40pm. Wind variable in direction, initially force 6/7, then 5/6 for most of day, sea state rough all day. Rain in early am, noon temperature 56F]


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2 August 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.8, Long -10.0

8.20am: Altered course Log 51.5. 8.30am: Altered course N50W, Log 53.5. Passed Danish Schooner “Eos”.

[Position: Lat 59 32 N, Long 10 34 W]

am: Third and fourth divisions at squad and small arm drill. Marines at small arm drill. Remainder cleaning ship.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 235 miles]


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3 August 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.0, Long -5.1

8.19am: Fuglo abeam distant 5.7 miles.

3.30pm: Exercised “General Quarters”.

3.45pm: Passed Swedish fishing vessel “ERIK” LL569 [registered in Lysekil, Sweden] of Smogen, with Changuinola’s Armed Guard on board.

[Position: Lat 61 33 N, Long 3 55 W]

4.29pm: Stopped. Log 60.1. Engines and helm as requisite.

4.37pm: Fired 6 inch blank.

5.0pm: Boarded 3 masted ship “Derwent” [probably this ship] from Larvik to South Georgia.

[Boarding Position: Lat 61 25 N, Long 3 43 W]

5.30pm: Derwent proceeded. 5.43pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course S30E (S52E, S8E), Log 60.2.

10.55pm: Observed Esha Ness Light bearing S41E (magnetic).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 273 miles]

[True Course and Distance: To Position off Muckle Roe Light House S47E, 141 miles]


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4 August 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4 [estimated]

0.30am: Reduced to 48 revs, Esha Ness Light abeam distant 3.5 miles.

1.0am: Patent Log hauled in 54.8. 1.2am: Stopped zig zag.

1.30am: Helm as requisite. 1.32am: Swarbacks Minn Light abeam. Reduced to slow. Engines as requisite.

1.42am: Passed through boom defence.

2.0am: Stopped. 2.3am: Let go starboard anchor in 12 fathoms (4 shackles). Banked fires.

[Anchor Bearings magnetic: Post Office N34E, Busta House N66W, Burgasto [Burgastoo] Rock S68W]

3.0am: Part of watch at night defence stations.

6.30am: Colliers alongside: Y269 “Poldhu” starboard side, Y24 “Dalewood” Port side.

7.0am: HMS “Amsterdam” arrived.

7.25am: Coaling party from “Gibraltar” on board.

8.0am: Commenced coaling.

[Information on Coal, Tons per hour, Amount in and To come in, shown on left hand side of page]

[Draft Arriving: Forward 19’ 3”, Aft 23’ 0”]

9.55am: Midshipman Taylor and Armed Guard returned. Sweeney AB, Warner Private RMLI, Hogburn Private RMLI absentees returned on board.

11.55am: HMS “Orwell” arrived.

5.50pm: HMS “Amsterdam” sailed.

6.0pm: Finished coaling for the day.

6.10pm: Gibraltar’s coaling party left.

10.0pm: Part of watch at night defence stations.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 146 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 679 tons]


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5 August 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

6.0am: Shifting colliers.

6.35am: Resumed coaling on port side. 7.15am: Resumed coaling on starboard side.

7.30am: Gibraltars coaling party on board.

[Information on coaling progress recorded hourly on left hand side of page]

9.12am: Weighed anchor to shift berth. Engines as requisite.

9.30am: Let go Starboard anchor and veered to 4 shackles. Banked fires.

[Anchor Bearings magnetic: Post office N38E, Busta House N83W, Burgasto Rock S51W]

Noon: Stopped coaling.

1.0pm: Resumed coaling.

6.0pm: Stopped coaling for the day.

7.45pm: HMTs “Rushcoe” and “Tenby Castle” arrived.

9.0pm: Part of watch at night defence stations.

[Misty for most of day, noon temperature 51F]


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6 August 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

6.0am: Resumed coaling.

7.15am: “Gibraltars” coaling party on board.

2.55pm: Finished coaling. Received 1550 tons. Dalewood 805 tons, Poldhu 745 tons: Average 63 tons per hour.

3.10pm: Colliers cast off.

6.20pm: Water boats cast off. Received 135 tons.

6.50pm: RC Chaplain (Carr) joined up.

10.30pm: Exercised gun’s crews.


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7 August 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

0.5am: HMS “Orwell” sailed.

1.56am: HMS “Orwell” arrived.

2.10am: HMS “Orcoma” arrived.

9.0am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

am: Hands cleaning ship.

1.15pm: Exercised “Abandon ship” and “Away all boats”.

2.0pm: Boats hoisted.

6.35pm: Five Armed Guards on board for passage: Alsatian (2), Hildebrand (1), Hilary (1), Arly [Arley] (1).

7.3pm: Five Armed Guards on board for passage: Gloucestershire (3), Hildebrand (2).

10.0pm: HMS “Orwell” sailed.

10.30pm: 3 Armed Guard officers on board for passage to HMT “Arley”, HMS “Gloucestershire” and “Orotava”.

11.0pm: 1 Armed Guard for passage to HMS “Patuca” on board.

[Coal Received: 1550 tons, Remaining 2175 tons]


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8 August 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.9, Long -5.7

[Draft Leaving: Forward 20’ 6”, Aft 25’ 10”]

Midnight: Commenced heaving up. 0.19am: Anchor aweigh. 0.22am: Proceeded at 42 revs. Courses as requisite out of harbour.

0.43am: Passed boom defence. Proceeded at 60 revs.

0.50am: Increased to 72 revs, streamed Patent Log. 0.53am: Muckle Roe Light abeam distant 5 cables. 0.54am: Set course N34W, Log 0.

1.4am: Reduced to 28 revs starboard Engine.

1.40am: Altered course N55W (N77W, N33W), Log 9.3. 1.46am: Stopped starboard Engine. Proceeded at 80 revs on Port Engine.

2.4am: Stopped Port Engine. 2.9am: Proceeded at 80 revs Port engine.

7.59am: Stopped Port Engine. 8.2am: Revs: Port Engine 72, Starboard Engine 50.

10.7am: Increased to 58 revs, starboard Engine, Increased to 78 revs, Port engine.

2.13pm: Helm as requisite. 2.20pm: Stopped. 2.24pm: Boarded Danish whaler “Urd” [mentioned here].

[Boarding Position: Lat 61 2 N, Long 50 [should be 5] 54 W]

2.45pm: Allowed her to proceed. 2.51pm: Proceeded at: 58 revs starboard, 78 revs Port.

2.53pm: Altered course N69W (S89W, N47W), Log 76.5.

4.13pm: Reduced to: 68 revs port, 58 revs starboard, stopped zig zag.

7.33pm: Stopped, Log 41.0.

8.10pm: Proceeded at 48 revs, set course N66W.

[Soundings at 8.25 and 8.45pm]

10.0pm: Altered course N1W, Log 59.9.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 131 miles]

[Mist or fog from noon onwards]


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9 August 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.0, Long -10.2

3.34am: Resumed zig zag (N23W, N21E), Log 20.4.

7.55am: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

9.40am: Stopped Engines and helm as requisite to pick up flagships boat with officers for Court of Enquiry.

9.49am: Discharged two Armed Guards to flagship.

9.53am: Proceeded Port 68 revs, Starboard 58 revs, Set course East. Engines as requisite to keep station.

11.43am: Stopped. 11.47am: Flagships officers left.

11.50am: Proceeded as requisite to keep station.

0.15pm: Stopped to pick up boat. 0.18pm: Proceeded at 54 revs, set course West.

1.18pm: Stopped Log 23.7 to sink buoy by rifle fire.

1.25pm: Proceeded, Engines and helm as requisite.

1.33pm: Stopped. 1.39pm: Boarded Danish schooner “Flora” from Siglefiord to Mirimachi [Miramichi] New Brunswick.

[Boarding Position: Lat 63 0 N, Long 10 30 W]

1.50pm: Allowed her to proceed.

2.5pm: Proceeded at 54 revs, set course N52W.

2.14pm: Stopped to sink barrel.

2.26pm: Proceeded Port 65 revs, Starboard 58 revs. Set course East (S68E, N68E), Log 23.6.

5.3pm: Stopped. Engine and helm as requisite.

4.15apm: Vice Admiral came on board. 4.24pm: Dropped target and proceeded as requisite.

4.30pm: Exercised “Action” and carried out 6 inch practice and 1 inch aiming practice.

5.32pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

5.56pm: Set course S85E. Port 68 revs, Starboard 58 revs.

6.23pm: Stopped. 6.35pm: Vice Admiral left ship. 6.45pm: Discharged to “Alsatian” 7 Armed Guards for various ships.

7.5pm: Took station 4 cables astern of flag. Engines as requisite.

8.2pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite to pick up boat.

8.12pm: Proceeded (Port 68 revs, Starboard 58 revs), Log 43.0. Set course S28W (S6W, S50W), Log 43.0.

9.52pm: Altered course South, stopped zig zag, Log 65.4.

10.28pm: Passed Danish schooner “Flora” and resumed course S45W.

11.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew. Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 242 miles]


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10 August 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.2, Long -11.8

9.0am: Stopped zig zag.

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

am: Port watch at loader drill. Remainder as requisite.

2.0pm: Resumed zig zag.

3.30pm: Stopped zig zag.

4.0pm: Resumed zig zag.

8.3pm: Spoke HMS “Patuca”. 8.15pm: Stopped, Log 66.0.

8.30pm: Discharged “Patuca” Armed Guard. Engines and helm as requisite.

8.32pm: Proceeded at 75 revs Port, 58 revs Starboard. Set Course S17W (S39W, S5E), Log 66.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 247 miles]

[Log records numerous changes of speed, with different revs on port and starboard engines. Mist or fog for most of day, noon temperature 56F]


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11 August 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.2, Long -11.8

6.0am: Spoke HMS “Orotava”. 6.22am: Stopped, Log 86.7.

6.40am: Discharged “Orotava’s” Armed Guard. 6.54am: Set course S5E (S27E, S17W), Log 86.9.

am: Hands cleaning ship and as requisite.

9.56pm: Observed Tory Island Light bearing S17E (magnetic).

10.54pm: Tory Island Light abeam distant 12 miles.

11.30pm: Observed Inistrahull Light bearing S85E (magnetic).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 277 miles]

[Rain for much of day, south easterly then south westerly wind force 4/6 or 6/7 from noon to 8pm, with sea state rough in pm]


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12 August 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Birkenhead

Lat 53.8, Long -4.3

1.25am: Inistrahull Light abeam distant 7 cables.

4.16am: Rue Point Light abeam distant 6 cables.

4.25am: Spoke HMS Auxiliary Patrol vessel.

4.34am: Spoke Tor Head Signal Station.

5.55am: Maidens Light House abeam distant 4.5 miles.

10.9am: Chickens Rock Light House abeam distant 1.25 miles.

3.0pm: Reduced to 58 revs. Courses as requisite into River Mersey.

3.17pm: Passed Bar Light Vessel.

3.40pm: Passed Formby Light Vessel.

4.30pm: Stopped. Engines as requisite. 4.34pm: Pilot boarded, proceeded to Pilot’s directions.

4.36pm: Passed Rock Light House.

5.3pm: Stopped. 5.5pm: Dropped Starboard Anchor 9 fathoms (4 shackles). Clocks put on to Summer Time.

[Anchor Bearings Compass: Liver Buildings S34E, Victoria Tower N39E, North Wall Light House N10E, Ship’s Head South]

6.40pm: Ship swung to flood tide.

9.30pm: Commenced heaving up. Engines and helm to Pilot’s orders.

9.42pm: Anchor up, proceeded into dock.

10.8pm: Four tugs in attendance.

10.26pm: Entered Alfred Basin and made fast.

11.56pm: Cast off and proceeded into East Float.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 327 miles]

[True Course and Distance: to Position off Bar Light Vessel S62E, 41 miles]


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13 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

0.30am: Passed into West Float.

1.0am: Made fast to wharf. 1.10am: Cast off tugs and moored as customary.

6.0am: Special service Constable came on board for duty.

9.45am: Divisions and Divine Service.

10.45am: Paid wages to ship’s company.

1.0pm: Gave leave to Port watch until 7am Tuesday August 22nd.

6.0pm: Telephone rigged.

7.0pm: Sunset. Struck Commodores broad pendant.


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14 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands working ammunition.

9.0am: Divisions and prayers.

am and pm: Hands working ammunition and cleaning ship.

5.30pm: Finished working ammunition.

6.30pm: Leave granted.


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15 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

am and pm: Hands cleaning paintwork and as requisite.

5.0pm: Leave granted.

8.0pm: Workmen ashore.

[Showers for most of the day, noon temperature 60F]


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16 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

8.0am: Workmen on board to work in engine room and magazines.

pm: Hands working as requisite.

5.30pm: Leave granted.


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17 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

2.0am: Workmen working in magazines all night.

5.30am: Hands employed as requisite.

am: Hands cleaning ship and as requisite.

3.30pm: Shifted ship astern to top of dock.

5.30pm: Leave granted.


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18 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

am: Hands cleaning ship.

pm: Hands cleaning and painting ship.

6.0pm: Leave granted.


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19 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

am: Hands cleaning ship and as requisite.

2.0pm and 5.30pm: Leave granted.


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20 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

9.15am: RC [Roman Catholic] church party ashore.

9.20am: Divisions and Divine Service.

2.0pm and 7.0pm: Leave granted.


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21 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.1 [estimated]

8.31am: Cast off, four tugs in attendance. Proceeded into dry dock.

9.14am: Ship in position.

9.48am: Gates closed.

am: Hands rigging shores etc.

11.13am: Ship took the chocks. 11.20am: Got brow on board.

0.30pm: Placed jetty sentry.

2.45pm: Birkenhead Fire Brigade fitted hydrant and six lengths of hose.

pm: Hands cleaning ship.

4.30pm: Dock dry.

5.0pm: Leave granted.

5.30pm: Stornaway and Irish men granted leave until 7.0am Thursday August 31st.


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22 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.1

7.0am: Liberty men returning.

8.0am: Rehoisted Commodores broad pendant.

am and pm: Hands cleaning ship.

10.45am: Gave leave to Starboard watch until 7.0am Thursday August 31st.

5.0pm: Leave granted.

5.20pm: Private Larfield [or Sarfield] RMLI joined up from Chatham.


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23 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.1

8.45am: Private Elms [or Elmsley - unclear whether end of word crossed through or just smudged] RMLI returned to RMB [Royal Marines Barracks] Chatham.

pm: Hands cleaning and painting ship.

5.0pm: Leave granted.


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24 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.1

6.0am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

8.30am: Stornaway men returned off leave.

am: Hands taking out cold stores, cleaning and painting.

pm: Hands getting stores on board.

5.0pm: Leave granted.


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25 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.1

am: Hands cleaning ship.

pm: Hands cleaning ship and taking in stores.

6.30pm: Leave granted.

[Rain for much of day, noon temperature 65F]


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26 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.1

am: Hands painting. Surveyed chain cables.

11.30am: All workmen ashore.

2.0pm: Leave granted

3.0pm: Hands make and mend.


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27 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.1

6.0am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

am: Shore carpenters, engine room and magazines workmen on board.

9.30am: RC Church party ashore.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.0am: RC returned.

2.0pm: Leave granted


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28 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

5.0am: Hands preparing to shift ship.

6.45am: Commenced to flood dock.

7.35am: Ship afloat. 7.40am: Pilot on board.

8.55am: Brow ashore. 2 tugs fast aft. Commenced to leave dock.

9.33am: Cleared dock. 2 tugs fast forward, proceeded to berth.

10.40am: Moored as customary. Starboard coal lighters alongside.

11.15am: Port coal lighters alongside. Commenced coaling Port side.

11.35am: Commenced coaling Starboard side.

1.30pm: Hands cleaning ship.

2.50pm: Shore carpenter ([blank space for name]) fell down No 2 hatch, receiving injuries to head. Medically attended by surgeon and sent ashore in ambulance to hospital.

5.0pm: Leave granted.

9.10pm: Two steward ratings joined up.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1623 tons]


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29 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.45am: Resumed coaling

8.30am: Shore workmen and carpenters resumed work.

am: Hands getting stores on board.

pm: Hands working stores.

4.40pm: Finished stores.

5.0pm: Leave granted

6.0pm: Finished work on board.

9.30pm: Finished coaling for night.


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30 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

8.15am: Private Tiley RMLI joined up from Chatham.

am: Hands cleaning and painting ship.

pm: Hands working stores. Finished coaling port side.

2.0pm: Hove ship alongside wharf.

3.0pm: Finished coaling starboard side.

5.0pm: Leave granted.


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31 August 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: Starboard watch returned off leave.

am: Hands cleaning ship.

11.0am: Ordinary Seaman P Vetterlein [?] RN joined up.

11.15am: Paid wages to port watch.

pm: Hands painting and cleaning ship and taking in stores.

3.45pm: Received 42 bags mails and 1 bag Registered letters for HMS “Teutonic”.

5.0pm: Leave granted.


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LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1916


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for September 1916]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and Commodore, as before]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometer, as before]


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1 September 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

7.0am: Commenced taking in ammunition.

8.30am: Escort ashore to Police station.

am: Hands employed striking ammunition down forward magazine, cleaning mess deck and flats.

8.30am: Stewart AB RNR joined up.

9.50am: Finished taking in ammunition forward and commenced aft.

10.25am: Escort returned with O’Rooke (Fireman) from Police station.

11.35am: Finished embarking ammunition.

pm: Hands striking ammunition down magazines, cleaning ship and preparing for sea. Stolen: Pistol, signal, Very, 1; Navy phone, Front portion Pattern 552, 1.

5.0pm: Finished ammunition.

[Draft leaving: Forward 21’ 9”, Aft 26’ 8”]

7.0pm: 2 grapnels (Bosun’s stores) brought aboard.

7.12pm: Pilot (Mr Parkinson) came on board. 7.15 Dismantled telephone.

8.10pm: Anchor stations, 2 tugs fast forward, cast off, engines and helm to Pilot’s orders.

8.20pm: 2 tugs fast aft. 8.30pm: Passed into East Float. 8.35pm: Exercised “General Quarters”.

8.50pm: Starboard bow grazed small steamer and dock wall, while turning. No damage done.

9.7pm: Passed into Alfred Basin.

9.35pm: Made fast in lock.

10.0pm: Clocks put to Greenwich time.

[Coal Received: 1307 tons 17 cwt, Coal Remaining: 2867 tons 13 cwt]


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2 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 55.0, Long -5.7

0.11am: Cast off, proceeded into river. 0.19am: Cleared locks. Cast off tugs, engines and helm as requisite.

0.29am: Stopped. 0.36am: Pilot left. 0.39am: Proceeded at 48 revs to Commanders orders.

0.58am: Passed North Wall Light.

1.30am: Spoke Seaforth Signal Station.

1.58am: Passed Formby Light Vessel.

2.4am: Increased to 70 revs. 2.10am: Passed Bar Light Vessel. Set course N47W (N81W, N13W), Patent Log streamed. Controls tested.

6.20am: Altered course N5W (N39W, N29E), Log 62.5.

6.45am: Chickens Rock abeam, distant 2.9 miles.

7.0am: Swung out all boats.

9.20am: Spoke Donaghadee Signal Station.

10.17am: Mew Island abeam distant 1.9 miles.

am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats. Exercising supply parties. Watch at guns.

11.39am: Maidens Light House abeam distant 3.5 miles.

1.46pm: Rue Point abeam distant 1 mile.

4.24pm: Inistrahull Light House abeam distant 1.3 miles.

4.25pm: Spoke Malin Head Signal Station. Spoke HMS “Thorn”.

5.40pm: Spoke HMAT “Helsia” [?].

7.0pm: Tory Island Light House abeam distant 4 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 147 miles]


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3 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.5, Long -13.2

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

3.0pm: Steered (N11W, N56W) zigzag.

3.30pm: Spoke HM collier “Moorly” [Moorby].

4.8pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as required, Log 41.3.

4.20pm: Boarded British MFA [Merchant Fleet Auxiliary] “Moorby” (Y662) from Barry dock to White Sea.

[Boarding Position: Lat 56 50 N, Long 14 0 W]

4.30pm: “Moorby” proceeded. 4.40pm: Proceeded at 60 revs, set course N9W (N54W, N36E), Log 40.5.

6.10pm: Increased to 65 revs. Stopped zig zag course N36E, Log 58.1.

7.0pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite. 7.10pm: Boarded Norwegian SS “Kongsfos” from Baltimore to Buecku [?].

[Boarding Position: Lat 57 10 N, Long 14 6 W]

7.41pm: “Kongsfos” proceeded to Kirkwall with Armed Guard Sub Lieutenant Haggord in charge.

7.58pm: Proceeded at 67 revs. Set course N12W (N46W, N22E), Log 70.0.

10.45pm: Increased to 70 revs.

11.3pm: Altered course N70E, Log 13.6. Fired 6 inch blank charge.

11.23pm: Fired 6 inch blank charge to stop stranger.

11.58pm: Increased to 74 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 290 miles]


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4 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.0, Long -14.0

3.45am: Reduced speed. 3.50am: Stopped. Boarding Position Lat 58 18 N, Long 12 27 W [presumably relating to ship below].

4.0am: Boarded Swedish SS “Stockholm” [probably Stockholm (1) listed here] from New York to Gottenburg [Gothenburg].

4.45am: “Stockholm” proceeded to Kirkwall with Armed Guard Sub Lieutenant Carter in charge.

4.53am: Proceeded at 70 revs. 4.58am: Set course N52W (N86W, N18W), Log 91.8.

[At 5.3am Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 58 32 N, Long 12 27 W]

6.4am: Stopped, Log 8.2. Engines and helm as requisite.

6.18am: Boarded Norwegian SS “Marstenen” from Baltimore to Bergen.

[Boarding Position: Lat 58 30 N, Long 12 50 W]

6.49am: “Marstenen” proceeded to Kirkwall with Armed Guard Midshipman Ritson in charge.

6.58am: Proceeded at 70 revs. 7.0am: Set course N56W (West, N22W), Log 8.6.

9.20am: Altered course N46W (N24W, N68W), Log 42.7, passed Norwegian SS “John Bakke”, (previously boarded).

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

11.45am: Stopped. 11.55am: Boarded Derelict lighter “Myrtle”. Engines and helm as requisite.

[Position of lighter: Lat 59 2 N, Long 14 2 W]

0.14pm: Boat hoisted. 0.30pm: Sank lighter “Myrtle” with two HE shell.

0.30pm: Proceeded at 74 revs. Set course N65W (N43W, N87W), Log 81.0.

1.10pm: Spoke HMS “Teutonic”.

1.20pm: Reduced speed. 1.25pm: Courses as requisite. 1.29pm: Stopped, Log 94.4. Engines and helm as requisite.

1.40pm: Discharged mails to “Teutonic”. 1.42pm: Proceeded at 42 revs. Set course N12W (N34W, N10E), Log 94.4. 1.46pm: Increased to 74 revs.

7.30pm: Stopped zig zag.

8.0pm: Altered course N23W, Log 93.5. Reduced to 68 revs. Spoke HMS “Hildebrande” [Hildebrand].

8.10pm: Reduced speed. 8.11pm: Stopped, Log 96.2. Engines and helm as requisite to communicate with “Hildebrande”.

8.35pm: Proceeded at 45 revs. 8.40pm: Set course N9W (N31W, N13E), Log 96.7.

11.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew. Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 218 miles]


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5 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.1, Long -19.4

2.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

6.0am: Exercised gun’s crews.

9.20am: Divisions. Physical drill.

10.0am: Exercised “General Quarters” and “Abandon ship” stations. Swung in all boats.

11.10am: Altered course N10W (N82W, N12E), Log 32.9.

7.0pm: Altered course N20W (N42W, N2E), Log 15.2.

9.44pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 63 14 N, Long 21 26 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 238 miles]

[True Course and Distance: to Position off Reykjanes Light N41W, 136 miles]

[Wind north westerly in am, south westerly for most of pm, force 5 or 6 all day, sea state increasing to high at midnight. Weather fine or cloudy, noon temperature 53F]


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6 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Reykjavik

Lat 64.2, Long -22.0 [estimated]

0.15am: Observed Reykjanes Light bearing North (magnetic).

2.19am: Reykjanes Light abeam distant 2.7 miles.

2.45am: Altered course N20E, Log 95.5. Stopped zig zag.

4.47am: Utskalar Light abeam distant 4.2 miles. Altered course S68E, Log 19.4.

6.21am: Reduced to 28 revs. 6.26am: Altered course S48E.

6.43am: Courses as requisite to enter harbour.

7.7am: Stopped, Log 45.1. 7.8am: Let go Starboard Anchor in 9 fathoms (4 shackles).

7.30am: Finished with engines.

[Anchor Bearings: Grotta Light House N45W (magnetic), Akrey [Akurey] Island N16.5W, Engey Light House N34E]

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

am: Watch at guns, remainder cleaning ship.

0.30pm: British Consul visited the ship.

[Anchor Bearings: Reykjavik Light House S39W, Grotta Light House N45W]

5.20pm: Consul left the ship.

6.0pm: Commenced to heave up anchor. 6.10pm: Engines and helm as requisite. 6.12pm: Anchor up. Proceeded out of harbour. Courses as requisite. 6.16pm: Proceeded at 60 revs.

6.25pm: Altered course N62W, Log 45.3. 6.35pm: Grotta Light House abeam distant 1.3 miles. Increased to 70 revs.

7.56pm: Utskalar Light House abeam distant 3 miles, Log 66.5.

8.20pm: Altered course S32W, Log 72.1.

9.30pm: Altered course S3E, Log 88.4.

9.50pm: Reykjanes Light House abeam distant 3 miles, Log 93.1.

10.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew. Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 189 miles]

[South westerly wind force 7/6 at 4am, quieter later, rain until 4pm]


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7 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.1, Long -18.9

5.40am: Commenced zig zag S25E, S19W, Log 6.0.

6.0am: Exercised gun’s crews.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

am: Hands cleaning and painting ship. Controls tested.

Noon: Altered course S18W (S4E, S40W), Log 500.3.

4.10pm: Spoke HMS “Teutonic”.

4.14pm: Reduced to 60 revs. Courses and speed as requisite to keep station on “Teutonic”.

4.35pm: Set course S82E (N76E, S60E), Log 62.0. Increased to 65 revs.

9.0pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 24 N, Long 16 30 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 238 miles]

[South westerly wind force 7 or 8 from 4pm, with sea state high from 8pm, rain for most of pm, noon temperature 53F]


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8 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.6, Long -10.1

9.0am: Altered course S89E (N69E, S67E), Log 90.0.

10.0am: Altered course N79E (N57E, S79E), Log 3.4.

am: Hands cleaning and painting ship. Controls tested.

4.0pm: Reduced speed. 4.2pm: Stopped, Log 90.3. Engines and helm as requisite to communicate with HMAT “Saxon”.

4.20pm: Gave “Saxon” despatches.

4.30pm: Proceeded at 42 revs. 4.35pm: Set course N66W (N88W, N44W), Log 91.0.

8.33pm: Altered course N45E, Log 32.6. Spoke to British SS “Easingwold” Cardiff to White Sea.

8.43pm: Increased to 58 revs. Set course N45W (N67W, N23W), Log 33.9.

9.30pm: Altered course N54W (no zig zag), Log 42.9.

11.18pm: Altered course N63E, Log 64.1. Controls tested. Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 302 miles]

[True Course and Distance: To Rendezvous Position N61E, 52 miles]

[Wind mostly south westerly, force 6 or 7 with sea state high all day]


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9 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.9, Long -10.9

4.30am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 62 20 N, Long 9 24 W.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

11.3am: Stopped, Log 4.6. Engines and helm as requisite.

11.15am: Boarded French troop ship “Mingrélie” [listed here] Archangel to Brest.

[Boarding Position: Lat 61 56 N, Long 11 1 W]

11.41am: “Mingrélie” proceeded.

11.51am: Proceeded at 58 revs. Hands cleaning ship. Noon: Set course S73E (N85E, S51E), Log 15.4.

1.0pm: Altered course South, Log 28.3. 1.5pm: Altered course S73E, Log 29.3. Spoke Admiralty collier “Eastlands” No 762 Cardiff to Archangel.

[Position: Lat 61 54 N, Long 10 26 W]

2.50pm: Altered course South (S22E, S22W), Log 51.7.

3.30pm: Exercised “General Quarters”.

7.17pm: Spoke HMS “Virginian”.

7.37pm: Stopped, Log 8.7. Engines and helm as requisite to communicate with “Virginian”. Sub Lieutenants Carter, Haggord [Haggard in places in log], Midshipman Ritson and Armed Guards returned.

8.8pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. 8.10pm: Set course N18E (N40E, N4W), Log 9.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 266 miles]


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10 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.5, Long -9.0

3.30am: Altered course S26W (S4W, S48W), Log 98.1.

4.24am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

5.0am: Boarded Ammunition Carrier SS “Polar Prince” No 71, Liverpool to Arkangel [Archangel].

[Boarding Position: Lat 62 32 N, Long 8 55 W]

5.40am: “Polar Prince” proceeded.

6.3am: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course S23W (S45W, S1W), Log 9.0.

9.3am: Stopped, Log 44.1. Engines and helm as requisite.

9.16am: Boarded Admiralty collier “Steelville” No 1089. Cardiff to Arkangel.

[Boarding Position: Lat 62 7 N, Long 9 0 W]

9.32am: “Steelville” proceeded.

9.45am: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course N24E (N46E, N2E), Log 44.2.

10.0am: Divisions. Muster by the Open List. Read Articles of War and Court Martial Returns. Divine Service.

Noon: Altered course S23W (S45W, S1W), Log 71.0.

3.30pm: Altered course N72E (N50E, S86E), Log 13.3.

5.3pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite to communicate with HMT “Saxon”.

5.20pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course S58W (S36W, S80W), Log 32.6.

7.20pm: Passed British ST GY838 [probably “Zaree”, listed here].

[Course and Distance made good: Various 238 miles]

[Rain for most of day, noon temperature 50F]


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11 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.9, Long -13.6

6.0am: Altered course N74W (S84W, N52W), Log 80.6.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

am: Hands cleaning ship. Seamanship and gunnery classes to instruction.

11.30am: Altered course S78W (N80W, S56W), Log 45.1.

6.0pm: Altered course S78E (S56E, N80E), Log 19.3.

10.50pm: Altered course N30E, Log 80.8. Passed Dutch SS “Noordwijk” bound to Westward.

[Position: Lat 59 25 N, Long 13 18 W]

10.58pm: Resumed course.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 255 miles]


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12 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.5, Long -12.5

2.30am: Exercised sea boats crew.

9.20am: Divisions. Prayers. Physical drill.

am: Third and fourth divisions at small arm and squad drill. First and second at bag muster.

8.8pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 19 N, Long 14 22 W.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 258 miles]

[Zig zagging to and fro on patrol, main changes of course at 5.40am, 10.30am and 7.10pm. North westerly wind force 6 or 7 for most of day, with sea state rough]


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13 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.5, Long -12.0

7.52am: Courses as requisite. 7.55am: Stopped, Log 51.5.

8.3am: Boarded Swedish SS “Osman” from Savannah to Helsingborg.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 40 N, Long 11 24 W]

8.38am: “Osman” proceeded to Lerwick with Armed Guard Midshipman Prest in charge.

8.47am: Set Course N77W (S81W, N55W), Log 51.9 at 58 revs.

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

9.55am: Stopped, Log 63.2. Engines and helm as requisite.

10.0am: Dropped target. Exercised General Quarters. Proceeded to carry out 1 inch aiming rifle practice and out collision mat.

10.51am: Stopped. Picked up target.

11.2am: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course N77W (S81W, N55W), Log 64.2.

7.10pm: Altered course S79E (S57E, N79E), Log 75.3.

8.4pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 17 N, Long 14 2 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 229 miles]


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14 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.5, Long -12.9 [DR from DA at 9.51am]

1.30am: Exercised sea boats crew.

6.30am: Exercised gun’s crews.

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

am: Hands cleaning and painting ship.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 262 miles]

[Zig zagging to and fro on patrol, main changes of course at 5.40am, 1.0pm and 7.0pm]


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15 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.4, Long -12.4

6.0am: Altered course N75W (S83W, N53W), Log 84.3.

10.5am: Spoke HMS “Virginian”.

10.55am: Stopped, Log 36.5. Engines and helm as requisite.

11.10am: Boarded Norwegian SS “Borgsten”, Quebec to London.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 24 N, Long 12 24 W]

0.42pm: “Borgsten” proceeded to London with Armed Guard Sub Lieutenant Haggord in charge.

0.51pm: Set course N62W (N84W, N40W), Log 36.6 at 58 revs.

6.40pm: Spoke Admiralty collier “SS” Cameron [listed here] No 1164.

7.4pm: Altered course N62W (N84W, N40W), Log 10.3.

7.40pm: Altered course S79E (S57E, N79E), Log 17.5.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 250 miles]

[Mist and drizzle for most of day, noon temperature 53F]


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16 September 1916

Lat 59.4, Long -12.6

6.35am: Spoke with HMS “Almanzora”.

7.1am: Stopped, Log 58.7. Engines and helm as requisite.

7.15am: Mails transferred to “Almanzora”.

7.30am: Set course S75E (N83E, S53E), Log 58.9 at 58 revs.

8.10am: Altered course N75W (S83W, N53W), Log 67.0.

am: Hands cleaning ship.

6.10pm: Altered course S75E (N83E, S53E), Log 88.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 253 miles]


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17 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.1, Long -14.6

5.15am: Fired 6 inch blank.

5.36am: Stopped, Log 28.3. Engines and helm as requisite.

5.45am: Boarded British MFA “Medomsley”, No 529 Barry to Archangel.

[5.50am: Position by Stellar Observation at 5.50: Lat 59 28.5 N, Long 14 13 W, also Boarding position]

6.10am: “Medomsley” proceeded.

6.20am: Proceeded at 66 revs. 6.23am: Set course S58W (S36W, S80W), Log 28.9.

9.32am: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

9.58am: Stopped, Log 75.3. Boat away to flagship.

10.0am: Proceeded, engines and helm as requisite. 10.37am: Picked up boat with mails.

10.50am: Set course N54E (N76E, N32E), Log 75.5 at 42 revs. 10.53am: Increased to 56 revs.

11.10am: Divisions and Divine Service.

0.10pm: Altered zig zag (N88E, N20E).

8.0pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 56 N, Long 13 14 W.

11.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 252 miles]

[Squally north westerly wind force 6 or 7 in pm, with sea state very rough or high]


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18 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.1, Long -12.2

5.28pm: Spoke HMS “Motagua”.

7.54pm: Stopped, Log 5.5. Engines as requisite.

8.28pm: Midshipman Prest and Armed Guard returned from “Motagua”.

[Position: Lat 61 35 N, Long 12 2 W]

8.54pm: Set course N78E, Log 6.0 at 48 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 151 miles]

[Log records a number of changes of revs, sometimes different on each engine. Squally northerly, then north easterly wind force 7 to 8 for most of day, sea state high or very high at times, noon temperature 45F]


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19 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.5, Long -8.4

0.30am: Commenced zig zag N56E, S80E.

5.30am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 62 26 N, Long 9 8 W.

7.57am: Stopped, Log 41.4. Engines as requisite.

8.8am: Boarded Norwegian schooner “Patriot” from Svingle [?] Fjord to Kopevick.

[Boarding Position: Lat 62 44 N, Long 8 17 W]

9.5am: “Patriot” proceeded to Lerwick with Armed Guard Midshipman Ritson in charge.

9.19am: Proceeded at 60 revs, set course N40E. Passed Danish fishing vessel “Guiding Star” VA31 [registered Sandevaag, Faeroe Islands].

[Position: Lat 62 49 N, Long 8 15 W]

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

9.44am: Stopped. Spoke Norwegian ST Hodd, previously boarded.

[Position: Lat 62 29 N, Long 8 35 W]

9.53am: Proceeded at 60 revs. 10.0am: Set course S63W (S85W, S41W).

am: Third and fourth Divisions and marines at squad and rifle drill.

11.40am: Observed high land of Mygenaes [Myggenaes] bearing S28E (magnetic).

11.45am: Courses as requisite. 11.51am: Stopped. Spoke British ST “Swallow” GY1144 Grimsby to Iceland.

11.54am: Proceeded. 11.58am: Stopped. Spoke British ST “Belvoir Castle”, Grimsby to Iceland.

Noon: Proceeded at 60 revs. Reset log. 0.5pm: Set course N72W (N50W, S86W), Log 0.0.

4.0pm: Reduced to 58 revs. Altered zig zag N38W, S74E, Log 50.7.

8.10pm: Altered course N55E (N77E, N33E), Log 2.3.

10.20pm: Stopped, Log 29.6. Engines and helm as requisite. 10.30pm: Spoke British ST “Toronto”, H218 Iceland to Hull.

[Position: Lat 62 37 W, Long 11 3 W]

10.35pm: Proceeded at 58 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 196 miles]


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20 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.0, Long -10.7

2.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

6.0am: Stopped, Log 23.3. 6.10am: Boarded Norwegian ST “Torgrim” Sigle Fiord to Aalesund.

[Boarding Position: Lat 63 48 N, Long 9 40 W]

6.40am: “Torgrim” proceeded to Lerwick with Armed Guard Midshipman Prest in charge.

6.48am: Proceeded at 58 revs.

7.13am: Stopped. Helm and engines as requisite. 7.21am: Boarded Norwegian ST “Ludolf Ide” (Sigle Fiord to Haugesund).

[Boarding Position: Lat 63 46 N, Long 9 44 W]

7.40am: “Ludolf Ide” proceeded to Lerwick with Armed Guard Midshipman Taylor in charge.

7.50am: Set course S55W (S33W, S77W), Log 23.5 at 58 revs.

9.20am: Divisions. Prayers, physical drill.

10.0am: Exercised General Quarters, Fire and Collision stations.

2.0pm: Spoke HMS “Alsatian” and “Patuca”.

7.0pm: Altered course N55W (N77E, N33E), Log 63.8.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 260 miles]


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21 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -10.8

6.30am: Altered course S54W (S32W, S76W), Log 5.0.

6.30pm: Altered course N55E (N33E, N77E), Log 51.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 269 miles]


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22 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -10.7

4.40am: Stopped, Log 71.0. Engines and helm as requisite.

4.55am: Boarded Norwegian SS “Lyngenfjord” Narvik to Philadelphia.

[Boarding Position: Lat 63 36 N, Long 9 54 W]

5.21am: “Lyngenfjord” proceeded.

5.37am: Proceeded at 58 revs. Resumed course, Log 71.0.

6.30am: Altered course S55W (S33W, S77W), Log 82.0.

9.30am: Divisions and physical drill.

5.18pm: Stopped, Log 3.7. Engines and helm as requisite.

5.25pm: Boarded Danish motor Ketch “Tyr”, Holbak to Reykjavik.

[Boarding Position: Lat 62 14 N, Long 11 29 W]

5.39pm: “Tyr” proceeded.

5.47pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. 5.49pm: Set course S55W (S33W, S77W), Log 3.8.

7.40pm: Altered course N55E (N33E, N77E), Log 21.5.

10.0pm: Altered course S55W, Log 43.0, no zig zag. 10.10pm: Altered course N77W (N81W, N55W), Log 44.4.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 249 miles]

[Mist and fog for most of day, noon temperature 50F]


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23 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.1, Long -14.2

5.30am: Altered course N67E (N45E, N89E), Log 33.7.

9.39am: Stopped, Log 85.6. Spoke British ST “MacLeay” [Macleay], H1022, Hull to Iceland.

[Position: Lat 62 34 N, Long13 40 W]

9.41am: Proceeded at 56 revs. 9.45am: Altered course S58W (S80W, S36W), Log 86.4.

am: Hands cleaning ship.

3.30pm: Exercised “General Quarters”.

6.0pm: Altered course N67E (N89E, N45E), Log 90.6.

7.55pm: Spoke HMS “Andes”.

10.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 245 miles]


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24 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.2, Long -14.3

7.40am: Stopped zig zag.

9.32am: Resumed zig zag S42W, N70W.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

10.19am: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

11.28am: Stopped, Log 83.7. 11.30am: Commodore visited flag ship.

11.31am: Proceeded as requisite to keep station. 11.58am: Increased to 62 revs.

2.3pm: Stopped, Log 11.6. Engines and helm as requisite to pick up boat.

2.19pm: Commodore returned.

2.31pm: Set course S73E (N85E, S51E), Log 12.0 at 58 revs.

9.0pm: Engines and Courses as requisite.

9.14pm: Spoke British ST “Elf King” H1012, Hull to Iceland.

[Position: Lat 62 28 N, Long 11 0 W]

9.20pm: Resumed course S73E, Log 99.2.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 247 miles]

[Mist or fog for most of the day, noon temperature 51F]


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25 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -5.1 [From Cross Bearings from Faeroe Islands]

1.30am: Exercised sea boats crew.

5.3am: Resumed Course S73E and zigzag, Log 97.4.

5.30am: Observed Fuglo Island bearing S25E (magnetic).

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

11.38am: Stopped. Spoke Swedish SS “Helge” [possibly this ship] with Armed Guard on board.

[Position: Lat 62 19 N, Long 5 6 W]

11.53am: Proceeded at 60 revs. Noon: Set course N60E.

0.15pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

0.23pm: Boarded Danish ST “April” RE151 [registration for Reykjavik] from Reykjavik to Copenhagen.

[Boarding Position: Lat 62 20 N, Long 5 2 W]

0.36pm: April proceeded.

0.45pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. Set course S64E, Log 83.7.

5.40pm: Altered course S1E, Log 48.1. Reduced speed. Fired 6 inch blank.

5.52pm: Stopped, Log 49.7. Engines and helm as requisite.

6.5pm: Boarded Norwegian barque “Remonstrant” (Arundele [Arendal] to Barry, Barbadoes [Barbados]).

[Boarding Position: Lat 61 34 N, Long 3 35 W]

6.45pm: “Remonstrant” proceeded.

6.55pm: Set course S21E (S55E, S13W), Log 49.8 at 58 revs.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 243 miles]


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26 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4 [estimated]

1.25am: Esha Ness Light bore S42E, Log 26.0.

4.10am: Esha Ness abeam distant 3.25 miles.

4.40am: Spoke HMS “Griffon”.

5.0am: Muckle Roe Light abeam. Reduced speed.

5.2am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

5.12am: Passed boom defence.

5.28am: Let go Starboard anchor in 17 fathoms (4 shackles). No 3 Berth.

[Anchor Bearings, Magnetic: Busta House N27W, Post Office N45E, Burgasto Rock S81W]

6.16am: Collier “Marsden” (Y219) alongside port, Collier “Largo” (Y30) alongside starboard.

7.25am: Gibraltars coaling party on board.

8.0am: Commenced coaling both sides.

[Information about coal received and still to come recorded hourly on far left of log page]

9.5am: Midshipmen Ritson, Prest, Taylor and 3 Armed Guards returned.

[Draft Arriving: Forward 17’ 0”, Aft 24’ 0”]

10.10am: Commenced taking in water from water boat.

11.0am: Water boat cast off.

Noon to 1.0pm: Dinner hour.

5.20pm: HMAT Rushcoe sailed.

5.34pm: HMAT Tenby Castle sailed.

6.0pm: Finished coaling for the day.

7.0pm: Part of watch closed up at night defence stations.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 161 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 857 tons]


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27 September 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

2.0am: Exercised gun’s crews.

6.0am: Commenced coaling starboard side.

7.15am: Commenced coaling port side.

[Information on coal received recorded hourly]

9.0am: 1 Signal Rating landed for shore duty.

10.0am: HMAT “Arley” and “Saxon” sailed.

11.50am: HMS “Griffon” arrived.

Noon - 1.0pm: Dinner hour.

0.15pm: HMAT “Arley” arrived.

2.0pm: HMAT “Saxon” arrived.

5.50pm: HMAT “Arley” sailed.

6.0pm: Finished coaling for the day.

6.20pm: HMS “Collumbella” [Columbella] and “Griffon” sailed.

6.30pm: HMS “Gloucestershire” sailed.

9.0pm: Part of watch at night defence stations.


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28 September 1916

From Birkenhead, at Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

5.35am: HMS “Achilles” and “Moldavia” arrived.

5.40am: HMS “Amsterdam” arrived.

6.10am: Commenced coaling Starboard side.

7.30am: Gibraltars coaling party on board.

10.50am: Finished coaling.

[Received from SS Marsden 807 tons, Received from SS Largo 843 tons, Total 1650 tons. Average 73.9 tons per hour]

11.40am: SS “Marsden” cast off. HMS “Icewhale” sailed.

0.20pm: SS “Largo” cast off.

4.40pm: HMS “Arab” arrived.

5.20pm: HMS “Griffon” sailed.

5.50pm: HMS “Icewhale” arrived.

6.40pm: HMS “Cochrane” and “Duke of Cornwall” sailed.

8.0pm: Part of watch closed up at night defence stations.

10.0pm: Exercised gun’s crews.


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29 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

4.30am: HMS “Arab” sailed.

5.30am: Exercised gun’s crews. Controls tested.

5.50am: HMS “Orotava” arrived in Olna Firth. HMS “Arab” arrived.

8.45am: Midshipmen and Marines ashore for route march.

9.0am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

11.47am: Midshipmen and Marines returned.

6.25pm: HMS “Vienna” arrived. McDonald (seaman) discharged to “Vienna”.

6.35pm: HMS “Arab” sailed. Received from Vienna 3 officers and 3 Armed Guards for “Avenger” and “Changuinola”. Sub Lieutenant Haggord and Armed Guard returned.

[Draft Leaving: Forward 18’ 10”, Aft 26’ 3”]

7.30pm: Hove short.

8.26pm: Anchor aweigh.

8.45pm: Exercised “General Quarters”. Helm and engines as requisite, proceeded out of harbour.

8.53pm: Passed boom defence. 8.54pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. Log streamed.

9.3pm: Passed Muckle Roe light.

9.5pm: Set course N21W, Log 63.8.

9.30pm: Commenced zig zag N21W (N43W, N1E). 9.40pm: Proceeded at 62 revs.

9.48pm: Esha Ness Light abeam, distant 2.5 miles.

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2448 tons, Received 1650 tons]

[Weather cloudy, noon temperature 47F]


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30 September 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.3, Long -5.8 [by Cross Bearings]

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill. Hands cleaning ship.

10.0am: Altered course N45W (N23W, N67W), Log 33.4.

10.30am: Altered course S56W (West, S22W), Log 40.0. Reduced to 58 revs.

11.14am: Altered course N60W, Log 49.3.

11.30am: Reduced speed. 11.31am: Stopped. Spoke Norwegian Schooner “Sylvia” with Armed Guard bound for Kirkwall.

11.34am: Proceeded at 58 revs. 11.36am: Altered course N45E. 11.53am: Altered course S45W.

0.6pm: Reduced speed. 0.10pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

0.15pm: Boarded “Sylvia”, gave them 4 days provisions and order to proceed to Lerwick.

[Boarding Position: Lat 62 17 N, Long 5 46 W]

0.20pm: “Sylvia” proceeded.

0.27pm: Set course S31W (S3E, S65W), Log 53.6 at 60 revs.

1.17pm: Stopped, Log 64.6. Engines and helm as requisite.

[Position:] Lat 62 6 N, Long 5 50 W]

1.35pm: Gave HMAT “Saxon” 4 ratings for Armed Guards.

1.45pm: Set course N22E (N56E, N12W), Log 64.9 at 62 revs.

2.10pm: Altered course S65E, Log 70.8.

2.33pm: Spoke HMS “Patuca”.

2.51pm: Altered course N11W (N56W, N23E), Log 79.6.

6.0pm: Altered course N78W (N44W, S68W), Log 22.6.

6.55pm: Observed Myggenaes Light bearing S56W (compass).

8.0pm: Altered course S79W (S57W, N79W), Log 48.5.

9.30pm: Myggenaes Light abeam distant 18 miles, Log 68.0.

10.30pm: Altered course S62W (S40W, S84W), Log 81.2.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 174 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1916


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for October 1916]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and Commodore, as before]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.1, Long -11.9

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.10am: Spoke HMS “Hildebrand”.

11.45am: Stopped, Log 65.2. Engines and helm as requisite.

11.55am: Received from “Hildebrand” Lieutenant Ambrose for [HMS] Orotava.

0.4pm: Proceeded at 60 revs, set course N89W (S69W, N67W), Log 65.5.

7.54pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 23 N. Long 15 10 W.

8.30pm: Altered course S86E (S64E, N72E), Log 78.5.

10.45pm: Altered course S30W, Log 5.5.

11.47pm: Altered course N80W, Log 19.9.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 277 miles]


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2 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.4, Long -12.7

0.5am: Passed Dutch SS “Alcor” flying flag of day.

6.28am: Spoke HMS “Avenger”.

6.29am: Stopped, Log 12.0. Engines and helm as requisite. Transferred too [sic] Avenger 2 Armed Guards (Avenger) and 1 Armed Guard for Changuinola.

7.34am: Set course N40W (N62W, N18W), Log 12.4 at 60 revs.

9.20am: Altered course N30E, Log 35.6. Divisions. Prayers and physical drill.

0.15pm: Spoke French SS “Medie”, flying correct boarding flag.

[Position: Lat 60 16 N, Long 12 31 W]

0.17pm: Altered course S81W (N77W, S59W), Log 76.9. Reduced to 58 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 281 miles]


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3 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.4, Long -12.7

2.5am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

2.24am: Boarded Norwegian SS “Ruth”, Grimsby to Baltimore.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 35 N, Long 13 42 W]

2.36am: SS “Ruth” proceeded.

2.46am: Proceeded at 48 revs. 2.50am: Set course N89E (S69E, N67E), Log 43.0.

6.0am: Exercised gun’s crews.

10.0am: First and fourth divisions and Marines at squad drill, remainder cleaning ship.

0.17pm: Spoke HMS “Orotava”.

0.45pm: Helm as requisite. 0.55pm: Stopped, Log 65.2. Discharged Lieutenant Ambrose to “Orotava”.

0.56pm: Proceeded at 48 revs. Set course N86W (S72W, N64W), Log 65.5.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 256 miles]


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4 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.3, Long -14.6

11.7am: Stopped, Log 27.8. Engines and helm as requisite.

11.18am: Boarded British MFA “Waltham” No 1023 [possibly the ship listed here, though the number does not match] from Brest to Archangel.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 20 N, Long 14 22 W]

11.36am: SS “Waltham” proceeded.

11.48am: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course S65W (S43W, S87W), Log 28.0.

6.36pm: Courses as requisite. Log 14.1. 6.40pm: Stopped, Log 14.8. Engines as requisite.

6.57pm: Boarded Roumanian SS “Bistritza", (Brest to Archangel).

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 26 N, Long 16 18 W]

7.17pm: SS “Bistritza” proceeded.

7.23pm: Altered course S85E (S63E, N73E), Log 15.2.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 252 miles]


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5 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.7, Long -14.6

[A fairly typical day on patrol, all log entries shown here as an example:]

2.0am: Controls tested.

3.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

4.0am: Bridge signal books correct.

5.45am: Increased to 58 revs.

6.40am: Altered course N85W (N63W, S73W), Log 34.9. Exercised gun’s crews.

8.0am: Bridge signal books correct.

9.16am: Altered course S10E, Log 68.7.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

9.30am: Spoke Russian SS “Burevestnik" MFA 1207.

9.35am: Altered course N85W (N63W, S73W), Log 72.3.

10.0am: Altered zig zag (N51W, S61W).

am: Guns crews at loader drill. Classes at instruction and cleaning ship.

Noon: Bridge signal books correct.

2.0pm: Controls tested.

4.0pm: Bridge signal books correct.

5.0pm: Altered course S85E (S63E, N73W), Log 66.7.

7.43pm: Reduced to 48 revs. Controls tested.

8.0pm: Bridge signal books correct.

9.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew

11.0pm: Control tested.

Midnight: Bridge signal books correct.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 247 miles]

[Rain from noon onwards, south easterly wind increasing in force in late pm, noon temperature 49F]


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6 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.7, Long -14.5

6.40am: Altered course N85W (S73W, N63W), Log 5.9.

am: Third and fourth divisions mustering Kit. Training classes and remainder as requisite. Controls tested.

4.4pm: Altered course S10W, Log 18.8. Increased to 60 revs. 4.12pm: Increased to 68 revs.

4.15pm: Read warrant No 47.

4.49pm: Stopped, Log 29.3. Engines and helm as requisite.

4.55pm: Boarded British SS “Mendip Range” from Montreal to Hull.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 19 N, Long 15 34 W]

5.10pm: “Mendip Range” proceeded.

5.20pm: Proceeded at 68 revs. Set course North, Log 29.3.

7.15pm: Spoke British SS “Umgeni” MFA 107.

[Position: Lat 59 46 N, Long 15 47 W]

7.25pm: Altered course S75E (S53E, N83E), Log 60.7.

8.30pm: [Position by] [Stellar Observation: Lat Observed 59 53 N, Long DR 15 35 W]

[Course and Distance made good: Various 246 miles]


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7 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -13.5

9.25am: Spoke British SS “Edendale”, Newport to Archangel. Flying correct flag of day.

[Position: Lat 60 8 N, Long 13 18 W]

9.26am: Divisions, physical drill.

9.30am: Set course S10W, Log 23.6.

9.45am: Spoke British SS “Firfield”, Barry Dock to Arkangel. Flying correct flag of day.

9.49am: Stopped, Log 27.4. Engines and helm as requisite.

9.53am: Dropped target and proceeded as requisite. Carried out 6 inch and 6 pounder gun practice. 10.5am: Increased to 70 revs. 10.45am: Reduced to 58 revs.

11.16am: Engines and helm as requisite.

11.31am: Picked up target. 11.34am: Proceeded at 58 revs. 11.37am: Set course S88W (S66W, N70W), Log 27.8.

6.30pm: Altered course S86E (N72E, S64E), Log 15.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 238 miles]


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8 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.7, Long -10.7 [from DA at 10.13am]

4.0am: Altered course N83E (N61E, S75E), Log 25.3.

8.0am: Reduced speed. 8.4am: Stopped, Log 73.8. Engines and helm as requisite.

8.17am: Boarded British SS “Garron Head”, MFA 117, Liverpool to Arkangel.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 24 N, Long 11 40 W]

8.30am: “Garron Head” proceeded.

8.38am: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course N83E (N61E, S75E), Log 73.8.

10.0am: Divisions. Divine Service.

10.13am: Position by DA [Double Altitude]: Lat 60 32.5 N, Long 11 15 W.

1.0pm: Altered course S76W (N82W, S54W), Log 28.7.

6.40pm: Altered course N78E (N56E, S80E), Log 92.6.

6.50pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 21 N, Long 11 41 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 260 miles]


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9 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.7, Long -10.7

2.30am: Exercised sea boats crew.

am: Gun’s crews at loader drill. Remainder cleaning ship. Controls tested.

5.10pm: Reduced speed. 5.14pm: Altered course South, Log 32.3. Engines and helm as requisite.

5.33pm: Set course S30W. Spoke Norwegian Barque “Skomvaer”, Buenos Aires to Copenhagen.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 31 N, Long 10 48 W]

5.30pm: “Skomvaer” proceeded.

5.35pm: Altered course West.

6.16pm: Proceeded at 28 revs.

6.36pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 32 N, Long 10 30 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 244 miles]

[On patrol, zig zagging in am, main changes of course at 4.0am, 3.26pm and 5.54pm. Wind westerly force 4 or 4/5 in am, squally north westerly wind force 6/7 or 5/6 in pm, weather cloudy, noon temperature 50F]


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10 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.7, Long -9.3

2.0am: Spoke HMS “Kildonan Castle”.

2.17am: Resumed course S75E, Log 94.4.

2.30am: Commenced zig zag (N83E, S53E), Log 96.9.

6.5am: Helm and engines as requisite to close “Skomvaer”.

6.33am: Stopped. 6.42am: Boarded “Skomvaer”. Placed Lieutenant Antram and Armed Guard on board.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 44 N, Long 8 10 W]

7.30am: Surgeon boarded “Skomvaer” to attend Master.

8.20am: “Skomvaer” proceeded to Lerwick.

8.28am: Set course N69W (S89W, N47W), Log 22.2 at 58 revs.

9.35am: Spoke HMS “Kildonan Castle”. Exercised “General Quarters” and “Fire Stations”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 169 miles]

[On patrol, zig zagging from early am, main changes of course at 3.30pm and 6.30pm]


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11 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.6, Long -10.9

3.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

4.20am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 18 N, Long 8 43 W.

6.0am: Exercised gun’s crews.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

am: Classes to instruction. Hands cleaning ship. Controls tested.

10.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 260 miles[

[On patrol, zig zagging, changes of course at 4.10am and 5.0pm only]


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12 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -10.5

10.14am: Position by Venus and Sun: Lat 60 44 N, Long 9 53 W.

am: Hands cleaning ship. Controls tested.

6.10pm: Revs 60 port, 48 Starboard.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 251 miles]

[Zig zagging, on patrol, changes of course at 4.10am, 6.0am, 9.0am, 1.0pm and 6.0pm. Westerly then north westerly wind force 5/6 to 7/8 from 8am to 8pm with sea state very rough for most of that time, squally with showers, noon temperature 48F]


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13 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.4, Long -10.9

2.43am: Revs 54 both engines.

4.0am: Altered course S85W (S63W, N73W), Log 91.9.

9.0am: Altered course S80W (S58W, N78W), Log 51.3.

9.20am: Divisions, Prayers, physical drill.

am: Third and fourth divisions and Marines at small arm drill.

11.37am: Reduced to 54 revs. Position by Venus and Sun: Lat 60 38.5 N, Long 10 18 W.

3.58pm: Engines and helm as requisite. 3.59pm: Stopped, Log 22.7.

4.12pm: Boarded Norwegian SS “Thor I” [probably this ship], Newport News to Sandefiord with coal and stores for whaling station.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 3 N, Long 11 52 W]

4.40pm: “Thor I” proceeded to Lerwick with Armed Guard Lieutenant Hall in charge.

4.53pm: Proceeded at 54 revs. Set course N78E (N56E, S80E), Log 23.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 232 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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14 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.3, Long -11.1

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

10.45am: Passed HMS “Alsatian” standing to the Southward.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 253 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Zig zagging to and fro on patrol, changes of course at 4.0am, 3.30pm, 5.0pm and midnight. Rain, heavy at times, for much of day, north easterly then north westerly wind force 6/7 or 7 in pm, with sea state rough or very rough. Barometric pressure falling until 2pm, then rising slowly. Noon temperature 42F]


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15 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.6, Long -14.0

6.50am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 48 N, Long 12 28 W.

9.21am: Stopped zig zag. Set course N55W, Log 57.4.

9.50am: Engines as requisite. Spoke Norwegian SS “Gefion”, Glasgow to Reykjavik with coal.

[Position by Venus and Sun: Lat 59 43 N, Long 13 25 W]

10.3am: Proceeded at 54 revs, Log 63.7.

10.5am: SS “Gefion” allowed to proceed. Divisions and Divine Service. Set course N80W (N58W, S78W), Log 63.9.

3.20pm: Stopped zig zag.

3.37pm: Reduced speed. 3.59pm: Engines and helm as requisite. 4.0pm: Stopped, Log 20.5.

4.23pm: Boarded British MFA SS “Stellina”, St Nazaire to Archangel with munitions.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 26 N, Long 15 7 W]

4.40pm: “Stellina” proceeded.

4.48pm: Set course N82W (S76W, N60W), Log 20.7 at 54 revs.

10.54pm: Spoke HMS “Gloucestershire”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 209 miles]

[Number on sick list: 9]


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16 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.6, Long -18.7

8.40am: Altered course S19E (S41E, S3W), Log 13.0

9.20am: Divisions. Prayers. Physical drill.

am: Hands cleaning ship. Gun’s crews at loader drill.

0.40pm: Altered course S41E (S63E, S19E), Log 56.8.

5.0pm: Prisoner released from cells.

8.0pm: Altered course S37E (S59E, S15E), Log 46.8.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 244 miles]

[Number on sick list: 10]


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17 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.1, Long -13.6

0.40am: Altered course S37E (S59E, S15E), Log 2.1.

2.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

3.30am: Altered course S82E (N76E, S60E), Log 34.3.

6.0am: Altered course S24W (S2W, S46W), Log 63.5.

9.10am: Altered course N86W (N64W, S72W), Log 96.3.

am: Hands cleaning ship; at instruction and as requisite. Controls tested.

11.24am: Position by DA at 11.24: Lat 59 9 N, Long 13 25 W.

6.0pm: Altered course S86E (S64E, N72E), Log 900.5.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 255 miles]

[Number on sick list: 9]


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18 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.3, Long -13.1

am: Hands cleaning ship. Training Classes at instruction. Controls tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 260 miles]

[Number on sick list: 10]

[Still patrolling to and fro, zig zagging, changes of course at 6.0am and 6.0pm]


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19 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 57.4, Long -16.9

3.21am: Engines as requisite. Spoke British SS “Kenmore” Middlesbro to Baltimore. Allowed to proceed.

[Position: Lat 58 13 N, Long 16 36 W]

3.50am: Set course S76W, Log 61.1 at 54 revs.

am: Hands cleaning ship, loader drill and at training classes.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 215 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Mist and drizzle all day, noon temperature 54F]


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20 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 57.4, Long -17.3

6.10am: Altered course N89W (S69W, N67W), Log 29.6.

am: Hands cleaning ship, training classes at instruction and as requisite.

2.50pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

3.0pm: Boarded American oil SS “Pioneer” [details in entry for 16 Feb 1915 here] New York to Copenhagen (Petroleum).

[Boarding Position: Lat 57 38 N, Long 17 0 W]

3.28pm: “Pioneer” proceeded to Kirkwall with Armed Guard Lieutenant Ellis in charge.

3.39pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course S57W (S32W, S79W), Log 32.2.

4.21pm: Reduced speed. Stopped, Log 40.4. Engines and helm as requisite. Dropped target. Proceeded to carry out 6 inch and 6 pounder practice.

5.37pm: Stopped. Picked up target.

5.55pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course S75E (N83E, S53E), Log 40.5.

10.30pm: Altered course N89E (S69E, N67E), Log 94.8.

11.0pm: Altered course N89W (S69W, N67W), Log 700.2.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 220 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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21 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 57.3, Long -15.5

7.5am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 57 59 N, Long 15 10 W.

9.30am: Engines and helm as requisite. 9.34am: Stopped, Log 23.6.

9.40am: Boarded British MFA “Umtali” [Umtali (1) listed here] (No 106) Greenock to Archangel.

[Boarding Position: Lat 57 42 N, Long 15 48 W]

10.20am: “Umtali” proceeded.

10.28am: Set course S19E (S3W, S41E), Log 23.5 at 60 revs.

4.0pm: Altered course S51E (S17E, S85E), Log 99.3.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 228 miles]

[True Course and Distance: to Position Lat 55 25 N, Long 12 0 W: S45E, 145 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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22 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 55.3, Long -8.1 [By cross bearings]

6.0am: Altered course S36E (S70E, S2E), Log 79.3.

10.0am: Divisions. Prayers.

10.27am: Observed Tory Island Light House bearing S67E.

10.30am: Altered course S71E (N75E, S37E), Log 45.1.

11.32am: Tory Island Light House abeam distance 1.7 miles.

2.12pm: Inistrahull Light House abeam distant 1.1 miles.

5.7pm: Rue Point abeam distant 7 cables.

5.25pm: Spoke Tor Point Signal Station.

5.44pm: Spoke HMA yacht “Zara”.

7.0pm: Maidens Light abeam distant 4.5 miles.

8.21pm: Mew Island Light abeam distant 3.5 miles.

9.14pm: Skulmartin Light abeam distant 4 miles.

9.30pm: Reduced to 57 revs. Stopped zig zag Log 4.5.

11.30pm: Observed Chickens Light bearing S40E (magnetic). Altered course S20E, Log 29.4.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 278 miles]


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23 October 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

0.45am: Chickens Rock Light abeam distant 2.7 miles, Log 43.7.

4.20am: Resumed zig zag (S26E, S70E), Log 83.8.

5.45am: Observed Bar Light bearing S38E.

6.25am: Courses as requisite into River Mersey, Log 8.6.

6.28am: Passed Bar Light Vessel.

6.50am: Passed Formby Light Vessel. 7.0am: Passed C1 Buoy.

7.33am: Stopped. Picked up Pilot Mr Rawson. 7.38am: Proceeded to Pilot’s orders. Passed Rock Light House.

8.0am: 4 tugs in attendance.

8.42am: Entered locks. 9.0am: Made fast in Alfred Basin.

10.0am: Commodore ashore.

10.55am: Cast off and entered East Float.

10.58am: Passed into West Float.

11.15am: Ropes ashore. Cast off tugs. Moored as customary.

11.25am: Finished with engines.

[Draft Arriving: Forward 18’ 0”, Aft 22’ 6”]

11.30am: Lieutenant Antram and Armed Guard returned. 4 ratings returned from HMAT Saxon. Midshipman Tomlinson joined up.

0.30pm: Paid wages to ship’s company.

1.30pm: Leave granted to Port watch until 7.0am Wednesday November 1st.

pm: Hands cleaning ship.

6.30pm: Leave granted.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 235.5 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 373 tons]


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24 October 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.15am: Hands preparing ship for coaling.

7.15am: 2 coal lighters alongside port.

8.45am: McKay (Blacksmith) discharged to Chatham hospital.

am: Floating crane “Samson” alongside. Armourers crew working at PIV gun.

11.20am: Hove ship off to allow coal lighters to get alongside Starboard.

11.30am: Commenced coaling Port side.

1.0pm: Commenced coaling Starboard side and resumed on port side.

pm: Hands striking stores on board.

6.30pm: Leave granted.


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25 October 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands preparing to take stores aboard.

9.0am: Hands cleaning ship and discharging ammunition cases.

11.50am: Lieutenant Hall and Armed Guard returned.

1.10pm: Midshipman Ritson left the ship.

pm: Hands getting stores on board.

3.0pm: Marine Escort brought Freeman Stoker on board from the Dale Street Police station.

5.0pm: Leave granted.

5.15pm: Lieutenant Ellis and Armed Guard returned.

9.15pm: Finished coaling for the night.

[Heavy rain in am, cloudy in pm, noon temperature 49F]


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26 October 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands stowing ammunition.

8.0am: Resumed coaling.

am: Shore workmen working in engine room, on sea boats and caulking decks.

11.0am: Commenced to take in water.

Noon - 1.0pm: Dinner.

6.0pm: Leave granted.

9.0pm: Shore workmen ashore, finished coaling for the night.


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27 October 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands working as requisite.

8.0am: Resumed coaling.

am: Hands chipping paintwork and employed as requisite.

11.40am: Finished coaling Port side. 11.45am: Finished coaling starboard side.

1.0pm: Resumed coaling.

1.45pm: Finished coaling.

6.0pm: Leave granted.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 3101 tons, Received 2771 tons]


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28 October 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.15am: Hands cleaning ship.

am: Hands employed as requisite.

6.30pm: Leave granted.


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29 October 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands cleaning ship.

9.30am: RC church party ashore.

9.45am: Divisions, and Divine Service.

11.15am: RCs returned.

1.30pm: Leave granted.

6.0pm: Leave granted.


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30 October 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

am and pm: Hands employed getting stores on board.

5.30pm: Leave granted.

[South westerly and westerly wind force 5 or 6 from noon, rain for much of day, barometric pressure relatively low, noon temperature 50F]


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31 October 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats and employed getting provisions on board.

9.0am: 3 Ratings (Gymer, Leftey, Dixon) joined up from RNB [Royal Naval Barracks] Chatham.

am: Hands employed taking in stores and chipping.

10.12am: Taking in fresh water.

pm: Hands employed taking in stores and cleaning ship.

5.0pm: Leave granted.

6.5pm: One Rating on board for passage to HMS Teutonic.


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LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1916


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for November 1916]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and Commodore, as before]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 November 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

[Secured in West Float]

6.30am: Hands cleaning Mess decks and flats.

7.30am: Port watch returned from leave.

8.0am: RC party ashore.

8.20am: 3 ratings discharged to RNB Chatham.

am: Hands cleaning ship and taking stores in board.

10.0am: 2 ratings joined up from HMS “Eagle”.

1.0pm: Paid wages to Starboard Watch.

6.0pm: Leave granted.

9.0pm: All workmen ashore.


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2 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

[Secured in West Float Birkenhead]

6.30am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats and preparing ship for sea.

10.30am: Pilot (Mr J Strange) on board.

11.0am: 4 bags of mails for HMS “Teutonic” on board.

11.45am: 2 Trimmers joined up from HMS “Eagle”.

Noon: Gangway hoisted. Cast off. With 4 tugs in attendance proceeded out of dock. Engines and helm to Pilot’s orders.

1.0pm: Passed into East Float.

[Draught Leaving: Forward 21’ 3”, Aft 26’ 11”]

1.32pm: Passed into Alfred Basin.

1.52pm: Made fast in Alfred lock. Cast off after tugs.

2.36pm: Cast off forward tugs and proceeded into River Mersey.

2.44pm: Cleared locks. Engines and helm as requisite.

2.55pm: Pilot left. Proceeded at 48 revs.

3.10pm: Increased to 60 revs. 3.12pm: Passed Rock Light House.

3.30pm: Passed C8 buoy. 3.45pm: Passed C1 buoy.

3.55pm: Passed Formby Light Vessel. 4.0pm: Increased to 72 revs.

4.12pm: Passed Bar Light Vessel. Patent Log streamed and set. Set course N45W (N79W, N11W), Log 0.

8.30pm: Altered course N5W (N27W, N17E), Log 65.8.

8.54pm: Chickens Light abeam distant 4 miles.

10.30pm: Mew Island Light bore N6W.

10.55pm: Reduced to 62 revs. Controls tested. Exercised sea boats crew.

Midnight: Maidens Light bore N18W.


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3 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 55.4, Long -9.4

0.8am: Mew Island Light abeam distant 2.6 miles.

1.30am: Altered course N26W (N48W, N4W), Log 38.8.

1.55am: Maidens Light abeam distant 4 miles.

3.30am: Altered course N51W (N73W, N29W), Log 65.4.

3.50am: Rue Point abeam distant 6 cables.

6.34am: Inistrahull Light abeam distant 1.2 miles.

7.0am: Spoke Tor Head Signal Station.

7.20am: Spoke Fanad Head Signal Station.

8.7am: Spoke HMS “Orcoma”.

9.0am: Tory Island Light House abeam distant 7.5 miles.

am: Divisions and physical drill. Controls tested.

2.36pm: Reduced speed. Engines and helm as requisite. Spoke Dutch SS “Gorontalo” [listed here] Falmouth to Rotterdam.

[Position: Lat 55 32 N, Long 10 16 W]

2.49pm: Proceeded at 70 revs.

8.0pm: Altered course N28W (N50W, N6W), Log 94.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 281 miles]

[Squally easterly wind force 8 or 7/8 in pm, with showers at times, sea state very rough. Barometric pressure relatively low but steady in pm. Noon temperature 47F]


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4 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.3, Long -16.1

6.30am: Altered course North (N22E, N22W), Log 21.7.

7.0am: Increased to 65 revs. 7.50am: Reduced to 28 revs. Secured gear on fore deck.

8.5am: Increased to 65 revs.

10.20am: Reduced to 28 revs. Secured gear on fore deck. 10.50am: Increased to 65 revs.

0.40pm: Altered course N5E (N17W, N27E), Log 84.8.

1.30pm: Reduced to 58 revs. 1.40pm: Altered course N27E (N5E, N49E), Log 95.1.

7.8pm: Reduced to 50 revs.

9.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 277 miles]

[Another squally day, north easterly wind force 7 to 8/9 all day, with very rough sea. Barometric pressure rising slowly]


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5 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.9, Long -16.3

4.35am: Reduced to 28 revs to secure SI gun. 5.10am: Increased to 50 revs.

8.30am: Altered course N76E (N54E, S82E), Log 38.7.

10.0am: Altered course N87E (S71E, N65E), Log 48.9.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service. Reduced to 28 revs. 10.32am: Increased to 50 revs.

0.5pm: Increased to 54 revs.

4.0pm: Altered course S10W (S32W, S12E), Log 87.6.

6.0pm: Altered course N72E (S86E, N50E), Log 10.6.

7.0pm: Reduced to 50 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 172 miles]

[Still very squally, north easterly wind force 8 or 9, sea state becoming very high in evening, noon temperature 37F]


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6 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.8, Long -17.2

1.0am: Altered course S77W (S55W, N81W), Log 47.4. 1.20am: Revs 60 starboard, 40 Port.

7.28am: Increased revs 68 Starboard, 48 Port.

9.0am: Reduced revs 60 Starboard, 40 Port.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

10.0am: Altered course N72E (S86E, N50E), Log 47.7. Revs 50 both engines.

10.52am: Altered course N73W (S85W, N51W), Log 53.9. Revs 60 Starboard, 40 Port.

11.25am: Revs 64 Starboard, 52 Port.

0.40pm: Altered course S75W, Log 74.5. 0.45pm: Altered course S40E, Log 75.5. Revs 58 both engines.

0.50pm: Spoke HMS “Teutonic”.

1.20pm: Altered course N22E, Log 81.5. Keeping station on “Teutonic”.

1.40pm: Altered course N73E, Log 82.5. Reduced to 42 revs.

1.58pm: Increased to 48 revs. 2.20pm: Increased to 50 revs.

5.15pm: Altered course N30E, Log 6.9.

7.0pm: Altered course N68E, Log 20.0.

10.0pm: Altered course N86E, Log 40.6.

11.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 197 miles]

[Squally north easterly gale force winds continue all day, with sea state high or very high, showers at times]


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7 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.1, Long -14.1

7.52am: Reduced to 45 revs. 8.0am: Altered course N71E, Log 100.3.

0.10pm: Altered course N60E, Log 16.3.

0.30pm: Altered course S58E, Log 17.4.

1.10pm: Revs: 56 port Engine, 40 Starboard Engine.

1.54pm: Altered course N75E, Log 27.0. Revs 45 both engines.

4.55pm: Reduced to 42 revs.

8.0pm: Altered course N50E, Log 51.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 149 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]

[Difficult weather and sea conditions continuing]


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8 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -13.4

4.22am: Altered course S43W, Log 91.3. Increased to 50 revs. 4.30am: Increased to 58 revs.

7.10am: Commenced zig zag (S21W, S65W).

9.20am: Divisions. Prayers, physical drill.

1.0pm: Altered course S6W (S16E, S28W), Log 96.9.

3.0pm: Uncovered and loaded guns.

3.20pm: Altered course N68W, Log 25.4. 3.30pm: Increased to 54 revs.

3.35pm: Spoke HMS “Patuca”.

3.40pm: Altered course S27W, Log 29.5. 3.42pm: Spoke HMS “Ebro”.

3.51pm: Reduced speed. 4.0pm: Stopped, Log 33.9. Engines and helm as requisite. Discharged to “Patuca” 1 rating and mails for HMS “Teutonic”.

4.14pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. 4.20pm: Set course S42W (S20W, S64W), Log 33.9.

6.0pm: Altered course N81E (S77E, N59E), Log 53.6.

11.28pm: Altered course S45W, Log 17.1. 11.36pm: Altered course S80W, Log 19.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 165 miles]

[Number on sick list: 9]

[Wind and sea decreasing during the day, noon temperature 45F]


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9 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.7, Long -11.6

Midnight: Stopped, Log 23.3. Engines and helm as requisite.

0.20am: Boarded Norwegian SS “Snetoppen” South Shields to New York.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 29 N, Long 12 0 W]

0.38am: “Snetoppen” proceeded.

1.0am: Proceeded at 58 revs, set course N77E (S81E, N55E), Log 24.2.

2.30am: Exercised sea boats crew.

6.40am: Altered course S87W (S65W, N71W), Log 84.7.

6.54am: Altered course N20W, Log 87.3 and as requisite.

7.15am: Spoke British Trawler “Ribble” [listed here] H255 Iceland to Hull.

[Position: Lat 60 0 N, Long 10 24 W]

7.20am: Resumed course S87W, Log 92.0.

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

10.26am: Altered course N60W, Log 31.4. 10.36am: Reduced speed. Engines and helm as requisite.

10.40am: Spoke British MFA “Westgate” No 1300.

11.0am: Stopped, Log 36.8. 11.13am: Boarded “Westgate” Barry dock to White Sea, returning to Londonderry on account of damage.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 44 N, Log 11 34 W]

0.17pm: “Westgate” proceeded. Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course S85W (S63W, N76W), Log 37.3.

5.30pm: Altered course N81E (N59E, S77E), Log 99.0.

11.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 239 miles]

[Number on sick list: 9]


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10 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.2, Long -11.7

2.15am: Stopped, Log 1.5. Engines and helm as requisite.

2.27am: Boarded Norwegian SS “Salina” Newcastle to Baltimore.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 55 N, Long 10 38 W]

2.40am: “Salina” proceeded.

2.54am: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course N81E (S77E, N59E), Log 1.5.

6.40am: Altered course N68W (N46W, West), Log 46.1.

9.20am: Divisions. Physical drill.

10.0am: Exercised “General Quarters”.

0.30pm: Altered course S85W (S63W, N73W), Log 21.6.

5.37pm: Altered course N82E (S76E, N60E), Log 86.3.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 256 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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11 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.4, Long -11.4

6.8am: Altered course S82W (S60W, N76W), Log 32.7.

[Soundings at 7.35am, 8.0am and 8.55 am]

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

am: Hands cleaning ship and as requisite.

0.15am: Unloaded and secured S1 and P1 guns.

8.10pm: Altered course N81E (N59E, S77E), Log 84.9.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 255 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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12 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -12.5

2.30am: Exercised sea boats crew.

5.40am: Altered course S83W (S61W, N75W), Log 1.9.

6.30am: Exercised gun’s crews.

am: Divisions and Divine Service.

6.0pm: Altered course N83E (N61E, S75E), Log 48.7.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 256 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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13 November 1916

Lat 60.1, Long -12.1

6.0am: Altered course S82W (S60W, N76W), Log 90.5.

am: Hands cleaning ship, Port watch at loader drill.

10.30am: Stopped, Log 44.8.

2.35pm: Set course S52E, Log 45.0 at 60 revs.

4.38pm: Altered course S10W, Log 71.0.

4.53pm: Spoke HMS “Teutonic”.

4.57pm: Stopped, Log 75.1. Engines and helm as requisite to communicate with “Teutonic”.

5.30pm: Set course N65W (N87W, N43W), Log 75.6 at 54 revs.

9.0pm: Altered course N85E (S73E, N63E), Log 18.3.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 246 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Mist, drizzle and fog for most of day, noon temperature 44F]


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14 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.9, Long -11.6

6.0am: Altered course S69W (N89W, S47W), Log 22.8.

[Soundings at 7.5am, 7.25am and 7.40am]

9.20am: Divisions, prayers, physical drill.

2.0pm: Altered course N89W (N67W, S69W), Log 21.6.

6.10pm: Altered course S85E (S63E, N73E), Log 72.1.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 230 miles]


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15 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -11.5

1.10am: Reduced speed. Helm and engines as requisite.

1.20am: Spoke Norwegian SS “Briefond” Kirkwall to Philadelphia.

[Position: Lat 59 42 N, Long 11 16 W]

1.20am: Proceeded at 56 revs. 1.24am: Set course N10E, Log 56.3.

2.0am: Altered course S85E (S63E, N73E), Log 63.6.

6.0am: Altered course N88W (N66W, S76W), Log 11.4.

9.33am: Stopped, Log 52.2. Engines and helm as requisite. 9.41am: Dropped target.

9.43am: Proceeded at 57 revs. Exercised General Quarters and carried out 6 inch firing practice.

10.20am: Stopped. Picked up target.

10.45am: Set course N37W (N59W, N15W), Log 52.6 at 57 revs.

11.56am: Stopped, Log 67.3.

1.5pm: Communicated with HMS “Gloucestershire”.

2.0pm: Proceeded at 57 revs. 2.5pm: Set course S84E.

2.45pm: Spoke HMS “Teutonic”.

2.57pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

3.23pm: Lieutenant Hall returned.

3.30pm: Proceeded at 57 revs. 3.33pm: Set course N23E, Log 67.5.

3.56pm: Altered course S74W (S52W, N84W), Log 72.5.

5.40pm: Stopped, Log 93.3. Engines and helm as requisite.

5.55pm: Boarded Danish SS “Silkeborg” Baltimore to Copenhagen.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 57 N, Long 11 32 W]

7.0pm: “Silkeborg” proceeded to Kirkwall with Armed Guard Sub Lieutenant Haggord in charge.

7.5pm: Proceeded at 50 revs. Set course S77W (N81W, S55W), Log 93.5.

10.34pm: Altered course N24E, Log 23.9.

11.0pm: Resumed zig zag (N2E, N46E).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 246 miles]


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16 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.4, Long -12.6

[Course and Distance made good: Various 202 miles]

[On patrol, zig zagging to and fro, main changes of course at 1.30am, 6.40am, 9.30am, 6.0pm, differing revs on port and starboard engines for most of day. Wind mostly south easterly, varying from force 4/5 to 9 during day, mist and rain at times, sea state rough then increasing to very high in late pm]


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17 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.3, Long -12.1

6.30am: Altered course N50W, Log 96.0. Spoke Swedish SS Atland from Kirkwall.

[Position: Lat 59 39 N, Long 12 33 W]

6.44am: Resumed course S35E, Log 98.7 at 42 revs.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

am: Hands employed cleaning ship and as requisite. Controls tested.

1.0pm: Altered course S24W, Log 29.6.

4.0pm: Altered course N52W, Revs 54 Port, 42 Starboard.

7.30pm: Altered course S80E, Log 83.8, 48 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 135 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Wind still south easterly, force 9 in early am, force 7/8 or 8 from noon, sea state very high for most of day, noon temperature 42F]


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18 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.3, Long -11.8

3.16am: Altered course S30E, Log 37.6. Spoke HMS “Victorian” in company with Russian SS “Slavonic” (not under command).

3.35am: Resumed Course S55E, Log 40.0. Reduced to 56 revs.

4.0am: Commenced zig zag (S77E, S33E).

6.0am: Altered course S80E (N78E, S58E), Log 62.6.

8.0am: Altered course S88W (S55W, N70W), Log 81.6.

1.17pm: Stopped, Log 39.7. Engines and helm as requisite.

1.45pm: Boarded Norwegian SS “Older”. Found German Prize crew (9) on board, who exploded bombs and opened cocks to sink the ship. Took off crew (22), also crew (25) of Italian SS “Lela” [sunk on 13 November] and crew (8) of British ST “Hatsuse” [sunk on 14 November] and German prize crew.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 18 N, Long 11 58 W]

4.20pm: Last boat left “Older”. Hoisted boats.

5.20am: Proceeded at 48 revs. Courses as requisite laying off “Older”. Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 18 N, Long 11 58 W.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

11.30pm: Revs 58 Starboard, 38 Port.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 190 miles]

[South easterly wind force 6 in am with very rough sea, force 5 in pm with sea state rough]


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19 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.4, Long -12.5

8.9am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

8.27am: Engineer Lieutenant Comar Paxton, Lieutenant Howard Uncles RNR DSC and party boarded “Older”.

10.0am: Divisions.

pm: Place on board “Older” master and crew, also 25 crews of Italian SS “Lela”, 8 crew of British ST “Hatsuse”.

1.13pm: SS “Older” proceeded to Stornaway with Armed Guard, Sub Lieutenant Stanley F Carter in charge.

1.35pm: Proceeded at 58 revs, set course S40E (S18E, S62E), Log 41.6.

2.0pm: Altered course S89W (S67W, N69W), Log 45.5.

2.56pm: Stopped, Log 57.8. Engines as requisite.

3.15pm: Boarded Swedish SS “Viken” Galveston to Gothenburg.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 18 N, Long 12 45 W]

4.0pm: Viken proceeded to Kirkwall with Armed Guard, Midshipman Bagley in charge.

4.12pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. 4.15pm: Set course S89W (S67W, N69W), Log 58.5.

6.30pm: Altered course S82E (S60E, N76E), Log 85.8.

11.48pm: Altered course South, Log 31.8. Increased to 58 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: S59W, 9 miles]


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20 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.4, Long -12.7

0.35am: Closely examined Icelandic ST “Bidir” GK450 [registered in Grindavik] Steering North (magnetic).

[Position: Lat 59 27 N, Long 11 54 W]

0.37am: Altered course S82E (S66E, N76E), Log 41.2 at 48 revs.

5.30am: Spoke Swedish SS “Viken”.

5.34am: Set course N49E (N27E, N71E), Log 88.4.

8.5am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 38 N, Long 11 31 W.

10.55am: Reduced to 42 revs. Engines as requisite. Spoke Russian SS “Slavonic” in tow of HM Tug “Jack” and escort.

11.13am: Proceeded at 58 revs.

5.30pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 7 N, Long 13 25 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 192 miles]


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21 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.6, Long -10.1

8.8am: Stopped, Log 82.0. Engines and helm as requisite.

8.19am: Boarded Danish schooner “Hermod” Limerick to Leith.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 42 N, Long 10 11 W]

8.30am: “Hermod” proceeded.

8.42am: Proceeded at 58 revs. 8.45am: Altered course N50E, Log 82.5.

9.49am: Stopped, Log 95.4. Engines and helm as requisite.

10.5am: Boarded Norwegian SS “Mexicano” [listed here] from Galveston to Gothenburg.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 52 N, Long 9 55 W]

10.17am: “Mexicano” proceeded to Kirkwall with Armed Guard Lieutenant Antram in charge.

10.25am: Proceeded at 58 revs. 10.30am: Set course S40W (S62W, S18W), Log 96.0.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

10.0am: Exercised General Quarters and Abandon ship stations.

0.30pm: Spoke Danish SV “Rjukan” flying flag of day.

[Speaking and Boarding Positions: Lat 59 32 N, Long 10 18 W]

2.21pm: Stopped, Log 42.2. Engines and helm as requisite.

2.30pm: Boarded Swedish schooner “Gurli” Liverpool to Leith.

[Position:] [Lat 59 28 N, Long 11 1 W]

2.42pm: “Gurli” proceeded.

2.50pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. 2.54pm: Resumed Course N70W (S88W, N48W), Log 42.8.

3.20pm: Spoke HMS “Andes”.

3.25pm: Spoke Danish SS “Florida” [Florida (1) listed here] flying flag of day.

[Position:] [Lat 59 23 N, Long 11 10 W]

3.30pm: Altered course S75E, Log 50.2, zig zag (N83E, S53E).

4.5pm: Altered course N75W, Log 57.0. Spoke Admiralty oiler No 39 “Bloomfield” Humber to New Orleans.

[Position:] [Lat 59 24 N, Long 10 57 W]

4.22pm: Altered course N70E (N48W, S88W), Log 60.0.

5.15pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 24 N, Long 11 17 W.

7.51pm: Stopped, Log 2.5. Engines and helm as requisite.

8.11pm: Boarded Norwegian SS “Hero” Galveston to Copenhagen.

[Position:] [Lat 59 19 N, Long 12 7 W]

8.47pm: “Hero” proceeded to Kirkwall with Armed Guard Midshipman Prest in charge.

9.2pm: Proceeded at 54 revs. 9.5pm: Set course N88E (N66E, S70E), Log 2.8.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 225 miles]


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22 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.3, Long -14.6

8.0am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 12 N, Long 13 20 W.

am: First and second divisions at small arm drill, remainder cleaning ship and as requisite.

11.15am: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

11.21am: Stopped, Log 75.2. Engines and helm as requisite.

11.25am: Commodore left the ship to visit flag ship.

11.29am: Proceeded at 62 revs. 11.34am: Set course N45E.

11.50am: Commenced zig zag (N79E, N11E).

2.36pm: Stopped, Log 7.0. Engines and helm as requisite.

2.58pm: Commodore returned. Sub Lieutenant Pocock joined up. Received 52 bags mails.

3.8pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. 3.12pm: Set course S44E (S66E, S22E), Log 8.8.

5.0pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 36 N, Long 13 41 W.

10.30pm: Passed Norwegian SS “Nornega” Kirkwall to Boston.

[Position: Lat 59 55 N, Long 11 48 W]

[Course and Distance made good: Various 246 miles]


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23 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.2, Long -11.2

7.0am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 15 N, Long 10 0 W.

9.27am: Spoke HMS “Avenger”. 9.30am: Altered course N85W, Log 17.6. Reduced to 48 revs.

9.53am: Stopped, Log 20.0. Engines and helm as requisite to communicate with “Avenger”.

10.30am: Proceeded at 28 revs. Hands employed as requisite.

10.35am: Set course N53W (N75W, N31W), Log 20.3.

4.36pm: Stopped, Log 85.4. Engines and helm as requisite.

4.49pm: Boarded Norwegian Barque “Spica” Brunswick GA [Georgia] to Drontheim.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 23 N, Long 12 37 W]

5.40pm: “Spica” proceeded.

6.5pm: Proceeded at 48 revs. Set course N83W (N61W, S75W), Log 85.4.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 235 miles]


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24 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.8, Long -11.0

8.0am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 51 N, Long 10 0 W.

am: Third and fourth divisions at small arm drill, remainder cleaning ship and as requisite.

4.47pm: Stopped, Log 33.2. Engines as requisite.

4.57pm: Boarded Danish schooner “Noah” Isafjiord to Macduff.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 16 N, Long 11 59 W]

5.17pm: “Noah” proceeded.

5.32pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. 5.35pm: Set course N72W (S86W, N50W), Log 33.7.

10.0pm: Wind veered to North.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 220 miles]


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25 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.4, Long -10.7

8.0am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 43 N, Long 11 21 W.

8.30am: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

9.0am: Commenced zig zag (S23E, S67E).

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

10.3am: Stopped. Engines as requisite to communicate with “flagship”.

10.8am: Proceeded at 58 revs. 10.12am: Set course S30E (S52E, S8E), Log 19.1.

11.40am: Spoke HMS “ Avenger”.

4.30pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 46 W, Long 9 10 W.

6.26pm: Stopped, Log 30.0. Engines as requisite.

6.55pm: Boarded Dutch SS “Mijdrecht” Port Arthur to Amsterdam.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 31 N, Long 8 45 W]

7.43pm: “Mijdrecht” proceeded to Kirkwall with Armed Guard Midshipman Taylor in change.

7.54pm: Proceeded at 62 revs.7.56am: Set course North.

8.25pm: Spoke Admiralty oiler SS “Silverlip” No 75.

[Position: Lat 59 35 N, Long 8 47 W]

8.36pm: Altered course North.

9.10pm: Altered course S29E (S51E, S7E), Log 30.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 248 miles]


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26 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Lock [Loch] Ewe

Lat 57.8, Long -5.6 [estimated]

3.25am: Butt of Lewis Light bore S21E.

4.50am: Butt of Lewis Light abeam distant 5.1 miles.

6.0am: Tiumpan Head Light abeam distant 7 miles.

7.55am: Courses as requisite to enter Lock [sic] Ewe.

8.5am: Passed boom defence. Engines as requisite.

8.22am: Stopped. Let go Starboard anchor in 9 fathoms (5 shackles).

[Anchor Bearings Magnetic: Aultbea Hotel N20E, Drumchork Farm N50E, Gobna Lice [?] Point N50W, Ships Head North]

8.45am: Received 1 bag mails.

9.0am: Received 7 bags mails. Fresh water boat came alongside.

9.10am: Collier “Boscawen” No 318 alongside Port side.

9.40am: Commenced coaling.

[Information on coal received per hour recorded on left of log page]

9.45am: Marine Escort arrived for German prisoners,

10.15am: Prisoners (9) left the ship in charge of Marine Escort.

1.15pm: Collier cast off Port side.

1.40pm: Collier fast alongside starboard side.

3.45pm: Stopped coaling. Received 178 tons.

4.8pm: Collier “Boscawen” cast off.

4.29pm: Commenced heaving up. 4.41pm: Anchor up. Engines and helm as requisite for leaving harbour.

5.7pm: Passed Boom defence. 5.8pm: Proceeded at 48 revs.

5.15pm: Set course N2E. 5.22pm: Increased to 58 revs. 5.36pm: Streamed Patent Log 0.0.

7.15pm: Observed Butt of Lewis Light bearing N9W.

7.57pm: Tiumpan Head Light abeam 5.7 miles.

9.32pm: Butt of Lewis Light abeam distant 4.5 miles. Altered course N18W (N40W, N4E), Log 42.2.

11.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 225 miles]

[Draft Arriving: Forward 20’ 0”, Aft 22’ 6”. Leaving: Forward 20’ 0”, Aft 22’ 9”]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 955 tons]


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27 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.7, Long -6.3

1.30am: Altered course N22E (North, N44E), Log 83.0.

6.30am: Exercised gun’s crews.

9.20am: Divisions. Prayers, physical drill.

10.0am: Altered course N73E (N39E, S73E), Log 78.3.

am: Port gun’s crew at loader drill. Remainder cleaning ship.

7.30pm: Altered course S31E (S65E, S3W), Log 80.2. 7.45pm: Revs 58 Starboard, 42 Port.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 194 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1058 tons, Received 178 tons]


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28 November 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4 [estimated]

5.55am: Esha Ness Light abeam distant 1.9 miles.

6.50am: Spoke HMS “Locust”. Revs 58 Starboard, 42 Port.

7.4am: Courses as requisite to enter harbour. 7.9am: Engines as requisite, Log 91.6. Passed Muckle Roe Light.

7.20am: Passed boom defence.

7.36am: Anchored in 17 fathoms.

7.50am: Hove up and shifted berth.

8.1am: Let go Starboard anchor in 17 fathoms (4 shackles).

8.15am: Rang off engines.

[Anchor Bearings Magnetic: Busta House N67W, Post office N25E, Hevden Ness S25W]

[Draft Arriving: Forward 20’ 0”, Aft 22’ “3”]

8.35am: Collier “De Fontaine” No 674 alongside Port.

8.40am: Collier “Cairnnevis” No 121 alongside Starboard.

9.15am: Commenced coaling Port side. 9.20am: Commenced coaling Starboard side. Stokers from “Gibraltar” alongside. One Ordinary Telegraphist RNVR joined from HMS “Gibraltar”.

[Information about coal received recorded hourly on far left side of page]

10.44am: HMS “Oracle” arrived.

10.50am: Russian Ice breaker arrived.

11.20am: Signalman ashore for duty.

Noon to 1.0pm: Dinner hour.

0.15pm: Let go Port anchor underfoot.

0.20pm: HMS “Locust” arrived.

1.15pm: Extra Stokers from “Gibraltar” on board.

2.15pm: Boy Telegraphist RN left for “Gibraltar”.

3.30pm: Anchor Bearings verified.

4.0pm to 4.30pm: Stopped coaling for tea.

6.0pm: Finished coaling for the night. Part of watch at night defence stations.

6.30pm: Stokers returned to “Gibraltar”.

8.10pm: Weighed Port anchor.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 191 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 980 tons]

[Mist and/or rain for most of day, noon temperature 48F]


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29 November 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

6.15am: Commenced coaling Port side.

6.50am: Commenced coaling Starboard side.

[Information about coal received recorded hourly on far left side of page]

7.25am: Stokers from “Gibraltar” arrived.

7.50am: Water boat alongside.

9.0am: HMS “Vienna” arrived.

10.40am: HMS “Royal Scot” arrived.

11.30am: Received 8 bags of mails.

0.30pm: Sub Lieutenant Cortor [?], Midshipman Prest, Midshipman Taylor and Armed Guards returned.

3.0pm: HMS “Locust” sailed. Russian Ice breaker sailed.

4.15pm: HMS “Teutonic” sailed.

7.0pm: Finished coaling. Received 145 tons [should be 1450 tons]. Received from Cain Nevis [Cairnnevis] 734 tons, Received from De Fontaine 716 tons.

7.30pm: Stokers returned to Gibraltar.

9.0pm: Part of watch at night defence stations.


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30 November 1916

At Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

7.56am: SS “CairnNevis” cast off.

8.0am: SS “De Fontaine” cast off.

8.30am: HMS “Oracle” sailed.

8.45am: Divisions, physical drill.

am: Hands cleaning ship.

2.15pm: Water boat “Flying Breeze” alongside.

7.0pm: Part of watch at night defence stations.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2394 tons, Received 1450 tons]


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LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1916


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for December 1916]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and Commodore, as before]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising or at Busta Voe

Lat 60.4, Long -1.4

7.30am: HMS “Moldavia” arrived.

9.0am: HMS “Vienna” arrived. Divisions and Divine Service. Held Presbyterian Service on board.

10.30am: Exercised “Abandon ship” lowered all boats.

10.40am: Lieutenant Antram, Sub Lieutenant Haggord, Midshipman Bagley and Armed Guard returned.

11.30am: Sub Lieutenant Elliot, Midshipman Hall and Armed Guard joined for Passage to “Alsatian”.

[Draft Leaving: Forward 20’ 4”, Aft 25’ 9”]

2.0pm: Discharged Lieutenant Antram to “Vienna” for passage to “Titania”.

3.25pm: Received 8 bags mails for “Alsatian” and 32 bags for “Gloucestershire”.

4.0pm: Commenced heaving up. 4.17pm: Anchor up. Engines and helm as requisite to leave harbour. 4.18pm: Proceeded at 60 revs.

4.30pm: Reduced speed. 4.35pm: Passed boom defence. Exercised “General Quarters”.

4.45pm: Passed Muckle Roe. 4.48pm: Set course N38W, Log 0.0. Increased to 65 revs.

5.0pm: Altered course N59W (N25W, S87W), log 0.

5.20pm: Esha Ness Light abeam distant 5.5 miles.

10.0pm: Altered zig zag (West, N46W).


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2 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.1, Long -8.6 [from Stellar Observations]

2.30am: Examined Dutch SS “Vulcanus” [listed here] Falmouth to Amsterdam. Allowed her to proceed.

[Position: Lat 60 32 N, Long 4 54 W]

2.32am: Altered course N62W, Log 14.0.

3.0am: Resumed zig zag (N40W, N84W). Exercised sea boats crew.

8.0am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 42 N, Long 7 7 W.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

am: Hands cleaning ship. Controls tested.

3.19pm: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

3.54pm: Stopped, Log 88.9. Engines as requisite.

4.0pm: Discharged 2 officers and Armed Guard and 8 bags of mails to flagship. Received one officer and Armed Guard for Changuinola and mails for “Gloucestershire”.

4.13pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. 4.17pm: Set course N46W (N68W, N24W), Log 89.3.

4.25pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 27 N, Long 10 6 W.

4.30pm: Read Warrants No 48 and 49.

9.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 224 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Wind south westerly then north westerly, force 4 for most of day, noon temperature 41F]


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3 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.5, Long -17.0

8.0am: Altered course N42W (N64W, N20W), Log 68.1.

9.0am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 62 16.5 N, Long 15 49 W.

am: Divisions, Read Articles of War and Court Martial returned, Mustered by the Open List. Divine Service.

4.30pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 62 42 N, Long 18 52 W.

5.10pm: Altered course N23W (N45W, N1W), Log 80.6.

7.5pm: Observed Vestmannhaeyor [Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland] Light bearing N5W (magnetic).

9.15pm: Heimay [Heimaey] Light abeam distant 14.6 miles.

10.0pm: Altered course N26W (N4W, N48W), Log 43.5.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 248 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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4 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 64.3, Long -25.8

0.55am: Observed Reykjanes Light bearing N16W (magnetic).

2.28am: Altered course North, Log 700.5. 2.35am: Reykjanes Light abeam distant 1.75 miles. 2.38am: Altered course N37W, Log 2.5.

3.0am: Resumed zig zag (N59W, N15W).

7.30am: Stopped zig zag. 8.0am: Resumed zig zag.

9.0am: Stopped zig zag. 9.20am: Spoke HMS “Changuinola”.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

9.50am: Stopped, Log 84.6.

10.27am: Discharged one officer, Armed Guard and mails to “Changuinola”.

10.30am: Proceeded at 50 revs, set course N17E, Log 84.6.

11.0am: Spoke HMS “Gloucestershire”.

11.12am: Stopped, Log 92.0. Discharged mails to “Gloucestershire”.

11.35am: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course N10E (N32E, N12W), Log 92.0.

2.30pm: Altered course N24W (N2W, N46W), Log 27.5.

6.30pm: Altered course S25E (S47E, S3E), Log 77.1.

10.10pm: Altered course N26W (N4W, N48W), Log 21.1.

11.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 271 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Weather variable: early snow, then drizzle, fog and mist, winds variable in direction and force. Noon temperature: 41F]


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5 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 65.7, Long -27.0 [from Stellar Observation at 9.40]

3.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

4.0am: Altered course S22E (S44E, South), Log 90.1.

8.0am: Altered course N37E (N3E, N71E), Log 40.6.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

9.40am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 65 19 N, Long 27 0 W.

2.0pm: Altered course S38W (S4W, S72W), Log 16.0.

5.10pm: Stellar Observation: Lat 65 39 N, Long 27 2 W.

8.0pm: Altered course S5E (S39E, S29W), Log 88.9.

10.10pm: Altered course N21W (N13E, N55W), Log 15.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 276 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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6 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 65.4, Long -28.6

3.35am: Reduced to 48 revs. Stopped zig zag.

3.50am: Covered guns.

4.0am: Altered course S25E (S47E, S3E), Log 85.4. 4.5am: Increased to 58 revs.

5.15am: Passed iceberg, Lat 65 15 N, Long 28 2 W.

7.40am: Altered course N21W (N55W, N13E), Log 26.0.

10.0am: Altered course N15W (N49W, N19E), Log 52.2.

11.42am: Starboard Engine 58 revs. Port Engine 42 revs.

1.0pm: Altered zig zag (N37W, N7E).

4.30pm: Altered course S32E (S54E, S10E), Log 20.6. 4.33pm: Revs Port 58, Starboard 42.

5.30pm: Revs 48 both engines.

8.0pm: Revs 42 Port, 48 Starboard. Altered course S35E (S13E, S57E), Log 45.7.

10.10pm: Revs 45 both engines.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 255 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Weather squally with rain and snow, winds mostly north easterly, force 6/7 to 7/8 in pm, with sea state very rough. Noon temperature 31F (and 21F at 8pm)]


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7 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 65.0, Long -27.1

4.0am: Altered course S25E (S59E, S9W), Log 5.5.

9.0am: Altered course N15W (N49W, N19E), Log 59.6.

am: Exercised “General Quarters”.

3.40pm: Altered course S31E (S3W, S65E), Log 32.6.

5.0pm: Altered zig zag (S53E, S8E).

10.0pm: Altered course S43E (S65E, S21E), Log -.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 199 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]

[Squally easterly wind force 6/7 or 7 in pm, sea state rough to very rough from 8pm]


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8 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 65.0, Long -27.1

1.30am: Stopped zig zag.

2.15am: Lost overboard through wire parting about 200 fathoms sounding wire, sinker, etc.

[Soundings at 2.30am and 3.0am]

4.12am: Altered course N34W, Log 34.1.

am: Divisions, physical drill. First Division at Kit muster. Hands cleaning ship. Controls tested.

0.40pm: Altered course S2W, Log 14.6. Increased to 58 revs.

11.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 226 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[A squally, snowy day with easterly and south easterly winds ranging from force 7 in am to force 4 at midnight, noon temperature 29F]


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9 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.9, Long -22.1

5.8pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 47 N, Long 19 40 [W].

[Course and Distance made good: Various 266 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[On patrol, zig zagging all day, main changes of course at 2.0am and 9.0am, weather quieter though snow in pm]


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10 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.3, Long -11.9 [from Stellar Observation]

8.48am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 10 N, Long 13 9 W.

9.30am: Altered course S57E (S79E, S35E), Log 49.2.

10.0am: Divisions. Divine Service.

1.40pm: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

2.5pm: Altered course S85W (N61W, S51W), Log 5.7.

2.52pm: Stopped, Log 14.8. Communicated by boat with “Alsatian”.

3.3pm: Proceeded at 54 revs.

3.20pm: Set course South, Log 17.2. 3.30pm: Altered course S53E (S87E, S19E), Log 19.2.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 284 miles]

[True Course and Distance: to RV S84E, 26 miles]


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11 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.4, Long -9.5

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

am: Hands employed as requisite. Guns crews at loader drill. Controls tested.

0.30pm: Spoke Norwegian SS “Aztec” Philadelphia to Bergen via Kirkwall.

[Position Lat 39 27 N, Long 9 39 W]

[Course and Distance made good: Various 265 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[North easterly wind force 6/7 to 8 all day, sea state rough in am, very rough in pm, noon temperature 38F]


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12 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.5, Long -8.8

9.30am: Passed Danish SS “Oscar II”. Altered course N75W (N53W, S83W), Log 34.0

[Position: Lat 60 2 N, Long 8 5 W]

9.35am: Spoke HMS “Patuca”.

11.0am: Altered course S81W (N77W, S59W), Log 50.4.

11.43am: Engines as requisite.

11.47am: Altered course N57W, Log 59.5. Spoke British SS “Oruro” Hull to New York.

[Position: Lat 59 30 N, Long 8 44 W]

11.59am: Proceeded at 56 revs. Noon: Altered course N81W (S59W, N77W), Log 61.0.

3.0pm: Altered course S84W (N74W, S62W), Log 95.2.

3.47pm: Stopped, Log 2.3. Engines and helm as requisite.

3.56pm: Boarded Danish SS “Lexa Maersk” from New York to Aarhus and Copenhagen.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 27 N, Long 9 55 W]

4.43pm: SS “Lexa Maersk” proceeded to Kirkwall with Armed Guard Lieutenant Hall in charge.

4.55pm: Proceeded at 56 revs. Set course S84W (S62W, N74W), Log 2.5.

6.0pm: Altered course N43E (N65E, N21E), Log 15.1

[Course and Distance made good: Various 192 miles]

[Squally north easterly winds force 6 or 7 all day, rain at times, with sea state rough or very rough, noon temperature 40F]


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13 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.2, Long -11.0

10.11am: Fired 6 inch blank.

am: Second and fourth divisions and Marines at squad drill, remainder working as requisite.

10.56am: Stopped, Log 83.9. Fired 6 inch blank.

11.13am: Boarded “Skomvaer” (Norwegian Barque) Odense to Baltimore.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 12 N, Long 11 4 W]

11.40am: “Skomvaer” proceeded.

11.49am: Proceeded at 60 revs. 11.52am: Set course N75E (N53E, S83E), Log 84.0.

2.0pm: Reduced speed, altered course N40W, Log 6.2. 2.3pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

2.12pm: Boarded Norwegian SS “Dana” Troon to Rekjavik [Reykjavik].

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 31 N, Long 10 57 W]

2.30pm: “Dana” proceeded.

2.40pm: Proceeded at 50 revs. 2.41pm: Set course S40E (S62E, S18E), Log 7.2.

4.48pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 6 N, Long 10 47 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 212 miles]


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14 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.5, Long -10.8

0.47am: Reduced speed. Engines and helm as requisite.

0.50am: Spoke British MFA (oiler) “San Eduardo” [mentioned in article here] No 50. Port Arthur to Kirkwall.

[Position: Lat 59 42 N, Long 10 36 W]

1.7am: Proceeded at 56 revs. Resumed Course S88W (S66W, N70W), Log 19.6.

6.0am: Altered course N79E (N57E, S79E), Log 75.3.

8.30am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 26 N, Long 11 16 W.

9.20am: Passed Norwegian SS “Landvard” [probably the ship shown here] (Westbound, flying correct flag).

[Position: Lat 59 30 N, Long 11 2 W]

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

10.10am: Stopped, Log 22.3. Dropped target.

10.12am: Proceeded, engines and helm as requisite. Exercised “General Quarters” carried out 6 pounder firing practice.

11.50am: Stopped, picked up target.

0.7pm: Proceeded at 56 revs. 0.8pm: Set course N75E (N53E, S83E), Log 22.5.

4.10pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 52 N, Long 9 41 W.

7.30pm: Altered course N89W, Log 95.4. Revs: Port 42, Starboard 58.

9.0pm: Commenced zig zag (S69W, N67W).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 225 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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15 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.6, Long -10.2

8.44am: Position by Star and Moon: Lat 59 53 N, Long 9 51 W.

am: Training classes to instruction. Hands cleaning ship and working as requisite.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 220 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Zig zagging to and fro, on patrol, main changes of course at midnight, 6.0am, 10.0am, 11.25am, 1.10pm, 3.10pm and 6.0pm. North easterly wind force 5 or 6 all day, sea state rough until 4pm, then reducing, showers at times, noon temperature 40F]


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16 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -8.2

6.10am: Altered course S82W (S60W, N76W), Log 55.0.

7.0am: Exercised gun’s crews.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill. Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 6 N, Long 7 48 W.

9.34am: Stopped, Log 96.2. Engines and helm as requisite. Dropped target.

9.40am: Proceeded at 56 revs. Courses as requisite. Exercised “Action” carried out 6 inch target practice.

11.36am: Reduced speed. 11.39am: Stopped and as requisite.

11.52am: Picked up target. 11.53am: Proceeded at 56 revs. Set course S78E (S56W, N80W), Log 96.8.

1.19pm: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite, Log 13.5.

1.33pm: Boarded Russian SS “Caesarevitsch Alexej”, Archangel to Glasgow.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 51 N, Long 8 26 W]

1.51pm: “Caesarevitsch Alexej” proceeded.

2.3pm: Proceeded at 56 revs. 2.8pm: Set course S83W (S61W, N75W), Log 14.0.

7.10pm: Altered course N74E (N52E, S84E), Log 72.7.

10.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 230 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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17 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.7, Long -9.0

2.30am: Spoke Norwegian SS “Kristianiafiord” [Kristianiafjord] Standing to Northward.

[Position: Lat 59 49 N, Long 8 23 W]

2.32am: Altered course N71E (N49E, S87E), Log 51.0.

7.0am: Altered course S78W (S56W, N80W), Log 4.0.

8.0am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 3 N, Long 8 4 W.

am: Divisions and Divine Service.

0.42pm: Stopped, Log 72.5. Engines and helm as requisite.

0.50pm: Boarded Norwegian SS “Alf” New Orleans to Bergen and Christiania.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 30 N, Long 9 0 W]

1.34pm: “Alf” proceeded to Kirkwall with Armed Guard Sub Lieutenant Haggord in charge.

1.48pm: Proceeded at 56 revs. 1.49pm: Set course N70W (S88W, N48W), Log 72.9.

4.0pm: Altered course S83W (S61W, N75W), Log 98.0.

4.15pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 25 N, Long 9 46 W.

7.2pm: Stopped, Log 32.8. Engines and helm as requisite.

7.10pm: Spoke HMS “Orvieto”.

7.12pm: Boarded Danish SS “United States” New York to Copenhagen.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 18 N, Long 10 24 W]

8.0pm: “United States” proceeded to Kirkwall with Armed Guard Lieutenant Ellis in charge.

8.13pm: Proceeded at 50 revs. Set course S88E (S66E, N70E), Log 32.8.

10.0pm: Altered course N72E (N50E, S86E), Log 79.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 254 miles]


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18 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.5, Long -9.9

6.10am: Altered course S83W (S61W, N75W), Log 35.7.

8.37am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 50 N, Long 8 55 W.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

4.0pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 58 51 N, Long 11 17 W.

4.58pm: Stopped, Log 72.6. Engines and helm as requisite.

5.6pm: Boarded British MFA “San Melito” No 130 Port Arthur to Kirkwall.

[Boarding Position: Lat 58 45 N, Long 11 17 W]

5.16pm: “San Melito” proceeded.

5.30pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. 5.33pm: Set course N64E (N42E, N86E), Log 73.1.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 233 miles]


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19 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.7, Long -9.1

2.0am: Secured forward guns.

7.0am: Altered course S78W (N80W, S56W), Log 16.8.

9.55am: Stopped, Log 53.6. Engines and helm as requisite, dropped target. Proceeded as requisite at 58 revs. Exercised “Action” carried out 6 pounder (sub calibre) practice.

11.15am: Stopped. Spoke HMS “Avenger”. Engines as requisite.

11.27am: Picked up target. 11.36am: Set course S78W at 58 revs.

Noon: Increased to 72 revs. Altered course S41W (S19W, S63W), Log 54.5.

2.15pm: Spoke HMS “Orvieto”.

4.0pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 58 38 N, Long 9 55 W.

7.0pm: Altered course S21W (S43W, S1E), Log 64.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 237 miles]


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20 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 55.4, Long -8.6

4.10am: Passed Dutch SS “MAASLAND” Dartmouth to Amsterdam.

[Position: Lat 56 0 N, Long 10 6 W]

4.11am: Resumed course. Altered course S21W (S1E, S43W), Log 800.8.

7.12am: Stopped, Log 43.7. Engines and helm as requisite. Exercised “General Night Quarters”.

7.20am: Boarded British SS “ARIEL” Belfast to Philadelphia.

[Boarding Position: Lat 55 30 N, Long 10 15 W]

7.39am: “Ariel” proceeded.

7.42am: Proceeded at 70 revs. 7.45am: Altered course S59E (S81E, S37E), Log 43.9.

9.5am: Spoke HMS “Patia”.

9.29am: Stopped, Log 69.7. Engines and helm as requisite to communicate by boat with “Patia”.

9.40am: Proceeded at 72 revs. Resumed Course, Log 69.8.

10.30am: Altered course S70E (S48E, N88E), Log 82.1.

0.15pm: Sighted Tory Island bearing S30E.

0.33pm: Tory Island Light House abeam distant 4.5 miles, Log 13.5.

1.55pm: Spoke Fanad Head Signal Station.

2.28pm: Spoke Malin Head Signal Station. Controls tested.

3.0pm: Inistrahull Light House abeam distant 1.1 miles.

5.27pm: Rue Point abeam distant 9 cables.

6.30pm: Stopped zig zag.

7.16pm: Maidens Light abeam distant 4 miles.

8.10pm: Resumed zig zag (S18W, S26E).

8.40pm: Mew Island abeam distant 4.25 miles.

9.35pm: Skulmartin Light abeam distant 5.5 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 316 miles]

[Courses and Distance: to Bar Light Vessel Various 232 miles]


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21 December 1916

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

4.0am: Observed Great Ormes Head bearing S35W. Observed Bar Light Vessel bearing S49E.

5.0am: Courses as requisite to enter River Mersey.

5.13am: Passed Bar Light Vessel.

5.38am: Passed Formby Light Vessel.

5.51am: Passed C1 buoy.

6.13am: Passed C8 buoy.

6.23am: Stopped. 6.40am: Pilot (Mr M Bird) on board. Proceeded Engines and helm to Pilot’s orders.

6.42am: Passed Rock Light House.

7.30am: With 4 tugs in attendance entered Alfred Lock.

7.40am: Made fast in Alfred Basin.

8.50am: Cast off and proceeded into East Float.

9.8am: Passed into West Float.

9.22am: Tugs cast off.

9.31am: Moored alongside HMS “Laurentic”. 9.38am: Finished with engines.

[Draft Arriving: Forward 19’ 3”, Aft 22’ 6”]

am: Hands employed as requisite securing ship.

0.10pm: Lieutenant Ellis and Armed Guard returned. Private Hearnden RMLI, G Smith (Armourers crew), Leading Signalman Garner joined up.

1.30pm: Leave granted to Starboard watch until 7.0am Saturday December 30th.

4.0pm: Commodore proceeded on leave. Sunset. Struck Commodore’s broad pendant.

4.50pm: With two tugs in attendance commenced to heave ship off.

6.0pm: HMS “Laurentic” sailed.

6.25pm: Moored alongside, cast off tugs.

6.30pm: Telephone rigged.

7.20pm: Lowered gangway. Sub Lieutenant Haggord and Armed Guard returned.

8.30pm: Leave granted.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 244 miles]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 634 tons]


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22 December 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

am and pm: Hands employed as requisite.

6.0pm: Leave granted.


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23 December 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

am: Hands employed as requisite.

11.30am: Workmen ashore.

1.30pm: Leave granted.

pm: Hands “Make and Mend”.

[Rain or drizzle at times, noon temperature 34F]


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24 December 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

9.0am: RC [Roman Catholic] party ashore.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.10am: RC party returned.

1.30pm: Leave granted.


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25 December 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.0am: RC party ashore.

9.25am: RC party returned.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

1.30pm: Leave granted.


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26 December 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

am: Hands employed chipping, getting outfit boxes and projectiles ashore and as requisite.

pm: Hands employed getting outfit boxes and projectiles ashore.

5.0pm: Leave granted.


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27 December 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.0am: Shore workmen on board working in engine room and painters.

10.40am: Hove ship off to allow coal lighters alongside.

11.45am: Commenced coaling Starboard side.

11.50am: Commenced coaling port side.

pm: Hands employed taking aboard HE [High Explosive] projectiles and ships stores.

4.30pm: Leave granted.

5.30pm: Hands commenced taking aboard meat provisions.

6.50pm: Stores on board.

7.30pm: Commenced taking in stores (meat, etc).

9.0pm: Finished coaling for the day.

9.10pm: Stores on board.

[Thick fog for most of day, noon temperature 30F]


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28 December 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.30am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

9.0am: Tideman, Brown, Albridge, Harmen Ordinary Seamen joined up from RNB [Royal Naval Barracks] Chatham.

am: Hands employed as requisite chipping etc.

pm: Hands employed getting stores on board.

5.0pm: Leave granted.

9.0pm: Finished coaling for the day.


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29 December 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.15am: Hove ship off to move coal lighters.

am: Coaling not commenced on account of heavy rain.

11.0am: Rain stopped. Commenced coaling. Hands getting stores on board, chipping and working as requisite.

pm: Hands employed getting stores on board.

5.0pm: Leave granted.

6.0pm: Marlow, Gallagher, Main (Trimmers) RNR joined up from HMS “Eagle”.

9.0pm: Stopped coaling for the day.

pm: Men working on WT [Wireless Telegraph] spindles outside saloon during the night.

[Provisions received: Vegetables 36570 lbs between 27th and 29th]


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30 December 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: Starboard watch returned from leave.

8.30am: Commenced coaling.

am: Hands employed as requisite.

1.0pm: Stopped coaling.

1.30pm: Leave granted.

1.45pm: Escort went ashore.

3.45pm: Escort returned with prisoner.

5.0pm: Leave granted.

6.10pm: Privates Moores, McQueen RMLI joined up from RMB [Royal Marines Barracks] Chatham.

10.30pm: Commodore returned. Rehoisted Commodore’s broad pendant.

[Number on sick list: 6]


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31 December 1916

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

9.0am: RC church party ashore.

9.20am: Commenced coaling. Clear up decks.

9.50am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.0am: RC party returned.

1.0pm: Leave granted.

pm: Stopped coaling at 4.0pm.

5.0pm: Leave granted.


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LOGS FOR JANUARY 1917


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for January 1917]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and Commodore, as before]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 January 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.0am: Commenced coaling.

am: Privates (Rawlins, Hawkins, Harvey) RMLI discharged to RMB Chatham. Seamen (Pope, McDonald, McLeod, Campbell) RNR discharged to RNB Chatham.

am: Hands cleaning ship and working as requisite.

3.15pm: Finished coaling on Port side.

3.20pm: Paid wages to Port watch.

4.30pm: Read Warrant No 50.

6.0pm: Leave granted.

9.0pm: Finished coaling for the day.


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2 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats and preparing ship for sea.

8.15am: Commenced coaling.

8.45am: Alexander (Armourers mate) discharged to RNB Chatham. Seaman Turvey RNVR discharged from ship.

am: Hands cleaning ship and preparing ship for sea.

11.45am: Finished coaling starboard side.

[Draft Leaving: Forward 21’ 10”, Aft 26’ 9”]

1.0pm: Pilot came on board.

1.15pm: Hands employed preparing ready magazines for sea.

2.50pm: Gangway ashore. 2.52pm: 4 tugs made fast to ship.

3.0pm: Cast off. Engines and helm as requisite out of harbour.

3.28pm: Passed into East Float.

3.55pm: Passed into Alfred Basin.

4.7pm: Made fast in lock, let go after tugs. Exercised “General Quarters”.

5.20pm: Let go all and proceeded into River Mersey.

5.27pm: Cleared lock.

5.35pm: Stopped. Discharged Pilot.

5.39pm: Proceeded at 48 revs. Courses as requisite out of river.

5.55pm: Passed Rock Light.

6.0pm: Read Warrant No 51.

6.57pm: Passed Formby Light Vessel. Increased to 60 revs.

7.18pm: Passed Bar Light Vessel. 7.20pm: Set course N76W. Patent Log streamed.

11.19pm: Skerries Light bore S23E, Log 48.6.

11.30pm: Increased to 64 revs.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 3000 tons, Received 2500 tons]


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3 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 55.4, Long -7.2

0.40am: Altered course N16E (N6W, N38E), Log 66.0.

3.3am: St John’s Point Light bore N23W.

4.0am: Observed South Rock Light bearing N15E (magnetic).

4.41am: South Rock Light abeam distant 2 miles.

6.10am: Mew Island Light abeam distant 3.5 miles.

7.26am: Maidens Light bore S87W (compass).

8.53am: Spoke Tor Head Signal Station.

9.20am: Divisions.

9.28am: Rue Point abeam distant 9 cables.

0.6pm: Inistrahull Light House abeam distant 1.1 miles.

0.30pm: Spoke Malin Head Signal Station. Altered course N70W (S88W, N48W), Log 25.5.

4.30pm: Read Warrants Nos 52 and 53.

11.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 206 miles]

[North westerly wind force 5 in am, force 7 to 5/6 in pm, with sea state rough or very rough in pm. Mist and drizzle at times, noon temperature 50F]


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4 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 55.9, Long -14.9

1.30am: Exercised sea boats crew.

8.30am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 55 32 N, Long 13 49 W.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

am: Hands cleaning ship and working as requisite. Controls tested.

4.0pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 26 58 N, Long 15 3 W.

4.30pm: Read Warrant No 54.

11.10pm: Spoke Swedish SS “HELSINGBORG”, Stornaway to Baltimore flying correct flag of day.

[Position: Lat 58 11 N, Long 14 25 W]

11.16pm: Proceeded on course N63E.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 262 miles]

[True Course and Distance: to Position in 62 0 N, 15 0 W, North 375 miles]

[Squally north westerly wind force 7 in am, force 6 until 4pm, with sea state rough or very rough, then wind and sea reducing, noon temperature 44F]


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5 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.1, Long -11.2

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill. Exercised “General Quarters” and “Abandon ship” stations.

11.5am: Spoke HMS “Virginian”.

11.20am: Altered course S70E, Log 34.0.

11.30am: Stopped, Log 36.0. Engines and helm as requisite to communicate by boat with “Virginian”.

0.17pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course S80W (S46W, N66W), Log 36.1.

4.30pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 49 N, Long 12 24 W.

6.0pm: Altered course N75E (N41E, S71E), Log 97.9.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 297 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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6 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -10.4

7.0am: Altered course S83W (S49W, N63W), Log 54.8.

8.36am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 55 N, Long 9 35 W.

am: Hands cleaning ship. Controls tested.

4.30pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 0 N, Long 11 25 W.

6.30pm: Altered course N69E (N35E, S77E), Log 81.2.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 238 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Squally north westerly wind force 4 or 5 in am, force 6 or 7 in pm, with sea state rough or very rough. Hail for most of day, noon temperature 36F]


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7 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -10.3

6.10am: Altered course S85W (N61W, S51W), Log 16.1.

8.40am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 56 N, Long 9 24 W.

10.0am: Divisions, and Divine Service.

2.10pm: Altered course N74W (N40W, S72W), Log 18.0.

4.50pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 2 N, Long 11 56 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 241 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]


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8 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.7, Long -15.2

0.10am: Altered course S87E (N59E, S53E), Log 53.5.

6.0am: Altered course N85W (S61W, N51W), Log 17.1.

8.52am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 47 N, Long 14 5 W.

am: Divisions and physical drill. Starboard watch at loader drill, instruction classes and cleaning ship.

1.0pm: Altered course S64W (S30W, N82W), Log 2.1.

5.14pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 3 N, Long 16 30 W.

5.40pm: Altered course S86E (N60E, S52E), Log 55.8.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 259 miles]

[Number on sick list: 9]


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9 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.9, Long -14.3

8.58am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 19 N, Long 13 44 W.

10.0am: Exercised “General Quarters” and “Out collision mat”.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 254 miles]

[Number on sick list: 9]

[Still patrolling to and fro, zig zagging, main changes of course at 5.40am, 8.0am, noon and 6.10pm]


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10 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.9, Long -13.9

5.32pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 58 33 N, Long 15 43 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 260 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]

[Zig zagging to and fro, changes of course at 6.30am and 6.0pm]


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11 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 58.9, Long -13.5

6.0am: Altered course N84W (N50W, S62W), Log 98.0.

8.35am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 7 N, Long 12 25 W.

am: Divisions, physical drill. Gun’s crews at loader drill. Training classes at instruction. Controls tested.

4.25pm: Reduced to 42 revs. 4.30pm: Spoke Swedish 3 masted barque “OLGA” Galveston to Gottenberg [Gothenburg]. (Too much sea to board).

[Position: Lat 58 44 N, Long 14 38 W]

5.18pm: Increased to 57 revs. 5.27pm: Altered course S40W, Log 17.9.

5.45pm: Altered course N70E, Log 21.6. Reduced to 28 revs.

[5.52pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 58 45 N, Long 14 34 W]

[Numerous changes in revs on Port and Starboard engines and changes in course between 6.4pm and midnight]

[Course and Distance made good: Various 260 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]

[Wind north westerly all day, squally force 6 or 6/7 from noon, with rain then hail and sea state becoming very rough. Noon temperature 40F]


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12 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.1, Long -13.7

8.30am: Altered course N74W (S84W, N52W), Log 43.1. Increased to 58 revs.

am: Divisions and physical drill. Marines at rifle drill, classes at instruction, remainder cleaning ship.

1.0pm: Altered course S89W (S67W, N69W), Log 92.4.

6.0pm: Altered course S86E (N60E, S52E), Log 51.9.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 167 miles]

[Wind and sea decreasing during day, hail at times]


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13 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.1, Long -14.0

6.30am: Altered course N84W (S62W, N50W), Log 81.9.

10.0am: Altered course N46W (N80W, N12W), Log 22.9.

2.6pm: Courses as requisite, Log 69.7.

2.11pm: Stopped, Log 70.0. Engines and helm as requisite.

2.20pm: Boarded Swedish SS “VOLLRATH THAM” Philadelphia to Gottenberg.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 5 N, Long 14 42 W]

3.0pm: “Vollrath Tham” proceeded to Kirkwall with Armed Guard Sub Lieutenant Pocock in charge.

3.17pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. 3.23pm: Set course N56W (West, N22W), Log 70.6.

7.30pm: Altered course N70W, Log 15.1. Spoke Norwegian SS “TANA FJIORD” [Tanafjord] from Kirkwall to New York flying correct flag of day.

[Position: Lat 59 8 N, Long 14 24 W]

7.47pm: Set course S88E (N58E, S54E), Log 18.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 230 miles]


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14 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.8, Long -10.9

8.30am: Spoke Swedish SS “VOLLRATH THAM”.

[Position: Lat 59 36 N, Long 11 55 W]

8.38am: Altered course N88E (N54E, S52E), Log 54.8.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

3.16pm: Stopped, Log 33.3. Engines and helm as requisite.

3.35pm: Boarded Norwegian SS “KRISTIANIAFJORD” New York to Bergen.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 57 N, Long 10 52 W]

4.25pm: “Kristianiafjord” proceeded to Kirkwall with Armed Guard Lieutenant Carter in charge.

4.25pm: Proceeded at 72 revs. 4.27pm: Set course South, Log 33.8.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 222 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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15 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -9.8

4.24am: Spoke HMS “Motagua”.

am: Divisions, physical drill. Gun’s crews to loader drill. Training classes at 6 pounder instruction.

1.18pm: Stopped, Log 79.4. Engines and helm as requisite.

1.30pm: Boarded British MFA “SILVERLIP” No 75. Port Arthur to Kirkwall.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 47 N, Long 9 58 W]

1.40pm: “Silverlip” proceeded.

1.50pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course N82W (S64W, N48W), Log 79.6.

6.30pm: Altered course N82E (N48E, S64E), Log 35.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 237 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]


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16 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.9, Long -9.8

6.30am: Altered course S84W (S50W, N62W), Log 66.8.

9.20am: Divisions. Prayers, physical drill.

10.0am: Exercised “General Quarters” and “Fire Stations”.

11.5am: Increased to 65 revs. Fired 6 inch blank charge.

11.25am: Increased to 68 revs. 11.30am: Fired 6 inch blank charge.

11.40am: Spoke HMS “Motagua”, sighted HMS “Changuinola”.

11.45am: Altered course N70W (S76W, N36W), Log 31.0.

4.0pm: Altered course N32W (N66W, N2E), Log 83.2.

7.0pm: Altered course N82E (N48E, S64E), Log 16.5.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 240 miles]

[Number on sick list: 8]


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17 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.4, Long -10.7

8.44am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 45 N, Long 9 46 W.

5.12pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 53 N, Long 12 21 W]

[Course and Distance made good: Various 244 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Zig zagging to and fro on patrol, in unremarkable weather, main changes of course at 7.0am and 5.30pm]


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18 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.2, Long -10.3

8.30am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 45 N, Long 9 32 W.

10.40am: Spoke HMS “Ebro”.

1.30pm: Resumed zig zag (S24W, N88W), Log 100.9.

3.46pm: Altered course S20E, Log 28.4. Spoke American 4 masted Schooner “BERTHA L DOWNS” flying flag of day.

[Position: Lat 59 39 N, Long 10 16 W]

4.0pm: Altered course N76W (S70W, N42W), Log 31.2.

5.25pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 37 N, Long 10 53 W.

7.16pm: Stopped. Spoke Swedish SS “SAGOLAND” flying flag of day.

[Position: Lat 59 26 N, Long 10 28 W]

7.30pm: Spoke HMS “Hildebrand”. Proceeded at 58 revs.

7.34pm: Set course N34W (N68W, North), Log 72.2.

10.0pm: Altered course N83E (S63E, N49E), Log 96.5.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 240 miles]


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19 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.6, Long -10.5

am: Training classes to instruction. Hands cleaning ship. Controls tested.

8.0pm: Passed Norwegian 3 masted barque “DEA” standing to Westward.

[Position: Lat 59 40 N, Long 11 30 W]

[Course and Distance made good: Various 223 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Wind southerly and south westerly, force 5 in am, force 7 for much of pm, with sea state high at times, noon temperature 40F]


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20 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 57.4, Long -14.7

2.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

7.0am: Increased to 62 revs. Resumed zig zag S56W (S34W, S78W), Log 38.7.

[Soundings about every half hour from 8.20 am to 10.0am and at noon]

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

2.30pm: Altered course N50W, Log 33.5. Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

2.47pm: Stopped, Log 37.1. Engines and helm as requisite. 2.50pm: Commodore visited Flag ship.

2.52pm: Proceeded at 54 revs. 3.0pm: Set course N22E (North, N44E), Log 37.2.

4.31pm: Stopped, Log 51.7. Engines and helm as requisite to close boat.

4.47pm: Commodore returned. 4.50pm: Proceeded at 60 revs. 4.56pm: Set course S8E (S26W, S42E), Log 52.0.

10.0pm: Altered course S51E (S17E, S85E), Log 8.1.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 252 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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21 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.1, Long -10.7

5.30am: Exercised gun’s crews.

10.0am: Divisions. Divine Service. Mustered by the Open List. Read Articles of War and Characters.

11.2am: Stopped, Log 61.1. Engines and helm as requisite.

11.10am: Boarded Danish Schooner “NORDEN” [probably this ship] Sutbal [?] to Helsingborg.

[Boarding Position: Lat 56 0 N, Long 11 0 W]

0.16pm: “Norden” proceeded to Stornaway with Armed Guard Midshipman Bagley in charge.

0.26pm: Proceeded at 70 revs. Set course N66W (S80W, N32W), Log 61.5.

4.30pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 56 11 N, Long 12 3 W.

5.30pm: Altered course S47E (S81E, S13E), Log 38.2.

8.0pm: Altered course N44W (N78W, N10W), Log 74.2.

9.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 232 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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22 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 55.6, Long -9.5

0.35am: Spoke French AMC [Armed Merchant Cruiser] “Champagne” [previously HMS Oropesa].

7.21am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite.

7.35am: Boarded Dutch SS “GAASTERLAND”, Amsterdam to New York.

[Boarding Position: Lat 55 51 N, Long 10 53 W]

8.18am: “Gaasterland” proceeded to Lough Swilly with Armed Guard in charge of Midshipman Prest.

8.27am: Proceeded at 72 revs. 8.30am Set course S47E (S81E, S13E), Log 11.6.

3.0pm: Observed Tory Island Light House bearing S35E (magnetic).

3.20pm: Tory Island Light House abeam distant 3 miles. Altered course S80E (N66E, S46E), Log 17.8.

4.20pm: Spoke Fanad Head Signal Station.

5.20pm: Spoke Malin Head Signal Station.

5.40pm: Inistrahull Light House abeam distant 1.9 miles.

7.50pm: Altered course S62E, Log 88.1. Rue Point Light abeam distant 9 cables.

9.30pm: Maidens Light abeam distant 4.25 miles.

10.52pm: Mew Island Light abeam distant 2 miles.

11.45pm: Skulmartin Light abeam distant 2 miles.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 270 miles]

[True Course and Distance: to Position 55 22 N, 8 27 W, S68E, 39 miles]


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23 January 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

0.30am: South Rock Light Vessel abeam distant 1.5 miles.

2.56am: Chickens Light abeam distant 7.5 miles.

7.0am: Commenced zig zag (East, S46E).

8.30am: Courses as requisite into River Mersey.

8.43am: Passed Bar Light Vessel.

9.3am: Passed Formby Light Vessel.

10.7am: Pilot (Mr S Jones) on board. Proceeded to Pilot’s orders.

10.33am: Four tugs in attendance.

10.45am: Entered locks. 10.52am: Entered Alfred Basin and made fast.

[Draft Arriving: Forward 20’ 0”, Aft 22’ 6”]

11.15am: Commodore ashore.

Noon: Cast off and proceeded.

0.6pm: Passed into East Float.

0.20pm: Passed into West Float.

0.34pm: Cast off tugs. 0.35pm: Ship alongside wharf and moored as customary.

1.30pm: Paid wages to Port watch.

1.45pm: Hands working as requisite. Ordinary seamen to boat drill. No 2 cutter lowered.

3.0pm: Lieutenant Carter and Sub Lieutenant Pocock and Armed Guards returned. Leave granted to Starboard watch until 7.0am Friday February 2nd.

4.0pm: Telephone rigged.

4.20pm: Commodore ashore on leave.

5.30pm: Leave granted. Sunset. Struck Commodore’s broad pendant.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 282 miles]

[Weather mostly cloudy, noon temperature 32F]


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24 January 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands fall in. Employed striking ammunition up and into lighters.

8.0am: Crane “Samson” alongside.

8.45am: Hands employed as before.

10.45am: Finished striking ammunition outboard forward.

am: Armourers dismantling P1 gun. J Howlett Seaman joined up from RNB Chatham.

pm: Hands employed striking up ammunition.

3.0pm: Crane left ship side with P1 gun.

3.30pm: Finished striking ammunition into lighter from forward magazine.

5.0pm: Leave granted.

5.20pm: Exercised “Fire drill”.


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25 January 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

5.0am: Hands striking HE [High Explosive] shell up from Forward shell room.

8.15am: Crane alongside.

am: Armourers dismantling S1 gun. Hands painting and chipping on C deck.

10.50am: Crane left with S1 gun.

pm: Hands employed as requisite.

5.0pm: Leave granted.

6.0pm: Exercised “Fire drill”.


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26 January 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

am: Ordinary Seamen to boat drill. Hands cleaning and chipping on C deck.

10.25am: J Farrer (shore fitter) fell down crank pit in engine room. Received medical treatment from surgeon and at 10.50 was sent ashore to hospital in ambulance.

pm: Hands cleaning ship and chipping on C deck.

4.45pm: Crane alongside.

5.10pm: Crane left ships side.

[Weather overcast or cloudy, noon temperature 28F]


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27 January 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.20am: Crane alongside removing cylinder from engine room and placing new one.

am: Hands washing decks.

pm: Hands make and mend.

2.0pm: Crane left ships side.

2.30pm and 5.30pm: Leave granted.

5.40pm: Exercised “Fire drill”.

11.30pm: Midshipman Bagley returned.


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28 January 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.55am: Moffat Seaman RNR returned (Armed Guard).

9.30am: RC church party ashore.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.5am: RC church party returned.

2.0pm and 5.30pm: Leave granted.


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29 January 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.15am: Hands preparing ship for coaling. Hove ship off to allow lighters alongside.

10.0am: Commenced coaling port side.

10.15am: Commenced coaling Starboard side.

am: Armourers at work on forward guns. Gangway rigged.

pm: Hands employed chipping and scraping rails on C deck.

5.0pm: Leave granted.

9.0pm: Finished coaling for the day.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 1045 tons]


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30 January 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands employed heaving ship alongside.

6.30am: Coal lighters left the ship.

8.50am: Crane alongside lifting the forward guns.

am: Armourers at work overhauling guns.

pm: Hands employed as requisite.

5.0pm: Leave granted.

9.0pm: Men working at forward gun mountings during the night.


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31 January 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands preparing to shift ship.

am: Hands employed heaving ship off to allow coal lighters alongside.

9.15am: Commenced coaling.

5.30pm: Leave granted.

5.35pm: Exercised “Fire Quarters”.


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LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1917


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for February 1917, Approved by PH Colomb, Commodore]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer, as before]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 February 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands cleaning ship.

8.0am: Ordinary Seamen at boat pulling exercise.

8.5am: Commenced coaling.

8.50am: Paid wages to ship’s company.

am: Hands painting and chipping on C deck.

11.45am: Finished coaling Starboard side.

1.15pm: Hove ship alongside quay.

3.10pm: Crane alongside.

3.45pm: Crane left.

4.30pm: Leave granted.

5.45pm: Exercised fire stations.

11.0pm: Commodore returned on board.

[Misty in am, thick fog in pm, noon temperature 34F]


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2 February 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

7.0am: Port watch returned from leave. Leave granted to Starboard watch until 7.0am Monday February 12th.

8.15am: Armed Guard returned on board.

9.0am: Divisions, physical drill.

am: Hands employed chipping and cleaning about ship.

3.0pm: Ordinary Seaman Gymer discharged to hospital.

5.0pm: Leave granted.


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3 February 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

am: Hands cleaning ship and employed as requisite.

3.0pm: Leave granted.


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4 February 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

0.30am: Privates Carpe and Dimmock RMLI joined up from RMB Chatham.

9.15am: RC church party ashore.

9.50am: Divisions and Divine Service.

10.0am: 4 officers and 72 men on board for Divine Service from HMS “Armadale Castle”.

11.0am: RC church party returned.

2.0pm: Leave granted.


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5 February 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.15am: Privates Wahyles [?] and Lawrence left ship for RMB Chatham.

am: Hands employed as requisite.

pm: Hands employed painting.

4.30pm: Leave granted.

5.30pm: Sunset. Struck Broad pendant of Commodore EL Booty.


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6 February 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.30am: Commenced to heave ship off for coaling.

8.45am: Commenced coaling.

9.0am: Hoisted broad pendant of Commodore PH Colomb.

4.30pm: Stopped coaling. Leave granted. Read Warrant No 55.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 970 tons]


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7 February 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.15am: Seaman Southgate discharged to RN Hospital Chatham.

am: Hands employed as requisite.

pm: Hands striking stores in board.

4.30pm: Leave granted.

[Provisions received: Vegetables 18,000 lbs]


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8 February 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.0am: Commenced coaling.

am: Hands chipping and painting and employed as requisite.

pm: Hands striking stores in board.

5.0pm: Leave granted.

9.0pm: Finished coaling for the day.


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9 February 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands heaving ship off to allow coal lighters to move.

7.10am: Morrison, Able Seaman, fell down hold of lighter and broke his collar bone. Treated on board by ship’s surgeon.

am and pm: Hands employed as requisite.

11.50am: Engineer Sub Lieutenant P Steen RNR joined up.

5.0pm: Leave granted.

[Mist or fog all day, noon temperature 30F]


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10 February 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

am: Hands employed as requisite.

2.0pm: Leave granted.

4.15pm: Seaman Lawrence rejoined ship.


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11 February 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

0.15am: Midshipman Avery RNR joined up.

am: RC Church party ashore. Hands clearing up decks.

9.45am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.0am: RC Church party returned.

2.0pm: Leave granted.

[All entries relating to weather up to 4pm corrected on this page - “corrections by K Dowding Feb 13th”]


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12 February 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands cleaning mess decks and flats.

7.0am: Starboard watch returned off leave.

7.45am: Crane alongside.

pm: Hands employed about A and C decks and striking shell into forward shell room.

1.58pm: Tested Starboard engine turned 460 revs, finished at 2.35.

pm: Armourers at work on guns, over-hauling and cleaning.

5.30pm: Leave granted.

5.45pm: Exercised fire stations.

6.40pm: Ten Ordinary Seamen joined up from HMS “Pembroke”.

10.30pm: Privates Kenney and Freeman RMLI joined up from RMB Chatham.

10.45pm: HMS “Armadale Castle” sailed.

[Provisions received: Vegetables 4800 lbs]


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13 February 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.5am: J Carter Blacksmith left ship for local hospital.

7.20am: Hove ship off to allow crane alongside Starboard.

am: Hands striking ammunition down after magazines. Hands employed as requisite preparing ship for sea.

1.40pm: Hove ship off to allow crane away.

2.40pm: Mails for HMS “Alsatian” on board. Armourers at work mounting guns on fore deck.

4.30pm: Leave granted.


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14 February 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.25am: Sillitoe PO1, Wilson PO1, McLean Seaman RNR, Cleveland Seaman RNR discharged to RNB Chatham.

am: Hands employed striking ammunition into magazines and preparing ship for sea.

pm: Hands employed as requisite cleaning ship and striking shores in board.

2.30pm: Commodore returned.

8.10pm: W Crawford Blacksmith joined up from RNB Portsmouth.

10.45pm: Telephone dismantled.

11.0pm: Pilot (Mr Dickson) on board.

11.30pm: Commenced to single up.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2931 tons, Received 2146 tons 4 cwt]


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15 February 1917

In River Mersey

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

0.13am: With four tugs in attendance cast off and proceeded out of dock. Engines and helm to Pilot’s orders.

0.38am: Passed into East Float.

1.0am: Entered Alfred Basin. 1.25am: Entered lock.

1.40am: Made fast, cast off three tugs.

2.45am: Cast off and proceeded into river. 3.0am: Cleared locks, cast off tug.

3.20am: Dropped port anchor in 12 fathoms (4 shackles). 3.25am: Finished with engines. Vessel swung to flood.

[Anchor Bearings (Magnetic): Ship’s Head N35E, Alfred Dock North light N40W, Landing Stage South Light N45E, Wallasey stage S35E]

4.20am: Slack water, 11 fathoms.

9.30am: Divisions, physical drill.

11.0am: Commenced to heave up. 11.14am: Anchor aweigh. Engines and helm as requisite to Pilot’s orders.

11.47am: Passed Rock light House. Increased to 60 revs.

0.25pm: Passed C1 buoy.

0.35pm: Passed Formby Light Vessel. 0.40pm: Increased to 63 revs.

0.56pm: Passed Bar Light Vessel. Set course N45W (N79W, N11W), Log 0.

1.40pm: Courses as requisite to carry out gun trials. Exercised General Quarters.

2.5pm: Set course S55E (S89E, S21E), Log 14.7.

2.43pm: Altered course N40E, Log 23.5. 2.48pm: Passed Bar Light Vessel.

3.15pm: Passed Formby Light Vessel.

4.12pm: Passed Rock Light House.

4.45pm: Let go port anchor in 14 fathoms (4 shackles). 4.55pm: Finished with engines.

[Anchor Bearings (Magnetic): Ship’s Head South, Landing Stage South light S70E, Wallasey Stage South end S25W, Alfred Dock Tower N72W]

6.0pm: Workmen on board.

[8.0pm: Anchor Watch kept]

9.40pm: Workmen finished at P1 gun.

[Number on sick list: 6]


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16 February 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 53.5, Long -5.0

0.30am: All workmen left the ship.

6.5am: Commenced to heave up. 6.17am: Anchor aweigh. Engines and helm as requisite out of river.

6.30am: Cast off tug, proceeded at 48 revs.

6.48am: Passed North Wall Light. Swung out all boats.

7.38am: Passed Formby Light Vessel. Increased to 77 revs.

7.55am: Passed Bar Light Vessel. Set course N75W (S71W, N41W), Log 0.

8.12am: Increased to 80 revs.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill. Exercised Abandon ship stations.

10.52am: Skerries Light House abeam distant 4.25 miles.

1.10pm: Altered course N24E (N58E, N10W), Log 85.2.

4.10pm: Altered course East, Log 33.3.

[Soundings at 4.5pm, 5.35pm and 6.0pm]

6.29pm: Mew Island Light abeam distant 2.75 miles.

7.35pm: Spoke HMS “Columbella”.

7.36pm: Altered course N23W, Log 80.6. Maidens Light abeam distant 4 miles. Controls tested.

9.44pm: Rue Point Light abeam distant 9 cables.

Midnight: Altered course N80W, Log 36.8.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 70.0 miles]

[True Course and Distance: to Position 53 30 N, 5 30 W, West 17 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Mist or fog for most of day, noon temperature 41F]


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17 February 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.3, Long -10.6

0.18am: Altered course N69W, Log 39.8. 0.19am: Inistrahull Light abeam distant 7 cables.

6.50am: Commenced zig zag (S77W, N35W).

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

5.45pm: Exercised Fire stations. Controls tested.

6.30pm: Reduced to 2 point zig zag (N4W, N40E).

8.0pm: Stopped zig zag.

9.30pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 324 miles]

[True Course and Distance: to RV [Rendezvous] N7W, 348 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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18 February 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.1, Long -11.8

3.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

6.40am: Commenced zig zag (N16W, N52E).

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.10am: Stopped zig zag.

11.30am: Resumed zig zag.

3.45pm: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

4.12pm: Stopped, Log 76.8. Engines and helm as requisite.

[Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 55 N, Long 12 0 W]

4.15pm: Commodore visited flagship. Proceeded as requisite to pick up flagships boat.

4.30pm: Hoisted flag ship’s boat with Engineer Commander on board.

4.34pm: Proceeded as requisite to Keep station.

5.45pm: Stopped to pick up boat, dropped flag ship’s boat.

5.50pm: Commodore on boat. 5.54pm: Proceeded at 48 revs. 6.0pm: Set course S17E (S51E, S17W), Log 75.3.

6.38pm: Fired 6 inch blank. 6.40pm: Stopped, Log 83.6. Intercepted and closely examined British ST “GIBRALTAR” (H1000) Hull to Iceland.

[Position: Lat 61 56 N, Long 12 9 W]

6.45pm: Proceeded at 65 revs. 6.50pm: Resumed Courses S18E.

8.0pm: Stopped zig zag and reduced to 60 revs.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: N7W (True), 300 miles]

[True Course and Distance: to RV N7W, 57 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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19 February 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.7, Long -10.4

6.30am: Altered course N85W (S61W, N51W), Log 35.7.

7.15am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 56 N, Long 9 12 W.

8.13am: Stopped, Log 56.7. Engines and helm as requisite.

8.25am: Boarded British SS “KENMORE” Baltimore to Leith.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 54 N, Long 9 14 W]

8.48am: “Kenmore” proceeded.

9.2am: Proceeded at 60 revs. 9.5am: Altered course N80W (S66W, N46W), Log 56.8.

9.47am: Stopped, Log 65.6. Engines and helm as requisite.

9.52am: Proceeded at 60 revs and Resumed original courses, Log 66.9.

am: Guns crews to loader drill, remainder at instruction.

1.10pm: Altered course N74W (S72W, N40W), Log 5.9.

6.0pm: Altered course S80E (N66E, S46E), Log 65.0.

7.46pm: Reduced speed, engines and helm as requisite. Spoke British SS “DEVONA” [listed here] North Shields to Portland Maine, flying correct flag of day.

[Position Lat 59 34 N, Long 12 10 W]

7.53pm: Proceeded at 50 revs. 8.0pm: Set course S80E, Log 87.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 258 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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20 February 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.7, Long -10.9

Midnight: Increased to 60 revs. Commenced zig zag (N66E, S46E).

6.40am: Altered course N80W (S66W, N46W), Log 4.2.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

am: Hands employed cleaning ship and at instruction. Controls tested.

0.55pm: Reduced to 54 revs, altered zig zag (S78W, N58W).

3.10pm: Increased to 60 revs, altered zig zag (S66W, N46W).

5.40pm: Altered course S82E (N64E, S48E), Log 40.0.

6.45pm: Altered course S85W, Log 54.1. Spoke British MFA “LOMPOC” No 98 Firth of Forth to Texas, fly[ing] correct flag of day.

[Position: Lat 59 22 N, Long 12 43 W]

6.50pm: Set course S84E (N62E, S50E), Log 55.3.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 254 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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21 February 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -10.6

6.30am: Altered course N80W (S66W, N46W), Log 77.4. Increased to 58 revs.

8.15am: Exercised guns crews.

9.35am: Reduced speed. Stopped Log 15.8. Engines and helm as requisite.

9.41am: Dropped target and proceeded with course and speed as requisite. Exercised “Action” and carried out 1 inch aiming tube practice.

11.45am: Picked up target and proceeded at 58 revs. 11.47am: Set course N80W (S66W, N46W), Log 15.8.

1.0pm: Altered course S89W (S55W, N57W), Log 29.7.

6.30pm: Altered course S82E (S48E, N64E), Log 96.8.

8.0pm: Altered zig zag (N76E, S60E).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 235 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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22 February 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.8, Long -10.0

8.30am: Stopped, Log 51.5. Engines and helm as requisite.

9.0am: Boarded British MFA “SANTAREN” No 1298 Alexandrovsk (Kola) to Liverpool.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 52 N, Long 9 24 W]

10.15am: “Santaren” proceeded. 10.20am: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course N78W (S68W, N44W), Log 51.5.

4.30pm: Exercised “Collision stations”.

7.0pm: Altered course S77E (S55E, N81E), Log 52.8.

8.0pm: Reduced to 48 revs. Stopped zig zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 232 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[South westerly then south easterly wind force 4 to 6 in pm, with rain, noon temperature 44F]


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23 February 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.7, Long -10.5

5.0am: Commenced zig zag 3 points (N69E, S43E).

6.10am: Altered course N80W (S66W, N46W), Log 67.8.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

am: Controls tested. Hands to instruction and cleaning ship.

5.19pm: Stopped, Log 93.9. Engines and helm as requisite.

5.32pm: Boarded British SS “BULYSSES” Port Arthur (Texas) to Kirkwall.

[Boarding Position: Lat 59 43 N, Long 12 10 W]

5.55pm: Bulysses proceeded.

6.2pm: Proceeded at 54 revs. 6.6pm: Set course S55E (S77E, S33E), Log 94.4.

8.0pm: Altered course S82E (N64E, S48E), Log 16.2.

9.36pm: Increased to 48 revs. Stopped zigzag.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 240 miles]


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24 February 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.7, Long -10.8

Midnight: Commenced zig zag (N64E, S48E).

5.30am: Altered course N81W (S65W, N47W), Log 6.9.

am: Hands cleaning ship and at instruction. Controls tested.

Noon: Altered course N86W (S60W, N52W), Log 80.0.

1.0pm: Altered course S71W (S37W, N75W), Log 91.1.

4.10pm: Altered course N85E (N63E, S73E), Log 26.9.

7.0pm: Stopped zig zag. Reduced to 48 revs.

9.0pm: Resumed zig zag (N63E, S73E), Log 79.3.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 225 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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25 February 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -9.5

5.40am: Altered course S84W (N74W, S62W), Log 69.5. 6.0am: Increased to 58 revs.

7.54am: Reduced to 54 revs.

10.0am: Divisions and Prayers.

6.30pm: Altered course N82E (N60E, S76E), Log 95.2.

6.41pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 59 31 N, Long 10 53 W.

9.30pm: Revs 60 Port, 44 Starboard.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 237 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Wind mostly north westerly force 5 or 6 for much of day, up to force 7 at midnight, sea state rough to very rough. Hail and rain showers at times, noon temperature 45F]


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26 February 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.1, Long -9.7

3.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

7.0am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 29 N, Long 8 9 W.

7.30am: Altered course S87W (S65W, N71W), Log 28.8.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

6.0am: Altered course N83E (S63E, N49E), Log 47.4.

9.30am: Exercised sea boats crew.

Midnight: Reduced to 48 revs. Stopped zig zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 238 miles]


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27 February 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.1, Long -9.5

5.30am: Altered course S84W, Log 79.8.

6.0am: Commenced zig zag (S50W, N62W). Increased to 58 revs.

am: Hands cleaning ship and at instruction. Controls tested.

Noon: Altered course S83W (S61W, N75W), Log 53.7.

4.30pm: Stopped zig zag.

5.25pm: Spoke HMS “Changuinola”.

6.30pm: Altered course N85E, Log 17.1. 6.40pm: Reduced to 50 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 235 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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28 February 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.0, Long -9.8

0.50am: Increased to 58 revs. Commenced zig zag (N51E, S61E), Log 85.6.

5.0am: Altered course West (S56W, N56W), Log 35.9.

7.0am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 24 N, Long 8 36 W.

7.20am: Altered course S83W (S49W, N63W), Log 60.5.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

3.52pm: Spoke HMS “Patia”.

6.0pm: Altered course N82E (N48E, S64E), Log 78.8.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 232 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]


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LOGS FOR MARCH 1917


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[Left hand side of cover of Copy of Log for March 1917]

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[Right hand side of cover, signed by Navigating Officer and Commodore (as previous month)]

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[Details of Barometer and Thermometers, as before]


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1 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.8, Long -9.4

10.20am: Spoke HMATs “City of Selby” No 193 and “Imperia” no 620 [both listed here] from escort duties in 12 degrees W to Kirkwall.

[Position: Lat 60 48 N, Long 9 0W]

7.3pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 10 N, Long 10 55 W.

9.15pm: Reduced to 48 revs (40 Port, 56 Starboard).

[Course and Distance made good: Various 249 miles]

[Zig zagging to and fro, on patrol, main changes of course at 6.30am, 10.0am, 11.0am and 9.0pm. South westerly wind force 6 then 7/8 in pm, with sea state rough, noon temperature 44F]


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2 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.7, Long -10.4

9.50am: Spoke French AMC “Champagne”.

2.58pm: Stopped. Engines as requisite. 3.0pm: Spoke British ST “Aisne” H343 from Hull to Iceland.

[Position: Lat 61 0 N, Long 10 15 W]

3.2pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course N37E (N3E, N71E), Log 69.4.

4.27pm: Spoke HMS “Alsatian”.

5.0pm: Spoke HMS “Patuca”.

5.30pm: Increased to 62 revs. 6.2pm: Stopped. Engines as requisite, closely examined British ST “ARGO” Aberdeen to Iceland (GY1004).

[Position: Lat 61 30 N, Long 10 4 W]

6.12pm: Proceeded at 58 revs, Log 6.4.

8.0pm: Altered zig zag N37E (N15E, N59E), Log 28.0.

Midnight: Altered course N45W, Log 72.8. Increased to 62 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 221 mile]

[Heavy west swell from 8am onwards]


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3 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -11.4

0.5am: Stopped. Closely examined British ST “ESMERALDA” H747 [listed here] from Hull to Iceland.

[Position: Lat 62 31 N, Long 9 35 W]

0.10am: Proceeded at 58 revs. 0.11am: Altered course N37E, Log 74.4.

0.30am: Spoke HMS “Armadale Castle”.

3.18am: Stopped, Log 8.2. Engines and helm as requisite.

3.43am: Boarded Norwegian SS “ALFRED NOBEL” Baltimore to Bergen.

[Position: Lat 62 53 N, Long 9 40 W]

5.30am: “Alfred Nobel” proceeded to Kirkwall with Armed Guard Lieutenant ELLIS in charge.

5.50am: Set course N37W (N71W, N3W), Log 8.7. Proceeded at 58 revs.

9.35am: Stopped. Log 56.2. Engines and helm as requisite.

9.50am: Boarded Norwegian SS “DRAMMENSFJORD” [Drammensfjord (1) listed here] Bergen to Halifax.

[Boarding Position: Lat 63 3 N. Long 11 10 W]

10.42am: “Drammensfjord” proceeded. Proceeded at 58 revs. 10.45am: Set course S78W (S44W, N68W), Log 56.5.

11.55am: Reduced speed. Engines as requisite. 0.8pm: Boarded Rumanian SS “BUCURESTI” from L’Orient to Kola.

[Boarding Position: Lat 62 58 N, Long 11 25 W]

0.34pm: “Bucuresti” proceeded.

0.43pm: Proceeded at 58 revs. Set course S78W (S44W, N68W), Log 71.5.

4.30pm: Read Warrant No 56.

8.0pm: Stopped zig zag. Reduced to 48 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 200 miles]


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4 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.8, Long -11.5

6.0am: Altered course S80W (S58W, N78W), Log 53.4.

8.0am: Passed Danish fishing schooner “S and M SLATER” TN177. Resumed course.

2.40pm: Altered course N75W, Log 34.5.

3.15pm: Passed Danish ST “EIRIKUR” TN1.

[Position: Lat 62 34 N, Long 12 50 W]

3.20pm: Resumed Course S77W, Log 41.3.

5.0pm: Divine Service.

6.30pm: Altered course S86E (N72E, S64E), Log 68.4.

9.0pm: Reduced to 40 revs. Stopped zig zag.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 223 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Hail, mist and rain on and off all day, south westerly wind force 5/6 to 8 during day, with sea state very rough to high from noon onwards]


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5 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.9, Long -11.6

3.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

7.0am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 63 3 N, Long 11 42 W.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 163 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Patrolling to and fro, zig zagging from 11.0am to 8.0pm, main changes of course at 7.40am, 11.0am, 1.22pm, 8.0pm and 10.0pm. Squally south easterly wind force 8 to 6 all day, sea state very high in early am, high or very rough thereafter, noon temperature 38F]


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6 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.8, Long -11.7

4.30am: Commenced zig zag (N64E, S48E), Log 75.9. Increased to 50 revs.

6.30am: Altered course S81W (S47W, N65W), Log 94.3. 6.33am: Increased to 54 revs.

6.47am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 63 6 N, Long 10 10 W. Exercised gun’s crew.

9.16am: Passed British ST “Romantic” GY989.

[Position: Lat 62 58 N, Long 10 58 W]

9.18am: Resumed courses S81W, Log 24.3.

am: Hands cleaning ship. Controls tested.

1.0pm: Spoke Norwegian Barque “PERICLES” from Mykoping to St Thomas (Virgin Islands) flying correct flag of day.

[Position: Lat 62 50 N, Long 11 59 W]

1.7pm: Altered course S77W (S43W, N69W), Log 63.6.

6.10pm: Altered course S86E (N60E, S52E), Log 11.7.

11.30pm: Altered course N63W (N85W, N41W), Log 58.0.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 166 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]

[Another squally, windy day, with sea state very rough to high for much of day]


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7 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.0, Long -16.2

2.30am: Altered course West (S68W, N68W), Log 90.3.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

4.30pm: Exercised “General Quarters”.

5.30pm: Altered course East (N68E, S68E), Log 56.9.

7.0pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 39 N, Long 17 36 W.

9.30pm: Altered course S85W (S51W, N61W), Log 96.6.

10.30pm: Altered zig zag (S63W, N63W).

11.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 225 miles]

[Number on sick list: 7]


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8 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 61.6, Long -18.0

[Course and Distance made good: Various 238 miles]

[Number on sick list: 6]

[Zig zagging to and fro on patrol, main changes of course at 3.0am, 9.10am, 3.0pm and 9.10pm]


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9 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.7, Long -21.1

7.18am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 61 9 N, Long 20 2 W.

8.7am: Spoke HMS “Avenger”.

9.33am: Stopped, Log 87.4. Engines and helm as requisite to communicate by boat with “Avenger”.

10.9am: Proceeded at 54 revs.

am: Hands cleaning ship and at instruction.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 230 miles]


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10 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.4, Long -21.2

3.0am: Altered course S81E (S47E, N65E), Log 73.9.

9.10am: Altered course N79W (S67W, N45W), Log 38.3.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

2.40pm: Altered course S86E (N60E, S52E), Log 1.0.

8.5pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 38 N, Long 20 39 W.

9.30pm: Altered course N83W (S63W, N49W), Log 74.3.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 232 miles]


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11 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.4, Long -21.0

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 233 miles]

[Still patrolling to and fro, zig zagging, main changes of course at 3.0am, 9.10am, 3.0pm and 9.0pm]


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12 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.6, Long -20.7

7.11am: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 28 N, Long 20 48 W.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

9.43am: Stopped. Engines and helm as requisite, Log 77.4.

9.48am: Dropped target, proceeded course and speed as requisite. Exercised “Action”, carried out 1 inch aiming rifle and .45 inch (6 pounder) practice.

11.25am: Stopped. Picked up target.

11.40am: Proceeded at 54 revs. 11.42am: Set course N40W. Noon: Altered course N75W.

0.12pm: Stopped. 0.18pm: Boarded Norwegian SS “GEORGE WASHINGTON” [listed here] San Francisco to Christiania via Halifax.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 35 N, Long 20 42 W]

0.37pm: “George Washington” proceeded.

0.45pm: Proceeded at 54 revs. Set course N79W (S67W, N45W), Log 77.0.

8.0pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 60 37 N, Long 20 20 W.

10.0pm: [Position] Lat 60 37 N, Long 20 20 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 214 miles]


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13 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 59.6, Long -16.8

0.15am: Reduced speed, Log 9.4. Engines as requisite.

0.25am: Stopped, Log 9.4. Spoke American SS “HEALDTON” flying correct flag of day.

[Position: Lat 60 25 N, Long 19 38 W]

0.33am: Proceeded at 54 revs.

1.0am: Moon rose.

5.41am: Stopped, Log 67.0. Engines and helm as requisite.

5.55am: Boarded Danish 3 masted schooner “VIBEN” [listed here under previous name of “Crown of Denmark”] Copenhagen to Baltimore.

[Boarding Position: Lat 60 0 N, Long 18 3 W]

6.37am: Proceeded at 54 revs. Courses as requisite awaiting orders.

7.46am: “Viben” proceeded. 7.47am: Set course S37E (S71E, S3E), Log 67.0. Increased to 72 revs.

7.42pm: Position by Stellar Observation: Lat 58 46 N, Long 13 50 W.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 222 miles]

[True Course and Distance: to Position 57 40 N, 10 0 W, S61E, 245 miles]


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14 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.7, Long -9.4

6.0am: Increased to 70 revs. 6.10am: Increased to 78 revs.

8.0am: Altered course S21W (S13E, S55W), Log 99.6.

8.10am: Altered course S3E (S37E, S31W), Log 2.5.

9.20am: Divisions. Exercised “Abandon ship” stations.

10.20am: Increased to 82 revs.

11.0am: Altered course S30E (S64E, S4W), Log 48.4.

1.45pm: Observed high land of Barra Head bearing N75E.

3.55pm: Observed high land of “Bloody Foreland” [Donegal, Ireland] bearing S23W.

7.2pm: Inistrahull Light House abeam distant 7.25 miles.

9.13pm: Rue Point abeam distant 9 cables.

9.26pm: Altered course S25E, Log 25.9. Spoke Tor Point Signal Station.

10.30pm: Maidens Light abeam distant 4 miles.

11.32pm: Mew Island Light abeam distant 4.5 miles. 11.34pm: Altered course S6W, Log 61.2. Control tested.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 298 miles]

[Weather quiet and cloudy, with some showers, noon temperature 44F]


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15 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0 [estimated]

0.10am: Skulmartin Light Vessel abeam distant 4 miles.

0.30am: Altered course S18W (S40W, S4E), Log 75.6.

1.30am: Chickens Light bore S45E.

2.30am: Increased to 80 revs. Altered course S7E (S29E, S15W), Log 7.9.

3.50am: Skerries Light bore S45E.

7.10am: Spoke HMS “Goshawk”. 7.13am: Spoke HMS “Archer”.

8.0am: Altered course S68E, Log 97.6. Soundings - 16 fathoms, sand.

8.30am: Reduced to 55 revs. Courses as requisite into River Mersey.

8.33am: Passed Bar Light Vessel. Engines as requisite.

8.52am: Passed Formby Light Vessel.

9.3am: Passed C1 buoy.

9.32am: Tug alongside, embarked Pilot (Mr Dutton). Engines and helm to Pilot’s orders.

9.45am: Passed Rock Light House.

10.20am: Let go anchor (Starboard) 4 shackles.

[Draft Arriving: Forward 19’ 6”, Aft 23’ 3”]

1.20pm: Anchor up. 1.45pm: Four tugs in attendance. Engines and helm as requisite to Pilots orders for entering dock.

2.2pm: Entered locks. 2.13pm: Made fast in Alfred lock.

4.5pm: Lieutenant Ellis and Armed Guard returned.

4.18pm: Passed into East Float. 4.46pm: Passed into West Float.

5.7pm: Cast off tugs. 5.12pm: Moored ship alongside as customary. Tugs cast off. Leave granted to port watch until 7.0am Wednesday March 21st.

6.0pm: Telephone rigged.

7.0pm: Leave granted.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 329 miles]


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16 March 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.30am: Hands employed as requisite. Ordinary Seamen at boat pulling exercise.

7.0am: Hove ship off to get coal lighters alongside.

9.5am: Commenced coaling port side. 9.50am: Commenced coaling starboard side.

11.30am: Seaman Morrison discharged to hospital.

11.50am: Brow rigged.

2.0pm: Sub Lieutenants Haggord and Bagley left the ship for RNB Chatham.

pm: Hands employed as requisite.

5.0pm: Leave granted.

9.0pm: Finished coaling for the day.

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 558 tons]


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17 March 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: Hove ship off to get lighters alongside.

7.30am: Commenced coaling.

1.0pm: Finished coaling for the day.

2.30pm: Leave granted.

[Weather cloudy and calm, barometric pressure relatively high, noon temperature 50F]


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18 March 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

9.30am: RC Church party ashore. Escort left the ship.

10.0am: Divisions and Divine Service.

11.10am: RC Church party returned.

11.45am: Escort returned with J Dunn (Fireman).

2.0pm and 6.0pm: Leave granted.


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19 March 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Hands employed as requisite. Ordinary Seamen to boat pulling exercise.

8.30am: Hove ship off to allow lighters alongside.

8.55am: Commenced coaling.

10.20am: Stopped coaling on account of rain.

11.0am: Midshipmen Lundy and Rogers RNR joined up.

11.50am: A Vetters Seaman RNR discharged to hospital.

1.0pm: Midshipman McCrae RNR joined up. Resumed coaling.

1.20pm: Midshipman Rogers returned to RNB Devonport.

4.45pm: Stopped coaling. 5.0pm: Hove ship off.

6.0pm: Resumed coaling. Leave granted.

9.0pm: Finished coaling for the day.


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20 March 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.0am: Ordinary Seamen to boat pulling exercise.

8.0am: Commenced coaling.

am: Hands chipping and employed as requisite.

pm: Hands employed striking ammunition and stores in board.

3.30pm: Burke, Groam, Newman, Brett Ordinary Seamen RN joined up.

5.0pm: Finished coaling. Hove ship alongside.

7.0pm: Leave granted.

9.20pm: Corporal Store RMLI joined up.


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21 March 1917

At Birkenhead

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

6.0am: Ordinary Seamen at boat pulling exercise.

7.0am: Port watch returned from leave.

am: Hands employed chipping and painting and preparing ship for sea.

9.15am: Hughes, Rowland, Farborough, Rees, Robinson Ordinary Seamen RN joined up.

am: Hands striking stores in board.

pm: Hands striking stores and ammunition before, chipping and painting.

1.15pm: Midshipman McCrae RNR discharged to Hospital.

6.30pm: Hands striking stores in board.

[Provisions received: Vegetables 12800 lbs]

[Fuel Remaining: Coal 2968 tons, Received 2455 tons]


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22 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising and at Birkenhead

Lat 53.5, Long -3.6

5.0am: Unshipped telephone. Hands preparing ship for sea.

5.30am: Corporal Carn RMLI, Quautril, McDiver, Smith, Marshall, Richmond, Waters, Beatty, Sweeny, Clark, Linnott Able Seamen RN discharged to Barracks.

5.50am: Anchor stations.

6.12am: Pilot (Mr Macalister) on board. 6.22am: Four tugs made fast.

6.34am: Cast off and proceeded out of dock. Engine and helm to pilot’s orders.

6.49am: Passed into East Float.

7.22am: Entered Alfred Basin. 7.33am: Entered locks. 7.45am: Made fast and cast off tugs.

9.20am: Cast off. 9.27am: Passed into river.

[Draft Leaving: Forward 21’ 6”, Aft 27’ 0”]

9.38am: Discharged pilot and proceeded at 50 revs. Courses as requisite.

10.8am: Passed North Wall Light House.

10.30am: Passed HMS “Almanzora”.

10.56am: Increased to 78 revs. Passed Formby Light Vessel. Swung out all boats.

11.15am: Set course N74W (N40W, S72W), Log 0. Passed Bar Light Vessel.

1.15pm: Exercised “General Quarters”.

2.7pm: Skerries Light House abeam distant 3.7 miles.

4.10pm: Altered course N29E (N5W, N63E), Log 75.5.

8.30pm: Stopped zig zag. 8.35pm: South Rock Light abeam distant 1.5 miles.

9.10pm: Skulmartin Light abeam distant 3 miles. Altered course N2W, Log 53.2.

9.50pm: Mew Island Light abeam distant 3 miles.

10.55pm: Maidens Light abeam distant 4 miles.

11.45pm: Altered course N25W, Log 94.6.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 26 miles]


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23 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 56.2, Long -10.0

0.20am: Rue Point abeam distant 9 cables. Altered course N49W, Log 3.6.

2.22am: Inistrahull Light abeam distant 8 cables.

4.37am: Tory Island Light abeam distant 7.5 miles.

5.0am: Altered course N67W (S79W, N33W), Log 74.7.

8.50am: Altered course N23E (N11W, N57E), Log 33.6.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

4.35pm: Exercised “Abandon ship” stations.

8.35pm: Stopped zig zag.

11.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 361 miles]


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24 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 60.5, Long -10.6

5.10am: Commenced zig zag (N22W, N46E), Log 87.8.

8.55am: Spoke HMS “Ebro”.

9.20am: Divisions, physical drill.

am: Hands cleaning ship.

6.10pm: Altered course N22E (N12W, N56E), Log 21.5.

9.3pm: Reduced to 28 revs. Spoke Dutch SS “RANDWIJK” Rotterdam to Halifax, ordered her to follow “Otway”.

[Position: Lat 61 50 N, Long 9 55 W]

10.20pm: Engines as requisite.

11.10pm: Altered course N11E, Log 55.0. Reduced to 18 revs. 11.15pm: Fired 6 inch blank.

Midnight: Increased to 60 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 255 miles]

[North westerly wind force 4 in am, force 5 in pm, sea state becoming rough, weather overcast, noon temperature 45F]


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25 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 62.2, Long -10.7

0.45am: Stopped, Log 64.8. Spoke Dutch SS “BRUNSWIJK” Rotterdam to Sandy Hook ordered her to follow “Otway”. Engines and courses as requisite.

[Position Lat 61 58 N, Long 11 0 W]

1.15am: Spoke Dutch SS “WEIRINGEN” [Wieringen] Rotterdam to Halifax flying correct flag of day.

1.25am: Proceeded at 18 revs on N11E in company with “Randwyk” [Randwijk] and “Brunswijk”.

2.35am: Stopped Starboard Engine.

3.40am: Altered course N24E, Log 68.0. 18 revs both engines.

4.50am: Increased to 48 revs. 4.55am: Altered course S22W, Log 71.6. Increased to 60 revs.

5.10am: Fired 6 inch blank. Reduced speed.

5.15am: Spoke Dutch SS “WESTERDIJK” [probably the ship listed here] Rotterdam to Halifax.

[Position: Lat 62 5 N, Long 11 5 W]

5.25am: Set course North at 60 revs with three vessels following.

6.4am: Stopped. 6.14am: Boarded “Randwijk”.

6.25am: Spoke Dutch SS “GALLIA” [there were several ships of this name at this time] Rotterdam to Halifax. Engines and helm as requisite.

6.50am: Boarded “Brunswijk”. 6.53am: Increased to 70 revs.

[Boarding Position: Lat 62 6 N, Long 11 8 W]

7.22am: Boarded “Westerdijk”.

8.11am: Boarded “Gallia”.

8.43am: Took off “Westerdijk” one German (stowaway).

8.59am: “Brunswijk” proceeded. 9.4am: “Randwijk” proceeded.

10.0am: Divisions.

1.0pm: Spoke Dutch SS “MIZAR” Rotterdam to New York.

[Position: Lat 62 12 N, Long 10 41 W]

1.32pm: “Westerdijk” proceeded.

1.45pm: “Gallia” proceeded.

1.58pm: Reduced to 48 revs. Courses as requisite around “Mizar”.

4.35pm: Set course N22W, Log 75.6. Reduced to 28 revs with SS “Mizar” following.

5.55pm: Reduced to 24 revs.

7.0pm: Altered course N22E, Log 82.6. Increased to 28 revs.

8.0pm: Increased to 30 revs.

10.30pm: Reduced to 22 revs.

[Course and Distance made good: Various 94 miles]

[Winds initially north westerly force 4, with rain, then squally north easterly force 5 or 6 from noon, with hail in pm, when sea state rough to very rough. Noon temperature 34F]


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26 March 1917

From Birkenhead to Cruising

Lat 63.1, Long -12.8

2.0am: Exercised sea boats crew.

5.37am: Increased to 48 revs. 5.59am: Stopped, Log 12.9. Engines and helm as requisite.

6.12am: Boarded SS “Mizar”.

[Boarding Position: Lat 62 33 N, Long 11 4 W]

6.29am: “Mizar” proceeded. 6.40am: Proceeded at 68 revs. Set course N22W (N44W, North), Log 13.0.

9.20am: Divisions and physical drill.

10.45am: Stopped. Spoke British ST “STRATHLEE” (A756) [listed here] Aberdeen to Iceland.

[Position: Lat 63 6 N, Long 12 45 W]

10.51am: Proceeded at 48 revs. 11.10am: Altered course N55W, Log 71.8. Increased to 58 revs.

11.20am: Spoke HMS “Moldavia”.

11.45am: Altered course S45E, Log 78.1. Reduced to 48 revs.

11.50am: Stopped, Log 79.4. Discharged German prisoner to “Moldavia”.

0.20pm: Set course N63W, Log 79.4 at 48 revs.

1.30pm: Courses and speeds as requisite to carry out “PZ” [exercises mentioned here] with “Moldavia”.

2.45pm: Reduced speed. 2.54pm: Stopped, Log 3.6. Communicated with “Moldavia” by boat.

3.17pm: Proceeded at 48 revs. Set course N63W (S83W, N29W), Log 4.1. 3.19pm: Increased to 56 revs.

4.10pm: Altered course N82W (S64W, N48W), Log 24.4.

7.0pm: Altered course S83E (N63E, S49E), Log 45.0.

10.0pm: Exercised sea boats crew.

Midnight: Reduced to 48 revs. Stopped zig zag.

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