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Battlecruiser, Invincible-class

Pendant No 83 (1914), 75 (1.18), 47 (4.18). Launched 26.6.07 John Brown. 17,250 tons, 567(oa), 530(pp)x78x26ft. Turbine 41000shp, 25.5kts. Armament: 8-12in, 16-4in, 4-18in tt. Armour: 6in sides, 2in deck, 7in guns. In Mediterranean 8.14, detached to South Atlantic 1914 (Battle of the Falklands), joined Grand Fleet Battlecruiser Force late 1914 until 1918. Battle Honours (and links to despatches, casualties, awards) Falkland Islands 8 Dec 1914, Dardanelles 1915, Jutland 31 May 1916. Sold 1.12.21 Stanlee, resold, BU in Germany. (British Warships 1914-1919)

Replaced Jupiter in Nore Division of Home Fleet on completion, but then underwent repairs to damage caused by gun trials (October 1908-January 1909). Joined 1st CS in March 1909 and suffered slight damage from a coal bunker explosion. In September 1909 became flagship of Sir Edward Seymour for visit to New York. Refitted October-December 1909; damaged May 1911 in collision with Bellerophon off Portland. After repairs became flagship 1st CS until May 1912. Commissioned as flagship of Admiral Berkeley Milne, C-in-C Mediterranean Fleet in November 1912. Led hunt for Goeben and Breslau in August 1914 but ordered home on 18 August. A month later replaced New Zealand in 2nd BCS at Rosyth. Sailed with Invincible for refit at Devonport 5 November 1914 and sailed for Falklands six days later. During Battle of the Falklands fired 661-12in shells. On her return was sent to Mediterranean, and relieved Indefatigable as flagship of C-in-C. Bombarded outer Dardanelles forts, on 19 February and 15 March 1915, and during the attack on the 18th put two 14in guns out of action. Suffered superficial damage from Turkish gunfire, but was seriously damaged by a mine on 19 March, suffering flooding forward. Towed to Malta and repaired by May 1915 but then returned to Rosyth, where she joined her sisters in the 3rd BCS. Suffered no damage at Jutland, and spent remainder of the war in 3rd BCS. Collided with submarine K 22 on I February 1918 during 'Battle of May Island', and was present at German surrender in November. (Battle honours - Falkland Islands 1914, Dardanelles 1915, Jutland 1916). Joined Nore Reserve in January 1919 and paid off at end of March 1920. Sold December 1921 to Stanlee, resold for breaking-up in Germany. (Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906-21)

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THE VOYAGES OF HMS INFLEXIBLE 1914-1915
(More detailed plots follow in the text)

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

LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1914


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Log of HMS Inflexible

Captain: R.F. Skillimore CB, MVO, AdC

From: Thursday 15th October 1914

To: Saturday 20th March 1915


Tonnage 17250

Extreme length 567 feet

Breadth 78.5 feet


Engines:

Manufactured by J. Brown & Co, Clydebank

Description: Parson’s turbines (4 shafts)

Fixed on board 1907

Boilers:


Manufactured by J. Brown & Co

Description: narrow large tube

When made: 1907-1908

When put in vessel: 1908

Propellers

Manufactured by J. Brown.

Description: Solid 3 bladed manganese-bronze

General state of repair: Good


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War establishment of ship’s company

Officers: 50

Seamen: 315

Boys: 29

Marines: 86

Engine room establishment: 422

Other non-executive ratings: 75

Total 978


Barometer

Mercurial – Negretta & Zambra no A6

Height of cistern 16 feet

Thermometers for Air Temperature

Position in ship: Forebridge (Wheelhouse) in screen

Makers:

Dry – J Hicks No A1042

Wet – Negretta & Zambra A2100

Thermometer for Sea Temperature

Maker & No: N & Z A2318

Position of standard compass:

Upper bridge, 58 feet above sea level.


Armament

In Echelon: 8 12” BL Mk X, 45 calibre

Superstructure top of turrets: 16 4” QF Mk III

Torpedo Armament

5 submerged tubes (2 forward, 2 aft, 1 abeam)


Boats

2 50ft steam pinnaces

1 42 ft launch

1 36 ft sailing pinnace

3 32 ft cutters

1 32 ft gig

2 30 ft gigs

3 27 ft whalers

2 16 ft skiffs


Miscellaneous

Maximum draught: Fore 30’ 1”; Aft 30’ 3”

No of tons needed to increase draught by 1” – 69.8

No of tons of coal carried with bunkers full – 3045

No of tons of oil fuel – 724.18

Quantity of water carried

a) for boilers 456.4 tons

b) for drinking 131 tons.


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15 October 1914

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

7.40am: HMS Exmouth arrived.

10.00am: Discharged 1 rating to hospital ship, discharged 1 rating to HMS Cyclops.

Landed all boys & men under 20.

12.30pm: Landing parties returned.

5.15pm: HMS Russell, Albermarle & Exmouth proceeded.

Discharged 2 RNR ratings to HMS Invincible.

Number on sick list 11


[HMS Exmouth was a pre-dreadnought battleship of ~13750 tons. She was launched in 1901 at the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead and sold in 1920.

HMS Cyclops was launched in 1905 as the merchant ship “Indrabarah”. She became a fleet storage ship and depot ship.

HMS Russell was a pre-dreadnought battleship of ~13750 tons. She was launched in 1901 at Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co in Jarrow and sunk by a mine in April 1916 off Malta. The first HMS Russell was named for Edward Russell, 1st Earl of Oxford.

HMS Albermarle was a pre-dreadnought battleship of ~13750 tons. She was launched at the Chatham dockyard in 1901 and sold in 1919. The first HMS Albermarle was named for George Monck the 1st Earl of Albermarle.

HMS Invincible, a battleship of ~20000 tons was launched in 1907 and sunk at the Battle of Jutland in 1916.]


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16 October 1914

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

6.15am: 1st & 4th Battle Squadrons & “Blonde” proceeded.

1.00pm: Discharged 1 rating to hospital ship.

6.00pm: Secured 4 colliers alongside.

8.30pm: Weighed & proceeded in company of “Invincible”.

11.35pm: Sighted Sule Skerry Light by NW

Number on sick list 13.


[HMS Blonde was a cruiser of ~3500 tons, launched at Pembroke Dockyard in 1910 and sold for scrap in 1920.

Sule Skerry is a rocky islet about 40 miles West of Orkney Islands. It was known as the most isolated lighthouse in the UK. Lat 59.88, Long -4.41]


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17 October 1914

Lat 59.4, Long -4.9

12.28am: Sighted Cape Wrath S58W

12.52am: Sule Skerry light abeam 16.8’ [Lat 59.88, Long -4.41]

4.45am: Butt of Lewis Light bearing WbN

6.45am: Commenced zig-zagging

9.40am: Altered course 32 points as requisite to keep station & to close to 5 miles on “Invincible”.

2.25pm: Sighted 2nd Battle Squadron bearing NE

4.00pm: Read warrants nos 196 & 197.

Number on sick list 13


[Cape Wrath is Britain’s north-westerly point in Highland Region, Scotland. Lat 59.88, Long -5.00.]


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18 October 1914

Lat 58.2, Long -6.4

7.50am: Investigated Steam Trawler “Aguerra”

9.10am: Sighted Isle of Lewis SSE

11.20am: Butt of Lewis abeam 2.5’

12.11am: Tiumpan Head abeam 2.8’

12.20pm: Course & speed for entering Stornoway Harbour.

12.56pm: Anchored. Hoisted of 1st Picket boat, discharged Sub-Lieutenant SA Brouls[...].

Hoisted in 1st Picket boat.

1.30pm: Weighed & proceeded.

2.15pm: Tiumpan Head N56W 2.4’.

3.25pm: Butt of Lewis abeam 3m

3.40pm: Course & speed as requisite for taking up station 2½ cables astern of “Invincible”.

6.35pm: Sighted Sule Skerry S80E [Lat 59.88, Long -4.41]

8.46pm: Course & speed as requisite for investigating Danish SS A[...].

Number on sick list 8


[Tiumpan Head is the tip of the Eye peninsula in the Isle of Lewis. Lat 58.25, Long -6.13

Stornoway is the main port on the Isle of Lewis. Lat 58.21, Long -6.39

Butt of Lewis is the most northerly point of the island. Lat 58.52, Long -6.26]


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19 October 1914

Stornoway to Cromarty

Lat 60.6, Long -4.1

11.45am: Altered course as requisite to investigate Danish SS ‘Botrua’ of Copenhagen.

1.42pm: Took up position 5 [cables] S49E from “Invincible”.

4.15pm: Close to 4 cables.

4.20pm: Sighted Foula Is S85E 5.5’

7.10pm: Fair Isle Light S49E

Number on sick list 6


[Foula, in Shetland, is one of Britain’s most remote inhabited islands. Lat 68.08, Long -2.04

Fair Isle lies between Orkney & Shetland and is famous for its bird observatory & eponymous knitting style. Lat 59.53, Long -1.61]


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20 October 1914

Cromarty

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

2.00am: Pentland Skerries Light N35W

2.40am: Noss Head Light abeam

3.50am: Sighted Tarbatness S60W

5.50am: Course as requisite for entering Cromarty Firth.

6.26am: Anchored.

7.20am: Collier “Grantley” came alongside.

8.00am: Commenced coaling.

2.20pm: Finished coaling, received 1050 tons.

Number on sick list 6


[The Pentland Skerries are small rocky islets in the Eastern entrance to the Pentland Firth. The lighthouse is on the largest, Muckle Skerry. Lat 58.69, Long -2.9

Noss Head lighthouse is just outside Wick in Caithness. Lat 58.5, Long -3.09

Tarbat Ness lighthouse is near to Portmahomack, Lat 56.9, Long -3.8]


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21 October 1914

Cromarty

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0


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22 October 1914

Cromarty

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

3.00am: Torpedo Party left ship in Trawler No.114

2.00pm: 4th Flotilla arrived.

3.00pm: Divers employed on underwater fittings.

11.40pm: Weighed & proceeded, course as requisite for leaving harbour.

Number on sick list 3.


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23 October 1914

Lat 58.2, Long 0.6

[Spent the day zig-zagging around and maintaining ship routine.]

Number on sick list 4


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24 October 1914

Lat 58.0, Long 2.2

11.15am: HMS Ardent rejoined squadron.

Number on sick list 4


[HMS Ardent, a destroyer of 935 tons, was launched in 1913 at William Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton. She was sunk in June 1916 at the Battle of Jutland.]


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25 October 1914

Lat 54.6, Long 5.3

8.13am: “Fearless” & Torpedo Boat Destroyers joined.

Noon: “Fearless” & TBDs proceeded.

Number on sick list 3


[HMS Fearless was a cruiser of ~4000tons, built at Pembroke Dockyard, launched in 1912 and sold in 1921.]


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26 October 1914

Lat 58.6, Long 0.9

4.00pm: Read warrant no 209

Number on sick list 2


[She is still zig-zagging around for most of the day and sounding depth occasionally.]


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27 October 1914

Cromarty

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

2.00am: Sighted searchlights at Cromarty S61W

3.55am: Tarbat Ness WNW

5.30am: Course & speed as requisite for entering harbour

6.04am: Anchored.

6.55am: Collier “Greenhill” came alongside.

7.30am: Commenced coaling

10.00am: Joined ship 30 ratings & 3 marines from RN Barracks, Chatham

3.45pm: Finished coaling, 1350 tons

Number on sick list 7


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28 October 1914

Cromarty

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

2.00am: Hands make & mend clothes

Rejoined ship from RN Hospital, Chatham, Mr Cal[...]nn.

Number on sick list 11


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29 October 1914

Cromarty

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

11.00am: Discharged Mr AD Duckworth, clerk, to Depot.

1.00pm: Landed funeral party

3.10pm: Funeral party returned

Number on sick list 11


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30 October 1914

Cromarty

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

9.00am: Marines & band landed for route march.

2.00pm: Make & mend clothes.

Number on sick list 12


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31 October 1914

Cromarty

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

9.30am: Landing party landed for route march.

11.45am: Landing party returned.

8 boys joined ship from “Vivid”.

1.00pm: Hands make & mend clothes.

10.00pm: “Sapphire” proceeded.

Number on sick list 9


[HMS Sapphire was a 3000 ton cruiser, launched in 1904 from Palmer Naval Works at Jarrow and sold in1921.

HMS Vivid was the navy barracks at Devonport. At this time it was a ship, originally HMS Cuckoo.]



LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1914


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1 November 1914

Cromarty

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

7.00am: Discharged 4 ratings to Chatham Depot.

10.00am: Held Divine Service

Number on sick list 9


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2 November 1914

[Original dated 2 October but sequence shows it was November.]

Cromarty

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

11.30am: Paid monthly money.

1.00pm: Hands make & mend clothes

4.30pm: Quarters. Physical drill. Read warrant no 202

9.00pm: Two guns crews closed up. Sentries placed fore & aft.

Number on sick list 8


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3 November 1914

Cromarty

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

10.00am: Discharged Lieutenant SA Brookes to “Victory”

2.12pm: Weighed.

2.19pm: Turned to EbS

2.50pm: Proceeded. Course as requisite for leaving harbour.

7.32pm: Course & speed as requisite for entering Cromarty Harbour.

8.10pm: Anchored in no 18 berth.

10.00pm: Two guns crews closed up. Sentries posted fore & aft.

11.30pm: HMS Southampton arrived.

Number on sick list 9


[HMS Victory is still the same ship who fought in the Battle of Trafalgar. At this time she was a ‘harbour ship’ who had recently housed the signal school. She is now a museum ship but still a commissioned ship of the Royal Navy.

HMS Southampton was a 5400 ton cruiser, launched in 1904 at the Vickers Maxim yard in Barrow. She was sold in 1926.]


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4 November 1914

Cromarty

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

7.20am: Collier came alongside.

7.45am: Commenced coaling

9.50am: Finished coaling, received 380 tons

Number on sick list 9


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5 November 1914

Cromarty

Lat 57.7, Long -4.0

11.15am: Ammunition lighter alongside. Took in 4 inch ammunition.

2.00pm: Hands make & mend clothes.

7.00pm: Weighed & proceeded, course & speed as requisite for leaving harbour.

11.02pm: Noss Head Light, bearing N53W

Number on sick list 6


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6 November 1914

Lat 57.5, Long -8.4

12.16 am Dunnet Head bearing N60W

12.35 am North Point of Stroma Island abeam 1.1’

2.45 am Cape Wrath bearing S85W

3.50 am Passed HMS Tiger steaming Eastwards.

5.18 am Butt of Lewis abeam 14 miles.

7.40 am Exchanged signals with HMS Latona & Argyle

8.26 am Hamnan Light abeam 7.5 miles

10.55 am Boreray abeam 9.5 miles.

4.00 pm Quarters. Physical drill. Read warrant no 203.

7.00 pm Investigated steamer without lights (HMS Mantua).

10.15 pm Passed HMS Conqueror steaming NE.

Number on sick list 6


[HMS Tiger was a 29000 ton battlecruiser launched from John Brown’s yard at Clydebank and sold in 1932.

HMS Latona was a cruiser, launched in 1890, used as a mine layer in 1907 and sold in 1920.

HMS Conqueror was a battleship of ~25800 tons, launched in 1911 at the William Beardmore yard and sold in 1922.

HMS Mantua was an Armed Merchant Cruiser of 10,850 tons. She was returned to civilian service in 1919. She is part of the OW fleet.

Dunnet Head is a peninsula of Caithness and includes the most northerly point of the British mainland. Lat 58.7, Long -3.4

Stroma Island lies in the Pentland Firth, it is now uninhabited. Lat 58.7, Long -3.1

Boreray is an island off North Uist at Lat 57.7, Long -7.3; it has a single crofter. This should not be confused with another island of the same name in the St Kilda Group.]


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7 November 1914

Lat 51.8, Long -10.7

1.50 am Black Rock Light S18E

10.59 am Inishtearaght Light abeam 3.9 miles

12.21 pm Great Skellig Light abeam 3.7’

1.15 pm Bull Island Light abeam 5 miles

3.12 pm Fastnet Light abeam 10.3 miles

6.40 pm Sighted glare of searchlight bearing NNE

11.15 pm Bishop Rock Light S58E

Number on sick list 7


[Most of these light houses are Irish. Black Rock is in County Clare, Lat 53.1, Long -9.3; Inishtearaght is part of the Blasket Islands off the West Coast Lat 52.1, Long -10.6; Skellig is at Lat 51.8, Long -10.5; Bull Island is at Lat 51.9, Long -10.3; Fastnet Rock is at Lat 51.2, Long -9.4.

Bishop’s Rock lighthouse is on an islet to the West of the Scilly Isles Lat 49.5, Long -6.3.]


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8 November 1914

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

12.25 am Bishop Rock light abeam 6.5 miles

1.10 am Sighted Wolf Rock light N78E

2.10 am Sighted Lizard light N83E

3.42 am Lizard light abeam 10.6’

5.07 am Sighted Eddystone light N53E

7.06 am Course as requisite for entering Plymouth Sound. Ran into thick fog. Speed as requisite.

7.31 am Stopped & anchored.

7.54 am Weighed & proceeded up sound.

7.59 am Anchored.

9.00 am Vice Admiral Sturdee’s flag hoisted in HMS Invincible.

10.27 am Weighed & proceeded, course & speed as requisite for going up harbour.

2.23 pm Stopped and secured alongside no 8 wharf.

3.00 pm 30 ratings joined from RN Barracks.

3.35 pm Commenced coaling.

9.30 pm Finished coaling, received 1060 tons.

Number on sick list 6


[Wolf Rock (Lat 49.6, Lat -5.5) is a rock between the Scilly Islands and Lands End. The lighthouse took 9 years to build because of the treacherous conditions.

Lizard Point (Lat 50.0, Long -5.2) in Cornwall is the southernmost point of the British mainland.

Eddystone Lighthouse (Lat 50.1, Long -4.2) is an offshore lighthouse just into Devon.

Admiral Sir Frederick Charles Doveton Sturdee (1859 – 1925) commanded the British fleet at the Battle of the Falklands and the 4th Battle Squadron at the Battle of Jutland. He became Admiral of the Fleet in 1921.]


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9 November 1914

Devonport

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

10.00 am 4 ratings joined ship.

1 rating discharged to Depot.

12.30 pm Discharged 1 rating to RN Hospital.

Joined 1 rating from “Assistance”.

Number on sick list 7


[HMS Assistance was a repair ship.]


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10 November 1914

Devonport

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

7.50 am Shifted to No 7 berth

Number on sick list 2


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11 November 1914

Devonport

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

9.00 am Employed coaling ship, drawing stores & as requisite.

12.05 pm Finished coaling, received 100 tons.

4.00 pm 2 ratings joined ship.

5.19 pm Slipped. Worked engine & assisted by tugs to swing ship.

6.00 pm Course & speed as requisite for leaving harbour.

6.55 pm Dropped pilot & proceeded out of Sound.

7.41 pm Eddystone Light House abeam 32 miles.

9.45 pm Lizard Light abeam 19 miles.

Number on sick list 4


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12 November 1914

Lat 46.3, Long -7.9

1.19 am Ushant Light abeam

3.16 am Altered course S57W to take station on starboard beam of “Invincible”, 3 miles.

5.32 pm Altered course to investigate steamer.

6.30 pm Stopped to investigate SS Corby

Number on sick list 5


[Ushant (Lat 48.5, Long -5.1), known as Ouessant in France, is an island off Brittany and is the most north-western point of metropolitan France.]


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13 November 1914

Lat 41.1, Long -12.4

Stationed on “Invincible” starboard beam, 2m

9.00 am Carried out range finding exercise with “Invincible”.

11.10 am In station on starboard beam of “Invincible”, 5m

Number on sick list 3


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14 November 1914

Lat 35.4, Long -16.2

9.00 am Altered course to take station 3 cables on starboard beam of “Invincible”.

Hoisted out target & carried out .303 firing practice from turret & maxim.

11.45 am Hoisted in target.

Took station 5 cables on starboard beam of “Invincible”.

2.00 pm Passed SS Corinthic steering NE.

Number on sick list 3


[SS Corinthic was a passenger vessel of 12,231 tons, launched by Harland & Wolff in 1902. She was scrapped in 1931.]


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15 November 1914

Lat 29.7, Long -19.6

1.55 am Altered course to investigate steamer.

2.21 am Resumed original course.

10.00 am Performed Divine Service

Number on sick list 1


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16 November 1914

Lat 23.9, Long -22.1

3.00 am Rain

7.00 am Aired bedding.

9.15 am Course & speed as requisite for sub-calibre practice at target towed by “Invincible”.

10.32 am Finished practice,

1.40 pm Altered course as requisite to investigate steamer “Moss” of London.

Number on sick list 5


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17 November 1914

St Vincent

Lat 18.1, Long -24.4

2.13pm: Sighted East Point SW½W

3.17pm: Course & speed as requisite for closing “Invincible”.

4.00pm: Quarters. Read warrant no 206

4.25pm: Bull Point Light abeam 5 miles

5.05pm: Rounded Passaro Island

5.18pm: Anchored.

7.30pm: Collier came alongside.

8.30pm: Commenced coaling no I

10.00pm: 2nd collier came alongside.

11.00pm: Commenced coaling no II

Joined ship Lieutenant Williamson RNR, 1 Petty Officer, 8 RFR ratings for passage to HMS Canopus

Found in harbour: HMS Victorian

Number on sick list 12


[This St Vincent is otherwise known as São Vicente, part of the Cape Verde Islands.

Passaro Island is otherwise known as Ilhéu dos Passaros and is a small islet some 4km NW of Mindelo, the main harbour. Lat 16.9, Long -25.0 ]


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18 November 1914

St. Vincent

Lat 16.8, Long -25.0

3.30am: Percy Stewart, Boy Telegraphist killed coaling ship.

9.00am: Discharged 1 rating to “Invincible”.

Received 1 rating from “Invincible”.

11.50am: 1st collier shoved off.

3.00pm: Finished coaling ship, received 1969 tons.

3.10pm: 2nd collier shoved off.

6.11pm: Proceeded, course & speed as requisite for leaving harbour.

6.55pm: Point Machado Light abeam 2’

7.00pm: Stopped for burial of Boy Telegraphist Stewart.

7.21pm: Proceeded.

Number on sick list 13


[Point Machado Light is also known as Ponta Machado Light and its Admiralty reference is D2946. Lat 16.8, Long -25.0.

Naval History lists Percy Stewart as Percy B Stuart J26668.]


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19 November 1914

Lat 13.1, Long -25.0

7.28am: Altered course to investigate steamer

10.45am: Carried out range finding exercise

Number on sick list 14


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20 November 1914:


Lat 8.2, Long -27.6

5.45am: Sighted “Invincible” astern.

8.40am: Course & speed as requisite for taking station 2½ miles on port beam of “Invincible”

9.37am: Stopped, hoisted out target.

10.08am: First Field Service Company at drill.

11.15pm: Heavy rain squall.

Number on sick list 15


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21 November 1914

Lat 3.1, Long -30.1

11.03am: Altered course to investigate steam ship.

12.43pm: Stopped. Investigated SS Essex Abbey (collier, British).

Number on sick list 14


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22 November 1914

Lat -1.5, Long -33.3

10.00am: Held Divine Service.

Number on sick list 14


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23 November 1914

Lat -5.2, Long -33.5

3.00am: Commenced sounding continuously.

6.00am: Finished sounding.

11.00am: Course & speed as requisite for investigating steam ship.

Noon: Boarded SS “Samuel” of [...]

Number on sick list 16


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24 November 1914

Lat -9.6, Long -33.8

5.35am: Altered course to investigate steamer.

5.50am: Stopped, course as requisite for boarding SS Epsilon.

6.41am: Proceeded.

9.27am: On station 6 miles on port beam of “Invincible”.

9.45am: Course as requisite for investigating & boarding SS Quinlan of Zindane [?]

Number on sick list 18


[There is an SS Epsilon, 3,211 ton transport vessel, which was built in Rotterdam in 1913. She was sunk by a mine in Jan 1917.]



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25 November 1914

Lat -14.2, Long -36.4

Number on sick list 20


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26 November 1914

Abrolhos

Lat -18.0, Long -38.7

12.45am: Commenced sounding without bottom.

3.32am: Abrolhos Light abeam 2.2 miles.

5.40am: Sighted HMS Kent

7.41am: Anchored.

Found at anchor: HMS Carnarvon, Cornwall, Defence, Bristol, Glasgow & Orama.

9.15am: Discharged 4 ratings to “Cornwall”.

HMS Cornwall proceeded.

Employed discharging provisions to HMS Kent.

1.20pm: HMS Defence sailed.

Employed discharging ammunition & provisions to “Glasgow” & “Kent”.

5.30pm: Secured collier “Errington Court” alongside.

Number on sick list 24


[The Abrolhos islands are an archipelago of 5 main islands and coral reefs off the southern coast of Bahia state in North East Brazil. The lighthouse is Lat -18.0, Long 38.7]

HMS Kent was a cruiser of 9800 tons, launched in1901 at Portsmouth Dockyard. She was sold in 1920.

HMS Carnarvon was a cruiser of 10850 tons, launched in 1903 at Beardmore’s yard on the Clyde. She was sold in 1921.

HMS Cornwall was a cruiser of 9800 tons, launched in 1902 at the Pembroke Dockyard. She was sold in 1920.

HMS Defence was a cruiser of 14,800 tons, launched in1907 at the Pembroke Dockyard. She was sunk at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916. Her rear magazine was hit and the fire spread to other magazines which exploded. There were no survivors.

HMS Bristol was a cruiser of 4880 tons, launched in 1910 at the John Brown’s yard in Clydebank. She was the first British ship to see action in WW1 and was sold in 1921.

HMS Glasgow was a cruiser of 4800 tons at Fairfield’s yard at Govan on the Clyde. She was sold in 1927.

HMS Orama was launched in1911 at John Brown’s yard in Clydebank as a ~13000 ton ocean liner. She was requisitioned and converted to an Armed Merchant Cruiser. She was torpedoed in 1917 and sunk with the loss of 5 lives.

SS Errington Court was a cargo ship completed in 1909. After several changes of ownership she was seized by the Japanese in WW2 then torpedoed and sunk in 1942 by USS Trout.]


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27 November 1914

Abrolhos

Lat -18.0, Long -38.7

6.20am: Commenced coaling.

8.30am: “Glasgow” proceeded.

10.30am: “Cornwall” arrived.

6.10pm: Finished coaling, received 1774 tons

2 stokers RNR discharged to Errington Court.

Number on sick list 22


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28 November 1914

Lat -18.3, Long -38.4

10.30am: Weighed & proceeded, course & speed as requisite for leaving harbour.

Took station astern of “Invincible”.

11.48am: Course & speed as requisite for communicating with SS Essex Abbey.

4.03pm: Took station 3 miles on port quarter of “Invincible”.

Number on sick list 25


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29 November 1914

Lat -22.7, Long -37.7

9.00 pm: Mustered at Divisions.

Performed Divine Service.

Number on sick list 13


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30 November 1914

Lat -26.0, Long -40.4

4.04am: Adjusted Flinders Bar (increased to 19½”) and Fore and Aft magnets of standard compass.

Took up Cruising Station I

3.27pm: Stopped. Dropped target.

4.10pm: Commenced Run I of “Invincible” 12” firing.

4.45pm: Proceeded with Run II

5.23pm: Commenced Run III

5.41pm: Stopped, hoisted in target.

6.05pm: General Quarters. Course & speed as requisite for carrying out 12” firing at a target towed by “Invincible”.

7.02pm: Course & speed for taking up night cruising stations.

Number on sick list 16


[A Flinders Bar is a vertical soft iron bar placed in a tube on the fore side of a compass binnacle. It helps to counteract the inherent magnetism of the ship and was devised by Mathew Flinders, an early explorer of Australia.]


THE VOYAGES OF HMS INFLEXIBLE
Operations off the Falkland Islands

JP map Inflexible Falklands


LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1914


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1 December 1914

Lat -28.0, Long -42.8

3.05pm: Sighted HMS Bristol NW by W

Number on sick list 13


[The two ships are cruising onwards towards the Falkland Islands and carrying on with normal routine.]


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2 December 1914

Lat -30.7, Long -46.4

Number on sick list 12


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3 December 1914

Lat -34.6, Long -48.4

Number on sick list 12


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4 December 1914

Lat -38.8, Long -50.1

Number on sick list 13


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5 December 1914

Lat -43.0, Long -52.9

Number on sick list 10


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6 December 1914

Lat -47.7, Long -54.8

9.00am: Mustered at Divisions

Performed Divine Service.

12.40pm: Stopped. Communicated with HMS Macedonia.

12.52pm: Proceeded.

Number on sick list 8


[HMS Macedonia was an Armed Merchant Cruiser and is part of the OW fleet.]


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7 December 1914

Falkland Islands

Lat -51.7, Long -57.9

7.20am: Sighted land, SW.

10.00am: Course & speed for entering harbour.

10.46am: Anchored.

5.00pm: Discharged Lieutenant WA Williamson to HMS Canopus.

Number on sick list 12


[HMS Canopus was a pre-dreadnought battleship, launched in 1898 and sold in 1920.]


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8 December 1914

(5 pages – 4 of them on top of page for 9 December)

Started off anchored at Port William, Falkland Islands.

Lat -51.9, Long -56.9

6.00am: SS Royal Transport came alongside.

7.20am: Commenced coaling.

9.05am: German cruisers sighted SSE

9.15am: Finished coaling, received 108 tons.

Collier shoved off.

General Quarters.

10.00am: Weighed & proceeded, course & speed as requisite for leaving harbour & closing enemy.

10.32am: Seal Rock 8 cables.

10.00am to 6pm see enclosure.

Departed this life: Neil Livingstone AB, RFR, ON190790, Killed in Action.

Shot away during action:-

Cutters Clench 22 ft 1 in no

Whalers 27 ft 2 in no

Gig 32 ft 1 in no

Boat lowering apparatus, Robinsons, 1 in no, Pattern 1.

6.00pm: Direct Reckoning position Lat 54o 42’ S, Long 56o 10’ W [-54.7, -54.2]

8.20pm: Standard compass found to have deviations.

Number on sick list 12


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8 December 1914

(After Action Report – Phases 1 and 2)

After Action Report Battle of the Falklands

10.00am: Proceeded out of harbour in company with squadron. On clearing entrance observed German squadron of 5 ships in single line abreast to starboard, viz:

“Gneisenau”, “Nurnberg”, “Scharnhorst” (flag), “Dresden”, “Leipzig”.

10.28am: Commander in Chief made signal to Chase.

Course & speed as requisite for closing enemy, cleaning ship throughout & ship’s company washing after coaling.

11.40am: Ship’s company to dinner.

12.25pm: Working up to 25 knots in company with “Invincible” & “Glasgow”.

Sent ship’s company to Action Stations.

12.57pm: Opened fire at extreme range on “Leipzig”, firing 12 rounds of 12 inch, apparently making no hits.

1.27pm: Enemy’s Armoured Cruisers altered course to port together and his light Cruisers scattered.

“Glasgow” parted company in chase.

“Inflexible” opened fire on “Scharnhorst”, ranges 14,000 to 12,000 yards, 2 hits.

“Invincible” engaging “Gneisenau”.

1.39pm: “Gneisenau” dropped astern, shifted target to her and made 3 hits.

1.56pm: Drew out of range. Ceased firing.


[SMS Gneisenau, a 16,616 ton cruiser, was built at the Weser yard in Bremen, launched in 1908 and sunk at the Battle of the Falklands.

SMS Nürnberg, a 3,800 ton cruiser, was built by Howaldtswerke, Kiel, launched in 1906 and sunk at the Battle of the Falklands.

SMS Scharnhorst, a 16,616 ton cruiser, was built by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg, launched in 1907 and sunk at the Battle of the Falklands.

SMS Dresden, a 3,364 ton cruiser, was built by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg, launched in 1908 and scuttled off Robinson Crusoe Island 14 March 1915.

SMS Leipzig, a 3,756 ton cruiser, was built at the Weser yard at Bremen, launched in 1905 and sunk at the Battle of the Falklands.]


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8 December 1914

(After Action Report – Phases 3 and 4)

Off Falklands

After Action Report Battle of the Falklands

2.00pm – 2.50pm Course & speed as requisite in company with “Invincible”.

2.51pm: Opened fire on “Gneisenau”, 15,200 yards, “Invincible” engaging “Scharnhorst”, the leading ship in line ahead. Ranges 15,000 to 12,000 yards.

3.18pm: Altered course 12 points to port together to engage “Gneisenau”, 15,000 to 16,000 yards.

3.26pm: “Scharnhorst” altered 16 points to starboard and, after passing behind “Gneisenau”, opened an accurate and rapid fire on “Inflexible”.

Shifted target to “Scharnhorst” and engaged her for half an hour, 13,000 yd.

4.01pm: “Scharnhorst” listing heavily to starboard, two funnels gone, and ship on fire. Ceased firing on her.

4.03pm: Engaged “Gneisenau”, 14,000yds,

4.10pm: Observed “Scharnhorst” to sink. Altered course 16 points to starboard. Firing on “Gneisenau” 12,000 to 11,000 yds.

4.30pm Commander in Chief made the signal line ahead “in sequence in which ships now are”.


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8 December 1914

(After Action Report – Phase 4 continued)

Off Falklands

4.30pm (cont): “Carnarvon” joined “Inflexible” to take station astern of “Invincible”.#

4.30-4.36pm: Engaging “Gneisenau” at range 10,400 – 10,000 yds. Fire ineffective, much hampered by smoke from “Invincible”.

4.46pm: Being unable to see the enemy, “Inflexible” quitted the line without permission, turned 14 points to port & engaged “Gneisenau” on an opposite course.

4.50-4.57pm: Ranges 11,000 to 12,500 yds. Made many hits.

4.58pm: Checked fire. Altered course 12 points to starboard.

5.00pm: Opened fire again on “Gneisenau”, 12,875yds.

5.04pm: Altered course 1 point to starboard, 13,500 to 13,000yds.

5.11pm: Altered course 1 point to port.

5.11-5.20pm: “Gneisenau” evidently in great distress, “Inflexible” making several hits.

5.28pm: Ceased firing. Started to close enemy, thinking she had struck as she was not firing.

5.32pm: “Gneisenau” fired at “Invincible”. Re-opened fire at [End of page]


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8 December 1914

(After Action Report – Cease fire)

Off Falklands

5.32pm (cont): 7800 to 8700yds and kept away N30E

5.38pm: Ceased fire as Enemy was not firing and it was again supposed she had struck but then she fired once at us.

5.44pm: Opened fire again at 11,000 to 9,700yds, passing between “Carnarvon” and the Enemy.

5.48pm: Finally ceased firing. Signalled to “Carnarvon”, “I think Enemy have hauled down their colours”.

5.51pm: Closed “Gneisenau” at 20knots, she lying with heavy list to starboard.

5.56pm: “Gneisenau” sank.

6.00pm: Out all boats that would float, and saved 10 officers and 52 men, in addition to 13 taken to “Invincible”.

“Invincible” and “Carnarvon” closed survivors and lowered boats.

Note: “Invincible” was firing on “Gneisenau” from 4.30pm onwards.

Signed: RF Phillimore

Captain

Inflexible

11th December 1914.


[According to Wikipedia, 2,200 sailors were lost from the German fleet.]


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9 December 1914

Lat -54.8, Long -61.6

[She spent the rest of the night performing lots of course alterations without finding anything noteworthy.]

8.00am: Altered course S54W to open out to maximum visibility from flag.

10.00am: Sighted iceberg S32W

10.09am: Decreased to 162 revs.

11. 40am: Sighted HMS Bristol.

Employed cleaning ship, removing ammunition & repairing damage.

1.35pm: Took station 15 miles on port quarter of flag.

5.14pm: Stopped. Committed the mortal remains of Neil Livingstone AB RFR to the deep.


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10 December 1914

Lat -50.5, Long -62.7

6.00am: Course and speed as required for swinging ship. [She is checking out and adjusting her compass.]

2.20pm: Sighted land ESE.

5.40pm: Sighted HMS Bristol ESE.

Number on sick list 12


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11 December 1914

Port Stanley

Lat -51.7, Long -57.9

5.25am: Course & speed as requisite for entering harbour.

6.35am: Anchored.

Found HMS Kent, Cornwall, Macedonia.

8.15am: No 1 collier came alongside, “Royal Transport”.

8.35am: No 2 collier came alongside “Bregnton” [?]

9.15am: Commenced coaling no 1.

10.00am: Commenced coaling no 2.

6.20pm: Arrived “Carnarvon”.

10.30pm: Finished coaling, received 2220 tons.

Number on sick list 13


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12 December 1914

Port William

Lat -51.7, Long -57.8

1.28am: Heavy squalls.

3.50am: Collier “Bregnton” shoved off.

6.30am: Employed cleaning ship.

9.30am: HMS Orama arrived.

9.50am: SS Royal Transport shoved off

Employed getting out “Q” ammunition (empty) & cleaning ship.

3.00pm: Discharged 2 ratings to “Crown of Galicia”.

Joined 1 rating from “Invincible”.

7.30pm: Collier “Trelawny” shoved off.

8.15pm: Oil SS Impoco came alongside.

Number on sick list 14


[“Crown of Galicia” was a Royal Fleet Auxiliary. She was launched by Alex Stephen & sons, Linthouse (on the Clyde) in 1906. She was requisitioned on 3 Aug 1914. She received the 10 German officers and 51 men who “Inflexible” had transferred to “Invincible” after the battle. She was returned to her owners in January 1915. After several changes of ownership, she was wrecked in 1942.


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13 December 1914

Port William

Lat -51.2, Long -58.5

4.00am: Divers examining inlets.

4.30am: SS Impoco left ship.

5.35am: “Bristol” proceeded.

6.00am: 2 stokers joined from “Errington Court”.

6.30am: Discharged German Prisoners of War to “Invincible”.

8.30am: Weighed & proceeded, course & speed as requisite for leaving harbour.

9.25am: Volunteer Point abeam 3.5 miles.

10.16am: Sounding every 5 minutes without tube.

1.08pm: Cape Dolphin abeam 5.6 miles.

1.25pm: Eddystone abeam 3.7 miles.

4.50pm: Adjusted Fore & Aft magnet on magnetic [compass]

6.00pm: Sounding continuously without tube.

7.56pm: Obtained sounding of 12 fathoms in position N1W 10 miles from Jerin East Cay

Number on sick list 12


[Volunteer Point is on the East coast of East Falkland, Lat -51.5, Long -57.8.

Cape Dolphin is the most northerly point of East Falkland, Lat -51.2, Long -59.0

Eddystone refers to the rock with lighthouse to the north of Falkland Sound Lat -51.11, Long -59.03.]


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14 December 1914

Lat -52.5, Long -66.7

6.00 am: Cleaning ship & transporting ammunition.

2.20pm: Sighted land SW

Number on sick list 15


[She’s heading for the Pacific and carrying on with ship routine.]


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15 December 1914

Lat -55.4, Long -67.0

4.25am: Cape San Diego abeam 9.7miles.

5.13am: Cape S Bartholemew abeam 8.3miles

7.40am: Stopped to investigate Chilean SS Amadeo

10.38am: As requisite for Richmond [?] Channel.

10.54am: Altered course as requisite for “Orange Bay”

1.45pm: Daedalus Island abeam 3.5miles

Sounding continually without tube.

2.50pm: Course & speed as requisite for investigating Orange Bay.

4.36pm: False Cape Horn abeam 5.9miles

8.11pm: Ildefonzo Island abeam 11.2miles.

Number on sick list 13


[Cape San Diego is often Cabo San Diego at the most easterly point of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Lat -54.8, Long -64.8.

Cape S Bartholemew is often known as Cabo San Bartolomé, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Lat -54.9, Long -64.7

False Cape Horn is a headland at the southern end of Hoste Island, which is part of Chile. Lat -55.7, Long -68.05.

Ildefonzo or Ildefonso Islands are a group of islands off Chile, Lat -55.7, Long -69.4.

According to www.wrecksite.eu SS Amadeo was a Chilean passenger/cargo vessel of 412 tons. She was built in 1892 and deliberately run aground and wrecked in 1932. One of the informants states that on March 17 1923 she saved the crew of the Norwegian ship Vigo which was wrecked off Policarpo, Tierra del Fuego. The Norwegian government presented a silver plate to her crew in recognition of their heroism.]



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16 December 1914

Lat -54.2, Long -74.2

3.30am: Sighted: land N30W

6.00pm: Cape Pillar abeam 24 miles.

Number on sick list 13.


[Cape Pillar seems to be the Northwestern point of Desolation Isle in Chile. Desolation Isle is at the Western end of the Strait of Magellan. The local names are Cabo Pilar, Desolación Island. Lat-52.7, Long -74.6 ]


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17 December 1914

Lat -49.0, Long -76.4

9.30pm: Sighted Cape Raper Light N35E

9.50pm: HMS Glasgow & Bristol joined & took station 10miles on port & starboard beams.

Number on sick list 12


[Cape Raper or Cabo Raper is at the southern end of the Tres Montes peninsula overlooking the northern entrance to the Golfo de Penas. Lat -46.9, Long -75.5.]


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18 December 1914

Lat -44.6, Long -76.4

9.08am: Stopped. Communicated with HMS Bristol and Glasgow

10.10am: HMS Bristol & Glasgow parted company

10.10pm Sighted Whapa Light S75E

Number of sick list 13


[I cannot locate Whapa or Whafa Lighthouse.]


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19 December 1914

Lat -45.9, Long -76.4

8.45am: Sighted land S70E

2.47am: Increased speed, working up to 14 knots. Investigated coasting steamer.

5.00pm: Cape Raper abeam 20 miles.

Number on sick list 12


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20 December 1914

Lat -50.0, Long -76.0

8.46am: Course & speed as requisite for investigating SS Cafac of London.

10.00am: Performed Divine Service.

8.00pm: Sounding every ¼hour.

Number on sick list 12


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21 December 1914

Lat -55.2, Long -71.8

4.00pm: Quarters. Read warrants nos 207 & 208

4.35pm: Ildefonso S83E

Number on sick list 10


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22 December 1914

Lat -54.0, Long -62.0

5.10am: Sighted land on port beam

5.55am: Cape St Bartholomew abeam 17.1 miles.

8.40am: Cape St John abeam 9 miles.

11.00 am: Read warrants nos 209, 210, 211.

Number on sick list 13


[Cape St John is on Staten Island, part of the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago and is in Argentina. Lat -54.7, Long -66.5]


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23 December 1914

Port William

Lat -51.7, Long -57.8

4.00am: Sighted land on port bow.

5.05am: Cape Pembroke light house N30W

6.15am: Course & speed as requisite for entering Port William

7.10am: Anchored

Found in harbour: HMS Otranto

8.15am: Collier “Ruperra” came alongside

8.30am: Collier “Royal Transport” came alongside.

9.15am: Commenced coaling.

6.00pm: HMS Otranto proceeded.

9.30pm: Finished coaling, received 2070 tons

Number on sick list 15


[Cape Pembroke is on East Falkland, Lat -51.682, Long -57.719

HMS Otranto was an Armed Merchant Cruiser of ~12,000 tons. She was built by Workman Clark of Belfast and launched in 1909 as SS Otranto for the Orient Steamship Navigation Co. Requisitioned in 1914, she sank after a collision in October 1918.]


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24 December 1914

Port William

Lat -51.0, Long -57.7

6.00am: Colliers shove off.

6.30am: HMS Otranto arrived & anchored.

11.10am: Weighed & proceeded, course & speed as requisite for leaving Port William.

12.03pm: Pembroke Point Light House S20W 1.9 miles.

Number on sick list 13


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25 December 1914

Lat -46.8, Long -54.3

9.30am: Performed Divine Service

12.40pm: Matthew Wild, Stoker 1st class, O.N. K 12175, reported missing, last seen entering W.C. in Sick Bay

Number on sick list 11


[What a Christmas Day! The motto when war was declared was ‘Home by Christmas’.]


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26 December 1914

Lat -41.9, Long -51.0

5.40pm: Dense fog, closed up turrets’ crews etc.

9.15pm: Passed through fog bank.

9.25pm: Fog lifted.

10.20pm: Passed through fog bank.

11.00pm: Fog lifted.

Number on sick list 9


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27 December 1914

Lat -36.0, Long -48.0

9.30am: Performed Divine Service

Number on sick list 12


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28 December 1914

Lat -31.0, Long -45.5

7.00am: Passed American schooner.

10.30pm: Course & speed as requisite for investigating SS Thessaly.

Number on sick list 13


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29 December 1914

Lat -26.0, Long -42.0

2.45am: Altered course E½S to investigate steamer

Number on sick list 4


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30 December 1914

Lat -22.1, Long -40.1

1.02pm: Stopped & communicated with HMS Celtic

Lieutenant Commander VJ English joined ship.

4.30pm: Observed high land [?] before port beam

Number on sick list 14


[HMS Celtic was an Armed Merchant Cruiser of 20,904 tons built in 1901 by Harland and Wolff in Belfast. Later she was reclassified as a troopship. Despite striking a mine in 1917 and being torpedoed in 1918 she was repaired and completed the war. She was returned to civilian service, ran aground in 1928 and was scrapped in situ. She is part of the OW fleet.]


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31 December 1914

Abrolhos

Lat -18.0, Long -38.7

2.35am: Passed steamship steering SW

5.28am: Sighted Abrolhos Light House bearing NE

6.32am: Course & speed as requisite for entering Abrolhos anchorage.

7.00am: Anchored.

Found at anchor: HMS Canopus.

8.55am: Commenced coaling from SS Indian Transport.

4.45pm: Finished coaling, received 1420 tons.

5.00pm: Weighed & proceeded. Cheered ship (“Canopus”)

8.35pm: Sounding.

10.30pm: Altered course NbE to investigate SS Elizabeth van Belgie of Antwerp.

Number on sick list 15.



LOGS FOR JANUARY 1915


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1 January 1915

Lat -14.2, Long -36.8

3.00pm: Altered course to investigate Greek SS Khristophoros Vallianus

8.40pm: Steamship passed steering SW

Number on sick list 16


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2 January 1915

Lat -8.6, Long -34.5

12.45am: Passed steamship bound to southward.

3.00pm: Passed SS Haemskerck of Rotterdam steering NE

Number on sick list 17


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3 January 1915

Lat -2.8, Long -32.4

6.30am: Sighted Fernando Noronha Island EbN½N

8.50am: Fernando Noronha peak abeam 22½ miles.

10.00am: Performed Divine Service

Number on sick list 17


[Fernando Noronha Island belongs to Brazil and lies at Lat -3.85, Long -32.4]


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4 January 1915

Lat 3.0, Long -30.5

8.45am: Course as requisite for investigating SS Martazan of Liverpool.

Number on sick list 13


[SS Martazan was a cargo ship of 3,477 tons. She sank off Cape Verde in 1917 after colliding with the Italian steamer Monte Blanco.]


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5 January 1915

Lat 8.6, Long -28.3

11.30am: Read warrant 209

Number on sick list 17


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6 January 1915

Lat 13.9, Long -26.5

Number on sick list 15


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7 January 1915

St. Vincent

Lat 16.8, Long -25.0

3.20am: Observed high land ahead.

5.20am: Point Machado Valofaman [?] abeam 2.8 miles.

5.30am: Course & speed as requisite for entering harbour.

6.04am: Anchored.

7.00am: Ammunition lighters & collier “Okehampton” came alongside.

Employed ammunitioning ship.

4.00pm: Collier “Venus” came alongside

Number on sick list 13


[There is a lighthouse on Point Machado at Lat 16.8, Long -25.1, it is also known as Farol d’Amelia and is in the Cape Verde Island group.]


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8 January 1915

St Vincent

Lat 16.8, Long -25.0

5.15am: Commenced coaling

2.00pm: Finished coaling, received 1700 tons.

Discharged Commander E Wigram to “Empress of Britain”

Joined Captain CEW Pyddoke from “Empress of Britain” for passage to Gibraltar.

3.50pm: Cleared ship (“Empress of Britain”, “High Flyer” & “Vengeance”)

4.00pm: Weighed & proceeded, course & speed as requisite for leaving harbour.

Number on sick list 18


[HMS Empress of Britain was built as a 14000 ton ocean liner at Fairfield’s yard in Govan on the Clyde. She entered service in 1906 and became an Armed Merchant Cruiser at the start of WW1. She returned to civilian service and was scrapped in 1930.

HMS Highflyer was a 5600 ton cruiser, launched in 1898 at Fairfield’s yard in Govan on the Clyde. She was sold in 1921.

HMS Vengeance was a 13,000 ton pre-dreadnought battleship, launched by the Vickers yard at Barrow-in-Furness. She was sold in 1921.]


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9 January 1915

Lat 20.3, Long -22.1

9.05pm: Altered course to investigate SS King Idwal

Number on sick list 20


[SS King Idwal was sunk by a mine in Nov 1917.]


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10 January 1915

Lat 24.4, Long -18.6

9.30am: Performed Divine Service

Number on sick list 20


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11 January 1915

Lat 28.3, Long -14.8

6.15am: Sighted Maspalomas Light N24E, land on port bow.

8.41am: Areynaga Point abeam 7.3 miles.

10.51am: Sighted land N70E

11.45am: Jandia Point abeam 20 miles.

3.55pm: Pechiguera Point abeam 14 miles.

6.35pm: Sighted Delgada Point Light S47E

Number on sick list 19


[Maspalomas, Lat 27.8, Long -15.6, is the oldest tourist town of Gran Canaria.

Areynaga Point is at Lat 27.87, Long -15.35

Jandia Point is a peninsula on the Southern end of Fuerteventura. Lat 28.05, Long -14.5

Punta Pechiguera is on Lanzarotte, Lat 28.85, Long -13.85

Punta Delgado is on the small island of Aleganza, in the Canary Islands. Lat 29.4, Long -13.5]


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12 January 1915

Lat 32.4, Long -10.8

Number on sick list 23.


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13 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 35.9, Long -5.9

6.50am: Sighted land bearing east

8.46am: Altered course 1 point to starboard to avoid steamship.

8.51am: Resumed course.

11.43am: Cape Spartel Light House abeam 2.3 miles.

1.04pm: Tarifa Light House abeam 1.9 miles.

1.40pm: Course as requisite for approaching examination harbour.

2.05pm: Anchored.

Discharged Lieutenant KFD Acland to HMS Prince George.

Discharged Capt Pyddoke to RN Hospital.

3.00pm: HMS Prince George proceeded.

5.15pm: Weighed & proceeded, course & speed as requisite for entering Gibraltar harbour.

6.00pm: Secured alongside no 4 berth, South Mole.

Number on sick list 20.


[Captain has started local leave.

HMS Prince George was a pre-dreadnought battleship of ~16,000 tons. She was launched in 1895 at Portsmouth Dockyard and sold in 1921.

Tarifa Light House is on a small island just off-shore from the town of Tarifa in Spain. It is the nearest point to Morocco. Lat 36.0, Long 5.6

Cape Spartel is in Morocco. The longitude of Cape Spartel, 5o 55’ W, is recognised as the Western boundary of the Mediterranean. Lat 35.8, Long 5.9]


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14 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Employed ammunitioning ship.

7.35am: Slipped & proceeded HMS Caesar.

8.30am: HMS Inconstant & Penelope proceeded.

Discharged 2 cot cases & 7 ratings to hospital.

10.40am: Shifted berth under crane.

Employed ammunitioning ship & getting on board new main derrick.

4.30am: Shifted berth to No 3 coaling jetty.

Number on sick list 16


[HMS Caesar was a 14,900 ton pre-dreadnought battleship, launched in1896 at Portsmouth Dockyard. She was sold in 1921.

HMS Inconstant was a light cruiser of 3,500 tons, launched in1914 at the Beardmore yard on the Clyde. She survived the Battle of Jutland and was sold in 1922.

HMS Penelope was a light cruiser of 3,500 tons, launched in 1914 by Vickers Ltd. She was sold in 1924.]


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15 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

5.15am: Commenced coaling.

2.00pm: Finished coaling, received 974 tons.

Number on sick list 16


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16 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

6.00am: Employed provisioning & drawing stores.

8.15am: Landed picket house party.

10.00am HMS Amphitrite proceeded.

Rigged diving boat, divers carried out monthly exercised.

Admonished Mr Philip J Jones, signal boatswain, for being absent without leave on Thursday January 19th. [Signed] Philip J Jones, signal boatswain.

4.30pm: Proceeded HMS Edinburgh Castle.

5.00pm: Arrived HMS Caesar.

5.35pm: Arrived HMS Victorian.

Number on sick list 14


[During the day she received 11,500 lbs of fresh meat and 20,000 lbs of vegetables.

HMS Amphitrite was a cruiser of 11,000 tons was launched in 1898 at the Vickers yard in Barrow-in-Furness. Her nickname was ‘am & tripe’. She survived the war to be sold in 1920.

HMS Edinburgh Castle, merchant vessel of 13,362 tons, was launched in 1910 by Harland & Wolff in Belfast. She was requisitioned in 1914 and returned in 1919. She was requisitioned again in 1939 and used as an accommodation ship in Freetown, Sierra Leone. At the end of the war it was considered uneconomic to transport her to a scrap yard and she was towed offshore and sunk by naval gunfire.]


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17 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

6.00pm: 3 ratings joined from RN hospital.

Number on sick list 14


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18 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

6.30am: Proceeded HMS Pelorus

8.30am: Proceeded HMS Penelope & Inconstant.

8.45am: Proceeded HMS Caesar

9.30am: Discharged Lieutenant Commander English

Noon: Hands employed shifting ship from No 8 shed to No 7 shed.

Testing main derrick

Employed drawing new boats & stores.

6.04pm: Cast off & proceeded out of harbour, course & speed as requisite for approaching examination anchorage.

6.26pm: Anchored.

9.16pm: Weighed & proceeded. Course as requisite for leaving harbour.

10.35pm: Ceuta Light abeam 2.5 miles.

Number on sick list 13


[HMS Pelorus, a 2169 ton cruiser, was launched in 1896 at Sheerness Dockyard, Kent. She was sold in 1920.

Ceuta Light is in Morocco, Lat 35.9, Long 5.3]


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19 January 1915

Lat 36.5, Long -1.3

5.50am: Sighted Alboran Island Light S14E

7.03pm: Sighted Cape Tenez light S65E

Number on sick list 15


[Alboran Island belongs to Spain but is only 50km North of Morocco. It lies at Lat 36.9, Long 3.0

Cape Tenez or Cap Ténès is in Algeria at Lat 33.65, Long 1.35.]


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20 January 1915

Lat 37.2, Long 4.8

2.25am: Sighted Caxine Light SEbE½E

4.35am: Caxine Light abeam 12 miles

5.52am: Matifou Light abeam 14 miles

6.52am: Sighted Cape Bengut Light S62E

8.30am: Cape Bengut Light abeam 2 miles

10.00am: Read warrants nos 213, 214, 215

5.40pm: Sighted Cape Bougaroun Light SE

6.40pm: Cape Bourgaroun Light abeam 14 miles

8.15pm: Cap de Fer Light abeam 18.3 miles

11.17pm: Cap de Garde Light S76E

Number on sick list 16


[Cape Caxine is in Algeria, Lat 36.8, Long 2.95

Cap Matifou Lighthouse is in Algeria, Lat 36.8, Long 3.25

Cape Bengut is in Algeria, Lat 36.9, Long 3.9

Cap Bougaroun is in Algeria, Lat 37.1, Long 6.5

Cap de Fer is in Algeria, Lat 37.1, Long 7.2

Cap de Garde is in Algeria, Lat 36.95, Long 7.8]


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21 January 1915

Lat 37.4, Long 10.5

12.23am: Cap de Garde Light abeam 18.7 miles

3.45am: Sighted Cape Tabarka S25E

5.10am: Sighted Serrat Light S50E

9.25am: Sighted Cani Rocks S38E

9.30am: Slow ahead, turned to NNW, secured gear on after deck.

10.45am: Maximum roll: 25o starboard, 23o port.

10.53am: Cani Rocks abeam 6.7 miles.

2.08pm: Cape Bon abeam 9.5 miles

3.00pm: Maximum roll: 28o starboard, 24o port.

3.50pm: Sighted Pantelleria Island S33E

5.25pm: Pantelleria Island Light abeam

Number on sick list 16


[That was some roll, I don’t think the sick list includes all those who were seasick.

Cape Tabarka or Jazirat Tabargah is in Tunisia, Lat 36.95, Long 8.75

Cani Rocks, Dog Rocks or Ilés Cani are in Tunisia and are a set of rocky islets. Lat 37.35, Long 10.1

Cape Bon or Ras At-Tib is in Tunisia Lat 37.1, Long 11.05

Pantelleria Island is off Sicily, Lat 36.8, Long 11.95]


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22 January 1915

Lat 37.4, Long 17.3

1.00am: Sighted Gozo Light S24W

3.30am: Sighted Cosso Spedaro Light N84E

4.30am: Altered course to avoid steamship

4.35am: Resumed original course S83E

4.36am: Cosso Spedaro abeam 14 miles

Number on sick list 17


[Gozo Light is probably the one now known as Giordan Light, Lat 36.05, Long 14.2

Cosso Spedaro is probably Cozzo Spedaro, Sicily, Lat 36.7, Long 15.15]


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23 January 1915

Lat 36.4, Long 23.2

7.05am: Sighted Cape Matapan Light House N60E

8.39am: Cape Matapan abeam 4.6’

8.54am: Sighted Kithera Island.

9.47am: Sighted Spathi

10.53am: Cape Spathi Light House abeam 1.7’

12.01pm: Cape Malea abeam 2.1’

12.25pm: Cape Malea Light House abeam 1.5’

1.30pm: Altered course to investigate Greek steamer.

2.25pm: Sighted Belo Pulo NNE½E

3.20pm: Belo Pulo Light 1.7 miles

6.47pm: Sighted St Georgio Light N30E

9.00pm: Sighted Cape Tamelos Light

9.10pm: Sighted Cove Point Light N10W

10.18pm: Sighted Cape Phassa Light N50E

10.21pm: Sighted St Nikolo Light abeam 1.6’


[Cape Matapan is also known as Cape Tenaros and is the southernmost tip of mainland Greece Lat 36.4. Long 22.45

Kithera Island or Kythera Island is off the South Eastern tip of the Peloponnese.

Cape Spathi is also known as Cape Moudari and is on Kithera, Lat 36.4, Long 22.95

Cape Malea or Maleas is on the eastern peninsula of the Peloponnese at Lat 36.45, Long 23.2

Belo Pulo is a Greek island in the Aegean Lat 36.9, Long 23.45

St Georgio Light is also known as Agios Georgios Light is on Kasos Island, Lat 35.4, Long 26.9

Cape Tamelos Light is on the Greek Island of Kea, Lat 37.5, Long 24.3

Cove Point Light, I cannot identify

Cape Phassa Light or Cape Fasa Light is on Andros Island, Lat 37.25, Long 24.7

St Nikolo Light is also known as Agios Nikolaos Light and is on Kea Island, Lat 37.65, Long 24.3]


THE VOYAGES OF HMS INFLEXIBLE
Operations in the Aegean Sea

JP map Inflexible Aegean Sea


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24 January 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

1.30am: Cape Phassa abeam 3’ [Lat 37.25, Long 24.7]

4.05am: Lithari Point Light N4E

6.48am: Course & speed as requisite for entering harbour.

7.27am: Anchored. Found here: “Indefatigable” & French ships.

9.10am: Collier “Darnholme” came alongside.

10.00am: Commenced coaling.

11.00am: Discharged Sub Lieutenant Back & Mr Brander to “Racoon” for passage to “Chelmer” & “Grampus”.

3.25pm: Finished coaling, received 1020 tons.

Number on sick list 13


[Lithari Point Light is on Skiros Island at Lat 38.8, Long 24.7

HMS Indefatigable was a battlecruiser of18,500 tons, launched in 1909 at Devonport Dockyard. She was sunk at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916 with only 3 survivors.]


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25 January 1915

Skyros

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

8.00am: 17 ratings & 5 marines joined ship from “Indefatigable”

11.20am: Vice Admiral Carden & staff came on board. Hoisted Vice Admiral’s Flag.

Paymaster Rapkin, Commander Ramsey, Lieutenant Ormsby-Johnson, Captain Ward RMA, Captain Godfrey RMA, Assistant Paymasters Whittington-Luce & Ashford joined ship.

3.55pm: “Indefatigable” proceeded.

7.30pm: Arrived French Torpedo Boat Destroyers “Poignard”, “Trident” & “Cognée”.

10.00pm: Heavy rain squall.

Number on sick list 11


[Admiral Sir Sackville Hamilton Carden KCMG (1857 – 1930) commanded the Dardanelles Campaign until early March 1915. He was relieved of his command due to failing health and resigned from the Navy in 1917. He lived in retirement until his death in 1930.

The French destroyer “Poignard” was launched in 1909 and scrapped in 1926. “Trident” was launched in 1907 and scrapped in 1931. “Cognée” was launched in 1907 and scrapped in 1921.]


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26 January 1915

Skyros

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

7.30am: French battleship “Bouvet”.

8.15am: Arrived HMS Dublin.

3.00pm: “Dublin” shifted berth.

Number on sick list 12


[HMS Dublin, a cruiser of 5400 tons, was launched in 1912 at William Beardmore’s yard on the Clyde. She was sold in 1926.

Bouvet” was a French battleship of 12000 tons, launched in 1896 at the Lorient yard. She was sunk in March 1915 at the Dardanelles with only about 50 survivors.]


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27 January 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

7.00am: French destroyer Cognée proceeded

9.00am: Aired night clothing

French cruiser "Jurien de la Gravière" arrived

3.45pm: French cruiser “Jurien de la Gravière proceeded

Number on sick list 13


[“Jurien de la Gravière” was a cruiser of 5600 tons, launched in 1899 at the Lorient yard. She was sold in 1922.]


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28 January 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

7.55am: French destroyer “Cognée” arrived

9.00am: HMS Ribble arrived

10.45am: “Ribble” proceeded

5.10pm: HMS Dublin proceeded

5.45pm: 1 rating joined from "Dublin"

11.55pm: French destroyer “Trident” arrived

Number on sick list 13


[HMS Ribble was a destroyer, launched in 1904 at Yarrow’s yard on the Clyde and sold in 1920.]


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29 January 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

9.00am: Training classes at instruction.

Employed getting shingle from the shore and as requisite.

Number on sick list 15


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30 January 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

8.00am: Arrived French Battleship ”Charlemagne”

Employed cleaning ship throughout & getting shingle from shore.

3.15pm: Proceeded French battleship “Gaulois”

5.30pm: Weighed & proceeded, course & speed as requisite for leaving harbour by Sarakino Strait.

6.00pm: In company with “Suffren” and “Bouvet”

8.15pm: Prasouda Light abeam 4.5 miles.

9.35pm: Sighted Cape Phassa Light S20E [Lat 37.25, Long 24.7]

Number on sick list 16


[“Charlemagne” was a French Battleship of 11,275 tons, launched in 1895 at Arsenal de Brest. She was sold in 1923 although she was decommissioned in 1917.

Gaulois” was a French Battleship of 11,325 tons, launched in 1896 at Arsenal de Brest. She was sunk on 27 December 1916 by UB-47.

Suffren” was a French Battleship of 12,892 tons, launched in 1899 at Arsenal de Brest. She was torpedoed on 26 Nov 1916 by UB-52 and sunk with all hands.

Prasouda Light is also known as Rock Island Light and is at Lat 38.65, Long 24.25.]


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31 January 1915

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

Number on sick list 17


[This page has a faulty scan, the scan finished part way across the right hand column containing the events.]


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31 January 1915

[This page contains the remainder of the previous page + a blank table for recording compass readings. The entries for this date have been from an attempt to link the text.]


Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

3.45am: Sighted Psara Light SE’E

6.50am: Sigri Light N30E [Lat 39.2, Long 25.85]

9.20am: Sighted French battleship “Gaulois” and steamer bearing S50E

9.30am: Sighted Lemnos bearing N35W

9.52am: Sighted Tenedos bearing N40E, Porents [?] light N32E, sighted “Racoon” & B11

12.30am: “Gaulois” joined company

1.35pm: Sighted HMS Blenheim & destroyer flotilla

2.45pm: “Gaulois” parted company

4.00pm: Mityleni bearing South

5.27pm: Sigri Light abeam

5.37pm: French battleships parted company for Port Sigri

6.52pm: Course & speed as requisite for entering Port Kalloni

7.05pm: Anchored.


[HMS Racoon was a destroyer, launched in 1910 and wrecked in 1918.

HMS Blenheim was a cruiser of 9150 tons, launched in 1890 by Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding Co at Leamouth in London. By 1915 she had been re-classified as a depot ship. She was finally sold in 1926.

Psará is today better known as Kokinopulo and is sometimes called Agios Georgios Lighthouse and is on the island of Psará at Lat 38.5, Long 25.6..

Mitylene is on Lesbos, Lat 39.1, Long 26.55

Kalloni is on Lesbos, Lat 39.2, Long 26.25

Sigri Light is better known as Megalonisi and is sometimes known as Meganisi. It is on Lesbos. The current lighthouse is new as the one referred to in this log was destroyed during WW2. It lies at Lat 39.2, Long 25.85]



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1915


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[Table compass readings signed by Captain, RF Phillimore and Navigating Officer JW Barrington.]


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[Remainder of table plus the position of the various correcting magnets.]


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[More information on compasses.]


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1 February 1915

Port Kalloni

Lat 39.2, Long 26.2

8.53am: Weighed & proceeded, course & speed as requisite for leaving harbour.

9.15am: Stopped. Dropped target.

9.20am: Proceeded, course as requisite, 132 revs, carried out sub-calibre firing from turrets & 1” from 4” guns.

10.45am: Secured. Proceeded.

Noon: Anchored. Found French battleships “Suffren”, “Bouvet” & “Gaulois”.

3.00pm: Weighed & proceeded, course & speed as requisite.

5.13pm: Course & speed as requisite for investigating sailing vessel.

6.04pm: “Suffren” & “Gaulois” joined flag.

7.35pm: Sighted Psará Light S23W [Lat 38.5, Long 25.6]

10.14pm: Psará Light abeam 5.5’


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2 February 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

5.45am: Sighted Cape Lithari N38E [Lat 38.8, Long 24.7]

6.08am: Sighted Cape Slati N80W [This is probably Cape Strati Lat 39.5, Long 25.0]

7.06am: Course & speed as requisite for entering Port Trebuki through Marmara Channel

7.25am: Anchored.

8.15am: SS Dago secured alongside. Employed getting in fresh provisions, returning awnings, shipping paint & preparing for coaling.

1.00pm: Discharged Captain Ward RMA, Assistant Paymaster Ashford & 10 ratings to SS Dago for passage to Malta.

4.10pm: SS Dago cast off.

Number on sick list 19


[SS Dago was a freighter of 1654 tons, she was built by Caledon Shipbuilding Co of Dundee and was sunk by enemy planes, North of Lisbon, in 1942.]


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3 February 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

3.25pm: “Charlemagne” shifted billet

Number on sick list 25


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4 February 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

2.45pm: French destroyers “Trident” and “Poignard” proceeded alongside SS Darnholme to coal

“Amiral Chalnée” proceeded

4.40pm: Secured SS North Britain alongside

Number on sick list 26


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5 February 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

7.00am: Proceeded French destroyer “Poignard”

7.45am: Commenced coaling.

8.10am: “Cognée” arrived.

8.30am: “Mosquito” arrived. “Usk” arrived & proceeded.

1.00pm: “Mosquito” proceeded

2.00pm: Finished coaling, received 1150 tons

4.00pm: Contre-Amiral Guépratte called on Vice-Admiral Carden.

4.30pm: “Poignard” arrived.

5.00pm: “Hussar” arrived.

5.40pm: “Gaulois” arrived, “Bouvet” proceeded.

6.10pm: “Trident” proceeded.

Number on sick list 27


[HMS Mosquito was a destroyer, launched in 1910 & sold in 1920.

HMS Usk was a destroyer, 590 tons, launched in 1903 and sold in 1920.

HMS Hussar was a torpedo gunboat in service from 1890 to 1920

HMS Trident was ordered by Turkey but taken over at the outbreak of WW1. She was launched in 1915 and sold in 1921.

Emile Paul Aimable Guépratte (1856 – 1939) commanded the French ships at the Dardanelles and Mediterranean until October 1915 when he was promoted. He retired in Aug 1918 and became a politician until 1924. He is buried in Les Invalides.]


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6 February 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

6.20am: Discharged 3 ratings to “Hussar”.

8.15am: Arrived “Dublin”

3.30pm: “Dublin” shifted berth

Number on sick list 22


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7 February 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

9.30am: Mustered Divisions.

10.15am: Performed Divine Service.

12.15pm: Arrived “Racoon” & anchored.

3.10pm: HMS Vengeance arrived.

5.15pm: Discharged Commander Ramsey, Paymaster Rapkin, Captain Godfrey RMA, Lt Ormsby-Johnson, Assistant Paymaster Luce, 3 ratings and 1 marine to “Racoon”.

5.25pm: “Racoon” proceeded.

6.15pm: “Dublin” proceeded

15 ratings joined from “Vengeance”

Number on sick list 16


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8 February 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

7.35am: Arrived “Bouvet”.

9.45am: Vice Admiral JM de Robeck & staff came on board.

Hoisted Vice Admiral’s flag.

9 ratings joined from “Vengeance”.

Discharged 1 rating to “Vengeance”.

11.55am: Proceeded “Vengeance”.

5.40pm: French destroyer “Sabretache” arrived

6.00pm: “Poignard” proceeded.

Number on sick list 17


[The French destroyer “Sabretache” was launched in 1908 and scrapped in 1920.

Admiral John Michael de Robeck, GCB, GCMG, GCVO (1862-1928) was born in County Kildare and joined the Navy in 1875. He was second-in-command at the beginning of the Dardanelles campaign, taking over command on 12 March 1915. He retired from the Navy in 1924.]


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9 February 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

7.30am: Arrived “Poignard”

9.00am: Landed party for getting shingle

2.00pm: Employed getting shingle & securing ship for sea.

6.00pm: Arrived HMS Cornwallis.

6.10pm: Weighed & proceeded, course & speed as requisite for leaving harbour by Marmara channel.

10.15pm: Sighted Psará Light SE’E [Lat 38.5, Long 25.6.]

Number on sick list 19


[HMS Cornwallis was a 14,000 ton, pre-dreadnought battleship and launched in 1901 by Thames Ironwork & Shipbuilding Co, Leamouth, London. She was sunk by UB-32 in January 1917.]


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10 February 1915

At sea

1.40am: Sighted Sigri Light N40E [Lat 39.2, Long 25.85]

2.25am: Sigri Light abeam 12’

5.35am: Sighted Ponente Point Light N27E

6.50am: Course & speed as requisite for anchoring.

7.05am: Anchored.

8.40am: HMS Dublin proceeded.

9.05am: HMS Mosquito [What Mosquito did is not logged.]

12.35pm: Arrived “Dublin”.

2.00pm: Proceeded “Dublin”.

5.30pm: Arrived “Welland”.

9.10pm: Sighted Lemnos Island Light N53W

9.45pm: Sighted Sigri Light bearing S31E [Lat 39.2, Long 25.85]

10.03pm: Kastra Light abeam 21.5’

11.10pm: Sighted Strati bearing WNW.

Number on sick list 15


[HMS Welland was a destroyer, launched in 1904 at the Yarrow yard and scrapped in 1920.

Kastra is probably Kastro Light which is on Limnos Island at Lat 39.9, Long 25.05.

There are 3 lighthouses on Limnos or Lemno, one of them is probably the Lemnos lighthouse referred to in the log.

Strati is on Lesbos Lat 39.5, Long 25.0]


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11 February 1915

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

12.10am: Strathi Island abeam 13’

1.55am: Sighted Lithari Light S42W [Lat 38.8, Long 24.7]

3.44am: Lithari Light abeam 21.4’

6.54am: Sighted Kalogeri Rock bearing South.

7.15am: “Mosquito” took station 5 cables on port beam.

8.27am: Course & speed as requisite for firing.

9.00am: Commenced 12” calibration.

9.42am: Finished calibration. Stopped. Communicated with “Mosquito”.

10.18am: Commenced 4” practice.

11.15am: Finished practice.

3.39pm: Altered course as requisite for entering harbour by Marmora Channel.

3.57pm: Anchored.

5.00pm: “Amicus” came alongside.

5.15pm: Lieutenant DCL Green & 5 RNR stokers joined from HMS Cornwallis.

Number on sick list 13


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12 February 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

6.45am: Employed coaling ship

7.15am: Proceeded “Cornwallis”

10.55am: Finished coaling, received 600 tons.

6.10pm: Proceeded “Dublin”.

Number on sick list 15


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13 February 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

7.00am: Arrived “Sabretache”.

5.35pm: Arrived “Vengeance”.

Number on sick list 14


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14 February 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

6.30am: Arrived “Poignard”.

7.00am: Arrived “Charlemagne”.

10.00am: Struck flag of Vice Admiral de Robeck. Vice Admiral hoisted his flag in “Vengeance”.

Discharged Vice Admiral’s staff to “Vengeance”.

Discharged 9 ratings to “Vengeance”.

1.20pm: Arrived “Ori ....oln”

Number on sick list 14


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15 February 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

7.15am: Arrived “Sabretache”.

8.10am: French minesweeper “Maoche” arrived.

12.30am: SS Dago arrived alongside. Received fresh provisions.

3.55pm: SS Dago cast off.

6.00pm: Proceeded “Triumph” & “Vengeance”.

Number on sick list 17


[HMS Triumph was originally ordered by Chile as “Libertad” from Vickers, Sons & Maxim, Barrow-in-Furness but Chile was unable to complete the purchase so the British Government took over the contract and renamed her “Triumph”. She was classed as a pre-dreadnought battleship of ~14,000 tons and was launched in 1903. She was sunk by UB-21 in May 1915.]


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16 February 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

7.50am: Proceeded “Suffren”.

8.00am: Arrived “Dublin” & “Amiral Charnée”.

10.00am: Arrived “Sabretache”.

1.20pm: Sent diving party to “Dublin”.

1.40pm: Arrived “Suffren”

Arrived French Hospital Ship “Canada”.

Arrived “Racoon”. 2 ratings joined ship from “Racoon”.

2.30pm: “Dublin” shifted berth.

Number on sick list 18


[Naval History describes an “Amiral Charner” as a protected French Cruiser, lost in 1916 with a single survivor. This is likely to be the ship named here as “Amiral Charnée”.]



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17 February 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

7.00am: Proceeded “Sabretache” & “Racoon”.

Discharged 4 ratings to “Darnholme”

7.45am: Sent diving party to “Dublin”.

2.00pm: Arrived 7 HM Minesweepers nos 10, 42, 49, 92, 102, 318, 448.

4.00pm: Read warrant no 216

Number on sick list 19


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18 February 1915

Port Trebuki

Lat 38.8, Long 24.6

7.45am: Proceeded “Amiral Scharnée”

7.50am: Arrived “Mosquito” & made fast astern.

9.10am: Arrived “Albion”.

10.00am: Hoisted flag of Vice Admiral Carden.

Vice Admiral Carden & staff joined from “Albion”.

21 ratings joined from “Albion”.

Discharged Reverend Father Bray to “Albion”.

12.45pm: “Mosquito” proceeded.

1.15pm: “Mosquito” recalled & made fast astern.

2.15pm: Arrived “Amethyst”.

2.25pm: Arrived Submarine B6.

2.50pm: Proceeded “Mosquito”.

5.15pm: Proceeded “Albion” & “Amethyst”.

6.12pm: Weighed & proceeded, course & speed as requisite for leaving harbour through Marmora Channel.

6.50pm: Shaped course East. Ships in company: “Dublin”, “Suffren”, “Bouvet” & “Charlemagne”.

8.50pm: French destroyer parted company for Tenedos.

Number on sick list 22


[The “Amiral Scharnée” referred to here is probably the “Amiral Charnée” in previous logs.

HMS Albion was a pre-dreadnought battleship of 12,950 tons and launched in 1898 at the Thames Ironwork & Shipbuilding Co, Leamouth, London. She was sold in 1919]



[On 19th February bombardment of Turkish forts in the Dardanelles began. “Inflexible” was part of this attack, the log is divided, the conventional page contains the weather reports (the barometer was unshipped while the guns were firing) and the normal activities while proceeding to and from the Dardanelles. It also contains some anchor bearings. Her role in the bombardment is described on 2 typed pages inserted into the log book. These three pages have been interleaved in the edited log to form a single sequence for the events of the day.]


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[This page contains the log before and after the ‘action’ and weather reports throughout the day. It also details anchor bearings during the action which I have included to enable anyone who is interested to plot her position.]


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[Blank sheet of paper.]


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[This page contains the first part of the description of the ship’s ‘action’ on a separate page.]


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[Continuation of battle report.]


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[Blank piece of paper.]


19 February 1915

1.50am: Sighted Sigri Light N52E [Lat 39.2, Long 25.85]

4.06am: Sigri Light abeam 11’.

6.20am: Sighted “Gaulois”

9.50am: Combined British and French Squadrons under command of Vice-Admiral Sackville H. Carden, commenced bombardment of outer Dardanelles Forts.

"Inflexible" marking "Triumph"'s fall of shot, latter ship firing on Cape Helles Battery. [Lat 40.1, Long 26.2]

11.50am: Anchor bearings 2.1miles S85W from Cape Helles Light House.

Anchored S 83o W, 14200 yards from Cape Helles Lighthouse and fired two rounds at Cape Helles Battery at 15,400 yards, both short. Weighed and proceeded.

12.20pm: Anchor bearings 5.8 miles S83W from Cape Helles Light House.

Came to 2000 yards closer to battery, recommenced firing. Afterwards, shifted target to Fort Seddul-Bahr. Fired 18 rounds.

1.55pm: Weighed & proceeded as requisite.

2.56pm: Anchor bearings 5 miles from Cape Helles Light House.

Anchored again in 35 fathoms with a spring on 3rd shackle and veered to 6 shackles.

3.10pm: Re-opened fire on Fort Seddul-Bahr, firing 5 rounds, range 11,000 yards.

"Queen Elizabeth" and "Agamemnon" joined Flag.

3.25pm: Inshore squadron closing the Forts and engaging with secondary armament as well as turret guns.

4.00pm: "Inflexible" fired another three rounds at Fort Seddul-Bahr

4.30pm: Secured.

4.45pm: Forts had hitherto not replied, but now Cape Helles battery and Fort Orkhanieh Tabia opened fire on “Vengeance” and “Cornwallis”.

4.45pm: Weighed.

5.00pm: Sounded “Action”.

5.13pm: Opened fire on Orkhanieh Tabia, which fort was firing on “Vengeance”.

“Inflexible” fired 19 rounds, making good practice.

5.26pm: Ceased firing. Inshore Squadron rejoined.

Expended 47 rounds of 12-inch Common.

6.10pm: Shaped course S27W in Single Line Ahead: “Inflexible”, “Queen Elizabeth”, “Agamemnon”. Remainder of ships parted company.

7.15pm: Ponente Point abeam 3’.

11.20pm: Sigri Light abeam 12.3’.

Number on sick list 21


[HMS Queen Elizabeth was a dreadnought battleship of 31,100 tons, launched in 1913 at Portsmouth Dockyard. She was decommissioned in 1948.

HMS Agamemnon was a pre-dreadnought battleship of ~17,000 tons, launched in 1906 at the William Beardmore yard in Dalmuir. She was sold in 1927.]


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20 February 1915

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

3.15am: Sigri Light abeam 11’. [Lat 39.2, Long 25.85]

7.17am: Anchored. Found here: “Irresistible”, “Blenheim”, “Amethyst”, “Ark Royal”, destroyers, minesweepers & submarines.

Anchor bearings: Cape Marmora S67E; Tenedos N24W

7.50am: “Vengeance”, “Cornwallis” & “Suffren” arrived.

8.00am: “Blenheim” proceeded.

9.20am: Weighed & proceeded, Single Line Ahead, course as requisite.

11.10am: Anchored.

Anchor bearings: Gadaro Island S53E; Streblos Island S50W

6.20pm: Weighed & proceeded: “Inflexible”, “Agamemnon” & “Queen Elizabeth”.

7.50pm: Ponente Light abeam 4’.

11.20pm: Sighted Sigri Light bearing SEbS

Number on sick list 19


[HMS Irresistible was a pre-dreadnought battleship of ~15,000 tons, launched in 1898 at Chatham Dockyard. She was sunk by a mine on 15th March 1915, however most of her crew were saved.

HMS Ark Royal was the first ship to be designed and built as a sea-plane carrier. With a weight of ~7,500 tons she was constructed by Blyth Shipbuilding Co, Northumberland and launched in 1914 and only sold in 1946.]


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21 February 1915

At Sea

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

12.21am: Sigri Light abeam 13’.[ Lat 39.2, Long 25.85]

2.35am: Sighted Sigri Light N20E.

3.59am: Sigri Light abeam 13’

6.58am: Sighted Tenedos on starboard bow. [Lat 39.8, Long 26.1]

8.10am: Sighted 2nd Division on port bow.

9.05am: Mustered at Divisions. Performed Divine Service.

9.50am: Course & speed as requisite for entering harbour.

10.23am: Anchored.

1.30pm: HMS Sapphire & B11 arrived.

3.15pm: 2 signal ratings joined ship from “Irresistible” & 1 from “Agamemnon”.

3.40pm: Arrived French destroyers “Poignard” & “Sabretache”.

5.40pm: Weighed & proceeded in Single Line Ahead: “Inflexible”, “Queen Elizabeth” & “Agamemnon”. Course & speed as requisite for leaving harbour by East side of Tenedos.

7.25pm: Sighted Ponente Light bearing NNW.

9.00pm: Sighted Cape Sigri bearing SSW

11.45pm: Sigri Light abeam 7.5’

Number on sick list 14


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22 February 1915

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

7.05am: Sighted land on the port bow.

7.07am: Sighted Tenedos. [Lat 39.8, Long 26.1]

7.30am: Sighted 2nd Division.

8.30am: Sighted “Dublin”.

9.30am: Anchored: Anchor bearings Mela Pt N81W; Sana Pt S1E [Mela Pt Lat 39.85. Long 26.07,]

10.30am: Collier “Ingleside” came alongside.

11.15am: Commenced coaling.

2.00pm: Received 486 tons

6.05pm: Weighed & proceeded, Single Line Ahead; “Inflexible”, “Agamemnon”.

7.2~pm: Ponente Light abeam 4’

9.10pm: Sighted Sigri Light bearing South

11.55pm: Sigri Light abeam 9.5’ [Lat 39.2, Long 25.85]

Number on sick list 19


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23 February 1915

At sea

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

4.06am: Sigri Light abeam 10’ [Lat 39.2, Long 25.85]

7.00am: Sighted 2nd Division on port beam.

8.10am: Course & speed as requisite for anchoring.

10.06am: Anchored: Anchor bearings: Petro Island S30E, Strallos S58W, Petro Pt S33W.

11.30am: Arrived “Dublin”.

5.30pm: Weighed & proceeded in Single Line Ahead, “Inflexible”, “Agamemnon”, “Queen Elizabeth”. Course & speed for leaving harbour by Eastern entrance.

10.25pm: Sighted Cape Sigri Light S35E.

11.00pm: Cape Sigri Light abeam 7½’

Number on sick list 19


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24 February 1915

3.35am: Sighted Sigri Light N40E [Lat 39.2, Long 25.85]

6.51am: Sighted 2nd Division ahead.

11.10am: “Queen Elizabeth” parted company

11.33am: Stopped & anchored: Anchor bearings: mole?/Lusk? S23E, Petro Island S26W, Stretlos S70W

12.30pm: Port watch employed provisioning from SS Dago.

3.45pm: Arrived “Dartmouth”

5.25pm: “Dartmouth” proceeded.

5.45pm: Weighed & proceeded, Single Line Ahead.

6.40pm: Ponente Light abeam 2.5’.

8.45pm: Sighted Sigri Light S5E

11.20pm: Sigri Light abeam 9’

Number on sick list 21


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25 February 1915

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

3.50am: Sigri Light abeam [Lat 39.2, Long 25.85]

6.25am: Sighted 2nd Division.

7.25am: 2nd Division joined flag, Single Line Ahead.

7.26am: Sighted 4 destroyers bearing NNE

8.30am: “Majestic” parted company for Tenedos.

9.05am: Fleet took up station for bombarding Dardanelles.

Course & speed as requisite.

Carried out firing with 4” AA gun on A turret, Fleet carrying out bombardment of Dardanelles.

12.36pm: Anchored: Anchorbearings: 5 miles N81W from Cape Hellas Light.

12.50pm: Opened fire with “P” turret on Seddul Bahr Fort (fired 11 rounds).

1.30pm: Ceased fire.

2.35pm: Opened fire with “P” turret on Seddul Bahr Fort (fired 6 rounds).

2.40pm: Ceased fire.

6.08pm: Course & speed as requisite for anchoring.

6.55pm: Anchored.

Anchor bearings: Mt Elias S7W, Faharo [?] Island S40E

9.00pm: 1 rating joined ship from “Majestic”

Number on sick list 19


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26 February 1915

Tenedos

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

12.20am: Arrived Minesweepers.

3 ratings joined ship from "Majestic".

7.45am: Collier “Lamington” secured alongside.

8.30am: Commenced alongside.

Received 1 rating from “Suffren”, 1 from “Gaulois”.

10.40am: French minesweepers proceeded.

11.00am: Arrived 1st Division of destroyers.

Proceeded “Irresistible”.

11.30am: Mr Houghton, gunner, joined ship.

1.20pm: Finished coaling, received 986 tons.

1.45pm: “Agamemnon” proceeded.

2.00pm: Collier cast off.

2.15pm: Half-masted ensign

2.30pm: “Triumph” arrived.

3.00pm: Hoisted ensign.

3.50pm: “Agamemnon” arrived.

4.42pm: Weighed & proceeded.

6.28pm: Anchored: Anchor bearings: Cape Aliki N34E, Cape Niger [?] N89W

Number on sick list 10



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27 February 1915

Imbros

Lat 40.2, Long 26.0

11.15am: Arrived “Vengeance”.

1.00pm: Proceeded “Dartmouth”.

Discharged 3 French signal ratings to “Vengeance”.

3.45pm: Arrived “Amethyst”.

5.35pm: Proceeded “Vengeance”.

Number on sick list 10


[The island of Imbros is now known as Gökçeada and lies at Lat 40.15, Long 25.8 – the anchorage was off Cape Kephalo Lat 40.2, Long 26.0]


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28 February 1915

Imbros

Lat 40.2, Long 26.0

9.05am: Mustered at Divisions

9.45am: Performed Divine Service

2.00pm: Arrived “Ribble”.

Proceeded “Grasshopper”.


[HMS Grasshopper was a destroyer who was launched in 1901 at the Fairfield yard in Glasgow. She was sold in 1921.



LOGS FOR MARCH 1915


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1 March 1915

Imbros

Lat 40.2, Long 26.0

10.00am: Arrived SS Cawdor Castle

10.44am: Arrived “Swiftsure”.

11.15am: Arrived “Usk”.

11.30am: “Dublin” arrived

“Ribble” proceeded.

1.20pm: Proceeded “Swiftsure”.

4.05pm: Arrived “Ribble”.

4.50pm: Proceeded “Ribble” & “Mosquito”.

5.20pm: Proceeded “Agamemnon”.

7.05pm: Proceeded “Welland”.

9.15pm: Arrived “Ocean”.


[HMS Ocean was a 13,000 ton battleship, launched in 1898 at Devonport Dockyard. She was sunk by a mine in March 1915.

SS Cawdor Castle was a passenger cargo vessel and launched in 1901 by Barclay, Curle & Co, Glasgow. She was wrecked in 1926.]


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2 March 1915

Tenedos

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

5.32am: Weighed & proceeded.

7.02am: Anchored: Anchor Bearings Pelro Island S43E, Streblos S17W

7.30am: “Queen Elizabeth” arrived.

7.35am: “Lord Nelson” & “Welland” arrived.

9.00am: Sent demolition & beach parties [to] “Braemar Castle”.

Noon: Proceeded “Canopus”, “Irresistible”, “Dartmouth”.

Arrived “Soudan”

12.10pm: Demolition & beach parties returned.

1.20pm: Demolition & beach parties to “Braemar Castle”.

2.00pm: Arrived “Agamemnon”

3.30pm: Proceeded 2nd Division Destroyer Flotilla.

4.00pm: Beach party returned.

Proceeded “Irresistible”, “Prince George”, & “Dublin”.

Arrived “Dartmouth”.

7.00pm: Proceeded “Minerva”.


[SS Braemar Castle was built by Barclay, Curle & Co, Glasgow for the Castle Line, later Union Castle. She was launched in 1898 and was taken into Government service, first as a troopship and later as a hospital ship. She was sold in 1924.

HMS Lord Nelson was a pre-dreadnought battleship of ~16,000 tons. She was launched in 1906 by Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co, Jarrow and sold in 1920.

HMHS Soudan was a hospital ship, formerly SS Soudan.

HMS Minerva was a cruiser of 5690 tons, launched in 1895 at Chatham Dockyard. She was sold in 1920.]


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3 March 1915

Tenedos

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

6.00am: Proceeded “Triumph”.

8.00am: Demolition & beach party to “Braemar Castle”.

Demolition & beach party returned.

9.40am: Weighed.

Noon: Anchored: Anchor Bearings: Arlaka Point N14W 9 cables.

1.00pm: Proceeded “Kennet”.

Starboard watch employed getting up empty ammunition cases.

6.00pm: “Carrigan Head” secured alongside.

Employed ammunitioning ship.

11.30pm: Finished ammunitioning ship.


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4 March 1915

Imbros

Lat 40.2, Long 26.0

2.45am: “Jed” arrived.

1 Leading Shipwright from “Canopus”.

2.50am: “Amethyst” arrived.

3.00am: “Jed” proceeded.

3.20am: “Amethyst” proceeded.

6.30am: Sent demolition & beach parties to “Braemar Castle”.

8.57am: Stopped. Communicated by boat with “Fanfare”.

9.10am: Proceeded. Course as requisite for entering Dardanelles.

11.30am: Firing with 4” guns at a field gun and at enemy’s trenches.

5.48pm: Ceased firing.

6.30pm: Demolition & beach parties returned from “Grampus”.

8.45pm: Proceeded, course West with “Agamemnon”.

10.35pm: Ponente Light abeam 3.7’.


[HMS Grampus, a destroyer of ~900 tons, was originally commissioned in 1910 as HMS Nautilus. She was renamed HMS Grampus in 1913 and her original name given to the first submarine of the Nautilus class. She was sold in 1920.]


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5 March 1915

At Sea

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

1.15am: Sighted Kastra Light N58W. [Lat 39.9, Long 25.05.]

4.06am: Kastra Light abeam 17’

5.45am: Sighted Ponente Light N77E.

8.50am: Stopped. Communicated by boat with “Wear”.

10.15am: Course & speed as requisite for keeping 7’ West of Dardanelles.

1.37pm: Proceeded of Gaba Tepe & engaged shore battery (firing at “Queen Elizabeth”) with 4” guns. [Lat 40.2, Long 26.25]

4.50pm: Read warrant no 218.

6.37pm: Anchored. [off Tenedos]


[HMS Wear was a frigate.]


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6 March 1915

Tenedos

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

6.45am: “Agamemnon” proceeded.

7.00am: “Ribble” proceeded.

7.15am: “Queen Elizabeth” proceeded.

7.20am: “Ark Royal” [?]

8.30am: Proceeded “Vengeance” & “Majestic”.

9.40am: Proceeded “Suffren”.

11.40am: Proceeded “Amethyst”.

Commander E. Wigham joined ship.

1 rating joined ship from “Ribble”.

Read warrant no 219

2.10pm: Arrived “Ribble”.

2.20pm: Arrived “Dublin”.

2.45pm: Arrived “Wear”.

3.00pm: Proceeded “Ribble”.

Discharged 1 rating to “Soudan”.

3.50pm: Proceeded “Braemar Castle”.

4.00 pm: Collier “Tatarka” [?] secured alongside.

5.00pm: Arrived “Suffren” & 1 minesweeper.


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7 March 1915

Tenedos

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

6.40am: Commenced coaling.

Proceeded “Ark Royal”

11.00am: Proceeded “Lord Nelson” & Agamemnon.

11.15am: Arrived “Ribble”’

12.15pm: Finished coaling, received 1030 tons.

1.00pm: Collier “Tatarka” cast off.

2.15pm: Arrived “Canada”.

3.00pm: Arrived “Wolverine”.

4.30pm: Proceeded “Wolverine”, “Jed”, “Usk” & “Colne”.

5.00pm: Arrived “Agamemnon” & “Lord Nelson”.

Arrived French squadron of minesweepers & “Ark Royal”.

5.55pm: Proceeded “Canopus”.


[HMS Wolverine was a destroyer, launched in 1910 at the Cammell Laird Yard in Birkenhead. She sank in 1917 off the North West coast of Ireland after a collision.]


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8 March 1915

Tenedos

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

2.30am: Arrived “Amethyst”.

9.20am: Vice.Admiral.Carden & staff left ship, hauled down Vice Admiral’s flag

9.30am: Proceeded “Queen Elizabeth” and “Vengeance”.

9.40am: Hoisted senior officer's Broad Pendant.

3.15pm: Arrived “Amiral Charnée”

French minesweepers arrived.

4.45pm: Arrived “Queen Elizabeth” & “Ark Royal”.

5.00pm: Hoisted Vice Admiral Carden's flag.

5.15pm: Proceeded “Prince George” & “Albion”.

5.50pm: “Irresistible” arrived.

6.10pm: Arrived “Vengeance”.

Proceeded “Amethyst”.

6.43pm: Arrived “Mosquito”.

6.30pm: Proceeded “Amiral Charnée.

7.10pm: Arrived “Basilisk”.

2 ratings joined ship from “Irresistible”.

11.8pm: “Cornwallis” arrived.

11.45pm: “Canopus” arrived.


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9 March 1915

Tenedos

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

6.40am: Arrived “Amethyst”.

9.55am: Arrived “Sapphire”.

9.55am: Arrived “Wear”.

10.20am: Proceeded “Wear”

Boys to school.

1.00pm: Arrived and proceeded “Wear”.

Discharged 1 rating to “Soudan”.

3.20pm: Arrived “Ocean”.

4.45pm: Proceeded “Mosquito”, “Racoon”, “Basilisk”, & “Grasshopper”.

Discharged 1 rating to “Soudan” & 1 rating to “Sapphire”.

5.00pm: Arrived French Minesweepers.

Proceeded “Ocean”.

5.15pm: Proceeded “Canada”.

5.35pm: Proceeded “Amethyst”

6.45pm: Arrived 1st Division of Destroyers

7.30pm: Arrived “Prince George” & “Albion”


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10 March 1915

Tenedos

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

6.00am: Discharged Sub-Lieutenant T.H.Back to “Wear”.

8.00am: Discharged Commodore R.J.B.Keyes to “Vengeance”.

8.25am: Weighed & proceeded in Single Line Ahead, “Inflexible”, “Queen Elizabeth”.

9.08am: Ponente Light abeam 3’.

10.20am: Passed 6 British minesweepers.

11.50am: “Queen Elizabeth” proceeded ahead into harbour.

12.15pm: Passed French destroyer “Couhlas”.

12.41pm: Anchored. [No 2 berth Port Mudros, Lat 39.5N, Long 25.2E]

5.40pm: Russian cruiser “Askold” departed.

6.30pm: “Agamemnon” arrived.

11.00pm: Sent picket boat & cutter to the assistance of submarine AE2 aground at Eastern entrance.


[Askold, a Russian cruiser of 5910 tons, was launched by Germaniawerft, Kiel in 1900. Recognisable by her 5 funnels, she was scrapped in 1922.]


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11 March 1915

Port Mudros

Lat 39.5N, Long 25.2E

2.15am: Picket boat and cutter returned.

8.00am: “Hussar” arrived.

“Dublin” and “St Louis” (F) proceeded

9.10am: 1 rating joined ship from SS Dulmore.

10.00am: Vice.Admiral Carden left the ship going to “Wear”.

Hauled down Vice Admiral's flag

Discharged 15 ratings to “Queen Elizabeth”.

Noon: Minesweepers arrived.

12.15pm: Arrived “Soudan”.

Discharged Lieutenant Commander Brodie, Captain Godfrey, Secretary Rapkin, Assistant Paymasters: Ince, Haine, Ashford & Clerk Wood to “Queen Elizabeth”.

Received ___ sick cases & 1 rating for Detention Barracks for passage to Malta.

2.21pm: Weighed & proceeded. Course as requisite for leaving harbour through Easterly entrance.

2.48pm: Kastra Island West 1.1’.[ Lat 39.9, Long 25.05]

4.05pm: Sighted Skyros Island S40W [Lat 38.9, Long 24.55]

5.45pm: Sighted land bearing S35W

6.52pm: Lithari Light abeam 10.2m [Lat 38.8, Long 24.7]

9.50pm: Cape Phassa Light abeam 1.5’. [Lat 37.25, Long 24.7]

10.50pm: Sighted San Georgios Light S53W. [Lat 35.4, Long 26.9]

11.28pm: Cape Lamelos Light abeam 9’.


[St Louis was a French battleship of 11,275 tons, launched in 1896 by Arsenal de Lorient. She was finally sold in 1933 after several changes in role.]


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12 March 1915

At Sea

Lat 36.2, Long 20.6

12.45am: St Georgio Light abeam 4.5’. [Lat 35.4, Long 26.9]

1.28am: Sighted Belo Pulo Light S51W [Lat 36.9, Long 23.45]

3.07am: Belo Pulo Light abeam 7’.

3.53am: Sighted Malea Light S44W. [Lat 36.45, Long 23.2]

5.50am: Challenged by French submarine.

6.00am: Cape Spathi Light abeam 2.2’. [Lat 36.4, Long 22.95]

7.25am: Cape Matapan abeam 2’. [Lat 36.4. Long 22.45]

11.30am: Passed French man'o'war steering East

4.15pm: Sighted French convoy - 6 ships bearing S60W steering Easterly.


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13 March 1915

Malta

Lat 35.9, Long 14.4

3.28am: Sighted Malta searchlights: S 80 W.

5.50am: Commenced zig-zagging 2 points on each side of course.

6.37am: St. Elmo abeam [This marks the entrance to Grand Harbour.]

6.45am: Tugs came alongside, proceeded, secured alongside Somerset Wharf.

8.00am: Hoisted colours at half-mast.

Discharged 6 officers and 45 men to R. N. Hospital.

Discharged 2 ratings to “Egmont”.

Employed provisioning ship, drawing stores, returning torpedoes.


[Captain has started a rota of local leave.]


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14 March 1915

Malta

Lat 35.9, Long 14.4

9.00am: Discharged Mr. Stephens, Assistant Paymaster, and Mr. Macnair, Acting Sub-Lieutenant to RN Hospital

11.15am: Docked ship in No 4 dock.

1.00pm: Local leave to starboard watch till 7am

Local leave to starboard watch youths till 10pm

Local leave to starboard watch boys till 6pm

2.00pm: Landed patrol.

4.30pm: 3 ratings joined from RN Hospital.


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15 March 1915

Malta

Lat 36.0, Long 15.4

12.05am: Commenced flooding dry dock

2.15am: Finished flooding dry dock.

8.20am: Undocked ship

9.00am: Cast of tugs. Proceeded, course & speed as requisite for leaving Grand Harbour.

9.13am: St Elmo Light abeam, zig-zagging 2 points each side of S88E every 15 minutes.


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16 March 1915

At Sea

Lat 36.4, Long 22.6

5.55am: Sighted land N 73 E

11.28am: Cape Matapan abeam 2.6’. [Lat 36.4. Long 22.45]

11.35am: Sighted French squadron, 4 battleships and 4 destroyers

1.00pm: Cape Spathi Light abeam 1.4’ [Lat 36.4, Long 22.95]

1.10pm: Sighted: French cruiser in Vililia Bay [?]

1.51pm: Sighted Cape Malea Light abeam 1.5’ [Lat 36.45, Long 23.2]

3.50pm: Sighted Belo Pulo Light House abeam 6.4’ [Lat 36.9, Long 23.45]

6.16pm: Sighted San Georgio Light House abeam 4' [Lat 35.4, Long 26.9]

7.00pm: Sighted Point San Nikolo Light N 65 E. [Lat 37.65, Long 24.3]

7.10pm: Cape Phassa Light N 53 E [Lat 37.25, Long 24.7]

8.30pm: Passed convoy of transports.

9.06pm: Cape Phassa Light abeam 2.1’.

9.45pm: Altered course 2 points to starboard to avoid steamer

9.55pm: Resumed course.

10.38pm: Sighted Lithari Point Light N10W [Lat 38.8, Long 24.7]


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17 March 1915

Tenedos

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

12.05am: Lithari Point abeam 12½ miles [Lat 38.8, Long 24.7]

2.55am: Sighted Kastra Island Light bearing N10W. [Lat 39.9, Long 25.05.]

3.38am: Sighted Cape Plako Light bearing N5W, Kastra Light abeam 19.6 miles.

4.15am: Sighted Cape Ponente Light N50E

4.45am: Cape Plako light abeam 23.2 miles.

5.12am: Ponente Light abeam

6.04am: Anchored: Anchor Bearings: no 2 berth

Collier Darnholme secured alongside.

8.05am: Commenced coaling.

11.30am: Proceeded “Minerva”.

4.00pm: Arrived “Phaeton” & “Dartmouth”.

Discharged Mr Jones, Signal Bosun, to “Queen Elizabeth”.

9.00pm: Proceeded “Dartmouth”.


[HMS Phaeton was a cruiser of 3500 tons, built by Vickers, launched in 1914 and sold in 1923.]


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18 March 1915

Tenedos

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0


[Apart from the date and place the whole page is blank.]


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19 March 1915

Tenedos

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

Midnight: Port watch employed making collision mats and with divers.

9.00am: Employed placing collision mats and working with divers

1.15pm: Read funeral service. Sent funeral party to “Kennet”.

5.15pm: Funeral party returned.

6.00pm: Arrived Russian cruiser “Askold”.

7.00pm: 69 ratings & 16 marines joined ship from “Irresistible”.


[HMS Kennet was a destroyer of 550 tons, built by Thornycroft and launched in 1903. She was sold in 1919.]


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20 March 1915

Tenedos

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

9.00am: Employed placing collision mats

Struck fore top-sail yard

Bent sheet cable

1.00pm: Employed clearing gear out of Gunner’s Lobby, Fore Lower Conning Tower & shifting suction hoses.

2.00pm; Lieutenant Bolitho joined ship from the late “Irresistible”.

3.30pm: Lieutenant Oliver rejoined ship from “Albion”.

5.00pm: Sub Lieutenant Back rejoined ship from “Wear”.


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21 March 1915

Tenedos

Lat 39.8, Long 26.0

Employed attending suction hoses and baling out fore lower conning tower and Gunner's Lobby.

7.45am: SS Derbent (oil tank vessel) secured alongside.

8.00am: Employed with divers and as requisite.


[The section of the log after midday is completely blank, including weather reports.]


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