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HMS M.33 - May to October 1919, UK to North Russia, North Russia, and return

Edited by Kay Smith, Naval Enthusiast, Southampton, England

Near sister-ship HMS M.15 (Photo Ships, click to enlarge)

 

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M.29-class Monitor

 

355t, 1915(c), 2-6in, 9kts, 72 crew. Served in WW2, hulk from 1946, now restored as M.33 at Portsmouth (British Warships 1914-1919)

 

M.33 (Workman Clark, Belfast, laid 3/15, launched 22/5/15, completed 6/15, extant 1984) Served in Mediterranean July 1915-November 1918, then White Sea May-September 1919. Converted to minelayer at Pembroke May 1924-February 1925; named Minerva in December 1925; sales list from 1937 but reinstated in September 1939. Converted to boom defence workshop in November 1943 and towed to Clyde in December 1944. Returned to Portsmouth and served at Royal Clarence Yard, Gosport as hulk C 23, where she remains today.  (Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906-21)

 

 

Ship's Specifications

These are initial pages of the log books of HMS M.33, describing the ship, its boats, armaments and crew.

 

Log of HMS M33

Commanded by Lieutenant Commander K Michell

For the period Commencing 5th May 1919 Ending 27 October 1919

 

Tonnage (Displacement): 600

Extreme Length: 176ft BP 169ft

Extreme Breadth: 31ft

 

Engines                 

Manufacturer: Workman Clarke & Co Belfast

IHP 400

Description: Triple Expansion 3 Cylinder Twin Screw

When Fixed on Board: June 1915

 

Boilers                    

Manufacturer: Workman Clarke & Co Belfast

Description: Yarrow small tube (water)

When made: May 1915

When put in Vessel: June 1915

 

Screw Propeller

Manufacturer: Workman, Clarke & Co Belfast

Description: 3 bladed bronze. Port 7ft 6 7/8in Starboard 7ft 7 7/32in

General State of Repair: Good

 

Signed: K Michell Lt. Cr.

 

 

Establishment of Ship’s Company

Officers 5

Seamen 38

Boys 0

Marines 10

Engine-room Establishment 16

Other non-executive ratings 8

Total 77

 

Barometer

Mercurial or Aneroid - Aneroid

Name of Maker and number - AM3609 J Wheeler, London

Height of cistern above sea - 18 feet

Error of Mercurial Barometer         

 

Thermometers for Air Temperature

Position in Ship - Near chart room on boat deck

Whether in screen - Yes

Maker and No - 2 thermometers CF Cassella London Nos 1197 and 1199

From 5th May 19 to 27 Oct 19

 

Position of standard compass

Is on upper Fore Bridge 22 feet above Water Line

 

Armament

Position - Nature and Number of Guns and Mountings

Forecastle - 1 6” MK XII

Quarterdeck - 1 6” MK XII

Foremost end of Superstructure - 1 3” MK IV*

* Removed from ship at Archangel

 

Boats

Number of each carried - Length and Description

One - 17’-0” Montagu Whaler

One - 16’-0” Dinghy

 

Miscellaneous Information

Draught of water with Bunkers full, and complete with Provisions, Stores and Water: Forward 6ft 7in  Aft 5ft 9in

Number of Tons necessary to increase draught 1 inch - 10

Number of Tons of Coal Carried (43 cubic feet per ton) (b) With bunkers full: 5

Number of Tons of Oil Fuel carried - 46

Quantity of Water carried                 

(a) For Boilers - 3

(b) For Drinking - 6

 

Signed: K Michell Lt Cr “Captain”, TJ Jones Lieut RNR “Navigating Officer”

 
 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 If a full account of any day is needed, just click on the link above that day. Groups of links refer to log book covers and introductory information; some may be blank

 

 

LOG BOOK – MAY 1919

 

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This Log is to be kept from the time the Ship is Commissioned until she is paid off; when it is to be transmitted as directed by the Admiralty Instructions.

 

The name and Address of the Officer to whom the acknowledgment of receipt should be sent by the Deputy Cashier in charge, Royal Victoria Yard, Deptford, is to be inserted by the Ship here.

Name: K Michell RNR, Address: 11 Sackville Gardens, Hove, Sussex

[Editor’s note: The spelling of this name is unclear, according to an article at http://www.paintedships.com/monitor.asp (which gives an interesting history of the ship) it should be Mitchell but the handwriting suggests otherwise]

 

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[Editor’s Notes: Spelling for place names has been preserved to indicate the names used at the time and the variability in spelling within the logs. Place names have also been taken from the 1922 map at: http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~33667~1171377:North-European-ports--George-Philip?sort=Pub_List_No_InitialSort,Pub_Date,Pub_List_No,Series_No and the maps at the bottom of the page at http://www.naval-history.net/WW1z05NorthRussia.htm. Positions (Latitude and Longitude) are given for noon each day, correcting or estimating the position given in the logs where necessary, based on a plot on a Google map. Where exact times are not indicated in the log they have been estimated from the position of the entries (which show times on the left hand side of the log page).]

 

 

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10 May 1919

At Chatham

Lat 51.4, Long 0.5

Commissioned ship A.M. on the 5th May 1919.

Lost 1 pair of binoculars. These were stolen from cabin there being no lock up store ready for stowing such articles as men were working everywhere. 8th May 1919.

9.0am: Lost overboard in 'basin' 1 steel chest, reported to Admiral-Superintendant by letter. [For more information on the post of Admiral-Superintendant see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Admiral-Superintendent]

10.0am: Hands taking in ammunition from lighter.

11.45am: Hands received advances of money.

1.15pm: Hands taking in and stowing ammunition.

 

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11 May 1919

From Chatham to Sheerness and at Sheerness

Lat 51.4, Long 0.7

6.30am: Hands employed stowing stores.

8.50am: Hands cleaning ship and preparing for sea.

Draught Fore 6' 7" Aft 5' 9"

2.25pm: Cast off from Quay and proceeded towards river.

2.42pm: Arrived in lock.

3.43pm: Proceeded into river. Course and speed as requisite, Pilot directing.

4.55pm: Secured to No. 48 buoy.

 

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12 May 1919

From Sheerness to Corton Road and at Sheerness

Lat 51.5, Long 1.3

7.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship.

9.0am: Hands employed preparing ship for sea.

11.0am: Ship swing for compass adjustment.

1.36pm: Slipped from buoy and proceeded out of harbour, Pilot directing.

1.45pm: Passed Garrison Point.

2.29pm: Proceeded to carry out gun trials, 4 rounds per gun.

3.0pm: Ceased firing and sponged out guns. Proceeded through Oaze Deep.

3.40pm: Knob Bell buoy 1 cable Port Beam.

5.22pm: No. 1 Black Deep Light Vessel Port Beam 1 cable.

9.30pm: N.E. Bawdsey 5 cables Port Beam.

11.11pm: Southwold NNE Orfordness S50W.

 

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13 May 1919

From Corton Road to Granton and at Corton Road

Lat 52.0, Long 1.4

0.5am: Altered course NNE Southwold Light Port beam.

0.18am: No. 92 buoy Starboard beam 2 cables.

1.20am: Lowestoft High Light Port beam 8 cables.

1.40am: Came to port anchor in 7.5 fathoms with 3.5 shackles.

5.5am: Weighed and proceeded.

5.50am: Discharged pilot and proceeded. Course N12E.

10.29am: Haisboro [Hasborough?] Light Vessel N6W, North Middle buoy N85E.

11.15am: Steering gear out of order. Stopped to repair and proceeded at 11.39am.

0.11pm: No 1 War Channel buoy 2 cables Port beam.

2.15pm: No 4 War Channel buoy 6 cables Port beam.

5.0pm: Exercised Fire Collision and Abandon Ship stations.

5.53pm: No 8 War Channel buoy Port beam.

7.36pm: No 10 War Channel buoy 5 cables Port beam.

9.40pm: No 13 buoy 5 cables Port beam.

 

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14 May 1919

From Corton Road to Granton and at Aberlady Bay

Lat 55.6, Long -1.2

0.43am: No 18 buoy Port Beam 2.5 cables.

1.27am: Ling Hill [Whitby] Light House. N36W, No 20 buoy S79W.

2.24am: No 21 buoy Port Beam 4 cables.

3.41am: No 23 buoy S76W Ling Hill S16E.

9.40am: Exercised General Quarters fire and collision stations.

1.42pm: Took cast in 41 fathoms.

2.0pm: Heard Longstone fog horn SW1/2W.

3.20pm: Took cast in 43 fathoms. Exercised night action stations.

5.28pm: St. Abbs Head S45W.

7.3pm: Barn's Ness Light abeam.

9.11pm: Passed Fidra Boom.

10.17pm: Came to Port anchor with 2.5 shackles.

 

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15 May 1919

At Granton

Lat 56.0, Long -3.2

5.41am: Weighed and proceeded astern M31.

7.9am: Came to port anchor with 2 shackles off Leith.

9.25am: Weighed and proceeded.

10.0am: Came to port anchor with 2.5 shackles off Granton.

4.35pm: Weighed and proceeded.

4.59pm: Secured alongside wharf.

 

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16 May 1919

At Granton

Lat 56.0, Long -3.2

7.30am: Party to draw stores left ship for Rosyth by drifter.

am: Hands cleaning and refitting as requisite.

1.15pm: Hands preparing ship for sea.

4.10pm: Store party returned on board from Rosyth.

9.44pm: Slipped from wharf and proceeded.

10.3pm: Secured alongside “Servitor”. Oil received 20 tons.

10.44pm: Cast off and proceeded.

10.56pm: Passed boom.

 

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17 May 1919

From Granton to Gardenstown Bay and at Granton

Lat 57.3, Long -1.4

0.39am: Passed Fidra boom.

1.9am: May Island N82E, Bass Rock S34E.

4.0am: Bell Rock Light House N72E 2.5 miles.

1.54pm: Rattray Head Light House bearing S56W.

3.23pm: Kinnaird Head Light House Port beam 8 cables.

4.30pm: Troop Head S60W.

5.10pm: Came to Port anchor with 4 shackles in 9.5 fathoms.

6.49pm: Weighed anchor to shift berth.

7.5pm: Came to port anchor with 4.5 shackles in 10 fathoms.

[Winds at 8pm and midnight, force 7, S by E and S by W]

 

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18 May 1919

At Gardenstown Bay [near Banff, Aberdeenshire]

Lat 57.7, Long -2.5

[Winds during am force 6 to 7, S by E and S by W, during pm force 7 to 8, SSW and SW]

 

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19 May 1919

From Gardenstown Bay to Sinclair Bay and at Sinclair Bay

Lat 57.7, Long -2.5

1.17pm: Weighed and proceeded to turn. 1.24pm: Course N10W in station astern M31.

4.0pm: Lost overboard 20 fathoms 3 inch HL [?] rope. Boats fall washed overboard and fouled propeller.

8.1pm: Came to Port anchor off Wick. 8.5pm: Weighed and proceeded SE.

9.26pm: Came to Port anchor with 3.5 shackles and let go Starboard anchor veering to 3 shackles.

[Winds force 7, SSW, in am, force 5 to 7 in pm, SSE, temperature 59F at 4pm, sea temperature 45F]

 

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20 May 1919

From Sinclair Bay to Kirkwall and at Kirkwall

Lat 58.6, Long -2.6

7.0am: Hands employed shifting ammunition from forward to after shell room.

9.35am: Weighed and proceeded.

3.38pm: Copinsay Light N30W.

5.50pm: Hellier Holm Light abeam 1.5 cables.

6.29pm: Came to Port anchor in 4.5 fathoms veered to 1.5 shackles.

6.31pm: Let go starboard anchor and veered to 1.5 shackles.

[Wind force 5 throughout the day]

 

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21 May 1919

At Kirkwall

Lat 59.0, Long -3.0

7.0am: Hands to evolutions, prepare to tow forward, prepare to tow aft.

5.30pm: Leave to Starboard watch till 10.15pm.

[Wind force 4 in am, between 4 and 6 in pm]

 

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22 May 1919

From Kirkwall to Otterswick Anchorage and at Kirkwall

Lat 59.0, Long -3.0

8.30am: Hands employed fitting splinter mats round fore bridge.

3.30pm: CERA [Chief Engine Room Artificer] discharged to hospital.

3.40pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.25pm: Came to Port anchor with 2.5 shackles.

 

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23 May 1919

From Otterswick Anchorage to Lerwick and at Lerwick

Lat 60.0, Long -1.1

3.35am: Weighed and proceeded in station astern M31.

4.47am: Dennis Ness Light House abeam to Port 3.1 miles.

10.2am: Sumburgh Head Light House N55E.

0.25pm: Kirkabister Light House N20E.

1.10pm: Secured alongside Oiler Philol.

3.30pm: Cast off from oiler. 3.40pm: Came to with port anchor and veered to 2.5 shackles in 7 fathoms.

 

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24 May 1919

At Lerwick

Lat 60.1, Long -1.1

7.0am: Hands employed in Saturday routine.

1.20pm: Leave to port watch till 9.15pm. Remainder make and mend.

5.35pm: Weighed anchor and proceeded alongside Oiler Philol, received 20 tons.

7.45pm: Cast off from oiler, proceeded to anchorage. 8.0pm: Came to Port anchor and veered to 2.5 shackles.

 

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25 May 1919

From Lerwick to Tromso and at Lerwick

Lat 60.2, Long -0.5

5.30am: Trawler Carhill secured alongside.

7.0am: Hands employed preparing ship for sea.

7.3am: Chief ERA F C Maley joined ship.

7.55am: Weighed and proceeded in tow of HMT Carhill.

10.34pm: Passed object resembling drifting mine, fired 10 rounds Mk VIII rifle ammunition without success.

11.10pm: Stopped to pass over fishing nets.

11.28pm: Revs 160. Nets not damaged.

 

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26 May 1919

From Sildevaag to Tromso and at Sildevaag

Lat 61.0, Long 4.7

2.41am: M31 reported mine to starboard.

8.52am: Helliso [Hellisoy?] Light House abeam to Port 5 cables, altered course for entering Sildevaag.

10.38am: Came to Port anchor with 4 shackles in 20 fathoms.

2.20pm: Two pilots joined.

2.58pm: Weighed and proceeded slow N33E.

3.10pm: Stopped. 3.41pm HMT Carhill proceeded to tow.

pm: Courses as requisite through fiords.

10.11pm: Hejo Light House Port beam 0.5 cables.

 

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27 May 1919

From Sildevaag to Tromso

Lat 62.6, Long 6.2

am: Courses as requisite through fiords.

0.5am: Faero beacon Starboard beam 1.5 cables.

1.3pm: Radholmene[?] Light House Starboard beam 6 cables.

3.12pm: Krabben Beacon Starboard Beam 1.5 cables.

8.57pm: Tyrhaug Light abeam to port 4.5 cables.

11.30pm: Voeroern Light N85W.

 

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28 May 1919

From Sildevaag to Tromso and at Trondhjem Bay

Lat 63.4, Long 10.4

3.54am: Altered course to Starboard rounding Agdenas Point.

6.45am: Courses as requisite for entering harbour.

7.26am: HMT Carhill cast off hawser. 7.34am: Came to Port anchor with 6 shackles.

7.4pm: Weighed. 7.8pm: Passed hawser to Carhill and proceeded in tow to NW.

8.0pm: Course N80W, took station astern of M31.

pm: Courses as requisite through fiords.

[Wind force 5 at 4pm and 8pm, force 8 at midnight, with heavy rain]

 

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29 May 1919

From Trondhjem to Tromso and at anchor

Lat 64.3, Long 10.5

7.51am: Marflesso Light Starboard beam.

10.20am: Carhill cast off. 10.24am: Hauled in hawser and proceeded to anchor.

10.57am: Came to Port anchor with 5 shackles in 10 fathoms.

10.45pm: Weighed and proceeded to NE.

11.10pm: Passed hawser to Carhill and proceeded in tow. Courses as requisite.

11.35pm: Took station astern M31.

[Wind force 7 at 8am, with rain, then wind dropped and overcast, temperature at 4pm 62F, sea temperature 50F]

 

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30 May 1919

From Trondhjem to Tromso

Lat 65.5, Long 12.0

am and pm: Courses as requisite through fiords.

6.35am: St Kvita abeam.

8.35am: Windlass broke down.

9.10am: Carhill took in hawser.

9.38am: Carhill cast off. 9.42am: Hawser hauled.

9.43am: Proceeded in station astern M31.

10.14pm: Mefiord Light House port beam 3 cables.

 

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31 May 1919

From Trondhjem to Tromso

Lat 68.1, Long 15.1

am: Courses as requisite through fiords.

3.37am: Svartoksen Light starboard beam 4 cables.

0.57pm: Vadholm N51E.

3.24pm: Stopped. Carhill took hawser. 3.40pm: Proceeded in tow, courses as requisite.

9.27pm: Engenes Light S85E, course N50E.

 

 

LOG BOOK – JUNE 1919

 

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1 June 1919

From Tromso to Vardo

Lat 69.8, Long 19.5

0.40am: Kloven Light Port beam 0.5 miles.

5.20am: Courses various rounding Strommen.

6.38am: Stopped to shorten tow. 6.50am: Proceeded.

7.32am: Came to port anchor with 3 shackles in 9 fathoms.

9.22am: Weighed anchor. 9.45am: Secured alongside Oiler Celerol and received 19 tons.

4.56pm: Cast off and proceeded astern. 5.0pm: Proceeded ahead N27E.

7.0pm: Vaagnoes Light abeam.

8.0pm: Took station astern M31.

 

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2 June 1919

From Tromso to Vardo

Lat 71.0, Long 24.4

2.3am: Brynild Starboard beam 4 cables.

9.0am: High angle gun’s crew instructed in Lewis Gun. Fired 63 rounds Mk VIII also making up Webb equipment.

6.25pm: Svoerholt Klubben abeam.

10.36pm: Sletnes Light Starboard beam 1.5 miles.

[Going round the North Cape - relatively quiet weather, noon temperature 44F, sea temperature 42F]

 

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3 June 1919

From Vardo to Murmansk

Lat 70.1, Long 32.3

6.0am: Harbaken Light S65W, Seglhold Point S15E.

7.34am: Came to Port anchor with 4 shackles in 19 fathoms.

8.10am: Weighed and proceeded out of Harbour through Remo Sund.

8.38am: Took station astern M31. Course S62E.

11am: Foremost 6 inch guns crew at instruction on landing equipment and Lewis gun fires 48 rounds of .303 Mk VIII for practice.

4.13pm: Lok Point S61W, Sharapov Point S25W, altered course S14E.

8.29pm: Altered course S38W, entered swept channel. 8.47pm: Altered course S5E.

9.5pm: Left swept channel.

11.43pm: Came to Port anchor with 4.5 shackles in 19 fathoms.

 

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4 June 1919

At Murmansk

Lat 69.0, Long 33.1

Midday: Secured Tug St Just, weighed and proceeded to wharf.

0.30pm: Secured alongside M31.

5.0pm: Leave to watch till 6.45pm.

[Temperature at 4pm 51F, sea temperature 41F]

 

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5 June 1919

From Murmansk to Yukanski [Yukansk] anchorage

Lat 69.0, Long 33.1

9.0am: Hands employed filling splinter mats and painting ship.

2.0pm: Hands employed coaling ship from St Bees. Received 3.5 tons.

4.25pm: Private Carter RMLI [Royal Marines Light Infantry] discharged to Garth Castle (hospital ship).

4.50pm: Finished coaling.

6.44pm: Cast off from wharf. 6.43pm: Tug St Olav[?] in towing ship away caused damage to boats davit on port side.

6.54pm: Cast off tug. 6.5pm: Proceeded ahead.

7.45pm: Stopped off Mushkov Point waiting for flotilla. 8.17pm: Proceeded.

10.26pm: Altered course rounding Lyetinski Point. Took station astern M31.

 

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6 June 1919

From Murmansk to Yukanski [Yukansk] anchorage

Lat 68.79, Long 37.8

0.5am: Little Kildin Island Starboard beam

7.0am: Kharlov [Karlov] Island S51E, Bolshoi Oleni S57W

10.15am: Exercised small arms company in fitting on Webley equipment.

10.40am: Kharlov [Karlov] Island Starboard beam 4.5 miles

[Temperature at 4pm 54F, sea temperature 36F]

7.4pm: Came to Port anchor with 3.5 shackles in 13 fathoms.

[Temperature at 8pm 65F, sea temperature 38F]

 

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7 June 1919

At Yukanski [Yukansk - probably modern-day Ostrovnoy] Bay Anchorage

Lat 68.06, Long 39.7

am: Hands employed fitting hawser as fender round ship.

1.45pm: Liberty men landed.

3.50pm: Liberty men returned.

 

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8 June 1919

From Yukanski [Yukansk] Bay to Archangel

Lat 67.92, Long 40.7

5.35am: Weighed and proceeded S60E.

7.0am: Took station astern “Roll Call”.

2.13pm: Gorodetzki [Gorodezki] Light House Starboard beam 1.4 miles.

6.9pm: Orlov [Orlof] Light abeam.

[Temperature at noon 55F, sea temperature 32F]

 

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9 June 1919

From Yukanski [Yukansk] Bay to Archangel

Lat 65.2, Long 39.5

0.47am: Altered course S35W to avoid ice.

5.30am: Proceeded slow through ice.

6.2am: Left ice field astern. Course S11E 240 revs.

[Temperature at 8am 48F, sea temperature 33F]

10.56am: Keretz Light House Port beam 3 miles.

[Temperature at noon 70F, sea temperature 56F]

1.22pm: Stopped and received Pilot at Bir [?] Light. 1.24pm: Proceeded at full speed.

[Temperature at 4pm 77F, sea temperature 64F]

4.51pm: Secured alongside M27.

7.40pm: Leave to Starboard watch till 10pm

 

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10 June 1919

At Archangel

Lat 64.6, Long 40.5

am: Hands employed getting up ammunition, painting and refitting.

Leave to Port watch from 5 till 10pm.

 

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11 June 1919

At Archangel

Lat 64.6, Long 40.5

7.10am: Cast off from M27 and anchored with Port anchor and 3 shackles in 13 fathoms.

11am: Hands received casual payment.

5pm: Leave to Starboard watch till 10 pm.

 

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12 June 1919

From Archangel to Bereznik Base and at Archangel

Lat 64.5, Long 40.6

5.30am: Weighed and proceeded up river.

7.7am: Secured alongside Smolney Jetty.

8.15am: Hands employed discharging surplus stores to lighten ship.

11.53am: Cast off from Jetty and proceeded to oiler.

[Temperature at noon 67F, sea temperature 63F]

0.10pm: Secured alongside oiler Belgol. Oil received 30 tons

1.10pm: Slipped and proceeded to ammunition ship and discharged practice projectiles.

1.50pm: Slipped and proceeded to Store Ship Bacchus.

2.40pm: Slipped and proceeded to M27. 3.0pm: Secured alongside M27.

5.0pm: M27 proceeded up river. Came to Port anchor.

6.6pm: Weighed and proceeded up river at slow speed.

6.44pm: Took station astern M27, revs 230.

8.0pm: Action stations. Fuzed HE shell, placed common shell on racks. Placed trays and Lewis guns in Charthouse.

11.30pm: M27 took the ground. Proceeded to tow M27 off.

Midnight: M27 afloat, both ships proceeded.

 

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13 June 1919

From Archangel to Bereznik Base

Lat 63.9, Long 41.7

1.42am: Came to Port anchor with 1.5 shackles in 3 fathoms. Unable to proceed owing to heavy mist.

2.0pm: Anchored off Byelaya Goza [?].

[Heavy mist and rain, wind force 6 at 4am, misty and force 4 at 8am]

8.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship. Weighed and proceeded up river astern M27.

9.0am: Hands employed fuzing shell and cleaning boats.

 

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14 June 1919

From Bereznik Base to Kurgomen

Lat 62.9, Long 42.7

4.9am: Came to Port anchor with 1.5 shackles in 4 fathoms off Bereznik Wharf.

3.6pm: Weighed and proceeded up river with Pilot on board at 8 knots astern M27.

6.6pm: M27 grounded West of Zeloneo Island.

6.11pm: Secured alongside M27 and proceeded to assist her.

6.47pm: Borodino secured opposite side of M27.

7.25pm: Borodino cast off and proceeded up river.

7.38pm: Cast off.

8.37pm: Came to Port anchor with 1.5 shackles in 3 fathoms NW of Zelenez [?] Island.

[Raining all pm]

 

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15 June 1919

From Bereznik Base to Kurgomin [Kurgomen] Base

Lat 62.7, Long 43.5

9.0am: Weighed and proceeded up river astern M31.

10.37am: Came to Port anchor with 1.5 shackles in 2.5 fathoms NW of Nizhini [?] Island.

10.55am: Weighed and proceeded up river.

11.37am: Came to Port anchor with 1.5 shackles in 4.5 fathoms at Kurgomin [Kurgomen].

 

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16 June 1919

At Kurgomin [Kurgomen] Base

Lat 62.7, Long 43.5

pm: Fitting kedge anchor.

6.41pm: HA guns crew closed up. Bolshevist aeroplane in sight.

7.1pm: Ceased firing. Expended 4 rounds 3” HA ammunition (HE).

 

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17 June 1919

At Kurgomin [Kurgomen] Base

Lat 62.7, Long 43.5

8.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship.

10.0am: Weighed and proceeded up river with SNOR and Commander G on board.

10.50am: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle off Kurgomin [Kurgomen].

11.5am: Commenced firing against enemy gunboats up river.

Noon: Ceased firing and weighed anchor. Expended 12 rounds of 6" HE shell.

0.15pm: Anchor aweigh, proceeded down river.

5.25pm: Let go port anchor and dropped alongside of oil lighter F. Oil received 21 tons.

10.0pm: Cast off and proceeded up.

10.10pm: Came to port anchor on buoy rope with 1 shackle.

11.54pm: Slipped cable and proceeded up river.

 

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18 June 1919

At Kurgomin [Kurgomen] Base (Gunners Bridge)

Lat 62.7, Long 43.5

0.23am: Came to starboard anchor with 1 shackle in 4 fathoms with cable buoyed.

9.0am: Hands employed fuzing lyddite shell forward and aft.

pm: Hands employed fitting deck awnings and fuzing lyddite shell.

[Temperature at 4pm 78F]

 

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19 June 1919

From Kurgomin [Kurgomen] Base to Gunners Bridge and at Gunners Bridge

Lat 62.7, Long 43.4

0.20am: Opened fire on enemy battery at Topsa with 6" at 11,400 yards. Expended 3 rounds HE ammunition.

1.40am: Ceased firing.

9.38am: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

10.2am: Came to starboard anchor with 1 shackle and cable buoyed.

2.0pm: Control party close up and in conjunction with aircraft exercised spotting.

3.32pm: Weighed and proceeded up river.

3.55pm: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle in 4.5 fathoms and buoy cable ready for slipping.

5.25pm: Slipped and proceeded up river astern of Glowworm.

5.30pm: Opened fire at extreme elevation on enemy gunboats (shrapnel). Fired [number not inserted] rounds on Topsa battery.

7.30pm: Grounded and passed line to Glowworm. 8.0pm Floated off.

8.15pm: Anchored off Gunners Bridge.

9.0pm: Weighed and proceeded up river.

9.10pm: Opened fire on enemy gunboats.

10.20pm: Ceased firing and proceeded down river.

10.55pm: Picked up Port cable and fast [?] same on ship with 1 shackle.

 

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20 June 1919

From Gunners Bridge to Anchorage 62 37 N 43 29 E

Lat 62.6, Long 43.5

Afternoon of 19th expended 83 rounds 6" HE ammunition and 3 rounds 6" HG [?].

3.22am: Weighed and proceeded dead slow up river.

6.12am: Opened fire with foremost 6" at extreme range on enemy gunboats.

3.14pm: Engaged enemy battery in wood above Tulgas church.

4.12pm: Ceased firing, turned and proceeded down river.

4.34pm: Came to Port anchor in 3 fathoms abreast Observation Post with 1 shackle and cable buoyed ready to slip.

7.2pm: Slipped and proceeded up [river].

7.40pm: Opened fire on enemy positions.

8.19pm: Ceased firing turned and proceeded down river.

8.47pm: Picked up buoy and came to Port anchor in 3 fathoms with 1 shackle abreast of Observation Post, cable buoyed.

Expended 75 rounds HE 6" ammunition.

 

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21 June 1919

From Beacon Hut to Tulgas - Kurgomin [Kurgomen] Base and Beacon Hut

Lat 62.7, Long 43.4

2.12am: Weighed and proceeded up river.

2.32am: Turned down river off Tulgas Church.

2.52am: Came to Port anchor in 3 fathoms with 1 shackle and buoyed ready for slipping.

3.46am Weighed and proceeded up [river].

4.0am: Came to Port anchor in 2 fathoms with 1 shackle on slip Tulgas Church S35E 1,065 yards.

4.13.5am: Opened fire on enemy positions at Yakovlevskaya [Yakovlevskoe].

4.54am: Ceased firing.

5.12am: Weighed and proceeded down river.

6.15am: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle off Beacon Hut. 6.30am: Weighed.

7.0am: Secured alongside ammunition lighter.

am: Hands employed cleaning up shell rooms and magazines.

11.0am: Ordinary Seaman Arnold rejoined ship from hospital.

6.10pm: Weighed and proceeded up river.

7.12pm: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle in 3.5 fathoms off Beacon Hut.

8.0pm: Red watch distributing HE shell to foremost and after guns.

Expended 13 rounds of 6" HE ammunition.

[Maximum temperature for the day at 8pm, 82F]

 

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22 June 1919

From Beacon Hut 62 36.75 N 43 29.5 E to Anchor off Tulgas Church

Lat 62.6, Long 43.5

8.0am: Hands employed spreading awnings.

10.0am: Divisions and prayers.

0.40pm: Weighed and proceeded up river.

1.15pm: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle on slip abreast Tulgas Church.

 

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23 June 1919

From Tulgas to Gunners Bridge Base

Lat 62.6, Long 43.5

8.30am: Hands to quarters clean guns. Employed fitting matting on decks and fitting awnings.

0.51pm: Weighed and proceeded up river.

1.25pm: Secured alongside Glowworm and passed 60 HE shell (6") to her.

2.42pm: Cast off and proceeded down river. 2.52pm: Secured alongside Humber.

3.5pm: Cast off and proceeded down river.

3.49pm: Came to Port anchor in 3 fathoms with 1 shackle off Gunners Bridge.

6.40pm: Took in [left blank/not specified]

7.35pm: Ammunition lighter cast off.

[Maximum temperature for the day at 4pm, 89F]

 

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24 June 1919

At Gunners Bridge

Lat 62.6, Long 43.5

1.15am: Enemy aircraft dropped two bombs in the vicinity. HA guns crew closed up.

8.0am: Hands employed spreading awnings and painting ship's side.

 

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25 June 1919

At Gunners Bridge

Lat 62.6, Long 43.5

7.55am: Hands to quarters clean guns.

8.0am: Hands cleaning ship. HA guns crew closed up for Aerial Guard.

3.50pm: 1 PO and 10 hands as working party left ship.

10.40pm: Working party returned on board.

 

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26 June 1919

From Gunners Bridge to Hospital Village (Beacon Hut)

Lat 62.6, Long 43.5

9.0am: Hands employed refilling ammunition whips and as requisite. Working party of 1 PO and 4 hands landed.

10.30am: Weighed and proceeded up river.

0.21pm: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle off Gunners Bridge. Draught Fore 5'10" Aft 5'10".

1.33pm: Weighed and proceeded up river.

1.42pm: Arrived alongside Humber.

4.53pm: Slipped from Humber and proceeded up river.

5.23pm: Arrived alongside Humber off Beacon Hut and took in 12 tons of oil.

8.54pm: Cast off. 9.0pm: Came to Port anchor in 2 fathoms with 1 shackle on slip off Beacon Hut.

 

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27 June 1919

From Tulgas to Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.6

8.7am: Weighed and proceeded up river.

9.2am: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle in 3 fathoms off Tulgas Woods.

11.25am: Weighed and proceeded up river.

11.41am: Opened fire on enemy position in L5B87. (near Gorodok) expended 15 rounds 6" HE.

0.49pm: Opened fire on position L1d60 (near Gorodok).

3.58pm Opened fire on enemy gunboats' ship off Yakolevskaya [Yakovlevskoe?] River, remaining in this position.

4.42pm: Increased speed.

5.7pm: Arrived and secured alongside Cricket and discharged 50 HE and 50 common 6" shell.

5.35pm: Cast off and proceeded to steam [?] current off Troitsa.

8.17pm: Fired 1 round 6" HE on K12d31.

8.30pm: Took on 50 HE shell from paddle steamer.

9.58pm: Came to Port anchor in 3.5 fathoms with 1 shackle on slip 6 cables S51E from Troitsa Church.

Total rounds fired HE 35 shrapnel 6.

11.0pm: Pipe down.

[Another warm day, temperature 77F at 4pm and 8pm]

 

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28 June 1919

At Safronovskaya (Troitsa)

Lat 62.5, Long 43.7

2.23am: Flight of six British aeroplanes passed going SE.

2.51am: Aeroplanes returning (these aeroplanes were attacked by anti aircraft guns when over enemy lines).

6.0am: British seaplane visited enemy lines and was shelled by them.

6.55am: Seaplane returned.

10.4am: Weighed and proceeded up river.

10.24am: Came to Port anchor in 3 fathoms with 1 shackle on slip.

11.1am: Weighed and proceeded up river.

11.29am Opened fire on enemy gunboats at extreme range. Expended 2 rounds 6" HE ammunition.

11.48am: Fired 6 rounds HE 6" ammunition on enemy position at L13L26.

0.15pm: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle in 3 fathoms.

7.0pm: Weighed and proceeded down river.

7.18pm: Came to Port anchor in 3.75 fathoms, 1 shackle.

7.30pm: Shifted berth. 8.20pm: Shifted berth.

8.23pm: Came to Port anchor in 3.5 fathoms 1 shackle on slip, 1 cable astern of Humber off Safronovskaya.

 

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29 June 1919

At Safronovskaya (Troitsa)

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

8.0am: Sunday routine

10.0am: Divisions and prayers.

 

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30 June 1919

At Safronovskaya (Troitsa)

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

7.1am: Weighed and proceeded in station astern Monitors 27 and 31 towards Troitsa Bay.

8.9am: Came to Port anchor 3.5 fathoms with 2 shackles N50W 1.5 cables from M27.

8.30am: Quarters clean guns. Hands employed spreading awnings.

11.15am: Ship’s Company lined up on Forecastle and Quarterdeck as Rear Admiral passed.

0.15pm: Working party of 1 PO and 12 hands left ship.

 

 

LOG BOOK – JULY 1919

 

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1 July 1919

At Safronovskaya (Troitsa)

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

8.0am: Private Carter RMLI [Royal Marines Light Infantry] rejoined from hospital.

9.30am: Working party of 1 PO and10 hands returned on board.

11.0am: Rear Admiral White Sea visited ship.

1.0pm: Hands employed taking in ammunition.

1.49pm: Weighed anchor. 1.57pm: Secured alongside oil lighter F.

2.19pm: Shifted to other side of lighter. 2.27pm: Secured to Port side of oil lighter X with Port anchor down.

5.10pm: Finished oiling. Received 11 tons.

6.30pm: Cast off. Weighed and proceeded up [river].

6.36pm: Came to Port anchor in 3 fathoms with 1 shackle on slip.

 

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2 July 1919

At Safronovskaya (Troitsa)

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

8.0am: Hands to quarters clean guns.

9.0am: Hands employed as requisite, sent skiff to Fandango.

8.0pm: Working party left ship. 8.30pm: Working party returned on board.

[Some rain during the am, windy in pm (force 4), temperature79F at 4pm]

 

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3 July 1919

At Safronovskaya (Troitsa)

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

2.30am: Six British Aeroplanes passed.

2.43am: Five British Aeroplanes passed all going SE.

3.10am: Eleven Aeroplanes returning.

6.30am Port watch employed cleaning upper deck.

7.0am: Port watch quarters clean guns.

8.0am: Hands cleaning boats, fitting cocoanut matting on boat deck and painting.

9.0am: Party of 5, 1 officer, 1 LTO and 3 ABs left ship to look out for mines.

1.15pm: Watch fall in, employed fitting cocoanut matting on boat deck.

9.10pm: Mine lookout party returned on board.

 

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4 July 1919

At Safronovskaya (Troitsa)

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

8.0am: Watch employed painting, fitting cocoanut matting on deck and cleaning litter flat.

9.40pm: Surgeon Lieutenant discharged to M25 temporarily.

 

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5 July 1919

At Safronovskaya (Troitsa)

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

1.27pm: Private Higgins RMLI and Ordinary Seaman Robinson discharged sick to Hyderabad.

2.10pm: Weighed anchor and proceeded to oil lighter.

2.18pm: Secured alongside oil lighter X with Port anchor down and proceeded to pump oil from X to F lighter.

 

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6 July 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

11.30am: Russian pilot discharged.

5.14pm: Cast off from oil lighter.

5.21pm: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle.

8.15pm: One officer, one LTO and 3 ABs left ship for mine lookout up river.

[Heavy rain at 4am, lighter rain at 8am, then overcast, maximum temperature 59F at 8pm, relatively low barometric pressure but rising during the afternoon]

 

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7 July 1919

At Safronovskaya (Troitsa)

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

4.45am: Landing party of 1 Sergeant and 8 marines and 4 ABs in charge of the gunner with field equipment, rifles and Lewis guns sent to M31 at Troitsa for landing.

8.5am: Mine lookout party returned on board.

9.0am: Hands to quarters clean guns, assembling accoutrements and cleaning rifles, etc.

3.10pm: Weighed and proceeded up river.

3.20pm: Came to Port anchor in 2.75 fathoms, 1 shackle.

5.20pm: Ordinary Seaman Hastings discharged to Hyderabad for surgical treatment.

5.39pm: Weighed and proceeded up river.

6.39pm: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle.

10.1pm: Fired 5 rounds 6" on Seltos [sic][Seltso?] (K11b).

10.11pm: Fired 11 rounds 6" on K11a.

10.35pm: Fired 4 rounds 6" on Gunboat.

11.3pm: Weighed and proceeded up [river].

11.8pm: Came to Port anchor in 3.5 fathoms.

11.31pm: Fired 6 rounds 6" on Seltos [sic][Seltso?].

 

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8 July 1919

At Safronovskaya (Troitsa)

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

3.6am: Fired 19 rounds 6" on Selmenga.

4.33am: Fired 4 rounds 6" on Gunboats.

4.40am: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

5.4am: Came to Port anchor in 3 fathoms, 1 shackle on slip.

6.39am: Weighed and proceeded up [river].

6.44am: Fired 2 rounds on L13C28.

6.50am: Fired 7 rounds on Seltso Observation Post.

6.55am: Enemy shell burst on boat deck penetrating through to wardroom, upper deck WR store, PO's mess and shell room. Completed [completely?] wrecking wardroom furniture and fittings and doing considerable damage to officers cabins.

7.20am: Proceeded down [river]. 7.44am: Came to Port anchor.

9.0am: Party of shipwrights from Hyderabad commenced to repair damage.

[Heavy rain at noon, relatively low barometric pressure throughout the day]

pm: Blanket and 2 sheets destroyed.

0.42pm: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

1.13pm: Let go Port anchor turned and proceeded alongside ammunition lighter with Port anchor down. Hands taking in ammunition and fuzing shell.

4.58pm: Cast off and proceeded up [river].

5.17pm: Opened fire on enemy gunboats expending 9 rounds 6".

5.27pm: Fired 7 rounds 6” on L1d06.

7.2pm: Came to Port anchor.

8.0pm: Total ammunition expended 75 HE (6”), 8 Shrapnel (6”), from 10.1pm 7th July.

9.30pm: Weighed anchor.

9.35pm: Opened fire on enemy gunboats.

 

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9 July 1919

At Safronovskaya (Troitsa)

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

0.40am: Ceased firing, expended 92 rounds 6" HE on gunboats.

0.43am: Came to Port anchor in 2.5 fathoms, 1 shackle in advanced position abreast Yakolevskoe [Yakovlevskoe] Church.

10.15am: Exploded large enemy mine drifting down stream, expending 5 rounds 6" HE.

6.30pm: Landing party returned on board.

8.15pm: A Wright Private RMLI joined ship.

[Relatively low barometric pressure all day, maximum temperature at 8pm 71F]

 

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10 July 1919

At Safronovskaya (Troitsa)

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

9.20am: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

9.52: Let go Port anchor, turned and proceeded alongside ammunition lighter.

10.4am: Secured alongside with Port anchor down. Commenced taking in ammunition.

Ammunition received 151 HE 6” shell, 196 Cartridges 6” and 150 DA, 44 Fuzes.

11.32am: Slipped and proceeded up [river].

11.40am: Let go Port anchor and dropped alongside oil lighter “F”.

2.59pm: Cast off and proceeded up river.

3.18pm: Came to Port anchor and connected up telephone to Headquarters Army and Naval OP.

10.15pm: One officer and party viz 1 LTO and 3 ABs left ship for mine lookout.

11.20pm: Surgeon Lieutenant returned to ship from Monitor 25.

[Relatively low barometric pressure all day but very light wind, maximum temperature at 4pm 86F]

 

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11 July 1919

At Safronovskaya (Troitsa)

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

3.0 to 3.10am: British Artillery on left bank active.

8.15am: Mine lookout party and officer returned on board.

am: Hands employed cleaning out and re-stowing shell rooms and magazine and coaling galley. Painting crew’s wash place.

10.0pm: SNOR and staff came on board. SNOR proceeded to Humber in advanced position. Land batteries assisted by ships bombarded enemy positions.

10.40pm: SNOR and staff left ship.

[Barometric pressure still consistently low]

 

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12 July 1919

At Safronovskaya (Troitsa)

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

4.45am: Opened fire with Lewis guns on drifting mines.

5.55am: Ceased firing.

8.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship (Saturday routine).

9.14am: Buoyed and slipped telephone cable, weighed and proceeded up river.

9.25am: Came to with Port anchor with 1 shackle on slip in advanced position.

[Barometric pressure still consistently low but weather quiet, maximum temperature at 4pm 87F]

 

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13 July 1919

At Safronovskaya (Troitsa)

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

9.45am: Divisions and prayers.

[Barometric pressure still low but weather quiet, 87F at noon]

 

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14 July 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

8.15am: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

8.25am: Turned and proceeded up [river]. Opened fire on enemy gunboats with 6" HE expending 46 rounds.

10.24am: Shifted target to L6d58 expending 6 rounds 6" HE.

11.15am: Came to Port anchor.

3.15 to 3.22pm: Spotting exercise by W/T with Kite balloon carried out.

4.18pm: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

4.36pm: Came to Port anchor abreast Hyderabad.

7.40pm: One officer and party - 1 LTO and 3 ABs left ship for mine lookout.

 

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15 July 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

8.45am: Officer and mine lookout party returned.

am: Hands employed making boom net, cleaning ship.

1.30pm: Landed watch for net-making.

3.10pm: Party for coaling left ship.

3.30pm: Net party returned on board.

Leave to port watch from 4.30 to 7.0pm.

[Barometric pressure still low but weather quiet, 89F at 4pm]

 

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16 July 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

8.15am Unloaded lighter full of boats and secured same astern.

9.25am: Landed one watch for making nets, other watch cleaning ship.

10.30am: Working party of 1 PO and 12 hands left ship.

11.45am: Net party returned aboard.

0.42pm: Weighed and proceeded.

1.4pm: Secured alongside Hyderabad.

4.0pm: Working party returned aboard.

4.30pm: Watch landed for net-making. Leave to other watch till 7.0pm.

7.35pm. Net working party returned on board.

 

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17 July 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

6.45am: Starboard watch landed as net working party.

8.0am: Net working party returned on board. 1 Officer, 1 LTO and 3 ABs left ship for mine lookout.

9.0am: Net working party landed.

11.35am: Net working party returned aboard.

4.30pm: Net working party landed. Remainder employed taking in ammunition from Hyderabad.

6.0pm: Leave to one watch till 11pm.

8.35pm: Mine lookout party returned aboard.

[Barometric pressure still low but weather quiet, 91F at 4pm]

 

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18 July 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

6.45am: Net working party landed.

4.30pm: Net working party landed. Leave to starboard watch till 7.0pm.

 

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19 July 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

2.0am: Fired one round 3" HE at hostile aeroplane.

7.20am: Working party of ten hands left ship for Gunners Bridge.

7.25am: Landed net working party.

pm: Ordinary Seaman Hastings rejoined ship from Hyderabad.

1.15pm: Hands employed cleaning ship and taking in lubricating oil.

4.30pm: Leave to Port watch till 7.0pm.

7.40pm: Working party returned from Gunners Bridge.

[Barometric pressure still low but weather warm and quiet]

 

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20 July 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

7.30am: Net working party landed.

7.54am: Cast off from Hyderabad and proceeded up river.

8.7am: Came to Port anchor in 3 fathoms, 1 shackle on slip.

Ship at the ready.

9.45am: Divisions and prayers.

8.0pm: One officer, 1 LTO and 3 hands for mine lookout left.

9.30pm: Aerial Guard.

 

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21 July 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

1.0am: Aerial Guard.

7.30am: Net working party landed.

9.0am: Hands employed cleaning mess deck and fitting weights for nets.

pm: Watch employed fuzing 3” HA ammunition and fitting weights.

[Still relatively low barometric pressure, a little more wind (force 2-3), cooler (63F at 4pm) and misty at 3am and midnight]

 

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22 July 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

7.50: Weighed and proceeded up river. M31 took on Aerial Guard.

8.7am: Came to port anchor in 2.5 fathoms 1 shackle in advanced position.

[Barometric pressure still low, misty at 4 and 8am, mist at 8pm and foggy at midnight]

 

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23 July 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

0.20am: Five CMBs [Coastal Motor Boats] arrived alongside and at 1.0am anchored astern, one proceeding up river.

10.30pm: Two CMBs anchored astern.

[Barometric pressure now very low (down to 29.04” at 8am), foggy or misty all day but maximum temperature 80F at 4pm]

 

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24 July 1919

Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

2.0am: Artillery engagement left bank.

3.30am: Artillery and machine gun fire on right bank.

7.30am: Aeroplanes carried out raid on gunboats and Seltzo [Seltso?].

8.5am: Officer and 4 hands left ship for mine lookout.

8.6am: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

8.33am: Secured alongside oil lighter with Port anchor down.

9.5am: Net party landed, remainder coaling ship. Coal received 5 tons.

1.20pm: Cast off and proceeded up river.

1.26pm: Secured alongside RB1 [Repair Barge] with Port anchor down and commenced repairing ward room.

1.40pm Net party landed. Remainder painting ship.

4.50pm: Net party returned on board.

6.30pm: Leading Signalman W Nate and Ordinary Telegraphist R Russell joined ship.

7.30pm: Liberty men landed, leave till 10pm.

8.0pm: Mine lookout party returned on board.

[Barometric pressure still low, misty at 4am, heavy rain at 8pm, still raining at midnight]

 

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25 July 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

8.0am: Net party landed. Remainder painting ship.

1.15pm: Hands employed painting ship.

1.30pm: Net party landed.

3.45pm: Net party returned on board.

4.30pm: Leave to part of watch till 6.0pm.

7.15pm: Leave to part of watch till 10pm.

[A dry day but barometric pressure still very low, maximum temperature 66F at 4pm]

 

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26 July 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

8.0am: Hands employed painting ship.

10.30am: Hands mustered for payment.

1.15pm: Starboard watch landed for net making. Port watch make and mend.

4.30pm: Leave to Port watch till 11pm.

7.45pm: Starboard watch proceeded upriver to lay out net.

10.25pm: Net party returned on board.

[Barometric pressure down to 29.01” at 8am, weather cooler (maximum temperature at 4pm 60F)]

 

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27 July 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

2.45am: Hostile aircraft passed over flotilla dropping 2 bombs. Fired 2 rounds 3" HA.

8.0am: Aerial Guard.

9.30am: One officer and 12 men landed to attend memorial service.

am: Smith (AB) joined.

2.0pm: Watch employed stowing stores. Leave to one watch till 7pm.

7.50pm: Mine lookout party with one officer proceeded up river.

 

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28 July 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

0.45am: Hostile aircraft passed overhead. Fired from Lewis guns and 1 round from 3" HA.

[Rain at 4am and 8am]

7.43am: Slipped from Repair Barge.

7.57am: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle on slip, remaining at the “ready”.

8.0am: M31 took over Aerial Guard.

8.20am: Mine lookout party returned. Starboard watch painting ship and working on mine nets.

5.45pm: One PO, 1 Leading Seaman and 6 hands proceeded up river to lay out nets.

9.0pm: Net party returned.

 

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29 July 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

1am: Ship at the “Ready”.

10.30am: Part of watch dropped Kedge anchor over stern for trial.

pm: Watch employed painting ship.

8.0pm: HA 3” guns crews exercised at gun drill.

 

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30 July 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

1.0 to 1.50am: British aeroplane patrolling Troitsa area.

7.45am: Weighed and proceeded up [river].

8.5am: Came to port anchor in 20ft with 1 shackle on slip in advanced position.

10.0am: Hands employed fitting matting on deck.

10.10 to 10.40am: Exercised spotting with KB [kite balloon] by W/T.

1.30pm: Drifting mine secured and beached by mine lookouts.

5.30pm: Exercised spotting with KB by W/T.

 

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31 July 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

0.50 to 1.55am: British aeroplane patrolling Troitsa area.

8.0am: Quarters clean guns. Watch employed painting ship’s side.

3.30pm: British seaplane bombing enemy positions.

5.30pm: Ordinary Seaman Dentree rejoined ship from hospital.

[Barometric pressure still relatively low, but rising. Fog at 4am and midnight]

 

 

LOG BOOK – AUGUST 1919

 

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1 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

7.30am: Mine lookout party and 1 officer left ship.

8.0am: Landing party of seaman and marines in charge of an officer left ship.

8.16am: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

9.2am: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle on slip in 3 fathoms. Commenced Aerial Guard.

10.0am: Private Wright RMLI discharged to Borodino.

6.0pm: Leave to Port watch till 10.30pm.

 

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2 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

8.0am: Relieved from Aerial Guard by M31.

9.40am: Working party left ship.

6.0pm: Leave to starboard watch till 10.30pm.

7.20pm: Working party returned.

 

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3 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

7.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship and spreading Quarterdeck awnings.

7.46am: Weighed and proceeded up [river].

8.3am: Came to Port anchor 1 shackle on slip and took telephone aboard.

5.30pm: Leave to one watch till 7.30.

[Barometric pressure still relatively low, temperature at 4pm 84F]

 

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4 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

6.0 to 6.50am: Boat away with 1 officer and 5 men searching for reported drifting mines.

8.40am: One Leading Seaman and 6 hands left ship (damming party).

1.15pm: Hands landed for net making.

7.40pm: Damming party returned.

10.40pm: Net completed, party returned.

[Barometric pressure still low, misty on and off during am]

 

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5 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

9.0am: Hands employed taking in Quarterdeck awning, making ammunition slings and as requisite.

4.0pm: Received mails.

8.32pm: Weighed and proceeded up [river].

9.16pm: Anchored in advanced position.

9.25pm: HMS Cicala struck by mine and proceeded down river.

9.28pm: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

10.17pm: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle on slip.

[Pressure still low, thick fog at 4am and 8am, clear from midday but misty again at midnight, temperature up to 83F at 4pm]

 

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6 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.5, Long 43.7

2.30am Two CMBs [Coastal Motor Boats] returned to base, one remaining at anchor ahead.

[Barometric pressure dropping during the day (down to 28.68” at midnight), rain during morning, after early mist, with force 4 winds]

 

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7 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.5, Long 43.7

8am: 2 marines left ship to join up with landing party.

10.0am: Watch making projectile racks.

pm: Ship struck in starboard side by shell which penetrated through to engine room without exploding about 5pm.

4.15pm: Enemy battery opened fire on ship.

4.20pm: Opened fire with 3" HE on position L12d54.

4.35pm: Opened fire with 6" HE and shrapnel on position L12d54.

4.51pm: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

4.53pm: Enemy shell burst in steering flat damaging engine. Proceeded to steer by hand wheel.

5.7pm: Anchored.

6.46pm: Anchored and opened fire on gunboats with 6" HE.

7.16pm: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

7.50pm: Secured alongside Repair Barge and commenced repair work.

Ammunition expended 5 HE3", 26 HE 6" and 6 Shrapnel 6".

NB Some stores destroyed belonging to Carpenter, TWO and Bosun by shell bursting in steering flat.

[Barometric pressure down to 28.64” at 4am, then rising slightly, rain and mist on and off during am]

 

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8 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

7.50am: Mine lookout party and officer left ship.

8.0am: Commenced “Aerial Guard”.

9.0am: Hands employed cleaning ship and making ammunition covers and coaling galley.

2.20pm: Chief Shipwright discharged to sick quarters "Hyderabad".

pm: All ships at the “Ready”.

9.30pm: Mine lookout party returned.

[Heavy rain and wind force 5 at midnight]

 

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9 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

8.0am: Relieved from Aerial Guard.

9.30am: Cast off and proceeded down [river].

9.50am: Secured alongside oil lighter. Oil received 21 tons.

2.1pm: Cast off. 2.14pm: Secured alongside ammunition lighter. Discharged 10 depth charges type G to mine lighter.

4.50pm: Cast off and proceeded up [river].

5.6pm: Anchored 1 cable starboard beam of Humber [?].

[Barometric pressure still very low, rain in morning, heavy at noon and 4pm, temperature 72F at 4pm]

 

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10 August 1919

From Troitsa to Seltso

Lat 62.5, Long 43.7

9.57am: Weighed and proceeded up river.

10.30: All hands to action stations.

10.42: Anchored in K3a75.

11.20am: Opened fire on L16b59.

11.49am: Opened fire on L12d54.

Noon: Ceased firing.

0.4pm: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

0.19pm: Anchored in F14d85.

2.51pm: Weighed and proceeded up [river].

3.12pm: Came to Port anchor in 21ft 1 shackle on slip K1a85.

3.47pm: Opened fire on P1a55.

3.55pm: Ceased firing.

5.52pm: Weighed and proceeded up [river].

5.54pm: Anchored in K3b99.

6.17pm: Opened fire on K11b14.

Embarked 100 rounds HE ammunition and 400 percussion tubes.

6.20pm: Ceased firing.

7.41pm: Opened fire on K12c86.

8.50pm: Ceased firing.

Total expenditure 131 HE.

[Barometric pressure low and falling during the day, down to 28.54” at midnight, foggy at 4am, rain on and off during the day]

 

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11 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.5, Long 43.7

1.0am: Ship at 15 minutes notice.

2.30am: Let go Starboard anchor underfoot.

7.0am: Weighed starboard anchor.

8.10am: Ammunition lighter secured alongside, hands ammunitioning ship.

9.20am: Ammunition lighter left. Hands fuzing and stowing [ammunition].

6.45pm: Hammond (Signalman) and Lee (AB) discharged to M31 temporarily for mine sweeping duties.

6.52pm: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

7.22pm: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle on slip.

[Very low pressure all day (28.47”), rain (sometimes with mist) almost all day, temperature dropping in pm]

 

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12 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

am: Searchlight shewn on prisoners Camp at 20 minute intervals.

8.0am: Hands employed repairing awnings, cleaning after litter flat.

4.30pm: Leave to starboard watch till 10.30pm.

[Barometric pressure continues low, rain from time to time]

 

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13 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

8.0am: Took on “Aerial Guard”.

pm: Watch repairing boat.

4.30pm: Diver examined rudder reporting it all correct.

 

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14 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.5, Long 43.7

7.50am: Weighed and proceeded up river. Relieved from “Aerial Guard”.

8.31am: Came to Port anchor in 7 feet 1 shackle in advanced position.

11.0am: CMB stern [?] dinghy alongside.

5.0pm: Laid out kedge anchor on port quarter to keep both guns bearing.

[Barometric pressure down to 28.28” at 8am, then starting to rise, rain all am, temperature at noon 62F]

 

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15 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.5, Long 43.7

9.45am: Hands to quarters clean guns. Duty CMB [Coastal Motor Boat] secured alongside.

4.10pm: Watch landed to take all ammunition out of enemy gun-barge.

6.0pm: Enemy ammunition sunk in deep water.

6.30pm: Watch returned on board.

 

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16 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.5, Long 43.7

8.0am: Watch employed fitting cocoanut matting on upper deck, caulking boat and making canvas screen.

6.50pm: Weighed kedge anchor.

7.0pm: Weighed anchor and shifted billet.

7.7pm: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle and laid out kedge anchor as before.

9.0pm: Placed light on stern of gun barge.

 

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17 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.5, Long 43.7

9.45am: Divisions and prayers.

10.10am: Piped down part of watch, remaining closed up.

8.50pm: Placed light on stern of enemy gun barge.

[Rain all day, winds up to force 5 at times, temperature up to 56F]

 

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18 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

4.40am: Sighted mine. 4.45am: Sank mine by Lewis gun fire.

7.10am: Weighed kedge. 7.50am: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

8.0am: Took on Aerial Guard duties.

8.22am: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle.

2.40pm: Funeral party of 2 officers and 6 men landed.

3.40pm: Party returned.

4.30pm: Leave to Port watch till 10pm.

 

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19 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.6

8.0am: Relieved from Aerial Guard.

9.1am: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

9.14am: Secured alongside oil lighter D, took in oil and commenced pumping oil from lighter F to X. Oil fuel received 10 tons.

10.10am: Landed funeral party.

11.35am: Funeral party returned.

4.30pm: Leave to the watch till 10pm.

6.0pm: Took in quantity of Engineers, Gunners and Torpedo stores.

 

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20 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.6

8.0am: Lieutenant Black joined ship as First Lieutenant.

am: Hands employed turning whalers falls, fitting canvas screens, etc.

3.5pm: Cast off and proceeded up [river].

3.38pm: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle in 2.75 fathoms in advanced position.

4.30pm: Attached CMB [Coastal Motor Boat] secured alongside.

5.0pm: Part of watch employed repairing mine defence net ahead of ship.

7.15pm: Part of watch returned on board.

7.50pm: 2 shipwrights and 1 plumber returned to Hyderabad.

Lost from beacon ashore, one hand lantern and candle stick.

[Showers then rain from midday onwards]

 

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21 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.5, Long 43.7

8.0am: Watch fitting cocoanut matting on deck and screen on Ward Room.

7.0pm: Mail sent to Hyderabad for UK.

[Rain all morning, then cloudy, temperature up to 57F at 4pm]

 

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22 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.5, Long 43.7

6.0pm: Part of watch rigging mine defence boom.

 

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23 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

9.5am: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

9.30am: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle at Troitsa.

9.45am: Hands employed getting up shells and stores for lightening ship.

10.10am: Lighter secured alongside.

1.15pm: Hands employed getting Starboard anchor and cable also various stores into lighter for lightening ship.

6.30pm: Leave to one watch till 11.15pm.

 

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24 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

7.45am: Mine lookout party left ship.

8.0am: Took on “Aerial Guard”.

am: Hands employed lightening ship.

11am: Russian Pilot joined ship.

1.30pm: Store lighter cast off.

1.45pm: Ammunition lighter alongside, hands disembarking ammunition to lighten ship.

4.30pm: Leave to one watch till 10pm.

 

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25 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.7

7.50am: Party landed to make mine net.

8.0am: Continued Aerial Guard.

9.50: Naval ordnance officer on board and commenced decoppering 6" guns.

1.30pm: Net party landed.

5.30pm: Net party landed.

6.0pm: Leave to the watch till 10 pm.

6.30pm: Armed Guard left ship for “Sword Dance”.

7.45pm: Net party returned on board.

 

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26 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.6, Long 43.6

6.45am: Sent mail for UK to Hyderabad.

8.0am: Continued “Aerial Guard”.

8.0am: Landed net making party.

8.30am: Party left ship for mine barge. Naval Ordnance officers working on 6” guns.

10.35am: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

10.54am: Came to Port anchor 1 shackle.

11.10am: Armed Guard from “Sword Dance” returned.

Midday: Mine defence net completed, party returned on board.

6.30pm: Party from mining barge returned on board.

7.45pm: Mine lookout party (1 officer, LTO and 3 hands) left ship.

 

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27 August 1919

At Troitsa

Lat 62.5, Long 43.7

7.30am: Weighed and proceeded up [river].

8.0am: Relieved of Aerial Guard.

8.35am: Anchored in advanced position.

9.30am: Duty CMB secured alongside. Hands employed unfuzing HE shells, taking off foremost gun shield, taking down mainmast etc.

10.40am: Gun shield thrown overboard.

 

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28 August 1919

From Troitsa to Red Beacon Pool

Lat 62.5, Long 43.7

7.55am: Mine lookout party left ship.

9.0am: Sub Lieutenant Dunn and Naval Brigade party returned on board, also 5 ratings from Cricket joined ship for passage.

10.11am: Weighed and proceeded down river.

10.30am: Anchored in advanced position.

3.10pm: Lieutenant Black discharged to “Hyderabad”.

5.24pm: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

6.20pm: Secured alongside ammunition lighter. Hands employed disembarking ammunition.

7.0pm: Draught Fore 5ft 7in, Aft 5ft 6.5in.

7.16pm: Cast off, proceeded down river.

8.57pm: Secured alongside floating crane and prepared all guns for lifting out.

 

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29 August 1919

From Red Beacon Pool to Archangel

Lat 62.7, Long 43.4

1.0am: Carpenter and ERAs preparing 6” and 3” HA guns for lifting out.

3.30am: Called hands.

4.0am: Hands employed getting out all guns into lighter, also other articles for lightening ship.

Skiff left at Troitsa as part of net defence.

10.0am: Discharged quantity of coal into lighter.

11.10am: Ammunition lighter secured alongside, discharged all 6” and 3” ammunition.

11.30am: Ammunition lighter cast off.

Draught at Noon Fore 5ft 2in, After 5ft 1.5in.

0.58pm: Weighed and proceeded down river.

2.8pm: Came to Port anchor Konetzgorski Church N85E, Troitza[?] Church N30W.

5.52pm: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

8.47pm: Came to Port anchor 1 shackle at 260 verst[?] mark.

9.30pm: Private H Smith, Royal Scots, taken aboard for passage to Archangel (escaped prisoner of war from Gorodok).

 

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30 August 1919

From Beresnik [Bereznik] to Archangel

Lat 64.0, Long 41.7

3.40am: Weighed and proceeded.

4.23am: St Ryelnova Church N63W.

8.0am Saturday routine.

10.57am: Rakulskoe Church Starboard beam.

Midday: Kopachevski Church Port beam.

11 tons oil pumped overboard.

6.41pm: Came to Port anchor in 13 fathoms and 2 shackles.

7.30pm: Discharged Russian Pilot.

 

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31 August 1919

At Arkhangel [Archangel]

Lat 64.5, Long 40.6

9.30am: Weighed anchor and proceeded.

9.47am: Secured alongside oiler War Pathan. Received 36 tons of oil.

1.9pm: Cast off. 1.14pm: Came to Port anchor with 2 shackles.

1.30pm: Leave to one watch to 9pm.

1.40pm: 1 PO and 5 ratings discharged to their ship HMS Cricket.

[Temperature at noon 76F]

 

 

LOG BOOK – SEPTEMBER 1919

 

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1 September 1919

At Arkhangel [Archangel]

Lat 64.6, Long 40.6

6.30am: Weighed and proceeded to Smolney Jetty for stores. 6.44am: Arrived alongside.

8.0am: Hands taking in Starboard cable and stores and equipment landed to lighten ship.

4.11pm: Cast off and proceeded to Storeship Aro [?]. 4.24pm: Secured alongside.

4.30pm: Leave to one watch till 9pm.

 

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2 September 1919

At Arkhangel [Archangel]

Lat 64.6, Long 40.6

11.46am: Cast off and proceeded to “Fox”.

0.4pm: Came to Port anchor with 2 shackles near HMS Fox.

1.28pm: Weighed anchor. 1.40pm: Secured alongside HMS Fox.

4.30pm: Leave to one watch till 8.30pm.

 

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3 September 1919

At Arkhangel [Archangel]

Lat 64.6, Long 40.6

[Nothing happened on this Wednesday]

 

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4 September 1919

At Arkhangel [Archangel]

Lat 64.6, Long 40.6

5.0am: 3” HA ammunition and remainder of outfit [?] left in TL17.

9.20am: Ammunition lighter secured alongside.

10.15am: Hands mustered for payment.

10.45am: Hands embarking ammunition from lighter.

4.0pm: Leave to watchkeepers till 8.30pm.

7.30pm: Competed with ammunition aft.

8.0pm: Placed sentries on magazines.

[Temperature at 8pm 65F]

 

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5 September 1919

At Arkhangel [Archangel]

Lat 64.6, Long 40.6

8.0am: Cleaning ship, posting [?] wire strops and ammunition whips.

11.7am: Weighed and proceeded up [river]. Secured alongside floating crane, T11 store lighter secured alongside.

1.15pm: Hands employed in getting 6" guns from T11. Sight brackets of both 6" guns strained, roller bearing plate of after 6" gun buckled. Training gear of foremost gun out of action.

4.45pm: Both watches getting in stores and ships fittings [?] from T11.

3" HA gun and mounting left in lighter T11, miscellaneous stores belonging to Gunner, Boatswain, Carpenter, TWO and Engineer also left in lighter.

9.11pm: Cast off. 9.18pm: Secured alongside jetty.

10.0pm: Sentry watch kept on stores lying about upper deck.

 

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6 September 1919

At Arkhangel [Archangel]

Lat 64.6, Long 40.6

6.15am: Hands employed replacing ships fittings and gear.

9.11am: Slipped from wharf and shifted to coal wharf.

9.20am: Alongside coal wharf, Port watch coaling ship. Received 4 tons coal.

11.33am: Slipped from quay and proceeded down river.

0.13pm: Came to Port anchor with 1.5 shackles.

1.30pm: Leave to one watch till 8.30pm.

4.30pm: Weighed and proceeded alongside Fox.

4.40pm: Secured alongside Fox.

 

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7 September 1919

At Archangel

Lat 64.6, Long 40.6

8.0am: Armourer from HMS Fox working on both 6" guns.

9.30am: Church party fall in aboard Fox.

1.30pm: Leave to Starboard watch till 8.30pm.

4.30pm: Liberty men landed.

 

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8 September 1919

At Arkhangel [Archangel]

Lat 64.6, Long 40.6

8.55am: Hands employed rigging splinter mats.

9.40am: Working party left ship for TL17

Midday: Working party returned.

1.10pm: Working party left for TL17.

4.30pm: Leave to one watch till 8.30pm. Working party returned.

 [Temperature peaked at 73F at 4pm]

 

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9 September 1919

At Archangel

Lat 64.6, Long 40.6

8.55am: Hands employed fitting splinter mats and painting mess deck.

1.30pm: Hands employed painting mess deck and transferring 6” ammunition from aft forward.

4.15pm: Leave to one watch and football team till 8.30pm.

 

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10 September 1919

At Archangel

Lat 64.6, Long 40.6

8.30am: Working party 1 Leading Seaman and 6 ABs left ship.

9.0am: Hands employed painting mess deck and fitting boat rope.

4.30pm: Leave to Port watch till 8.30pm.

[Rain and showers for most of the day, wind up to force 5 at times]

 

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11 September 1919

At Archangel

Lat 64.6, Long 40.6

8.15am: Working party left ship.

1.23pm: Slipped from Fox.

1.38pm: Secured alongside Hyderabad.

3.43pm: Cast off. 4.7pm: Secured alongside crane.

5.30pm: Leave to Starboard watch till 8.30pm.

 

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12 September 1919

From Archangel to Mechka and at Archangel

Lat 64.6, Long 40.6

6.30am: Foremost 6" gun lifted to carry out repairs.

9.15am: Hands employed working on guns.

10.53am: Cast off. 11.35am: Secured alongside oiler War Pathan. Received 11 tons of oil.

1.30pm: Hands fall in, employed fuzing shell, coaling galley etc.

3.20pm: Cast off and proceeded up river.

5.25pm: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle.

6.74pm: Weighed and proceeded down [river]. 6.37pm: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle.

 

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13 September 1919

At Mechka

Lat 64.4, Long 40.9

9.0am: Saturday routine.

[Rain on and off for most of the day, winds force 5 or 6 until evening]

 

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14 September 1919

At Mechka

Lat 64.4, Long 40.9

8.0am: Sunday routine.

1.30pm: Leave to one watch till 1.30pm [sic].

[Rain and force 6 winds at 4pm, temperature 46F]

 

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15 September 1919

At Mechka

Lat 64.4, Long 40.9

9.30am: Dropped kedge anchor. Party landed to get sand, also sticks for making fenders.

11.45am: Party returned on board.

4.30pm: Leave to one watch till 6.30pm.

8.0pm: Hoisted whaler.

 

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16 September 1919

From Archangel to Mechka and at Mechka

Lat 64.6, Long 40.6

8.0am: Weighed kedge anchor.

9.10am: Weighed and proceeded to Archangel.

11.29am: Arrived alongside oiler War Pathan. Oil received 5 tons.

1.15pm: Hands fall in employed repairing fenders,

2.50pm: Left War Pathan and proceeded to coaling wharf.

3.7pm: Arrived alongside, Starboard watch commenced coaling.

[Rain on and off throughout the day, wind up to force 6 at 4pm and 8pm]

 

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17 September 1919

From Archangel to Mechka

Lat 64.4, Long 40.9

7.33am: Slipped from jetty and proceeded up river.

9.33am: Came to Port anchor with 1 shackle and picked up telephone cable and connected up.

11.30am: Laid out kedge anchor.

1.15pm: Port watch fall in employed repairing fenders.

1.30pm: Leave to Starboard watch till 6.30pm.

5.0pm: Port watch fall in, stowed sand in litter flat.

 

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18 September 1919

At Mechka

Lat 64.4, Long 40.9

9.0am: Hands employed making hazel rod fenders and filling up sand bags ashore.

 

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19 September 1919

At Mechka

Lat 64.4, Long 40.9

8.30am: 1st Lieutenant, Gunner, 1 PO and 1 LS landed for observation duties.

4.30pm: Leave to one watch till 6.30pm.

 

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20 September 1919

At Mechka

Lat 64.4, Long 40.9

am: Saturday routine.

9.0am: Hands fall in, fitted two backstays to foremast.

1.15pm: Leave to one watch till 6.30pm.

 

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21 September 1919

At Mechka

Lat 64.4, Long 40.9

9.0am: 1st Lieutenant and 2 hands landed to take ranges.

[Misty in the am, rain from noon onwards, maximum temperature 47F at 4pm]

 

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22 September 1919

From Mechka to Lyavala [Lyavlya]

Lat 64.4, Long 40.9

9.0am: Hands fall in, employed painting POs mess deck.

1.22pm: Weighed and proceeded.

3.2pm: Secured alongside M31. 5 marines rejoined ship (Naval Brigade).

4.0pm: Oil lighter secured alongside. Received 5.5 tons of oil.

 

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23 September 1919

At Lyavala [Lyavlya]

Lat 64.3, Long 41.5

5.51am: Cast off and proceeded up river.

8.26am: Came to Port anchor off Srenich [?].

11.17am: Weighed and proceeded up [river].

11.45am: Came to Port anchor off Passkoe [?] Church.

3.33pm: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

5.23pm: Came to Port anchor with 0.5 shackles and connected up to telephone.

 

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24 September 1919

From Lyavala [Lyavlya] to Archangel

Lat 64.4, Long 41.0

am: Lost overboard 1 paint brush.

10.0am: Hands fall in, employed painting ship and making hazel rod fenders.

2.17pm: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

5.6pm: Secured alongside “War Pathan” and received 4 tons of oil.

7.0pm: Read detention warrant.

 

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25 September 1919

From Archangel to Lyavala [Lyavlya]

Lat 64.4, Long 41.0

7.0am: Hands fall in. Hoisted skiff.

7.32am: Slipped from oiler and proceeded up river.

9.47am: Anchored at Lyavala [Lyavlya].

10.0am: Hands employed cleaning boats and fitting weather screens.

5.3pm: Weighed and proceeded up [river].

5.22pm: Came to Port anchor 0.5 shackles and connected up telephone.

6.0pm: Advances of money paid.

 

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26 September 1919

At Lyavala [Lyavlya]

Lat 64.4, Long 41.0

1.27pm: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

1.51pm: Came to Port anchor 1 shackle off Lyavala [Lyavlya].

pm: Hands employed painting skiff and fitting boats stripes [?].

 

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27 September 1919

From Lyavala [Lyavlya] to Arkhangel [Archangel] and to Tromso

Lat 64.5, Long 40.6

6.22am: Weighed and proceeded down [river].

8.50am: Anchored near HMS Fox in 10 fathoms with 2 shackles. Russian Pilot discharged.

9.37am: Weighed and shifted berth.

9.54am: Anchored near M31, 2 shackles in 10 fathoms.

10.15: HMT Stoneaxe alongside.

1.2pm: Weighed and proceeded in tow down river.

5.55pm: Came to Port anchor in 7.5 fathoms 2.5 shackles, Light Vessel 3 cables.

7.31pm: Weighed and proceeded in tow of Stoneaxe.

11.45pm: Keretz [Kerez] Light Starboard beam about 5.5 miles.

 

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28 September 1919

From Archangel to Tromso

Lat 6695, Long 41.5

3.55am: Veprevski [?] light SE.

8.0am Watch employed stowing bags of sand in after shell room.

2.22pm: Cape Orlov [Orlof] N37W

7.25pm: Gorodetski [Gorodezki] Light abeam 6.1 miles.

[Wind in pm between force 4 and 7, temperature at 4pm 48F, sea temperature 49F, barometer dropping all day]

 

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29 September 1919

From Archangel to Tromso

Lat 68.8, Long 39.2

0.20pm: Veered to 2 shackles, stopped engine and hove to.

1.36pm: Altered course S60E for Sem Islands.

[Wind force 7 all day, dropping to force 6 at midnight, mostly from SE, barometric pressure rising during the day]

 

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30 September 1919

From Kildin Roads to Tromso

Lat 69.3, Long 34.3

2.29am: Veroni [Voroni] Light S72W.

9.35am: Shorted in tow to 1 shackle.

11.10am: Cast off tug. 11.18am: Came to Port anchor 2.5 shackles in 12 fathoms.

0.34pm: Weighed and proceeded in tow of Battleaxe (trawler).

8.15pm: Veered second shackle on tow.

9.11pm: Altered course for Vardo N49W.

9.45pm: Nyemetzki [Nametski] Light abeam.

[Winds force 4 in am, force 5 to 6 in pm]

 

 

LOG BOOK – OCTOBER 1919

 

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1 October 1919

From Kildin Straits to Honningsvaag

Lat 70.9, Long 28.9

2.58am: Vardo (Horno) [?] Light abeam 6 miles.

5.45am: Hove into 1 shackle.

10.57am: Berleveg [Berlevaag] Light abeam.

2.40pm: Sletnes Light abeam 1.5 miles.

10.19pm: Stop. 10.20pm: Slipped towing hawser.

10.52pm: Came to Port anchor with 7.5 shackles. Clocks put back 40 minutes.

[Wind force 8 at 4pm and 8pm, from NW, dropped to force 4 at midnight]

 

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2 October 1919

From Honningsvaag to Tromso

Lat 71.0, Long 25.5

10.30am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour. Courses and speed as requisite passing through Margero [Magero] Sund.

3.10pm: Rolfsay [Rolfso] Light abeam.

11.39pm: Kalven Light Starboard beam 4 cables.

 

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3 October 1919

At Tromso

Lat 69.7, Long 19.0

5.20am: Grotnoes abeam.

7.51am: Secured alongside oiler Celerol. Received 33 tons.

8.0am: Leave to Port watch till 11.45am.

9.32am: Two pilots joined ship.

11am: Watch employed painting ship.

1.31pm: Two paint brushes lost by accident.

3.0pm: Leave to Starboard watch till 6.45pm.

 

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4 October 1919

From Tromso to Aalesund

Lat 69.1, Long 17.6

4.30am: Called Starboard watch. 4.45: Hoisted skiff.

5.10am: Weighed and proceeded. Trawlers Battleaxe and Ironaxe in company.

am: Lost overboard one bath towel and one sheet.

7.15pm: Came to Port anchor with 3 shackles [at Hol anchorage - mentioned as position at 8pm].

8.45pm: Port watch turned in skiff and replaced starboard anchor in hawsepipe [the hole that an anchor rope or chain passes through].

[Windy in pm, force 6 to 8, SW, temperature at 4pm 62F]

 

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5 October 1919

From Hol anchorage to Aalesund

Lat 68.3, Long 15.8

8.50am: Weighed and proceeded in tow of HMT Battleaxe

5.50pm: Steinsholm abeam.

9.20pm: Slipped tow. Revs 220.

9.50pm: Entering Bodo Harbour .

9.52pm: Came to Port anchor 2 shackles in 15 fathoms.

 

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6 October 1919

From Bodo to Aalesund

Lat 67.1, Long 14.0

10.07am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour HMT Battleaxe in station astern.

11.51am: Veo Light port beam 6 cables.

3.15pm: Anger Light Port Beam 8 cables.

4pm: Marines unfuzing HE shell.

7.52pm: Lokten (Horn) Light abeam.

[Rain at times during the day, wind increased to force 7 at midnight]

 

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7 October 1919

From Bodo to Aalesund

Lat 65.0, Long 11.5

0.20am: Turned 16 points and hove to under lee of Glomgen [?] Island.

4.0am: Hove to.

5.50am: Passed hawser to Battleaxe and 6.00am: Proceeded in tow.

9.20am: Veered 0.5 shackle on tow.

1.1pm: Came to Port anchor in 22 fathoms with 5 shackles off Rovik [Rosvik or Rorvik].

4.30pm: Leave to starboard watch till 6.30pm.

9.0pm: Let go second anchor and set anchor watch.

[Very windy all day, force 4 to 6 in am, force 6 to 7 in pm, with rain, temperature 50F at noon]

 

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8 October 1919

From Rovik [Rosvik or Rorvik] to Aalesund and at Tyrhaug Anchorage

Lat 64.4, Long 10.5

5.0am: Weighed Starboard anchor.

6.30am: Weighed and proceeded alongside Battleaxe assisting her to weigh anchor.

7.20am: Proceeded in tow.

am: Lost overboard in rough weather starboard barrel of windlass, also boat hurricane searchlight broke adrift and fell onto its side.

2.12pm: Morflessa Light abeam 2 cables.

11.40pm Anchored. HMT Battleaxe secured alongside.

[Another windy day, rain most of the morning, force 6 at noon and 4pm, then force 4, hail at midnight]

 

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9 October 1919

From Tyrhaug Anchorage to Aalesund and at Aalesund

Lat 62.8, Long 6.7

5.8am: Weighed and proceeded in tow of Battleaxe.

11.12am: Oddene Light Port beam 2.5 miles.

Midday: Sando Light S65W, Ona Light N30W.

1.55pm: Lepso Light abeam 3 cables.

2.49pm: Slipped tow.

3.48pm: Alongside oiler Attendant. Oil received 30 tons.

4.30pm: Leave to Port watch till 7pm.

5.30pm: Cast off. 5.48pm: Secured alongside collier “Venice”. Starboard watch took in 3 tons of coal.

[Winds in morning force 4 to 6, quieter in the afternoon, temperature 54F at 4pm]

 

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10 October 1919

From Aalesund to Sildevaag

Lat 61.8, Long 5.1

2.5am: Slipped from oiler.

2.15am: Proceeded in tow of Battleaxe.

8.53am: Ganila whistle buoy abeam.

9.55am: Helm jammed, reverted to hand gear. Marines unfuzing HE shell.

10.23am: Steam steering gear in order.

8.15pm: Discharged 2 Pilots at Sildevaag and veered tow to 1.5 shackles.

8.52pm: Heliso [Hellisoy] Light Starboard beam.

9.15pm: Put clock back 20 minutes. Branch pipe and hose lost overboard.

[Light winds for most of the day, increased to force 7 at midnight]

 

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11 October 1919

From Sildevaag to Lerwick

Lat 60.6, Long 0.8

0.40am: Put clocks back 20 minutes.

4.0am: Put clocks back 20 minutes.

6.0am: Put clocks back 20 minutes i.e. GMT.

8.0am: Starboard watch fall in, employed painting ship.

0.30pm: Port watch fall in, painting ship.

6.11pm: Out Skerries Light abeam.

7.55pm: Sumburgh Head S48W, Mull of Eswick N42W.

9.10pm: Slipped tow.

9.35pm: Came to port anchor with 1.5 shackles.

 

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12 October 1919

At Lerwick

Lat 60.1, Long -1.1

8.0am: Sunday’s routine.

[Intermittent rain during the day, barometric pressure falling]

 

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13 October 1919

At Lerwick

Lat 60.1, Long -1.1

9.0am: Hands fall in, paint ship. Landed caterers of messes.

4.2pm: Weighed anchor. 4.12pm: Secured alongside oiler Philol.

5.3pm: Slipped from oiler. 5.12pm: Came to Port anchor 3 shackles in 10 fathoms.

[Barometric pressure rising during the day]

 

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14 October 1919

From Lerwick to Chatham

Lat 59.46, Long -1.7

6.5am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour.

6.45am: Passed hawser to Battleaxe.

6.53am: Kirkabister N42E.

9.10am: Sumburgh Head N45W, altered course S55W.

4.0pm: Start Point Light N30E 1.5 miles.

9.14pm: Pentland Skerries Light starboard beam,

 

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15 October 1919

From Lerwick to Chatham

Lat 57.0, Long -2.1

3.55am: Kinnaird Head Light S10W

7.25am: Buchan Ness S69W, Rattray Head N12W.

1.2pm: Tod Head Light abeam.

4.23pm: Bell Rock Light abeam 0.5 miles.

8.55pm: St Abbs Head N70W.

[Wind force 4 to 5 for most of the day, rising to force 7 at midnight]

 

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16 October 1919

From Lerwick to Chatham

Lat 54.5, Long -0.4

1.49am: Coquet Island S88W 4.75 miles.

am: Lost overboard one sounding tube case and deep sea lead.

8.47am: Anchored off Staithes, trawlers steering gear broke down.

10.5am: Weighed and proceeded, course S70E.

11.15am: Ling Hill Light [Whitby] Starboard beam 2.5 miles.

2.43pm: Flamborough Head Light S41W 5 miles.

9.3pm: Outer Dowsing Light Port beam.

[Winds between force 5 and 7 in am, moderating in pm]

 

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17 October 1919

From Lerwick to Chatham

Lat 51.8, Long 1.4

3.32am: Off Newarp Light Vessel, altered course S12W.

5.40am: Lowestoft High Light N55W.

9.24am: Shipwash Light Vessel Starboard beam 6 cables.

2.14pm: Mouse Light Vessel abeam 2 cables, altered course for Outer Bar.

2.48pm: Nore Light Vessel abeam, course as requisite approaching Sheerness and Chatham.

4.8pm: Came to Port anchor 1 shackle in 4 fathoms off South Lock.

5.0pm: Leave to Starboard watch till 7.30am.

[Misty all day, until 4pm]

 

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18 October 1919

At Chatham

Lat 51.4, Long 0.5

9.15am: Weighed and proceeded to South Wall No2 Basin. 10.0am: Moored up in basin.

11.15am: Cast off and proceeded to No14 buoy and moored up.

11.30am: Starboard watch employed getting up ammunition.

1.15pm: Leave to Port watch till 7.0am Monday, second part of Starboard watch from 4.30pm till 7.0am Sunday [this being a Saturday].

 

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19 October 1919

At Chatham

Lat 51.4, Long 0.5

10.0am: Divisions and prayers. 10.15am: Pipe down.

1.30pm: Leave to Starboard watch till 10.30pm.

[Thick fog at 4 and 8am, misty all afternoon and foggy again at midnight]

 

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20 October 1919

At Chatham No14 Buoy

Lat 51.4, Long 0.5

6.0am: Hands fall in, getting all ammunition on deck.

7.30am: Hands to Breakfast.

8.30am: Hands fall in, disembarking ammunition.

[Fog and mist all day]

 

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21 October 1919

At Chatham

Lat 51.4, Long 0.5

pm: Hands employed preparing stores for returning.

3.15pm: Slipped from buoy. 3.30pm: Secured to quay in South Lock.

[Another foggy day, though clear at noon and 4pm]

 

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22 October 1919

At Chatham

Lat 51.4, Long 0.5

10.38am: Left South Lock. 10.45am: Secured alongside West wall, No3 basin.

1.15pm: Hands fall in, employed returning stores.

4.30pm: Leave to Starboard watch and second part of Port watch till 7.30am.

5.0pm: Port watch fall in, employed getting out defective stores.

[Foggy in the morning, clearing by noon]

 

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23 October 1919

At Chatham

Lat 51.4, Long 0.3

am and pm: Hands employed returning stores.

4.30pm: Leave to Port watch and first part of Starboard watch till 7.30am.

[Another foggy morning, clearing by noon]

 

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24 October 1919

At Chatham

Lat 51.4, Long 0.5

7.0am: Hands fall in employed clearing up decks.

8.30am: Hands fall in, returning stores.

1.15pm: Hands fall in, returning stores.

1.50pm: Store lighter came alongside.

5.0pm: Starboard watch fall in, carried on with stores.

[Foggy and gloomy for most of the day]

 

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25 October 1919

At Chatham

Lat 51.4, Long 0.5

6.30am: Hands fall in, employed returning stores.

Midday: Starboard watch proceeded on leave till 7.30am Monday [on this Saturday].

1.15pm: Port watch employed getting sand up (ballast) from steering flat.

 

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26 October 1919

At Chatham

Lat 51.4, Long 0.5

9.0am: Church party fall in.

1.30pm: Liberty men landed.

 

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27 October 1919

At Chatham

Lat 51.2, Long 0.3

6.30am: Hands fall in, employed returning stores.

10.0am: Lieutenant and 2 Chief Warrant Officers inspected ship.

11.0am: Hands paid off.

 

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