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Devonshire-class Armoured Cruiser

Pendant No. 50 (1914). Launched 4.9.03 Armstrong. 10,850 tons, 473(oa), 450(pp)x68x23ft. TE 21000ihp, 22kts. Armament: 4-7.5in, 6-6in, 2-12pdr, 2-18in tt. Armour: 6in sides, 2in deck, 6in guns. China 1914, 6th CS and 7th CS Grand Fleet 1915-16. Mined 5.6.16 off the Orkneys.Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Jutland 31 May 1916. (British Warships 1914-1919)

Serving in 1st Cruiser Squadron, Channel Fleet and paid off for refit at Portsmouth in December 1908. Recommissioned in 3rd Division, Home Fleet in August 1909, and then in December 1911 for 6th CS, Mediterranean Fleet. Sent to China in 1912 until outbreak of war. Captured German merchantman on 11 August 1914 and took part in hunt for the Emden. Joined Grand Fleet in December 1914, becoming part of 7th CS in January 1915. Sent to White Sea to protect shipping in November 1915. Serving with 2nd CS in 1916 and took part in Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916. Embarked Lord Kitchener and his staff for mission to North Russia but struck a mine off the Shetlands on 5 June 1916, foundering with the lost of all but 12 men. (Battle honour - Jutland 1916). (Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906-21)

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

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Editor’s notes:

I have removed most of the entries concerned with routine activities such as ‘Cleaning Ship’, hoisting boats etc. in the interest of readability.
I have added notes on some of the ships and places encountered to give the reader a better picture of the naval environment. The tonnages for ships have been rounded as various values are quoted in different sources depending on whether they use tons or tonnes and the loading of the ship.
Further information can be obtained from Naval History or Wikipedia for those wishing to pursue their own researches.

THE VOYAGES OF HMS HAMPSHIRE 1914-1915
(A more detailed plot follows in the text)

JP map overview

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

LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1914


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Specifications:

Engines: manufacturer Hawthorn Leslie & Co

  IHP 20500

  Vertical inverted triple expansion, 4 cylinder, surface condensing

  Fixed on board 1904

Boilers: manufacturer Hawthorn Leslie & Co

  Garrow large tube & cylindrical, 3 furnaces

  Made 1904

  Fixed in vessel 1904

Propeller: manufacturer Hawthorn Leslie & Co

  Admiralty Pattern new type


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Establishment of Ship

Officers: 32

Seamen & Boys: 278

Marines: 68

Engine Room: 224

Other non-executive Ratings: 73

Total: 675


Armament

Foc’sle, Quarter Deck & Batteries: 4 7.5” Breech Loading, Hydraulic mounting

Casements on Main Deck and Upper Deck: 6 6” Breech Loading

Upper Deck: 3 pounder Vickers – 20


Torpedo

2 submerged 18” tubes, 1 on either beam

9 18” torpedoes Mk V

4 14” torpedoes Mk XI


Boats

1 Picket boat - 56ft

1 steam pinnace - 40ft

1 launch - 42ft

1 pinnace - 36ft

2 cutters - 32ft

1 cutter - 30ft

1 gig - 30ft

1 whaler - 27ft

1 Montague whaler - 27ft

2 dingheys [sic] - 16ft

1 balsa raft - 13.5ft


Miscellaneous

Tons of coal (43cu ft per ton):1680 tons

Water for boilers: 160 tons

Water for drinking: 60 tons


Barometer

Mercurial, N & Z no 159

Height of cistern above sea 12ft


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THE VOYAGES OF HMS HAMPSHIRE
Operations off Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

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1 October 1914

Indian Ocean to Colombo

Lat 5.23, Long 82.90

2.00am: Hands sleep at General Quarters.

7.00am: Cleaning ship.

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

11.15pm: Dondra Head Light abeam, 15’

Number on sick list 13


[Dondra Head Lighthouse is in Sri Lanka at Lat 5.92, Long 80.6.]


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2 October 1914

to Colombo [Ceylon, now Sri Lanka]

Lat 6.95, Long 79.84

1.20am: Galle Light abeam, 9’

2.00am: Hands sleep at General Quarters

3.45am: Barberyn Light abeam

5.55am: Course & speed as requisite for picking up pilot & entering Colombo Harbour by North entrance

6.30am: Secured bow & stern to buoys in no 10 berth

8.00am: Coaling ship (native labour)

12.40pm: “Dupleix” arrived

5.15pm: Proceeded as requisite for leaving by West entrance, Collier SS Ark in company

Number on sick list 11


[Point de Galle Lighthouse is in Sri Lanka at Lat 6.03, Long 80.22.

Barberyn Lighthouse is in Sri Lanka at Lat 6.47, Long 79.97.

Dupleix was a French armoured cruiser of 7700 tonnes, named after Joseph François Dupleix, Governor General of French Establishment in India. She was built at Rochefort, launched in 1900 and finally decommissioned in 1919.

I have been unable to find details of SS Ark however she is mentioned in this article from West Sussex County Council as accompanying “Hampshire”, but the source may be this log!]


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3 October 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 8.13, Long 76.82

2.00am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

5:35am: Altered course South at 78 revs to close steamer.

6.01am: Resumed original course & speed.

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 12


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4 October 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 11.08, Long 73.53

2.00am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

8.50am: Sighted Androth Island N73W

9.30am: Divisions, altered course to close fishing fleet

9.40am: Held Divine Service

10.05am: Stopped to communicate with fishing fleet

2.00pm: Sighted Riltan Island N53W

6.00pm: Collier took station astern

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

Number on sick list 12


[Androth Island is off the coast of India at Lat 10.83, Long 73.68.

Riltan Island probably refers to Kiltan Island off the coast of India at Lat 11.48, Long 73.0.]


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5 October 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 7.72, Long 73.15

2.00am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

7.50am: Sighted Minikoi Island

8.40am: Exercised control parties

am: Training classes at instruction, remainder as requisite

2.30pm: Sighted Kelai Island South

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

Number on sick list 14


[Minikoi Island is off the coast of India at Lat 8.28, Long 73.03

Kelai Island is in the Maldives at Lat 6.95, Long 73.22.]


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6 October 1914

Male, Maldive Islands

Lat 4.20, Long 73.50

2.00am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

7.30am: Land sighted on port bow

8.00am: Heavy rain squall

9.30am: Heavy rain squall

10.45am: Secured alongside collier SS Ark

12.20pm: Commenced coaling

5.00pm: Finished coaling

5.30pm: Proceeded as requisite for leaving Male Harbour. Saluted flag of Sultan with 17 guns. Shore battery returned salute.

Number on sick list 13


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7 October 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 5.57, Long 76.57

2.30am Hands sleeping at general quarters

10.20am: Altered course 16 points to starboard to close collier

10.40am: Altered course 16 points to starboard, course N66E

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

Number on sick list 15


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8 October 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 7.12, Long 79.05

12.40am: Altered course as requisite to examine steamer

1.10am: Altered course as requisite to close collier

7.30am: Sighted “Empress of Asia” on port bow

7.40am: Altered course N25W to close "Empress of Asia"

  Collier “Ark” parted company, proceeded to Colombo

9.55am: Stopped, sent boat to “Empress of Asia”

10.40am: Proceeded, course N66W “Empress of Asia” took station

11.45am: Altered course N30W to close steamer

12.30pm: Course as requisite for speaking steamer

2.05pm: Altered course N40W to close steamer

2.35pm: Course as requisite for speaking steamer

9.30pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

10.00pm: Sighted Mutum Point Light N55W

Number on sick list 16


[Empress of Asia, 17,000 tons, was built by the Fairfield Ship Building & Engineering Co Ltd, Govan in 1912 for the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company. During WW1 she was armed with 8 4.7” guns and commanded by Royal Navy Officers. She was sunk by the Japanese in 1942.

Mutum Point Light is on the coast of India at Lat 8° 7’ 30”N, Long 77° 18’ 10”E.]


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9 October 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 6.33, Long 78.70

2.00am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

6.10am: "Empress of Asia" took station 20' on port beam

8.40am: Exercised control parties

9.35am: Divisions, Prayers

10.40am: Altered course S22W to close steamer

4.00pm: Quarters

4.50pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Empress of Asia" for mails & provisions

5.30pm: Proceeded N66W

9.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 16


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10 October 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 6.85, Long 76.46

2.00am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

6.18am: Altered course N45W to close steamer

6.22am: Altered course N22W

7.50am Altered course N66W

8.40am: Exercised control parties

9.35am: Divisions Prayers.

5.25pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Empress of Asia" for provisions

6.00pm: Proceeded N66W

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

Number on sick list 16


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11 October 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 7.48, Long 76.72

2.00am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

6.00am: "Empress of Asia" took station 30' on port beam

9.40am: Divisions

10.10am: Held Divine Service

5.05pm: Stopped. Sent boat to “Empress of Asia” for provisions

5.45pm: Proceeded S80E

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 13


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12 October 1914

to Colombo

Lat 6.95, Long 79.84

2.00am: Hands Sleeping at General Quarters

5.00am: Sighted Colombo

6.00am: Picked up pilot

6.30am: Secured head & stern in no 10 berth, coal lighters alongside

7.00am: Commenced coaling (native labour)

am: Training classes at instruction, remainder as requisite

Noon: Special leave to watch to 6.05pm

6.00pm: Finished coaling, cleaning ship

Number on sick list 12


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13 October 1914

Colombo to Chagos Archipelago

Lat 6.13, Long 79.65

6.00am: Slipped. Proceeded as requisite for leaving harbour

9.45am: Altered course & as requisite to close steamer

10.00pm: Hands asleep at General Quarters

Number on sick list 10


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14 October 1914

to Chagos Archipelago

Lat 1.40, Long 76.25

2.00 am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

am: Training classes at instruction, remainder as requisite

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 11


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15 October 1914

to Chagos Archipelago

Lat -3.63, Long 72.62

2.00am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

am: Training classes at instruction, remainder employed as requisite

5.00pm: Sighted Peros Banhos Islands ahead

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 12


[Peros Banhos is a coral atoll in the Chagos Archipelago at Lat -5.33, Long 71.85.]


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16 October 1914

Chagos Archipelago to Colombo

Lat -1.50, Long 73.92

2.00am: Hands Sleeping at General Quarters

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 13


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17 October 1914

Chagos Archipelago to Colombo

Lat 3.38, Long 78.08

12.20am: Altered course N28E to close vessel sighted, exercised ‘Action’

1.00am: Secured

2.00am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

1.15pm: Altered course S22½W to close “Empress of Asia”

2.30pm: Sighted “Empress of Asia”

4.30pm: “Empress of Asia” took station on port beam

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 12


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18 October 1914

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Lat 6.95, Long 79.84

1.00am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

5.30am: Sighted Colombo Light N65E

6.55am: Picked up pilot & proceeded into harbour

8.20am: Commenced coaling (native labour)

11.00pm: Finished coaling

Number on sick list 14


[Colombo Lighthouse is in Sri Lanka at Lat 6.93, Long 79.83.]


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19 October 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 6.03, Long 79.97

6.00am: Slipped. Proceeded as requisite for leaving harbour

8.58am: Barberyn Light abeam, 13’

1.25pm: Course as requisite for closing steamer

2.50pm: Resumed course S70E

8.00pm: Sighted Hambantota Light N45E

9.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

10.20pm: Course as requisite for closing steamer

Number on sick list 15


[Barberyn Lighthouse is in Sri Lanka at Lat 6.47, Long 79.97.

Hambantota Lighthouse is in Sri Lanka at Lat 6.12, Long 81.13.]


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20 October 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 5.90, Long 80.25

2.00am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

4.15am: Sighted Dondra Head abeam, 5’

7.20am: Course as requisite for closing “Yarmouth” and convoy

7.40am: Stopped. Sent boat to "Yarmouth" for mails & to "Empire" for two ratings

am: Hands employed painting ship’s side & as requisite, training classes at instruction

1.05pm: Altered course N45E to close steamer

3.20 pm: Increased to 70 revs, course as requisite for closing steamer

5.05pm: Galle Light abeam, 6’

8.00pm: “Empress of Asia” took station on starboard beam.

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 13


[Dondra Head is in Sri Lanka at Lat 5.92, Long 80.58.

HMS Yarmouth, 5360 ton cruiser, was launched in 1911 by the London & Glasgow Co. She took part in the Battle of Jutland and was the first ship to successfully launch a plane. She was sold for scrap in 1929 and is part of the Old Weather fleet.]

Empire” could refer the 4496 ton squadron supply ship who flew the red ensign and was in service until 1915 but might be a mis-written abbreviation for “Empress of Asia”.]


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21 October 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 5.13, Long 76.82

2.00am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

6.00am: "Empress of Asia" took station 20' on starboard beam

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

4.45pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Empress of Asia for provisions

5.15pm: Proceeded S70W

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

Number on sick list 16


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22 October 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 3.08, Long 73.20

2.00am Hands sleeping at General Quarters

5.40am: Sighted Fotes Island S30W

6.20am: Altered course N60W, "Empress of Asia" parted company

8.00am: Fulida Island abeam, 2.5’

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

2.05pm: Course & speed as requisite for trying to communicate with native fishing boats

3.30pm: Altered course N29E Mafwoi Island [?] abeam, 2’

5.30pm: "Empress of Asia" took station astern.

5.55pm: Stopped. Sent boat for provisions

7.35pm: Fotia [?] Island abeam, 5’

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 17


[Fotes and Fotia Island may both refer to Foteo Island in the Maldives at Lat 3.45, Long 73.77

Fulidu Island is in the Maldives at Lat 3.68, Long 73.4.

I think Mafwoi Island may refer to Mafuri Island. There are 7 Mafuri Islands in the Maldives, I think this one is at Lat 3.93, Long 73.47.]


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23 October 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 6.08, Long 73.38

2.00am: Hands sleeping at General Quarter

6.30am: Fadiffolu Atoll ahead

8.15am: Difuri Island abeam, 2’

am: Hands employed blacking down aloft & as requisite, training classes at instruction

11.25am: Kuludu Island abeam, 2’

3.00pm: Komdngdu [?] Island abeam, 5’

4.30pm: “Empress of Asia” rejoined

5.00pm: Stopped. Sent boat for provisions

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 11


[Fadiffolu Atoll is in the Maldives at Lat 5.38, Long 73.48.

There are 2 Difuri Islands in the Maldives; I think this one is at Lat 5.4, Long 73.63.

Kuludu Island is in the Maldives at Lat 5.97, Long 73.38.

Komangdu Island is in the Maldives at Lat 6.57, Long 73.03.]


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24 October 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 6.80, Long 76.60

2.00am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

6.00am: "Empress of Asia" opened out 20 to 30' to Northward

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction, tested magazine flooding arrangements

4.30pm: Stopped. Sent boarding party to SS Great City

5.00pm: Proceeded N25E

5.40pm: "Empress of Asia" took station astern.

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 13


[SS Great City, 6999 tons, was built in 1914 by Ropner & Sons, Stockton-on-Tees, for W Reardon Smith & Son. She was renamed for the first time in 1936 and finally sunk in 1945 when she was torpedoed by British MTB while owned by a Polish Company.]


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25 October 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 5.92, Long 80.33

2.00am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

6.00am: Stopped. Sent to "E[mpress] of A[sia]" for provisions

6.30am: Proceeded East, "Empress of Asia" parted company

10.40am: Course as required for closing SS Oopack

1.00pm: Course as requisite for closing steamer

3.15pm: Boarded SS Alesia [?]

5.00pm: Stopped. Sent boat to “Empress of Asia”

5.30pm: “Empress of Asia” took station astern

8.24 pm Great Basses Light abeam

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on Sick list: 10


[SS Oopack, about 4000 tons, was built in1894 by Workman, Clark & Co at Belfast. She was bought by Holt’s in 1902 and torpedoed in 1918 by U68 commanded by Karl Doenitz.

There was an SS Alesia, 5144 tons, built in Flensburg (Germany) in 1896. She was taken over by the Admiralty in 1915 then withdrawn from the register in 1924.

Great Basses Reef lighthouse is off the coast of Sri Lanka at Lat 6.18, Long 81.48.]


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26 October 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 5.80, Long 80.73

1.50 am: Sighted Dondra Head 8’

  "Empress of Asia" parted company for Colombo

  Hands sleeping at General Quarters

9.00am: Altered course S65E & as requisite to close steamer

      am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

1.30pm: Stopped. Boarded Dutch steamer "Artemis"

6.10pm: Sighted Dondra Head 5’

7.00pm: Altered course S70W & as requisite to examine steamer

9.30pm: Galle Light abeam

  Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 10


[The Dutch steamer was probably “Artemis”, 3809 ton tanker, built in 1913 by Ned Fabrische van Werktuigen & Spoorwegmaterieel NV. Renamed in 1938, she was scrapped in 1953.]


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27 October 1914

to Colombo

Lat 6.95, Long 79.84

12.45am: Barberyn Light abeam

  Hands sleeping at General Quarters

6.00am: Stopped. Picked up pilot & proceeded as requisite into harbour

9.00am: Coaling ship (native labour)

  Hands employed provisioning & painting ship

1.00pm: General leave to port watch to 6.30pm

10.00pm: Finished coaling

Number on sick list 10


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28 October 1914

Colombo

Lat 6.95, Long 79.84

am: Painting ship

12 noon: General leave to starboard watch till 6.30pm

Number on sick list 8


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29 October 1914

Colombo

Lat 6.95, Long 79.84

8.00am: Divers examining "Empress of Asia's" underwater fittings

  Training classes at instruction, hands cleaning ship & as requisite

  Divers away

9.00pm: HMS Yarmouth arrived


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30 October 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 6.08, Long 79.85

6.00am: Slipped. Proceeded as requisite for leaving harbour

am: Training classes at instruction, hands cleaning ship & as requisite

6.05pm: Course & speed as requisite for speaking steamer

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 9


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31 October 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 5.83, Long 81.13

2.00am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

2.05am: Hambantota Light abeam, 9’

4.30am: Great Basses Light abeam, 8’

8.20am: Great Basses Light abeam, 10’

3.40pm: Altered course S35W to close steamer

4.00pm: Quarters. Read warrant no 29

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 10



LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1914


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1 November 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 6.61, Long 78.82

1.35am: Altered course North to close steamer

2.40am: Altered course S68W. Increased to 78 revs to close steamer

4.00am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

9.10am: Altered course N45E. Increased to 78 revs to close steamer

10.15am: Held Divine Service

6.00pm: Altered course N45W to close steamer

10.05pm: Altered course S80E to close steamer

  Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 11


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2 November 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 8.00, Long 76.37

12.30am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

1.40am: Turned 16 points to starboard, spoke SS Pengreep

8.45am: Altered course N10E to close steamer

8.07pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Empress of Asia" for provisions

8.40pm: Proceeded N78W. "Empress of Asia" took station 10' ahead, collier "Ark" astern.

11.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 12


[SS Pengreep, 4806 tons, built in Irvine’s Shipbuilding & Drydock Co Ltd at West Hartlepool. Requisitioned by Admiralty when completed. After a long and eventful career, she was scuttled in July 1945 north west of Scotland carrying a cargo of Italian gas bombs deemed too dangerous to discharge.]


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3 November 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 7.66, Long 75.92

1.00am: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

3.50am: Altered course as requisite to close Collier “Ark”

5.00am: “Empress of Asia scouting NW by N

6.45am: Altered course N65W & as requisite for closing steamer

7.07am: Stopped. Boarded SS Alicante

9.38 am: Stopped. Boarded SS Menado

5.00 pm: Stopped. Sent to “Empress of Asia” for provisions

10.00 pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 13


[SS Alicante, 4032 tons, was built as “Pegu” in 1889 by William Denny & Bros, Dumbarton. She was sunk in 1938 during the Spanish Civil War.

SS Menado, 5874 tons, was built in 1908 for Rotterdam Lloyd. She was scrapped in 1931.]


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4 November 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 6.97, Long 73.30

5.30am: Kelai Island S45W

6.45am: Course & speed as requisite for going alongside Collier "Ark"

7.30am: Collier secured alongside

7.45am: Proceeded with port engine 30 revs. Collier towing alongside

8.35am: Commenced coaling

12.15pm: Finished coaling

12.45pm: Cast off Collier

  Cleaning ship

5.30pm: Stopped. Sent to "Empress of Asia" for provisions

8.10pm: Sighted Minikoi abeam, 8’

Number on sick list 12


[Hands still suffering from disturbed nights sleeping at General Quarters.

Kelai Island is in the Maldives at Lat 6.95, Long 73.22.]


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5 November 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 8.80, Long 73.22

3.57pm: Stopped. Sent to "Empress of Asia" for provisions

4.00pm: Captains of "Empress of Asia" & "Empress of Russia" repaired on board "Hampshire"

5.00pm: Quarters. Read warrant no 30

6.00pm: "Ark" took station astern

Number on sick list 14


[Empress of Russia, 17,000 tons, built 1912-3 by Fairfields Shipbuilding & Engineering at Govan on the Clyde. Built as a liner, she was refitted as an Armed Merchant Cruiser then used as a troopship. She served as a troopship in WW2 but was severely damaged in a fire in Sept 1945 while refitting and was scrapped.]


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6 November 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 7.63, Long 76.25

2.00 am: Revolutions as required for keeping "Ark" in sight

Number on sick list 13


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7 November 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 6.57, Long 79.32

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

5.00pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Empress of Russia" & "Empress of Asia"

6.10pm: Proceeded N10E

6.42pm: Altered course N43W. "Ark" took station astern

Number on sick list 14


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8 November 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 7.82, Long 77.55

6.15am: Altered course northward to examine steamer

9.35am: Divisions

10.15am: Held Divine Service

2.50pm: Course and speed as requisite for examination of steamer

9.10pm: Quilon Light abeam, 8’

10.50pm: Altered course N35W to close steamer

Number on sick list 13


[Quilon Lighthouse is variously indexed as Kollam, Quilan or Thankasseri Lighthouse & is in India at Lat 8.9. Long 76.58.]


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9 November 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 9.65, Long 75.43

6.03am: Stopped. Proceeded as requisite for going alongside collier

6.45am: Ship secured alongside

7.00am: Proceeded with port engine 25 revs. Course South, towing collier alongside

8.00am: Commenced coaling

12.30pm: Finished coaling

12.45pm: Cast off collier, course & speed as requisite

  Cleaning ship & striking down coal

4.30pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Empress of Russia" for provisions

5.00pm: Proceeded

Number on sick list 16


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10 November 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 7.63, Long 75.80

1.15am: Parted company with Collier "Ark"

8.40am: Exercised control parties, "Empress of Russia" 10' on port beam.

12.30pm: "Empress of Asia" took station 5 cables on beam

4.00pm: "Empress of Asia" parted company

Number on sick list 17


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11 November 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 3.68, Long 79.89

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

Number on sick list 16


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12 November 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 0.02, Long 84.23

9.00am: Altered course S61E. "Empress of Russia" parted company

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

8.00pm: Altered course N40W. Communicated with "Melbourne”

Number on sick list 14


[HMAS Melbourne, 5500 ton cruiser, was launched in 1912, by Cammell Laird & Co Ltd at Birkenhead. She spent most of WW1 with the Grand Fleet in Scapa Flow and was scrapped in 1929.]


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13 November 1914

Colombo to Indian Ocean

Lat 0.55, Long 84.68

7.50am: Sighted “Ibuki”, altered course N70W

8.00am: Course & speed as requisite for communicating with “Ibuki” and taking station ahead of convoy

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

Number on sick list 14


[IJN Ibuki, 15000 ton battle cruiser. Launched Oct 1907 by Kure Naval Arsenal. After the war she had to be sold in 1923 under the provisions of the Washington Naval Treaty.

The convoy was the first transporting ANZAC troops. Details of all ships in ANZAC convoys can be found at http://www.flotilla-australia.com/hmat.htm.]


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14 November 1914

Indian Ocean to Colombo

Lat 4.03, Long 81.87

10.15am: Increased to 80 revs. Parted company with convoy.

9.43pm: Sighted Galle Light N2W

11.30pm: Galle Light abeam, 8’

Number on sick list 16


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15 November 1914

to Colombo

Lat 6.95, Long 79.84

2.00am: Barberyn Light abeam

6.00am: Course and speed as requisite for embarking pilot & proceeding to buoys

6.15am: Secured head & stern to buoys, hoisted out picket boat & steam pinnace, hands prepare for coaling

7.00am: Collier "Ark" secured alongside

8.00 am: Commenced coaling

10.00 am: "Sydney" & "Empress of Russia" arrived

Noon: "Ibuki" arrived. "Melbourne" sailed

pm: Hands coaling ship, 1 rating rejoined from hospital

6.30 pm: Finished coaling

  Cleaning ship

Number on sick list 14


[HMAS Sydney, 5400 tons, was launched in 1912 by London & Glasgow Engineering Co. She took part in the Battle of the Cocos and was scrapped in 1929. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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16 November 1914

Colombo

Lat 6.95, Long 79.84

8.00am: Divers examining underwater fittings

  Hands cleaning & provisioning ship

10.15am: "Yarmouth" arrived

pm: Hands cleaning & striking down provisions

Number on sick list 12


[Crew at last catching up on some rest as they are no longer required to sleep at General Quarters.]


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17 November 1914

Colombo to Aden

Lat 6.95, Long 79.84

2.00am: Raised steam in twelve boilers

4.00am: Lit fires in picket boat & steam pinnace

11.15am: Drew fires & hoisted in picket boat & steam pinnace

11:45am: Cast off buoys. Proceeded as requisite for leaving harbour

Noon: Course & speed as requisite for taking station on convoy

1.00pm: Convoy’s course N70W, speed 10 knots

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list: 9


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18 November 1914

Colombo to Aden

Lat 7.81, Long 75.72

1.00am: Convoy’s course N78W, speed 10 knots. Course & speed as requisite for keeping in touch with convoy

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

6.30pm: Course & speed as requisite for closing steamer

7.30pm: Course & speed as requisite for closing convoy

Number on sick list 8


[The Captain has resumed the practice of hands sleeping at General Quarters. Sleep deprivation all round.]


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19 November 1914

Colombo to Aden

Lat 9.13, Long 71.92

  Convoy's course N70W, speed 10 knots

  Course & speed as requisite for keeping in touch with convoy

6.00am: Convoy altered course N75W, reduced to 8 knots

  "Ascanius" hauled out of line, course & speed as requisite for speaking "Ascanius"

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

Number on sick list: 9


[HMAT Ascanius, 10.048 tons, was built in 1910 by Workman Clark, Belfast, for the Blue Funnel Line. She made 9 convoy journeys to Europe in WW1 and several more in WW2. She was damaged by a torpedo in 1944, then was sold and renamed in 1949 before she was scrapped in 1952.]


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20 November 1914

Colombo to Aden

Lat 10.17, Long 67.76

  Convoy's course N75W, speed 10 knots

  Course & speed as requisite for keeping in touch with convoy

8.00am: Course & speed as required for communicating with "Ibuki"

9.00am: Course & speed as requisite for taking station on convoy

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

Number on sick list 11


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21 November 1914

Colombo to Aden

Lat 11.33, Long 63.36

  Convoy's course N75W, speed 10 knots

  Course & speed as requisite for keeping in touch with convoy

4.40am: Course & speed as requisite for assist[ing] ships in collision – “Ascanius” & “Shropshire”

6.20am: Stopped. Picked up capsized boat. Hands employed working main derrick & cleaning ship

7.00am: Proceeded, course as requisite for rejoining convoy

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

Number on sick list 13


[HMAT Shropshire, 11,911 tons, was built in 1911 by John Brown, Clydebank, for the Federal Steam Navigation Co, London. She made 7 convoy journeys in WW1, was sold and renamed in 1923 and torpedoed in 1940.]


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22 November 1914

Colombo to Aden

Lat 12.10, Long 59.08

  Convoy’s course N79W, speed 10knots

  Course & speed as requisite for staying in touch with convoy

7.30am: Course & speed as requisite for closing "Katuna", broken down

8.05am: Course & speed as requisite for rejoining convoy

10.00am: Stopped. Sent boat to "Orvieto"

10.15am: Proceeded

10.30am: Held Divine Service

12.07pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Orvieto"

12.45pm: Proceeded, course as requisite for taking station ahead of convoy

5.00pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Orvieto” for fresh meat

5.10 pm: Proceeded, course & speed as requisite for keeping 1’ ahead of convoy

Number on sick list 12


[HMAT Katuna, 4641 tons, was built in 1907 by Armstrong Whitworth, Low Walker, for the Bucknall Steamship Lines. She made 7 convoy journeys in WW1 and was renamed for the first time in 1929, then was bombed and sunk in 1940.

HMAT Orvieto, 12,130 tons, was built by Workman, Clark, Glasgow, in 1909 for the Orient Steam Navigation Co Ltd. She became an Armed Merchant Cruiser in 1915 then returned to her owners in 1919. She was scrapped in 1931 & is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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23 November 1914

Lat 12.90, Long 54.52

  Convoy's course N79W, speed 10 knots

  Course & speed as requisite for keeping 1’ ahead of convoy

7.00am: Altered course to pass down the lines

7.30am: Altered course to take station ahead of convoy

9.00am: Sighted Sokotra S80W

  Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction, A & B turrets at divisional drill

3.55pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Wiltshire"

4.00pm: Proceeded as required.

4.10pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Orvieto"

4.24pm: Proceeded as requisite for keeping 1' ahead of convoy

Number on sick list 16


[Sokotra is now written as Socotra or Soqotra; Arabic transliteration is Suqutra. It is a very isolated archipelago of 4 islands off the coast of Yemen at Lat 12.5, Long 54.0 and apparently one third of its plant species are found nowhere else.

HMAT Wiltshire, 10,390 tons, was built in 1912 by John Brown, Clydebank, for the Federal Steam Navigation Co, London. She made 9 convoy journeys during WW1 but was wrecked in 1922 without loss of life.]


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24 November 1914

Colombo to Aden

Lat 12.93, Long 49.97

  Convoy’s course S88W, speed 10 knots

  Course & speed as requisite for keeping 1' ahead of convoy

7.00am: Course & speed as requisite for examining steamer

8.00am: Parted company with convoy, shaped course S88W

9.50am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

Number on sick list 17


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25 November 1914

to Aden

Lat 12.80, Long 45.00

6.30am: Lit fires in picket boat & steam pinnace, preparing for coaling

8.15am: Stopped. Hoisted out packet boat & steam pinnace

8.45am: Secured alongside Collier "Crossby

  1 rating joined from "Ibuki"

9.30am: Commenced coaling

5.00pm: Discharged 4 ratings, lent to "Ascanius"

  Lost overboard: 29 sacks coal, tarred, 2 cwt, pattern 3

9.00pm: Finished coaling. Collier cast off

9.45pm: Drew fires & hoisted in picket boat & steam pinnace

Number on sick list 19


[SS Crossby, 3920 tons, was built in 1907 by R Stephenson & Co, Hebburn. She was renamed for the first time in 1916 and scrapped in 1935.]


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26 November 1914

Aden to Port Said

Lat 12.48, Long 44.00

6.00am: Weighed & proceeded, course as requisite for taking station ahead of convoy

6.30am: Convoy’s course S90W, 10 knots

11.00am: Altered course N74W

1.00pm: New Zealand Convoy took station 5' ahead

3.30pm: Perim abeam, 3’

8.40pm: Sighted Mid Haycock Island N50W

9.30pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

Number on sick list 20


[Perim Island is off the coast of Yemen at Lat 12.66, Long 43.42.

Mid Haycock Island probably refers to the peak of Haycock Island in the Red Sea at Lat 15.17, Long 42.11.]


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27 November 1914

Aden to Port Said

Lat 15.83, Long 41.52

5.40am: Sighted Centre Peak Island off starboard bow

9.40am: Sighted Jebel Tevi Light House abeam, 4’

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

11.30am: Course & speed as required for examining steamer & re-joining convoy

3.30pm: Course as required for closing "Orvieto"

4.32pm: Stopped. Sent boat to "Orvieto" for fresh provisions

5.00pm: Proceeded as requisite for rejoining convoy

Number on sick list 22


[Centre Peak Island is off the coast of Yemen at Lat 15.02, Long 42.17.

Jebel Tevi Light House probably refers to Jabal at Tair Lighthouse in the Red Sea at Lat 15.55, Long 41.83. It is thought the lighthouse was destroyed in the volcanic eruption of 2007.]


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28 November 1914

Aden to Port Said

Lat 19.47, Long 39.15

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

Number on sick list 24


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29 November 1914

Aden to Port Said

Lat 23.17, Long 37.10

10.15am: Held Divine Service

10.45pm: Sighted Daedalus Light N52W

Midnight: Daedalus Light abeam, 8’

Number on sick list 24


[Daedalus Light is on a reef in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt at Lat 24.92, Long 35.35. It is often referred to as Abu El Kizan Lighthouse.]


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30 November 1914

Aden to Port Said

Lat 26.72, Long 34.77

8.35am: Sighted Brothers Island N72W

9.45am: Brothers abeam, 10’

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction, fore & after turrets at divisional drill

2.50pm: Sighted Shadwan Island N38W

7.10pm: Sighted Ashrafi Light N50W

8.48pm: Ashrafi Light abeam

Number on sick list 22


[Brothers Islands are off the coast of Egypt and may be indexed as Al Ikhwan. They are at Lat 26.31, Long 34.86.

Shadwan Island may be indexed as Jazirat Shakir off the coast of Egypt at Lat 27.5, Long 33.99.

Ashrafi Lighthouse is off the coast of Egypt at Lat 27.78, Long 33.7.]



LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1914


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1 December 1914

Suez Canal

Lat 29.90, Long 32.50

1.10am: Ras Gharib Light abeam, 4’

4.20am: Sighted Zafarana Light N37W

5.00am: Light fires in picket boat & steam pinnace

9.30 am: Stopped. Hoisted out picket boat, steam pinnace & pinnace, sent to transports for German Prisoners of War

11.50am: In steam pinnace & pinnace

1.30pm: Hoisted in picket boat

1.50pm: Pilot on board

2.30 pm: Weighed. Proceeded, course & speed as requisite for entering channel. Pilot in charge.

9.00 pm: Stopped off Ismalia. Changed pilots.

Number on sick list 8


[Ras Gharib Lighthouse is in Egypt at Lat 28.35, Long 33.12.

Zaffarana Lighthouse is in Egypt at Lat 29.1, Long 32.6.

Ismailia is in Egypt, in the Great Bitter Lake part way up the Suez Canal, at Lat 30.61, Long 32.28.

At least in the Canal the crew don’t have to sleep at General Quarters.]


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2 December 1914

to Port Said

Lat 31.30, Long 32.30

  Course & speed as requisite for canal

4.00am: Stopped, secured head & stern to buoys of 2nd island, Port Said

6.00am: Hoisted out steam pinnace

8.00am: Coal lighters alongside

10.00am: Coaling ship (native labour)

3.00pm: German prisoners of war from SS Orvieto & Mauganui joined ship

8.00pm: Finished coaling

  Clean ship

Number on sick list 21


[SS Maunganui, 7527 tons, was built in 1911 by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co, Govan. She served as a troopship & hospital ship in WW2, was sold & renamed in 1948 then scrapped in 1957.]


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3 December 1914

Port Said to Gibraltar

Lat 31.90, Long 31.50

6.00am: Hoisted steam pinnace

6.40am: Slipped. Proceeded as requisite for leaving Port Said, Pilot in charge

7.15am: Stopped. Discharged pilot

10.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters.

Number on sick list 17


[Back to restless nights!]


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4 December 1914

Port Said to Malta

Lat 33.43, Long 26.05

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

Number on sick list 17


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5 December 1914

Port Said to Malta

Lat 34.70, Long 20.11

am: Training classes at instruction

Number on sick list 20


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6 December 1914

to Malta

Lat 35.887, Long 14.515

7.00am: Lit fires in steam pinnace & picket boat

10.10am: Course & speed as requisite for entering Grand Harbour.

10.50am: Discharged German prisoners of war, hoisted out picket boat & steam pinnace

11.30am: Cast off, ship towed to buoys, coal lighters came alongside

1.00pm: Special leave to starboard watch to 5pm, 5 ratings joined ship from “Egmont”

2.00pm: Coaling ship (native labour)

3.30pm: Drew fires & hoisted in picket boat

6.30pm: Finished coaling

7.30pm: Drew fires & hoisted in steam pinnace

8.00pm: Slipped. Proceeded as requisite for leaving harbour.

9.55pm: Gozo Light abeam, 5’

Number on sick list: 19


[HMS Egmont is the name of the RN shore base in Malta. It was named after the ship which served as the base until 1912.

Gozo Light is usually indexed as Gordan Lighthouse. The only major lighthouse on the island it lies at Lat 36.08. Long 14.22.]


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7 December 1914

Malta to Gibraltar

Lat 37.18, Long 11.03

6.05am: Sighted Spadillo Light N76W

7.35am: Spadillo Light House abeam, 6’

11.40am: Cape Bon abeam 5.5’ [Tunisia]

3.20pm: Altered course S60W & as requisite to close steamer

3.55pm: Cani Rock Light House abeam, 3.2’

Number on sick list 25


[Punta Spadillo Lighthouse is on the island of Pantelleria at Lat 36.82, Long 12.02.

Cap Bon is in Tunisia at Lat 37.09, Long 11.04.

Cani Rock Light House is indexed as Iles Cani Lighthouse in Tunisia at Lat 37.35, Long 10.12.]


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8 December 1914

Malta to Gibraltar

Lat 37.32, Long 5.05

  Hands at night defence station

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

1.30pm: Altered course S30W & as requisite for closing & boarding Greek steamer

3.50pm: Altered course S78W to close steamer

5.22pm: Cape Bengut abeam 10’

8.50pm: Caxine Light abeam 14’

10.00pm: Hands at night defence stations

Number on sick list 26


[Cap Bengut is in Algeria at Lat 36.92, Long 3.89.

Cap Caxine Lighthouse is in Algeria at Lat 36.82, Long 2.95.]


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9 December 1914

Malta to Gibraltar

Lat 36.48, Long -0.75

am: Hands employed as requisite, training classes at instruction

  ‘Y’ group at divisional drill, 3 pdr crews at divisional drill

4.00pm: Quarters, read warrants no 33, 34, 35, 36

10.22pm: Alboran Island abeam, 5’

Number on sick list 23


[Isla de Alboran is a Spanish Island in the Mediterranean at Lat 35.9, Long -3.03.]


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10 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.127, Long -5.356

4.40am: Sighted Almina Light

5.40am: Sighted Europa Light

7.00am: Course & speed as requisite for entering harbour by North entrance

7.40am: Pilot came on board, tugs secured alongside

All day: Hands employed refitting ship, drawing stores & as requisite

4.00pm: General leave to watch till 7 am. Landed patrol.

Number on sick list 21


[Punta Almina Lighthouse is on the peninsula of Ceuta which is controlled by Spain. It lies at Lat 35.9, Long -5.28.

Europa Point Lighthouse is in Gibraltar at Lat 36.12, Long -5.35.]



Logbook pages now cover two days

Identical links are provided for each day of the pair


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11 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.127, Long -5.356

All day: Hands employed refitting ship, drawing stores & as requisite

1.30pm: “Carmania” sailed

2.00pm: Discharged 1 rating to hospital

4.30pm: Special leave to watch to 7am

Number on sick list 10


[HMS Carmania, 19,500 tons, was launched in 1905 from John Brown’s yard, Clydebank, for the Cunard Line. She was designed as a Cunard liner but converted to an Armed Merchant Cruiser in 1914 with the installation of 8 4.7” guns. She sank the German merchant cruiser SMC Cap Trafalgar during the Battle of Trinidade. In 1916 she was returned to Cunard until she was scrapped in 1932.]


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12 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.127, Long -5.356

9.30am: “Caesar” sailed.

Number on sick list 12


[HMS Caesar, 16,000 ton battleship, was launched in 1895 at Plymouth Dockyard. She took little active part in WW1 and was scrapped in 1922.

The crew were refitting & given regular overnight leave until 7am.]


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13 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.127, Long -5.356

10.30am: Held Divine Service

2.00pm: Landed funeral party

4.00pm: Funeral party returned

Number on sick list: 20


[The funeral was of Bertram T Burrow, Ordinary Seaman, J 15818, who was drowned the previous day. He was 18 and the son of James John Burrow of 8 Little George St, Buckland, Portsmouth, and is buried in Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery, grave C 2860.]


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14 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.127, Long -5.356

am: Training classes at instruction

All day: Hands employed refitting ship & as requisite

3.30pm: Read warrant no 32

Number on sick list 18


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15 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.127, Long -5.356

am: Training classes at instruction

All day: Hands surveying cables, refitting ship & as requisite

Number on sick list 11


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16 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.127, Long -5.356

am: Landed Marine detachment for drill, training classes at instruction

All day: Hands surveying cable, refitting ship & cleaning down aloft

3.30pm: Read warrant no 37

Number on sick list 10


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17 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.127, Long -5.356

am: Training classes at instruction

All day: Hands refitting ship & as requisite

Number on sick list 9


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18 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.127, Long -5.356

am: Training classes at instruction

All day: Hands employed restowing cable after survey, refitting ship & as requisite

Number on sick list 10


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19 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.127, Long -5.356

am: Hands refitting ship & as requisite, training classes at instruction

Noon: Hands make & mend clothes, special leave to watch to 7am

  Read warrant no 38

Number on sick list 9


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20 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.127, Long -5.356

10.15am: Held Divine Service

Number on sick list 10


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21 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.127, Long -5.356

am: Training classes at instruction

  Read warrant no 39

All day: Hands refitting ship & as requisite

pm: Discharged Private Smith RMLI to military detention barracks

Number on sick list 13


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22 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.127, Long -5.356

am: Training classes at instruction

  Landed Marine detachment for drill

All day: Hands refitting ship & as requisite

Number on sick list 13


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23 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.127, Long -5.356

am: Training classes at instruction

  Discharged I rating to hospital

All day: Hands refitting ship & as requisite

Number on sick list 11


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24 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.146, Long -5.365

All day: Hands refitting ship & as requisite, training classes at instruction

11.30am: Ship undocked & placed alongside New Mole

Number on sick list 11


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25 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.146, Long -5.365

10am: Held Divine Service

pm: General leave to watch to 7am

Number on sick list 9


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26 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.146, Long -5.365

am: Hands cleaning & refitting ship, training classes at instruction

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

  Special leave to watch to 7am

4.00pm: Read warrant no 41

Number on sick list 9


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27 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.146, Long -5.365

10.10am: Held Divine Service

Noon: Special leave to watch to 7am

Number on sick list 13


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28 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.146, Long -5.365

8.00am: “Eclipse” arrived

am: Training classes at instruction

All day: Hands refitting ship & as requisite

4.00pm: Quarters. Read warrant no 42

  Special leave to watch to 10pm

Number on sick list 15


[HMS Eclipse, 5690 ton cruiser, was launched in Portsmouth Dockyard 1894. She was sold for scrap in 1921.]


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29 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.146, Long -5.365

am: Landed marine detachment for drill, hands refitting ship & as requisite, training classes at instruction

  Discharged 1 rating to hospital

pm: Hands preparing ship for coaling, training classes at instruction,

  2 ratings joined from hospital

4.30pm: Special leave to watch to 10.05pm

Number on sick list 17


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30 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.146, Long -5.365

7.45am: Commenced coaling

4.00pm: Read warrant no 43

5.30pm: Finished coaling, cleaning ship

8.00pm: Special leave to watch to 7am

Number on sick list 18


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31 December 1914

Gibraltar

Lat 36.146, Long -5.365

11.00am: Discharged 1 rating to hospital

pm: Cleaning ship, training classes at instruction

4.30pm: Special leave to watch to 7am

Number on sick list 20



LOGS FOR JANUARY 1915


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1 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.146, Long -5.365

All day: Hands employed cleaning & painting ship, training classes to instruction

Noon: Read warrants no 44, 45, 46

1.00pm: Discharged 2 prisoners to detention barracks

4.30pm: Special leave to watch to 10pm

Number on sick list 21


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2 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.146, Long -5.365

am: Hands employed cleaning, painting & refitting ship

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

  Special leave to watch to 7am

Number on sick list 23


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3 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.146, Long -5.365

9.30am: Divisions

10.00am: Divine Service held onboard

pm: Special leave to watch to 7am

3.00 pm: Wind veered to NW [at noon wind SW strength 7-8]

Number on sick list 18


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4 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.146, Long -5.365

am: Training classes at instruction

All day: Hands provisioning ship,

pm: Lost overboard by accident: 200 lb cask of sugar

4.00pm: Read warrants no 47 & 48

Number on sick list 20


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5 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.146, Long -5.365

am: Landed Marine detachment for drill

  French cruiser "Friant" sailed

All day: Hands refitting ship & as requisite, training classes at instruction

pm: 1 rating rejoined from hospital

4.30pm: Special leave to watch to 7am

Number on sick list 15


[“Friant” was a 4000 ton ‘protected cruiser’ built in 1893 at the Arsenal de Brest and scrapped in 1920.]



Logbooks now revert to one page per day


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6 January 1915

Gibraltar

Lat 36.146, Long -5.365

8.00am: "Penelope" & "Inconstant" arrived

All day: Hands refitting, training classes at instruction

3.30pm: Four prisoners joined from Detention Barracks

4.00pm: Read warrants no 49, 50 & 51

4.30pm: 72 ratings joined from "Calgarian"

  Worked main derrick, in steam pinnace

5.00pm: 24 ratings joined from "Cormorant"

Number on sick list:14


[HMS Penelope, 3568 ton cruiser, was launched in August 1914 at Vickers Shipyard and scrapped in 1924.

HMS Inconstant, 3568 ton cruiser, was launched in July 1914 at William Beardmore’s Yard in Dalmuir and scrapped in 1922.

HMS Calgarian, 17,500 ton armed merchant cruiser, was launched in 1913 by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Govan, for the Allen Line. She was taken over by the Navy in September 1914 and torpedoed in March 1918 and is part of the Old Weather fleet.

HMS Cormorant, 1150 ton sloop, was launched in Chatham Dockyard in 1877. In 1889 she became a ‘receiving ship’ at Gibraltar. She was renamed in 1946 and scrapped in 1949.]


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7 January 1915

Gibraltar to Plymouth

Lat 36.00, Long -5.50

4.00am: Raised steam in requisite boilers

6.00am: Hands cleaning ship & preparing for sea

8.00am: 6 ratings joined from hospital

10.00am: Cast off. Engines as requisite for turning ship & leaving by North Entrance

12.35pm: Tarifa Light House abeam, 2’

11.05pm: Altered course N71W to avoid steamer

11.20pm: Resumed course N55W

  Hands at night defence stations

Number on sick list 21


[She is back at sea with a contingent of new ratings to settle in!

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


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8 January 1915

Gibraltar to Plymouth

Lat 38.27, Long -9.82

2.35am: Sighted Cape St Vincent Light N15W

5.09am: Cape St Vincent Light abeam, 8.5’

am: Fore & after turrets at divisional drill, remainder cleaning ship & as requisite

  Tested magazine flooding arrangements - correct

4.45pm: Quarters. Read warrant no 52

6.00pm: Sighted Burlings S68E

Number on sick list 18


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

Burling is an island off the coast of Portugal at Lat 39.4, Long -9.52.]


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9 January 1915

Gibraltar to Plymouth

Lat 42.78, Long -9.88

3.15am: Course & speed as requisite to pick up lifebuoy

am: Training classes at instruction

1.00pm: Ran in & secured X2 & Y2 guns

Number on sick list 16


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10 January 1915

Gibraltar to Plymouth

Lat 46.82, Long -7.05

2.00am: Hands at night defence stations

7.30am: Exercised General Quarters

9.30am: Divisions

9.40am: Held Divine Service

Number on sick list 16


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11 January 1915

to Plymouth

Lat 50.37, Long -4.19

2.00am: Sighted Lizard Light N12E

5.15am: Course as requisite for rounding Eddystone & entering Plymouth Sound

6.35am: Anchored

7.00 am: Pilot on board

7.15am: Weighed & proceeded up harbour

8.00am: Secured to no 6 buoy

9.00am: Discharged 8 ratings to Hospital & 72 to Royal Naval Barracks

11.00am: Commenced coaling

pm: Discharged 24 ratings to RNB

6.00pm: Finished coaling

7.00pm: Cleaning ship

Number on sick list 8


[Lizard Lighthouse is in Cornwall at Lat 49.98, Long -5.2.

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


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12 January 1915

Devonport

Lat 50.37, Long -4.19

Noon: Gave General leave to starboard watch till 10.30pm Friday [today is Tuesday].

Number on sick list 4


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13 January 1915

Devonport

Lat 50.37, Long -4.19

8.00am: Marines landed to draw clothing

10.00 am: Returned 1 torpedo to yard

Number on sick list 4


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14 January 1915

Devonport

Lat 50.37, Long -4.19

  Hands drawing stores & as requisite.

Number on sick list 4



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15 January 1915

Devonport

Lat 50.37, Long -4.19

All day: Hands drawing stores & as requisite.

Number on sick list 4


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16 January 1915

Devonport

Lat 50.37, Long -4.19

Noon: General leave to port watch till 10.30pm Tuesday [today is Saturday].

1.30pm: Ship berthed alongside Keyham Wall

Number on sick list 3


[Keyham Wall is that section of the Royal Dockyard separating the Dockyard from the workers’ houses.]


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17 January 1915

Devonport

Lat 50.37, Long -4.19

8.00am: Landed church parties

9.40am: Divisions. Prayers

11.30am: Church parties returned

10.00pm: Lieutenant Johnston left ship for "Hillary"

Number on sick list 4


[HMS Hillary or Hilary, 6500 tons, was built in 1908 by Caledon Shipyards, Dundee, for the Booth Steamship Company. She was requisitioned in 1914 and torpedoed off the Shetland Islands in May 1917 with the loss of 4 crew.]


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18 January 1915

Devonport

Lat 50.37, Long -4.19

8.00am: Hands employed drawing stores & as requisite

  Landed marines to draw clothing

  Hoisted in picket boat & steam pinnace

pm: Hands employed preparing for sea as requisite

  4 domestics joined ship

10.00pm: Sub-lieutenant Hill left ship for HMS Devonshire

Number on sick list 3


[HMS Devonshire, 11,020 ton cruiser, was launched in 1904 at Chatham Royal Dockyard. She is part of the Old Weather fleet and was sold in 1921.]


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19 January 1915

Devonport

Lat 50.37, Long -4.19

8.00 am: Hands employed painting & refitting ship

  Hoisted out picket boat

pm: Discharged ship's steward to Royal Naval Barracks

  Hands employed drawing stores, preparing for sea & as requisite

  1 domestic joined ship

  Ship's steward joined from Royal Naval Barracks

4.30 pm: Lieutenant Pearson joined ship

Number on sick list 4


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20 January 1915

Devonport to Atlantic Ocean

Lat 49.69, Long -6.37

2.00am: Pilot onboard

3.00am: Cast off from Keyham wall. Proceeded as requisite for leaving harbour

3.55am: Stopped. Discharged pilot

5.00am: Eddystone N10W, 4’

11.45am: Sighted Bishop Rock Light ahead.

12.15 pm: Course as requisite for taking station astern of Minotaur

10.00 pm: Hands at night defence stations

Number on sick list 2


[Bishop Rock Lighthouse is in the Isles of Scilly at Lat 49.87, Long -6.45

HMS Minotaur, 14,800 ton cruiser, was launched in 1906 at Devonport Dockyard. She fought in the Battle of Jutland but was sold in 1920. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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21 January 1915

Devonport to Atlantic Ocean

Lat 51.48, Long -10.37

7.00am: Fastnet Light abeam, 17’

am: Training classes to instruction

Number on sick list 6


[Fastnet Lighthouse is on a rock off the coast of County Cork, Ireland, at Lat 51.38, Long -9.6.]


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22 January 1915

Devonport to Atlantic Ocean

Lat 53.33, Long -11.25

4.40pm: Quarters. Read warrants no 53 & 54

Number on sick list 8


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23 January 1915

Devonport to Atlantic & North Sea

Lat 57.80, Long -9.08

11.00am: Course & speed as requisite for range keeping exercise with HMS Minotaur

1.30pm: Course & speed as requisite for range keeping exercise

2.30pm: Resumed station astern of HMS Minotaur

3.30pm: Increased to 15 knots "Cumberland” took station astern

7.00pm: Hands sleeping at General Quarters

8.10pm: Butt of Lewis Light abeam, 4'

10.40pm: Cape Wrath abeam, 4'

Number on sick list 11


[HMS Cumberland, 9800 ton cruiser, was launched in 1902 by the London & Glasgow Co, Govan. She spent much of the war on convoy escort and was sold in 1921. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.

The Butt of Lewis is on the island of Lewis off the coast of Scotland at Lat 58.52, Long -6.27.

Cape Wrath is in Scotland at Lat 58.63, Long -5.03.]


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24 January 1915

Atlantic to North Sea

Lat 57.10, Long 1.67

1.25am: Dunnet Head abeam. 3’

2.10am: Hands sleeping at general quarters, Pentland Skerries abeam, 2’

8.00am: Commenced zig zag course, altering course 20° on each side of S41E every 20 mins

9.00am: Cleared ship for action

9.45am: Divisions. Prayers.

2.30pm: Altered course S6E. Reduced to 17 knots

4.00pm: Steering zig zag course, altering course 20° each side of S6E every 20 mins

6.20pm: Reduced to 15 knots

10.00pm: Hands at night defence stations

Number on sick list 11


[Dunnet Head is at Lat 56.67, Long -3.4 & is the northern point of the British mainland.

The Pentland Skerries are a group of rocks in the Pentland Firth at Lat 58.6, Long -2.9.]


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25 January 1915

North Sea to Cromarty Firth

Lat 59.32, Long 0.50

2.00am: Hands at night defence stations

10.00am: Commenced zig zag course, altering course 20° on each side of S75W

9.30pm: Sighted Tarbat Ness Light S75W

11.10pm: Course & speed as requisite for entering harbour

11.55pm: Came to with starboard bower in no 17 berth, Cromarty Firth.

Number on sick list 10


[Tarbat Ness Lighthouse is in Scotland at Lat 57.87, Long -3.78.

Cromarty Firth is an estuary in Scotland at Lat 57.68, Long -4.12.]


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26 January 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

8.00am: Collier alongside

9.15am: Commenced coaling

9.30 pm: Finished coaling

Number on sick list 15


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27 January 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

pm: Hands employed refitting coaling gear & cleaning ship

3.00pm: Discharged 1 rating to hospital

4.00pm: Sub Lieutenant Cousins left ship for HMS Rattlesnake

Number on sick list 13


[HMS Rattlesnake, 900 ton destroyer, was launched by Harland & Wolff, Govan, in 1910. She took part in the Dardanelles Campaign and was sold in 1921.]


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28 January 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

7.30am: “Cochrane” arrived

10.00am: Hands reeving hand purchase & topping lift for main derrick & as requisite

1.00pm: Landed 4th division & stokers for route march, remainder cleaning ship

Number on sick list 12


[HMS Cochrane, 13,800 ton cruiser, was launched in 1905 at Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Govan. She took part in the Battle of Jutland but stranded in the River Mersey in 1918. The wreck broke up by 1919. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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29 January 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

pm: Landed 1st division & marines for route march. Remainder cleaning ship & as requisite

5.00pm: Quarters. Read warrants no 55, 56 & 57

8.20pm: “Shannon”, “Achilles” & “Cochrane” sailed

Number on sick list 11


[HMS Shannon, 14,800 ton cruiser, was launched at Chatham Dockyard in 1906. She was present at the Battle of Jutland but sold in 1922.

HMS Achilles, 13,800 ton cruiser, was launched by Armstrong Whitworth at Elswick in 1906. She sank the German raider “Leopard” in 1917 then became a training ship in 1918. In 1921 she was sold. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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30 January 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

pm: Discharged 2 ratings to hospital

  Landed 2nd & 3rd divisions for route march

  Hands made & mend clothes

Number on sick list 11


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31 January 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

8.00am: Landed church parties

9.00am: Discharged 1 rating to hospital

10.00am: Held Divine Service

Noon: Church parties returned

6.00 pm: HMS Caroline sailed

Number on sick list 10


[HMS Caroline, 4000 ton cruiser, was launched by Cammell Laird of Birkenhead in 1914. After the war she served as Naval HQ in Belfast and then a training establishment, also in Belfast. She was finally decommissioned 31 March 2011; at the time she was the second-oldest commissioned ship. She is part of the National Historic Fleet and is in the care of the Royal Naval Museum. She is also part of the Old Weather fleet.]



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1915


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1 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

7.15am: “Shannon”, “Achilles” & “Cochrane” arrived

9.25am: Out launch & sailing pinnace by hand

9.40am: In launch & sailing pinnace by hand

10.00am: Inspected all mess tables required for rafts

10.20am: Boats away pulling round fleet

11.30am: Hoisted in steam pinnace for repairs

1.30pm: Hoisted out steam pinnace

  Landed 4th division, stokers & marines for route march

Number on sick list 10


[Obviously keep fit day for the crew.]


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2 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

9.05am: Divisions, Prayers

  Training classes at instruction, remainder refitting & cleaning ship

1.00pm: Hands refitting & cleaning ship, training classes at instruction

  Gunnery Instructors & Acting Seamen Gunners at aiming rifle practice

4.00pm: Twelve absentees joined from Devonport

Number on sick list 11


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3 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

9.30am: Divisions. Prayers. Physical Drill.

1.30pm: Hands refitting & cleaning ship

  Landed 2nd division for route march

Number on sick list 11


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4 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

1.15am: Set anchor watch

am: Training classes at instruction, after turret at divisional drill, 3pdr guns’ crews at divisional drill, remainder as requisite

pm: Hands make & mend clothes

6.00pm: “Centurion” sailed

Number on sick list 11


[HMS Centurion, 25,800 ton battleship, was launched in 1911 at Devonport Dockyard. She was decommissioned in 1924 but remained in use as a target ship then blockade ship during WW2. At the end of the war she was sunk as a part of the Mulberry Harbour installation during the Normandy landings.]


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5 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

9.00am: Ran torpedoes

9.30am: Divisions. Prayers. Physical Drill. Exercised General Quarters

10.15am: Hands as requisite, training classes at instruction

1.30 pm: Landed 1st & 3rd Divisions, marines & stokers for route march

3.00 pm: Divers examining underwater fittings

Number on sick list 11


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6 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

11.00am: Tested life buoys, correct

pm: 20 ratings joined ship

4.00pm: Quarters. Read warrant no 58

Number on sick list 16


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7 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

10.15am: Held Divine Service

8.00pm: Set anchor watch [wind rose to force 6]

Number on sick list 15


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8 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

All day: Training classes at instruction, remainder as requisite

6.00pm: Burnt searchlights

Number on sick list 16


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9 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

am: Landed Marine detachment for drill

  Hands painting ship’s side & as requisite

  Discharged 2 ratings to Hospital Ship "Drina"

pm: Hands painting ship’s side & as requisite, training classes at instruction

Number on sick list 16


[HMHS Drina, 11,483 ton hospital ship, was launched in 1913 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast. She was sunk, probably by a mine, in 1917 when owned by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co; 15 lives were lost.]


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10 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

9.30am: Hands painting ship’s side & as requisite, training classes at instruction

pm: Discharged 1 rating to hospital

  Hands painting ship’s side & as requisite

Number on sick list 15


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11 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

am: Training classes at instruction, remainder as requisite

pm: Discharged 1 rating to “Iron Duke”

  1 rating joined from “Iron Duke”

Number on sick list: 15


[HMS Iron Duke, 25,800 ton battleship, was launched in 1912 at Portsmouth Dockyard. She took part in the Battle of Jutland, was eventually used as a gunnery training ship, re-armed as a harbour defence ship in Scapa Flow during WW2 then finally decommissioned in 1946, and sold for scrap in 1948.]


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12 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

8.30am: Commenced coaling

Noon: Finished coaling

1.00pm: Cleaning ship

Number on sick list 15


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13 February 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.70, Long -4.10

3.00pm: Hands employed cleaning ship & preparing for sea

4.00pm: Quarters. Raised steam in requisite boilers

7.55pm: Weighed

8.05pm Proceeded, took station astern of “Minotaur”.

Number on sick list 14


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14 February 1915

to Scapa Flow

Lat 58.90, Long -3.10

1.50am: Swona Light. abeam, course as requisite for Hoxa Sound

2.35am: Anchored

7.35am: Weighed & proceeded

8.00am: Anchored in Berth No B5. Let fires die out.

10.30am: Held Divine Service

5.00 pm: Captain Harrison RMLI & 1 private RMLI left ship for “Benbow”

Number on sick list 13


[Swona Light is on the island of Swona in the Pentland Firth. The lighthouse is on the South West end of the island at Lat 58.74, Long -3.07.

Hoxa Sound is the southern entrance to Scapa Flow at Lat 58.82, Long -3.06.

HMS Benbow, a battleship of 25,500 tons, was built by William Beardmore & Co, Glasgow. Launched in 1913 she took part in the Battle of Jutland before she was decommissioned in 1929 and sold in 1931.]


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15 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.90, Long -3.10

7.00am: Weighed & proceeded as requisite for carrying out sub-calibre firing & torpedo firing in the Flow

8.00am: Cleared ship for action, exercised General Quarters

8.15am: Commenced firing

10.15am: Finished practices – proceeded to pick up target and anchor

11.00am: Anchored in Berth No B5

1.00 pm: Exercised cutters away under oars & sail

  Hands prepared for coaling

Number on sick list 11


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16 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.90, Long -3.10

8.00am: Collier secured alongside

8.45am: Commenced coaling

11.10am: Finished coaling, received 200 tons

11.30am: Collier cast off

Number on sick list 11


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17 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.90, Long -3.10

7.00am: Set anchor watch

8.30am: Hoisted in target

  Training classes at instruction, remainder cleaning ship

1.00pm: Hands make & mend clothes

  Engineering Lieutenant Commander Hartzell joined ship

Number on sick list 11


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18 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.90, Long -3.10

5.30am: Hoisted out target

6.55am: Weighed & proceeded as requisite for carrying out sub-calibre & day group firing practice in Flow

8.00am: Cleared ship for action

8.30 am: Commenced firing

10.30am: Finished firing. Picked up target & proceeded to anchorage

12.10pm: Storeship “Kolpino” secured alongside.

2.00pm: “Kolpino” cast off.

Number on sick list 12


[RFA Kolpino, 2098 tons, was built in 1906 by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull, for the Wilson Line. She was requisitioned as a Fleet Auxiliary in 1914 and served until 1919. She was purchased & renamed “Rewa” in 1929 & broken up in 1934.]


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19 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.90, Long -3.10

7.15am: “Invincible” arrived

9.20am: Hoisted out launch & sail pinnace by hand

9.40am: Away all boats crews, pull round fleet

1.30pm: Hands preparing ship for coaling.

3.15pm: Hands employed unrigging coaling gear & preparing ship for sea.

4.00pm: Raised steam in requisite boilers

11.40pm: Weighed. Engines as required. Formed single line ahead.

Number on sick list 12


[HMS Invincible, 17,500 ton battlecruiser, was launched in 1907 on the Tyne by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. She took part in the Battles of Heligoland Bight and the Falklands but was sunk at the Battle of Jutland in 1916. She is part of the Old Weather fleet.]


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20 February 1915

At sea

Lat 59.98, Long -3.82

12.30am: Increased to 16 knots. Course as requisite for Hoxa Sound & Western entrance to Pentland Firth

1.00am: Hands at night defence stations

7.00am: Exercised General Quarters. Course as requisite for zigzagging on a patrol from 59o59'N 3o 49'W to 59o46'N 3o34'W

10.00pm: Hands at night defence stations

Number on sick list 12


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21 February 1915

At sea

Lat 59.98, Long -3.82

12.00am: Hands at night defence stations

  Course as requisite for zigzagging on patrol line

7.00am: Stopped. Lowered boarding boat to board Norwegian steamer, proceeded as requisite

7.45am: Stopped, hoisted boat

10.00am: Held Divine Service

10.00pm: Hands at night defence stations

Number on sick list 12


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22 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.90, Long -3.10

4.05am: Sule Skerry abeam 10’. Course as requisite for remaining on rendezvous

6.00am: Course as requisite. for Pentland Firth & Hoxa Sound.

7.10am: Anchored in Berth No B5. Let fires die out

8.00am: Hoisted out both steamboats

8.30am: Collier alongside

9.00am: Commenced coaling

2.40pm: Finished coaling

3.40pm: Collier cast off

Number on sick list 10


[Sule Skerry is 60 km West of the Orkney Mainland at Lat 59.08, Long -4.43. Its lighthouse was the most remote manned light in Great Britain according to the Guinness Book of Records.]


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23 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.90, Long -3.10

1.00am: Set anchor watch

pm: Training classes at instruction, remainder cleaning ship & as requisite

3.00pm: 1 rating joined from "Minotaur"

  Discharged 1 rating to "Minotaur"

Number on sick list 13


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24 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.90, Long -3.10

7.00am: HMS Indefatigable arrived

9.15am: Exercised fire stations

9.30am: Exercised ‘Collision stations’

10.00am: Training classes at instruction, Marines away boat pulling, remainder as requisite

1.00pm: Tested magazine flooding arrangements, correct

pm: Training classes at instruction, remainder as requisite

5.45pm: Burned searchlights

Number on sick list 13


[HMS Indefatigable, 18,800 ton battle cruiser, was built at Devonport & launched in 1909. She was sunk at the Battle of Jutland in 1916; only 3 of her crew of 1017 survived.]


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25 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.90, Long -3.10

9.45am: Hands employed striking fore top gallant mast, main top gallant mast & top mast, and as requisite.

11.30am: Sub Lieutenant Moorshead RN joined ship.

5.30pm: Hands provisioning ship.

Number on sick list 16


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26 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.90, Long -3.10

1.00am: Hands make & mend clothes

Number on sick list 15


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27 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.90, Long -3.10

11.00am: Hospital ship "Arcadia" arrived.

Number on sick list 18


[HMHS Arcadia may refer to “Arcadian”, 7945 tons, and built as “Ortona” in 1899 by Vickers, Sons & Maxim Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness, for the Pacific Steam Navigation Co. She was bought 1906 by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co and renamed. In 1914 she was requisitioned, converted to a headquarters ship and then a troopship but torpedoed in 1917 with the loss of 279 men.]


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28 February 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.90, Long -3.10

9.30am: Hands mustered by Open List

10.30am: Held Divine Service

Number on sick list 16


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[A page recording the Captains of HMS Lancaster, HMS Hampshire, HMS Minotaur and HMS Donegal had received envelope D.B. ____ from the Rear Admiral Commanding 7th Cruiser Squadron. The number was not filled in nor were there any signatures.]

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[Rescan of log page of 28 Feb 1915 covered by translucent paper.]

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[The last 2 pages are the log covers.]