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Armed Merchant Cruiser, mercantile conversion

Pendant Nos. MI.87 (on coming into service), MI.72 (1.18), MI.38 (4.18). Built 1910, 8124grt. Armament: 8-6in, 2-3pdr. In service 20.12.15-24.7.19. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. (British Warships 1914-1919)

British Isles Bases - Selected Charts

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Shipbuilding British Isles

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

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

Notes:

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

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

THE VOYAGES OF HMS GLOUCESTERSHIRE 1916-1919
(More detailed plots follow in the text)

JP map overview

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

THE VOYAGES OF HMS GLOUCESTERSHIRE 1916

JP map Gloucestershire 1916

LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1916


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8 February 1916


At West Brocklebank Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

8.00am: Draft of 1 officer and 186 men arrived on board.*

9.00am: Ship commissioned.

8.00pm: Strong N winds and frequent heavy showers of rain and hail.

10.00pm: Shore labourers employed taking aboard empty barrels.


*[Note: Gloucestershire’s Commander was Norman L Stanley, Commander of HMS Oropesa 1914-1915; Captain 1919, retired 1923.]


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9 February 1916

At West Brocklebank Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

1.00am: Strong N winds and frequent heavy showers of snow and hail.

2.00am: Shore labourers continue to take aboard empty barrels.

Noon: Strong to fresh N winds; cloudy and overcast.

1.30pm: Crew employed taking in stores and at various duties.

4.00pm: Fresh N winds and clear weather.


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10 February 1916

At West Brocklebank Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

[Wind N and NE force 3-4; broken cloud]

1.00am: Fresh to moderate winds and fine weather.

2.00am: Shore gangs continue loading barrels and ballast.

7.30am: Crew employed preparing ship for coaling, embarking stores etc.

8.30am: Commenced coaling.

Noon: Moderate wind and fine weather.

1.30pm: Crew employed taking in gunner's and boatswain's stores.

4.00pm: Moderate to light winds, overcast and cloudy.


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11 February 1916

At West Brocklebank Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

[Wind NE force 1-3; overcast with rain]

7.45am: Dockyard party landed for ammunition.

9.00am: Hands employed stowing ammunition and taking in stores.

10.00am: Shore labour coaling and ballasting ship.

Noon: Moderate winds, cloudy and showery.

8.00pm: Port Watch stowing ammunition; shore labour coaling ship.


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12 February 1916

At West Brocklebank Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

[Wind NE force 1-3; broken cloud]

1.00am: Fresh to moderate winds and fine weather.

2.00am: Shore gangs continue loading barrels and ballast.

8.30am: Commenced coaling.

Noon: Moderate wind and fine weather.

Midnight: Moderate winds; overcast and rainy.


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13 February 1916

At West Brocklebank Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

[Wind NE then SW force 1-3; cloud with rain]

8.30am: Shore labour taking in ballast.

10.30am: Church parties landed.

Noon: Moderate winds, cloudy and fine.

Midnight: Recommenced coaling.

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14 February 1916

At West Brocklebank Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

[Wind variable W force 3-6; cloud with rain; air temperature average 40°F]

1.00am: Light winds and cloudy weather.

3.00am: Coaling with shore labour.

Noon: Fresh to moderate winds and squally weather.

6.45pm: 20 ratings joined ship.


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15 February 1916


At West Brocklebank Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

[Wind variable W force 3-8; cloud with rain squalls; air temperature average 42°F]

1.00am: Fresh winds, cloudy and overcast.

9.00am: Shore labour taking in coal and ballast as it comes alongside.

Noon: Strong winds squally weather.

1.00pm: Exercised gun crews, magazines and shell room parties at station.

2.40pm: Exercised abandon ship stations.

6.00pm: Exercised darkening ship.

8.00pm: Wind increased to gale with heavy rain and hail squalls.


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16 February 1916


At West Brocklebank Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

[Wind variable W force 8-10; cloud with heavy rain squalls; air temperature average 45°F]

1.00am: Continuous strong gale with fierce squalls of rain and hail.

4.00am: All coaling and ballasting stopped on account of weather.

9.25am: 1 Leading Seaman and 1 AB joined ship.

Noon: Hard gale with fierce squalls.

2.00pm: 1 leading seaman, 1 seaman RNR and 1 marine left for RN Hospital Chatham.

Midnight: Fresh gale, cloudy, overcast.

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17 February 1916

At West Brocklebank Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

[Wind NW force 6-2; cloudy; air temperature average 44°F]

1.00am: Fresh gale and squally weather.

11.30am: 1 marine private joined ship.

Noon: Strong wind, overcast and raining.

1.00pm: Finished coaling.

Midnight: Moderate wind and fine weather.


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18 February 1916

At West Brocklebank Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

[Wind variable W force 2; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 47°F]

4.00am: Moderate wind, overcast, with rain.

Noon: Moderate wind, overcast with rain.

Midnight: Moderate wind, overcast with rain.


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19 February 1916

At West Brocklebank Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

[Wind variable W force 2 and calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 44°F]

1.00am: Fresh to moderate wind and overcast with rain.

7.50am: Deserter joined ship from Queenstown.

10.00am: Discharged 1 marine and one AB to hospital.

11.30am: 1 marine joined ship.

Noon: Light wind, overcast and cloudy.

4.00pm: 1 AB RNVR joined ship.

Midnight: Calm, mist and fog.


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20 February 1916

At West Brocklebank Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

[Wind variable SE and calm; broken cloud and mist; air temperature average 41°F]

1.00am: Calm, fine hazy weather.

10.00am: Church parties.

Noon: Light winds, fine hazy weather.

6.00pm: Finished ballasting.

Midnight: Calm, misty weather.


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21 February 1916

At West Brocklebank Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

[Wind calm, N later; broken cloud and fog; air temperature average 40°F]

1.00am: Calm, cloudy and fine slight fog.

7.00am: Hands fell in for medical inspection.

7.35am: Hands variously employed preparing ship for sea.

Noon: Calm, cloudy, fine.

2.00pm: Telegraphs, steering gear and steam whistle tested and found in good order.


6.30pm: Took aboard 40 life rafts.

Midnight: Tugs alongside to assist ship out of dock; Light winds and fine weather.


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22 February 1916

At Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

[Wind N veering NE force 2-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 38°F]

0.15am: Made tugs fast fore and aft; cast off from quay and proceeded to anchorage in river. Engines and helm used to pilot's orders.

0.35am: Clear of docks.

0.45am: Brought up with port anchor and 60 fathoms of cable in 13 fathoms of water.

7.30am: Hove up anchor and swung ship in river while adjusting compasses.

9.30am: Proceeded to sea for gun trials.

10.52am: Passed Formby Light Vessel.

11.17am: Passed Bar Light Vessel; proceeded on various courses at full speed.

Noon: Fresh wind and moderate sea; fine weather.

12.10pm: Commenced gun trials.

1.00pm: Completed trials; found that electric wiring seriously affected compasses; returned to river anchorage to remedy defects.

3.37pm: Brought up with port anchor and 60 fathoms of cable in 12.5 fathoms of water.

Midnight: Moderate wind and fine weather.

Anchor bearings: New Brighton Tower: N66°W, N. Wall Lighthouse: N5°W.


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23 February 1916

At Liverpool and en route to patrol ground.*

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

[Wind N veering NE force 2-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 38°F]

8.30am: Hove short.

9.22am: Hove up anchor and proceeded to sea using engines and helm to pilot’s orders.

9.38am: Full speed.

11.00am: Stopped to disembark pilot off Bar Light Vessel.

11.10am: Proceeded on course at full speed; courses variable with zig-zags.

5.00pm: Chickens Light abeam 6 miles.

9.40pm: Black Head Light abeam 7.5 miles.

Midnight: Fresh wind, cloudy and fine.


*[Note: The Commander of the 10th Cruiser Squadron, Admiral Dudley de Chair, had allocated Gloucestershire to “C” Patrol, S of the Faroe Islands.]


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24 February 1916

At sea en route to patrol ground.

Lat 56.5, Long -9.1

[Wind NE force 2-5; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 40°F]

1.00am: Steering various zig-zag courses.

9.30pm: In position Lat 57°58'N, Long 11°20'W boarded Danish trawler laden with fish on passage from Iceland to Fleetwood; ordered to proceed.

Midnight: fine weather.


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25 February 1916


At sea en route to patrol ground.

Lat 58.5, Long -10.9

[Wind NE force 2-5; sea slight; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 43°F]

1.00am: Fresh to moderate winds, passing showers; exercised gun crews hourly.

11.30am: Boarded Danish trawler on passage from Iceland to Fleetwood; ordered to proceed in Lat 58°30’ N, Long 10°44’ W.

Noon: Moderate winds, fine weather; wells and bilges dry.

2.00pm: Stopped and boarded British SS Vitruvia,* loaded with oil on Admiralty charter in position Lat 58°26’ N, Long 11°17’ W.

Midnight: Moderate wind and fine weather.

Distance run 302 miles.


*[Note: A hyperlink to vessels will be created the first time a vessel appears in the log, but not for the second and subsequent times. Sometimes there may be no hyperlink when it has proved impossible to correctly identify or trace a vessel.]


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26 February 1916

At patrol.

Lat 58.7, Long -10.9

[Wind NE veering S force 2-4; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 43°F]

10.45am: Sighted HMS Ebro and altered course to close her.

1.00pm: Boat away to HMS Ebro.

1.45pm: Altered course in chase.

3.00pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Conrad Mohr on passage from New York to Bergen with a cargo of petrol cans; sent to Kirkwall with armed guard in position Lat 58°34’N, Long 11°15’W.*

3.45pm: Proceeded on course.


*[Note: It was also reported to the Admiralty that “3 of the crew were of doubtful nationality” and that the ship was carrying naptha as well as petroleum. It was allowed to proceed from Kirkwall. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 379.]


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27 February 1916

At patrol.

Lat 58.4, Long -9.5

[Wind SE backing E force 2-5; sea slight to moderate; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 41°F]

10.00am: Altered course in chase.

11.0am: Boarded Danish Barquentine HC Christensen on passage from Gothenburg to Pamboef [? possibly Pembroke] with a cargo of timber; allowed to proceed.

9.00pm: Reduced speed to 11 knots; 30° zigzag.

Midnight: Moderate wind and fine weather; increased speed to 13.5 knots.

Distance run 320 miles.


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28 February 1916

At patrol.

Lat 58.7, Long -8.8

[Wind SE backing NE force 3-6; sea slight to moderate; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 44°F]

[Base courses S86-87°E and W]

[Routine of exercising gun crews and base course changes W-E]

Distance run 319 miles.

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29 February 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.2, Long -7.5

[Wind NE and E force 4-5; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 44°F]

[Base courses S86-87°E and W]

1.00am: Steering 30° zigzag courses.

6.00am: Cast lead; 82 fathoms.

7.00am: Altered course in chase of steamer.

7.40am: Challenged steamer and received reply; proceeded on course.

9.20am: Divisions and battle practice.

10.00am: Received signal to proceed NE on patrol; altered course and speed accordingly; signalled Norwegian ship Audun with armed guard aboard.*

Noon: Fresh wind and fine cloudy weather.

2.30pm: Altered course to W to return to patrol.

3.15pm: Altered course in chase.

3.40pm: Resumed course having sighted HMS Ebro.

5.10pm: Altered course in chase.

6.00pm: Resumed course having sighted HMS Mantua.

Midnight: Moderate wind and fine weather.

Distance run 309 miles.


*[Note: This Norwegian barque was on passage from Caleta Buena to Aalborg; it had been intercepted on 26th February by HMS Patuca and sent to Lerwick with an armed guard. Also see below the log for 9th April 1917.]



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LOGS FOR MARCH 1916


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1 March 1916


At patrol.

Lat 58.7, Long -9.0

[Wind NE force 5; sea moderate to rough; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 40°F]

[Base courses S72 and S87°E and W]

1.00am: Steering 45° zigzag courses.

[Routine of exercising gun crews and base course changes W-E]

Distance run 324 miles.


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2 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 57.3, Long -13.2

[Wind NE force 6-7; sea rough; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 40°F]

[Base courses S87°E and N88°W]

1.00am: Steering 30° and 45° zigzag courses.

[Routine of exercising gun crews and base course changes W-E]

Noon: Moderate gale.

Midnight: High sea, strong winds and swell.

Distance run 304 miles.


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3 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 57.4, Long -12.0

[Wind NNE force 3-5; sea rough; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 38°F]

1.00am: Steering 30° and 45° zigzag courses.

7.00am: Altered course to rendezvous with HMS Orotava

[Routine of exercising gun crews]

Noon: Moderate winds; clear and squally.

2.30pm: Rendezvous with HMS Orotava in position Lat 57°28’N, Long 12°00’W [ie to the E of Rockall]

3.05pm: Boat returned; proceeded on course.

5.00pm: Altered course to N4°W; heavy W swell.

11.00pm: Boarded American SS Pioneer on passage from Malmo to New York in position Lat 58°33’N, Long 13° 15’W; attended her waiting for instructions.*


*[Note: This tanker was formerly the German ship Kiow which had been purchased at the start of the war by the Standard Oil Company. There was mutual suspicion between the British authorities and the crew of this ship and its owners. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, pages 90-91 and 541.]


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4 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.2, Long -14.2

[Wind variable NNE to SSW force 3; sea smooth; cloudy; air temperature average 36°F]

1.20am: Allowed SS Pioneer to proceed; proceeded on course N45°E with 22° zigzag.

7.00am: Altered course to W.

9.00am: Received orders to join in chase of a vessel chased by HMS Orotava; full speed.

10.40am: Boarded Norwegian SS Nordkyn on passage from Baltimore to Copenhagen with grain. Ordered her to Kirkwall with armed guard in position Lat 59°18’N, Long 13°50' W.*

1.00pm: Proceeding in chase at full speed.

8.00pm: Abandoned chase; reduced speed and altered course to E.

10.00pm: Altered course in chase.

11.00pm: Full speed.

Distance run 311 miles.


*[Note: In June 1915 this vessel had been intercepted and its documentation questioned. It was suspected that its grain shipments were going through Denmark into Germany. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 173.]


[NB: On this day, command of the 10th Cruiser squadron passed from Admiral de Chair to Admiral Reginald Tupper.]


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5 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.4, Long -13.8

[Wind SSW veering NW force 3-4; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 43°F]

[Base courses S84°E, N88°W]

1.00am: Steering various courses in chase; boarded Norwegian SS Sandefjord on passage from New York to Rotterdam with grain. Sent her to Lerwick with armed guard.

2.00am: Resumed course S84°E.

6.35pm: Altered course in chase; various courses and speeds.

8.46pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Calito [or Caputo? or possibly Corinto] on passage from Baltimore to Christiansund with a cargo of grain. Sent to Lerwick with armed guard in position Lat 58°49’N, Long 15°21' W.

Distance run 320 miles.


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6 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.3, Long -14.5

[Wind NNW force 3; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 46°F]

[Base courses N88°E, N87°W [sic]]

6.30am: Rendezvoused with HMS Victorian in Lat 59°40'N, Long 12°54’W; received armed guard.

[Routine of exercising gun crews and base course changes]

4.10pm: Altered course in chase.

5.00pm: Boarded Swedish SS Ludvig Peyron on passage from Baltimore to Stockholm with a cargo of grain. Sent to Lerwick with armed guard in Lat 58°52'N, Long 15°42' W.

8.45pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Fram. Sent her to Kirkwall with armed guard in Lat 58°47'N, Long 16°2'W.

Distance run 317 miles.


[NB there are two scans for 6th and 7th March 1916 as the original logs had spoiled pages.]


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7 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.3, Long -14.2

[Wind variable NE and SE force 3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 46°F]

[Base courses S82°E, N85°W]

1.00am: Steering zigzag courses every 10-15 minutes.

6.00am: Exercised gun crews each hour.

6.55am: Various courses in chase of steamer.

9.20am: Fired 2 rounds of 6" blank.

9.45am: Exercised action.

10.10am: Fired 1 round blank; Stopped and boarded British SS San Valerio on passage from Middlesborough to Galveston with creosote; ordered to proceed in Lat 59°13’N, Long 14°11’W.

Distance run 319 miles.


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8 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.5, Long -13.8

[Wind NE and NNE force 3-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 44°F]

[Base courses S80-85°E, N87°W]

1.00am: Steering zigzag courses every 10-15 minutes.

6.00am: Exercised guns’ crews each hour.

7.10am: Boarded Norwegian SS Are on passage from Fleetwood to Iceland with general cargo. Allowed to proceed in Lat 59°36’N, Long 12°.47’W.

8.30am: Altered course to intercept sailing vessel.

10.10am Signalled American 4m barque Dirigo bound for Kirkwall with armed guard on board.

Distance run 322 miles.


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9 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 60.9, Long -7.1

[Wind NNE force 3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 41°F]

7.00am: Steered various courses to intercept fishing smacks.

8.00am: Boarded Danish trawler Sunbeam TG 358 in Lat 61°8’N, Long 8°20’W.

2.30pm: Boarded British Steam Trawler St Bernard GY 1280 on passage from fishing grounds to Grimsby in Lat 60°59'N, Long 6°27'W; proceeded on course.

Distance run 232 miles.


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10 March 1916


At Busta Voe/Swarbacks Minn.*

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind mainly ENE force 3-0; sea slight; broken cloud with squalls; air temperature average 38°F]

3.40am: Sighted Esha Ness Light bearing 105°.

6.40am: Passed Muckle Roe Light.

6.50am: Piloted through gateway in boom by trawler.

7.14am: Brought up with port anchor and 45 fathoms cable in 14 fathoms water.

7.40am: Colliers Sir Francis and Charleston alongside.

9.22am: Commenced coaling.

10.30am: 1 Sub Lt. and armed guard came aboard from HMS Gibraltar**

1.00pm: 1 signalman ashore for signalling duty.

5.00pm: 1 Sub Lt. and 2 men came on board.

6.00pm: Gibraltar men ceased work.

7.30pm: 2 Sub Lts. with armed guards returned to ship.

9.00pm: Trimmers at work below during the night.

Distance run 248 miles.


*[Note: throughout the spring and summer of 1915 Admiral de Chair had been looking for a base nearer to the patrol grounds. Liverpool was felt to be vulnerable to submarine attack, and the high fuel consumption of the AMCs was also a concern. West Loch Roag in the west of Scotland was considered, but was rejected on grounds of security and water supply. Busta Voe, adjoining Swarbacks Minn in the western part of the Shetlands, had been a supporting coaling base since the beginning of the war, and was built up during 1915. It had good anchorage for 9 ships, good security, including anti-submarine nets, and a good water supply. Ships could supplement their coal stocks with about 1000 tons per visit.]


**[Note: HMS Gibraltar was an obsolete cruiser permanently stationed at Busta Voe to support coaling and supply operations of the Squadron. See hyperlink for details.]


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11 March 1916

At Busta Voe/Swarbacks Minn.*

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 38°F]

6.30am: Resumed coaling.

8.00am: Gibraltar men came aboard.

2.30pm: 1 Sub Lt. with armed guard came on board.

6.00pm: Finished coaling; colliers hauled off; received 1273 tons.


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12 March 1916

At Busta Voe/Swarbacks Minn.*

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 35°F]

1.30pm: Trawler alongside for liberty men.


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13 March 1916

At Busta Voe/Swarbacks Minn.*

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind calm; cloudy; air temperature average 33°F]

5.05am: HMS Changuinola arrived.

1.15pm: 1 1st class boy rating transferred to HMS Gibraltar sick.

6.00pm: Hove short; steering gear telegraphs etc in order.

6.10pm: Up anchor and proceeded to sea; draft: forward 23’3”, aft 22’10”.

6.48pm: Muckle Roe Light abeam.

7.46pm: Passed Esha Ness Light.

11.45pm: Course N71°W, zigzagging.


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14 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.1, Long -6.8

[Wind NE and E force 3-5; sea slight to moderate; overcast and cloudy; air temperature average 38°F]

[Base courses S63°W and N71°W]

6.30am: Observed Sydro Island [Suduroy, Faroes].

7.30am: Altered course to intercept trawler.

8.10am: Stopped and boarded British trawler War-wing [GY 857] on passage to fishing grounds. Allowed to proceed in Lat 61°12’N, Long 5°50’W.

9.16am: Proceeded on course; steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 30°.

3.25pm: Boarded Danish trawler TG360. Ordered to proceed in Lat 61°05’N, Long 8°13’W.

4.00pm: Proceeded on course S63°W.

8.10pm: Boarded British Trawler GY124* on passage from Grimsby to Iceland. Ordered to proceed Lat 60°42’N, Long 9°34’W.

8.40pm: Proceeded on course.

Distance run 239 miles.


*[Note: This may be an inaccurate sighting, as GY124 does not appear to be in service at this time. It is more likely that it was GY1124 King Canute. See Fishery Port Registration Numbers.]


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15 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 58.9, Long -13.2

[Wind ENE force 3-5; sea slight to moderate; overcast and cloudy; air temperature average 44°F]

[Base courses S63°W and N71°W]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 30°.

4.20am: Boarded Norwegian sailing ship Hebe on passage from Christiania [Oslo] to Halifax in ballast. Ordered to proceed in Lat 59°40’N, Long 11°38’W.*

1.30am: Rendezvoused with HMS Orotava.

3.30pm: Spoke with HMS Victorian.

4.20pm: Altered course to S87°W.

11.30pm: Altered course to intercept steamer.

11.40pm: Signalled SS Divena [sic: more likely Diana**] with flag of the day. Allowed her to proceed in Lat 58°26’N, Long 15°4’W.

Midinight: Proceeded on course.

Distance run 320 miles.


*[Note: In September 1915 this ship and its cargo of diesel oil had been impounded by the Admiralty and the ship towed to Fleetwood. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 273.]


**[Note: This hyperlink should be treated with caution as there were a number of ships with the same name in service in 1916.]


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16 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 58.4, Long -14.9

[Wind ENE force 5-6; sea moderate to rough; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 44°F]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 30°.

5.30am: Course S64°W.

6.30am: Altered course to rendezvous with HMS Patuca.

!0.00am: 1 x 6" QF hand extractor lost overboard by accident.

1.30pm: Course N77°W.

5.12pm: Sighted black object on port beam steered various courses various speeds.

5.30pm: Object (buoy) sunk by rifle fire; continured course and speed.

6.00pm: Course S82°E.

Distance run 318 miles.


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17 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 58.4, Long -14.6

[Wind ENE force 3-5; sea moderate; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 45°F]

[Base courses S83°W and N87°W]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 30°.

9.45am: Stopped to put target overboard.

9.50am: Proceeded on various courses while carrying out 1" aiming practice.

11.07am: Picked up target and proceeded.

1.20pm: Altered course in chase of steamer.

2.00pm: Boarded SS Cairnross on passage from Portland (Maine) for Leith in Lat 58°21'N, Long 15°19'W; ordered to proceed.

4.27pm: Altered course to intercept steamer.

5.00pm: Stopped and spoke with Admiralty oiler Lucigen. HMS Orcoma came up and gave orders to Gloucestershire to proceed on course.

6.30pm: Altered course to intercept steamer.

7.20pm: Boarded SS Cairndhu on passage from Portland (Maine) for Leith in Lat 58°02'N, Long 15°45'W; ordered to proceed. Altered course in chase of sailing ship.

9.00pm: Boarded Norwegian barque Lapwing on passage from Savannah to Denmark in Lat 57°56'N, Long 13°36'W. Sent to Lerwick with armed guard.

Midnight: Course S59°W.

Distance run 311 miles.


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18 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 57.4, Long -15.6

[Wind variable NE force 3-5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 45°F]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 30°.

2.30am: Signalled to Norwegian barque Lapwing.

5.35am: Sighted steamer without lights; altered course and challenged.

6.15am: Boarded British SS Theseus on passage from Barry to Alexandrovsk with general cargo*; allowed to proceed.

7.50am: Proceeded on course S81°W.

8.25am: Challenged HMS Patuca.

4.30pm: Altered course to intercept SS.

5.30pm: Boarded Norwegian SS John Blumer on passage from Baltimore to Bergen with grain. Sent to Kirkwall with armed guard in Lat 57°10’N, Long 17°14’W.

Distance run 307 miles.


*[Note: In fact, this ship was carrying munitions to Russia. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 398.]


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19 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 57.7, Long -16.0

[Wind N veering ENE force 5-7; sea moderate becoming rough; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 44°F]

[Base courses S74°W and N78°E]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 30°.

2.35pm: Altered course to intercept steamer.

3.50pm: Boarded Norwegian SS [most likely] Matti on passage from Baltimore to Bergen with grain. Sent to Kirkwall with armed guard in Lat 57°29'N, Long 16°47'W.

7.00pm: Wind increased to gale with heavy sea. Guns secured and hatches closed.

Distance run 311 miles.


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20 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 57.7, Long -16.0

[Wind E force 7; sea rough; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 46°F]

[Base courses S74°W and N78°E]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 30°.

4.10am: Altered course to intercept SS.

5.20am: Spoke with Swedish SS Indianic on passage from Goteberg to Boston with general cargo. Kept in company with her till daylight.

7.30am: Boarded SS Indianic. She had green clearance and was allowed to proceed in Lat 57°48'N, Long 15°36'W.

[Routine of drills and training]

Midnight: Fresh gale and heavy sea.

Distance run 290 miles.


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21 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 57.4, Long -16.8

[Wind E force 7; sea rough; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 46°F]

[Base courses W and E]

Noon and pm: Fresh gale and heavy sea.

[Routine of drills and training]

Number on sick list: 3

Coal remaining 1656 tons.

Distance run 291 miles.

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22 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 57.8, Long -14.8

[Wind ENE backing NNE force 6-7; sea rough; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 44°F]

[Base courses N87°W and S84°E]

1.00am: Steering straight course.

6.00am: Altered course to secure ammunition. 4 x QF 6" rear chocks washed overboard. Steering ZZ courses in W course.

Pm: Classes to rifle and pistol drill

7.15pm: Altered course to intercept sailing vessel.

8.00pm: Boarded Danish schooner Activ on passage from Valencia to Copenhagen with oil-cake. Sent to Lerwick or Stornoway with armed guard.*

Distance run 246 miles.


*[Note: Steamships were normally sent to Lerwick and sailing vessels to Stornoway. The extreme weather conditions may have played a part in this uncertain decision.]


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23 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 57.9, Long -14.7

[Wind N force 5; sea rough to moderate; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 41°F]

[Base courses N87°W and S82°E]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 20°.

7.30am: Altered course to rendezvous with HMS Virginian.

7.53am Signal [to rendezvous] annulled; altered course to N87°W.

9.50am: Classes to rifle, pistol, and squad drill.

12.15pm: Altered course to intercept steamer.

1.31pm: In Lat 57°33’N, Long 15°30'W boarded Norwegian SS Nordnaes [also called Nordnes] on passage from New York to Bergen with a cargo of petroleum. Sent to Kirkwall with armed guard; option Stornoway as vessel is short of coal.

Distance run 305 miles.


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24 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 57.7, Long -13.9

[Wind variable N force 3; sea moderate with NE swell; cloudy with rain and hail showers; air temperature average 41°F]

[Base courses N85°W and S84°E]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 20°.

9.50am: Altered course to intercept steamer.

11.20am: Boarded Swedish SS Stockholm on passage from New York to Goteberg with general cargo and passengers. Sent to Kirkwall with armed guard in Lat 57°44'N, Long 13°54'W.*

12.15pm: Boat returned; proceeded on course N31°W.

Distance run 309 miles.


*[Note: The Admiralty had sent out an order to intercept this large ship, which indicated that it was carrying copper and nickel, and that there were Germans among the passengers. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 403.]


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25 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 58.4, Long -13.0

[Wind variable N force 8-9; sea very rough; cloudy with heavy squalls; air temperature average 34°F]

[Base courses N45°E and S85°E]

1.00am: Wind rapidly increasing to gale with rising sea and sharp squalls.

6.30am: Slowed engines to secure gun platform.

7.45am: Altered course to N60°E and left patrol for Swarbacks Minn.

10.00am: Strong gale with very dangerous heavy short sea. Using engines as required to keep head onto sea.

1.00pm: Blowing hard gale with heavy short dangerous sea, and fierce squalls of wind hail and snow. Engines used as required to keep head on to sea. Ship rolling pitching and straining heavily, and shipping large quantities of water fore and aft.

10.00pm: Weather improving.

Midnight: Strong gale with very dangerous heavy short sea.

Distance run 250 miles.


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26 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.8, Long -10.1

[Wind NNE and NE force 8; sea very rough; overcast with heavy snow squalls; air temperature average 39°F]

[Base courses NE]

1.00am: Fresh gale with heavy sea and squalls of wind and snow.

4.25am: Altered course to intercept steamer.

5.30am: Boarded Swedish SS Vollrath Tham on passage from Narvik to Philadelphia with iron ore. Allowed to proceed; proceeded on course N69°E.

1.00pm: Steering ZZ courses 25° - 10 mins. Ship pitching and straining heavily.

2.00pm: Fresh gale with heavy sea and squalls of wind and snow.

11.00pm: Altered course to intercept steamer.

Midnight: In Lat 60°33'N, Long 8°20’W examined British trawler Nuttalia GY1095 hove to.

Number on sick list: 7.

Distance run 140 miles.


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27 March 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.1, Long -5.8

[Wind NNE and NE force 6-8; sea very rough; overcast with heavy snow squalls; air temperature average 35°F]

1.00am: Course N64°E towards Swarbacks Minn.

6.30am: Altered course to S66°E.

10.00am: Fresh gale and heavy beam sea with hard squalls of wind and snow. Ship rolling and straining very heavily and engines racing.

2.00pm: Fresh gale and heavy dangerous beam sea; squalls of wind and hail.

3.50pm: Heavy sea ripped cover off part of No.1 hatch. Slowed engines to secure.

7.00pm: Ship rolling and straining very heavily. Engines racing.

8.00pm: Altered course to S27°E.

Distance run 186 miles.


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28 March 1916

At patrol and at Swarbacks Minn.

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind NNE and NE force 6-8; sea very rough; overcast with heavy snow squalls; air temperature average 35°F]

0.30am: Sighted Esha Ness Light bearing S55°E.

1.00am: Altered course to N20°E; waiting for daylight.

2.00am: Proceeded on course.

3.30am: Esha Ness Light abeam 3 miles.

4.30am: Muckle Roe Light abeam.

4.45am: Passed through boom gateway.

5.20am: Let go port anchor and 60 fathoms cable in heavy snow squall.

5.50am: Hove up anchor and shifted berth.

6.40am: Shifted berth; draft: forward 20’6”, aft 22’0”

9.00am: Collier Cundall, while trying to come alongside drifted into stern of ship damaging herself on port side. No apparent damage to stern.

10.00am: Order to collier countermanded.

1.00pm: Fresh gale and very heavy snow squalls.

2.00pm: 1 Sub Lt. with armed guard rejoined ship. 1 Leading Seaman joined.

Distance run 163 miles.


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29 March 1916


At Swarbacks Minn.

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind NE backing SW force 3-5; overcast with rain squalls; air temperature average 38°F]

6.40am: Collier Burnhope came alongside.

7.30am: Collier Cundall came alongside.

7.50am: 1 armed guard returned.

8.40am: Commenced coaling.

2.55pm: 1 armed guard returned. 1 1st class boy joined ship.

6.37pm: Sunset.

7.00pm: Ceased coaling; wind increasing.


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30 March 1916

At Swarbacks Minn.

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind SSW veering W force 2-3; overcast with rain; air temperature average 40°F]

6.30am: Resumed coaling.

11.15am: Finished coaling; 1066 tons received.

11.45am: Hove up anchor and proceeded to new berth.

12.06pm: Let go port anchor and 60 fathoms of cable.

2.20pm: Found ship dragging anchor. Hove up and proceeded to fresh berth.

2.32pm: Let go port anchor and 60 fathoms of cable. Anchor bearings: ship’s head N80°W, Wart of Busta 296°, Post Office 24°.


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31 March 1916

At Swarbacks Minn.

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind SW force 1-2; overcast with rain; air temperature average 43°F]

5.15am: HMS Hildebrand arrived.

1.30pm: 1 officer and 5 ratings for Artois joned ship.*

3.30pm: Tested telegraphs, steering gear, steam whistle; correct.

9.15pm: Weighed anchor and proceeded to sea.

9.30pm: Passed Horden Ness Light.

10.45pm: Esha Ness Light abeam 3.5 miles.


*[Note: Artois was one of the two AMC’s handed over to French crews. In November 1915 HMS Digby became Artois and HMS Oropesa became Champagne. The main reason for this was that as the blockade was creating tension with the USA; the Admiralty felt that it would be a good thing if two of the AMC’s became French so that it would be clear to the Americans that the blockade was an allied and not just a British affair. The exercise was not a success at first and the French crews clearly were unhappy with the posting and the type of seamanship required in these latitudes. Champagne mainly worked between France and the White Sea. Admiral Oliver noted that “the Champagne nominally belongs to the Squadron but is never available for patrols as the French use her for taking staff officers etc. to Alexandrovsk…” See the discussion in Sir Dudley de Chair, The Sea is Strong, Harrap & Co, 1961, pages 203-204 and negative comments form Admiral Tupper in John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, pages 397 and 415. See also references in E. Keble Chatterton, The Big Blockade, Hurst and Blackett, 1932, page 214]


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Extracts from engine-room registers

March 1916


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LOGS FOR APRIL 1916


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1 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.1, Long -6.5

[Wind variable SW force 5-6; sea moderate to rough; overcast with rain; air temperature average 44°F]

[Base courses N65-72°W and S65°W]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 30°.

12.30pm: Sounded in 72 fathoms; Sydero [Suduroy] Bank.

5.00pm: Sounded in 62 fathoms; Faroe Bank.

7.10pm: Altered course to intercept trawler.

7.30pm: Boarded British trawler Leonato [H41] on passage from Hull to Iceland. Green clearance; allowed to proceed in Lat 60°40’N, Long 8°32’W.

9.00pm: Strong wind and high sea.

Distance run 190 miles.


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2 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.8, Long -13.2

[Wind variable SW force 6-7; sea rough; overcast with rain; air temperature average 47°F]

3.00am: Ext[inguished?] navigation lights. Steering ZZ courses N72°W.

9.20am: Steering straight courses.

1.00pm: Increased to 72 revs and resumed ZZ.

1.40pm: Altered course to intercept sailing ship.

2.30pm: Boarded Danish schooner Alf on passage from Ivizia* to Iceland with salt; allowed to proceed in Lat 59°46’N, Long 13°54'W.

11.10pm: Altered course to S84°E; medium gale and high sea.

Distance run 276 miles.


*[It is possible that this ship was on passage from Ibiza, which does produce salt. Opposite the island is Torrevieja (Spain) which was a major exporter of sea salt, and in the 19th and possibly early 20th century much of this trade was handled by Swedish, and possibly Danish, ships. See Torrevieja (Wikipedia).]


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3 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 58.5, Long -14.0

[Wind variable SW force 6-7; sea rough; overcast with rain squalls; air temperature average 45°F]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 30°.

2.00am: Course S21°W.

5.00am: Strong winds and gale conditions throughout.

7.00am: 1 lifesaving belt lost overboard.

10.00am: Sighted Artois accompanied by Swedish steamer.

10.50am: Sent boat away with armed guard for Artois in Lat 58°32’N, Long 13°52’W.

11.45am: Sighted HMS Orcoma; altered course to close.

12.30pm: Stopped to transfer armed guard to Orcoma; course N39°W, ZZ 30°.

3.00pm: Straight course.

8.00pm: Moderate gale and heavy short sea; ship straining heavily and taking in large quantities of water fore and aft; engines used as required to assist steering.

11.30pm: Port access ladder with fitting completely washed away; platform remaining.

Distance run 214 miles.


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4 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.3, Long -14.7

[Wind NW veering NNE force 7-3; sea very rough to rough; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 42°F]

1.00am: Moderate gale and heavy short sea; ship straining heavily and taking in large quantities of water fore and aft.

2.15am: Altered course to investigate a reported light.

2.45am: Resumed course N45°W.

1.00pm: Steering straight course N76°W.

2.00pm: Wind and sea moderating.

7.00pm: Course S85°E.

Distance run 189 miles.


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5 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.5, Long -14.7

[Wind variable N to W force 3-5; sea moderate; cloudy with rain squalls, fog later; air temperature average 45°F]

[Base courses N86°W, S80°E]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 45°.

9.51am: Dropped target overboard to carry out 1" aiming practice.

11.18am: Finished target practice.

12.15pm: Sighted HMS Otway steering NW.

5.00pm: Strong wind and high sea with mist and fog.

10.00pm: Wind and sea moderating; weather clearing.

Distance run 280 miles.


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6 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 58.9, Long -14.7

[Wind variable SW and W force 3-4; sea moderate with a W swell; cloudy with rain showers; air temperature average 45°F]

[Base courses S80-85°E, S53°W]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 40°.

2.00am: Fresh to moderate winds and moderate sea.

4.00pm: Ship rolling to heavy W swell.

8.30pm: Course S85°E; sighted Artois.

9.00pm: Position by stellar obs. Lat. Long.[not entered in log]

Distance run 269 miles.


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7 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 57.9, Long -15.3

[Wind W backing SW force 3-6; sea rough with a W swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 43°F]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 40°. Course S85°E.

6.00am: Altered course to N86°W.

11.05am: Altered course to intercept SS.

11.45am: Boarded Admiralty oiler Danubian; pass to Stornaway in Lat 57°51’N, Long 15°18’W. Ordered her to proceed.

6.02pm: Man overboard from fore rigging. Helm over and ship’s way stopped immediately and lifebuoy thrown. Launched two boats which thoroughly searched vicinity without success. Picked up man's cap and all lifebuoys. The seaman lost was proceeding aloft to relieve lookout when he fell overboard, being at time clad in heavy clothing, sea boots etc.*

7.10pm: Boats returned.

7.40pm: Proceeded on course N64°E.

Distance run 300 miles.


*[Note: The man lost was G C Carey, AB, RNVR, ONWZ 1089. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 409.]


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8 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.8, Long -13.4

[Wind variable W force 6-8; sea very rough; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 43°F]

1.00am: Steering straight courses.

3.00am: Wind and sea increasing.

6.00am: Position by stellar obs. Lat 59°09’N, Long 14°15'W.

7.35am: Courses various intercepting steamer.

8.30am: Intercepted Norwegian SS Vindeggen* on passage from the Tyne to Baltimore in ballast. Allowed to proceed in Lat. 59°35’N, Long 13°24'W.

9.50am: proceeded on course N; moderate gale and heavy sea. Ship rolling heavily and shipping water fore and aft.

11.00am: Rendezvoused with HMS Alsatian.

12.15pm: Reduced speed to secure boat.

3.30pm: Hove to heading N34°W, 40 revs; strong gale with heavy W sea. Ship pitching and straining in sea-way and shipping large quantities of water forward.

6.30pm: Brought head to sea N68°W.

Distance run 288 miles.


*[Note: This ship was sunk by a U-boat 6 months later. See hyperlink and Vindeggen on uboat.net.]


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9 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 58.8, Long -13.9

[Wind NW backing SSW force 7-3; sea very rough to moderate; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 43°F]

1.00am: Fresh to moderate gale and heavy sea. Ship hove to heading N68°W.

3.00am: Weather moderating; sea going down.

4.00am: Kept away on course S23°W 55 revs.

5.00am: Increased to 65 revs with 48° ZZ.

9.30am: Muster by open list; divine service.

11.35am: Altered course to intercept steamer.

11.52am: Challenged Otway; proceeded on course.

4.15pm: Spoke with Norwegian SS Maud, previously boarded by Otway.*

5.00pm: Course N28°W.

Distance run 161 miles.


*[Note: This vessel was on passage from New Orleans to Christiania. She was boarded in position Lat 59°7’N, Long 14°18’W.]


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10 April 1916


At patrol.

Lat 59.3, Long -14.8

[Wind SW veering WNW force 3-7; sea moderate becoming very rough; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 44°F, sea 46°F]*

1.00am: Fresh wind, overcast with light rain; Steering ZZ courses every 10 mins - 45°.

8.05am: Signalled Orotava.

9.00am: Altered course to W to take position on new patrol.

1.00pm: Course S28°W; wind increasing and gale rising.

3.32pm: Passed American SS Moreni [oil tanker]; steered straight course.

7.30pm: Hove to heading N60°W.

9.00pm: Fresh gale with heavy sea, frequent hail squalls, ship pitching and straining and shipping large quantities of water forward.

Distance run 308 miles.


*[Note: The sea temperature had not been entered into the log up to this date.]


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11 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 58.8, Long -16.1

[Wind variable W force 6-7; sea very rough; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 44°F, sea 46°F]

1.00am: Continuing fresh gale with heavy head sea and frequent squalls; ship pitching and straining heavily and shipping water forward; hove to heading N60°W.

8.45am: Wind and sea decreasing.

11.20am: Course N85°W.

1.00pm: Altered course to S49°E; 35° ZZ.

3.00pm: Strong wind and rough sea; altered course to N86°W.

8.00pm: Strong wind and rough sea.

Number on sick list: 4.

Distance run 110 miles.


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12 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.4, Long -14.7

[Wind variable W force 4-5; sea rough; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 44°F, sea 46°F]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 40°.

2.00am: Fresh winds and rough sea.

7.35am: Signalled to HMS Hilary; proceeded on course S89°E.

11.00am: Wind and sea increasing; reduced ZZ to 30°.

6.45pm: Altered course to S81°E.

8.00pm: Fresh to moderate winds; overcast and misty. NWly swell.

Distance run 300 miles.


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13 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.3, Long -14.6

[Wind variable N force 3-5; sea moderate with N swell; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 42°F, sea 46°F]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 45°.

11.00am: Altered course towards reported smoke in NW.

11.40am: Altered course to N85°E to rendezvous with Hilary.

12.40pm: Redezvoused with Hilary and received one rating (stoker).

3.10pm: Altered course towards sailing ship.

5.00pm: Spoke with Norwegian barque Aviemore on passage from Bo'ness to Halifax. Green clearance. Ordered to proceed.

5.30pm: Proceeded in chase of steamer.

6.05pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Henrik on passage from Bergen to Sandy Hook in ballast. Green clearance from Kirkwall. Ordered to proceed in Lat 59°04’N, Long 16°33’W.

10.00pm: Strong wind and rough sea.

Distance run 304 miles.


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14 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.3, Long -14.6

[Wind WNW force 5-6; sea rough; cloudy with squalls of hail and snow; air temperature average 40°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses S82°E and N87°W]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 45°.

4.00am: Fresh winds and rough sea. Heavy squalls of hail and snow.

Noon: Strong wind and rough sea. Wells and bilges dry.

8.00pm: Strong wind and rough sea, cloudy and fine.

Distance run 295 miles.


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15 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.6, Long -14.0

[Wind variable W force 5; sea moderate to rough; cloudy with squalls of rain; air temperature average 44°F, sea 45°F]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 48°.

5.00am: Altered course to intercept steamer. Increased to full speed.

7.45am: Boarded British trawler Phoebe [GY 655] on passage from Iceland with fish. Ordered to proceed in Lat 59°27’N, Long 12°26'W.

1.20pm: Sighted Alsatian.

2.20pm: Admiral [Tupper] came aboard.*

3.57pm: Stopped.

4.05pm: Admiral left. Set course S82°W.


*[Note: The purpose of Admiral Tupper’s visit was to inspect the mountings of the forward guns, which the Captain had reported were vulnerable to a heavy sea. The Admiral concurred and ordered that the mountings be raised at the next home port visit. He also received complaints about the food, which many of the men said was not up to the standard in their civilian service. This continued to be a major grievance in the Squadron. For details, see John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, pages 417-418. Lilley, TD, Operations of the 10th Cruiser Squadron, PhD thesis, University of Greenwich, 2012, Fisher, J, Neither Fish nor Fowl; Mercantile Seamen on Armed Merchant Cruisers in the Great War, International Journal of Maritime History, 2016, Vol 28(3) pages 495-512.]


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16 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 58.8, Long -15.0

[Wind SW veering W force 4-6; sea moderate to rough; cloudy with rain and mist; air temperature average 47°F, sea 47°F]

[Base courses S80-82°E and N87°W]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every 10 mins - 48°.

2.00am: Moderate wind and sea, overcast and misty.

2.00pm: Strong winds, rough sea, overcast, rainy.

4.00pm: Weather cleared.

8.00pm: Strong wind, rough sea clear weather.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, cloudy and fine.

Distance run 307 miles.


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17 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.0, Long -14.2

[Wind W veering NW force 4-7; sea rough; cloudy with rain squalls and mist; air temperature average 46°F, sea 46°F]

[Base courses S80-82°E and N77°W]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every 10 mins - 48°.

5.50am: Altered course to intercept steamer. Steered various courses at full speed.

7.00am: Boarded Norwegian SS Hallfried on passage from River Tyne for New York in ballast. Green clearance; allowed to proceed in Lat 58°59’N, Long 13°18’W.

11.15am: Reduced speed and hove to while repairing wireless aerial.

12.30pm: Sighted Orotava; altered course to N30°W.

2.30pm: Altered course to S4°E for new patrol.

5.00pm: On patrol; altered course to N60°W.

Distance run 286 miles.


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18 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.1, Long -13.3

[Wind variable N force 6-7; sea very rough; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 44°F, sea 46°F]

[Base courses S80-85°E and N74°W]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 40°; strong wind and rough sea.

5.00am: Wind and sea increasing.

Noon: Fresh gale and high sea.

1.00pm: Reduced speed to repair broken WT aerial.

2.00pm: Moderate gale and high sea; steering straight course.

10.00pm: Weather moderating; increased to 72 revs. 45° ZZ.

Distance run 240 miles.


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19 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.1, Long -12.9

[Wind NE force 4-6; sea rough; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 44°F, sea 46°F]

[Base courses S82°E and N88°W]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every 10 mins - 45°; strong wind and rough sea.

10.52am: Dropped target for 6" practice. Courses various.

11.00am: Opened fire.

11.52am: Ceased fire.

12.14pm: Picked up target and proceeded on course.

5.45pm: Altered course to intercept steamer.

6.45pm: Boarded Dutch SS Westerdyk on passage from Rotterdam to New York via Kirkwall; green clearance; ordered to proceed in Lat 58°46’N, Long 15°13’W.

9.00pm: Wind and sea increasing.

Distance run 268 miles.




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20 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.1, Long -13.2

[Wind NE force 4-7; sea rough; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 41°F, sea 46°F]

[Base courses S82°E and N88°W]

1.00am: Steering straight courses; strong wind and rough sea.

7.00am: Altered course to N88°W; ZZ 45° every 10 mins.

10.00am: 1 BL 6" rammer without fillings lost overboard.

Noon: Strong wind and rough sea. Wells and bilges dry.

8.00pm: Fresh wind and rough sea, overcast and squally.

Distance run 290 miles.


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21 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 58.9, Long -13.3

[Wind NE force 4-6; sea moderate; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 40°F, sea 46°F]

[Base courses S84°E and N88°W]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses every10 mins - 45°; strong wind and rough sea.

6.00am: Wind and sea decreasing.

Noon: Moderate to light variable winds. Wells and bilges dry.

1.03pm: Sighted Alsatian; Increased speed and steered various courses while signalling.

7.00pm: Wind and sea increasing.

10.40pm: Altered course towards light seen on starboard beam. Increased to 75 revs. Courses various.

Distance run 300 miles.


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22 April 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.2, Long -13.0

[Wind SW veering W force 4-6; sea rough; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 40°F, sea 46°F]

[Base courses S81°E and N88°W]

0.10am: Stopped and sent boat to board oiler Danubian on passage from the Forth to Texas in ballast. Green clearance. Allowed to proceed in Lat 58°51’N, Long 13°55’W.

9.00am: Fresh winds, heavy sea and squally.

9.30am: Swung ship 8 points for deviations.

4.00pm: Left patrol [for Glasgow]; altered course to S8°E, 30° ZZ.

Distance run 313 miles.


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23 April 1916

At patrol and en route to Glasgow.

Lat 55.5, Long -12.2

[Wind W backing SSW force 4-6; sea moderate to rough; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 45°F, sea 47°F]

0.00am: Altered course to S22°W; ZZ 30°; Fresh to moderate gale and high sea.

4.30am: Position by stellar obs. Lat 56°55’N, Long 12°.29'W.

9.00am: Passed 1 of HM battleships.

1.00pm: Altered course to S63°E.

4.30pm: Intercepted Dutch SS Noordam on passage from Kirkwall to Falmouth. Allowed to proceed in Lat 55°22'N, Long 10°55'W.

Midnight: Sighted Tory Island Light bearing S16°E 8.5 miles.*

Distance run 312 miles.


*[Note: at this time, the normal route for ships of the 10th Cruiser Squadron returning to Glasgow or Liverpool was to sail to the west and then south of Tory Island, in order to avoid the German minefield to the north-east of Tory Island which had been laid by SS Berlin in October 1914. This minefield had already claimed the dreadnought HMS Audacious in October 1914, and on 13th January 1915, a member of the 10th Cruiser Squadron, HMS Viknor.]


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24 April 1916

At patrol and en route to Glasgow.

Lat 55.7, Long -4.9

[Wind SW force 3-6; sea slight; overcast with rain; air temperature average 48°F, sea 47°F]

1.50am: Fanad Point Lighthouse abeam S 9 miles.

2.50am: Inishtrahull Light bore N12°E 1 mile.

3.30am: Steering ZZ courses 20° every 10 mins.

5.00am: Steering various courses passing through Rathlin Island channel.

5.49am: Rue Point Light abeam.

8.15am: Course N86°E.

10.00am: Ailsa Craig bore S48°E 3.5 miles.

10.33am: Pladda Light bore N48°W 3.5 miles.

12.03pm: Passed Cumbrae Lighthouse.

1.10pm: Passed through boom gateway.

1.25pm: Took pilot aboard off Greenock and proceeded up river assisted by tugs.

3.57pm: Entered Prince’s Dock.

4.45pm: Made fast alongside wharf.

Distance run 333 miles.


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25 April 1916

At Prince's Dock, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind “light airs”; overcast with rain; air temperature average 49°F]

7.15am: Shifted berth.

8.08am: Ship moored in coaling berth.

10.00am: Commenced coaling. Port watch fell in for long leave.

1.00pm: Officers for Court of Enquiry came aboard. [Presumably re the loss of a man overboard; see log 7th April 1916]

3.30pm: 1 fireman discharged as unfit for further service.


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26 April 1916

At Prince's Dock, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind “light airs”; overcast with rain; air temperature average 60°F]

1.00am: Coaling through the night.

5.30pm: Finished coaling; received 1476 tons 16 cwt.

6.00pm: Pilot aboard and tugs alongside for shifting berth.

7.15pm: Ship fast in new berth.

7.30pm: 1 deserter from HMS Patuca put aboard.


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27 April 1916

At Prince's Dock, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 53°F]

3.00pm: 1 new rating (cook's mate) joined.


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28 April 1916

At Prince's Dock, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F]

10.40am: 1 rating OS joined ship.

6.15pm: Shifted berth to lift S2 6" gun.

8.00pm: Shifted berth to lift S3 6" gun.

10.00pm: Shifted ship to lift S 1 & 2 6" guns.


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29 April 1916

At Prince's Dock, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind “light airs” E force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 59°F]

9.00am: Left berth assisted by tugs and pilot turned ship in dock and proceeded back to berth.

10.00am: 10 new ratings joined.

Noon: Leave to Starboard Watch till Tuesday 2nd May.

1.00pm: Hands employed embarking stores and projectiles.


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30 April 1916

At Prince's Dock, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind ESE force 1-2; broken cloud]

8.15am: Hands fell in to lift P4 6" gun.

9.00am: Shifted berth to lift P1 & 2 6" guns.

1.05pm: Hands shifted ship to replace P 4 6" gun.


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LOGS FOR MAY 1916


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1 May 1916

At Prince's Dock, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind ESE force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 50°F]

8.00am: Hands fell in to shift ship to lift S4 6" gun.

9.10am: Ship fast; hands employed cleaning guns and taking in ammunition and stores.

12.30pm: Shifted ship to lift out P3 gun.

2.30pm: Discharged 4 firemen, 1 trimmer.

6.00pm: Replaced P3 gun.


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2 May 1916

At Prince's Dock, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind ESE force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 50°F]

6.30am: Hands employed landing shell.

8.40am: Shifted ship to replace P2 gun.

2.00pm: Shifted berth; taking in stores.


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3 May 1916

At Prince's Dock, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable W force 1-2; cloud and rain; air temperature average 50°F]

11.10am: Hands shift ship. Tugs made fast and pilot came aboard.

11.20am: Cast off and proceeded to new berth.

12.15pm: Made fast in Anchor Line berth. Pilot and tugs left.

9.00pm: Starboard Watch returned from long leave.


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4 May 1916

At Prince's Dock, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable W force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 50°F]

1.15pm: Hands variously employed in rigging, refitting and taking in stores.


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5 May 1916

At Glasgow and en route to patrol.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind NE force 3-5; overcast with rain; air temperature average 45°F]

3.10am: Finished taking in fresh water.

10.00am: One CPO wireless rating left ship; all telegraphs, steering gear, steam whistle tested and found in good order.

Noon: Pilot aboard, made tugs fast fore and aft and singled up moorings.

12.40pm: Cast off and proceeded to sea assisted by tugs; engines and helm as required.

1.15pm: Ship turned down river.

3.55pm: Let go tugs off Greenock.

4.10pm: Anchored off Tail of the Bank.

5.45pm: Hove up anchor.

5.56pm: Anchor aweigh.

6.13pm: Passed Kempock Point.

6.53pm: Passed boom; set course S32°W.

7.14pm: Passed and signalled Toward Point.

7.48pm: Passed Little Cumbrae Lighthouse.

8.00pm: Steered ZZ courses.

9.10pm: Sighted Pladda Light bearing W 4 miles.

11.45pm: Sighted Mull of Cantyre Light 0.75 miles; course N14°W.


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6 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 55.3, Long -10.2

[Wind NNE force 5-7; sea rough; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 45°F, sea 46°F]

1.12am: Otter Rock Light bore N 4 miles.

3.45am: Steering ZZ courses; Inishtrahull Light bore S 6 miles.

6.50am: Tory Island Lighthouse abeam S 5.5 miles.

10.20am: Passed Otway.

1.00pm: Moderate gale and high sea.

5.30pm: Steering ZZ courses 30° - 10mins; met HMS Hilary; course N29°E.

Distance run 255 miles.


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7 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 56.3, Long -11.2

[Wind NNE force 4-6; sea rough; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 42°F, sea 46°F]

1.30am: Course S82°E, ZZ 30°.

4.15am: Sighted steamer and altered course in chase.

5.14am: Boarded Dutch steamer Saturnus, on passage from Rotterdam to Buenos Aires in ballast in Lat 56°36’N, Long 10°38’W; steamed on various courses awaiting instructions.

6.45am: Proceeded in chase of another vessel, Saturnus following.

8.47am: Stopped and boarded British SS Plutarch on passage from Liverpool to New York in ballast. Ordered to proceed in Lat 56°18’N, Long 10°47’W.

9.40am: Picked up Saturnus and sent her to Stornoway with armed guard.

2.15pm: Proceeded in chase of steamer.

3.05pm: Intercepted British SS Lexington with flag of day; allowed to proceed.

7.15pm: Rendezvous with Hilary to receive signals.

7.32pm: Boat returned.

9.30pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 56°30’N, Long 12°13’W.

11.45pm: Challenged Orotava.

Distance run 267 miles.


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8 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 56.5, Long -11.1

[Wind NE veering SE force 4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 45°F, sea 48°F]

1.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10 mins.

4.00am: Rendezvoused with Orotava and received 1 rating.

7.15am: Altered course to intercept SS.

8.0 Spoke with Danish SS Sirius bound for Kirkwall with armed guard aboard.

10.00am: Stopped and put target overboard.

10.30am: Picked up target and proceeded on course.

11.00am: Stopped to drop target and proceeded on various courses while carrying out 1" aiming practice.

12.08 Stopped and picked up target; proceeded on course.

4.00pm: Warrant No.6 read.

5.30pm: Turned and stopped ship to sink a floating barrel. Lost one patent log line and rotator.

Distance run 292 miles.


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9 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 57.3, Long -11.1

[Wind “light airs”; sea smooth; light broken cloud; air temperature average 47°F, sea 52°F]

1.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10 mins.

2.30am: Altered course in chase of two steamers.

3.00am: Intercepted Dutch SS’s Bandoeng and Rondo flying flag of day.

7.00am: Rendezvoused with Patuca and then proceeded to “A” patrol [N of the Faroe Islands].

11.00am: Altered course to intercept sailing ship.

12.30pm: Spoke with Norwegian sailing ship Hjertnes with armed guard aboard.

4.40 Altered course in chase of steamer.

6.39pm: Intercepted British SS Lowther Range* flying flag of the day.

Distance run 313 miles.


*[Note: There was an allegation raised in Parliament that this ship had supplied German Navy vessels with coal during the war. See the Hansard record at: http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1927/jul/25/steamship-lowther-range]


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10 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.9, Long -14.0

[Wind N backing W force 1-2; sea smooth; light broken cloud; air temperature average 44°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses N3°E, S1°W]

1.30am: Steering ZZ courses 30° every 10 mins.

5.00am: Passed Alsatian.

7.00pm: Stopped and boarded Danish fishing smack Helene on passage from Iceland to Faroe Islands in Lat 62°48’N, Long 15°38'W. Proceeded on course N8°W.

10.00pm: Rendezvoused with HMS Almanzora.

10.25pm: Boat returned. Proceeded on various courses.

Distance run 324 miles.


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11 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 63.1, Long -17.5

[Wind variable force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 44°F, sea 45°F]

1.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10 mins.

4.18am: Boarded smack TG312 Lat 63°47'N, Long 15°12'W. Allowed to proceed.*

8.00am: Altered course to intercept steamer.

10.40am: Spoke with trawler Yorick [Hull, H49] with flag of the day. Ordered to proceed.

11.40am: Boarded British trawler St. Lawrence [No.1] SN102. Ordered to proceed.

12.10pm: Boat returned. Proceeded on course N25°E 45° ZZ. Port engine stopped for repairs.

1.36pm: Stopped and boarded Danish trawler Else TG 406 in Lat 63°11'N Long 17°16W; allowed to proceed.

2.18 Boat returned. Proceeded.

2.50pm: Stopped and boarded Danish trawler Frida TG 546. Allowed to proceed.

3.25pm: Set course N71°E and proceeded. Port engine repairs completed.

6.48pm: Spoke with British trawler Companion GN23; allowed to proceed.

10.00pm: Stopped and boarded Danish fishing vessel Riddarin TT307. Ordered to proceed.

Distance run 311 miles.


*[Note: These “Danish” smacks sailed out of the Faroes, and were also registered at British fishing ports as well as on the Danish register.]


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12 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 62.8, Long -16.2

[Wind ENE force 2-5; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 44°F, sea 45°F]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10 mins.

1.20am: Intercepted British trawler Lucy* FD 24. Fleetwood to Iceland. Correct. Allowed to proceed.

11.00am: Sighted HMS Moldavia

11.30am: Sent boat to Moldavia.

5.10pm: Sighted land ahead. [SE coast of Iceland]

6.00pm: Courses various while examining fishing smacks.

7.50pm: Boarded Danish sailing trawler Sildberi.

8.20pm: Boarded Danish smack Bjorn Olaffsen.

Distance run 301 miles.


*[Note: Later sunk by a U-boat. See hyperlink.]


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13 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 63.3, Long -16.2

[Wind ENE force 3-5; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 44°F, sea 45°F]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10 mins.

3.45am: Examined trawler TG 405.

10.26am: Boarded Danish trawler Jarlin on fishing grounds. All correct in Lat 63°15'N, Long 15°56’W.

1.00pm: Steering various courses at various speeds while examining a fleet of steam trawlers. Boarded British trawlers Romantic, [GY989] Lucerne, Pretoria [GY180], Commander Horton [H233], Zaree [GY838], and Equinox [GY461] and Dutch trawlers Wilhemina and Freia.

8.00pm: Signalled Moldavia and altered course towards her.

8.40am: Moldavia's boat alongside.

11.17pm: Stopped and boarded Danish Schooner Venus on passage from. Copenhagen to Vik (Iceland) with general cargo. Ordered to proceed.

Distance run 304 miles.


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14 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 64.8, Long -12.9

[Wind NE force 3-6; sea rough; cloudy with snow squalls; air temperature average 35°F, sea 40°F]

1.00am: Steering course N86°E; sighted Moldavia.

5.20am: Intercepted British steam trawler Conisboro Castle. [GY533] Too rough to board.

6.00am: Wind and sea increasing.

9.30am: Altered course to N28°E, ZZ 25°.

1.30pm: Steered various courses to intercept steamer.

2.03pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS Are, on passage from Akureyri [Iceland] to Fleetwood in ballast. Ordered to proceed in Lat 65°03’N, Long 13°00’W.

10.10pm: Sighted Langanaes Point [Iceland] bearing N10°W.

10.50pm: Langanaes Point abeam W 2 miles.

Distance run 294 miles.


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15 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 67.3, Long -15.0

[Wind NNE force 4-5; sea moderate; cloudy with snow squalls; air temperature average 34°F, sea 35°F]

0.30am: Rendezvoused with Patia.

1.30am: Course N16°E.

3.12am: Sighted Ebro.

3.30pm: Rendezvoused with Ebro.

5.10pm: Courses various to intercept steamer.

6.10pm: Boarded Danish SS Godafoss on passage from Reykjavik for coast ports and Copenhagen with mails and passengers. Ordered her to follow us while awaiting instructions.

10.30pm: Ordered Godafoss to continue her voyage.

Distance run 299 miles.


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16 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.8, Long -14.9

[Wind NNE force 4; sea slight; cloudy with rain and snow squalls; air temperature average 31°F, sea 34°F]

[Base courses N31°E, S28°W]

0.26am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10mins: sighted Ebro.

2.00pm: Sighted Cape Langanaes bearing S65°E 12 miles.

Distance run 286 miles.


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17 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.8, Long -15.0

[Wind N force 3; sea slight; overcast with snow squalls; air temperature average 31°F, sea 34°F]

[Base courses N31°E, S28°W]

0.26am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10mins.

4.00pm: Proceeded in chase of steamer. Courses various.

4.57pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian whaler Havmann of Alesund, whaling in Lat 66°46’N, Long 14°43’W.

10.00pm: Langanaes Point bore S50°E 12 miles.

Distance run 312 miles.


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18 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.8, Long -15.0*

[Wind N “light airs”; sea smooth; overcast with snow squalls; air temperature average 32°F, sea 34°F]

[Base courses N31°E, S28°W]

0.26am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10mins.

6.00am: Langanaes Point bore S45°E 11 miles.

Noon: Weather clear with calm sea.

Distance run 308 miles.


*[Note: In response to a report from the Captain of Godafoss (log 15th May 2016) that there was no ice to the N of Iceland, the Admiralty decided to send Gloucestershire and Ebro to the North Cape to check if the passage was clear. Gloucestershire reported to the Admiralty that the passage round North Cape was clear, but there was loose ice in position Lat 67°19’N, Long 22°43’W. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, pages 439-440.]


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19 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.8, Long -17.7

[Wind variable E force 2-4; sea smooth; overcast with mist; air temperature average 35°F, sea 35°F]

[Base courses variable NW]

0.26am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10mins.

11.08am: Courses various closing trawler.

11.38am: Stopped and boarded Danish fishing boat Eirik in Lat 66°43’N, Long 16°43’W.

1.00pm: Steering ZZ courses 50° every 10 mins.

4.00pm: Lost 1 QF 6" extractor.

5.30pm: Stopped and boarded Danish fishing boat Haflida [sic: Halfrida?] in Lat 66°52’N, Long 19°16’W.

11.47pm: Stopped and boarded Danish trawler Petra from Faroes, fishing.

Distance run 310 miles.


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20 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.9, Long -16.9

[Wind variable E force 2-4; sea smooth; overcast with mist, fog and rain; air temperature average 35°F, sea 35°F]

[Base courses variable NW then S50°E]

0.30am: Course N61°W. Observed land in the vicinity of North Cape bearing S70°W. Land quickly [obscured] by mist and almost immediately ship ran into dense fog. Reduced to 55 revs and sounded every 15 mins.

3.25am: Fog lifting; increased to 74 revs.

4.00pm: Evening quarters; physical drill; sounded in 100 fathoms.

8.00pm: Course S53°E; soundings (fathoms) 59, 100,100, 95.

Distance run 304 miles.


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21 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.9, Long -14.9

[Wind variable “light airs”; sea smooth; overcast with fog; air temperature average 40°F, sea 35°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10mins; N31°E.

4.00am: Fog set in; sighted Ebro.

5.05am: Ebro’s boat alongside.

5.08am: Boat left; weather cleared; proceeded on S25°W.

10.00pm: Langanaes Point bore S59°E 15 miles.

10.20pm: Altered course to S57°E to intercept sailing ship.

11.30pm: Boarded Danish schooner Cathrine in Lat 66°33’N, Long 14° 21’W; ordered to proceed.

Distance run 304 miles.


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22 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.9, Long -15.1

[Wind variable E force 1-2 ; sea smooth; overcast with fog; air temperature average 37°F, sea 37°F]

[Base courses N31°E, S28°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10mins.

6.20am: Set in thick fog; reduced to 55 revs and steered straight course. Extra lookouts posted.

9.45am: Swedish drill [ie gymnastic exercises]

1.00pm: Steering straight courses in thick fog; soundings (fathoms) 85, 85, 100.

3.00pm: Fog lifted. Increased to 72 revs and steered ZZ courses.

10.00pm: Sounding in 96 fathoms no bottom.

Distance run 292 miles.


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23 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.9, Long -15.1

[Wind ESE veering SE force 3 ; sea slight; overcast with fog; air temperature average 37°F, sea 37°F]

[Base courses N31°E, S28°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10mins.

3.00am: Thick fog. Reduced to 55 revs and steered straight course.

2.00pm: Stood in towards the land, using lead every 15 mins.

4.00pm: Shoaled to 30 fathoms. Altered course to N31°E and increased to 55 revs.

5.00pm: Increased to 72 revs. 45° ZZ.

6.00pm: Sounded to 67 fathoms.

8.00pm: Dense fog. Decreased to 55 revs.

8.30pm: Increased to 72 revs during breaks in fog.

Distance run 293 miles.


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24 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.9, Long -14.8

[Wind ESE veering SE force 3; sea slight; overcast with fog; air temperature average 37°F, sea 37°F]

[Base courses N31°E, S28°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10mins.

1.10am: Decreased to 55 revs. Straight course.

2.00am: Steaming at various speeds suitable to conditions of fog.

7.30am: Stopped and boarded Danish smack Petra and gave her flag of the day.

9.00pm: Sounded half hourly to 10.00pm; dense fog throughout.

Distance run 254 miles.


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25 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.9, Long -14.8

[Wind ESE veering SE force 3-4; sea slight; overcast with fog; air temperature average 37°F, sea 37°F]

[Base courses N31°E, S28°W]

0.30am: Steering straight course.

1.30am: Fog thinning. Increased to 72 revs and steered ZZ course.

4.30am: Fog set in thick; decreased to 55 revs and steered straight course.

1.00pm: Dense fog with occasional clear patches. Steering straight course towards land. Sounding every 15 mins.

5.30pm: Stopped and boarded Icelandic motor schooner Njall, on passage from Vapna Fiord to Husciry. Empty; allowed to proceed.

Distance run 259 miles.


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26 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.9, Long -15.0

[Wind SE force 3-4; sea slight; overcast with fog; air temperature average 37°F, sea 37°F]

[Base courses N31°E, S28°W]

0.30am: Steering straight course; dense fog.

5.00am: Sounded 70 fathoms gravel; sounded 85 fathoms rock; sounded 70 fathoms gravel.

2.0pm: Altered course to N31°E. Fog cleared.

10.10pm: Langanaes bore S65°E 10 miles.

Distance run 249 miles.


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27 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.9, Long -15.0

[Wind SE force 3-4; sea slight; overcast; air temperature average 36°F, sea 37°F]

[Base courses N31°E, S28°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10mins.

5.40am: Steered various courses to intercept sailing craft.

6.20am: Stopped and boarded Swedish motor smack Maria, empty to fishing ground; allowed to proceed.

6.40am: Sighted Langanaes Point bearing S54°E 12.5 miles.

9.52pm: Altered course to intercept steamer.

10.00pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Dina Lea on passage from Alesund to Siglufjord with cargo and passengers. Allowed to proceed in Lat 66°33’N, Long 15°00’W.

Distance run 310 miles.


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28 May 1916

At patrol.

Lat 67.0, Long -15.0

[Wind ESE force 1-2; sea smooth; overcast with fog; air temperature average 38°F, sea 38°F]

[Base courses N31°E, S28°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10mins.

4.00am: Dense fog; reduced to 55 revs and steered straight course.

11.12am: Stopped and lowered boat to pick up fisherman's buoy.

11.48am: Proceeded on course. 72 revs and ZZ.

12.30pm: Foggy; reduced to 55 revs and steered straight course.

1.30pm: Increased to 72 revs, 45° ZZ.

2.30pm: Reduced to 55 revs; straight course.

9.30pm: Left patrol; course S56°E.

Distance run 280 miles.


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29 May 1916

At patrol en route to Swarbacks Minn.

Lat 65.8, Long -10.4

[Wind “light airs”; sea smooth; overcast with fog; air temperature average 38°F, sea 38°F]

[Base courses S56°E, S6°E]

0.30am: Steering straight course; dense fog.

0.45am: Stopped to sink buoy with rifle fire.

0.55am: Proceeded.

5.00am: Increased to 72 revs. 45° ZZ.

6.40am: Decreased to 55 revs. Straight course.

8.40am: Increased to 72 revs. and 45° ZZ.

11.00am: Stopped and lowered boat to pick up buoy.

11.14am: Proceeded on course.

1.10pm: Turned ship to sink barrel by rifle fire.

1.20pm: Proceeded at 72 revs and ZZ.

6.00pm: Fog cleared.

9.00pm: Fog set in. 55 revs. Straight course.

10.00pm: Fog cleared. Increased to 72 revs.

Distance run 249 miles.


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30 May 1916

At patrol en route to Swarbacks Minn.

Lat 62.3, Long -5.5

[Wind S backing SE force 2; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 49°F, sea 46°F]

[Base courses SE]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10mins.

7.00am: Courses various to intercept sailing ship.

7.45am: Stopped and boarded Danish schooner J. Neilsen [most likely J M Nielsen] on passage from Dysart [Fife] to Akureyri [Iceland] with coal; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°59’N, Long 6°14’W.

10.50am: Spoke with [HM] trawlers Robert Smith and Walpole.

12.35 Altered course to intercept trawler.

1.02pm: Stopped and boarded Dutch trawler Hercules on passage from Yjmuiden for Iceland fishing grounds. Allowed to proceed in Lat 62°08’N, Long 5°14’W.

Distance run 302 miles.


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31 May 1916

At Swarbacks Minn.

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind calm; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 48°F]

0.10am: Sighted Esha Ness bearing S42°E.

0.40am: Challenged destroyer Sprightly,

1.30am: Passed Muckle Roe Light.

1.45am: Stop; let go port anchor with 60 fathoms cable; finished with engines. Draft: forward 18’3”, aft 23’6”.

7.00am: Colliers Excellent and Westwood alongside.

7.45am: Commenced coaling.

6.45pm: Finished coaling; received 700 tons.

9.00pm: Received orders to prepare for sea.*

Distance run 192 miles.


*[Note: These orders came in response to a report that the German raider Moewe had sailed from Wilhelmshaven, and a special patrol line was set up on a line 360° from Muckle Flugga. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, pages 447-449.]



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LOGS FOR JUNE 1916


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1 June 1916

At Swarbacks Minn and en route to patrol.

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind variable force 3; overcast with rain; air temperature average 49°F]

1.45pm: Collier Foreland alongside port; collier Tosto alongside starboard. Discharged 1 AB & 1 OS to Gibraltar.

6.50pm: Finished coaling.

10.02pm: Anchor aweigh, departure.

10.03pm: Proceeded out of harbour, engines and helm to Captain's orders.

10.55pm: Passed Muckle Roe.

Midnight: Strong wind and sea rapidly rising.


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2 June 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.6, Long -1.2

[Wind NNW force 6-7; sea rough; overcast; air temperature average 45°F, sea 46°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 30° every 10mins; strong wind, gales and high sea.

3.05am: Straight course.

4.10am: Passed Swedish trawler, hove to.

6.45am: Reduced speed to secure ammunition on forecastle head.

1.30pm: Ship pitching and straining heavily, and shipping large quantities of water.

10.45pm: Sighted Hilary.

Distance run 106 miles.


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3 June 1916

At patrol.

Lat 62.5, Long -3.2

[Wind variable force 3-6; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 42°F, sea 45°F]

0.30am: Steering course N29°W.

6.00am: Course N72°W; sighted Almanzora.

7.30am: Sighted Virginian.

8.30am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian barque Hermes in Lat 62°62’N, Long 2°20’W on passage from Trondhjeim to Savannah* in ballast. Allowed to proceed.

8.00pm: Altered course to S74°W.

8.40pm: Stopped and boarded Danish [Faroes] trawler Mazeppa in Lat 62°35’N, Long 7°08’W.

Distance run 255 miles.


*[Later sunk by a U-boat on this route]


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4 June 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.8, Long -10.7

[Wind variable force 2-5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 46°F, sea 45°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 25° every 10mins.

4.15am: Boarded British trawler Sisapon on passage from Iceland to Grimsby. Allowed to proceed in Lat 61°40’N, Long 10°0’W.

8.00am: Courses various to intercept sailing ship.

8.47am: Boarded Danish schooner J. Ring [sic: possibly Jorgen Ring] on passage from Iceland to Dysart in ballast in Lat 61°18’N, Long 11°18’W; allowed to proceed.

10.00am: Altered course to N57°E and various courses to speak with trawler flying flag of the day.

1.00pm: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10 mins.

4.40pm: Courses various intercepting trawlers.

5.20pm: Boarded Danish sailing trawler Galathea on passge from Iceland to Faeroes with fish in Lat 61°58’N, Long 9°22’W.

6.30pm: Spoke with British trawler Great Admiral with flag of the day.

7.16pm: Boarded British trawler Conan Doyle [H240] on passage from Iceland to Hull with fish in Lat 62°09’N, Long 9°33’W.

9.50pm: Boarded British trawler Quail [GY215] flying wrong flag of the day; ordered to proceed.

10.25pm: Intercepted British trawler Drumblair flying flag of the day.

Distance run 330 miles.


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5 June 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.9, Long -10.7

[Wind NE force 4-5; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 45°F, sea 47°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10mins.

4.30am: Courses various to intercept steamer.

4.56am: Lowered boat and endeavoured to signal stranger to close.

5.35am: Picked boat up and steamed towards steamer.

5.55am: Stopped and boarded Admiralty collier Moorby on passage from Yukanski [Yukanski Roads, Archangel, Russia]; allowed to proceed in Lat 61° 15’N, Long 11°22’W.

6.40am: Proceeded on course N41°W.

Noon: Fresh wind and rough sea.

4.30pm: Reduced ZZ to 30°.

10.30pm: Intercepted British trawler Leo with flag of the day.

Distance run 299 miles.


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6 June 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.7, Long -10.8

[Wind NNE force 4-5; sea moderate to rough; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 41°F, sea 47°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ course N61°W.

8.00am: Strong wind and high sea; reduced to 30° ZZ.

11.00am: Intercepted British trawler George Milburn on passage from Iceland to Aberdeen. Allowed to proceed in Lat 61°36’N, Long 10°50’W.

1.00pm: 1 sea-water thermometer MO No. 2374 broken, replaced by MO No 2373.

3.18pm: Sighted Hilary.

3.20pm: Altered course to N35°E, 72 revs 20° ZZ.

4.20pm: Boarded British trawler Pelagos on passage from Iceland to Aberdeen in Lat 61°50’N, 9°42’W.

5.20pm: Boarded British trawler Balgownie on passage from Iceland to Hull in Lat 61°49’N, Long 9°28’W; both given flag of the day and allowed to proceed.

5.40pm: Set course N66°E and proceeded.

11.12pm: Courses various to intercept steamer.

11.50pm Spoke with British trawler Lucerne with fish from Iceland. Allowed to proceed.

Distance run 305 miles.


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7 June 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.3, Long -10.9

[Wind NNE force 4-5; sea rough; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 41°F, sea 46°F]

0.30am: Proceeded on course N59°E, 15° ZZ. Stong head wind and high sea.

5.00am: Courses various to intercept trawler Hortensia [GY292] flying flag of the day.

6.30am: Proceeded on course S73°W, 72 revs 45° ZZ.

Noon: Strong wind and high sea; steering ZZ courses 45° every 10 minutes.

2.40pm: Courses various to intercept trawler.

3.00pm: Boarded British trawler India. Correct, given flag of the day in Lat 61°24’N, Long 11°42’W.

6.00pm: Altered course to N83°E, 30° ZZ.

Distance run 253 miles.


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8 June 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.6, Long -10.4

[Wind variable NNW force 3-4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 44°F, sea 46°F]

0.30am: Proceeded on course N79°E, 30° ZZ.

3.55am: Boarded Dutch trawler Trio on passage from Iceland to Yjmuiden with fish. Sent to Lerwick with armed guard in Lat 62°06’N, Long 10°00’W.

4.20am: Proceeded on course.

4.00pm: Altered course to S73°W, 25° ZZ.

5.30pm: Ship swung for deviation.

Midnight: Light airs, smooth weather.

Distance run 287 miles.


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9 June 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.7, Long -10.1

[Wind calm; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 45°F, sea 48°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every10 minutes.

2.40am: Steered various courses at full speed while examining trawlers Ingomar [GY32] and Robinia; both flying flag of the day.

5.10am: Intercepted Norwegian whaler Aspo and British trawler Aphelion, both flying flag of the day.

8.50am: Courses various to pick up buoy.

9.05am: Resumed course and speed.

10.00am: Increased to full speed and altered course towards smoke.

11.20am: Spoke with Hilary with trawler.*

11.30am: Set course N84°W, 25° ZZ 72 revs.

Noon: Calm, smooth sea.

1.00pm: Increased to full speed and steered various courses to intercept British trawler Swallow, flying flag of the day; set course S65°W.

5.00pm: Stopped to sink cask.

5.15pm: Proceeded.

6.00pm: Full speed and straight course.

7.15pm: Altered course to N83°E, 72 revs 45° ZZ.

10.55pm: Stopped to sink fisherman's buoy; proceeded on course.

11.10pm: Altered course to N35°E and increased to full speed in chase.

Midnight: Resumed course S80°E 72 revs.

Distance run 260 miles.


*[Note: The vessel was the British trawler Pretoria (GY 180) on passage from Iceland to Grimsby with fish.]


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10 June 1916

At patrol.

Lat 62.3, Long -10.2

[Wind calm; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 48°F, sea 48°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every10 minutes.

2.55am: Courses various at full speed in chase of trawler.

5.45am: Found trawler flying flag of the day.

7.00am: Courses various to intercept trawler.

7.15am: Boarded British trawler St Lawrence [SN102] on passage from Aberdeen to Iceland in Lat 62°15’N, Long 10°42’W. Given flag of the day and allowed to proceed.

7.30am: Proceeded on course S20°E, 72 revs.

10.10am: Courses various at full speed in chase of trawler.

Noon: Calm, smooth sea, fine weather.

12.10pm: Spoke with British trawler Mabel flying flag of the day.

12.30pm: Proceeded on course S32°W, 72 rev 33° ZZ.

2.30pm: Courses various at full speed.

3.50 Spoke with British trawler Companion flying flag of the day.

5.10pm: Courses various at full speed.

6.24pm: Boarded British trawler Thomas Stratton on passage from Hull to Iceland in Lat 61°25’N, Long 11°17’W.

6.36pm: Proceeded on various courses at full speed to intercept sailing ship.

8.40pm: Spoke with Danish Schooner Vonin. Correct, and altered course to S77°E, 72 revs 40° ZZ.

11.00pm: Altered course to N84°E, 33° ZZ.

Midnight: Calm, smooth sea, fine weather.

Distance run 317 miles.


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11 June 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.9, Long -10.7

[Wind calm; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 49°F, sea 48°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 33° every10 minutes.

2.00am: Stopped to sink fishermen's buoy.

3.00am: Steered various courses at full speed.

4.45am: Spoke with Dutch trawler Plutos with armed guard aboard.

8.55am: Stopped to pick up fishermen's buoy.

9.12am: Proceeded.

9.40am: Various courses at full speed.

10.20am: Stopped and boarded British trawler Envoy. Ordered to proceed in Lat 61°54’N, Long 9°27’W.

Noon: Calm, smooth sea; steering ZZ courses 25° every 10 minutes.

8.40pm: Stopped to sink floating cask.

10.10pm: Courses various to intercept trawler.

11.20pm: Boarded British trawler Phoebe in Lat 60°27’N, Long 11°30’W. All correct.

11.25pm: Proceeded on course S24°W.

Distance run 316 miles.


[Note: Ships were now directed to resume the Rockall-Iceland patrol as there had been no sign of the German raider Moewe.]


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12 June 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.1, Long -12.1

[Wind NW force 3-4; sea slight; cloud with mist and fog; air temperature average 50°F, sea 50°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 25° every10 minutes.

4.00am: Light wind, overcast and misty.

5.15am: Various courses at full speed to intercept Dutch SS Britsum, flying flag of the day.

5.48am: Proceeded on course S3°E.

6.30am: Steering various courses to meet Hilary; moderate wind with patches of fog.

9.12am: Sighted Hilary.

9.50am: Boat away to Hilary.

10.24am: Boat returned with two armed guards, mails and stores.

10.30am: Proceeded on course W, 25° ZZ.

Noon: Light wind, slight fog.

2.00pm: Courses various intercepting schooner.

2.15pm: Boarded Danish Schooner Uranus on passage from Ivizia* to Iceland with salt; ordered to proceed in Lat 58° 56’N, Long 12°47N.

2.40pm: Proceeded on course N78°W.

5.10pm: Courses various to intercept steamer.

5.45pm: Boarded British oiler Ottawa. Correct. Given flag of day and ordered to proceed in Lat 58°53’N, Long 13° 58’W.

6.18pm: Proceeded on course W.

8.45pm: Spoke with Swedish SS Oscar II** bound W flying correct flag of the day.

Distance run 309 miles.


*[Note: Most likely Ibiza. See log above for 2nd April 1916.]


**[Note: Not to be confused with the Norwegian Oscar II which was a passenger liner running to New York from Christiania (Oslo) and became Henry Ford’s “Peace Ship”. See Wikipedia article: Peace Ship and B S Kraft, The Peace Ship, Macmillan, 1978. The Danish Oscar II was an important passenger liner running from Copenhagen to New York.]


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13 June 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.1, Long -12.9

[Wind NE backing NW force 3-1; sea smooth; cloud with mist and fog; air temperature average 51°F, sea 51°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every10 minutes.

3.20am: Intercepted Danish Schooner Irene flying correct flag of the day.

3.35am: Resumed course N89°E.

10.37am: Proceeded in chase of sailing ship.

11.00am: Spoke with HMS Teutonic; resumed course.

Noon: Light wind and fine weather.

9.30pm: Set in foggy, reduced to 55 revs and steered straight course.

Distance run 309 miles.


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14 June 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.2, Long -12.7

[Wind N force 1; sea smooth; cloud with mist and fog; air temperature average 50°F, sea 51°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every10 minutes.

3.20am: Steered various courses at full speed.

3.46am: Boarded British SS Silverslip [sic: Silverlip]; oiler on Admiralty charter on passage from Port Arthur to Kirkwall in Lat 59°16’N, Long 12°13’W.

10.00am: Dropped target for 1" aiming practice and steered various courses.

11.40am: Stopped to pick up target.

11.45am: Proceeded on course; 72 revs 25° ZZ.

Noon: Light variable airs with fog in patches.

10.30pm: Courses various at full speed in chase of steamer bound W.

11.30pm: Spoke with British SS Galileo on passage from Hull to New York; correct.

Distance run 306 miles.


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15 June 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.1, Long -13.1

[Wind variable force 1; sea smooth; mist and fog; air temperature average 50°F, sea 51°F]

0.35am: Courses and speed various. Spoke with Dutch SS Oosterdijk flying flag of the day.

9.50am: Courses and speed various; signalled to Otway.

10.20am: Proceeded on course; 45° ZZ.

2.30pm: Stopped to pick up fisherman's buoy.

2.43pm: Resumed course.

3.30pm: Stopped to sink barrel.

3.40pm: Resumed course.

Distance run 313 miles.


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16 June 1916

At patrol.

Lat 57.8, Long -12.1

[Wind variable SE force 1; sea smooth; cloudy; air temperature average 50°F, sea 51°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every10 minutes.

1.40am: Courses various at full speed in chase of steamer.

2.15am: Spoke with Dutch SS Woudrichem flying flag of the day.

2.20am: Resumed course and speed.

4.00am: Rendezvoused with Changuinola.

4.20am: Set course S32°W, 72 revs 25° ZZ.

6.00am: Challenged Orotava.

8.45am: Challenged HMS Motagua.

Distance run 310 miles.


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17 June 1916

At patrol and en route to Glasgow.

Lat 55.2, Long -11.1

[Wind SE backing NNE force 2-4; sea slight; overcast; air temperature average 51°F, sea 52°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every10 minutes; course S89°W.

1.18am: Courses various at full speed in chase of steamer.

2.10am: Stopped and boarded Swedish SS Kronprincessan Victoria on passage from Buenos Aires to Christiania in Lat 56°24’N, Long 18°00’W; sent to Kirkwall with armed guard.

3.15am: Proceeded on course.

8.30am: Altered course to S63°E to intercept sailing ship.

9.23am: Stopped and boarded Danish Schooner Flora on passage from Ivizia* to Iceland with salt. Allowed to proceed.

9.42am: Resumed course S63°E, 25° ZZ.

11.00am: Lost overboard, 1 white ensign and staff.

Noon: Light wind, cloudy and fine.

5.40pm: Observed Tory Island Lighthouse bearing S50°E.

7.10pm: Tory Island Light abeam 4 miles.

9.50pm: Inishtrahull Light abeam 1.5 miles.

Midnight: Steering various courses through Rathlin Sound.

Distance run 310 miles.


*[Note: Most likely Ibiza. See log above 12th June 1916.]


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18 June 1916

At Prince's Dock, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind NW force 3; cloudy; air temperature average 55°F]

0.30am: Steering various courses through Rathlin Channel.

6.40am: Holy Island Lighthouse abeam 3 miles.

9.02am: Passed boom.

9.17am: Stopped to pick up pilot and proceeded up river to Glasgow; engines and helm to pilot's orders.

10.00am: Clocks put on 1 hour to Summer Time.

11.15am: Tugs fast fore and aft.

1.53pm: Entered dock.

2.25pm: Ship fast alongside in Prince’s Dock. Finished with engines; light winds and fine weather throughout.

7.00pm: Leave to Starboard Watch until Noon, Friday 23rd.

Coal remaining 782 tons.

Distance run 311 miles.


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19 June 1916

At Prince's Dock, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable NW force 3; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F]

6.00am: Commenced coaling; light winds and fine weather.


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20 June 1916

At Prince's Dock, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind WNW force 2; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F]

0.01am: Continured coaling throughout the night.

Noon: Light winds and fine weather.

1.20pm: Finished coaling; received 1695 tons of coal.

Midnight: Light wind and overcast with rain.


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21 June 1916

At Prince's Dock, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable W force 2; cloud and early rain; air temperature average 58°F]

8.30am: Hands employed refitting and painting ship and taking in stores.

9.30am: 1 LS and 1 OS joined ship from Chatham.

Noon: Light wind and fine weather.

2.00pm: 3 ratings for Patuca and 1 for Patia came aboard. Discharged 4 armed guards to Hilary.

4.00pm: 1 sick bay attendant joined ship.

4.50pm: Hands fall in to shift ship.

5.30pm: Shifted ship from coal wharf to Marklands Wharf Meadowside.


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22 June 1916

At Marklands Wharf, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind “light airs”; cloud and rain; air temperature average 57°F]

am and pm: Hands employed cleaning and painting ship and taking in stores.


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23 June 1916

At Marklands Wharf, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind “light airs”; cloudy; air temperature average 60°F]

8.00am: Hands employed getting up and landing cordite ammunition.

10.45am: One AB joined ship.

1.00pm: Starboard Watch returned from leave; Port Watch proceeded on leave.


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24 June 1916

At Marklands Wharf, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind “light airs”; cloudy; air temperature average 62°F]


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25 June 1916

At Marklands Wharf, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind W force 2; cloud and rain; air temperature average 57°F]

10.00am: Church parties.


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26 June 1916

At Marklands Wharf, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable calm; cloud and mist; air temperature average 57°F]

[Routine of cleaning, painting and taking in stores]

1.45pm: Prisoner brought aboard under escort from Eastham Police Station.


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27 June 1916

At Marklands Wharf, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable calm; cloud and rain; air temperature average 57°F]

[Routine of cleaning, painting and taking in stores]

8.45am: 2 OS ratings left for RN barracks.

9.00am: 1 leading seaman left for RN hospital.

9.15am: 10 ratings (boys) joined ship.

4.40pm: Reverend H.E. Kendall joined ship; 2 firemen discharged as medically unfit.


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28 June 1916

At Marklands Wharf, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable calm; cloud and mist; air temperature average 57°F]

[Routine of cleaning, painting and taking in stores]

10.15am: 2 OS’s joined ship from Chatham.

7.00pm: Lieut. Tyner [?] joined ship; Lieut: Matheson left.


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29 June 1916

At Marklands Wharf, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind NW and calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 57°F]

[Routine of cleaning, painting and taking in stores]

9.30am: Prisoner escaped from sentry’s charge; draft of 18 firemen, 2 seamen joined ship.

[Tested equipment and prepared for sea]

Draft: forward 23’10”, aft 24’6”.

11.45pm: Tugs and pilot arrived; commenced to single up ship.


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30 June 1916

From Glasgow to patrol ground.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind NW backing SW force 2; broken cloud; air temperature average 54°F]

0.07am: Tugs fast. Engines to "Stand By".

0.25am: Cast off and proceeded down river.

1.50am: Let go head tug off Bowling.

2.45am: Let go after tug.

3.07am: Anchored at Tail of the Bank.

6.27am: Anchor aweigh; proceeded towards boom.

7.06am: Passed boom.

8.07am: Passed Little Cumbrae Lighthouse; course S19°W, 30° ZZ.

9.40am: Pladda Lighthouse abeam 5 miles.

10.00am: Clocks back 1 hr to GMT.

11.50am: Maidens Lighthouse abeam 4 miles.

1.15pm: Signalled Torr Point station.

1.37pm: Passed Rue Point Lighthouse; set course N43°W, 30° ZZ.

4.35pm: Inishtrahull Lighthouse abeam 8 miles.

5.50pm: Challenged 3 armed trawlers.

Midnight: moderate wind and sea; overcast.

Coal remaining 2331 tons.

Distance run 99 miles [to Noon]



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[Includes extracts from engine-room registers]


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LOGS FOR JULY 1916


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1 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 57.3, Long -10.2

[Wind ENE force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F, sea 54°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ course N42°W.

5.55am: Altered course to chase sailing ship.

6.42am: Boarded Danish schooner Husavik on passage from Cadiz to Faroe Islands with salt; allowed to proceed.

8.15am: Courses various in chase of steamer.

9.28am: Boarded Norwegian SS Are on passage from Oe Fjord to Fleetwood in ballast. Given flag of the day and allowed to proceed.

9.52am: Courses various at full speed while returning to put armed guard aboard Husavik.

10.53am: Sent Husavik to Stornoway with armed guard in position Lat 57°41’N, Long 10°12’W.*

1.00pm: Course S79°W; steering ZZ courses 45° every 10 mins.

5.50pm: Courses and speeds as requisite while chasing vessels.

7.35pm: Boarded British SS Teakwood, Admiralty oiler in Lat 56°48’N, Long 12°23’W; allowed to proceed with flag of the day.

8.25pm: Boarded Danish schooner Amor on passage from Cadiz to Iceland with salt in Lat 58°50’N, Long 12°28’W. Sent to Stornoway with armed guard.**

Distance run 326 miles.


*[Note: No reason is given for this change of orders.]


**[Note: This vessel was given a green clearance at Stornoway and proceeded. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 479.]


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2 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 56.6, Long -12.7

[Wind NE force 3-4; sea slight to moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F, sea 54°F]

[Base courses N87°E, S79°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10 mins.

Noon: Moderate wind and sea and fine weather.

Distance run 311 miles.

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3 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 56.8, Long -12.7

[Wind NE force 3; sea slight; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 53°F, sea 54°F]

[Base courses N87°E, S79°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10 mins.

5.10pm: Courses various at full speed in chase.

6.00pm: Stopped and boarded Dutch SS Weiringen [sic: most likely Wieringen] on passage from Baltimore to Rotterdam with grain in Lat 56°20'N, Long 14°13'W. Sent to Kirkwall with armed guard.

9.30pm: Courses various at full speed in chase.

10.45pm: Intercepted Norwegian SS Brode flying flag of the day. Allowed to proceed.

Distance run 316 miles.


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4 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 58.3, Long -11.6

[Wind NE force 3-4; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 51°F, sea 53°F]

[Base courses N11°E, S86°E]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 26° every 10 mins.

6.35am: Sighted Hilary; courses various.

7.15am: Boat left for Hilary.

7.40am: Received 3 absentees and 1 new rating from Hilary; proceeded N11°E.

1.00pm: Altered course to S45°E to rendezvous with Victorian.

1.20pm: Boat left with sick rating for Victorian; proceeded on course N38°W.

4.48pm: Courses various in chase of steamer.

5.20pm: Spoke with Norwegian SS Sorland flying correct flag of the day; resumed course.

8.00pm: Spoke with Almanzora.

Midnight: Course N36°W; moderate sea and fine weather.

Distance run 324 miles.


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5 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 60.6, Long -18.0

[Wind calm variable; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F, sea 53°F]

[Base course NW]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 25° every 10 mins; courses various in chase of steamer.

1.20am: Stopped and boarded British SS Queenswood on passage from Cardiff to Archangel on Admiralty Charter. Given flag of the day and allowed to proceed in Lat 60°03’N, Long 16°34’W.

6.10am: Courses various in chase of steamer.

7.00am: Boarded British SS Dumira [sic: most likely Dumra] on passage from Barry to Archangel on Admiralty Charter. Given flag of the day and allowed to proceed in Lat 59°40’N, Long 14°50’W.

2.00pm: Steered various courses to intercept sailing ship.

3.20pm: Boarded Danish schooner Triton on passage from Cadiz to Iceland with salt; awaiting instructions.

5.45pm: Allowed Triton to proceed with flag of the day, vessel having insufficient provisions to reach Stornoway; proceeded on N32°W.

Distance run 311 miles.


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6 July 1916

At patrol.*

Lat 62.9, Long -24.3

[Wind N force 1-2; sea smooth; overcast; air temperature average 50°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses N27°W and N29°E]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 25° every 10 mins.

10.00am: Steered various courses to intercept Danish brigantine Garibaldi on passage from Iceland to Miramichi [Canada] in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°42’N, Long 24°16’W.

1.00pm: Steered various courses to intercept trawler. Boarded British trawler Aralia in Lat 63°10’N, Long 24°26’W.

2.28pm: Proceeded on course.

10.00pm: Spoke with Danish [Icelandic] sailing trawler Keflavik, from Reykjavik, fishing.

Distance run 309 miles.


*[Note: Gloucestershire has now moved to “E” Patrol, N of Iceland.]


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7 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.7, Long -24.8

[Wind calm; sea smooth; overcast; air temperature average 44°F, sea 44°F]

0.40am: Steered various courses to intercept sailing ship.

1.00am: Boarded Danish brigantine Valkyrien on passage from Ivizia [most likely Ibiza] to Patricksfjord [Patreksfjörður, Iceland] with salt. Green clearance from Gibraltar and allowed to proceed.

3.00am: Sighted Ebro.

3.35am: Boat left for Ebro with 3 ratings and 1 sick berth steward for discharge ashore.

9.00am: Proceeding along the edge of loose ice.

10.15am: Rendezvoused with Patia and sent 1 rating.

Noon: Calm sea and fine weather.

1.03pm: Ship amongst loose ice; turned ship.

4.10pm: 2 lifeboats in water; crew exercised pulling.

4.50pm: Rendezvoused with Patia; Commander came aboard.

6.40pm: Boat left for Patia with Commander aboard.

7.45pm: Intercepted Norwegian trawler Gardar; fishing.

8.57pm: Intercepted British trawler Elf King from Hull, fishing in Lat 65°50’N, Long 24°45’W; proceeded on course N70°E.

Distance run 269 miles.


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8 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.1, Long -24.3

[Wind E calm; sea smooth; cloud with fog later; air temperature average 44°F, sea 47°F]

6.00am: Full speed course N80°E; examined trawlers Cadet [H210] and Thomas Stratton, fishing; resumed course.

10.00am: Proceeded up to the line of loose ice, which was met at Lat 66°27’N, Long 23°50’W.

Noon: Turned ship and set course S44°E.

4.14pm: 2 lifeboats in the water; crews exercised pulling.

6.00pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian sealer Johanna Sohjelderup in Lat 66°20’N, Long 24°00’W; correct and allowed to proceed.

6.20pm: Set course S36°W; set in foggy.

8.20pm: Fog cleared; rendezvoused with Patia.

Distance run 253 miles.


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9 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.8, Long -22.2

[Wind variable calm; sea smooth; cloud with fog; air temperature average 44°F, sea 47°F]

11.00am: Ran into thick fog E of North Cape; altered course to N37°E.

1.00pm: Altered course to S33°W; full speed in chase of trawler.

1.40pm: Boarded Danish trawler Njordor [Icelandic vessel Njordür] on passage from Reykjavik to Oe Fjord; correct and allowed to proceed.

2.00pm: Proceeded on various courses to investigate the extent of ice to the S and W.

3.30pm: Entered ice and found a passage practicable to the E through ice.

3.45pm: Returned and proceeded along edge of ice to N and E; various courses.

6.40pm: Met heavy pack ice.

6.50pm: Ran into dense fog; turned round and set course N86°W, 55 revs.

7.15pm: Fog cleared.

Distance run 246 miles.


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10 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.5, Long -22.9

[Wind variable calm; sea smooth; cloud with fog and haze; air temperature average 45°F, sea 47°F]

0.30am: Course S62°W.

4.15am: Course N70°E.

7.30am: Sighted Patia.

8.30am: Stopped and sent boat to Patia.

9.00am: Proceeded on various courses round land towards North Cape.

1.00pm: Various courses while patrolling in close proximity to the land and examining fishing boats and trawlers; weather hazy over land and clear to seaward.

6.00pm: Boarded Norwegian motor fishing vessel Forsog on passage from Alesund to fishing grounds; allowed to proceed in Lat 66°34’N, Long 22°21’W.

9.00pm: Set course S86°W.

Distance run 263 miles.


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11 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.8, Long -23.8

[Wind variable E calm; sea smooth; cloud with haze; air temperature average 45°F, sea 46°F]

1.00am: Courses various to intercept steam trawlers Conan Doyle and Commander Holbrook [H223].

10.00am: 1” aiming practice.

4.15pm: Lifeboats and pulling practice.

4.40pm: Proceeded to intercept Norwegian SS Jopeter [sic], with armed guard on board from Patia.*

7.35pm: Intercepted Norwegian fishing vessel Forsog; correct.

Distance run 223 miles.


*[Note: This vessel, recorded by Patia as the Norwegian sealer Jupiter (rather than Jopeter) on passage from sealing grounds to Alesund, had 1750 seal skins & blubber. Sent to Lerwick with armed guard in [Lat] 65°46’N, [Long] 25°13’W. See logs of HMS Patia. This may be a confusion, as there was also a Norwegian mail steamer Jupiter in service at that time, chartered by the British government See Wikipedia article: Bergen Steamship Company.]


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12 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.4, Long -23.9

[Wind variable calm; sea smooth; cloud with haze and mist; air temperature average 47°F, sea 47°F]

7.40am: Examined Danish motor fishing vessel.

9.45am: Spoke with Norwegian sealer Heim on passage for Alesund but with armed guard on board from Patia.*

1.20pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian fishing vessel Little Emma, fishing; resumed course and speed.

8.30pm: Intercepted British steam trawler Antonio, [H990] fishing.

Distance run 170 miles.


*[Note: Heim was on passage from sealing grounds to Alesund with 1250 seal skins on board. Sent to Lerwick with armed guard in [Lat] 65°22’N, [Long] 25°35’W. See logs of HMS Patia]


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13 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.4, Long -24.9

[Wind variable then S force 3; sea smooth; broken cloud with rain; air temperature average 48°F, sea 47°F]

4.40am: Sighted Hilary.

6.05am: Boat left for Hilary.

7.00am: Boat returned; proceeded on course N54°E.

9.30am: Spoke with French schooner Sainte Anne in Lat 66°17’N, Long 24°05’W.

2.00pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian sealer S Jomoen, fishing in Lat 66°10’N, Long 25°35’W. Proceeded on course S35°E.

6.50pm: Sighted iceberg; altered course to N65°E.

8.00pm: Examined iceberg 95 feet high and apparently aground in 75 fathoms of water in Lat 66°39’N, Long 24°56’W.

Distance run 242 miles.


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14 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.4, Long -24.7

[Wind SE force 2-3; sea slight; overcast with rain; air temperature average 47°F, sea 44°F]

[Base courses S85°E and S87°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses 30° every 10 mins.

Distance run 257 miles.


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15 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.5, Long -24.6

[Wind SE force 3; sea slight; overcast with rain and fog later; air temperature average 45°F, sea 42°F]

[Base courses S85°E and S87°W]

0.00am: Steering ZZ courses 30° every 10 mins.

0.06am: Intercepted Norwegian sealer S. Jomoen.

10.38am: Target tow rope parted.

11.03am: Stopped and lowered boat to pick up target.

11.39am: Target aboard, proceeded on course.

1.00pm: Course N58°W; proceeded to examine ice.

2.00pm: Met ice and steered various courses to SW.

2.30pm: Dense fog; returned along edge of ice in NEly direction at various speeds as necessary.

6.00pm: Keeping in touch with ice in dense fog at various speeds and courses.

8.30pm: Fog cleared.

11.30pm: Reached limit of ice to Eastward. Proceeded towards land.

Distance run 252 miles.


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16 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.4, Long -23.2

[Wind S veering SW force 3-5; sea moderate to rough; overcast with rain; air temperature average 49°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses S85°E and S87°W]

0.00am: Steering ZZ courses 30° every 10 mins; N69°W.

10.20am: Sighted Hilary and steered various courses to rendezvous.

11.10am: Stopped. Boat away to Hilary.

11.35am: Boat returned.

Noon: North Cape bore S75°E 21 miles.

2.00pm: Fresh wind, and high sea with SW swell.

5.30pm: Course S85°E.

9.00pm: Course S85°W.

Distance run 248 miles.


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17 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.4, Long -23.2

[Wind SW force 3-5; sea moderate; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 47°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses S85°E and S85°W]

3.42am: Courses various to intercept schooner.

4.40am: Stopped and boarded Danish schooner Nanny on passage from Isa Fjord Ísafjörður, Iceland] to Leith in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 65°58’N, Long 25°43’W.

5.10am: Proceeded on various courses to intercept French schooner Sainte Anne. Correct.

10.10am: Dropped target and carried out 1 inch aiming practice. Courses various.

11.30am: Practice completed, picked up target and proceeded on course.

1.25pm: Spoke with Danish fishing vessel Fride [possibly Frida] TG546. Correct.

8.17pm: Sighted Hilary. Signalled and closed on her.

Distance run 250 miles.


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18 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.8, Long -23.5

[Wind calm; sea smooth; cloudy; air temperature average 47°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses S85°E and S87°W]

10.00am: Dropped target, increased to full speed and carried out 1 inch aiming practice.

11.30am: Practice completed, picked up target and proceeded on course.

2.00pm: Hands painting ship.

10.00pm: Courses various at full speed in chase of supposed steamer.

10.40pm: Reduced speed.

Distance run 242 miles.


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19 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.8, Long -22.2

[Wind E veering ESE force 3-4; sea slight; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 44°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses S85°E and S87°W]

2.30pm: North Cape abeam 7 miles.

5.30pm: Passed numerous detached pieces of floating ice.

10.50pm: Grimsey Island abeam 4 miles; altered course to S58°E.

Distance run 243 miles.


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20 July 1916

At patrol and en route to Busta Voe.

Lat 65.9, Long -11.5

[Wind variable W force 2; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 49°F, sea 46°F]

[Base courses S15-35°E]

2.00am: Sighted Hilary and signalled.

5.00am: Langanaes Light abeam 10 miles.

9.45am: Gunnery practice.

1.08pm: Stopped and boarded Swedish auxiliary motor ketch Maria on passage from Gothenburg to Iceland. Allowed to proceed in Lat 65°49’N, Long 11°05’W.

9.40pm: Stopped and boarded SS Claudius Aulognon (Russian) on passage from Cardiff to Archangel. Allowed to proceed in Lat 64°34’N, Long 8°15’W.

Distance run 310 miles.


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21 July 1916

At patrol and en route to Busta Voe.

Lat 62.5, Long -4.3

[Wind S force 2-3; sea slight; cloud and fog; air temperature average 50°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses S2-18°E]

0.00am: Steering ZZ courses 25° every 10 mins.

6.30am: Set in thick fog; reduced speed and steered straight course.

7.40am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS Bendigo;* correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 63°06’N, Long 5°11’W.

10.00pm: Sounded in 70 fathoms and continued every 10 minutes.

Distance run 312 miles.


*[Note: There is no evidence of such a vessel before 1922. As it was also intercepted by HMS Changuinola in September 1916, this seems a mystery.]


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22 July 1916

At Swarbacks Minn/Busta Voe.

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind SW force 3-1; fog; air temperature average 50°F]

0.00am: Light winds and dense fog; sounding every 15 mins.

8.35am: Course S18°E; Esha Ness Light abeam 3 miles.

9.37am: Passed boom.

9.53am: Let go starboard anchor and 45 fathoms of cable in No.3 anchorage. Finished with engines and colliers alongside. Draft on arrival: forward 21’0”, aft 21’7”.

12.30pm: Commenced coaling.

6.00pm: Ceased coaling; thick fog.

Distance run 248 miles.


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23 July 1916

At Swarbacks Minn/Busta Voe.

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind calm; fog then mist; air temperature average 57°F]

7.45am: Recommenced coaling.

11.15am: Finished coaling; 881 tons received.

11.45am: Colliers Cairnnevis and Poldhu left.


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24 July 1916

At Swarbacks Minn/Busta Voe.

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind variable SE “light airs”; cloud and mist; air temperature average 57°F]


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25 July 1916

At Swarbacks Minn/Busta Voe.

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind variable SE “light airs”; overcast; air temperature average 57°F]

7.30pm: Tested telegraph and steam whistle; all correct.

9.35pm: Anchor aweigh and proceeded out of harbour. Draft on leaving: forward 23’3”, aft 22’0”.

9.56pm: Passed boom.

10.05pm: Passed Muckle Roe Light; set course N27°W and ZZ; escorting destroyers left.


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26 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.1, Long -5.7

[Wind S veering SSW force 3; sea slight; cloud with fog and mist; air temperature average 55°F, sea 53°F]

[Base course NW]*

3.00am: Straight course on account of fog.

7.00am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS Tyr on passage from Narvik to Ardrossan with ore; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°06’N, Long 4°12’W.

Noon: Moderate wind with W swell.

1.00pm: Steering ZZ courses 25° every 10 mins.

1.30pm: Soundings [every 30 mins in fathoms] 85, 70, 85, 100.

5.30pm: Reduced speed on account of fog.

8.17pm: Sighted Alsatian; transferring mails and armed guards.

8.40pm: Captain left for Alsatian.

10.20pm: Captain returned aboard; set course N3°E.

Distance run 191 miles.


*[Note: Gloucestershire is returning to “E” Patrol, N of Iceland.]


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27 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 63.4, Long -11.3

[Wind W force 3; sea slight; cloud with rain and haze; air temperature average 54°F, sea 52°F]

[Base course NW]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses 25° every 10 mins.

2.15am: Courses various to intercept Danish schooner Nanny. Correct; allowed to proceed.

2.34am: Resumed course and speed.

3.55am: Courses and speed various to intercept French SS Melbourne on passage from Archangel to Brest.*

5.35am: Stopped and boarded British trawler Nuttalia on passage from Iceland to Grimsby. Allowed to proceed in Lat 62°48’N, Long 10°18’W.

6.55am: Intercepted British SS Benue on passage from Archangel to Brest in Lat 62°47’N, Long 10°50’W.

9.09am: Stopped and boarded British steam trawler Macleay [GY 1113]. Correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 63°07’N, Long 10°44’W.

9.25am: Proceeded on course N29°W 47° ZZ every 10 minutes.

10.10am: Stopped to drop target.

10.15am: Courses various to pick up fisherman’s buoy.

11.45am: Resumed course and speed.

Noon: Moderate wind, cloudy and hazy.

5.30pm: Altered course N, straight course to fine [sic] Walpole medical assistance.**

9.00pm: Resumed ZZ courses.

1130pm: Sighted Walpole. Courses various.

11.59pm: Stop.

Coal remaining 1845 tons.

Distance run 288 miles.


*[Note: This vessel, and SS Benue, were carrying Russian troops to the Western Front. It was observed that “the soldiers lined the decks and cheered as the vessel was allowed to proceed.” See See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 480.See also

Forgotten Armies of the Western Front.]


**[Note: HMT Walpole was an armed trawler patrolling in the vicinity.]


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28 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 63.6, Long -11.4

[Wind SW force 3-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 51°F, sea 51°F]

[Base courses S17°W, N6°E]

0.20am: Boat left with surgeon.

1.00am: Boat returned.

1.30am: Transferred 1 midshipman to Walpole.

1.00pm: Steering ZZ courses 25° every 10 mins.

5.55pm: Rendezvoused with Walpole; sent armed guard to Danish schooner Abba for Lerwick.

7.00pm: Proceeded and put armed guard aboard Swedish motor schooner Minx; sent to Lerwick.

8.15pm: Rendezvoused with HMT Robert Smith and put armed guard aboard Danish SS Activ; sent to Leith; 3 ratings put aboard Walpole for duties with armed guard.

Distance run 299 miles.


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29 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 63.4, Long -11.6

[Wind variable force 1-2; sea smooth; cloud and fog; air temperature average 51°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses S17°W, S21°E]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses 25° every 10 mins.

7.45am: Stopped and boarded Egeria [possibly Egerø] (Danish schooner) fishing; resumed course.

2.00pm: Intercepted SS Sigrid (Russian) on passage from Penarth to Archangel; correct and allowed to proceed.

9.10pm: Boarded Danish fishing smack Johanne on passage from Faroes to Iceland; allowed to proceed in Lat 64°17’N, Long 11°12’W.

11.15pm: Returned to intercept Johanne.

Distance run 270 miles.


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30 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 65.6, Long -13.2

[Wind variable force 1-2; sea smooth; cloud and fog; air temperature average 50°F, sea 50°F]

[Base course N5°W]

0.20am: Stopped and sent boat to Johanne.

0.50am: Boat returned; kept in touch with smack whilst awaiting instructions.

5.00am: Allowed Johanne to proceed to Siglufjord [Siglufjörður, Iceland]; set course N5°W.

12.06pm: Stopped and boarded Danish sailing trawler Immanuel with a cargo of fish. Sent to Lerwick with armed guard.

4.30pm: 250 gallons of fresh water supplied to schooners Thorlief [possibly Thoralf] and Stanley.

6.20pm: Off Langanaes; stopped and boarded Norwegian schooner Thorleif [sic] on passage from Haugesund to Siglufjord with salt. Sent to Lerwick with armed guard in Lat 66°28’N, Long 14°21’W.

8.20pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian schooner Stanley on passage from Haugesund to Siglufjord with salt. Sent to Lerwick with armed guard in Lat 66°29’N,14°58’W.

11.05pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian fishing smack Fram on passage from Haugesund to Iceland. Captain came aboard and signed guarantee and allowed to proceed in Lat 66°34’N, Long 15°26’W.*

Distance run 277 miles.


*[Note: The “guarantee” was a new policy to avoid sending herring fishing boats down to Lerwick or Stornoway. By signing the guarantee, fishing boats trading with Iceland would have to agree to call at a British port and failure to do so would cause a £5,000 fine to have to be paid by the Icelandic government. For details, see John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 483.]


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31 July 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.2, Long -18.8

[Wind SW force 1-2; sea smooth; cloudy; air temperature average 50°F, sea 49°F]

3.50am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian SS Fenris. Sent to Lerwick with armed guard in Lat 66°28’N,Long 17°15’W.

5.25am: Boarded Danish schooner Orken [possibly Arken] bound for Canada. Allowed to proceed in Lat 66°37’N, Long 17°11’W.

7.07am: Grimsey Island abeam 5 miles.

9.30am: Entered Siglufjord and anchored at 9.50am in 11 fathoms of water; finished with engines.

12.15pm: Captain left to visit Danish gunboat.

12.53pm: Captain of Danish gunboat visited the ship.*

3.30pm: Proceeded out of harbour, courses various. Passed Sigle Point Lighthouse; set course N33°E.

4.00pm: Altered course to S74°E.

Distance run 218 miles.


*[Note: This meeting may have been arranged to explain the “guarantee” policy. Iceland was part of the Danish empire up to 1918. It is clear from the records that Gloucestershire’s Captain sent a detailed letter to the Admiralty on this matter on August 1st. See Grainger reference above 30th July]


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LOGS FOR AUGUST 1916


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Barometer: Aneroid


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1 August 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.8, Long -14.6

[Wind variable force 1-2; sea smooth; overcast; air temperature average 50°F, sea 49°F]

0.00am: Steering ZZ courses 40° every 10 mins.

6.00am: Increased speed to intercept trawler.

8.55am: Rendezvoused with Orcoma.

9.30am: Captain of Orcoma came aboard; received 1 Sub Lt. and armed guard.

12.05pm: Boat left for Orcoma; proceeded on courses S29°W then N30°E.

8.08pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Gerd* with schooner Stella in tow. Allowed to proceed in Lat 66°26’N, Long 15°20’W; proceeded on course S59°E.

Distance run 255 miles.


*[Note: The hyperlink appears to show the correct ship, but it did undergo a name change in 1916 so caution needs to be exercised.]


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2 August 1916


At patrol.

Lat 66.5, Long -14.7

[Wind variable force 1-2; sea smooth; overcast with rain; air temperature average 50°F, sea 49°F]

0.00am: Steering ZZ courses 48° every 10 mins.

4.55am: Stopped and boarded Danish schooner London on passage from Sweden to Iceland with timber and cement; allowed to proceed in Lat 66°27’N, Long 14°15’W.

10.40am: Stopped and boarded Danish [Icelandic] SS Godafoss; allowed to proceed.

12.38pm: Stopped and boarded Norwegian motor vessel Ambrosia on passage from Stavanger to Siglufjord; allowed to proceed.

1.10pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Argo on passage from Oe Fjord to Stavanger with mails and passengers. Sent to Leith with armed guard in Lat 66°28’N, Long 15°00’W.

6.06pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Bremanger; correct and allowed to proceed.

6.48pm: Boarded Norwegian fishing vessel Anna; correct and allowed to proceed.

8.00pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Cito on passage from Christiansand to Siglufjord with salt and timber. Allowed to proceed after signing a guarantee, the ship being in an unseaworthy condition in Lat 66°30’N, Long 15°16’W;* proceeded on course S41°E.

Distance run 293 miles.


*[Note: There was a sequel to this interception. The British Consul at Christiansand reported that this ship, though short of coal and unseaworthy, was also carrying machinery of German origin, so Gloucestershire was ordered to re-intercept and send her into Lerwick under tow from the armed trawler Walpole. The ship was mis-reported as Cikto so the results of this are unknown. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 482.]


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3 August 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.2, Long -14.5

[Wind NW force 4-5; sea moderate; overcast; air temperature average 48°F, sea 49°F]

0.00am: Steering ZZ courses 48° every 10 mins.

10.00am: Boarded Norwegian SS Alken; in ballast and allowed to proceed in Lat 66°18’N, Long 14°19’W.

11.37am: Received 1 midshipman and 2 armed guards [from Hilary].

12.25pm: Re-intercepted SS Cito.

6.30pm: Put armed guard aboard SS Cito; proceeded on course N76°E; various courses and speeds, escorting steamer.

9.20pm: Boarded smack Riddarian; correct.

10.20pm: Boarded smack Anna; correct.

11.30pm: Boarded ketch Messenger; correct.

Distance run 246 miles.


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4 August 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.9, Long -14.6

[Wind SE veering S force 2-4; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 50°F, sea 49°F]

0.00am: Courses and speeds various escorting Cito.

7.00am: Sighted Hilary.

10.30am: Walpole took Cito in tow; armed guard returned from Cito; proceeded on course N51°E.

8.00pm: Rendezvoused with Alsatian; boat left for Alsatian.*

10.35pm: Boat returned with 2 armed guards.

Distance run 148 miles.


*[Note: The subject of the meeting with Admiral Tupper was the position of the herring fishers and the “guarantee”. See references above.]


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5 August 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.5, Long -14.0

[Wind variable NW force 2-4; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 49°F, sea 48°F]

0.00am: Steering ZZ courses 48° every 10 mins.

3.25am: Langanaes Light abeam 8 miles.

5.00am: Courses various signalling Hilary.

10.24am: Boat away to Hilary.

11.24am: Boat returned and proceeded on S65°E.

Distance run 278 miles.


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6 August 1916

At patrol.

Lat 67.0, Long -12.0

[Wind variable S force 2-3; sea slight; cloudy with fog; air temperature average 47°F, sea 47°F]

[Base courses S27°W, N27°E]

0.00am: Steering ZZ courses 48° every 10 mins.

1.00pm: Reduced speed for fog.

5.50pm: Stopped and boarded fishing boat TG444; correct.

Distance run 312 miles.


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7 August 1916

At patrol.

Lat 67.0, Long -12.0

[Wind variable NW force 2; sea smooth; cloudy with fog; air temperature average 47°F, sea 47°F]

[Base courses S27°W, N27°E]

0.00am: Steering ZZ courses 48° every 10 mins.

6.00am: Courses various examining fishing vessels.

11.20am: Boarded Danish ketch Haakon* TG373, fishing.

1.00-4.00pm: Target practice.

Distance run 289 miles.


*[Note: Hakon was Danish/Iceland, Haakon Danish/Denmark, so caution is needed.]


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8 August 1916

At patrol.

Lat 67.1, Long -11.8

[Wind W force 2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 47°F, sea 47°F]

[Base courses S27°W, N27°E]

0.00am: Steering ZZ courses 48° every 10 mins.

7.45am: Stopped and boarded Danish smack TG575; correct.

9.45am: Stopped and put target over for 1" aiming practice.

10.45am: Practice complete.

4.20pm: Exercised "Man Overboard".

4.40pm: Resumed course.

Distance run 293 miles.


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9 August 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.6, Long -11.8

[Wind W backing SW force 2; sea smooth; cloud and fog; air temperature average 47°F, sea 46°F]

[Base courses S27°W, N27°E]

0.00am: Steering ZZ courses 48° every 10 mins.

3.20am Boarded Norwegian steam drifter Lysningen on passage from Alesund to Siglufjord; correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 66°27’N, Long 11°40’W.

1.00pm: Dense fog continues.

Distance run 223 miles.


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10 August 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.7, Long -12.4

[Wind variable force 1; sea smooth; cloud and fog; air temperature average 47°F, sea 46°F]

0.00am: Steering ZZ courses 48° every 10 mins.

8.00am: Stopped and boarded Norwegian MFV Monitor on passage from Haugesund to Siglufjord. Allowed to proceed after giving a guarantee in Lat 66°20’N, Long 12°00’W.

12.12pm: Boarded fishing vessel King Arthur (Danish); correct and allowed to proceed.

4.50pm: Rendezvoused with Almanzora; received 2 armed guards; proceeded on course S2°W.

Distance run 254 miles.


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11 August 1916

At patrol.

Lat 64.0, Long -14.5

[Wind SE force 3-4; sea slight; cloud and fog; air temperature average 48°F, sea 47°F]

[Base courses S88°W, S78°E]

0.00am: Steering courses as necessary in fog.

2.00pm: Sounded half-hourly in continuing fog.

8.00pm: Fresh wind and dense fog throughout.

Distance run 275 miles.


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12 August 1916

At patrol.

Lat 63.9, Long -15.0

[Wind SE force 4-5; sea moderate; cloud and fog; air temperature average 52°F, sea 51°F]

[Base courses S88°W, S78°E]

0.00am: Steering courses as necessary in fog.

10.00am: Sounded half-hourly in continuing fog.

11.15pm: Wind shifted to ENE in rain squall.

Distance run 291 miles.


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13 August 1916

At patrol.*

Lat 63.5, Long -15.4

[Wind SE force 4-5; sea moderate; cloud, rain and fog; air temperature average 52°F, sea 51°F]

[Base courses S88°W, S81°E]

0.00am: Steering courses as necessary in fog.

10.10am: Divine service; courses as necessary to intercept Swedish schooner Harry on passage from Reykjavik to Copenhagen in ballast. Allowed to proceed in Lat 63°53’N, Long 14°40’W; proceeded to intercept trawler.

12.15pm: Stopped and boarded steam trawler Egret. Correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 63°53’N, Long 14°45’W.

4.09pm: Stopped and boarded steam trawler Star of the Sea. Correct and allowed to proceed.

5.47pm: Stopped and boarded steam trawler Nuttalia. Correct and allowed to proceed.

Distance run 260 miles.


*[Note: The noon log entry is 66.5N but this is clearly an error.]


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14 August 1916

At patrol.

Lat 63.8, Long -14.8

[Wind ENE force 3-4; sea slight; cloud and fog; air temperature average 50°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses S88°W, S81°E]

0.00am: Steering courses as necessary in fog.

1.00pm: Fog lifting; fine weather; steering ZZ courses 45° every 10 mins.

6.18pm: Stopped and boarded Danish motor vessel Falken on passage from Faroes to Iceland; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°32’N, Long 17°00’W.

Distance run 269 miles.


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15 August 1916

At patrol.

Lat 63.8, Long -14.3

[Wind NE force 3-4; sea slight; cloud and fog; air temperature average 50°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses S88°W, S81°E]

10.10am: Exercised "Man Overboard".

10.38 Resumed course S6°W.

1.00pm: Steering ZZ courses 30° every 10 mins.

1.25pm: Spoke with trawler Quixotic; correct.

1.30pm: Read Warrant No.18.

8.30pm: Engaged British steam trawler Leonato on passage from Hull to Iceland; correct and allowed to proceed.

Distance run 288 miles.


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16 August 1916


At patrol.

Lat 60.9, Long -10.2

[Wind ENE force 3; sea slight; cloud and fog; air temperature average 52°F, sea 52°F]

0.00am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10 mins.

1.00am: Increased speed in chase of steamer.

2.45am: Stopped and boarded British steam trawler Anzac [H487] on passage from Iceland to Hull. Correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 61°25’N, Long 11°25’W. Resumed course S9°W.

10.00am: Rendezvous with Alsatian; received one rating for Patuca.

12.10pm: Boat left for Alsatian.*

2.50pm: Picked up boat and proceeded on S47°W.

Distance run 300 miles.

*[Note: Admiral Tupper had asked for the meeting because of concerns about the gunnery efficiency of the ship. Following this meeting, Gloucestershire was ordered to Glasgow to coal. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 489.]


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17 August 1916

At patrol and en route to Glasgow.

Lat 56.9, Long -11.9

[Wind NNE force 2-3; sea smooth; overcast with mist; air temperature average 54°F, sea 55°F]

0.00am: Steering ZZ courses 25° every 10 mins.

1.50am: Spoke with Patia.

2.50am: Spoke with armed guard on board Swedish SS Kratos.*

6.30am: Passed Rockall Island distance 5 miles.

7.10pm: Stopped and boarded Dutch SS Uranus. Correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 56°12’N, Long 9°34’W. Resumed course S41°E.

8.45pm: Sounded 90 fathoms.

9.00pm: Sounded 80 fathoms.

9.30pm: Sounded 70 fathoms.

Distance run 333 miles.


*[Note: Kratos was intercepted by HMS Patia. She was on passage from New Orleans to Bergen with general cargo and sent to Kirkwall with an armed guard. See Patia’s logs.]


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18 August 1916

At Prince's Dock, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind calm; cloudy; air temperature average 58°F]

1.10am: Inishtrahull Light abeam.

5.30am: Passed Rue Point.

7.30am: Maidens abeam; altered course to N69°E.

11.22am: Cumbrae Light; altered course to N27°E.

12.22pm: Passed boom.

4.30pm: Entered Prince’s Dock.

5.10pm: Moored at coal wharf; finished with engines.

7.00pm: Commenced coaling; continued through the night.

Distance run 310 miles.


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19 August 1916

At Prince's Dock, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind calm; cloudy; air temperature average 58°F]

6.00am: Called hands and paid off night coaling party.

9.00am: 2 privates RMLI and 1 AB RNVR discharged to RN Hospital Chatham.

4.30pm: Shifting ship astern.

9.00pm: Armed guard for Hilary came aboard.


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20 August 1916

At Prince's Dock, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind calm; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 57°F]

10.15am: Church parties; (10 RCs, 66 C of E).

5.45pm: 1 marine absentee from Changuinola joined ship.

Midnight: Commenced coaling.


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21 August 1916

At Prince's Dock, Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 59°F]

5.00am: Shifting ship; fast.

2.30pm: 3 ratings joined from HMS Pembroke.

5.00pm: 1 rating for HMS Changuinola left ship for HMS Patuca.

6.55pm: Finished coaling.

7.20pm: Left Prince’s Dock for Stobcross Quay.


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22 August 1916

At Glasgow, Stobcross Quay.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind calm; broken cloud and mist; air temperature average 58°F]

2.15am: Coal trimmers finished; total received: 1753 tons.

8.45am: 1 private RMLI joined ship from RMB Chatham.

10.30am: Escort left ship for Edinburgh to fetch rating from police station.

5.45pm: Escort returned with rating.

7.30pm: W.O. O’Brien left the ship.


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23 August 1916

At Glasgow, Stobcross Quay.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind NE and calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F]

0.30am: 2 truck-loads of ammunition arrived.

8.05am: W.O. F W Earl joined ship.

9.00am: Unloading ammunition; 1 pte. RMLI and 1 AB RNR joined ship.


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24 August 1916

At Glasgow, Stobcross Quay.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind calm; cloudy; air temperature average 62°F]

10.00am: Discharged 2 ABs to RNB Chatham and 1 OS to hospital Chatham.

10.30am: Armed guard discharged to Hilary.

7.30pm: 1 AB RNVR joined ship from Portsmouth.


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25 August 1916

At Glasgow, Stobcross Quay.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind E force 2-4; rain; air temperature average 59°F]

Am and pm: Crew cleaning and getting in stores.


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26 August 1916

At Glasgow, Stobcross Quay.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable W calm; cloud and rain; air temperature average 62°F]

Am and pm: Crew cleaning and getting in stores.


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27 August 1916

At Glasgow, Stobcross Quay.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable W calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 62°F]

10.30am: Church parties (C of E 75 men).

11.00am: 9 ratings from Portsmouth, 5 from Chatham joined ship.


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28 August 1916

At Glasgow, Stobcross Quay.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable NE calm; cloud and rain; air temperature average 58°F]

10.00am: Discharged 2 ABs to RNB Chatham.

3.30pm: Tested telegraphs and steering gear.


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29 August 1916

At Glasgow, Stobcross Quay.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 58°F]

8.00am: Crew cleaning and getting in stores.

12.03pm: Tugs alongside; pilot arrived.

1.55pm: Cast off and proceeded.

4.20pm: Anchored off Tail of the Bank with port anchor in 45 fathoms of cable; pilot left and clocks back 1 hour to GMT.

5.00pm: Up anchor and proceeded.

5.37pm: Passed boom defence.

6.40pm: Passed Little Cumbrae; set course S20°W.

11.25pm: Passed Mull of Cantyre Light.

Coal remaining 2250 tons.


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30 August 1916

At patrol.

Lat 56.3, Long -9.9

[Wind NW backing SW force 2-4; sea slight; cloud and rain; air temperature average 57°F, sea 57°F]

[Base course NW]

2.00am: Inishtrahull Light abeam; course N46°W.

5.50am: Spoke with SS Granfoss (Norwegian) flying flag of the day.

1.00pm: Steering ZZ courses 38° every 10 mins.

7.10pm: Rendezvoused with Patuca and received 1 W.O. and 6 ratings.

Distance run 285 miles.


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31 August 1916

At patrol.

Lat 59.7, Long -13.7

[Wind variable SW force 3-5; sea moderate; cloud and rain; air temperature average 55°F, sea 55°F]

[Base course NE]

8.50am: Spoke with SS Pioneer (US) bound W.

1.30pm: Sighted Changuinola and discharged 8 ratings and received 4 ratings from Changuinola; proceeded on course N26°E.

Distance run 319 miles.


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LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1916


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1 September 1916

At patrol.*

Lat 63.4, Long -12.3

[Wind variable N force 3-5; sea moderate to rough; cloud and showers; air temperature average 50°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses N20-26°E]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses 25° every 10 mins.

9.40am: Courses various to examine British trawler Maggie Ross on passage from Iceland to Aberdeen; proceeded on N20°E.

4.10pm: Stopped and boarded Danish ketch Immanuel on passage to fishing grounds; allowed to proceed in Lat 64°18’N, Long 12°36’W.

8.40pm: Stopped and boarded French schooner Maurice; all correct in Lat 65°03’N, Long 12°47’W.

10.50pm: Straight course; wind and sea increasing.

Distance run 311 miles.


*[Note: Gloucestershire is returning to “E” Patrol, N of Iceland.]


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2 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.6, Long -14.4

[Wind NW force 5-7; sea rough; cloud and squalls; air temperature average 41°F, sea 44°F]

[Base courses N20-25°E, S20°W]

8.07am: Rendezvoused with HMS Andes and transferred 1 Warrant Telegraphist; set course N25°E.

10.40am: Langanaes Light bore S17°W 4 miles.

7.57pm: Boarded Danish [Faroe Islands] schooner Otaria, fishing.

9.10pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Oscar; correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 66°22’N, Long 14°06’W.

11.00pm: Stopped and boarded SS Skjervoy (Norwegian) on passage from Siglufjord to Alesund;

Distance run 250 miles.


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3 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.5, Long -14.1

[Wind variable force 1-2; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 46°F, sea 44°F]

[Base courses N29°E, S20°W]

0.30am: Sent Skjervoy to Leith with armed guard in Lat 66°30’N, Long 14°30’W.

0.47am: Engaged Norwegian SS Imbs (Trondheim - Siglufjord). Stopped and boarded and allowed to proceed.

9.02am: Boarded Danish trawler Mars; correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 66°14’N, Long 14°11’W.

11.00am: Rendezvoused with HMT Rushcoe; Commander came aboard.

2.21pm: Engaged Norwegian auxiliary moter ketch Fred (Siglufjord - Alesund). Boarded and allowed to proceed in Lat 66°26’N, Long 15°11’W.

4.03pm: Engaged Norwegian trawler Force; allowed to proceed in Lat 66°24’N, Long 15°17’W.

5.10pm: Engaged Norwegian SS Assistent (Kirkwall - Iceland): correct and allowed to proceed.

6.53pm: Engaged Norwegian SS Patria (Akureyri - Wick): Boarded and sent in with armed guard in Lat 66°27’N, Long 14°44’W.

10.40pm: Sent over 2 armed guards to Rushcoe.

Distance run 220 miles.


[Note: Admiral Tupper reported that two Norwegian fishing vessels, Ost and Frank Somers, had attempted to evade the patrol when intercepted on this date. Both were sent in with armed guards. However, it was found that Frank Somers already had clearance, prompting criticism from the Admiralty. However, the log seems to show that it may have been another AMC, rather than Gloucestershire, which was involved with these fishing vessels. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 508.]


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4 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.2, Long -18.8

[Wind variable SE force 2-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 46°F, sea 45°F]

7.05am: Grimsey Island abeam.

8.05am: Boarded Norwegian trawler Signal; fishing and allowed to proceed in Lat 66°24’N, Long 18°22’W.

9.39am: Rendezvoused with Ebro; transferred ratings.

11.15am: Entered Siglufjord; let go port anchor with 45 fathoms cable.

12.30pm: Captain of Danish gunboat visited ship.

12.45pm: British Consul came aboard.*

3.00pm: British Consul left the ship; proceeded to sea.

6.47pm: Engaged Norwegian trawler Cimra. Stopped and boarded and allowed to proceed.

7.17pm: Engaged Norwegian trawler Kristina. Boarded and allowed to proceed.

10.45pm: Engaged Danish schooner Abba on passage from Siglufjord to Wick with herrings. Boarded and sent in with armed guard.

Distance run 259 miles.


*[Note: The British Consul for Iceland was Mr Cable.]


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5 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.5, Long -14.5

[Wind SE veering SSW force 4-6; sea rough; cloudy; air temperature average 48°F, sea 46°F]

4.00am: Fresh gale and high sea; steered straight course.

10.40am: Boarded Swedish motor ketch Havtor (for Iceland); allowed to proceed in Lat 66°28’N, Long 14°01’W.

1.15pm: Stopped and met [HMTs] Tenby Castle and Rushcoe to supply provisions etc.

2.30pm: Engaged Norwegian SS Polheim on passage from Iceland to Alesund with fish. Boarded and sent in to Lerwick with armed guard in Lat 66°26’N, Long 15°02’W.

6.55pm: Engaged Swedish SS Avance on passage from Siglufjord to Alesund with fish. Boarded and sent in to Lerwick with armed guard in Lat 66°32’N, Long 14°25’W.

9.35pm: Engaged Norwegian schooner Olga Pauline on passage from Siglufjord to Wick with fish. Boarded and sent in with armed guard in Lat 66°45’N, Long 14°20’W; proceeded on course W.

Distance run 204 miles.


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6 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.6, Long -14.5

[Wind S veering W force 3-4; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 49°F, sea 46°F]

[Base courses N29°E, S28°W]

8.05am: Engaged Danish schooner Lala. Stopped and boarded and ordered to proceed.

1.30pm: Engaged Norwegian ketch Capella. Boarded and sent to Lerwick with armed guard; boarded Swedish ketch Lillie & Ethel on passage from Gothenburg to Siglufjord; allowed to proceed in Lat 66°30’N, Long 14°30’W.

4.00pm: Engaged British SS Temaire; correct and allowed to proceed.

6.20pm: Engaged Norwegian SS Torqeir (Siglufjord - Alesund in ballast). Boarded and allowed to proceed.

6.40pm: Engaged Norwegian SS Hildur (Siglufjord - Alesund in ballast). Boarded and allowed to proceed.

7.45pm: Engaged Norwegian SS Signal (in ballast). Boarded and allowed to proceed.

9.00pm: Engaged Norwegian SS Driftig on passage from Siglufjord to Alesund with fish. Boarded and sent in to Lerwick with armed guard in Lat 66°40’N, Long 16°00’W.

10.20pm: Engaged Norwegian SS Activ. Coasting and allowed to proceed.

11.35pm: Rendezvoused with Ebro.

Distance run 265 miles.


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7 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.5, Long -14.6

[Wind variable WSW force 3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 48°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses N29°E, S28°W]

0.00am: Received 4 armed guards from Ebro; proceeded on course N29°E.

9.15am: Engaged Norwegian schooner Elin on passage from Siglufjord to Wick. Boarded and sent in with armed guard in Lat 66°35’N, Long 14°40’W.

11.00am: Rendezvoused with Tenby Castle and transferred 2 armed guards.

12.20pm: Intercepted SS Dresden (British) and schooner Marjorie A. Spencer (American). Correct.

Distance run 235 miles.


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8 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.7, Long -14.9

[Wind variable force 3-6; sea slight to moderate; overcast with fog then rain; air temperature average 46°F, sea 44°F]

[Base courses N29°E, S28°W]

5.30am: Thick fog.

10.05am: Boarded Vestmanna and Dugvan (Danish smacks); fishing and allowed to proceed.

2.00pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Magne* on passage from Siglufjord to Haugesund in ballast; allowed to proceed.

Midnight: Fresh gale and heavy sea.

Distance run 284 miles.


*[Caution should be exercised as this ship appears in the Norwegian list but as a Swedish-flagged vessel.}


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9 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 67.1, Long -14.5

[Wind NNW backing W force 6-2; sea rough to slight; cloudy; air temperature average 40°F, sea 43°F]

[Base courses N29°E, S28°W]

7.05am: Boarded British trawler Caliban; fishing and allowed to proceed.

5.45pm: Boarded Norwegian steamers Skansen and Sjoblomsten (Siglufjord - Alesund in ballast); allowed to proceed.

7.12pm: Engaged Norwegian trawler Uda (Siglufjord - Alesund in ballast); allowed to proceed in Lat 66°27’N, Long 14°25’W.

8.28pm: Met Changuinola and received 1 officer and armed guard; transferred Ebro’s armed guard.

9.18pm: Boarded Norwegian steamer SS Heim (Siglufjord - Haugesund in ballast); allowed to proceed.

Distance run 177 miles.


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10 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.5, Long -15.0

[Wind variable force 2-5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 40°F, sea 43°F]

[Base courses N29°E, S28°W]

12.03pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Skreien (Siglufjord - Alesund in ballast); allowed to proceed in Lat 66°33’N, Long 15°00’W.

1.15pm: Engaged Norwegian steamers Utvaer and Hugin with hulk Speculator in tow. Boarded and allowed to proceed.

3.15pm: Engaged Norwegian SS Hovding previously boarded by Tenby Castle. Put armed guards on board.

6.15pm: Transferred 1 Midshipman and armed guard to Tenby Castle.

9.20pm: Intercepted Norwegian steamers Elgan and Merkar. Examined by trawler.

10.20pm: Rendezvous with Ebro; received 2 armed guards ex-Changuinola for trawlers.

11.50pm: Engaged Norwegian SS Draugen with SV Sorona in tow (Siglufjord - Wick). Boarded and sent in with armed guard.

Distance run 281 miles.


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11 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.5, Long -14.9

[Wind variable SE force 2-3; sea slight; cloud and fog; air temperature average 43°F, sea 44°F]

[Base courses N29°E, S28°W]

2.32am: Intercepted Norwegian SS Osnes; allowed to proceed.

3.25am: Boarded Norwegian steamers Eytun and Thorberg; correct and allowed to proceed.

6.05am: Sent armed guards to Rushcoe and Tenby Castle.*

8.20am: Boarded Icelandic SS Eirikur (coasting in ballast); allowed to proceed.

12.24pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Eystein [most likely Kong Eystein] (Siglufjord - Alesund in ballast); allowed to proceed in Lat 66°31’N, Long 14°49’W.

Distance run 237 miles.


*[Note: Gloucestershire reported to the Admiralty that 12 armed guards were away, so Almanzora was ordered to rendezvous with her to supply more. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 509.]


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12 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.4, Long -14.4

[Wind SE veering N force 2-6; sea slight to rough; cloud, fog and rain; air temperature average 43°F, sea 44°F]

[Base courses N29°E, S28°W]

7.15am: Met Almanzora and received 6 midshipmen, 6 armed guards.

11.30am: Langanaes Light abeam 3 miles.

11.50am: Boarded SS Herld [possibly Herdla] (Norwegian, Siglufjord - Alesund); correct and allowed to proceed.

1.00pm: Rendezvoused with Rushcoe and transferred 1 armed guard.

2.45pm: Boarded Swedish SS Aron on passage from Siglufjord to Goteborg with herrings. Sent into Lerwick with armed guard.

3.45pm: Rendezvoused with Tenby Castle and transferred 1 armed guard.

5.10pm: Intercepted Iris (Swedish motor vessel); too rough to board.

6.45pm: Passed Iris over to Rushcoe.

Midnight: Heavy N gale.

Distance run 291 miles.


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13 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.5, Long -14.7

[Wind N force 6-2; sea rough to moderate; cloudy with early squalls; air temperature average 37°F, sea 43°F]

[Base courses N29°E, S28°W]

11.30am: Boarded SS Blanche (Norwegian) on passage from Iceland to Lerwick with fish; sent in with armed guard in Lat 66°28’N, Long 14°42’W.

1.40pm: Rendezvoused with Tenby Castle.

3.40pm: Boarded Aspo [possibly Asp] and Elna (Norwegian steamers on passage Siglufjord - Alesund in ballast); allowed to proceed in Lat 66°33’N, Long 13°49’W.

Midnight: Spoke with Swedish SS William flying flag of the day.

Distance run 210 miles.


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14 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.4, Long -14.3

[Wind SSW veering NNW force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 44°F, sea 44°F]

[Base courses N29°E, S28°W]

0.00am: Steering ZZ courses 45° every 10 minutes.

5.45am: Intercepted Agir (steamer) with armed guard aboard.

9.00am: Sent armed guards to Timan and Langanaes (Norwegian steamers) for Lerwick.

11.17am: Boarded SS Nor (Norwegian) in ballast; allowed to proceed.

12.30pm: Boarded SS Temaire (British) on passage from Akureyri to Wick with fish; allowed to proceed.

1.45pm: Rendezvoused with Rushcoe and Tenby Castle; 2 RMLI privates transferred.

4.55pm: Boarded SS Assistent (Norwegian) on passage Siglufjord to Stavanger; allowed to proceed in Lat 66°20’N, Long 14°24’W.

5.25pm: Boarded SS Dana (Norwegian) on passage from Burntisland to Isafjord in ballast; allowed to proceed.

5.50pm: Proceeded to meet Artois; received 4 armed guards.

7.10pm: Proceeded to meet Changuinola.

8.00pm: Langanaes Light abeam 3 miles.

8.30pm: Intercepted SS Argo (Norwegian); correct.

9.00pm: Intercepted SS Sorfold (Norwegian); correct.

10.08pm: Boarded SS Cimra (Norwegian); in ballast and allowed to proceed.

10.45pm: Boarded Minx and Erik (Swedish motor vessels) on passage from Isafjord to Smogen; sent to Lerwick with armed guard.

Distance run 286 miles.


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15 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.4, Long -14.4

[Wind N veering S force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 41°F, sea 43°F]

1.00am: 1 Sub Lt. and 1 armed guard sent to Changuinola.

6.07am: Intercepted SS Steinar; correct.

8.00am: Rendezvoused withTenby Castle.

9.45am: Put armed guard aboard SS Skarbakk (Norwegian) and sent to Lerwick.

11.20am: Rendezvoused with Changuinola.

1.00pm: Trawlers left patrol escorting SS Brodsund (Norwegian) to Lerwick.

2.15pm: Boarded SS Cito (Norwegian) previously boarded by Changuinola and awaiting armed guard.

4.00pm: Rendezvoused with Hilary and received 7 armed guards; put armed guard aboard Cito and sent to Lerwick.

6.05pm: Boarded SS Are (Norwegian) on passage from Akureyri to Wick with herrings. Sent into Lerwick with armed guard.

6.20pm: Boarded SS Minerva (Norwegian) on passage from Siglufjord to Goteborg with herrings. Sent into Lerwick with armed guard.

7.40pm: Boarded Norwegian MV Hansavaag on passage from Siglufjord to Haugesund with fish. Sent into Lerwick with armed guard.

8.40pm: Rendezvoused with Changuinola and gave her 2 armed guards.

Distance run 203 miles.


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16 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.3, Long -14.1

[Wind variable SE force 2-3; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 48°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses N29°E, S28°W]

1.05am: Boarded SS Toujir, [actually Tongen according to the Admiralty]* Norwegian steamer on passage Siglufjord – Alesund. Allowed to proceed.

8.30am: Boarded SS Bordeyri, Norwegian steamer on passage Siglufjord – Kopervik. Allowed to proceed.

9.40am: Boarded SS Hai (Norwegian) towing Arie; sent to Lerwick with armed guard.

10.20am: Boarded MV Water Llily (Swedish) on passage from Siglufjord to Skudenes. Detained.

12.10pm: Boarded MV Catherine (Norwegian) on passage from Siglufjord to Bergen. Detained; no armed guards available.**

3.00pm: Met with Changuinola and procured 2 armed guards for: MVs Catherine and Water Lilly; sent to Lerwick.

6.00pm: Examined SV Lalla Roohk; correct.

8.00pm: Put Lt. and armed guard aboard Norwegian SS Hodd; awaiting guards for Hodd and for Sele towing barge John.

Distance run 263 miles.


*[Note: It was recorded by the Admiralty that Tongen, Bordeyri and Water Lily failed to call in at Lerwick. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, pages 510-520.]


**[Note: The great number of ships being sent into Lerwick had led to a shortage of armed guards. This week provided the greatest number of interceptions since the start of the war. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, pages 510-511.]


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17 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.4, Long -14.3

[Wind variable NW force 2-7; sea slight to rough; cloudy with mist; air temperature average 44°F, sea 44°F]

5.00am: Boarded SS Atlas (Norwegian) on passage from Raufarhovn [NE Iceland] to Stavanger; allowed to proceed in Lat 66°10’N, Long 14°15’W.

9.30am: Rendezvoused with Robert Smith; Commander came on board for instructions.

11.15am: Lt. and guard returned from Hodd; vessel sent in with guard from Robert Smith.

1.00pm: Escorted SS Hero; under guard awaiting escort.

3.00pm: Rendezvoused with Andes and received 11 armed guards.

4.20pm: Sent 4 armed guards to Changuinola.

6.00pm: Put armed guards aboard SV Maughan.

7.00pm: Proceeded towards land in search of SS Sele and barge John.*

9.30pm: Lost 2 sounders and links and 1 sounding wire; spoke with trawler Walpole.

10.00pm: Instructed Changuinola to stand by SS Sele and barge John; strong wind and heavy sea.

Distance run 279 miles.


*[Note: There is a dramatic story involving Changuinola’s attempt to save the barge John and avoid being blown onto a lee shore. The salvage was successful. See the full details in John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, pages 515-516.]


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18 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.2, Long -14.6

[Wind NNW force 8-5; sea rough; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 40°F, sea 42°F]

2.00am: Heavy sea and gale, with vessel shipping large quantities of water.

11.00am: Stopped and put armed guard aboard the trawler Walpole.

4.00pm: Boarded SS Ludolf Eide (Norwegian) on passage from Siglufjord to Stavanger with herrings. Allowed to proceed.

Distance run 200 miles.


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19 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.7, Long -14.0

[Wind SW veering NNW force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 43°F, sea 43°F]

4.50am: Intercepted SS Alf (Norwegian) Stavanger to Iceland; correct and allowed to proceed.

6.30am: Intercepted Swedish SS St John previously boarded by trawler; on passage from Siglufjord to Goteborg with herrings. Sent into Lerwick with armed guard.

9.16am: Discharged ratings to Changuinola.

1.20pm: Stopped to examine Norwegian SS Vigra and Vega (hulk) previously detained by Walpole.

3.15pm: Transferred 1 armed guard to Robert Smith.

5.00pm: Rendezvoused with Ebro; Commander came aboard.

6.47pm: Commander of Ebro returned to his ship.

Distance run 297 miles.


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Deviations of standard compass


20 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.5, Long -14.0

[Wind variable force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 39°F, sea 42°F]

9.40am: Rendezvoused with Hilary.

1.50pm: Rendezvoused with Robert Smith and took off 1 Midshipman and 1 armed guard.

5.00pm: Courses various testing compass deviations.

Distance run 307 miles.


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21 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.3, Long -12.0

[Wind variable S force 3-5; sea moderate; overcast with rain and fog; air temperature average 41°F, sea 42°F]

[Base courses N27°E, S27°W]

11.00am: Rendezvoused with Patuca.

6.00pm: Fog set in.

Distance run 239 miles.


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22 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.2, Long -12.5

[Wind SE veering NE force 2-5; sea slight; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 41°F, sea 41°F]

[Base courses N27°E, S27°W]

9.10am: Boarded Prima Donna (Danish [Faroes] fishing smack TG247). Gave guarantee and allowed to proceed in Lat 66°21’N, Long 12°15’W.

11.40am: Boarded Mazeppa (Danish [Faroes] fishing smack FD371) Gave guarantee and allowed to proceed in Lat 66°11’N, Long 12°28’W.

12.20pm: proceeded on course S9°E.

Distance run 265 miles.


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23 September 1916

En route to Busta Voe.

Lat 62.5, Long -6.3

[Wind NE and E force 2-3; sea slight; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 48°F, sea 47°F]

[Base courses S11-20°E]

0.30am: ZZ course S11°E.

11.00am: Fog; sounded 75 fathoms.

11.30am: Fog cleared; sighted Faroe Islands.

Distance run 315 miles.


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24 September 1916

At Swarbacks Minn/Busta Voe.

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind SW force 2; cloudy; air temperature average 52°F]

2.20am: Esha Ness Light bore S52°E.

5.07am: Passed Muckle Roe Light.

5.20am: Passed boom.

5.35am: Let go starboard anchor and 45 fathoms of cable.

6.40am: Colliers Barmoor and Westwood alongside.

7.25am: Gibraltar men arrived on board; commenced coaling.

9.00am: 7 armed guards returned.

3.00pm: 2 armed guards returned.

7.15pm: Collier Barmoor away; 800 tons received.

Distance run 234 miles.


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25 September 1916

At Swarbacks Minn/Busta Voe.

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind SE force 2; cloudy with mist; air temperature average 52°F]

[am and pm: cleaning ship and short leave]

7.30pm: 2 absentees returned.


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26 September 1916

At Swarbacks Minn/Busta Voe.

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind SSE force 2; overcast; air temperature average 52°F]

[am and pm: cleaning ship and short leave]

5.00am: Mail steamer Fiona anchored.*

5.30am: HMS Otway anchored in berth No.3.


*[Note: This is a confusing entry. There was an Armed Boarding Cruiser Fiona in service at the time, which was wrecked in 1917. It is likely that this was the ship in Busta Voe. However, there was also a larger British-built but Australia-based steamship Fiona, and it is possible that the reference to “mail steamer” might suggest this ship.

Teesbuilt Ships: Fiona]


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27 September 1916

At Swarbacks Minn/Busta Voe.

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind SE force 2-3; overcast; air temperature average 52°F]

6.25pm: Hove up and proceeded.

7.05pm: Passed boom; set course N33°W.

8.10pm: Passed Esha Ness; course N15°W, 20°ZZ.

11.30pm: Course N73°W.


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28 September 1916

At patrol.*

Lat 61.1, Long -7.5

[Wind E force 2-4; sea slight; cloud, mist and fog; air temperature average 50°F, sea 49°F]

00.30am: Steering ZZ course N72°W.

8.45am: Boarded Diver (British Trawler), fishing.

10.45am: Boarded Queenstown (British Trawler), fishing grounds to Grimsby; allowed to proceed.

3.28pm: Boarded Seahorse (British Trawler), fishing grounds to Hull; allowed to proceed.

4.41pm: Boarded Quassia (British Trawler), fishing; allowed to proceed.

7.15pm: Boarded Orvingur (Danish ketch) Siglufjord –Traanevaag [Tranevåg, Norway] with fish; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°51’N, Long 9°10’W.

8.35pm: Challenged Alsatian.

9.35pm: Boarded British SS Barrowmore on passage from Barry to Archangel with coal; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°54’N, Long 9°46’W; proceeded on course N61°W.

Distance run 234 miles.


*[Note: Gloucestershire is now joining Artois in the area 61°N, 14°W, west of the Faroes.]


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29 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.6, Long -14.6

[Wind NE veering E force 2-4; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 48°F, sea 49°F]

00.30am: Steering ZZ course N61°W.

10.40am: Boarded British SS Manchester Trader on passage from Delaware Bay to Archangel with general cargo; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°12’N, Long 14°30’W.

12.15pm: Spoke with Artois.

2.00pm: Rendezvoused with Patuca; transferred Warrant Telegraphist Earl to Patuca; WTO Robb joined ship.

Distance run 302 miles.


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30 September 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.5, Long -14.4

[Wind E veering SSE force 2-4; sea slight; overcast; air temperature average 49°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses N6°E and S10°W]

00.30am: Steering ZZ courses N6°E, S10°W.

9.54am: Target practice.

7.50pm: Stopped starboard engine for repairs.

Distance run 286 miles.


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LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1916


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Barometer: Aneroid


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1 October 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.7, Long -14.9

[Wind SE veering NE force 2-3; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 49°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses N6°E and S10°W]

00.30am: Steering ZZ courses.

Distance run 295 miles.


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2 October 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.4, Long -12.9

[Wind variable force 3; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 46°F, sea 49°F]

[Base courses N6°E and S10°W]

00.30am: Steering ZZ courses.

5.12am: Boarded Russian SS Omsk on passage from New York to Archangel with general cargo; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°44’N, Long 15°00’W.

9.45am: Courts Martial returns read.

12.28pm: Boarded British SS Clydesdale on passage from Liverpool to Archangel with war material; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°26’N, Long 12°42’W.

4.50pm: Rendezvoused with Hildebrand; 1 officer and 1 rating returned to ship.

Distance run 305 miles.


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3 October 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.4, Long -14.3

[Wind variable SW force 1-2; sea smooth; overcast; air temperature average 49°F, sea 49°F]

[Base courses N6°E and S10°W]

00.30am: Steering ZZ courses.

9.49am: Target practice.

4.30pm: Target practice.

Distance run 291 miles.


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4 October 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.6, Long -14.5

[Wind NE veering E force 2-4; sea slight; overcast with rain; air temperature average 46°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses N6°E and S10°W]

00.30am: Steering ZZ courses.

8.00am: Intercepted British SS Tiverton flying flag of the day.

8.30am: Boarded British SS Iolo on passage from Cardiff to Archangel with coal; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°19’N, Long 14°10’W.*

Distance run 287 iles.


*[Note: This vessel was captured and sunk by a U-boat on this voyage on 11th October when passing the North Cape of Norway. See uboat.net: Iolo]


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5 October 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.2, Long -14.2

[Wind E force 2-5; sea moderate; overcast with rain squalls; air temperature average 46°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses N6°E and S10°W]

00.30am: Steering ZZ courses.

8.32am: Boarded SS Mingrelie (French) on passage from Lorient to Archangel with military stores; allowed to proceed in Lat 60°56’N, Long 13°50’W.

10.00am: Gunnery practice.

Distance run 289 miles.


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6 October 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.6, Long -14.5

[Wind SE force 5-6; sea moderate to rough; overcast with rain squalls; air temperature average 49°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses N6°E and S10°W]

00.30am: Steering ZZ courses.

6.00pm: Strong wind and high sea.

Distance run 293 miles.


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7 October 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.2, Long -14.0

[Wind SE force 4-5; sea moderate; overcast with rain squalls; air temperature average 48°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses N6°E and S10°W]

00.30am: Steering ZZ courses.

1.00pm: Intercepted SS Queensland (British) flying correct flag of the day.

11.58pm: Increased speed in chase of steamer.

Distance run 288 miles.


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8 October 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.9, Long -17.2

[Wind S veering SW force 3-4; sea moderate; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 50°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses S19°E and N22°W]

00.15am: Intercepted SS Thor (Danish) on passage from Reykjavik to Fleetwood; correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 61°25’N, Long 14°50’W.

9.40am: Hands mustered by open list.

5.00pm: Sea increasing with heavy cross swell.

9.00pm: Lat. by Polaris 61°07’N.

Midnight: Moderate gale with heavy W swell.

Distance run 296 miles.


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9 October 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.7, Long -15.7

[Wind variable W force 6-7; sea very rough; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 48°F, sea 49°F]

[Base courses S19°E and N32°W]

3.00am: Ship rolling heavily in gale and shipping large quantities of water.

7.30am: Eased down to secure foremost guns.

1.00pm: Heavy W swell; ship rolling and labouring heavily.

6.40pm: Altered course to S24°W in chase of reported light.

Midnight: Heavy W swell; ship rolling and labouring heavily.

Distance run 303 miles.


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10 October 1916

At patrol.

Lat 61.8, Long -16.2

[Wind variable force 5-2; sea becoming slight with W swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 48°F, sea 49°F]

[Base courses S19°E and N32°W]

3.00pm: Altered course to N56°E in chase; full speed.

5.07pm: Boarded British trawler Admiral Cradock. Correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 61°56’N, Long 15°20’W.

Distance run 302 miles.


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11 October 1916

At patrol.

Lat 62.3, Long -17.3

[Wind variable force 3; sea moderate with confused swell; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 47°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses S18°E and N26°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses; proceeding to N position on the patrol.

7.40am: Courses various to intercept steamer.

8.05am: Boarded Danish trawler Eggert Glafsson [most likely Eggert Olaffson, Icelandic] on passage from Iceland to Fleetwood with fish. Correct and allowed to proceed.

4.23pm: Courses various in chase.

5.15pm: Intercepted Danish schooner Niels, flying correct flag of the day.

Distance run 313 miles.


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12 October 1916

At patrol.

Lat 62.3, Long -17.5

[Wind variable force 3; sea moderate with confused W swell; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 45°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses S18°E and N26°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses.

10.00am: Courses various carrying out 3 Pdr practice on floating cask.

Distance run 299 miles.


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13 October 1916

At patrol.

Lat 62.4, Long -16.8

[Wind NW backing W force 5-6; sea moderate to rough with confused W swell; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 45°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses S18°E and N26°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses.

9.00am: Spoke with Alsatian.

2.30pm: Rendezvous with Alsatian; transferred one signalman and received 1 signalman for Gloucestershire, 4 ratings for Ebro, 6 ratings for Moldavia, 1 rating for Patuca and 1 prisoner from Alsatian.

6.40pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 62°35'N, Long 17°48'W.

Distance run 302 miles.


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14 October 1916

At patrol.

Lat 62.7, Long -17.8

[Wind variable force 2-3; sea moderate with confused W swell; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 44°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses S18°E and N26°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses.

8.45am: Stopped and boarded British trawler Carency; correct and ordered to proceed.

9.40-11.20am: Gunnery practice.

4.55pm: Found defect in steering gear; clamp connecting tiller to quadrant fractured; reduced speed and steered by engines.

8.30pm: Temporary repairs completed.

Distance run 299 miles.


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15 October 1916

At patrol and en route to Glasgow.

Lat 62.2, Long -17.4

[Wind NNE backing NW force 5-6; sea moderate to rough with confused W swell; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 43°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses S16-17°W and N26°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses.

9.40am: Steered by engines while replacing clamp on tiller.

11.10am: Left patrol; altered course to S17°W.

2.00pm: Strong following wind and high sea.

10.45pm: Spoke with Otway.

Distance run 281 miles.


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16 October 1916

At sea en route to Glasgow.

Lat 58.3, Long -14.6

[Wind variable then S force 2-6; sea moderate to rough; cloudy with rain later; air temperature average 43°F, sea 49°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses; light winds, moderate sea, fine weather.

7.23am: Altered course to N70°E in chase of steamer.

11.00am: Boarded Danish SS London on passage from Philadelphia to Goteborg with oil cake. Sent to Kirkwall with armed guard in Lat 58°27’N, Long 14°38’W.

11.30am: Proceeded on course S29°W and ZZ.

3.00pm: Rendezvous with Alsatian; courses and speed various. Received mails, and 1 Eng Commander RN for passage to Clyde.*

4.00pm: Proceeded on S29°E, 72 revs and ZZ.

4.48pm: Spoke with Victorian.

9.00pm: Intercepted Dutch SS Djebres on passage from Rotterdam to New York. Correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 57°43’N, Long 16°36’W.

9.45pm: Proceeded on course S41°E, 72 revs; moderate gale and high sea, overcast and misty with continuous rain.

Distance run 341 miles.


*Note: Engineering Commander Henry F Bell, being sent by Admiral Tupper to Liverpool to test HMS Virginian. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 530.]


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17 October 1916

At sea en route to Glasgow.

Lat 57.0, Long -11.8

[Wind variable SW force 5-3; sea rough to slight; cloudy; air temperature average 54°F, sea 53°F]

Base course S35°E]

0.30am: Moderate gale to fresh wind, overcast and misty with rain. Weather moderating.

5.00am: Half-hourly soundings (fathoms): 82, 79, 72, 75.

8.15am: Challenged Patia.

8.30am: Rendezvoused with Patia; transferred 4 ratings for Ebro .

9.10am: Proceeded on S34°E and ZZ.

Noon: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather; gun crews closed up throughout.

Distance run 323 miles.


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18 October 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable calm; cloud and rain; air temperature average 52°F]

0.40am: Inishtrahull Light bore S53°E.

2.13am: Inishtrahull Light abeam 6 miles.

4.00am: Courses various as requisite in Rathlin Sound.

8.30am: Ailsa Craig abeam 3.5 miles.

11.45am: Passed boom; courses and speed various.

11.55am: Pilot aboard off Kempock Point.

12.30pm: Proceeded towards Glasgow; made stern tug fast off Prince’s Pier.

2.05pm: Made head tug fast.

2.50pm: Warrant No.24 read.

3.40pm: Entered Prince’s Dock.

4.00 Ship in berth, finished with engines. Coal remaining on arrival 361 tons.; discharged armed guard to Patuca

6.00pm: Ship’s company paid.

Distance run 344 miles.


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19 October 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudy; air temperature average 48°F]

9.00am: Ratings left ship for barracks; 2 signalmen 1 AB 3 for hospital, Wilton; PO, 1 marine and 1 AB.

9.30am: SPO (W) Siddell left ship for Teutonic.

1.00pm: Prisoner left ship for Barlinnie Detention Barracks.

2.00pm: Hands employed taking in stores, rigging gear, painting aloft.

5.00pm: Hands shifted ship.


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20 October 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable S force 1-2; cloudy; air temperature average 48°F]

9.45am: 1 W/T rating discharged from ship to HMS Teutonic.

11.00am: Port I gun taken ashore.

4.30pm: Shifted ship to lift P2 out.

5.00pm: Shifted S3 [gun].

11.00pm: 1 Warrant Officer (wireless) joined ship.


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21 October 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SE force 1-2; cloudy; air temperature average 45°F]

7.45am: Shifted ship ahead to lift port 3 gun.

10.30am: Armed guard returned to ship.

11.00am: 1 Boatswain joined ship.

11.30am: Shifted ship to remove boat davits.

3.00pm: 1 Boatswain discharged to shore.

5.00pm: 1 rating left ship.


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22 October 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable calm; cloudy; air temperature average 45°F]

11.00am: 3 Ratings from Chatham Depot and 5 ratings from HMS Victory joined ship.


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23 October 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind E force 1-2; cloud and rain; air temperature average 45°F]

8.45am: Hands employed preparing ship for dry dock; 1 marine private discharged to hospital.

12.15pm: Ship in dry dock.


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24 October 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable SE force 1-2; cloud and rain; air temperature average 45°F]

9.00am: Hands employed surveying cable.

10.30am: 2 privates RMLI joined ship from Chatham.

3.30pm: Armed guard from Columbella came aboard.


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25 October 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable SSE force 2-5; cloudy; air temperature average 51°F]

9.25am: Discharged 1 private RMLI to Chatham. Hands employed surveying cable and painting mess deck.


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26 October 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 52°F]

9.30am: Hands employed surveying cable and painting mess deck.

10.00am: Read Warrant No.25.

11.30am: Armed guard from Columbella came on board.


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27 October 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable E force 3-4; cloud and rain; air temperature average 45°F]

10.00am: 2 seamen ratings joined ship from Chatham.


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28 October 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind E backing NNW force 3-4; cloud and rain; air temperature average 47°F]

9.00am: 2 ratings left ship for Chatham; 1 marine rating joined ship.


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29 October 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind E force 1; cloud, rain and mist; air temperature average 44°F]

10.20am: Church parties.


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30 October 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind E force 1; cloud, rain and mist; air temperature average 47°F]

10.45am: Started to flood dock.

12.20pm: Left dry dock assisted by tug.

1.10pm: Secured alongside No.1 Berth Prince’s Dock.

2.00pm: 2 armed guards from Columbella discharged to own ship.


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31 October 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind W force 2-3; cloud and rain; air temperature average 46°F]

8.45am: Hands employed painting ship and taking in stores.

1.40pm: 1 armed guard from Ebro arrived on board.

7.20pm: 1 steward discharged to shore.


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LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1916


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Barometer: Aneroid


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1 November 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind W force 2-3; cloud and rain; air temperature average 46°F]

11.45am: Hands shifting ship.

1.00pm: Ship berthed alongside North Pier No.8 berth.


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2 November 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind W force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 48°F]

Am and pm: Hands employed getting in stores.


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3 November 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind calm; cloud and mist; air temperature average 47°F]

7.00am: Hands fell in employed taking in ammunition.

4.00pm: Hands employed shifting ship. Ship made fast at No.7 Berth.


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4 November 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SE force 2; cloud and rain; air temperature average 47°F]


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5 November 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind calm; cloud and rain; air temperature average 47°F]

10.00am: Church parties.


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6 November 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable; cloud and rain; air temperature average 47°F]

Am: Hands cleaning and painting mess deck.


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7 November 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable calm; cloud and rain; air temperature average 45°F]

Am: Hands employed taking in ammunition, refitting gear etc.


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8 November 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable calm; cloud and mist; air temperature average 43°F]

5.00pm: 1 lamp trimmer joined ship from HMS Eagle.

6.15pm: Tugs came alongside.

7.30pm: Ship made fast alongside coal wharf.

7.45pm: Commenced coaling ship.


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9 November 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable calm; cloud and mist; air temperature average 49°F]

5.30pm: Watch employed taking in BL ammunition.


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10 November 1916

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable calm; cloud and rain; air temperature average 49°F]

7.50am: Finished coaling; received 2280 tons.

11.45pm: Shifted ship.


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Deviations of standard compass

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11 November 1916

At Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SW force 2-4; cloud and rain squalls; air temperature average 54°F]

0.20am: Shifted ship.

7.00am: Dickinson, trimmer discharged to hospital.

9.00am: Discharged Ebro's armed guard to Orotava.

11.10am: Cast off from wharf and proceeded; engines and helm to pilot’s orders.

Noon: Moderate wind, cloudy and squally.

1.00pm: Proceeding down river, courses and speeds various to pilot’s orders, assisted by tugs.

2.30pm: Passed boom. Set course S30°W.

4.20pm: Courses various while carrying out gun trials.

5.00pm: Finished gun trials and returned to Greenock.

7.43pm: Let go starboard anchor and 60 fathoms of cable in 19 fathoms water.

7.50pm: Finished with engines.

Midnight: Moderate winds, cloudy and overcast, misty rain.


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12 November 1916

At anchor off Greenock and en route to patrol.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.7

[Wind variable W force 2-4; overcast; air temperature average 54°F]

0.30am: Moderate winds, cloudy and overcast.

7.27am: Hove up anchor and proceeded to adjust compasses; engines and helm as requisite.

8.50am: Adjustment of compasses completed.

9.10am: Let go starboard anchor; proceeded to adjust gun sights.

12.05pm: Hove up anchor and proceeded; courses and speed as requisite.

12.35pm: Passed boom.

1.00pm: Courses various signalling Toward Point.

1.20pm: Proceeded on S25°W full speed and ZZ; gun crews closed up throughout.

4.10pm: Altered course to S73°W.

4.20pm: Passed Ailsa Craig.

8.15pm: Passed Rue Point Light.

9.00pm: Set course N52°W.

11.37pm: Passed Inishtrahull; set course N70°W.

Midnight: Light wind and fine weather.


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13 November 1916

From Glasgow en route to patrol.*

Lat 55.9, Long -11.3

[Wind variable W force 2-4; sea slight; overcast with mist; air temperature average 51°F, sea 51°F]

[Base courses N70°W and N25-26°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses; light to moderate winds, overcast and misty.

Noon: Light wind, overcast and misty.

4.00pm: Rendezvoused with Virginian.

4.30pm: Proceeded on course N25°W.

Distance run 336 miles.


*[Note: Gloucestershire is returning to “E” Patrol N of Iceland and the Denmark Strait.]


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14 November 1916

From Glasgow en route to patrol.

Lat 60.1, Long -12.3

[Wind variable S force 2-5; sea slight to moderate; overcast with mist; air temperature average 51°F, sea 51°F]

[Base course NE]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses.

6.00am: Altered course to N45°E; light wind, overcast, slight rain.

3.00pm: Guns closed up throughout.

6.00pm: Altered course to S84°E.

Midnight: Moderate to fresh wind, overcast and misty.

Distance run 316 miles.


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15 November 1916

At patrol.

Lat 60.0, Long -11.5

[Wind variable S force 4-5; sea slight to moderate; overcast with mist; air temperature average 50°F, sea 51°F]

[Base courses N85°W, S84°E]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses; fresh wind, moderate sea, overcast, misty.

5.30am: Sounded 100 fathoms.

6.00am: Sounded 75 fathoms sand.

Noon: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast.

1.10pm: Rendezvoused with Otway.

3.00pm: Rendezvoused with Teutonic; received 6 ratings for Moldavia.

Distance run 306 miles.


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16 November 1916

At patrol.

Lat 64.0, Long -12.1

[Wind variable S force 5-6; sea moderate to rough; overcast with rain and mist; air temperature average 46°F, sea 46°F]

[Base courses NE and NW]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses; strong wind and rough following sea, overcast and misty.

4.00am: Course N47°E ZZ.

Noon: Strong wind, rough sea, overcast.

3.30pm: Sounded 60 fathoms.

4.00pm: Sounded 75 fathoms.

4.45pm: Position by stellar obs. Lat 64°52’N, Long 12°23'W.

Midnight: Strong wind and high sea, cloudy and fine.

Distance run 307 miles.


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17 November 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.9, Long -12.5

[Wind SE force 5-6; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 43°F, sea 42°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses; strong wind and rough following sea, overcast and misty.

4.00am: Course N18°W ZZ; sounded each half hour to 5.00am.

5.30am: Observed Langanaes Light bearing S6°E; altered course to S60°E and ZZ.

9.30am: Rendezvoused with Changuinola.

10.00am: Proceeded on course N8°W and ZZ.

Noon: Strong wind and rough sea.

5.10pm: Rendezvoused with HMS Kildonan Castle.

Midnight: Strong wind, high sea, cloudy and fine.

Distance run 299 miles.


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18 November 1916

At patrol.

Lat 67.4, Long -14.4

[Wind variable SE force 5-6; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 40°F, sea 41°F]

[Base courses N31°E, S29°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses; strong to fresh winds, rough sea and fine weather throughout.

8.00am: Position by stellar obs. Lat 67°29’N, Long 14°24'W.

Noon: Fresh wind, rough sea, fine weather.

Midnight: Wind and sea, moderate.

Distance run 302 miles.


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19 November 1916

At patrol.

Lat 67.3, Long -14.4

[Wind variable SE force 2-4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 39°F, sea 39°F]

[Base courses N31°E, S31°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses; moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

8.40am: Steered various courses and rendezvoused with Moldavia. Transferred 3 ratings.

9.30am: Proceeded on course N31°E.

Noon: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

9.00pm: Light winds, smooth sea, and fine clear weather throughout.

Distance run 303 miles.


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20 November 1916

At patrol.

Lat 67.5, Long -17.5

[Wind variable SE force 1-3; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 36°F, sea 38°F]

[Base courses N32°E, S32°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses; light wind, smooth sea, fine weather.

10.00am: Courses various while carrying out 1" aiming practice.

11.30am: Resumed course and speed.

Midnight: Light winds, smooth sea and fine weather throughout.

Distance run 302 miles.


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21 November 1916

At patrol.

Lat 67.5, Long -17.5

[Wind SE backing E force 1-3; sea smooth; cloudy; air temperature average 38°F, sea 36°F]

[Base courses N32°E, S32°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses; light wind, smooth sea, fine weather.

10.00am: Courses various while carrying out periscope target practice.

Distance run 300 miles.


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22 November 1916

At patrol.

Lat 67.3, Long -17.5

[Wind variable SE force 1-3; sea smooth; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 38°F, sea 38°F]

[Base courses N32°E, S32°W]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses; light wind, smooth sea, overcast.

9.00am: Reduced speed owing to fog.

10.00am: Fog cleared. Proceeded at 72 revs.

Noon: Light wind, overcast and misty.

4.30pm: Sounded 100 fathoms.

7.30pm: Sounded in 100 fathoms sand.

11.30pm: Sounded in 78 fathoms sand.

Distance run 281 miles.


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23 November 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.5, Long -12.6

[Wind SE backing NW force 2; sea smooth; overcast with mist; air temperature average 38°F, sea 40°F]

[Base courses N31°E, S29°W]

1.00am: Steering straight course; light wind, smooth sea, overcast.

3.00am: Langanaes Light abeam 15 miles; sounded in 80 fathoms.

10.10am: Carried out periscope target practice.

11.10am: Picked up target and proceeded.

Noon: Light wind, cloudy and overcast.

9.00pm: Langanaes Light bore S78°W.

Midnight: Light wind, smooth sea, cloudy and overcast.

Distance run 276 miles.


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24 November 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.2, Long -12.6

[Wind NW force 2-5; sea moderate; overcast with snow squalls; air temperature average 35°F, sea 40°F]

[Base courses N30°E, S29°W]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses. Light to moderate winds, smooth sea, cloudy and fine with passing showers.

8.30am: Position by stellar obs: Lat 66°23'N, Long 12°40'W.

2.40pm: Rendezvous with Moldavia.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast with frequent snow squalls.


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25 November 1916

At patrol.

Lat 67.0, Long -14.5

[Wind variable NW force 5; sea moderate; overcast with snow squalls; air temperature average 31°F, sea 37°F]

2.00am: Course N34°W; fresh winds, rough sea, cloudy and overcast, frequent snow squalls.

Noon: Fresh wind, overcast and squally.

2.00pm: Sounded in 85 fathoms.

2.30pm: Sounded in 84 fathoms.

Distance run 269 miles.

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26 November 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.5, Long -23.9

[Wind NW veering SE force 4; sea moderate; cloudy with snow squalls; air temperature average 29°F, sea 39°F]

4.00am: Sounded in 65 fathoms; course N53°W; moderate wind and sea, cloudy and fine.

10.00am: Rendezvoused with Changuinola and received Lieut. Robertson RNR who joined ship.

10.40 Proceeded on course N89°W and ZZ.

8.00pm: Wind and sea increasing.

Distance run 284 miles.


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27 November 1916

At patrol.

Lat 65.7, Long -26.3

[Wind SW force 7; sea rough; overcast with snow squalls; air temperature average 37°F, sea 43°F]

0.30am: Strong wind to moderate gale, high sea, cloudy weather, frequent snow and hail squalls; course N70°E.

9.30am: Position by stellar obs: Lat 66°01'N, Long 25°55’W.

5.30pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 65°09'N, Long 26°52'W; course S74°W.

Midnight: Strong wind and heavy sea.

Distance run 267 miles.


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28 November 1916

At patrol.

Lat 65.5, Long -26.4

[Wind WSW force 5-3; sea rough reducing; broken cloud with snow squalls; air temperature average 37°F, sea 43°F]

[Base courses N70°E, S69°W]

0.30am: Strong wind with frequent heavy snow squalls, high sea and heavy swell, clear weather between squalls.

1.00am: Clocks back 1 hour towards ATS.

10.0am GMT: Position by stellar obs: Lat 65°57'N, Long 25°44’W.

1.00pm: Time 1 hour slow on Greenwich.

5.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 64°51'N, Long 27°27'W.

Midnight: Light wind, squally, clear.

Distance run 241 miles.


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29 November 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.5, Long -27.3

[Wind variable force 3; sea slight; cloudy with snow squalls; air temperature average 28°F, sea 35°F]

9.30am: Signalled to Changuinola.

9.50am: Observed track of torpedo passing astern in position Lat 66°07'N, Long 26°44'W.*

10.30am: Proceeded on course N19°E to investigate ice.

2.00pm: Passed through quantities of frozen snow and small ice.

2.30pm: Ship amongst loose ice; courses and speeds various.

4.30pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 66°44'N, Long 26°58'W.

6.00pm: Altered course to S50°W.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and clear.

Distance run 294 miles.


*[Note: This was reported to the Admiralty, but there were no further developments. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 563.]


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30 November 1916

At patrol.

Lat 65.2, Long -27.2

[Wind ENE force 3-8; sea very rough; overcast with snow squalls; air temperature average 34°F, sea 42°F]

0.30am: Time 1 hour slow on Greenwich; steering ZZ courses.

4.00am: Wind rapidly increasing to gale with heavy sea and frequent heavy snow squalls.

7.55am: Reduced to 55 revs.

10.20am: Reduced to 45 revs and hove to.

Noon: Strong gale and heavy sea with violent squalls of wind and snow.

5.00pm: Courses and speed various as requisite clearing gear washed overboard by heavy sea.

7.00pm: Hove to heading NExN 45 revs.

9.30pm: Continuing strong gale; vessel shipping large quantities of water.

Distance run 274 miles.


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LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1916


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Barometer: Aneroid


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1 December 1916

At patrol.

Lat 65.2, Long -26.9

[Wind NE backing N force 6-8; sea very rough; overcast with snow squalls; air temperature average 31°F, sea 41°F]

0.30am: Time 1 hour slow on Greenwich; facing NNE.

2.00am: Fresh gale with heavy sea and frequent snow squalls. Steamer pitching and rolling heavily and shipping quantities of water fore and aft.

10.00am: Altered course to S20°W.

Noon: Continual heavy snow.

1.30pm: Sounded at intervals of 1 hour.

2.00pm: Altered course to N40°E; lost one sounding wire and lead.

8.00pm: Passed ice on port beam.

Midnight: Strong wind, high sea, heavy SW swell.

Distance run 133 miles.


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2 December 1916

At patrol.

Lat 67.5, Long -26.1

[Wind N backing W force 6-2; sea rough with N swell becoming slight; overcast with mist; air temperature average 27°F, sea 41°F]

0.30am: Time 1 hour slow on Greenwich; course N40°E; strong to fresh wind and high sea heavy Nly swell.

8.00am: Ship proceeding N to investigate ice.

10.30am: Steered various courses amongst loose frozen snow, extending in large sheets in a NE and SW direction.

12.30pm: Set course S40°W.

4.30pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 66°03’N, Long 26°25'W.

Distance run 245 miles.


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3 December 1916

At patrol.

Lat 67.5, Long -23.2

[Wind variable force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 30°F, sea 41°F]

0.30am: Time 1 hour slow on Greenwich; course N73°E.

4.15am: Courses and speed various.

4.55am: Boarded British trawler Quail, fishing. Correct in Lat 66°42’N, Long 24°38’W.

5.30am: Proceeded on course N73°E 72 revs.

8.40am: Boarded Danish trawler Njordur, fishing. Correct in Lat 66°54’N, Long 23°48’W.

11.00am: Increased to 78 revs. Proceeding N to investigate ice.

Noon: Light wind, smooth sea, clear.

1.00pm: Steering various courses amongst large masses of loose ice, openings of clear water between.

3.00pm: Altered course to S45°W and ZZ.

6.00pm: Course S89°W; sounded in 63 fathoms.

6.45pm: North Cape bore S 17 miles.

8.00pm: Light to moderate winds, smooth sea, fine clear weather.

11.30pm: Clocks on 30 minutes.

Distance run 313 miles.


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4 December 1916

At patrol.

Lat 64.2, Long -25.6

[Wind SW force 4-6; sea rough; overcast with rain and fog; air temperature average 38°F, sea 43°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses; clock on 30 minutes.

3.30am: Course S39°W; strong head wind, rough sea, high head swell, overcast and misty.

8.00am: Frequent fog banks.

11.10am: Rendezvoused with Otway.

11.40am: Proceeded on course S39°W and ZZ.

3.30pm: Moderate wind and sea, Sly swell, overcast, frequent fog banks.

Distance run 307 miles.


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5 December 1916

At patrol.

Lat 66.5, Long -16.7

[Wind W backing SSW force 4; sea moderate; overcast with rain; air temperature average 45°F, sea 48°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses; S54°E. Moderate winds, rough sea, overcast and misty.

4.30pm: Stopped and boarded British trawler Swallow for Iceland fishing. Correct in Lat 63°29’N, Long 14°46’W.

5.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 63°29’N, Long 14°46’W.

9.00pm: Wind and sea increasing.

Midnight: Strong wind and high sea, overcast, continual rain; course S58°E.

Distance run 317 miles.


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6 December 1916

At patrol.

Lat 63.1, Long -6.1

[Wind variable force 6-4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 44°F, sea 45°F]

[Base course SE en route to Busta Voe]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses. Moderate gale and high sea, heavy swell, cloudy and overcast, clearing. Courses S58-59°E.

8.300am: Position by stellar obs: Lat 63°17’N, Long 7°47’W.

10.30am: Lat by stellar obs 63°10'N.

4.10pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 62°43’N, Long 4°53’W; course S13°E.

10.00pm: Gun crews on deck throughout.

Distance run 311 miles.


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7 December 1916

At Swarbacks Minn/Busta Voe.

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind variable WSW “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 46°F]

5.30am: Observed Esha Ness Light bearing S37°E.

7.53am: Passed Muckle Roe Light.

8.0am: Passed boom.

8.16am: Let go port anchor with 45 fathoms of cable in No.2 berth; finished with engines.

8.50am: Collier Cairnnevis alongside starboard.

9.20am: Collier Cundall alongside port.

10.00am: Commenced coaling.

Noon: Light winds and fine weather.

6.00pm: Ceased coaling for night.

Distance run 269 miles.


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8 December 1916

At Swarbacks Minn/Busta Voe.

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloud with snow; air temperature average 41°F]

8.00am: Recommenced coaling.

9.00am: Diver examined propellers.

10.30am: Finished coaling.

11.5am: Starboard collier sheered off; port collier sheered off.

Coal remaining 1817 tons.


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9 December 1916


At Swarbacks Minn/Busta Voe and en route to Glasgow.*

Lat 60.35, Long -1.37

[Wind NNW veering NNE force 2; broken cloud air temperature average 41°F]

0.10am: Hove up anchor and turned ship engines as requisite.

0.30am: Proceeded; light winds, smooth sea, fine weather.

Draft on departure: forward 21’10”, aft 22’10”.

0.45am: Passed boom; passed Muckle Roe Light; set course N33°W.

10.40am: Altered course to S44°W.

Noon: Light wind, cloudy and fine.

4.20pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 60°16’N, Long 6°40'W.

Distance run 165 miles.


*[Note: Instead of returning to her patrol ground, Gloucestershire was ordered to the Clyde as a back-up to 4 other AMCs of the Squadron. These had been ordered out into the Atlantic to hunt down the German raider Moewe, which had broken out. Gloucestershire was covering for Almanzora, Orvieto, Orcoma and Arlanza in case one of these was unable to join the hunt. For details see John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 567.]


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10 December 1916

At sea en route to Glasgow.

Lat 57.1, Long -10.9

[Wind NE force 5-6; sea moderate to rough; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 42°F, sea 45°F]

[Base course SW]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses S54°W. Fresh to strong winds and rising sea, clear weather, passing squalls.

9.20am: Boarded Danish schooner Haabet on passage from Greenock to Leith. Correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 57°19’N, Long 10°59’W.

11.00am: Rendezvoused with Columbella and received ratings.

2.00pm: Intercepted Danish schooner Vega on passage from River Liffey to Leith in ballast; allowed to proceed.

9.20pm: Spoke with British SS Canadian*; altered course to S69°E.

Distance run 330 miles.


*[Note: There were a number of vessels of this name in service at the time. This is the most likely.]


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11 December 1916

At sea en route to Glasgow.

Lat 55.3, Long -5.1

[Wind NE force 4 reducing; sea slight; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 43°F, sea 47°F]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses.

2.50am: Tory island abeam S; fresh to moderate winds, overcast and squally.

5.30am: Inishtrahull Light abeam.

8.00am: Courses various through Rathlin Sound; course S26°E.

Noon: Light wind, dull and overcast. Passed Ailsa Craig; altered course to N29°E.

2.00pm: Passed Little Cumbrae Lighthouse. Calm, smooth sea, fog.

3.10pm: Passed boom.

3.20pm: Pilot aboard.

3.48pm: Let go port anchor with 45 fathoms of cable in 14 fathoms of water.

3.55pm: Finished with engines.

9.10pm: Hove up anchor and proceeded up river assisted by tugs.

11.40pm: Arrived off No.6 berth Yorkhill.

Midnight: Port gig crushed between ship and quay. 1 seaman injured.

Distance run 343 miles.


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12 December 1916

At Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind ENE force 2; cloud and rain; air temperature average 40°F]

8.00am: Hands prepare for coaling. Draft on arrival: forward 21’6”, aft 21’6”.

2.00pm: Ship’s company paid.

3.00pm: Prisoner and escort left for Barlinnie Prison.


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13 December 1916

At Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind calm; cloud and mist; air temperature average 38°F]

10.10am: 1 seaman RNR rejoined vessel from hospital. 2 marines joined ship.

10.30am: 15 ratings joined ship; hands employed taking in stores.

4.00pm: Commenced coaling.

6.30pm: Landed patrol.

9.30pm: 17 ratings left ship.


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14 December 1916

At Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable calm; cloudy; air temperature average 38°F]

10.00am: 5 stokers joined ship.

2.39pm: Cast off from wharf and proceeded down river assisted by tugs fore and aft.

3.25pm: Let go head tug.

4.45pm: Let go stern tug.

5.00pm: Pilot left at Tail of the Bank.

6.00pm: Passed boom; set course S30°W.

7.00pm: Passed Little Cumbrae Light; altered course to S33°W.

9.20pm: Ailsa Craig Light abeam: altered course to S67°W.

11.10pm: Course S2°E.


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15 December 1916

At patrol en route to Sierra Leone.*

Lat 53.0, Long -5.5

[Wind NW force 2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 42°F, sea 48°F]

[Base course SW]

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses; S25°W.

3.42am: Passed Chickens Light.

7.30am: Rendezvous with Almanzora.

9.00am: Took position in line and set course S27°W and ZZ.

10.00pm: Course S88°W ZZ; light winds and fine weather.

Distance run 276 miles.


*[Note: The hunt for Moewe will now take Gloucestershire and other AMCs and destroyers far out into the Atlantic and far south down to Cape Town. They were unsuccessful, as Moewe sank a number of ships and returned safely to Kiel on 22nd March 1917. However, Gloucestershire will escort an important troop convoy from Cape Town to the UK. See below.]


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16 December 1916

At patrol en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat 50.6, Long -12.1

[Wind NW force 2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 45°F, sea 49°F]

[Base courses S88-89°W, S21°W]

0.05am: Passed Old Head of Kinsale Light.

0.30am: Steering ZZ courses.

3.25am: Passed Fastnet Light.

5.30pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 50°15’N, Long 13°36’W.

Distance run 336 miles.


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17 December 1916

At patrol en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat 48.3, Long -16.5

[Wind ENE force 2-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 49°F, sea 52°F]

[Base courses N88-89°W,W]

0.00am: Steering ZZ courses.

0.20am: Courses various to intercept Dutch SS Ocean on passage from Philadelphia to Rotterdam with petroleum; allowed to proceed.

8.00am: Position by stellar obs: Lat 48°32’N, Long 15°42’W.

6.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 47°58’N, Long 18°09’W.

6.30pm: Courses and speed various. Fired 3 rounds blanks to intercept British oiler Roumanian Prince on passage from Sabine [Texas] to Queenstown; allowed to proceed.

Distance run 313 miles.


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18 December 1916

At patrol en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat 46.9, Long -22.4

[Wind ENE veering NE force 4-5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 51°F, sea 54°F]

[Base course N88°W]

0.00am: Steering straight course.

11.00am: Clocks back 30 mins.

1.00pm: Steering ZZ courses.

2.00pm: Clocks back 30 minutes.

6.30pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 46°33’N, Long 23°48’W.

Distance run 288 miles.


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19 December 1916

At patrol en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat 45.5, Long -27.2

[Wind variable N force 2-3; sea slight to moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 51°F, sea 54°F]

[Base course N87°W]

7.30am: Courses and speeds various; expended 3 rounds blank to stop steamer.

8.10am: Boarded Dutch SS Charlois on passage from Philadelphia to Rotterdam with oil; allowed to proceed in Lat 45°38'N, Long 26°45’W.

9.10am: Boarded US [actually Dutch] oiler Silver Shell on passage from Bordeaux to Philadelphia in ballast; allowed to proceed.

11.20am: Dropped target to carry out 1" aiming practice.

6.04pm: Boarded American oiler Paulsboro on passage from Philadelphia to Avonmouth with petroleum in Lat 45°13'N, Long 28°08’W. Allowed to proceed.

9.10pm: Boarded British SS Feltria on passage from New York to London with general cargo. Allowed to proceed. In Lat 45°10'N, Long 28°10'W.

Distance run 279 miles.


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20 December 1916

At patrol en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat 43.8, Long -31.1

[Wind variable N force 2-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 51°F, sea 56°F]

[Base course S76°W]

4.15am: Boarded Portuguese SS Peniche on passage from Brunswick [USA] to Manchester with general cargo. Allowed to proceed in Lat 44°47'N, Long 29°30'W.

9.00pm: Wind and sea rising; continuous rain.

Distance run 297 miles.


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21 December 1916

At patrol en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat 41.2, Long -35.3

[Wind SW force 3-4; sea moderate with heavy SW swell; overcast with rain; air temperature average 60°F, sea 60°F]

[Base course S76°W]

0.30am: Steering straight course.

8.00am: Increased to 67 revs. and ZZ.

11.20am: Stopped to drop target periscope.

4.35pm: Boarded derelict dismasted schooner William Thomas Moore of Bridgetown, Barbados.

5.00pm: Partially destroyed vessel with 2 Common and 15 HE shell in Lat 40°54’N, Long 35°43’W.

6.00pm: Carried out 6 inch target practice.

Distance run 265 miles.


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22 December 1916

At patrol en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat 39.6, Long -38.3

[Wind variable force 2-4; sea moderate with heavy SW swell; overcast with rain squalls; air temperature average 58°F, sea 62°F]

0.15am: Courses various to intercept steamer.

1.00am: Boarded Belgian SS Hainaut on passage from Baltimore to Calais with horses and oats in Lat 40°05’N, Long 37°10’W. Allowed to proceed.

11.45am: Clocks back 30 mins.

1.30pm: Courses various to intercept steamer.

2.10pm: Boarded British SS Boliviana on passage from Cardiff to New York in ballast. Allowed to proceed in Lat 39°58'N, Long 38°06'W.

3.30pm: Clocks back 30 mins.

Distance run 305 miles.


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23 December 1916

At patrol en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat 36.3, Long -38.4

[Wind NE backing NNW force 4-6; sea rough with high swell; overcast with rain squalls; air temperature average 59°F, sea 64°F]

[Base courses S23-25°W]

Noon: Fresh full gale with high sea.

8.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 35°01’N, Long 38°33’W.

10.00pm: Course S18°W.

Distance run 261 miles.


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24 December 1916

At patrol en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat 32.3, Long -38.3

[Wind NW force 3-4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 65°F, sea 65°F]

[Base courses S17-22°W]

8.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 31°06’N, Long 28°18’W.

Coal remaining 1927 tons.

Distance run 246 miles.


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25 December 1916

At patrol en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat 28.3, Long -38.3

[Wind W force 3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F, sea 70°F]

[Base courses S19-21°W]

0.30am: Steering straight course; fine weather.

8.00am: No work done this day.

9.00am: Increased to 67 revs & ZZ.

1.00pm: ZZ courses.

8.00pm: Decreased to 55 revs, straight; position by stellar obs: Lat 26°58’N, Long 38°18’W.

Distance run 268 miles.


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26 December 1916

At patrol en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat 24.2, Long -38.1

[Wind variable force 1; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F, sea 73°F]

[Base courses S17-19°W]

0.30am: Steering straight course S19°W.

8.00am: Increased to 61 revs and ZZ; light winds and fine weather.

2.00pm: Reduced to 55 revs. Straight course S18°W.

Distance run 255 miles.


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27 December 1916

At patrol en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat 20.3, Long -38.3

[Wind SSE force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F, sea 74°F]

[Base courses S17-22°W]

0.30am: Steering straight course S17°W. Light winds and smooth sea.

2.00pm: Courses and speeds various while carrying out 1" and 6" target practice.

8.30pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 20°45’N, Long 38°52’W.

Distance run 241 miles.


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28 December 1916

At patrol en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat 18.6, Long -37.1

[Wind SE force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F, sea 74°F]

[Base course S21°E]

1.30am: Boarded American schooner M E Palmer [possibly Mary E Palmer] on passage from Nice to Key West in ballast. Allowed to proceed in Lat 20°00’N, Long 38°20’W.

6.20pm: Courses various to test compass deviations.

7.45pm: Courses and speed as requisite to intercept sailing vessel.

8.30pm: Boarded British barque Lord Templetown on passage from St Nazaire to Port Arthur in ballast. Allowed to proceed in Lat 17°36’N, Long 36°15’W.

Distance run 254 miles.


Deviations of standard compass signed by F W Beckett, Lieutenant RNR, Dec 28th 1916.


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29 December 1916

At patrol en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat 15.5, Long -34.5

[Wind variable E force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F, sea 74°F]

[Base course S21°E]

8.30pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 14°22’N, Long 33°29’W.

Distance run 255 miles.


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30 December 1916

At patrol en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat 12.4, Long -31.8

[Wind E force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F, sea 75°F]

[Base courses S20-21°E]

8.30am: Hands cleaning ship and testing lifeboats.

Distance run 242 miles.


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31 December 1916

At patrol en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat 9.5, Long -29.3

[Wind E force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F, sea 78°F]

[Base courses S20°E and various]

6.25pm: Courses and speed various to intercept steamer.

7.00pm: Boarded British SS Everilda on passage from Newcastle to Buenos Aires with coal. Allowed to proceed in Lat 9°00’N, Long 28°14’W.

8.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 9°15’N, Long 28°13’W.

Distance run 240 miles.


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THE VOYAGES OF HMS GLOUCESTERSHIRE 1917

JP map Gloucestershire 1917

LOGS FOR JANUARY 1917


No logs for 1–7 January 1917


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Barometer: Aneroid


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8 January 1917

At Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Lat 8.5, Long -13.2

[Wind variable SE force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 81°F]

[Routine of maintenance and cleaning]


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9 January 1917

At Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Lat 8.5, Long -13.2

[Wind variable force 3; cloudy; air temperature average 82°F]

[Routine of maintenance and cleaning]


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10 January 1917

At Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Lat 8.5, Long -13.2

[Wind variable W force 1-2; cloudy; air temperature average 81°F]

10.39am: Anchor hove up and proceeded out of harbour.

11.00am: Sierra Leone Lighthouse abeam; altered course to N73°W.

2.00pm: Light winds, smooth sea, fine weather.

4.00pm: Altered course to S19°W.

8.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 7°36’N, Long 14°21’W.

Midnight: Clocks on 1 hour to GMT.


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11 January 1917

At patrol en route to Cape Town.

Lat 4.8, Long -12.5

[Wind SW force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 82°F, sea 82°F]

[Base course S17°E]

4.00am: Light winds, smooth sea, fine weather.

7.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 3°41’N, Long 11°36’W.

Distance run 276 miles.


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12 January 1917

At patrol en route to Cape Town.

Lat 1.1, Long -9.4

[Wind SSW force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 81°F, sea 82°F]

[Base courses S17°E and S1°E]

4.00am: Light winds, smooth sea, fine weather.

10.30am: Boarded British SS Othello on passage from Batoine [sic: possibly Bataan, Philippines] to Falmouth with sugar; allowed to proceed in Lat 1°30’N, Long 9°35’W.

Distance run 288 miles.


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13 January 1917

At patrol en route to Cape Town.

Lat 0.1, Long -6.1

[Wind SSE force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F, sea 80°F]

[Base course S67°E]

0.30am: Light winds, smooth sea, fine weather with occasional rain.

11.00am: Courses and speed various while adjusting compass.

7.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 0°10’N, Long 4°46’W.

Distance run 286 miles.


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14 January 1917

At patrol en route to Cape Town.

Lat -1.5, Long -2.6

[Wind SSE force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F, sea 80°F]

[Base courses S67°E, S5 and S12°E]

4.00am: Altered course to S5°E; moderate winds and sea and fine weather.

9.45am: Divisions and muster by open list.

7.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 2°41’S, Long 1°52’W.

Distance run 288 miles.


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15 January 1917

At patrol en route to Cape Town.

Lat -5.5, Long -1.3

[Wind SSE force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F, sea 79°F]

[Base course S12°E]

4.00am: Moderate winds and sea and fine weather.

2.07pm: Various courses to intercept steamer.

3.10pm: Boarded British SS Logician on passage from Cape Town to Dakar with general cargo. Correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 6°06’N, Long 0°06’W. [sic; should be 6°06’S]

6.30pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 6°32’S, Long 0°12’W.

Distance run 288 miles.


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16 January 1917

At patrol en route to Cape Town.

Lat -9.5, Long 1.9

[Wind SSE force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F, sea 77°F]

[Base course S12°E]

4.00am: Moderate winds and sea and fine weather.

6.00am: 1 hammock lost overboard by accident, belonging to Alex Perfect [?] AB.

11.30am: Engine slow for 15 minutes for target.

4.51pm: Various courses to intercept steamer.

5.32pm: Boarded British SS City of Agra on passage from Sydney to London with wool. Allowed to proceed in Lat 10°28’S, Long 2°29’E.

6.30pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 10°26’S, Long 2°30’E.

Distance run 287 miles.


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Deviations of standard compass


17 January 1917

At patrol en route to Cape Town.

Lat -13.4, Long 4.3

[Wind SSE force 2-3; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 75°F, sea 75°F]

[Base courses S11-12°E]

4.00am: Moderate winds and sea and cloudy weather.

12.30pm: Altered course to S11°E.

6.30pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 14°30’S, Long 5°09’E.

Distance run 286 miles.


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18 January 1917

At patrol en route to Cape Town.

Lat -17.3, Long 7.1

[Wind S force 2-3; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 73°F, sea 72°F]

[Base courses S11°E, S6°E]

4.00am: Light to moderate winds and sea, fine clear weather throughout.

9.30am: Divisions; Articles of War read to ships company.*

12.30pm: Altered course to S6°E.

Distance run 280 miles.


*[Note: It was compulsory for the Captain to read the Articles of War to his ship's company at least once a month. These are the regulations by which the ship is governed and cover the offences with which a seaman may be

charged and the penalties thereto. It was usually read on a Sunday at divisions. For the origins of the practice in the 17th century and the original Royal Navy Articles of War see N A M Rodger, The Command of the Ocean, Penguin Books, 2005, p 59.]


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19 January 1917

At patrol en route to Cape Town.

Lat -21.2, Long 9.3

[Wind SE force 3-4; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 70°F, sea 70°F]

[Base course S4°E]

4.00am: Moderate winds and sea, cloudy weather throughout.

2.00pm: Moderate wind and rough head sea.

Distance run 286 miles.


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20 January 1917

At patrol en route to Cape Town.

Lat -25.2, Long 11.5

[Wind S force 4; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 67°F, sea 67°F]

[Base course S4°E]

4.00am: Moderate winds and rough head sea, cloudy weather throughout.

6.30pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 26°06’S, Long 12°11’E.

11.30pm: Clocks on 1 hour for ship time. Log continues in GMT.

Distance run 270 miles.


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21 January 1917

At patrol en route to Cape Town.

Lat -28.5, Long 14.0

[Wind SSE force 4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 68°F, sea 68°F]

[Base course S7°E]

4.00am: Moderate winds and rough head sea, clear weather throughout.

6.30pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 29°28’S, Long 14°44’E.

Distance run 246 miles.


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22 January 1917

At patrol en route to Cape Town.

Lat -31.0, Long 16.1

[Wind S force 5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 68°F, sea 67°F]

[Base course S7°E down to S1°E]

4.00am: Fresh wind and moderate sea, clear weather throughout.

7.51am: Altered course to N37°E and increased to full speed to intercept steamer.

10.00am: Boarded British SS Danfa on passage from Japan to Liverpool. All correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 30°50’S, Long 16°03’E. Expended 1 round 6in blank. Intercepted British SS Kwarra on passage from Durban to Sekondi. Allowed to proceed.

6.30pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 32°06’S, Long 16°59’E.

Distance run 256 miles.


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23 January 1917

At Cape Town.

Lat -33.9, Long 18.4

[Wind S force 6-7; cloudy with sqalls; air temperature average 67°F]

2.00am: Course S20°E; observed Dassen Island Light.

6.56am: Passed breakwater light.

7.03am: Entered dock.

7.25am: Ship moored in berth. Draft on arrival: forward 21’6”, aft 21’3”.

8.45am: Commenced coaling.

10.00am: Ship’s clocks advanced 1 hour to coincide with local time.

5.00pm: Ceased coaling and leave granted.

Distance run 222 miles.


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24 January 1917

At Cape Town.

Lat -33.9, Long 18.4

[Wind S force 6-8; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 71°F]

7.00am: Resumed coaling.


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25 January 1917

At Cape Town.

Lat -33.9, Long 18.4

[Wind S backing ESE force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F]

2.30pm: 25 ratings joined ship for passage.

7.00pm: Finished coaling.


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26 January 1917

At Cape Town.

Lat -33.9, Long 18.4

[Wind variable force 0; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

Number on sick list: 3.


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27 January 1917

At Cape Town.

Lat -33.9, Long 18.4

[Wind variable force 0; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

1.00am: Armed guard placed aboard steam tug Sleuthhound for patrol duties.

3.00pm: HMS Hyacinth dropped anchor in bay.

3.15pm: Armed guard returned from duties on steam tug Sleuthhound.

5.10pm: Cast off and proceeded assisted by tug, engines and helm to pilot’s orders.

5.22pm: Passed out of dock; pilot left.

7.45pm: Boarded British SS Glenlochy on passage from Melbourne to Falmouth with wheat. Allowed to proceed; set course N32°E.


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28 January 1917

At Cape Town.

Lat -33.9, Long 18.4

[Wind variable force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]

2.30am: Course N32°E and ZZ.

6.30am: Boarded SS Brigitta (British) on passage from Durban to Port Nolloth [South Africa] with coal. Correct.

7.10am: Proceeded on various courses into harbour.

8.35am: Pilot aboard.

8.46am: Passed breakwater; entered dock.

9.14am: Ship in berth.

Distance run 176 miles.


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29 January 1917

At Cape Town.

Lat -33.9, Long 18.4

[Wind NW force 2; broken cloud; air temperature average 67°F]

9.15am: 2 ratings left ship for duty on SS Athenic.

10.30am: Steering gear and telegraphs tested. Correct.

5.25pm: Cast off from wharf and proceeded out of dock assisted by tug; engines and helm to pilot’s orders.

5.48pm: Let go port anchor and 45 fathoms of cable in 10 fathoms of water.

5.55pm: Finished with engines.


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30 January 1917

At convoy duty en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat -33.5, Long 17.4

[Wind SW and WSW force 3-4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 65°F, sea 60°F]

[Base course N17°W]

4.00am: Moderate winds and sea and fine weather.

5:30am: Ordered convoy to proceed.

6.46am: Hove up anchor and proceeded.

7.04am: Passed Green Point.

7.12am: Robben Island Light abeam.

7.15am: Clocks back 1 hour to ATS.

9.00am: Found convoy in divisions line ahead: 1st Barambah, Athenic; 2nd Demosthenes, Persic, Themistocles*

Noon: Fresh wind, rough sea, fine weather.

7.00pm: Passed steamer bound S.

Distance run 63 miles.


*[Note: It is clear from the nature of these ships that this is a convoy carrying Australian or ANZAC troops. This is confirmed in the log below on February 1st.]


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31 January 1917

At convoy duty en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat -30.2, Long 13.9

[Wind S force 4; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 65°F, sea 68°F]

[Base course N17°W]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy.

5.00am: Latitude by stellar obs: 31°12’S.

11.00am: Clocks back 14 mins.

7.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 29°18’S, Long 13°05’E.

10:45pm: Barambah hauled out of line with steering gear disabled. Continued in company.

Distance run 265 miles.


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LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1917


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Barometer: Aneroid


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1 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat -26.8, Long 10.9

[Wind SSW force 3-4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 67°F, sea 70°F]

[Base courses N17-19°W]

0.00am: Convoying Troopers Barambah, Athenic, Demothenes, Persic and Themostocles. Convoy in 2 divisions, line ahead.

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Fresh to moderate winds, rough sea and fine weather.

11.00am: Clocks back 14 mins.

Distance run 254 miles.


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2 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat -23.6, Long 7.5

[Wind S force 2; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F, sea 70°F]

[Base course N19°W]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Light winds, slight sea and fine weather.

11.00am: Clocks back 13 mins.

Distance run 255 miles.


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3 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat -20.5, Long 4.5

[Wind S force 2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 71°F, sea 71°F]

[Base courses N19-20°W]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Light winds, smooth sea and fine cloudy weather.

11.00am: Clocks back 12 mins.

Distance run 254 miles.


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4 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat -17.3, Long 1.2

[Wind SE veering SW force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F, sea 74°F]

[Base courses N19-20°W]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Light winds, smooth sea and fine cloudy weather.

11.00am: Clocks back 13 mins.

7.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 16°25’S, Long 0°18’E.

Distance run 254 miles.


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5 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat -14.3, Long -1.6

[Wind S variable force 1; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F, sea 76°F]

[Base courses N18-19°W]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Light winds, smooth sea and fine cloudy weather.

11.00am: Clocks back 12 mins.

Distance run 266 miles.


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6 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat -11.0, Long -4.5

[Wind SW force 1; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F, sea 78°F]

[Base course N18°W]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Light winds, smooth sea and fine clear weather.

11.00am: Clocks back 11 mins.

7.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 10°04’S, Long 5°21’W.

Distance run 248 miles.


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7 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat -7.8, Long -7.3

[Wind SE force 1; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F, sea 78°F]

[Base course N18°W]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Light winds, smooth sea and fine clear weather.

11.00am: Clocks back 11 mins.

Distance run 251 miles.


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8 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat -4.5, Long -9.9

[Wind SE force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 81°F, sea 80°F]

[Base courses N18-20°W]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Light winds, smooth sea and fine clear weather.

11.00am: Clocks back 10 mins.

Distance run 249 miles.


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9 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat -1.3, Long -12.7

[Wind variable force 1; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F, sea 81°F]

[Base courses N20°W and N18°E]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Light winds, smooth sea and fine clear weather.

11.00am: Clocks back 11 mins.

4.15pm: Intercepted British SS Rimutaka on passage from Liverpool to Cape Town; allowed to proceed.

5.35pm: Rejoined convoy.

8.00pm: Altered course to N18°E.

Distance run 247 miles.


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10 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat 2.2, Long -13.9

[Wind variable force 1; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F, sea 81°F]

[Base courses N16°E and N7°E]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Light winds, smooth sea and fine clear weather.

5.50am: Proceeded at full speed in chase of steamer.

7.02am: Rejoined convoy.

11.00am: Clocks back 5 mins.

2.00pm: Altered course to N7°E.

6.30pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 3°16’N, Long 14°02W.

Distance run 275 miles.


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11 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Sierra Leone.

Lat 6.0, Long -14.5

[Wind N and NNW force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F, sea 80°F]

[Base course N7°E]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Light winds, smooth sea and fine cloudy weather.

7.00am: Steering ZZ in front of convoy.

6.00pm: Altered course to N20°E straight course.

10.30pm: Cast lead: 87 fathoms.

Distance run 250 miles.


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12 February 1917

At Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Lat 8.5, Long -13.2

[Wind N backing W force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]

4.00am: Sounding every half hour.

5.45am: Observed land ahead.

11.21am: Passed Sierra Leone Lighthouse.

12.07pm: Anchored in 10 fathoms with 45 fathoms of cable; convoy anchored.

2.00pm: 1 rating joined ship.

Coal remaining 1687 tons.

Distance run 236 miles.


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13 February 1917

At Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Lat 8.5, Long -13.2

[Wind variable W force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]

12.45pm: SS Arama [or Anna] alongside with stores.

7.00pm: 1 Sub Lt. and 2 [sic] midshipmen joined ship for passage from Orotava.*

7.30pm: Boat containing stores left for Orotava. 1 rating joined ship for passage.

10.30pm: Water boat away.


*[Note: These are listed as Sub Lieutenant McIntyre, and Midshipmen McKeag, Steel, Ferraby and Sandes. See Logs of HMS Orotava]

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14 February 1917

At Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Lat 8.5, Long -13.2

[Wind variable W force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]

1.30-2.30am: Heavy violent electrical storm.

8.15am: 1 cook rating joined ship from Orotava.*

9.15am: Water boat alongside; 3 ratings joined from Orotava.

10.40am: HMS Orotava left harbour.

11.15am: 1 cot case joined ship.

4.35pm: Store ship cast off.


*[Note: Listed as Cook Pearson. See Logs of HMS Orotava]



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15 February 1917

At Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Lat 8.5, Long -13.2

[Wind variable W force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]

4.30am: Steering gear tested.

7.30am: Ship commenced to swing flood. Tried all telegraphs, steering gear etc.

9.25am: Anchor aweigh, proceeded out of harbour with convoy.

11.0am: Clocks back 9 mins to ATS.

1.00pm: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Light winds, smooth sea and fine weather.


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16 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Devonport.

Lat 9.7, Long -17.8

[Wind WNW veering N force 3-4; sea slight to moderate; broken cloud with haze; air temperature average 75°F, sea 72°F]

[Base courses N48-51°W]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Moderate winds, head sea and fine hazy weather.

3.12am: Full speed to intercept steamer.

4.35am: Resumed course and speed.

11.00am: Clocks back 16 mins.

Distance run 261 miles.


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17 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Devonport.

Lat 11.0, Long -21.5

[Wind NNE force 4-5; sea moderate; cloudless; air temperature average 74°F, sea 74°F]

[Base courses N47-48°W]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Moderate to fresh winds, rising sea and fine weather.

11.00am: Clocks back 16 mins.

Distance run 255 miles.


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18 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Devonport.

Lat 12.3, Long -25.0

[Wind NNE veering NE force 4-5; sea moderate; cloudless; air temperature average 74°F, sea 74°F]

[Base courses N47°W and N34°W]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Moderate to fresh winds, rising sea and fine weather.

11.00am: Clocks back 14 mins.

6.00pm: Altered course to N34°W.

Distance run 221 miles.


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19 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Devonport.

Lat 14.2, Long -27.5

[Wind NE force 4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F, sea 73°F]

[Base courses N34°W and N5-6°W]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Moderate to fresh winds, rising sea and fine weather.

6.00am: Altered course to N6°W.

11.00am: Clocks back 10 mins.

Distance run 201 miles.


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20 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Devonport.

Lat 16.9, Long -29.0

[Wind NE force 4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 72°F, sea 72°F]

[Base courses N5°W and N36-57°E]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Moderate to fresh winds, moderate sea and fine weather.

11.00am: Altered course to N36°E. Clocks back 5 mins.

5.00pm: Altered course to N57°E.

6.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 17°36’N, Long 28°52’E [sic: should be W]

Distance run 193 miles.


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21 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Devonport.

Lat 19.8, Long -28.3

[Wind NE veering ENE force 3-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F, sea 70°F]

[Base courses N37-39°E]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Moderate winds, moderate sea and fine weather.

6.00am: Altered course to N38°E.

10.50am: Courses and speed various in chase.

11.20am: Boarded Italian SS Wardha on passage from Gibraltar to Buenos Aires with marble. Allowed to proceed in Lat 19°40’S, Long 28°19’E.

5.00pm: Altered course to N39°E.

Distance run 197 miles.


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22 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Devonport.

Lat 22.9, Long -27.3

[Wind ENE force 3-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 69°F, sea 69°F]

[Base courses N39-41°E]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Moderate winds, moderate sea and fine weather.

11.00am: Clocks on [sic] 4 mins.

4.30pm: Altered course to N41°E.

Distance run 115 miles. [sic]


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23 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Devonport.

Lat 26.1, Long -26.1

[Wind NE force 3-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 67°F, sea 67°F]

[Base courses N36-42°E]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Moderate winds, moderate sea and fine weather.

9.00am: Full speed in chase of steamer.

10.20am: Abandoned chase; returned to convoy.

11.00am: Clocks on 5 mins.

1.30pm: Boarded British SS Egwanga on passage from Liverpool to Dakar. Allowed to proceed in Lat 26°30’S, Long 26°17’E.

4.00pm: Altered course to N42°E.

8.00pm: Altered course to N36°E.

Distance run 223 miles.


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24 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Devonport.

Lat 29.3, Long -25.0

[Wind ENE force 3-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 62°F, sea 64°F]

[Base course N36°E]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Moderate winds, moderate sea and fine weather.

10.25am: Courses and speed various to intercept British SS Ionic on passage from Plymouth to Capetown. Correct.

Noon: Rejoined convoy.

1.00pm: Intercepted Japanese SS Kaga Maru on passage from Brest to Ras Engels [sic]. Allowed to proceed.

1.47pm: Rejoined convoy.

6.20pm: Intercepted British SS Maronian on passage from London to Durban. Allowed to proceed.

8.20pm: Rejoined convoy.

Distance run 233 miles.


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25 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Devonport.

Lat 32.9, Long -23.8

[Wind NE force 1-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 65°F, sea 64°F]

[Base course N36°E]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Light winds, slight sea and fine weather.

11.00am: Clocks on 5 mins.

4.40pm: Courses various; full speed in chase.

6.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 34°00’N, Long 23°25’W.

6.15pm: Rejoined convoy.

Distance run 256 miles.

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26 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Devonport.

Lat 36.9, Long -22.3

[Wind ENE force 2; sea slight with W swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F, sea 60°F]

[Base course N36-37°E]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Light winds, slight sea and fine weather. W swell.

11.00am: Clocks on 6 mins.

1.00pm: Steering zigzag courses.

6.00pm: Straight course.

Distance run 256 miles.


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27 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Devonport.

Lat 40.8, Long -20.3

[Wind ENE force 2; sea smooth; cloudy; air temperature average 58°F, sea 57°F]

[Base courses N37°E and N57°E]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Light winds, smooth sea and fine weather.

5.30am: Resumed ZZ courses.

11.00am: Clocks on 8 mins.

Distance run 282 miles.


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28 February 1917

At convoy duty en route to Devonport.

Lat 44.0, Long -16.6

[Wind ENE force 2; sea smooth; overcast; air temperature average 53°F, sea 53°F]

[Base courses N55-57°E]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Light winds, smooth sea and cloudy weather.

7.00am: Resumed ZZ courses.

11.00am: Clocks on 14 mins.

1.00pm: Altered course to N55°E, ZZ.

Distance run 249 miles.


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LOGS FOR MARCH 1917


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Barometer: Aneroid


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1 March 1917

At convoy duty en route to Devonport.

Lat 47.3, Long -13.6

[Wind SE force 2; sea smooth; overcast; air temperature average 52°F, sea 52°F]

[Base course N55°E]

1.00am: Courses and speeds to keep with the convoy. Light winds, smooth sea and fine cloudy weather.

6.00am: Resumed ZZ courses.

11.00am: Clocks on 12 mins.

1.00pm: Clocks on 1H.8M to MTG.

3.05pm: Rendezvoused with destroyer escort.

3.30pm: Convoy dispersed and proceeded to destinations independently, escorted by destroyers.

9.30pm: Received orders to proceed to Clyde; altered course to N62°E and ZZ.

Distance run 273 miles.


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2 March 1917

At sea en route to Glasgow.

Lat 50.5, Long -8.3

[Wind SSE force 2; sea smooth; overcast; air temperature average 50°F, sea 49°F]

[Base courses N61-62°E]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses, escort in company.

2.00pm: Altered course to N61°E, full speed and ZZ.

10.00pm: Passed Tuskar Light; altered course to N37°E.

Distance run 320 miles.


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3 March 1917

At Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SE force 3-4; cloud, mist and fog; air temperature average 45°F]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses at full speed, escort in company. Course N19°E.

3.35am: Passed South Stack Light.

6.00am: Sounded each half hour.

10.00am: Made land between Corsewall Point & Black Head.

11.20am: Sighted Ailsa Craig.

3.35pm: Passed boom defence.

3.45pm: Pilot came aboard, proceeded up river towards Prince’s Dock.

7.15pm: Ship moored.

8.00pm: Leave granted to Port Watch from 8.00pm 3rd until 10.00am 10th March.

Distance run 362 miles.


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4 March 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SE force 3-7; cloud, mist and squalls; air temperature average 37°F]

10.15am: Church parties; 2 midshipmen left ship for depot; 2 ratings discharged to hospital.

8.00pm: 1 midshipman and 10 ratings left ship for barracks.

Coal remaining 156 tons.


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5 March 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SE force 3-6; cloud, mist and snow squalls; air temperature average 35°F]

7.00am: Commenced coaling ship.

2.00pm: 1 Sub Lieut. left for barracks.

6.30pm: 1 rating (steward) discharged to shore.


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6 March 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SE force 2-4; cloud, mist and squalls; air temperature average 35°F]

7.15am: Finished coaling; 1565 tons of coal received on board.

9.30am: Hands employed shifting ship alongside crane.

10.30am: Made fast alongside crane.

1.00pm: Funeral party left ship.

8.30pm: 2 ratings left ship for hospital.


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7 March 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SE force 2-4; cloud and snow squalls; air temperature average 33°F]

1.15pm: Hands employed shifting ship to enable guns to be removed.


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8 March 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind calm; broken cloud and mist; air temperature average 31°F]

9.30am: 1 rating joined ship.

9.50am: Hands employed shifting ship to new berth assisted by 2 tugs.

11.15am: Ship made fast alongside No.17 berth Prince’s Dock.

11.30am: 2 ratings joined ship from SS Athenic.


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9 March 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind ENE force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 31°F]

11.30am: 4 marines joined ship from Chatham.

1.00pm: 1 rating (steward) joined ship.

1.20pm: Hands employed taking in provisions.


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10 March 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind ENE force 2; cloudy with snow showers; air temperature average 35°F]

1.20am: 7 ratings joined ship from HMS Eagle Liverpool.

9.40am: 20 ratings joined ship from RN Depot Chatham.

10.40am: 2 marine privates joined ship.

7.45pm: 5 ratings left ship to join depots.


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11 March 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind NE force 2; cloudy with snow showers; air temperature average 39°F]

3.15pm: Hands shifting ship.

5.05pm: Ship made fast alongside No.17 berth Prince’s Dock.


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12 March 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind calm; overcast; air temperature average 35°F]

9.30am: 2 privates RMLI discharged to barracks.

7.45pm: 7 ratings discharged to depots.


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13 March 1917

At Glasgow and en route to patrol.*

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind calm; cloudy; air temperature average 40°F]

10.30am: Whistle, steering gear and telegraphs tested and found correct.

1.20pm: Tugs fast. Engines to stand by.

1.25pm: Cast off and proceeded down river using engines and helm to pilot's orders.

3.00pm: Cast off head tug off Bowling.

4.00pm: Cast off after tug.

4.18pm: Anchored off Greenock.

4.30pm: Pilot left.

5.08pm: Anchor aweigh, proceeded towards boom.

5.43pm: Passed boom; increased to full speed.

5.50pm: Hands exercised boats, fire & collision stations.

6.26pm: Little Cumbrae Lighthouse abeam; course S26°W, 20° ZZ.

10.45pm: Maidens abeam 5 miles; course N27°W, 20° ZZ.

Coal remaining 2358 tons.


*[Note: Gloucestershire is returning to “E” Patrol, N of Iceland off Isafjord.]


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14 March 1917

At sea en route to patrol ground.

Lat 55.5, Long -10.1

[Wind W veering NE force 2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 45°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses NW]

Draft on departure: forward 24’3”, aft 24’6”.

0.45am: Courses various through Rathlin Channel.

2.45am: Challenged stranger; reply, HMS Ebro.

4.00am: Light wind, fine weather.

6.20am: Tory Island Light abeam 7 miles.

4.25pm: Courses various to chase steamer.

7.00pm: Intercepted and spoke with British SS Sardinian on passage from Liverpool to Boston. Flying correct flag of the day.

7.10pm: Proceeded on courses N25°E, 31° ZZ 75 revs.

Distance run 284 miles.


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15 March 1917

At sea en route to patrol ground.

Lat 59.4, Long -11.8

[Wind ENE veering SE force 3-6; sea moderate to rough; cloud and rain; air temperature average 44°F, sea 44°F]

[Base courses NE]

6.50am: Sighted stranger. Challenged. Reply HMS Hilary.

7.35am: Rendezvous with HMS Hilary ; transferred 10 boy ratings & despatches.

8.20am: Proceeded on N47°E, 45° ZZ, 73 revs; moderate breeze, fine weather.

1.20pm: Sighted stranger. Challenged. Reply HMS Orvieto.

1.55pm: Rendezvous with HMS Orvieto; transferred surgeon.

4.00pm: Altered course to N.

Midnight: Strong wind, overcast, rain.

Distance run 311.6 miles.


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16 March 1917

At sea en route to patrol ground.

Lat 61.7, Long -14.7

[Wind SW force 4; sea moderate; mist and fog; air temperature average 47°F, sea 46°F]

[Base courses NW]

4.00am: Course N40°W; moderate to fresh breeze, overcast.

8.00am: Courses various around rendezvous; thick fog.

11.00am: Rendezvous with HMS Orvieto; transferred Lieut. Beckett RNR (sick) for passage.*

Noon: Proceeded on N1°W 57 revs.

1.30pm: Increased to 72 revs 45° ZZ. Fog lifted.

2.30pm: Decreased to 57 revs, straight course; thick fog.

6.00pm: Circling around rendezvous, thick fog.

7.45pm: Abandoned rendezvous, proceeded on N28°E 55 revs.

9.00pm: Altered course to N62°W; fog lifted.

Distance run 284 miles.


*[Note: Lt. Beckett, the Navigating Officer, was suffering from appendicitis and was supposed to be transferred to Patia, but the fog prevented the rendezvous. Orvieto was able to meet, and took the officer to Patia the next day.

See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 644.]


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17 March 1917

At sea en route to patrol ground.

Lat 62.7, Long -21.6

[Wind S veering WSW force 4-8; sea very rough; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 44°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses NW]

4.00am: Course N62°W; fresh wind, rising sea, overcast.

5.00am: Sounded every half hour till 7.00am, finding no bottom.

8.00pm: Moderate gale, very high sea, ship straining and rolling heavily.

8.20pm: Hove to on S75°W 40 revs.

Midnight: Moderate gale, very high sea, ship hove to.

Distance run 277 miles.


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18 March 1917

At patrol.

Lat 64.2, Long -24.6

[Wind WSW backing E force 6-7; sea rough; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 36°F, sea 42°F]

[Base courses NE]

6.25am: Sounded: no bottom.

11.20am: Sounded every 20 mins: no bottom; strong wind, very rough sea.

2.50pm: Sighted Onverdanaes Light [Öndverðarnes, W Iceland] bearing E 14 miles.

6.00pm: Sighted stranger. Reply HMS Andes.

6.05pm: Sighted HMS Hildebrand.

7.50pm: Rendezvous with Hildebrand; transferred 1 rating; proceeded on course N53°W.

9.00pm: Course N43°E.

Midnight: Strong wind, rough sea, squally.

Distance run 262 miles.


[Supplement attached to the log:]


The banns of marriage were published for the first time at morning service today the 18th day of March 1917, between Alfred William Bartlett, Batchelor [sic], of HMS Gloucestershire and Florence May Clarey, Spinster, of the parish of St. John's, Woolwich. [Signed by Acting Captain N S Stanley]*


*[Note: BANNS OF MARRIAGE

Prior to a Church of England marriage, "banns" must by law be published on three successive Sundays before the wedding: if the wedding does not take place within three months of the banns having been called, the banns must be re-published. Banns must be read in the parish churches of both the bride and bridegroom or in the churches where they are accustomed to worship, their names being on that church's electoral roll (one of which will be the church where the wedding is to take place). The officiating clergyman must not perform the marriage ceremony without documentary proof (i.e. "Banns Certificate") that banns have been read in churches of which he has not personal knowledge. A Naval man's ship is his ecclesiastical parish, so his banns must be read on board his ship and the ship's Chaplain or CommandingOfficer must provide the Banns Certificate.]


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19 March 1917

At patrol.

Lat 65.4, Long -25.3

[Wind NE force 4-6; sea rough; overcast with snow squalls; air temperature average 28°F, sea 30°F]

4.30am: Wind and sea moderating, snow squalls; fresh breeze, overcast, rough sea.

10.55am: Challenge and reply HMS Andes.

2.10pm: Rendezvous with HMS Andes; transferred 1 midshipman RNR and 2 ratings; proceeded on N45°W.

8.00pm: Moderate breeze, fine weather.

9.10pm: Course N71°E.

Distance run 241 miles.


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20 March 1917

At patrol.

Lat 66.5, Long -27.3

[Wind variable force 1-3; sea slight; overcast; air temperature average 25°F, sea 30°F]

Noon: Observed ice pack.

12.50pm: Close up to ice pack in Lat 66°35’N, Long 27°23’W. Courses & speeds various along edge of ice pack to Lat 66°50'N, Long 27°16’W. Dense fog.

2.20pm: Proceeded on S44°E 78 revs. Straight course.

3.30pm: Fog lifted.

6.30pm: Challenged. Reply HMS Andes; commenced 25° ZZ.

8.00pm: On patrol line; altered course to S72°W 72 revs 45° ZZ.

Distance run 296 miles.


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21 March 1917

At patrol.

Lat 66.3, Long -24.4

[Wind SW veering WSW force 3-4; sea slight; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 38°F, sea 39°F]

[Base courses N70-72°E, S72-76°W]

6.30am: Challenged. Reply. HMS Andes.

Noon: Moderate wind and sea; overcast.

1.15pm: Stopped to examine small motor fishing vessel.

1.30pm: Altered course to N59°E; proceeded.

4.30pm: Fog.

Distance run 306 miles.


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22 March 1917

At patrol.

Lat 66.4, Long -24.7

[Wind W force 4-6; sea rough; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 41°F, sea 42°F]

[Base courses N70-72°E, S70-73°W]

6.00am: Strong breeze, rough sea, overcast and misty.

1.40pm: Sounded: 90 fathoms sand.

3.00pm and 4.00pm: Sounded: no bottom.

6.00pm: Fresh to strong breeze, rough sea, misty.

Distance run 269 miles.


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23 March 1917

At patrol.

Lat 66.8, Long -23.3

[Wind SW force 4-6; sea rough; overcast with snow; air temperature average 40°F, sea 39°F]

[Base courses N70-72°E, S70-73°W]

3.00am: Strong breeze, rough sea, snow squalls.

7.30am: Observed North Cape.

10.00am: Dropped target; carried out 1 inch aiming and 3 pdr practice.

11.00am: Picked up target, proceeded on S68°W 72 revs.

1.55pm: Challenged. Reply HMS Andes.

11.30pm: Wind and sea decreasing.

Distance run 284 miles.



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24 March 1917

At patrol.

Lat 66.6, Long -22.1

[Wind SW veering ENE force 4-6; sea rough; overcast with snow; air temperature average 25°F, sea 32°F]

[Base courses N56°E, S52°W]

8.00am: Moderate wind and sea.

1.00pm: Lost deep sea sinker tube.

2.35pm: Sounded 63 fathoms.

3.40pm: Sounded 90 fathoms.

5.00pm: Moderate gale, very rough sea.

7.18pm: Sounded, no bottom.

7.45pm: Ran into ice field pieces. Courses and speeds working out from ice.

8.20pm: Proceeded S40°W 72 revs.

9.00pm: Continued sounding through the night at frequent intervals.

Distance run 292 miles.


[Attachment to the log:] The BANNS OF MARRIAGE were published for the second time at Morning Service today the 25th day of March 1917, between Alfred William Bartlett, Batchelor [sic], of HMS Gloucestershire and Florence May Clarey, Spinster, of the Parish of St. John's Woolwich. (Signed) NS Stanley Acting Captain. [See above, log March 18th]


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25 March 1917

At patrol.

Lat 66.1, Long -24.1

[Wind variable NE force 6-3; sea rough reducing; snow then broken cloud; air temperature average 20°F, sea 28°F]

[Base courses N60°E, S68°W]

6.00am: Continued sounding frequently until daylight; lost deep sea sinker, tube case & 90 fathoms wire.

8.00am: Weather improving; full speed.

1.55pm: Challenged. Reply. HMS Andes.

2.30pm: Rendezvous with HMS Andes; transferred mails & despatches.

3.00pm: Moderate wind and sea, fair weather.

Distance run 218 miles.


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26 March 1917

At patrol.

Lat 65.6, Long -25.9

[Wind SW backing SSW force 3; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 34°F, sea 38°F]

[Base courses N63°E, S67°W]

7.00pm: Sighted North Cape.

11.00pm: Strong breeze, rough sea, rain.

Distance run 303 miles.


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27 March 1917

At patrol.

Lat 65.1, Long -25.3

[Wind W then NE force 3-7; sea rough with heavy W swell; overcast with snow squalls; air temperature average 32°F, sea 35°F]

[Base courses N63°E, S67°W]

10.15am: Streamed towing target; gun crews to target practice.

10.40am: Target carried away; 60 fathoms 1" SW rope lost with target.

11.18am: Rendezvous with HMS Ebro; received mails & 2 ratings.

6.00pm: Strong wind, rough sea, heavy falling snow.

10.00pm: Starboard engine stopped for repair.

11.07pm: Repairs completed; proceeded on N77°W.

Distance run 292 miles.


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28 March 1917

At patrol.

Lat 66.3, Long -24.7

[Wind NE force 7-8; sea very rough; overcast with heavy snow; air temperature average 19°F, sea 30°F]

[Base courses S82°E, N77°W]

7.00am: Moderate gale, very rough sea, thick snow.

4.35pm: Sunset; Position by obs: Lat 66°04’N, Long 25°40’W.

8.20pm: 60 revs, running before the wind to clear ice off forward guns and fittings.

10.00pm: Hove to on N87°E, 45 revs.

Midnight: Moderate gale, high sea, heavy snow squally almost continuously.

Distance run 286 miles.


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29 March 1917

At patrol.

Lat 65.6, Long -24.6

[Wind NE force 7-8; sea very rough; overcast with heavy snow; air temperature average 11°F, sea 20°F]

4.00am: Moderate gale, high sea, heavy snow squalls at frequent intervals.

7.45am: Sounded: 44 fathoms.

10.00am: Observed Staalbring Huk [sic: Stalbak Huk the NW corner of Iceland]

11.00am: Continued sounding every 15 minutes.

1.00pm: Lost deep sea sinker, tube case and 30 fathoms wire. Sounding every half hour until 4.00pm.

8.00pm: Wind and sea moderating, snow aqualls less frequent.

Distance run 216 miles.


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30 March 1917

At patrol.

Lat 66.6, Long -23.9

[Wind NNE backing NNW force 3-4; sea moderate to slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 18°F, sea 30°F]

9.30am: Sighted smoke; altered course to N16°W, full speed in chase.

10.00am: Challenged. Reply HMS Ebro.

10.20am: Proceeded on N74°E 78 revs to investigate ice pack.

Noon: Light breeze, fine weather.

12.35pm: Sighted loose ice; courses and speeds various investigating ice.

4.30pm: Met ice pack in Lat 67°14’N, Long 22°51’W.

5.30pm: Proceeded on S57°W 72 revs. Light breeze, fine weather.

Distance run 261 miles.


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31 March 1917

At patrol.

Lat 66.7, Long -22.9

[Wind SW force 3 then NNE force 6; sea slight becoming rough; broken cloud becoming overcast with snow squalls; air temperature average 25°F, sea 35°F]

[Base courses N70°E, S70°W]

8.00am: Moderate breeze, fine weather.

Noon: Wind increasing, light snow showers.

3.08pm: Challenged. Reply HMS Ebro.

Midnight: Strong breeze, rough sea, snow showers.

Distance run 302 miles.


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LOGS FOR APRIL 1917


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Barometer: Aneroid


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1 April 1917

At patrol.

Lat 65.9, Long -24.9

[Wind variable E to SW force 3-4; sea moderate; cloud with snow squalls; air temperature average 20°F, sea 35°F]

[Base courses N70°E, S70°W]

2.00am: Moderate wind and sea.

9.45am: Ship's company mustered by open list.

7.55pm: Challenged. Reply. HMS Ebro.

Midnight: Strong breeze, rough sea, overcast.

Distance run 251 miles.


[Addition to the log:]

The BANNS OF MARRIAGE were published for the Third time at Morning Service today the 1st of April 1917, between Alfred William Bartlett, Batchelor [sic], of HMS Gloucestershire and Florence May Clarey, Spinster, of the Parish of St. John's Woolwich. (Signed) N S Stanley, Acting Captain.


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2 April 1917

At patrol.

Lat 66.8, Long -21.2

[Wind mainly SE force 3-4; sea moderate; broken cloud with snow showers; air temperature average 30°F, sea 37°F]

[Base courses N60°E, S60°W]

6.05am: Demand and reply. HMS Ebro. Altered course to N84°E & proceeded in company to examine ice conditions E of North Cape. Position by obs. off North Cape Lat 66°37’N, Long 23°10’W.

2.00pm: No ice met on parallel of Lat to Long.

4.20pm: Communicated by boat with HMS Ebro.

8.00pm: Position by bearings North Cape Lat 66°44’N, Long 21°46’W. Wind and sea decreasing.

4.26pm: Proceeded on N54°W, 45° ZZ.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

Distance run 303 miles.


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3 April 1917

At patrol.

Lat 66.5, Long -23.8

[Wind mainly WSW and SE force 3-4; sea moderate; cloud with snow showers; air temperature average 35°F, sea 37°F]

[Base courses N69°E, S72°W]

5.30am: Demand. Reply HMS Ebro.

6.00am: Altered course to S80°E 25° ZZ and proceeded in company to investigate ice E of North Cape.

8.00am: Kogur Hak bore S23°E 10 miles.

8.10am: 55 revs; thick falling snow.

8.45am: Altered course to W; abandoned ice investigation owing to snow and returned to patrol.

10.00am: Increased to 72 revs. Snow clearing.

11.40am: On patrol; altered course to S72°W, 45° ZZ.

4.00pm: Moderate breeze, heavy snow showers.

8.15pm: Demand. Reply HMS Ebro.

11.00pm: Fresh to moderate breeze, clear weather.

Distance run 302 miles.


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4 April 1917

At patrol.

Lat 65.8, Long -25.0

[Wind NE force 3-4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 30°F, sea 37°F]

5.30am: Demand. Reply. HMS Ebro.

6.45am: Ritters Huk [sic] bore N85°E 24 miles. Moderate breeze, fine weather.

9.55am: Stop; dropped target; carried out 1" aiming practice & 3 pdr practice.

11.13am: Picked up target.

6.05pm: Altered course courses & speeds various to board Icelandic fishing vessel.

11.30pm: Stalberg Huk Light [sic:Stalbak Huk] bore S80°E 12 miles.*

Distance run 305 miles.


*[Note: This lighthouse name does not match any current Icelandic lights. In 1917 there were very few lights at this remote corner of Iceland, and the name "Stalberg Huk" is not Icelandic, so it doesn't fit the names of any of the lighthouses at that time. However, a book Arctic Interlude: Independent to North Russia, by Harry C. Hutson includes an account of voyage around this corner of Iceland during the Second World War. Here is the passage:


"On 11 November we hove up the anchor and proceeded toward Isafjord. We passed Straumnes at 2 miles and anchored at 1400 in Isafjord because of heavy snow squalls and strong variable winds. We set off again the next day at breakfast time and we passed Stalberg corner at 1330. We anchored in Brede Bugt in the middle of the afternoon and set off on the last leg back to Hvalfjord next morning."


Now Straumnes is south of Isafjord, but the Brede Bugt can only be the Breidafjord and of course Hvalfjord was the Allied base north of Reykjavik. So apparently they made a landfall at Straumnes, took refuge in the Isafjord a little farther north, and then sailed south to Hvalfjord. The conclusion would be that "Stalberg corner" must be the cape of Bjargtangar, the westernmost point of Iceland. That is probably the "Stalberg Huk" of the reference as well. The light station of Bjargtangar was established in 1913. I am grateful to Prof. Russ Rowlett of the University of North Carolina for this analysis. Ed.]


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5 April 1917

At patrol.

Lat 65.5, Long -24.3

[Wind WSW veering NW force 3; sea slight with W swell; cloudy with snow; air temperature average 39°F, sea 39°F]

[Base courses N50°E, S50°W]

8.30am: Demand. Reply. HMS Ebro.

9.25am: Communicated by boat with Ebro.

9.54am: Resumed course N46°E.

10.08am: Sun observation Long 25°20’W; moderate breeze, fine weather.

Midnight: Moderate breeze, heavy W swell.

Distance run 303 miles.


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6 April 1917

At patrol.

Lat 65.5, Long -25.3

[Wind variable NNE and SW force 3; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 38°F, sea 38°F]

[Base courses N50°E, S50°W]

8.10am: Demand. Reply. HMS Ebro.

10.30am: Good Friday. Sunday routine.

1.40pm: Stalbring Huk [sic: Stalbak Huk] bore S57°E 19.5 miles; Lat observation from Sun 65°40’N.

7.30pm: Demand. Reply. HMS Ebro.

9.00pm: Communicated by boat with HMS Ebro.

9.15pm: Proceeded on N51°E 45° ZZ ,72 revs.

Distance run 306 miles.


[Note: It was reported to the Admiralty that Gloucestershire had recorded that the passage to the NW of Iceland was about 40 miles wide, and that the ice pack extended SW through Lat 66°35’N, Long 25°50’W, Lat 66°55’N, Long 24°30’W, Lat 67°5’N, Long 22°40’W and thence to the N. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, pages 665-666. Gloucestershire will now move S to “B” Patrol on 61°N]


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7 April 1917

At patrol.

Lat 64.6, Long -24.5

[Wind WSW and SW force 3-6; sea smooth becoming rough; cloud with snow squalls; air temperature average 39°F, sea 39°F]

[Base courses SW then SE]

6.05am: Demand. Reply. HMS Ebro.

7.00am: Sighted stranger. Challenged. Reply HMS Avenger.

8.55am: Stop. Boat away to Avenger; received 2 ratings & despatches.

9.27am: Proceeded on S8°E, 25°ZZ; left patrol.

1.35pm: Sun observation Lat 64°24’N.

4.45pm: Observed Reykjanes Light House and Eldey Rock.

7.00pm: Strong breeze, rough sea, snow squalls.

Midnight: Moderate gale, very rough sea, heavy snow squalls.

Distance run 303 miles.


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8 April 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.6, Long -17.7

[Wind NNW force 8-10; sea very rough; overcast with snow squalls; air temperature average 25°F, sea 35°F]

7.00am: Moderate gale, high confused sea, thick snow; altered course to S.

Noon: Gale, very high sea, violent squalls, snow.

1.00pm: Experienced fall of thick black snow apparently due to volcanic dust.

2.00pm: Hose canvas, 60 ft with two connections washed overboard.

4.45pm: Hove to on N10°E 45 revs.

Midnight: Wind and sea moderating slightly, squalls less violent and less frequent.

Distance run 290 miles.


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9 April 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.7, Long -14.7

[Wind NNW force 6; sea rough; overcast with snow squalls; air temperature average 25°F, sea 38°F]

[Base courses N63°E, S63°W]

4.00am: Strong breeze and high confused sea. Hove to on N18°W.

1.55pm: Altered course & speeds various to intercept sailing vessel.

3.00pm: Stopped & boarded Norwegian barque Audun on passage from Norfolk Virginia to Bergen via Lerwick with coal. Boarding boat damaged alongside Audun & broke adrift. Boat’s crew & armed guard got on board Audun.

4.30pm: Picked up damaged boat.

5.15pm: Boat away and recovered boat’s crew from Audun.

5.50pm: Sent Audun to Lerwick with Armed Guard.

7.40pm: Stop. Gave Audun orders to proceed to Stornoway, Lough Swilly, or Belfast in accordance with signal from S.O.X.C.S.*

8.10pm: Proceeded on N4°W 55 revs. Strong breeze, very rough sea, heavy snow squalls.

11.00pm: Lost by accident on boarding barque Audun, 1 oilskin jacket.

Midnight: Strong breeze, rough sea, snow squalls.

Distance run 206 miles.


*[Note: The valuable cargo of 3,000 tons of steam coal was the subject of debate, as the USA as now in the war, but Audun was ultimately allowed to proceed. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 674.]


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10 April 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.4, Long -14.7

[Wind NNW veering NE force 6; sea rough; overcast with snow squalls; air temperature average 25°F, sea 39°F]

[Base courses N74°W, S74°E]

7.45am: Port and starboard windlass cylinders and after covers cracked by excessive frost.

1.30pm: Altered course to W to intercept small sailing vessel.

1.50pm: Spoke with Danish fishing vessel TN36; allowed to proceed. Courses and speeds various to keep in touch with TN36. Strong breeze, rough sea, snow squalls.

Midnight: Strong breeze, rough sea, heavy hail squalls.

Distance run 210 miles.


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11 April 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.2, Long -14.8

[Wind variable NE force 6-4; sea rough with NE swell reducing; overcast with snow squalls; air temperature average 33°F, sea 43°F]

[Base courses N75°W, S75°E]

11.00am: Wind and sea moderating.

2.50pm: Altered course and courses and speeds various to intercept small sailing vessel.

4.07pm: Boarded Danish fishing vessel TG303 on passage from Faroe Islands to fishing grounds; allowed to proceed.

4.35pm: Proceeded on S57°W 45° ZZ.

9.00pm: Courses and speeds various to intercept steamer.

10.15pm: Spoke with Dutch SS Maastdijk on passage from Rotterdam to New York. Flying correct flag of the day; allowed to proceed.

Midnight: Fresh breeze, overcast.

Distance run 264 miles.


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12 April 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.6, Long -13.5

[Wind variable NE to WNW force 2-4; sea moderate; overcast; air temperature average 38°F, sea 44°F]

[Base courses N75°W, S75°E]

4.00am: Moderate breeze, fine weather.

6.00am: Altered course & speeds various to intercept sailing ship.

7.12am: Stop. Boarded Norwegian schooner Louis Bossert on passage from Alesund to New York in ballast; allowed to proceed.

10.00am: Sighted Steamer. Challenge. Reply. HMS Alsatian. Proceeded to rendezvous.

10.46 Stop. Admiral [Tupper] came on board. Dropped target & carried out 6 in gun practice. Exercised submarine attack. Let go port depth charge.

11.40am: Admiral returned to HMS Alsatian.*

6.00pm: Altered course to S67°E.

Distance run 291 miles.


*[Note: Admiral Tupper reported to the Admiralty that he considered Gloucestershire to be “in a very efficient condition and a credit to Captain Stanley and his officers.See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 676.]


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13 April 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.5, Long -11.1

[Wind NE force 2-4; sea moderate; cloudy with snow squalls; air temperature average 34°F, sea 43°F]

[Base courses N78°W, S87°E]

2.20pm: Altered course & speeds various to intercept steamer.

4.00am: Intercepted Belgian SS Syrie on passage from Halifax to Rotterdam with wheat. Belgian Relief.* Correct and allowed to proceed.

4.25am: Proceeded in chase of steamer.

5.00am: Boarded Norwegian SS Fram on passage from Haugesund to New York via Halifax in ballast. Allowed to proceed.

5.32am: Courses & speeds various in chase of steamer.

7.04am: Boarded Belgian SS Ministre de Smet de Naeyer on passage from Rotterdam to Sand Key [Florida] via Halifax in ballast. Belgian Relief. Allowed to proceed.

11.0am: Altered course & speeds various in chase. In Lat 62°36’N, Long 11°27’W.

11.25am: Boarded Norwegian SS Liv on passage from Baltimore to Christiania via Halifax. Allowed to proceed.

12.25pm: Altered course & speeds various in chase of two steamers in Lat 62°24’N, Long 11°00’W.

1.10pm: Boarded Danish SS Indien on passage from Japan to Copenhagen via Halifax. Allowed to proceed.

1.50pm: Boarded British steam trawler Iona H709. Allowed to proceed.

Distance run 300 miles.


*[Note: Belgian Relief was a US organisation led by future President Herbert Hoover for bringing food to Belgium and N France during the war. See Wikipedia: Commission for Relief of Belgium for details.]


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14 April 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.9, Long -10.6

[Wind NNE backing N force 6-7; sea rough; overcast with snow squalls; air temperature average 34°F, sea 43°F]

9.20am: Challenge. Reply. HMS Alsatian. Courses & speeds various in company.

10.55am: Left patrol and proceeded on S25°W.

12.46pm: Sun obs. Lat 61°30’N.

Midnight: Strong wind, rough sea, squally.

Distance run 272 miles.


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15 April 1917

At sea en route to Glasgow.

Lat 57.1, Long -10.1

[Wind NNW force 3-4; sea moderate; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 40°F, sea 45°F]

4.00am: Wind and sea moderating; course S23°W.

3.35pm: Patent log line & governor lost; carried away.

10.20pm: Sighted Inishtrahull Light.

Distance run 305 miles.


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16 April 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable force 3-4; cloud and rain; air temperature average 40°F]

1.10am: Inishtrahull Light bore S73°W 9.5 miles.

5.20am: Maidens Light bore S68°W 3.5 miles.

9.55am: Little Cumbrae Light bore S83°E 1 mile.

11.00am: Passed through boom.

11.10am: Received pilot.

11.20am: Dead slow steaming round Tail of Bank; unable to anchor owing to damaged windlass.

Noon:. All clocks put 1 hour ahead to Summer Time.

3.10pm: Entered & proceeded up river, passed Prince’s Pier.

4.20pm: Passed Bowling. Made fast two tugs 1 fore and 1 aft.

6.00pm: Entered Prince’s Dock; finished with engines.

6.20pm: Ship made fast at coal crane; leave granted to Starboard Watch until 11.00am 26th inst.

Distance run 334 miles.


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17 April 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable W force 2; broken cloud; air temperature average 42°F]

11.00am: 1 rating joined shop from Royal Naval Barracks Chatham.

7.30pm: 6 ratings left ship for RN Barracks Chatham, 2 for hospital, 1 for HMS Eagle Liverpool.


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18 April 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable NW force 2; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 42°F]

[Routine of cleaning, painting and leave]


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19 April 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable NW force 2; broken cloud; air temperature average 48°F]

[Routine of cleaning, painting and leave]


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20 April 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable NW force 2; broken cloud; air temperature average 48°F]

[Routine of cleaning, painting and leave]

11.00pm: Armed guard returned on board; 1 Sub. Lieut. and 3 ratings.


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21 April 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable NW force 1; cloudy; air temperature average 51°F]

[Routine of cleaning, painting and leave]

11.00am: 23 ratings joined ship from RN barracks.


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22 April 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind NW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 54°F]

[Routine of cleaning, painting and leave]

10.20am: Church parties.

10.30am: 1 rating joined ship.


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23 April 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind NW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 54°F]

11.20am: Shifted ship from No.3 Berth Prince’s Dock to coaling wharf.

3.45pm: Commenced coaling ship.


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24 April 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind NW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 56°F]

11.00am: 2 ratings joined ship.

7.00pm: 8 ratings left ship for barracks.

7.35pm: Finished coaling.


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25 April 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SE force 1; overcast; air temperature average 46°F]

0.30am: Cast off from coaling wharf.

2.10am: Ship made fast alongside No.10 Berth Prince’s Dock.

1.10pm: 1 rating joined ship.

6.20pm: 1 rating left ship for HMS Pembroke.


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26 April 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind WNW force 1; overcast; air temperature average 50°F]

11.00am: Starboard Watch returned from long leave.

2.00pm: Tested hydraulic depth charge release gear. Correct.


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27 April 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable WNW force 2-3; overcast with mist and drizzle; air temperature average 49°F]

11.00am: Steering gear, telegraphs and steam whistle tested. Correct.

2.40pm: 1 rating returned from hospital.

3.15pm: Made fast tugs, 1 forward 1 aft.

3.25pm: Cast off & proceeded out of dock.

3.40pm: Entered river.

5.00pm: Cast off forward tug off Bowling.

6.15pm: Clocks put back 1 hour to GMT.

5.30pm: Discharged pilot & proceeded.

6.50pm: Little Cumbrae bore E 1 mile.

11.00pm: Maidens Light bore S37°W 4 miles.

Coal remaining 2331 tons. Fresh water 647 tons.

Draft on departure: forward 22’3”, aft 24’9”.


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28 April 1917

At sea en route to patrol.*

Lat 56.1, Long -9.0

[Wind WNW force 4-5; sea moderate; cloudy with mist; air temperature average 49°F, sea 49°F]

[Base courses NW]

0.50am: Passing through Rathlin Sound.

3.20am: Oversay Light bore S80°E 3 miles.

6.45pm: Passed through quantity of wreckage; course N37°W, 30° ZZ.

10.30pm: Straight course.

Distance run 276 miles.

*[Note: Gloucestershire is returning to “B” Patrol, W of the Faroes around 62°N, 13°W.]


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29 April 1917

At patrol.

Lat 59.0, Long -12.8

[Wind WNW and NE force 2-4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 47°F, sea 47°F]

[Base courses NW and NE]

5.45am: Sighted stranger. Challenged. Reply HMS Ebro. Courses & speeds various to rendezvous with Ebro. 6.25am: Stop. Received 1 rating for passage to HMS Kildonan Castle.

9.35am: Altered course & speeds various in chase of steamer.

10.10am: Boarded British trawler Mansfield on passage from Iceland to Fleetwood with fish. Allowed to proceed.

12.48pm: Sun obs Lat 59°14’N.

7.40pm: Altered course and speeds various; picked up danbuoy.

Distance run 315 miles.


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30 April 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.4, Long -11.4

[Wind E veering S force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 44°F, sea 44°F]

1.30am: Altered course & speeds various in chase of steamer.

2.30am: Intercepted British armed trawler Offa II.

5.55am: Sighted stranger. Challenged. Reply HMS Kildonan Castle; altered course.

6.55am: Transferred 2 ratings to Kildonan Castle.

11.20am: Altered course & speed various in chase of 2 steamers.

Noon: Intercepted Danish motor ships Oregon and Tonking, both flying correct flag of the day; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°25’N, Long 11°26’W.

12.05pm: Proceeded in chase.

12.55pm: Intercepted Norwegian SS Geena [sic: possibly Gann] flying correct flag of the day. Allowed to proceed in Lat 62°29’N, Long 12°26’W.

3.00pm: Altered course & speeds various in chase.

3.45pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Hop on passage from New York to Rotterdam via Halifax with wheat. Allowed to proceed.

Distance run 303 miles.


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LOGS FOR MAY 1917


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Barometer: Aneroid


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1 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 63.5, Long -12.1

[Wind W force 2; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 43°F, sea 44°F]

[Base courses N86°E, S86°W]

4.30am: Intercepted British trawler GY1004 [Argo]; correct and allowed to proceed.

7.35am: Boarded Danish SS Sara, on passage Baltimore to…[not completed]

10.15am: Boarded British trawler Romanoff GY639; on passage from fishing grounds to Grimsby with fish; correct and allowed to proceed.

7.25pm: Intercepted Danish SS Helmer Morch flying correct flag of the day. Allowed to proceed in Lat 62°36’N, Long 11°37’W.

11.35pm: Courses and speeds various in chase of steamer.

Distance run 307 miles.


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2 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.4, Long -13.0

[Wind variable force 3-4; sea moderate; overcast with rain; air temperature average 45°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses N88°E, S87°W]

0.33am: Stopped Danish steam trawler Eirikur; flying correct flag of the day, allowed to proceed.

Noon: Misty and low visibility.

Distance run 309 miles.


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3 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.5, Long -13.0

[Wind SW veering NW force 3-5; sea moderate with W swell; overcast; air temperature average 44°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses N86°E, S87°W]

5.10am: Boarded Norwegian SS Hermion on passage from Christiania to New York. Correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 62°56’N, Long 12°05’W.

11.35am: In chase of steam trawler.

12.29pm: Boarded convoy of British steam trawlers: GY801 [Siluria] GY733 [Great Admiral], GY1205 [Diver], GY392 [Lord Selbourne], GY992 [Gambri], GY631 [Escallonia], GY76 [Aquarius] and H131 [Pericles] Allowed to proceed in Lat 62°31’N, Long 12°47’W.

Distance run 295 miles.


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4 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.4, Long -12.9

[Wind NNW veering NE force 3-5; sea moderate; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 42°F, sea 44°F]

[Base courses N87°E, S87°W]

10.30am: Classes and target practice in fine weather.

12.49pm: Sun obs. Lat 62°20’N.

2.08pm: Boarded fleet of British steam trawlers: GY 1019 [Respondo], GY 676 [Star of the South], GY 1021 [possibly Pearl GY 1121], GY 215 [Quail], H210 [Cadet], H223 [Commander Holbrook], H41 [Leonato], H747 [Esmeralda], H232 [Vigilant], H835 [possibly Bona H855 or Turquoise H335] in convoy from Iceland to Grimsby with fish. Resumed course S88°W; fresh breeze, rough head sea.

Distance run 306 miles.


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5 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.4, Long -12.9

[Wind N backing W force 3-5; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 38°F, sea 43°F]

[Base courses N85°E, S86°W]

12.49pm: Sun obs Lat 62°20’N.

2.20pm: Boarded British steam trawler Rollo GY 647; allowed to proceed.

5.37pm: Intercepted Norwegian sailing vessels Hebe and Audny on passage from Christiansand to Hampton Roads. Both correct and flying correct flag of the day. Allowed to proceed in Lat 62°04’N, Long 14°59’W.

Distance run 311 miles.


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6 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.4, Long -12.9

[Wind WSW veering ENE force 3-5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 38°F, sea 44°F]

[Base courses N84°E, S86°W]

7.20am: Altered course in chase; expended 2 rounds 3 pdr. blank.

8.05am: Intercepted Danish SS L P Holmblad on passage from Bergen to Newport News via Halifax. Correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 62°41’N, Long 11°40’W.

11.15am: Altered course in chase.

1.15pm: Boarded British steam trawler St Cloud GY856*; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°39’N, Long 13°21’W.

8.00pm: Fresh breeze, rough sea, snow squalls.

11.15pm: Altered course in chase.

Distance run 309 miles.


*[Note: This vessel was present at the bombardment of Scarborough in December 1914 by the Imperial German Navy ships Derfflinger, Von der Tann and Kolberg. At 8.02am in misty weather as St. Cloud waited offshore to enter Scarborough to land, the bombardment began. Sk. George Shaw and the mate, Tom Robson were having breakfast when the deck watch informed them that warships were rounding Castle Headland. Getting under way and proceeding into harbour, Sk. Shaw ran St. Cloud straight up the beach alongside the West Pier; the crew all jumped ashore and ran for their lives. By the time the German warships had moved on to Whitby and it was safe to return to the harbour, the tide was on the ebb and St. Cloud was drying out with her engine still running. It was widely believed at the time that St. Cloud had unwittingly led the Germans through the minefield, which was untrue as U-boats had been watching the fishing fleet come and go for several weeks.]



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7 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.8, Long -11.8

[Wind NE force 5-6; sea rough; overcast with snow squalls; air temperature average 35°F, sea 43°F]

[Base courses N82°E, S87°W]

0.15am: Boarded British steam trawler Jonquil GY391; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°44’N, Long 12°26’W.

9.10am: Boarded British steam trawler Benglas [most likely Bengal or Bengali]; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°00’N, Long 11°05’W.

4.00pm: Heavy head sea.

9.48pm: Intercepted Danish SS Arkansas on passage from Christiania to New York via Halifax with wood pulp. Correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 62°29’N, Long 12°47’W.

Distance run 308 miles.


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8 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.7, Long -12.0

[Wind NE force 5-3; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 38°F, sea 43°F]

[Base courses N81°E, S87°W]

9.45am: Intercepted Danish Government Fishery Protection Cruiser Islands Falk;* proceeded on course S69°W.

10.15am: Target practice.

1.42pm: Intercepted Belgian SS Gothland on passage from Rotterdam to New York in ballast.** Correct and allowed to proceed.

3.20pm: Boarded British steam trawler Helios GY 784; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°24’N, Long 12°40’W.

8.15pm: Intercepted Swedish SS Fridland on passage from Goteborg to New York via Halifax with wood pulp. Correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 62°22’N, Long 13°37’W.

10.00pm: Challenge and reply; HMS Hilary examining SS.

10.30pm: Course N81°E; cartridges QF 3 pdr. Hotchkiss cases fired lost overboard by accident.

Distance run 300 miles.


*[Note: In December 1916 there had been a diplomatic incident when this Danish Police vessel was boarded by HMT Walpole, and the Admiralty had to apologise to the Danes and gave a mild reprimand to the Captain of the Walpole for not apologising on the spot. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, pages 598-599.]


**[Note: This was a returning Belgian Relief vessel.]


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9 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.8, Long -11.5

[Wind variable N force 2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 42°F, sea 43°F]

[Base courses N80°E, S88°W]

1.40am: Boarded Norwegian SS Aztec on passage from Bergen to New York via Halifax. Correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 62°31’N, Long 12°46’W.

4.05am: Intercepted Swedish SS Indianic on passage from Goteborg to Baltimore with wood pulp. Correct and allowed to proceed.

5.19am: Intercepted Danish auxiliary schooner Fox II on passage from Copenhagen to Greenland with general cargo. Correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 62°35’N, Long 11°56’W.

7.15am: Challenge and reply; HMS Hilary.

7.40am: Sent boat to Hilary; received 1 absentee rating.

2.00pm: Light breeze, fine weather.

Distance run 323 miles.


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Deviations of standard compass


10 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.8, Long -12.2

[Wind variable W force 1; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 41°F, sea 43°F]

[Base courses N86°E, S87°W]

2.22am: Boarded British steam trawler Argo; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°49’N, Long 11°22’W.

5.30am: Boarded British steam trawlers GY101 [last number obscured] and GY 278 [Cedric]; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°11’N, Long 10°…[obscured].

6.00am: Boarded British steam trawler Argo; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°49’N, Long 11°22’W.

6.35am: Intercepted British steam trawler A50Y; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°05’N, Long 10°52’W.

11.15am: Boarded Russian SS Yaroslavl on passage from New York to Archangel with munitions; allowed to proceed.

12.30pm: Intercepted British steam trawler Zaree; correct flag of the day and allowed to proceed.

2.10pm: Intercepted Danish fishing smack Bore[obscured] KG365; correct and allowed to proceed.

7.10pm: Boarded Danish auxiliary schooner Godthaab on passage from Copenhagen to Greenland with general cargo. Correct and allowed to proceed.

Distance run 312 miles.


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11 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 63.0, Long -13.4

[Wind variable E force 1; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 45°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses N86°E, S87°W]

6.15am: Challenge and reply; HMS Kildonan Castle.

9.00am: Intercepted Danish [Icelandic] fishing smack Hakon RE113; [more likely Haakon] allowed to proceed.

9.45am: Intercepted Danish [Icelandic] fishing smacks Boreas KG365 and Bjorgvin RE18; allowed to proceed.

12.49pm: Sun obs. Lat 62°50’N.

1.20pm: Sighted stranger. Challenged. Reply HMS Almanzora; altered course; boat away and received despatches from Almanzora.

3.06pm: Intercepted British steam trawler War Grey GY1033; correct and allowed to proceed.

3.10pm: Boarded British steam trawler Rollo GY647; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°38’N, Long 13°58’W.

7.35pm: Sighted stranger. Challenged. Reply HMS Changuinola; altered course.

8.15pm: Sent boat to Changuinola with despatches.

10.10pm: Sighted stranger. Challenged. Reply HMS Otway; altered course. Sent boat to Otway with 2 ratings for Patuca.

Distance run 272 miles.


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12 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 63.8, Long -14.8

[Wind variable E force 2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 45°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses N89°E, S89°W]

2.20am: Intercepted Norwegian SV Glance* flying correct flag of the day. Allowed to proceed in Lat 63°30’N, Long 13°32’W.

6.30am: Sighted stranger. Challenged. Reply HMS Almanzora.

Noon: Light breeze, fine weather.

7.11pm: Boarded Danish fishing vessel Nozsoy on passage from Iceland to Faroes; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°09’N, Long 16°44’W. [sic]

Distance run 307 miles.


*[Note: In January 1917, the Chief Officer of this vessel jumped overboard to save a member of Columbella’s armed guard when their boat capsized alongside. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, page 589.]


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13 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 63.5, Long -14.5

[Wind NE force 2; sea smooth; cloudy; air temperature average 43°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses N89°E, S89°W]

2.45am: Sighted stranger. Challenged. Reply HMS Almanzora.

2.44pm: Boarded Danish sailing vessel Riddarin TG307 on passage from Iceland to Faroes; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°20’N, Long 15°38’W.

9.30pm: Spoke with HM Armed Trawler St Denis; course N86°E, light winds and fine weather.

Distance run 305 miles.


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14 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 63.8, Long -14.3

[Wind NE veering SW force 3-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 45°F, sea 44°F]

[Base courses N86°E, S89°W]

0.13am: Stopped port engine; starboard engine full speed.

0.33am: Stoped starboard engine; port engine full speed.

1.13am: Engine stoppage due to minor defects.

11.13am: Intercepted Norwegian SS Roald Jarl on passage from New York to Narvik via Halifax; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°50’N, Long 14°05’W.

1.35pm: Spoke with HM Armed Trawler St Denis.

2.40pm: Boarded Danish [Faroes] fishing vessel Laura on passage from Iceland to Faroes; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°32’N, Long 15°23’W.

5.55pm: Ingoldshofidi Huk Lighthouse [Ingólfshöfði] bore N 10 miles.

7.13pm: Boarded Danish [Faroes] sailing vessel Emerald TG305 fishing; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°34’N, Long 17°10’W.

8.22pm: Boarded Danish [Faroes] sailing vessel Carl TG309 fishing; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°30’N, Long 17°16’W.

9.45pm: Boarded Danish [Faroes] sailing vessel Prima Donna TG347 fishing; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°14’N, Long 17°22’W.

Distance run 297 miles.


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15 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 63.9, Long -15.5

[Wind variable mainly S force 3-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 44°F, sea 44°F]

[Base courses N87°E, S78°W]

5.30am: Intercepted British steam trawler India GY 570; correct and allowed to proceed.

8.50am: Sighted stranger. Challenged. Reply HMS Almanzora.

11.46am: Boarded Danish [Faroes] sailing vessel Regina TG339 fishing; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°55’N, Long 15°29’W.

12.25pm: Boarded French sailing vessel Roger Robert fishing; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°55’N, Long 15°37’W.

2.13pm: Boarded British trawler Hilaria GY 698 fishing; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°48’N, Long 16°00’W.

3.15pm: Ingoldshofidi Huk Lighthouse [Ingólfshöfði] bore N43°W 12 miles.

5.04am: Sighted stranger. Challenged. Reply HMS Almanzora.

5.06am: Sighted stranger. Challenged. Reply HMS Moldavia.

5.44pm: Received 1 rating from Moldavia.

Midnight: Intercepted British steam trawler India GY 570; correct and allowed to proceed.

Distance run 316 miles.


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16 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 63.9, Long -15.2

[Wind E veering ESE force 3; sea smooth; cloud and rain; air temperature average 42°F, sea 43°F]

[Base courses N87°E, S78°W]

2.10am: Looking for HM Trawler St Denis.

4.50am: Abandoned search.

9.47am: Communicated by boat with HM Trawler Corrie Roy [GY 635]; supplied her with provisions.

12.07pm: Boarded Danish [Faroes] sailing vessel Baradrangur TG300 fishing; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°57’N, Long 15°13’W.

2.45pm: Intercepted British trawler Argo GY 1004; allowed to proceed.

6.50pm: Exchanged pendants with HMS Almanzora.

Distance run 297 miles.


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17 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 63.8, Long -15.5

[Wind SW backing SE force 2-3; sea smooth; overcast with mist; air temperature average 45°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses N87°E, S78°W]

3.20am: Intercepted British trawler Great Admiral GY 733; allowed to proceed.

5.25am: Sighted HM Trawler Lord Landsdowne; communicated by boat.

8.00am: Intercepted British trawler Ingomar; allowed to proceed.

8.45am: Intercepted British trawler King Harald; allowed to proceed.

9.45am: Spoke with HM Trawler Corrie Roy.

1.15pm: Boarded Danish sailing vessel Charlthun; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°42’N, Long 15°39’W.

1.48pm: Intercepted British trawlers Argo and Peyriot [?]; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°47’N, Long 15°40’W.

11.00pm: Spoke with HM Trawler St Denis.

Distance run 298 miles.


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18 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 63.9, Long -14.2

[Wind WSW backing S force 2; sea smooth; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 45°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses N87°E, S88°W]

8.00am: Fog; sounding every hour.

10.10am: Shifted from fore bridge to after steering gear; time 3 mins 10 seconds.

10.44am: Shifted from aft to fore bridge; time 1 min 16.5 seconds.

10.55am: Exchanged pendants with HMS Almanzora.

12.30pm: Communicated by signal with HMS Almanzora.

3.00pm: Sounding every hour.

Distance run 286 miles.


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19 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 64.2, Long -13.9

[Wind SE force 1-2; sea smooth; overcast with mist; air temperature average 45°F, sea 47°F]

[Base courses N87°E, S88°W]

5.35am: Communicated by boat with HM Trawler Elf King to give instructions.

6.18am: Hvalsbak [?] bore N40°E 2.5 miles.

7.30am: Sighted HM Trawler Lord Landsdowne; communicated by boat; transferred Acting Sub Lt. Barry RNR, armed guard and Admiralty messages.

10.59am: Boarded Icelandic fishing vessel Skuli-Forgati; allowed to proceed.

2.00pm: Exchanged pendants with HMS Almanzora.

7.16pm: Boarded Danish sailing vessels Morning Star and Lalla Rookh; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°43’N, Long 16°50’W.

Distance run 296 miles.


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20 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 64.0, Long -14.8

[Wind S backing E force 1-2; sea smooth; overcast with mist; air temperature average 45°F, sea 47°F]

[Base courses N87°E, S88°W]

4.52am: Boarded British trawler Cadet H 210 fishing; allowed to proceed in Lat 64°20’N, Long 13°50’W.

11.00am: Intercepted fishing convoy section 2; correct flags.

4.00pm: Light breeze and drizzling rain.

Distance run 299 miles.


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21 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 63.9, Long -14.5

[Wind variable S force 1-2; sea smooth; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 45°F, sea 47°F]

[Base courses N87°E, S88°W]

3.51am: Spoke with HM Trawler Lord Landsdowne.

8.00am: Dense fog; sounding every half-hour.

12.30pm: Sounding every hour.

1.53pm: Boarded Danish [Faroes] sailing vessel Haffari KG235 on passage from Iceland to Faroes; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°47’N, Long 15°04’W.

2.12pm: Fog clearing.

6.00pm: Stopped sounding; course N87°E.

Midnight: Commenced sounding hourly.

Distance run 283 miles.


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22 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 63.9, Long -14.6

[Wind variable E force 1-2; sea smooth; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 45°F, sea 47°F]

[Base courses N87°E, S88°W]

2.00am: Sounding hourly.

9.55am: Boarded British trawler Ben Hope SH 240 fishing; correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 64°09’N, Long 14°00’W.

1.00pm: Stopped sounding; fog clearing.

5.12pm: Boarded Danish [Faroes] sailing vessel Kristine TG541; allowed to proceed in Lat 63°44’N, Long 16°22’W.

5.34pm: Intercepted convoy of British trawlers fishing; allowed to proceed.

6.50pm: Intercepted French sailing vessel Roger Robert fishing; allowed to proceed as previously boarded.

11.10pm: Intercepted Danish [Faroes] sailing vessel Regina TG339 fishing; allowed to proceed.

Distance run 266 miles.


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23 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 64.1, Long -14.3

[Wind NE veering SE force 1-2; sea smooth; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 45°F, sea 46°F]

[Base courses N87°E, S88°W]

2.30am: Exchanged pendants with HMT Lord Landsdowne.

6.10am: Exchanged pendants with HMS Almanzora.

9.30am: Exercised marines in rifle shooting.

10.06am: Shifted from fore bridge to after steering gear; time 1 mins 12 seconds.

10.45am: Shifted from aft to fore bridge.

11.34am: Communicated by boat with HMS Almanzora.

5.11pm: Intercepted French sailing vessel Roger Robert fishing; allowed to proceed.

Distance run 297 miles.


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24 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 64.0, Long -14.7

[Wind variable force 1-2; sea smooth; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 45°F, sea 43°F]

[Base courses N88°E, S88°W]

7.00am: Dense fog; sounding every hour.

6.55pm: Ingoldshofidi Huk Lighthouse [Ingólfshöfði] bore N39°E 4.5 miles.

7.40pm: Intercepted convoy of British trawlers fishing; allowed to proceed.

11.25pm: Intercepted Danish [Faroes] sailing vessel Kristine TG541; allowed to proceed.

Distance run 279 miles.


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25 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 64.4, Long -13.4

[Wind SSE force 3-4; sea slight with SW swell; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 47°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses N88°E, S88°W]

3.10am: Intercepted convoy of British trawlers fishing; allowed to proceed.

4.40am: Rendezvous with HMT Lord Landsdowne.

8.50am: Boarded British trawler Admiral Craddock fishing; allowed to proceed in Lat 64°16’N, Long 13°28’W.

12.45pm: Rendezvous with HMT Lord Landsdowne. Withdrew Sub Lt. RNR and armed guard.

2.23pm: Challenge. Reply HMS Moldavia; communicated by boat; Lt. Beckett RNR returned from sick leave and received despatches.

4.52pm: Parted company with Moldavia.

Distance run 283 miles.


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26 May 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.5, Long -14.7

[Wind SW force 3; sea slight with SW swell; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 50°F, sea 48°F]

3.00am: Fresh wind, heavy swell, fog.

6.24am: Intercepted Norwegian SS Solfahreren* on passage from Copenhagen to Delaware in ballast. Correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 62°08’N, Long [not entered].

11.33am: Challenge and reply; HMS Virginian.

1.00pm: Course S63°E ZZ.

3.00pm: Rendezvous with HMS Virginian; boat over to flagship.**

5.10pm: Boat returned from flag; set course S38°W.

Distance run 286 miles.


*[Note: Although referred to as a steamship, there is no evidence of this ship in either the Norwegian or the Danish lists, so it may be an error. This was the first day of a new officer completing the log, and there was already a mistake of omitting the Longitude of a position.]


**[Note: Admiral Tupper had transferred from Alsatian to Virginian for a short period at the end of May.]


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27 May 1917

At sea en route to Glasgow.

Lat 57.9, Long -14.0

[Wind variable force 1-3; sea slight; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 51°F, sea 50°F]

1.00am: Steering ZZ course S38°E.

4.30am:: Speed limited because of fog.

3.00pm: Rockall abeam 8 miles.

8.00pm: Course S51°E.

Distance run 298 miles.


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28 May 1917

At sea en route to Glasgow.

Lat 56.5, Long -7.6

[Wind NNW force 2-4; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 51°F, sea 49°F]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses S51-53°E.

5.00am: Sounded: 56 fathoms sand.

1.40pm: Inishtrahull Light abeam.

3.30pm: Passing Rathlin Sound.

6.40pm: Stopped; communicated with drifter Eriska and proceeded on N74°E.

9.30pm: Ailsa Craig abeam.

11.15pm: Little Cumbrae Light abeam.

Distance run 328 miles.


[NB Noon position: No longitude, duplicated latitude.]


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29 May 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind N force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F]

0.20am: Passed boom.

0.24am: Pilot aboard; proceeded to anchorage; let go port anchor with 45 fathoms of cable in 17 fathoms of water. Clocks on 1 hour to Summer Time.

4.00am: Hove up anchor and proceeded, assisted by 1 tug.

6.20am: Entered Prince’s Dock No.10 Berth; finished with engines.

1.15pm: Hands muster for payment.

7.00pm: 4 seamen and 1 marine discharged to RN Barracks Chatham.

Distance run 199 miles.


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30 May 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable W force 2; cloud and rain; air temperature average 55°F]

11.00am: Revd A Kelly, RC Chaplain, joined ship.

Coal remaining 284 tons.


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31 May 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SW force 2; cloud and rain showers; air temperature average 55°F]

8.15am: Shifted from berth into No.3 dry dock.

11.20am: Dock dry.


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LOGS FOR JUNE 1917


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Barometer: Aneroid


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1 June 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SSW force 2-3; cloudy; air temperature average 58°F]

8.45am: Midshipman Laurenson joined ship.

9.20am: Lt. Kent left ship for Chatham Barracks.

10.45am: 2 ratings left ship for Chatham Barracks.

11.30am: 1 Warrant Engineer joined ship.

8.30pm: 1 rating discharged to barracks.


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2 June 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SW force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F]

7.40am: Commenced flooding dry dock.

9.30am: Ship left dry dock and alongside coaling berth.

11.55am: Commenced coaling.

5.00pm: Ceased coaling for the night.


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3 June 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SW force 2-4; broken cloud with rain showers; air temperature average 54°F]

6.15am: Recommenced coaling.

10.00am: 7 ratings joined from RN Barracks Chatham; 1 signal rating rejoined ship.

10.40am: 1 marine joined from Chatham Barracks; church parties left.


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4 June 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SSW force 2-4; cloud with rain; air temperature average 54°F]

7.20am: Finished coaling; taking in stores.

6.50pm: 3 ratings left for Chatham, 1 for Portsmouth.


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5 June 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F]

11.55am: 2 privates RMLI joined ship.

3.20pm: Ship moved to No.1 Berth North Basin; 1 rating discharged.

6.30pm: 2 RMLI left for RN Barracks Chatham.


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6 June 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable E force 2; cloudy; air temperature average 59°F]

10.00am: 1 rating joined for Columbella, 1 for Ebro.

1.15pm: Cast off and proceeded under pilot’s order.

1.30pm: Entered river; clocks back 1 hour to GMT.

2.54pm: Anchored at Greenock in 12 fathoms.

Coal remaining 2566 tons.


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7 June 1917

At Greenock, Tail Of the Bank.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.7

[Wind variable force 1-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 56°F]

11.35am: Shifted berth to E; moderate wind, overcast, rain.

5.00pm: Proceeded.

5.40pm: Passed boom.

6.40pm: Passed Little Cumbrae Light.

8.50pm: Passed Ailsa Craig; set course S66°W.

10.40pm: Course N27°W.


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8 June 1917

At sea en route to patrol.*

Lat 56.3, Long -9.8

[Wind S veering SSW force 2-4; sea moderate; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 54°F, sea 53°F]

0.30am: Passing through Rathlin Sound.

3.00am: Passed Oversay Light. Light wind, moderate sea, fine weather.

3.20am: Challenged [destroyer] Saumarez.

1.00pm: Course N45°W.

3.30pm: Challenged Artois.

4.00pm: Rough sea; proceeded to assistance of [steamship] Gaboon.

6.00pm: Wind hauled to W.

7.25pm: Passed waterlogged boat belonging to SS Southland in Lat 56°08’N, Long 11°50’W.

8.20pm: Sent boat to Gaboon and received 43 officers and men, crew of torpedoed Southland. Proceeded on course N34°W.**

Distance run 268 miles.


*[Note: Gloucestershire is returning to “B” Patrol, W of the Faroes around 62°N, 13°W.]


**[Note: The Southland had originally been attacked in the Mediterranean during the Gallipoli campaign, when she was an ANZAC troopship. She was later sunk off the Irish coast on June 4th 1917. See hyperlink and also Wrecksite: Southland]


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9 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 57.1, Long -13.6

[Wind SW backing S force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 56°F, sea 53°F]

2.00am: Steering ZZ courses on N31°E.

5.00am: Challenged HM Trawler Arley.

9.00am: Rendezvous with Patia and transferred the crew of Southland for passage to Clyde. Proceeded on course N80°W and ZZ.

11.47am: Sighted Rockall.

5.00pm: Rendezvous with Ebro.

5.30pm: Rendezvous with Patuca and transferred ratings.

6.30pm: Swung ship for deviation.

Midnight: Moderate wind and fine weather.

Distance run 315 miles.


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10 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.5, Long -16.3

[Wind S veering SSW force 2-3; sea slight; light broken cloud; air temperature average 54°F, sea 53°F]

2.00am: Steering ZZ courses on N26°E.

11.30am: Challenged Avenger.*

12.57pm: Boarded Dutch SS Vulcanus on passage from New York to Amsterdam with barley; correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 61°25’N, Long 16°00’W.

1.30pm: Rendezvous with Columbella and transferred 2 ratings.

7.00pm: Intercepted Norwegian SS Solborg on passage from Narvik to Philadelphia with ore; correct and allowed to proceed in Lat 62°22’N, Long 16°38’W.

10.00pm: Rendezvous with Almanzora; proceeded N61°W.

Distance run 314 miles.


*[Note: This AMC was torpedoed and sunk by U-69 4 days later in Lat 61°30’N, Long 3°57’W.]


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11 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 63.6, Long -16.2

[Wind S force 2-4; sea slight; cloud with haze and mist; air temperature average 50°F, sea 46°F]

[Base courses S80°E, N80°W]

2.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on N81°W.

1.00pm: Courses various towards land [Iceland]; lead used as requisite.

1.30pm: Observed Ingoldshofidi Lighthouse [Ingólfshöfði].

2.00pm: Rendezvous with HMTs Stalwart and Thomas Stratton; transferred 1 midshipman and 3 ratings as armed guards to each trawler.

4.00pm: Light wind with fog and rain.

Distance run 309 miles.


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12 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 63.0, Long -17.7

[Wind S force 2-4; sea slight; broken cloud with haze and mist; air temperature average 51°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses S80°E, N80°W]

2.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on N80°W.

5.20pm: Rendezvous with HMTs Stalwart and Thomas Stratton; took off armed guards.

8.00pm: Light winds and occasional banks of dense fog.

11.30pm: Rendezvous with Hildebrand; proceeded S3°E.

Distance run 301 miles.



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13 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.1, Long -12.0

[Wind S backing SE force 2-4; sea slight; broken cloud with haze and mist; air temperature average 51°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses S84°E, N84°W]

2.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on S63°E. Foggy.

4.10am: Intercepted Norwegian barque Skomedal on passage from Svendborg to Delaware Breakwater in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°57’N, Long 14°27’W.

12.40pm: Challenged Virginian.

4.30pm: Boarded Dutch SS Amsteldijk [Amsteldyk] on passage from Rotterdam to Halifax; correct and allowed to proceed with flag of the day in Lat 62°08’N, Long 10°34’W.

Distance run 300 miles.


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14 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.7, Long -11.9

[Wind S veering SSW force 2-6; sea slight to rough; overcast with rain; air temperature average 50°F, sea 49°F]

[Base courses S85°W, N86°E]

2.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on S85°W. Moderate wind and sea.

4.00pm: Fresh wind and rising sea.

8.00pm: Moderate gale and high sea.

Distance run 311 miles.


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15 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.8, Long -12.0

[Wind SW backing E force 4; sea moderate; overcast with rain; air temperature average 51°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses S84°W, N86°E]

2.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on S85°W. Fresh wind and rough sea; decreasing.

10.30am: Target practice.

8.35pm: Rendezvous with Alsatian.

9.30pm: Proceeded on N86°E.

Distance run 283 miles.


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16 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.6, Long -11.8

[Wind variable NNW force 2-4; sea moderate; cloudy with early rain; air temperature average 51°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses S84°W, N86°E]

2.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on S85°W. Fresh wind, moderate sea, rain.

2.45pm: Intercepted Norwegian SS Kristianiafjord* on passage from Kristiania [Oslo] to New York via Halifax with passengers and mail; allowed to proceed with flag of the day in Lat 61°58’N, Long 11°15’W.

6.20pm: Boarded Dutch SS Hillegom on passage from Rotterdam to Huelva via Gibraltar in ballast; allowed to proceed with flag of the day in Lat 62°00’N, Long 10°21’W.

9.30pm: Intercepted Norwegian SS Alfred Noble [sic: Alfred Nobel] and Dutch SS Mercurius flying flag of the day.

Distance run 309 miles.


*[Note: This vessel was an important liner with a tradition of refusing to accept the intervention of the 10th Cruiser Squadron throughout the war, and was accused of being a “blockade-runner” by the Admiralty. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, for a number of references regarding this liner.]


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17 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.7, Long -11.9

[Wind SW force 2-4; sea slight; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 51°F, sea 49°F]

[Base courses S84°W, N86°E]

0.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on S85°W. Moderate wind and sea.

1.40am: Intercepted Danish barquentine Invigtut flying correct flag of the day.

8.00pm: Moderate wind and sea; overcast with rain.

Distance run 307 miles.


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18 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.3, Long -11.3

[Wind variable NW force 2-4; sea slight; overcast with mist and rain; air temperature average 49°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses S84°W, N86°E]

1.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on N86°E. Moderate wind and sea; misty.

7.00am: Challenged Changuinola.

8.20am: Intercepted Belgian relief ship Elisabeth van Belgie; correct.

10.45am: Boarded Dutch SS Malang on passage from Rotterdam to New York in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°23’N, Long 11°37’W.

11.50am: Intercepted Norwegian SS Conrad Mohr on passage from Bergen to Norfolk via Halifax in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°20’N, Long 11°17’W.

Distance run 304 miles.


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19 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.5, Long -11.2

[Wind variable NNE force 3-5; sea moderate; overcast with rain squalls; air temperature average 44°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses NE]

1.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on N86°E. Moderate wind and sea; squally.

9.05am: Boarded Dutch SS Dubhe on passage from Rotterdam to Sandy Hook in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°20’N, Long 11°33’W.

10.00am: Boarded Danish SS Hans Egede on passage from Copenhagen to Greenland; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°18’N, Long 11°28’W.

1.20pm: Boarded Dutch SS Banka on passage from Rotterdam to Norfolk via Halifax in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°39’N, Long 10°55’W.

3.45pm: Boarded Swedish SS Bia on passage from Baltimore to Helenborg with maize; green clearance and allowed to proceed in Lat 62°29’N, Long 11°36’W.

6.00pm: Left patrol; altered course to N52°E.*

6.10pm: Challenged Changuinola.

6.30pm: Challenged Hildebrand.

7.50pm: Intercepted Norwegian SS Mexicano on passage from Kristiania to Havana via Halifax; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°36’N, Long 11°38’W.

Distance run 305 miles.


*[Gloucestershire had been ordered to be at at a special rendezvous point by 5.00 pm on June 24th to intercept and escort the Russian troopships Czar and Dwinsk into a UK port. It should be noted that between the March 1917 revolution and the October Bolshevik revolution, Russia continued to support the war. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, p 731.]



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20 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 64.5, Long -9.5

[Wind N backing NW force 3-4; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 40°F, sea 43°F]

1.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on N52°E. Moderate wind and sea; overcast.

7.40am: Boarded Danish [Faroe Islands] smack Hurricane on passage from Faroes to Iceland; allowed to proceed in Lat 64°30’N, Long 10°20’W.

4.00pm: Altered course to N24°E.

5.00pm: Course S47°W.*

Distance run 302 miles.


*[Note: This reversal of course was because the departure of the Russian troopships had been delayed and Gloucestershire was recalled to patrol. See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, p 732.]

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21 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.5, Long -10.6

[Wind NW force 2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 48°F, sea 48°F]

[Base course S48°W]

1.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on S48°W. Light wind and smooth sea.

6.45am: Intercepted Danish SS Dania; flying flag of the day.

7.45am: Boarded Danish barque Marie on passage from Gothenburg to Pasages Port [sic: Pasajes Port, Spain?] with wood pulp; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°33’N, Long 10°36’W.

9.00am: Intercepted Belgian Relief SS Gothland; correct.

10.00am: Boarded Danish [Faroe Islands] ketch Immanuel on passage from Faroes to Iceland; guarantee given and allowed to proceed in Lat 62°29’N, Long 10°50’W.

10.46am: Boarded British trawler Great Admiral; in convoy and allowed to proceed in Lat 62°39’N, Long 10°40’W.

1.00pm: Keeping track with barque Marie.*

9.30pm: Intercepted Romsdalfjord flying flag of the day.

11.30pm: Ordered Marie to proceed; set course S45°W.

Distance run 293 miles.


*[The Admiralty had not been notified of this vessel’s voyage, and she was allowed to proceed on the basis that she would be inspected at Gibraltar. Her return cargo was cork, which was not seen as a strategic material.

See John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, p 732.]


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22 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.4, Long -14.3

[Wind variable WSW force 2-5; sea moderate; cloud and rain; air temperature average 49°F, sea 49°F]

[Base courses S84°E, N84°W]

2.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on N83°W. Moderate wind and sea; cloudy.

Distance run 306 miles.


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23 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.4, Long -14.3

[Wind variable force 2-4; sea slight; broken cloud with squalls; air temperature average 50°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses S84°E, N84°W]

2.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on N83°W. Moderate wind and sea; cloudy with frequent squalls.

7.30am: Rendezvous with Hildebrand.

8.50am: Intercepted Dutch SS Magdalena flying flag of the day.

10.30am: Tested lifeboats; correct. 2 handscrubs and 1 deckbroom lost overboard.

Midnight: Wind increasing; rough sea.

Distance run 305 miles.


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24 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.3, Long -14.3

[Wind NE backing NNE force 5-6; sea rough; cloud with squalls; air temperature average 45°F, sea 47°F]

[Base courses S84°E, N84°W]

2.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on N83°W. Strong wind, high sea; cloudy with frequent squalls.

4.00pm: Moderate gale.

Distance run 306 miles.


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25 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.3, Long -14.5

[Wind variable NE force 3; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 47°F, sea 49°F]

[Base courses S84°E, N84°W]

2.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on N83°W. Moderate wind, high sea.

2.10am: Intercepted Belgian Relief SS Eburoon flying flag of the day; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°16’N, Long 15°15’W.

12.50pm: Boarded Norwegian barque Audun on passage from Bergen to Norfolk in ballast; allowed to proceed with flag of the day in Lat 61°27’N, Long 14°14’W.

5.50pm: Spoke with Belgian Relief SS Eburoon.

7.00pm: Challenged Orvieto.

Distance run 295 miles.


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26 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.3, Long -14.8

[Wind variable NNE backing W force 3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 47°F, sea 49°F]

[Base courses S84°E, N84°W]

2.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on N83°W. Light wind, fine weather; rendezvous with HMS Arlanza and transferred official papers.

9.45am: Target practice.

Distance run 311 miles.


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27 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.4, Long -14.5

[Wind NW veering NE force 3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 47°F, sea 49°F]

[Base courses S84°E, N84°W]

2.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on N83°W. Moderate wind and sea.

2.55am: Boarded Norwegian SS Lyngenfjord on passage from New York to Christiania via Halifax with general cargo; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°26’N, Long 15°03’W.

6.00am: Rendezvous with Otway.

2.00pm: Altered course to S in chase of sailing ship.

3.15pm: Boarded Norwegian barque Margareta [most likely Margrethe] on passage from Bergen to Gulfport in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°19’N, Long 13°41’W.

8.00pm: Boarded Danish SS Fredricksborg [Frederiksborg] on passage from Copenhagen to New York in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°51’N, Long 14°51’W.

Distance run 312 miles.


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28 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.8, Long -13.5

[Wind variable force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 50°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses S87°W, N86°E]

2.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on S87°W. Light wind and smooth sea.

10.20am: Boarded Norwegian barque Paposo on passage from Vejle [Denmark] to Hampton Roads in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 64°47’N, Long 13°31’W.

11.50am: Telemotor out of order; steering from aft.

12.50pm: Resumed steering by telemotor.

2.25pm: Boarded Dutch SS Ophir on passage from Rotterdam to Batavia via Halifax with general cargo and passengers; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°47’N, Long 12°45’W; sighted Andes.

7.30pm: Spoke with Hildebrand.

Distance run 312 miles.


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29 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.7, Long -14.0

[Wind S veering SW force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 50°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses S87°W, N86°W]

2.00am: Steering 45° ZZ courses on S87°W. Light wind and smooth sea.

7.14pm: Boarded Danish SS Stegelborg on passage from Copenhagen to Halifax in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°57’N, Long 12°05’W.

8.18pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Kim on passage from Christiania to New York in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°51’N, Long 12°11’W.

Distance run 311 miles.


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30 June 1917

At patrol.

Lat 60.5, Long -13.6

[Wind SW force 2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 53°F, sea 53°F]

[Base courses SW]

0.40am: Intercepted Belgian Relief Swedish SS Fridland on passage from New York to Rotterdam with wheat; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°37’N, Long 13°50’W.

2.00am: Moderate wind and fine weather.

11.00am: Challenged Kildonan Castle.

12.35pm: Challenged Otway; set course S38°W.

8.00pm: Rendezvous with Patuca.

10.03pm: Boarded British SS Assyria on passage from Middlesborough to New York in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 59°00’N, Long 13°50’W.

Distance run 308 miles.


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LOGS FOR JULY 1917


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Barometer: Aneroid


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1 July 1917

At patrol.

Lat 58.2, Long -15.0

[Wind S veering SSW force 2; sea slight; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 53°F, sea 53°F]

[Base courses S88°E, N85°W]

2.00am: Steering ZZ courses; moderate wind and sea.

6.00pm: Fog set in; visibility 1 to 2 miles.

Distance run 310 miles.


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2 July 1917

At patrol.

Lat 58.3, Long -14.8

[Wind SW backing S force 2; sea slight; overcast with mist; air temperature average 56°F, sea 54°F]

[Base courses S88°E, N85°W]

1.00am: Fog cleared; light wind, overcast and misty.

4.00pm: Light wind, smooth sea.

Distance run 308 miles.


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3 July 1917

At patrol.

Lat 58.3, Long -14.9

[Wind ESE force 2-3; sea smooth; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 56°F, sea 54°F]

[Base courses S86°E, N86°W]

2.00am: Light wind, smooth sea.

9.00am: Fog set in.

Noon: Passing through moving banks of fog.

Distance run 312 miles.


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4 July 1917

At patrol.

Lat 57.8, Long -13.7

[Wind ESE force 2-3; sea smooth; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 56°F, sea 54°F]

[Base courses S86°E, N86°W then SE]

2.00am: Moderate wind, smooth sea, overcast and misty.

8.00am: Left patrol; altered course to S40°E.

6.20pm: Altered course to S35°E.

10.47pm: Observed partial eclipse of the Moon.

Distance run 318 miles.


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5 July 1917

At sea en route to Glasgow.

Lat 55.3, Long -6.4

[Wind SE force 2-3; sea smooth; overcast with mist and haze; air temperature average 54°F, sea 54°F]

7.30am: Sounded in 60 fathoms.

9.40am: Sighted Inishtrahull.

11.05am: Observed Rathlin Island.

12.30pm: Passed Rue Point; altered course to S27°E.

5.35pm: Passed Turnberry Point.

7.23pm: Passed Cumbrae Light.

8.24pm: Passed boom; clocks on 1 hour to Summer Time.

9.40pm: Pilot on board; proceeded up river to Prince’s Dock.

10.00pm: Made stern tug fast.

10.50pm: Made head tug fast.

Coal remaining 768 tons.

Distance run 348 miles.


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6 July 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable force 1; cloudy with mist; air temperature average 59°F]

0.40am: Made fast on S side of Prince’s Dock; finished with engines.

3.00am: Draft on arrival: forward 19’6”, aft 21’6”.

10.00am: 1 Sub Lt. and 1 midshipman joined ship.

6.00pm: 7 ratings left ship for RN barracks.


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7 July 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable E force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 59°F]


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8 July 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind ENE force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 58°F]

10.15am: Church parties.

3.00pm: Shifted ship into dry dock, assisted by tugs.


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9 July 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind ENE veering SE force 2; cloudy; air temperature average 55°F]

2.00pm: Funeral party landed.

3.00pm: 5 mercantile ratings discharged to shore.

7.00pm: 1 Lt. RNR left ship for RN Barracks Chatham.


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10 July 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind “light airs”; light broken cloud; air temperature average 57°F]

2.00pm: Funeral party landed.

5.00pm: Funeral party returned.


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11 July 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind “light airs” SW; cloud and mist; air temperature average 59°F]

9.30am: 5 ratings joined from RN Barracks Chatham.

10.00am: 1 Sub Lt. RNR joined from RN Barracks Portsmouth.

5.50pm: Shifted ship from dry dock to berth.

6.55pm: Ship made fast alongside coaling jetty.

7.30pm: Commenced coaling.


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12 July 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 64°F]

8.15am: Stopped coaling; hands taking in stores.

10.20am: Recommenced coaling.

7.15pm: 5 ratings left ship.


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13 July 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 63°F]

2.40am: Finished coaling.

4.30am: Cast off from coaling jetty; made fast in No.4 Berth.

9.30am: 6 ratings joined from HMS Eagle.


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14 July 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 65°F]

11.30am: Captain T Williams RN took over command.

1.00pm: Discharged 2 MM [sic: MMR] ratings to Eagle.*

3.00pm: Tested all telegraphs, steering gear and steam whistle; correct.

7.30pm: Made tugs fast fore and aft, cast off and proceeded out of dock.

7.55pm: Entered river; clocks back 30 mins.

8.10pm: Clocks back 30 mins.

9.10pm: Pilot left off Greenock.

9.46pm: Passed boom; set course S35°W, full speed.

10.47pm: Passed Cumbrae.

11.48pm: Set course S38°W.


*[Note: The Mercantile Marine Reserve (MMR) was established for those mercantile ratings who had signed T124 papers for the duration of the war. See Barnett Maritime: Reserves]



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15 July 1917

At sea en route to patrol.*

Lat 55.9, Long -7.9

[Wind WSW force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud with haze; air temperature average 60°F, sea 58°F]

[Base courses NW]

2.30am: Passed Corsewall Point; altered course to N85°W.

5.50am: Passed Rathlin Channel.

Noon: Course N36°W and ZZ.

2.50pm: Sighted object resembling periscope; opened fire with forward 6” guns.

2.56pm: Ceased fire; approached object and found it to be a derrick floating vertically about 8’ out of the water in

Lat 56°50’N, Long 8°51’W. Expended 9 rounds common 2 HE shell; altered course to N31°W.

Midnight: Course N21°W.

Distance run 225 miles.


*[Note: Gloucestershire is returning to “B” Patrol, around 61°N, 16°W, but more and more ships of the Squadron are now going over to convoy escort work, and this is likely to be her last patrol.]


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16 July 1917

At sea en route to patrol.

Lat 59.0, Long -14.0

[Wind NNW force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 58°F, sea 57°F]

[Base courses NW]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses N21°W. Light wind, smooth sea, fine weather.

7.00am: Boarded British schooner Issalt on passage from Troon to Iceland with coal; allowed to proceed in Lat 58°44’N, Long 13°05’W.

8.20am: Boarded Russian brigantine Austrums on passage from Fleetwood to Iceland with coal; allowed to proceed in Lat 58°46’N, Long 13°26’W.

11.00am: Sighted object resembling submarine; opened fire.

11.07am: Ceased fire; approached object which proved to be the top of a steamer’s chartroom with compass and wheel attached. Stopped and picked it up. Proceeded on course N22°W.

5.00pm: Rendezvous with Alsatian.

7.40pm: Proceeded on course N46°W.

Distance run 326 miles.


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17 July 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.0, Long -16.4

[Wind NW force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 57°F, sea 57°F]

[Base courses S42°E, N42°E]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses S41°E. Light wind, smooth sea, fine weather.

9.45pm: Spoke with [HMT] Arley.

Distance run 315 miles.


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18 July 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.0, Long -16.3

[Wind variable W force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F, sea 55°F]

[Base courses S45°W, N45°W]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses S45°W. Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

2.13pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Grena on passage from New York to Bergen via Halifax with maize; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°22’N, Long 16°36’W.

9.20pm: Intercepted Danish barque Bonovento flying flag of the day.

Distance run 312 miles.


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19 July 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.7, Long -16.7

[Wind W force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 57°F, sea 57°F]

[Base courses S45°E, N45°E]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses S41°E. Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

11.00am: Spoke with Bonovento.

12.51pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Berit on passage from Narvik to New York in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°46’N, Long 16°55’W.

Distance run 311 miles.


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20 July 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.9, Long -16.9

[Wind W backing SW force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F, sea 54°F]

[Base courses S18°E, N15°W]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses S83°W. Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

8.18am: Boarded Norwegian SS Drammersfjord on passage from New York to Christiania with general cargo; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°37’N, Long 17°00’W.

9.26am: Boarded Belgian [Belgian Relief] SS Gothland on passage from Rotterdam to New York in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°33’N, Long 16°56’W.

11.30am: Boarded Norwegian SS Songyig [possibly Sonja] on passage from Baltimore to Copenhagen with oil cake; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°52’N, Long 16°56’W.

3.10pm: Intercepted Danish SS Thyra B [possibly Thyra S] flying flag of the day. Copenhagen to Halifax and allowed to proceed in Lat 61°21’N, Long 17°40’W.

3.30pm: Boarded Norwegian SS Are on passage from Reykjavik to Fleetwood with fish oil; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°22’N, Long 17°40’W.

5.40pm: Intercepted Danish SS Hans Maersk on passage from Narvik to Philadelphia with iron ore; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°24’N, Long 18°29’W.

6.23pm: Transferred Chaplain (RC) and 1 rating to Patuca.

10.30pm: Intercepted Danish SS Geysir flying flag of the day; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°57’N, Long 17°18’W.

Midnight: Altered course to N4°E.

Distance run 308 miles.


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21 July 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.0, Long -17.6

[Wind SW force 2-3; sea slight; overcast; air temperature average 56°F, sea 55°F]

[Base courses S3°W, N4°E]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses S3°W. Light wind and sea, overcast.

6.03am: Stopped and picked up raft.

6.33am: Spoke with Hildebrand.

9.03am: Boarded Russian schooner Martin Gust on passage from Liverpool to Reykjavik with coal; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°33’N, Long 17°28’W.

12.20pm: Boarded Belgian Relief SS Kurland on passage from Rotterdam to Halifax in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°03’N, Long 17°33’W.

1.21pm: Intercepted Danish SS Helmer Morch on passage from Elsinore to Hampton Roads in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°09’N, Long 17°35’W.

2.05pm: Intercepted Norwegian SS Lyngenfjord on passage from Bergen to New York, flying flag of the day; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°12’N, Long 17°37’W.

Distance run 305 miles.


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22 July 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.2, Long -17.7

[Wind SW force 2-3; sea smooth with NW swell; overcast; air temperature average 57°F, sea 55°F]

[Base courses S3°W, N4°E]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses S3°W. Light wind and smooth sea with NW swell, cloudy and fine.

2.00pm: Altered course to S85°W.

5.00pm: Intercepted Russian schooner Martin Gust; allowed to proceed.

Distance run 309 miles.


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23 July 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.3, Long -17.8

[Wind SE force 2-3; sea smooth; overcast with fog; air temperature average 58°F, sea 56°F]

[Base courses S40°E, N40°E]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses S40°E. Light wind and smooth sea, overcast and foggy.

2.00pm: 1 broom and 1 hand scrubber lost overboard by accident.

11.30pm: Spoke with Danish Cruiser Islands Falk in Lat 62°47’N, Long 16°15’W.

Distance run 309 miles.


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24 July 1917

At patrol.

Lat 62.1, Long -17.5

[Wind SW force 2-4; sea slight; overcast with rain and mist; air temperature average 58°F, sea 56°F]

[Base courses S47°W, N55°W]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses S47°W. Moderate wind and sea, overcast and misty.

5.50am: Boarded Norwegian barque Glance on passage from Christiania to Delaware Breakwater in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°59’N, Long 16°11’W.

8.00am: Boarded Norwegian ship [iron sailing vessel] Maletta on passage from Stavanger to Hampton Roads in ballast; flying flag of the day; allowed to proceed in Lat 62°02’N, Long 16°10’W; proceeded on N55°W.

4.45pm: Intercepted Norwegian barque Glance.

5.55pm: Intercepted Norwegian ship Maletta.

9.40pm: Course N41°W.

Distance run 310 miles.


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25 July 1917

At patrol.

Lat 61.9, Long -18.0

[Wind variable SW force 2-4; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 58°F, sea 56°F]

[Base courses S80°W, N80°E]

1.00am: Steering ZZ courses S39°E. Moderate to fresh wind and sea, overcast and squally.

10.50am: Boarded Belgian Relief SS Tunisie on passage from Rotterdam to Sandy Hook in ballast; allowed to proceed in Lat 61°58’N, Long 17°46’W.

11.22am: Left patrol for Halifax; proceeded on S79°W.*

1.00pm: Log line, Neptune rotator and brass governor lost overboard by accident.

6.00pm: Straight course S81°W; clocks back 1 hour.

Distance run 311 miles.


*[Note: After much resistance, in the summer of 1917 the Admiralty made a decision to start transferring ships from the Squadron to convoy duties. The Admiralty had resisted the introduction of the convoy system, claiming it would slow down the speed of ships and be chaotic at sea, clog up the ports and be more vulnerable to attack, but pressure from Lloyd George and the successes of the U-boats forced the change. On June 26th 1917 it was decided to detach 8 AMCs for convoy duties (not including Gloucestershire) but in July more ships were detached, and now she has been ordered to Halifax to begin convoy escort duty. See the debate in L Sondhaus, The Great War at Sea, Cambridge University Press, 2014, especially chapter 8. See also the proposals for the future of the Squadron in John D. Grainger (ed.) The Maritime Blockade of Germany in the Great War, Navy Records Society, 2003, pages 723-738.]


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26 July 1917

At sea en route to Halifax.

Lat 58.7, Long -26.0

[Wind variable W force 2-4; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F, sea 55°F]

[Base courses S83-86°W]

4.00am: Moderate to light wind and fine weather. Course S82°W.

5.00pm: Clocks back 30 mins; altered course to S84°W.

Distance run 325 miles.


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27 July 1917

At sea en route to Halifax.

Lat 55.4, Long -33.5

[Wind variable W force 2-4; sea slight; cloud with mist and rain; air temperature average 53°F, sea 54°F]

[Base course S86°W]

4.00am: Moderate to light wind and fine weather. Course S86°W.

9.00am: Passing through patches of mist.

5.00pm: Clocks back 25 mins.

8.00pm: Westerly swell.

Distance run 325 miles.


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28 July 1917

At sea en route to Halifax.

Lat 52.1, Long -40.6

[Wind variable SW force 2-4; sea slight with W swell; cloud with dense fog; air temperature average 57°F, sea 54°F]

[Base course S85°W]

4.00am: Moderate to light wind and fine weather. Course S85°W.

8.00am: Dense fog; regulation fog signal sounding.

5.00pm: Clocks back 14 mins.

8.00pm: Rising sea.

Distance run 317 miles.


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29 July 1917

At sea en route to Halifax.

Lat 49.6, Long -46.3

[Wind S veering NW force 6-4; sea rough to moderate with SW swell; cloud with dense fog; air temperature average 57°F, sea 54°F]

[Base courses S85°W and W]

4.00am: Moderate gale and high sea with SW swell and fog. Course S85°W.

5.30am: Altered course to W.

2.00pm: Weather cleared.

7.00pm: Clocks back 7 mins.

8.00pm: Dense fog returned.

Distance run 271 miles.


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30 July 1917

At sea en route to Halifax.

Lat 47.4, Long -57.0

[Wind SW force 2-4; sea slight; cloud with dense fog; air temperature average 55°F, sea 47°F]

[Base courses S86°W and N80°W]

3.30am: Sounded in 75 fathoms no bottom.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea with SW swell and fog. Course S86°W.

5.10am: Sounded in 90 fathoms black sand.

9.00am: Weather cleared. Frequent soundings.

12.20pm: Altered course to S88°W.

5.00pm: Clocks back 16 mins.

7.00pm: Clocks back 16 mins.

7.18pm: Cape Race Light abeam 5.5 miles.

8.30pm: Cape Pine Light abeam.

Distance run 263 miles.


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31 July 1917

At sea en route to Halifax.

Lat 45.4, Long -57.8

[Wind variable force 2; sea smooth; cloud with fog; air temperature average 59°F, sea 59°F]

4.00am: Light wind, smooth sea; course N81°W.

4.00pm: Fog returned.

6.00pm: Commenced sounding; altered course to N74°W.

10.00pm: Sounding at frequent intervals through the night.

Distance run 308 miles.


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LOGS FOR AUGUST 1917


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1 August 1917

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind variable force 2; dense fog; air temperature average 60°F]

3.05am: Altered course to N85°W.

4.00am: Light wind, overcast and misty with dense fog.

5.20am: Egg Island whistle buoy abeam.

7.20am: Passed war channel outer buoy.

8.00am: Light wind, overcast and foggy.

8.51am: Manga Lighthouse abeam.

9.00am: Passed outer boom.

9.10am: Passed inner boom.

9.22am: Let go port anchor.

9.25am: Let go starboard anchor and moored in berth C. 4 shackles on each cable.

9.50am: Finished with engines. Anchor bearings: R.C. Church: S63°W. Exh. Building Lt Ho N22°E. Waterworks Chimney N49°W.

Noon: Light wind and fine weather.

2.00pm: Discharged 1 mercantile rating to hospital.

3.20pm: Commenced to unmoor.

3.25pm: Hove up starboard anchor and hove short on port anchor.

4.40pm: Hove up port anchor and proceeded to sea, courses and speed as requisite.

5.0pm: Passed inner boom.

5.10pm: Passed outer boom. Light wind with fog.

5.59pm: Chebucto fog signal abeam; set course S29°E.

6.54pm: Passed war channel outer buoy, altered course to S53°E.

10.30pm: Altered course to N87°E.

11.21pm: Beaver Island Light abeam.

Midnight. Light wind, smooth sea, fine weather.

Distance run 261 miles.


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2 August 1917

At Sydney, Cape Breton Island.

Lat 46.13, Long -60.19

[Wind variable S force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 66°F]

0.55am: Liscomb Island Light abeam.

1.20am: Wedge Island Light abeam 11 miles.

3.55am: White Island Light abeam 7 miles. Light wind, smooth sea, fine weather.

9.00am: Sounding at frequent intervals; altered course to N58°E.

11.28am: Scalari Island Light abeam 5.75 miles.

3.15pm: Passed boom defence.

3.45pm: Let go port anchor with 70 fathoms of cable in 12 fathoms of water. Bakery Pt bore S20°W 6 cables. N Pier bore N71°E.

6.15pm: Hove up anchor and proceeded to berth at loading jetty assisted by tug.

7.00pm: Ship secured in berth. Finished with engines.

9.00pm: Moderate wind and fine weather.

Distance run 220 miles.


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3 August 1917

At Sydney, Cape Breton Island.

Lat 46.13, Long -60.19

[Wind “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F]

8.30am: Commenced to discharge barrels with shore labour.

7.50pm: Completed discharging of barrels; commenced to load cargo of wire and nails.


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4 August 1917

At Sydney, Cape Breton Island.

Lat 46.13, Long -60.19

[Wind “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]

2.00am: Continued loading throughout the night.

Noon: Ceased working cargo for dinner.


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5 August 1917

At Sydney, Cape Breton Island.

Lat 46.13, Long -60.19

[Wind NE force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]

2.00am: Continued loading cargo throughout night.

9.00am: Roman Catholic Church Party landed.

10.30am: Church parties landed Church of Eng. and Non-Conformist.

5.30pm: Hands employed hauling ship’s head off from jetty.

Midnight: Ceased loading for period.


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6 August 1917

At Sydney, Cape Breton Island.

Lat 46.13, Long -60.19

[Wind variable S force 1-2; cloud, mist and rain; air temperature average 65°F]

1.00am: Loading cargo.

7.00pm: Took in 355 tons of fresh water from Dominion Iron and Steel Company.

11.30pm: Ceased loading on account of heavy rain.


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7 August 1917

At Sydney, Cape Breton Island.

Lat 46.13, Long -60.19

[Wind “light airs”; broken cloud with mist; air temperature average 66°F]

1.00am: Re-commenced loading.

11.05am: Completed loading cargo.

11.50am: Cast off from quay and proceeded out to anchorage.

12.13pm: Let go starboard anchor in 9 fathoms of water.


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8 August 1917

At Sydney, Cape Breton Island.

Lat 46.13, Long -60.19

[Wind NE “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 66°F]

1.00pm: Hands make and mend clothes.*

3.00pm: 1 ash oar lost overboard.


*[Note: A normal Navy euphemism for doing nothing.]


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9 August 1917

At Sydney, Cape Breton Island.

Lat 46.13, Long -60.19

[Wind SW force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 66°F]

5.00pm: 8 ratings temporarily left ship for signal duties in convoy.

6.30pm: 1 ash oar lost overboard.


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10 August 1917

At Sydney, Cape Breton Island.

Lat 46.13, Long -60.19

[Wind SW force 2-4; cloudy; air temperature average 70°F]

Noon: 1 rating left ship for convoy.

1.00pm: Telegraphs, steering gear and steam whistle tested and found correct.

1.35pm: Lieut. Maclure RNR left ship for convoy.

2.30pm: Convoy commenced to weigh.

3.15pm: Hove up anchor and proceeded out of harbour.

4.29pm: Passed boom.

5.50pm: Formed convoy in 3 division line ahead; columns disposed abeam. Course S62°E.

6.50pm: Flint Island Light abeam 8.25 miles.

11.00pm: Clocks on 5 mins.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and fine.


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11 August 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 46.5, Long -56.5

[Wind SW backing SE force 2-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 63°F, sea 61°F]

[Base courses S62°E, S52°E]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

3.00am: Clocks on 5 mins. Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

1.00pm: Altered course to S53°E.

7.40pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 46°24’N, Long 54°58.5’W.

11.00pm: Clocks on 9 minutes.

Distance run 160 miles.


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12 August 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 46.8, Long -51.9

[Wind SSE force 2-3; sea slight; dense fog; air temperature average 60°F, sea 60°F]

[Base courses S71°E, E]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

2.00am: Fog set in, regulations carried out.

3.00am: Clocks on 9 mins. Light wind, clear sky, drifting fog banks. Sounding at regular intervals as requisite.

6.00am: Altered course to E.

6.30am: Located Cape Race fog signal abeam approx 11 miles.

1.00pm: Sounding at regular intervals as requisite.

11.00pm: Clocks on 8 minutes.

Distance run 194 miles.


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13 August 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 48.4, Long -47.6

[Wind SSE force 2-3; sea smooth; densely fog then broken cloud; air temperature average 58°F, sea 58°F]

[Base courses S88-89°E]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

3.00am: Clocks on 8 mins. Light wind, smooth sea, fog.

9.50am: Fog clearing. Observed iceberg 50 ft high 2.5 miles distant in Lat 48°17’N, Long 48°06’W.

10.00am: Fog cleared. Found rear ship of port column was missing from station and out of sight astern.

2.00pm: Convoy in company with exception of one steamer.

5.00pm: Carried out 1 hour’s practice zigzag.

8.00pm: Light wind, smooth sea, clear sky with drifting banks of fog.

11.00pm: Clocks on 8 minutes.

Distance run 192 miles.


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14 August 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 49.9, Long -42.9

[Wind variable S force 2-3; sea smooth; early fog then cloud and rain; air temperature average 60°F, sea 62°F]

[Base courses S83°E, S78°E]

1.00am: Convoy in company with exception of 1 steamer.

3.00am: Clocks on 9 mins. Fog cleared.

4.00am: Missing steamer of convoy rejoined at daylight.

10.00am: Exercised signals with convoy.

1.00pm: Altered course to S78°E.

3.30pm: Various speeds to allow 1 ship of convoy to rejoin.

8.00pm: Light wind, smooth sea, overcast and rain.

11.00pm: Clocks on 8.5 mins.

Distance run 194 miles.


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15 August 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 50.9, Long -38.6

[Wind ENE force 2-3; sea slight; cloud and rain then broken cloud; air temperature average 56°F, sea 57°F]

[Base courses S73-S78°E]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

3.00am: Clocks on 8.5 mins.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, overcast, rain.

1.00pm: Altered course to S75°E.

5.00pm: Convoy practising zigzag for 1 hour. Courses and speed various, proceeded to rear of columns to signal Manchester Merchant

6.45pm: Resumed position at head of convoy.

8.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 51°14’N, Long 37°30’W; moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

11.30pm: Clocks on 8.5 minutes.

Distance run 176 miles.


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16 August 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 51.7, Long -34.3

[Wind NNE backing NNW force 2-3; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 57°F, sea 57°F]

[Base courses S72-S78°E]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

3.00am: Clocks on 8.5 mins.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather, NEly swell.

8.00pm: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast.

11.00pm: Clocks on 9 mins.

Distance run 189 miles.


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17 August 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 52.4, Long -29.6

[Wind NNW force 4; sea moderate; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 54°F, sea 55°F]

[Base courses S79-S75°E]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

3.00am: Clocks on 9 mins.

4.00am: Fresh beam wind, rough sea, cloudy and fine. Passing showers.

1.00pm: Altered course to S75°E.

5.00pm: Carried out 1 hour’s practice zig-zag.

11.00pm: Clocks on 9.5 mins.

Distance run 173 miles.


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18 August 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 52.9, Long -24.9

[Wind NNW force 3; sea moderate; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 55°F, sea 57°F]

[Base courses S76-S72°E]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

3.00am: Clocks on 9.5 mins.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and fine. Passing showers.

1.00pm: Altered course to S74°E.

5.00pm: Carried out 1 hour’s practice zig-zag.

11.00pm: Clocks on 10 mins.

Distance run 174 miles.


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19 August 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 53.5, Long -20.0

[Wind NNW force 3; sea moderate; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 58°F, sea 59°F]

[Base courses S73-S70°E]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

3.00am: Clocks on 10 mins.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and fine. Passing showers.

5.00am: Commenced zigzag courses.

1.00pm: Altered course to S70°E.

3.00pm: Clocks on 20 mins.

5.00pm: Clocks on 10 minutes

7.00pm: Clocks on 10 minutes.

8.30pm: Finished zigzag courses.

11.00pm: Clocks on 21 minutes.

Distance run 186 miles.


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20 August 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 53.7, Long -15.1

[Wind W force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 60°F, sea 60°F]

[Base courses S79-S82°E]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

3.00am: Clocks on 21 mins.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and clear.

4.05am: Challenged destroyer escort.

4.30am: Escort joined convoy and took station.

8.00am: Commenced zigzag.

11.00am: Altered course to S80°E.

1.00pm: Zigzagging ahead of convoy; S82°E.

Distance run 182 miles.


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21 August 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 54.7, Long -9.9

[Wind W backing SE force 2-4; sea slight; broken cloud with squalls; air temperature average 58°F, sea 60°F]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

4.00am: Light wind and sea, fine weather.

7.00am: Achill Head bore S43°E.

8.40am: Eagle Island Lighthouse bore S49°E.

10.00am: Tresillian left convoy; altered course to N63°E.

1.28pm: Passed ship’s lifeboat, empty.

2.20pm: Convoy and escort turned 16 points; altered course to S44°W.

6.18pm: Altered course to N63°E.

Distance run 243 miles.


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22 August 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 55.8, Long -7.1

[Wind SSE force 4-5; sea rough; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 58°F, sea 58°F]

1.00am: Convoy and escort in company.

4.00am: Strong following wind, rough sea, overcast and squally.

2.17pm: Sighted Oversay Island bearing N72°E. Convoy dispersed.

4.54pm: Altacarry Light abeam 1 mile.

8.10pm: Corsewall Point Light abeam 2 miles.

11.50pm: Passed Little Cumbrae Light.

Distance run 226 miles.


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23 August 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind ESE force 1-3; cloudy with mist; air temperature average 60°F]

0.52am: Passed boom.

1.10am: Pilot came aboard, proceeded up river towards Prince’s Dock, using engines and helm as requisite and assisted by tugs forward and aft.

2.30am: Clocks on 30 mins.

4.15am: Moderate wind, cloudy and squally. Clocks on 30 mins.

5.25am: Entered Prince’s Dock; made fast in berth No.19. Finished with engines.

Draft on arrival: forward 23’10”, aft 23’6”.

4.30pm: Shifted ship.

Distance run 192 miles.


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24 August 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F]

11.30am: 1 signal rating returned on board from duty.

1.00pm: Absentee from HMS Moldavia kept under close arrest.

7.10pm: 2 ratings left ship for Royal Naval Barracks Chatham.

7.30pm: 2 ratings despatched to hospital.

9.10pm: Escort and prisoner left ship for HMS Eagle.

11.55pm: 2 ratings returned on board from signal duties in convoy.


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25 August 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind “light airs” WSW; cloudy; air temperature average 58°F]

9.15am: 3 ratings (stewards) joined ship from Portsmouth.

11.00am: 2 ratings returned on board from signal duties in convoy.

1.00pm: 6 ratings (boys) left ship for HMS Kildonan Castle.

4.00pm: Moderate breeze, fine clear weather.

10.00pm: Light airs, fine clear weather. 1 signal rating joined.


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26 August 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind “light airs” SW; cloud and rain; air temperature average 58°F]

10.00-10.40am: RC Church party landed. Church parties landed.


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27 August 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind “light airs” SW; cloud and rain; air temperature average 57°F]

9.20pm: Ship made fast alongside coaling jetty Prince’s Dock.


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28 August 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind NW force 2-3; cloud and mist; air temperature average 56°F]

10.00am: 1 rating rejoined ship from signal duties in convoy.

10.30am: 11 ratings joined ship.

10.40am: 1 signal rating rejoined ship from signal duties in convoy.

Noon: Light breeze overcast and rainy.


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29 August 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind NW force 2-3; cloud and mist; air temperature average 56°F]

1.00am: Completed coaling; 1806 tons received.

5.25am: Finished discharging cargo.

9.30am:1 rating joined ship.

3.00pm: Tested telegraphs, steering gear and steam whistle. Correct.

7.55pm: Russian Admiral and staff joined ship for passage.*

8.30pm: Pilot came aboard. Tugs made fast.

9.22pm: Cast off from quay & proceeded from dock to river, engines and helm as requisite.

9.50pm: Entered river. Clocks back 1 hour.

10.19pm: Let go head tug.

11.30pm: Let go stern tug.

11.30pm: Pilots left.


*[Note: The Admiral on passage was Admiral Kolchak, later to be famous as a leader of the “Whites” in the Russian Civil War which followed the Bolshevik revolution. On 19 August 1917 Kolchak with several officers left Petrograd for Britain and the United States as a quasi-official military observer. When passing through London he was greeted cordially by the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, who offered him transport on board a British cruiser on his way to Halifax. The journey to America proved unnecessary, as by the time Kolchak arrived, the US had given up the idea of any independent action in the Dardanelles. Kolchak visited the American Fleet and its ports, and decided to return to Russia via Japan. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Kolchak]


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30 August 1917

At sea from Glasgow to Liverpool.

Lat 53.6, Long -5.3

[Wind variable force 4-1; sea slight; cloud and rain; air temperature average 56°F, sea 56°F]

0.07am: Passed Boom defence. Set Course S33°W.

1.17am: Passed Little Cumbae Light; altered course to S14°W.

3.05am: Turnberry Light abeam; altered course to S49°W.

11.30am: Altered course to S45°E & ZZ.

2.10pm: Skerries Light abeam 5 miles; altered course to S59°E.

5.41pm: Passed Bar Light Vessel.

5.45pm: Pilot came aboard. Proceeded up river, engines and helm as requisite.

6.14pm: Passed Formby L.V.

6.17pm: Passed Crosby LV.

7.20pm: Let go port anchor and 90 fathoms cable in 13 fathoms water.

7.30pm: Brought up.

Distance run 184 miles.


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31 August 1917

At convoy duty from Liverpool to Halifax.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

[Wind variable W force 3-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F, sea 56°F]

7.45am: Hove short.

8.10am: Up anchor. Proceeded to sea in company with HMS Isis and SS Carmania and escort of 4 destroyers. Engines and helm as requisite.

9.08am: Passed Crosby Lt.V.

10.05am: Passed Bar Lt. V. Set course S80°W 78 revs.

11.20am: Passed Great Ormes Lighthouse.

11.38am: Passed War Channel Light buoy. Altered course to N52°W.

1.00pm: Convoy and escort in company.

1.30pm: Altered course N75W and ZZ.

3.10pm: Altered course to S33°W and ZZ.

8.00pm: Fresh winds, rough sea, overcast.

10.30 Tuskar Light abeam 10 miles; altered course to S74°W.

Distance run 140 miles.


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Deviation of standard compass

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LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1917


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Barometer & Thermometer Details

Barometer: Mercurial


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1 September 1917

At convoy duty from Liverpool to Halifax.

Lat 55.6, Long -9.2

[Wind WSW force 5-6; sea rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 58°F, sea 58°F]

[Base courses S74-79°W]

1.00am: Convoy and escort in company. Revs as requisite keeping station.

4.00am: Strong head wind, rough sea, overcast.

11.00am: Altered course to S79°W.

4.00pm: Strong wind, high sea, clear weather.

Distance run 293 miles.


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2 September 1917

At convoy duty from Liverpool to Halifax.

Lat 48.4, Long -14.7

[Wind variable W force 3-4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 61°F, sea 61°F]

[Base courses S79-80°W and N70°W]

1.00am: Convoy and escort in company. Steering ZZ courses.

4.00am: Altered course to S80°W. Fresh wind, rough sea, fine weather.

4.00pm: Destroyer escort parted company.

7.20pm: Clocks back 15 mins.

7.40pm: Parted company with Isis and HMS Donegal

8.00pm: Altered course to N70°W.

11.20pm: Resumed ZZ. Clocks back 15 mins.

Distance run 270 miles.


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3 September 1917

At convoy duty from Liverpool to Halifax.

Lat 47.5, Long -21.9

[Wind variable W force 3-4; sea moderate to rough with W swell; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 61°F, sea 61°F]

[Base courses N70-72°W]

1.00am: Convoy in company. Steering ZZ courses.

2.50am: Clocks back 15 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate to fresh wind, rough sea.

4.50am: Clocks back 15 minutes.

8.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast, rising Westerly swell.

4.00pm: Moderate to fresh wind, moderate to rough sea, heavy Westerly swell.

7.20pm: Clocks back 15 minutes.

8.00pm: Fresh wind, rough sea, ship pitching heavily in Westerly swell.

10.50pm: Clocks back 15 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, heavy swell from WNW.

Distance run 326 miles.


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4 September 1917

At convoy duty from Liverpool to Halifax.

Lat 46.8, Long -29.4

[Wind NNW backing SW force 5-3; sea moderate with NW swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 62°F, sea 62°F]

[Base courses N69-72°W]

1.00am: Convoy in company. Steering ZZ courses.

2.50am: Clocks back 15 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea and high NW swell. Cloudy and clear.

4.50am: Clocks back 15 minutes.

Noon: Moderate wind and sea, NW swell, wells and bilges dry.

8.00pm: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

9.00pm: Wind backing to SW.

10.50pm: Clocks back 14 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and fine.

Distance run 312 miles.


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5 September 1917

At convoy duty from Liverpool to Halifax.

Lat 46.1, Long -37.1

[Wind SW force 3-5; sea moderate; cloudy with haze; air temperature average 65°F, sea 65°F]

[Base courses N69°W and N77-80°W]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

2.50am: Clocks on [sic] 14 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, clear weather.

8.00am: Moderate to fresh wind, moderate sea, fine weather.

8.0pm: Moderate wind and sea, overcast.

10.50pm: Clocks back 14 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind, moderate sea, overcast and squally.

Distance run 323 miles.


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6 September 1917


At convoy duty from Liverpool to Halifax.

Lat 44.9, Long -43.0

[Wind variable SW and W force 3-9; sea very rough with W swell; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 65°F, sea 67°F]

[Base courses N79-81°W]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

2.00am: Wind and sea increasing.

2.50am: Clocks back 14 minutes.

4.00am: Strong wind and high sea; cloudy and hazy.

7.07am: Altered course to S44°W and reduced to 40 revs to secure gear on forecastle.

8.00am: Fresh gale and heavy sea and swell, cloudy and clear.

10.23am: Speed various securing shell racks on forecastle.

Noon: Moderate gale with heavy head sea and Westerly swell.

8.00pm: Fresh to moderate wind, rough sea, high Westerly swell.

10.50pm: Clocks back 8 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, high Westerly swell.

Distance run 257 miles.


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7 September 1917

At convoy duty from Liverpool to Halifax.

Lat 43.7, Long -49.2

[Wind SW force 3-5; sea rough with NW and then confused swell; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 58°F, sea 60°F]

[Base courses N81 and N65-66°W]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

2.50am: Clocks back 8 minutes.

4.00am: Light wind, high swell from NW, fine weather.

Noon: Light wind and fine weather, confused swell.

12.20pm: Sounded in 72 fathoms.

4.00pm: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

7.00pm: Sounding at frequent intervals.

8.00pm: Moderate to fresh wind, rising sea, overcast.

8.40pm: Off bank [ie Newfoundland Grand Banks], sounded in 100 fathoms, no bottom.

10.50pm: Clocks back 15 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, overcast, frequent rain squalls.

Distance run 276 miles.


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8 September 1917

At convoy duty from Liverpool to Halifax.

Lat 43.5, Long -56.6

[Wind NW force 5-7; sea rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 61°F, sea 63°F]

[Base courses N61-65°W]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

2.00am: Winds back to NW and increased.

2.55am: Clocks back 16 mins.

4.30am: Altered course to N64°W.

8.00am: Moderate gale and high sea, clear fine weather; altered course to N60°W.

5.00pm: Altered course to N61°W.

8.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 43°35’N, Long 58°04’W. Sounding at frequent intervals.

10.20pm: Sable Isle East Light abeam 25 miles.

11.0pm: Altered course N 46°W. Clocks back 8 mins.

Distance run 320 miles.


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9 September 1917

At convoy duty from Liverpool to Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.5

[Wind variable force 2-3; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 59°F, sea 56°F]

[Base courses N46-47°W and various]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

2.50am: Clocks back 8 mins.

5.00am: Position by stellar obs: Lat 44°06’N, Long 61°58’W.

7.15am: Altered course to N49°W.

8.00am: Light wind, smooth sea, fine weather.

9.15am: Observed Sambro Island Light.

9.27am: Altered course to N79°W towards outer buoy.

10.37am: Passed Lichfield Shoal buoy.

10.48am: Mauger 2nd Light abeam.

11.04am: Passed outer boom.

11.12am: Passed inner boom.

11.25am: Let go port anchor.

11.28am: Let go starboard anchor and secured; draft on arrival. forward 22’0”, aft 22’0”.

2.00pm: Russian officers’ baggage despatched on shore.

Distance run 316 miles.


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10 September 1917

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind NNW force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 56°F]

7.00am: Russian Vice-admiral accompanied by staff left ship.

10.00am: Lost overboard while painting ship’s side; 3 pattern 4 paint brushes.

12.50pm: Hopper barge No.1 came alongside.

4.00pm: Leave granted to Port Watch and a part of Starboard Watch until 10.30 pm.


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11 September 1917

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind NW force 2-3; light broken cloud; air temperature average 52°F]

6.10am: HMS Leviathan entered harbour.

2.00pm: Anchor bearings correct. Lost overboard while painting ship's side: 5 pattern 5 paint brushes.

8.00pm: Light wind fine clear weather.


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12 September 1917

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind variable W force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 56°F]

8.00am: Light airs fine weather.

11.30am: Ash and water boat alongside.

12.30pm: 7 ratings left ship for signalling duties with convoy. 1 steward joined ship, 16 signal ratings left ship.

4.45pm: Commenced to unmoor.

5.55pm: Hove up port anchor and proceeded out of harbour.

6.13pm: Passed inner boom.

6.20pm: Passed outer boom.

7.32pm: Passed outer whistle buoy, proceeded to take station ahead of convoy of 7 ships.

8.50pm: Convoy in position formed in 3 columns. Course S75°E 65 revs.

Midnight: Moderate to light wind, smooth sea, fine clear weather.


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13 September 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 44.8, Long -58.8

[Wind NW force 2-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 65°F, sea 64°F]

[Base courses S73-75°E, S42°E]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

2.00am: Clocks on 8 minutes. Light wind and fine weather.

4.00pm: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather; altered course to S42°E.

5.00pm: Commenced zig-zag courses.

6.20pm: Ceased zig-zagging.

11.00pm: Clocks on 12 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind and fine weather, smooth sea.

Distance run 213 miles.


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14 September 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 44.3, Long -52.9

[Wind variable N force 1-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F, sea 62°F]

[Base courses S42°E, N85-88°E]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

3.00am: Clocks on 12 minutes. Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

5.00am: Position by stellar obs: Lat 43°54’N, Long 54°40’W.

7.00am: Commenced zig-zag.

2.00pm: Altered course to N88°E.

7.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 44°57’N, Long 51°25’W.

11.00pm: Clocks on 11 minutes.

Distance run 274 miles.


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15 September 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 46.5, Long -47.7

[Wind variable NE force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 52°F, sea 53°F]

[Base courses N86-89°E]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

3.00am: Clocks on 11 minutes; moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

6.10am: Passed French fishing schooner Ideal.

10.40am: Passed barquentine steering ENE distance 11 miles.

7.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 47°14’N, Long 46°13’W.

8.00pm: Light to moderate wind, fine weather.

9.45pm: Passed sailing vessel steering SE, distance 0.5 miles. [?]

Distance run 258 miles.


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16 September 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 48.7, Long -42.1

[Wind variable NW force 3-7; sea rough with confused NE swell; broken cloud with squalls; air temperature average 50°F, sea 53°F]

[Base courses N89°E and E]

1.00am: Convoy in company.

3.00am: Clocks on 10 minutes; moderate wind and sea, fine weather, NE swell.

4.00am: Altered course to E.

5.00am: Position by stellar obs: Lat 48°06’N, Long 43°47’W.

6.00am: Wind and sea increasing.

8.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, NEly swell fine cloudy weather.

8.00pm: Moderate gale and high sea; squally.

11.00pm: Clocks on 11 minutes.

Midnight: Strong wind, high sea, frequent heavy squalls with fair weather between.

Distance run 256 miles.


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17 September 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 50.4, Long -37.2

[Wind variable N force 6-1; sea rough reducing to slight; broken cloud with early squalls; air temperature average 50°F, sea 54°F]

[Base courses E and S86°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company.

0.50am: Passed steamer steering W distance 2 miles.

3.00am: Clocks on 11 minutes; strong wind, rough sea, squally.

8.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, fine weather.

Noon: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

4.00pm: Light wind and fine weather.

5.00pm: Commenced practice ZZ.

6.00pm: Ceased ZZ.

11.00pm: Clocks on 12 minutes.

Distance run 230 miles.


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18 September 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 52.3, Long -31.2

[Wind S backing SE force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 53°F, sea 54°F]

[Base courses S81-86°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company.

3.00am: Clocks on 12 minutes.

4.00am: Light winds, cloudy and fine.

10.00am: Commenced practice ZZ.

4.00pm: Light wind, smooth sea, fine weather.

5.30pm: Passed SS Irishman bound W.

11.00pm: Clocks on 11 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind, smooth sea, overcast and misty.

Distance run 249 miles.


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19 September 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 54.4, Long -25.4

[Wind variable E force 2-6; sea smooth becoming rough; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 51°F, sea 53°F]

[Base courses N84-85°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company.

3.00am: Clocks on 11 minutes.

4.00am: Light winds, smooth sea, overcast.

6.00am: Wind backed to SE and freshened.

9.45am: Passed Arlanza and convoy bound W.

10.30am: Clocks on 3 minutes.

Noon: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast and squally.

1.30pm: Commenced zig-zag courses.

1.50pm: Clocks on 10 minutes.

4.00pm: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast, rain.

5.00pm: Clocks back [sic] 10 minutes.

7.00pm: Clocks back 10 minutes. Ceased zigzag.

11.00pm: Clocks on 20 minutes.

Midnight: Strong wind, high sea, clear weather.

Distance run 248 miles.


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20 September 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 56.8, Long -19.0

[Wind NE backing NW force 5-2; sea slight with NE swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 54°F, sea 55°F]

[Base courses N84-86°E and S53°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company.

3.00am: Clocks on 20 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, cloudy and fine.

5.00am: Clocks on 20 minutes to GMT.

6.00am: Commenced zig-zag courses.

8.00am: Fresh to moderate wind, rough sea and NEly swell.

Noon: Moderate wind and sea, high NEly swell, fine weather.

4.00pm: Light wind and fine, weather NEly swell.

7.30pm: Destroyer escort joined convoy.

8.00pm: Light wind, fine weather, NE swell.

Midnight: Light wind and high NE swell. Escort and convoy in company.

Distance run 269 miles.


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21 September 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 56.9, Long -11.4

[Wind NW force 1-8; sea slight with NE swell becoming very rough; cloud with squalls; air temperature average 55°F, sea 55°F]

[Base courses S54-55°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company with destroyers. Steering ZZ courses.

5.00am: Altered to No. 6 ZZ.

8.00am: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and fine.

Noon: Fresh wind, moderate sea, SW swell.

7.00pm: Altered from No. 6 to convoy zig-zag.

8.00pm: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast and squally.

9.30pm: Wind and sea increasing.

11.30pm: Commenced sounding.

Midnight: Strong wind and moderate gale; high sea, overcast and squally with rain.

Distance run 288 miles.


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22 September 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 55.2, Long -5.0

[Wind SW veering NW force 8-2; sea very rough becoming slight; squalls beoming broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F, sea 55°F]

0.00am: Convoy in company. Steering ZZ courses. Destroyers screening convoy.

0.10am: Sounded on W edge of Stanton Bank.

0.30am: Lost overboard one sinker with gear and 40 fathoms sounding wire.

5.56am: Oversay Light abeam.

6.00am: Altered course to S26°E. Parted company with 4 destroyers.

7.35am: Convoy dispersed; increased to 80 revs.

8.00am: Strong to fresh winds, cloudy and fine.

Noon: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

2.17pm: Passed Little Cumbrae Light.

3.15pm: Passed through boom defence gate.

3.35pm: Pilot aboard, proceeded up river to Prince’s Dock.

6.23pm: Entered Prince’s Dock.

6.55pm: Ship in berth at coaling wharf and secured.

Draft on arrival: forward 21’0”, aft 21’5”.

Coal remaining 1299 tons.

Distance run 281 miles.


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23 September 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable W force 2; broken cloud; air temperature average 54°F]

4.00am: Light breeze, fine weather.

9.30am: 1 signal rating rejoined ship from SS Cassandra.

10.30am: Church parties.

6.00pm: Light airs, overcast and cloudy.

8.00pm: 1 rating rejoined ship from signal duties on SS Vestris.


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24 September 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable W force 2; cloud and rain; air temperature average 57°F]

4.00am: Light breeze, overcast with drizzly rain.

6.45am: Commenced coaling.

2.00pm: Received 1232 tons of coal.

4.00pm: Light breeze, cloudy with rain.

5.20pm: Midshipman Walters RNR temporarily left ship for Royal Naval Hospital Chatham.

8.30pm: 6 ratings left ship for Royal Naval Barracks Chatham; 2 ratings left for hospital.

11.00pm: 3 ratings joined ship from HMS Eagle.


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25 September 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable SSW force 2; overcast with rain; air temperature average 59°F]

3.00am: Completed coaling ship.

4.00am: Light breeze, overcast and rainy.

9.45am: 3 ratings rejoined ship from signal duties in convoy. Ship made fast in same berth as previous but head to eastward.

10.30am: 3 ratings joined from HMS Eagle,13 from Royal Naval Barracks Chatham and 1 rejoined from convoy.

1.30pm: Shore labour engaged on gun supports and marking off ship's side for painting.

4.30pm: 1 rating joined ship.

5.30pm:1 rating left for HMS Eagle Liverpool.

8.00pm: 1 rating joined ship from convoy.


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26 September 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable SW force 2; overcast with drizzle; air temperature average 59°F]

4.00am: Light breeze, overcast.

7.00am: Shore party commenced to paint ship.

8.00am: Light breeze, gloomy appearance with drizzling rain.

10.00am: 2 ratings joined ship from Royal Naval Barracks, Portsmouth.

1.15pm: Hands employed taking in ammunition and as requisite.


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27 September 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SW force 3-4; overcast; air temperature average 56°F]

4.00am: Light to moderate breeze, cloudy weather.

10.30am: 1 rating joined ship from Royal Naval Barracks Chatham.

8.00pm: Light to moderate breeze, overcast. Shore labour painting ship.

11.30pm: Shore painters recommenced marking off ships side preparatory to painting.


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28 September 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SW force 3; overcast; air temperature average 57°F]

0.30am: Shore labour continued working on ship’s side throughout the watch.

4.00am: Light to moderate breeze with passing showers of rain.

10.30am: 1 rating joined ship. Took in 106 tons of water from Clyde Navigation Trust.

7.00pm: Surgeon Prob. R P Wanless RNVR left ship for HMS Victory.

11.00pm: Shore labour painting ship throughout the night.


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29 September 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SW force 2; overcast with mist and rain; air temperature average 55°F]

4.00am: Light breeze, overcast.

9.00am: 50 bags of flour discharged from ship to HMS Changuinola.

6.00pm: Shore workmen employed on S2 gun.


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30 September 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SW force 2; broken cloud; air temperature average 57°F]

4.00am: Light winds, cloudy and overcast.

8.00am: Shore workmen painting ship and working at S1 gun.

10.15am: Church parties.

8.00pm: Light wind and fine weather.12 ratings left ship for Naval depots Chatham & Portsmouth.


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LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1917


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Statistics

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Barometer & Thermometer Details


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1 October 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SW force 2; cloudy; air temperature average 56°F]

0.30am: Shore labour engaged in working on gun mounting.

4.00am: Light breeze, overcast.

7.50pm: 1 rating discharged to hospital.

8.00pm: Light breeze with passing showers of rain.


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2 October 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind S veering SW force 2; overcast with rain; air temperature average 58°F]

0.20am: Shifted ship from coal wharf to No.20 berth Prince’s Dock.

8.00am: Light breeze, overcast with drizzling rain.

12.20pm: 1 rating (stoker) joined ship from HMS Eagle, Liverpool.

3.55pm: 3 ratings left ship for HMS Orotava.

6.00pm: Light breeze, overcast and cloudy; 1 Sub Lieut RNVR joined ship.

7.00pm: Lieutenant W McKenzie Royal Naval Reserve left ship to join HMS Maidstone.

10.30pm: 340 tons of water received from Clyde Navigation Trust.

11.00pm: Pilot on board.

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3 October 1917

At Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable SW force 2; overcast with rain squalls; air temperature average 52°F]

0.30am: Light wind, cloudy and fine. Made tugs fast fore and aft.

0.50am: Cast off from quay and proceeded out of dock using engines and helm to pilot’s orders.

1.30am: Entered river.

2.30am: Let go forward tug.

3.40am: Let go stern tug off Greenock.

4.00am: Anchored at Tail of the Bank in 16 fathoms water.

8.00am: Moderate to fresh wind, cloudy and fine.

1.50pm: 1 stoker rating ex-Pembroke joined ship.

5.00pm: 1 stoker RFR returned to depot.


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4 October 1917

At sea from Greenock to Milford Haven.

Lat 54.8, Long -5.2

[Wind NW force 3-6; sea moderate becoming rough; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 52°F, sea 54°F]

4.00am: Moderate wind and fine weather.

5.45am: Up anchor and proceeded to Milford Haven, engines and helm as requisite.

6.25am: Passed boom. Steering ZZ courses.

8.21am: Course S32°W.

10.55am: Corsewall Point abeam 1.5 miles; altered course to S9°W.

4.00pm: Fresh to strong wind, rising sea.

7.30pm: Sighted South Stack Light.

8.00pm: Strong wind and rough sea.

9.55pm: Course S37°W.

Midnight: Strong wind, rough sea, cloudy and clear.

Distance run 81 miles.


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5 October 1917

At sea from Greenock to Milford Haven and Halifax.

Lat 51.7, Long -5.0

[Wind variable NW force 5-7; sea rough; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 51°F, sea 55°F]

3.50am: Smalls Head Light abeam 5 miles.

4.00am: Strong wind, rough sea, clear weather.

5.45am: Passed St Anns Head.

6.02am: Passed boom.

6.15am: Let go port anchor.

6.25am: Shifted berth.

6.44am: Let go port anchor with 60 fathoms of cable in 13 fathoms of water.

10.10am: Shifted berth. Let go starboard anchor off boom gateway.

2.24pm: Hove up anchor and proceeded to sea with escort of 3 American destroyers.

2.42pm: Passed boom.

2.54pm: Passed St Anns Head.

4.00pm: Fresh to strong wind, rough sea, steering zig-zag courses.

6.20pm: Course S83°W.

Midnight: Strong wind, rough sea, cloudy and squally.

Distance run 244 miles.


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6 October 1917

At convoy duty from Milford Haven to Halifax.

Lat 49.8, Long -10.8

[Wind NW force 5-6; sea rough; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 55°F, sea 56°F]

[Base courses S84°W and N72-75°W]

0.30am: Steering zig-zag course, escorted by 3 American destroyers.

4.00am: Strong wind, rough sea, clear weather.

6.00am: Position by stellar obs: Lat 50°15’N, Long 9°13’W; at daybreak 1 of destroyer escort missing.

8.00am: Strong wind, rough sea, overcast.

11.15am: Missing destroyer rejoined escort.

6.00pm: Altered course to N74°W.

8.00pm: Strong wind, rough sea, squally.

9.30pm: Ceased zig-zag courses.

Midnight: Strong wind, rough sea, squally.

Distance run 277 miles.


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7 October 1917

At convoy duty from Milford Haven to Halifax.

Lat 49.3, Long -17.8

[Wind NW force 5-6; sea rough with confused W swell; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 57°F, sea 58°F]

[Base courses N67-74°W]

4.00am: Strong wind to moderate gale and high seas. Overcast and squally.

6.30am: Found 2 of destroyer escort missing.

8.10am: Destroyer [USS] Nicholson* parted company.

8.30am: Altered course to N69°W and ZZ.

11.15am: Clocks back 10 minutes.

2.20pm: Clocks back 15 mins.

5.20pm: Clocks back 7.5 mins.

7.20pm: Clocks back 7.5 mins.

11.20pm: Clocks back 16 mins.

Midnight: Strong wind, high sea. Westerly swell. Resumed ZZ.

Distance run 295 miles.

*[Note: The following month, this destroyer claimed the first US sinking of a U-boat in the war. See hyperlink.]


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8 October 1917

At convoy duty from Milford Haven to Halifax.

Lat 49.3, Long -25.6

[Wind NW force 5-6; sea rough with confused W swell; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 59°F, sea 59°F]

[Base courses N66-68°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 16 mins.

4.00am: Strong winds, rough sea, heavy W confused swell.

5.20am: Clocks back 16 mins.

10.00am: Altered course to N68°W. Ceased ZZ.

7.00pm: Wind back to SSW and shifted to NE in violent rain squall.

8.00pm: Strong wind, high sea, overcast, heavy rain.

11.00pm: Sighted sailing vessel bearing SW 15 miles.

11.20pm: Clocks back 15 mins; altered course to N69°W.

Distance run 319 miles.


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9 October 1917

At convoy duty from Milford Haven to Halifax.

Lat 48.6, Long -32.5

[Wind NNE force 5-2; sea rough reducing to slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 53°F, sea 56°F]

[Base courses N69-73°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 15 mins.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, NWly swell. Cloudy and fine.

5.30am: Pos. by stellar obs: 49°52’N.

6.00am: Altered course to N70°W; observed oil tank steamer bound S.

4.00pm: Moderate winds and sea, cloudy & fine; altered course to N72°W.

7.15pm: Clocks back 9 mins.

9.00pm: Wind shifted to SSW.

11.20pm: Clocks back 9 mins.

Midnight: Light to moderate winds, fine weather; altered course to N73°W.

Distance run 286 miles.


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10 October 1917

At convoy duty from Milford Haven to Halifax.

Lat 47.7, Long -39.7

[Wind SW force 2-5; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 60°F, sea 60°F]

[Base courses N73-76°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 9 mins.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea; overcast.

10.10am: Fired 4 rounds from S1 BL gun for testing gun mountings.

4.00pm: Fresh wind, rough sea, cloudy and fine.

7.15pm: Clocks back 9 minutes.

11.20pm: Clocks back 9 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, cloudy and clear.

Distance run 296 miles.


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11 October 1917

At convoy duty from Milford Haven to Halifax.

Lat 46.5, Long -46.3

[Wind SW force 2-5; sea moderate; cloudy with mist and fog; air temperature average 58°F, sea 55°F]

[Base courses N77-84°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 9 mins.

4.00am: Fresh winds, rough sea, overcast, misty.

8.00am: Altered course to N80°W.

8.30am: Fog set in. Lookouts doubled.

Noon. Fresh winds, rough sea, fog. Wells and bilges dry.

12.30pm: Altered course to N83°W.

5.15pm: Commenced sounding each 15 mins.

6.20pm: Sounded on bank. [ie Grand Banks]

7.15pm: Clocks back 9 mins.

8.00pm: Fresh to moderate winds and sea, overcast, rain; altered course to N84°W.

11.20pm: Clocks back 9 mins.

Distance run 287 miles.


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12 October 1917

At convoy duty from Milford Haven to Halifax.

Lat 45.1, Long -52.8

[Wind SW force 2-4; sea slight with NE swell; cloudy with mist and fog; air temperature average 57°F, sea 56°F]

[Base courses N67-69°W]

2.00am: Altered course to N66°W. Reduced to 67 revs.

3.20am: Clocks back 9 mins.

4.00am: Light wind, moderate sea, dense fog.

8.30am: Fog set in.

10.00am: Hands to classes as requisite; altered course to N67°W. Sounding at frequent intervals over Whale Deep.

3.10pm: Fog cleared.

7.20pm: Clocks back 8 mins.

8.00pm: Moderate wind and sea, occasional banks of dense fog encountered.

11.20pm: Clocks back 8 mins.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, clear; altered course to N69°W.

Distance run 284 miles.


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13 October 1917

At convoy duty from Milford Haven to Halifax.

Lat 44.7, Long -59.1

[Wind variable W force 4; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 55°F, sea 56°F]

[Base courses N69-73°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 8 mins.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

5.00am: Sounding at frequent intervals.

9.40am: Log hauled in. Periscope target being towed astern.

11.50am: Streamed log.

4.40pm: Altered course to N70°W.

6.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 44°40’N, Long 63°30’W.

6.50pm: Altered course to N72°W.

7.15pm: Clocks back 5 mins.

10.15pm: Wind hauled to W.

11.20pm: Clocks back 5 mins.

Distance run 262 miles.


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14 October 1917

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind WNW force 5-1; broken cloud; air temperature average 54°F]

3.00am: Commenced sounding.

3.20am: Clocks back 5 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh wind, moderate sea, fine weather. Observed searchlights bearing N43°W.

6.21am: Passed Portuguese Shoal Buoy.

6.52am: Passed outer boom.

6.57am: Passed inner boom.

7.10am: Let go port anchor.

7.13am: Let go starboard anchor.

6.15pm: 1 rating joined ship from HMS Niobe.

Midnight: Light breeze and fine weather.

Distance run 198 miles.


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15 October 1917

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind variable W force 3; broken cloud; air temperature average 54°F]

Noon: Light breeze fine weather.

Midnight: Light breeze and fine weather.


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16 October 1917

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind W veering WNW force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 53°F]

4.00am: Light breeze and fine weather.

8.00am: Hopper Barge No.1 alongside for ashes.

3.10pm: Hopper No.1 shoved off.

Midnight: Light breeze fine weather.


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17 October 1917

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind WNW force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 50°F]

4.00am: Light breeze and fine weather.

8.45am:1 rating left ship, discharged to hospital.

5.25pm: 1 Lieutenant Royal Naval Reserve, 2 Warrant Officers Royal Navy and 29 ratings joined ship for passage to England.

Midnight: Light breeze and fine weather.

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18 October 1917

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind WNW force 2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 46°F]

4.00am: Light breeze and fine weather.




6.00am: Hands to air bedding.

Midnight: Light breeze and fine weather.


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19 October 1917

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind variable W force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 48°F]

4.00am: Light breeze and fine weather.

10.15am: Hands to "Abandon Ship" stations. Boats manned and pulled in vicinity of ship.

11.30am: SS Coastguard discharging stores.

Midnight: Light breeze and fine weather.

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20 October 1917

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind SE veering SW force 2-3; overcast with showers; air temperature average 62°F]

4.00am: Light breeze and fine weather.

10.00am: HMS Leviathan left harbour.

Noon: Light to moderate breeze, overcast with passing showers.

Midnight: Light breeze overcast, with rain.


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21 October 1917

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind variable force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 56°F]

4.00am: Light breeze, overcast.

Midnight: Light breeze, overcast and rain.


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22 October 1917

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind variable SW force 2-4; cloud with mist and fog; air temperature average 56°F]

10.55am: Took half turn out of cables assisted by 1 tug.

11.30am: 2 ratings left ship for signal duties in convoy.

1.35pm: 2 ratings joined from Donegal.

3.30pm: Hove up port anchor and proceeded to sea in rear of convoy.

4.04pm: Passed inner boom.

4.12pm: Passed outer boom.

4.20pm: Maugher Light House set in dense fog.

4.33pm: Passed Lichfield Shoal buoy.

5.44pm: Passed outer buoy; formed convoy of 3 ships in line ahead.

8.00pm: Moderate wind and sea, overcast, misty, frequent banks of dense fog.

11.00pm: Clocks on 11 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, overcast and misty.


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23 October 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 44.7, Long -58.2

[Wind NNW veering ENE force 5-6; sea moderate to rough; overcast; air temperature average 49°F, sea 56°F]

[Base courses S72-74°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company.

3.10am: Clocks on 11 mins

4.00am: Moderate to fresh wind, rising sea, overcast.

6.00am: SS [RFA] Appleleaf rear ship of convoy - 10 miles astern.

10.45am: Appleleaf rejoined convoy.

11.00am: Formed convoy in line abreast.

Noon: Fresh wind, rough sea, fine weather.

4.55pm: Passed schooner bound WSW.

11.10pm: Clocks on 13 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, clear weather.

Distance run 237 miles.


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24 October 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 45.2, Long -52.2

[Wind variable E force 2-5; sea moderate to rough; cloudy; air temperature average 50°F, sea 52°F]

[Base courses S70-72°E and N88°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company.

3.10am: Clocks on 13 mins.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rising sea, overcast.

10.30am: 1 sinker and tube with 30 fathoms wire lost overboard while sounding.

8.00pm: Strong wind, very rough sea, overcast; altered course to N88°E.

11.10pm: Clocks on 12 minutes.

Midnight: Strong head wind, very rough sea, overcast and misty.

Distance run 259 miles.


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25 October 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 46.9, Long -46.8

[Wind E force 5-6; sea rough; overcast and cloudy; air temperature average 50°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses N83-84°E and N88-89°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company.

3.10am: Clocks on 12 mins.

4.00am: Strong wind, very rough sea, overcast.

5.00am: Commenced sounding; 1 sinker and tube with 30 fathoms wire lost overboard.

9.00am: Ceased sounding.

6.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 47°29’N, Long 45°17’W.

11.10pm: Clocks on 12 minutes.

Midnight: Strong to fresh wind, rough sea, fine weather.

Number on sick list: 4.

Distance run 272 miles.


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26 October 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 48.9, Long -40.3

[Wind E force 5-2; sea moderate with confused swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 48°F, sea 55°F]

[Base courses S79-81°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company.

2.05am: Moon set.

3.10am: Clocks on 12 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, cloudy and fine.

6.30am: Position by stellar obs: Lat 48°30’N, Long 41°58’W.

10.30am: Commenced practice zigzag No.6.

Noon: Moderate wind, confused swell, fine weather.

4.00pm: Moderate wind and sea; fine weather. Hauled out of line and took position on port beam of Scandinavian. Towed periscope target, Scandinavian fired 6 6 inch.

5.30pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 49°17’N, Long 38°47’W.

6.21pm: Resumed position at head of convoy.

11.10pm: Clocks on 12 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind, overcast, confused swell.

Distance run 288 miles.


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27 October 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 50.3, Long -33.6

[Wind NE backing W force 2; sea slight; overcast; air temperature average 49°F, sea 51°F]

[Base course S77°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company.

3.10am: Clocks on 10 minutes.

3.43am: Hauled out of line and reduced speed, port engine stopped with hot bearing.

4.00am: Light wind, smooth sea, cloudy weather, confused swell.

5.10am: Port engine restarted, proceeded to position ahead of convoy.

9.00am: Courses and speed various maintaining position for firing at target.

9.30am: Target disappeared, proceeded to station at head of convoy.

11.10pm: Clocks on 12 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate to light wind, cloudy and overcast.

Distance run 276 miles.


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28 October 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 52.3, Long -26.8

[Wind variable W force 2-7; sea slight with confused NE swell becoming rough; overcast; air temperature average 49°F, sea 51°F]

[Base courses N82°E and N68-70°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company.

3.10am: Clocks on 12 minutes.

8.00am: Light to moderate wind; Northeasterly swell, cloudy and overcast.

10.00am: Passed steamer bound West.

8.00pm: Strong wind, very rough sea, clear weather. Course N68°E, ZZ No.3.

11.10pm: Clocks on 11 minutes.

Midnight: Strong wind, very rough sea, cloudy and overcast.

Distance run 278 miles.


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29 October 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 55.1, Long -22.3

[Wind NW force 7-8; sea very rough; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 47°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses N66-68°E and S79-84°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company. Steering ZZ courses.

3.10am: Clocks on 11 minutes.

8.00am: Moderate gale and high sea, overcast and squally.

12.30pm: Convoy and escort hove to heading N34°W. SS Northland not in sight.

5.10pm: Clocks on 15 minutes.

5.25pm: Convoy and escort proceeded on course S79°E.

8.00pm: Moderate gale to strong wind, high to very rough sea, clear weather.

11.10pm: Clocks on 15 minutes.

11.30pm: Commenced zigzag No. 3.

Midnight: Strong wind, very rough sea, clear weather.

Distance run 236 miles.


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30 October 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -16.9

[Wind variable NW force 7-4; sea very rough reducing; broken cloud; air temperature average 47°F, sea 47°F]

[Base courses S84-87°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company. Steering ZZ courses.

3.10am: Clocks on 15 minutes.

4.00am: Strong wind, rough sea, fine weather.

4.10am: Clocks on 10 minutes.

10.00am: SS Northland rejoined convoy.

8.00pm: Fresh to moderate wind, moderate sea, fine weather.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

Distance run 221 miles.


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31 October 1917

At convoy duty en route to Glasgow.

Lat 56.8, Long -8.8

[Wind variable force 3-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 48°F, sea 49°F]

[Base courses SE]

0.00am: Convoy in company. Steering ZZ courses.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

10.00am: Destroyer escort sighted in Lat 56°48’N, Long 9°30’W.

10.15am: Escorting destroyers HMSs Portia, Moresby and Michael joined convoy.

3.40pm: Sounded on Stanton Bank.

5.17pm: Received despatches from HMS Portia.

6.45pm: Oversay Light bore S60°E (true).

7.10pm: Inishtrahull Light bore S30°W (true).

10.10pm: Mull of Cantyre Light abeam.

11.15pm: Airship cruised over convoy.

11.37pm: Maidens Light abeam.

Midnight: Convoy dispersed.

Distance run 302 miles.


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LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1917


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Signed page - Commander

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Barometer & Thermometer Details

Barometer: Mercurial


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1 November 1917

At Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable calm; overcast with dense fog; air temperature average 42°F]

0.00am: Courses and speed various as requisite while convoy dispersed off Maidens.

0.30am: Set course N46°E for Clyde No.2 channel.

1.30am: Ailsa Craig abeam.

4.20am: Rounded Garrock Head.

5.10am: Passed Skelmorlie 4 Buoy.

5.40am: Passed boom defence. Dense fog set in.

6.01am: Pilot came aboard; proceeded to anchorage off Roseneath Patch buoy.

8.00am: Light airs, dense fog.

6.28am: Let go starboard anchor in 14 fathoms water with 60 fathoms of cable.

11.15am: Fog clearing, hove short.

11.18am: Made tugs fast fore and aft.

11.26am: Up anchor and proceeded. Proceeding up river towards berth at Stobcross Quay.

2.30pm: Arrived at berth. Dense fog.

3.00pm: Ship moored in berth; finished with engines.

3.30pm: 23 ratings left ship to join RN Barracks Devonport.

7.30pm: 10 ratings left for RN Barracks Chatham; 3 ratings discharged to hospital.

Distance run 229 miles.


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2 November 1917

At Glasgow, Stobcross Quay.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloud and mist; air temperature average 44°F]

6.30am: Hands employed in cleaning magazines, refitting boat falls and as requisite.

9.40am: 1 rating joined ship.

2.35pm: 1 rating discharged to Barlinnie Prison.

10.50pm: 1 rating rejoined ship from signal duties in convoy.

4.00pm: Light airs, overcast and misty.


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3 November 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind ESE veering SSW force 2-3; cloud and mist; air temperature average 43°F]

1.30pm: Shifted ship into Prince’s Dock Govan.

8.00pm: Light breeze, cloudy and misty.


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4 November 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable SW force 2-3 NNW force 6 later; cloud and mist; air temperature average 48°F]

4.25am: Ship made fast in dry dock.

9.25am: RC church party landed.

10.15am: C of E Church party landed (2 officers 37 men). 2 assistant stewards joined ship from HMS Eagle Liverpool.

3.45pm: Re-stowed starboard anchor.

Midnight: Strong wind with passing squalls.


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5 November 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable NW force 2; cloud and mist; air temperature average 49°F]

6.30am: Hands employed ranging cable in dry dock.

12.05pm: 1 rating discharged to hospital.

1.15pm: Hands employed about cables taking out ammunition and taking in stores.

Midnight: Light breeze, overcast and rain.


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6 November 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable NW backing SW force 2; cloud and rain; air temperature average 43°F]

4.00am: Light breeze, overcast and raining.

Midnight: Light breeze, overcast and rain.


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7 November 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable NW force 2; broken cloud; air temperature average 43°F]

6.30am: Hands employed clearing out chain lockers etc.

8.15am: 3 ratings joined ship (2 from HMS Pembroke 1 from HMS Eagle); 1 rating joined to take passage to Halifax NS.

8.30pm: 1 rating left ship for HMS Eagle.

8.00pm: Light breeze and fine weather.


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8 November 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable W force 2; cloud and mist; air temperature average 43°F]

8.00pm: Light breeze, overcast and passing showers.


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9 November 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable W force 2; cloud, mist and rain; air temperature average 43°F]

9.15am: 1 stoker and 5 seamen ratings joined ship from Royal Naval Barracks Chatham.

4.00pm: 1 rating rejoined ship from hospital.

4.30pm: Sub Lieut. Eyles RNVR left ship to join Royal Naval Barracks Chatham.

6.00pm: Commenced flooding dock.

7.00pm: 6 ratings discharged to Royal Naval Barracks.

7.15pm: Dock flooded.

7.20pm: Commenced to shift ship.

8.10pm: Ship made fast alongside coaling jetty Prince’s Dock, Govan.

10.58pm: Commenced coaling; hands employed embarking and restowing ammunition.


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10 November 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable W force 2; cloudy; air temperature average 44°F]

0.00am: Shore labour working on gun mountings.

8.00am: Light breeze, overcast.

8.15am: 1 rating joined ship from HMS Patuca.

1.20pm: Hands employed reeving, and getting paravane gear aboard and taking in stores and ammunition.

5.15pm: Finished coaling. Received 1345 tons.

Midnight: Light breeze and fine weather.


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11 November 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable W force 2; cloud and mist; air temperature average 38°F]

10.15am: 1 signal rating and 1 boy joined ship from HMS Pembroke.

11.40am: Shifted ship 50 feet astern.

1.00pm: Hands employed rigging paravanes and preparing vessel for sea etc.

10.00pm: Took in [not entered] tons of water from Clyde Navigation Trust.

Midnight: Light airs and drizzling rain.


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12 November 1917

At Glasgow and en route to Loch Swilly.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable force 2; broken cloud and mist; air temperature average 48°F]

8.00am: Moderate wind and fine weather.

9.50am: Pilot aboard. Secured tugs fore and aft.

10.05am: Cast off from quay and proceeded into river using engines and helm as requisite to pilot’s orders.

10.24am: Entered river. Draft on departure: forward 24’0”, aft 24’5”.

11.48am: Let go head tug off Bowling.

12.50pm: Pilot left off Prince’s Pier Greenock. Proceeded at various speed on PV trials.

1.07pm: Launched port PV.

1.12pm: Launched starboard PV. Courses various.

1.49pm: Starboard PV aboard.

1.56pm: Port PV aboard.

2.06pm: Let go port anchor in 14 fathoms of water with 45 fathoms of cable.

4.00pm: 7 ratings joined ship, 5 discharged to barracks.

5.12pm: Up anchor and proceeded to sea; courses and speed as requisite.

5.50pm: Passed boom.

5.55pm: Dropped port and starboard PVs.

9.27pm: Ailsa Craig Light abeam.

10.42pm: Corsewall Light abeam 2 miles.

11.10pm: Course N85°W and ZZ.

Midnight: Moderate to fresh wind and sea, fine weather.


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13 November 1917

At convoy duty from Loch Swilly to Halifax.

Lat 55.1, Long -7.5

[Wind SW force 3-5; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 50°F, sea 50°F]

0.05am: Maidens Light abeam.

1.50am: Sighted Altacarry Light dist 1.5 miles.

5.10am: Inishtrahull Light abeam 1.5 miles.

8.10am: Passed boom gateway.

8.26am: Let go starboard anchor in 10 fathoms 45 fathoms cable. Finished with engines.

5.17pm: Anchor up, turned ship and proceeded to sea, engines and helm as requisite.

5.25pm: Passed boom gate; set course N18°W.

5.43pm: Paravanes out.

8.00pm: Fresh wind, overcast and misty.

8.56pm: Tory Island Light abeam 8 miles.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, clear weather.

Coal remaining 2443 tons.

Distance run 190 miles.


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14 November 1917

At convoy duty from Loch Swilly to Halifax.

Lat 55.5, Long -13.2

[Wind WNW backing SSW force 3-5; sea moderate to rough; cloudy; air temperature average 50°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses N67-70°W]

0.00am: Steering zigzag courses, No.3 zigzag.

4.00am: Fresh wind, moderate to rough sea, fine weather.

12.30pm: Steering zigzag No.6 courses.

7.30pm: Clocks back 15 minutes.

8.00pm: Fresh wind, rough sea, Westerly swell.

11.20pm: Clocks back 15 minutes.

Distance run 232 miles.


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15 November 1917

At convoy duty from Loch Swilly to Halifax.

Lat 55.0, Long -21.4

[Wind variable SW force 4-5; sea moderate with W swell; overcast with fog; air temperature average 53°F, sea 52°F]

[Base courses N66-67°W and S84-85°W]

0.00am: Steering zigzag courses, No.3 zigzag.

3.20am: Clocks back 15 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, Westerly swell.

5.30am: Clocks back 15 minutes.

11.00am: Clocks back 10 minutes.

Noon: Fresh wind, rough sea, Westerly swell. Overcast and misty.

12.40pm: Altered course to S85°W. Commenced zigzag.

12.55pm: Ceased zigzag.

1.00pm: Fog set in; whistle sounding.

4.20pm: Zigzagged for 15 minutes in clear weather.

7.10pm: Clocks back 8 minutes.

11.20pm: Clocks back 10 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, Westerly swell, overcast and misty.

Distance run 309 miles.


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16 November 1917

At convoy duty from Loch Swilly to Halifax.

Lat 52.5, Long -28.4

[Wind NNE force 3-5; sea moderate with confused W swell; overcast with rain and mist; air temperature average 52°F, sea 52°F]

[Base courses S81-85°W]

0.00am: Steering zigzag courses, No.3 zigzag.

3.20am: Clocks back 15 minutes.

4.40am: Passed steamer bound W.

Noon: Moderate wind and sea, Westerly swell. Overcast, rain.

7.10pm: Clocks back 8 minutes.

11.20pm: Clocks back 10 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast.


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17 November 1917

At convoy duty from Loch Swilly to Halifax.

Lat 50.5, Long -35.0

[Wind N force 3-5 becoming SW force 8; sea moderate to very rough; overcast with rain; air temperature average 52°F, sea 53°F]

[Base courses N82-88°W and W]

0.00am: Steering zigzag courses, No.3 zigzag.

3.20am: Clocks back 10 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate to light wind, moderate sea, clear weather.

6.00am: Altered course to N83°W. Wind shifted to South.

2.00pm: Wind increasing to fresh gale with high sea and heavy Southerly swell.

5.00pm: Thermometer No. 2373 MO broken by accident. Thermometer MO No. 2507 in use.

6.13pm: Altered course to W.

7.30pm: Clocks back 8 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh to moderate gale and high sea. Wind and sea moderating.

Distance run 282 miles.


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18 November 1917

At convoy duty from Loch Swilly to Halifax.

Lat 49.2, Long -40.2

[Wind variable W force 7-2; sea rough to moderate with NW swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 50°F, sea 55°F]

[Base courses N86-88°W and W]

0.00am: Steering zigzag courses, No.3 zigzag. Wind hauling to W.

3.20am: Clocks back 8 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate gale and high sea, W swell.

5.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 48°45’N, Long 41°03’W.

7.20pm: Clocks back 8 minutes.

8.00pm: Moderate wind and sea, clear weather, heavy swell from WNW.

11.20pm: Clocks back 8 minutes.

Midnight Light wind, moderate sea, clear, Westerly swell.

Distance run 227 miles.


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19 November 1917

At convoy duty from Loch Swilly to Halifax.

Lat 46.8, Long -46.3

[Wind variable SE and W force 2-5; sea slight with NW swell; cloud with fog; air temperature average 50°F, sea 55°F]

[Base courses N88-89°W and S88-89°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 8 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

7.00am: Commenced sounding.

12.30pm: Altered course to S89°W.

4.30pm: Set in foggy.

5.00pm: Commenced sounding off edge of bank.

5.20pm: Sounded in 75 fathoms.

6.00pm: Fog cleared.

7.10pm: Clocks back 8 minutes.

11.20pm: Clocks back 9 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast.

Distance run 283 miles.


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20 November 1917

At convoy duty from Loch Swilly to Halifax.

Lat 45.3, Long -52.3

[Wind NW backing WSW force 5-7; sea very rough; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 40°F, sea 44°F]

[Base courses N67-70°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 9 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh to strong wind, rough sea, clear weather.

6.00am: Wind freshened to moderate gale.

Noon: Moderate gale and high sea, heavy Westerly swell, cloudy and overcast.

1.35pm: Passed HMS Arlanza with convoy of 8 ships bound East.

7.10pm: Clocks back 8 minutes.

11.20pm: Clocks back 7 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh to moderate wind, rough sea, fine clear weather.

Distance run 274 miles.


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21 November 1917

At convoy duty from Loch Swilly to Halifax.

Lat 44.8, Long -58.5

[Wind variable force 5-1; sea becoming slight; cloud and rain; air temperature average 46°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses N70-73°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 7 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast.

8.30am: Commenced sounding.

10.30am: Wind fell light and variable, weather cleared.

7.00pm: Clocks back 6 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh to strong wind, rough sea, overcast, rain.

Distance run 262 miles.


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22 November 1917

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind variable NNE force 1-2; cloudy; air temperature average 40°F]

3.00am: Sounding at frequent intervals.

3.20am: Clocks back 6 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh to strong winds, rough sea, overcast, rain.

5.35am: Sambro Bank Buoy bore S80°W.

7.15am: Portuguese Shoal Buoy abeam.

7.52am: Passed outer boom.

8.01am: Passed inner boom.

8.12am: Let go port anchor.

8.15am: Let go starboard anchor. Moored in berth E.

9.30am: Lieut. Commander Starr left ship for HMS Warrior. 2 ratings discharged to hospital.

2.05pm: Discharged 2 ratings taking passage to HMCS Niobe.

3.30pm: Hopper barge alongside.

7.50pm: Hopper barge cast off. Received 92 tons of fresh water.

Midnight: Light breeze, overcast and cloudy.

Distance run 220 miles.


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23 November 1917

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind variable force 1-2; overcast with fog; air temperature average 50°F]

4.00am: Light breeze and misty weather.

1.00pm: Ship turned with assistance of 1 tug to clear hawse.

2.15pm: Hove up starboard anchor.

8.00pm: Calm with dense fog, Regulation complied with.


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24 November 1917

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind variable force 1-3; cloud and mist; air temperature average 50°F]

4.00am: Light breeze and rain, light fog.

6.45am: Pilot aboard.

7.06am: Anchor hove up and proceeded into dock assisted by tugs.

7.23am: Passed through George I boom.

7.41am: Ship in position alongside Ocean Terminals Quay.

9.30am: Commenced to load cargo (projectiles).

8.00pm: Light breeze and overcast,


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25 November 1917

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind WSW veering N force 1-2; overcast; air temperature average 45°F]

1.00am: Continued loading throughout the night.

6.00am: Ceased loading for period.

7.00am: Ceased loading after hold.

8.00am: Resumed loading fore and aft.

9.45am: Non-conformist and Roman Catholic church parties landed.

8.00pm: Completed loading of cargo.

Midnight: Light breeze and overcast.


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26 November 1917

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind variable N force 2-3; cloudy with snow; air temperature average 30°F]

10.45am: 3 lieutenants RNVR joined ship for passage. 8 ratings left ship for signal duties in convoy.

1.00pm: Pilot aboard.

2.00pm: Cast off from quay and proceeded assisted by tug; engines & helm as requisite to pilot’s orders.

2.07pm: Clear of pier, stopped engines.

2.15pm: Pilot left.

2.20pm: Proceeded.

2.26pm: Passed outer boom, speed various, Courses various as requisite leaving harbour.

3.44pm: Rounded outer buoy, altered course to S72°E and reduced to 9 knots while convoy formed in position.

4.50pm: Convoy in position; increased to 68 revs.

8.00pm: Moderate to fresh wind, rough sea, overcast, occasional snow flurries.

11.10pm: Clocks on 10 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough to moderate sea, cloudy and overcast.


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27 November 1917

At convoy duty en route to Belfast.

Lat 44.6, Long -58.0

[Wind variable NE force 2-3; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 39°F, sea 44°F]

[Base courses S71-72°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company. Course S72°E.

3.20am: Clocks on 10 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and overcast.

11.30am: Passed hospital ship Araguaya bound West.

4.20pm: Exercised No 3 zig-zag for 2 hours.

7.20pm: Clocks on 8 minutes.

11.20pm: Clocks on 9 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, squally cloudy and clear.

Distance run 248 miles.


[Note: “December” is incorrectly entered into the log.]


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28 November 1917

At convoy duty en route to Belfast.

Lat 45.1, Long -51.7

[Wind NE backing NW force 5-6; sea rough; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 40°F, sea 44°F]

[Base courses S70-71°E and N87°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company. Course S71°E.

3.20am: Clocks on 9 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

6.00am: SS Etonian 5 miles astern of position.

7.00am: Sounding at frequent intervals.

9.50am: Exercised zigzag No.6 for 2 hours.

1.00pm: Passed HMS Victorian with convoy of 3 ships in Lat 45°08’N, Long 51°28’W.

4.00pm: Altered course to N87°E.

7.20pm: Clocks on 7 minutes.

8.00pm: Strong wind to moderate gale, very rough sea, clear weather.

11.20pm: Clocks on 8 minutes.

Midnight: Strong wind, very rough sea, clear weather.

Distance run 274 miles.


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29 November 1917

At convoy duty en route to Belfast.

Lat 46.8, Long -46.3

[Wind NNW veering NE force 4-5; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 43°F, sea 44°F]

[Base courses N84-87°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company. Course N87°E.

1.50am: SS Megantic fell astern; steering gear disabled.

3.20am: Clocks on 8 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, clear weather.

8.30am: Megantic in station.

11.00am: Corinthic and Etonian astern of station.

7.15pm: Clocks on 7 minutes.

8.00pm: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather. Corinthic and Etonian astern of station.

11.20pm: Clocks on 8 minutes. Wind hauled to Eastward.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

Distance run 249 miles.


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30 November 1917

At convoy duty en route to Belfast.

Lat 49.1, Long -41.5

[Wind ESE veering SE force 4-8; sea very rough; overcast with rain; air temperature average 53°F, sea 55°F]

[Base courses N84-89°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company. Course N84°E. Etonian and Corinthic astern of position.

3.20am: Clocks on 8 minutes.

8.00am: Moderate to fresh wind, rough sea, overcast. Corinthic and Etonian rejoined.

10.30am: [SS] Scotian rejoined convoy.

Noon: Fresh to strong wind, very rough sea, overcast.

4.00pm: Wind increasing to fresh gale with high sea and heavy swell from ESE.

7.30pm: Clocks on 6 minutes

11.20pm: Clocks on 6 minutes.

11.35pm: Etonian astern of position.

Midnight: Fresh gale and high sea, overcast. Etonian stopped- repairing steering gear.

Distance run 230 miles.


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LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1917


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Barometer: Mercurial


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1 December 1917

At convoy duty en route to Belfast.

Lat 50.5, Long -38.5

[Wind SE force 8-5; sea very rough with SE swell; overcast with rain squalls; air temperature average 53°F, sea 55°F]

[Base courses S85-89°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company with exception of Etonian which ship is astern repairing steering gear.

3.20am: Clocks on 6 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh gale and high sea.

7.00am: SSs [RFA] Plumleaf and Etonian out of sight of convoy in Lat 50°16’N, Long 39°12’W.

10.00am: Wind and sea moderating.

Noon: Strong wind, rough sea; high swell confused Southerly.

1.00pm: Etonian and Plumleaf out of sight of convoy; altered course to S85°E.

7.30pm: Clocks on 6 minutes.

11.29pm: Clocks on 5 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh to strong wind, rough sea, heavy Ely confused swell, overcast.

Distance run 143 miles.


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2 December 1917

At convoy duty en route to Belfast.

Lat 52.2, Long -33.1

[Wind SSE force 4-5; sea rough with confused swell; overcast with rain squalls, mist and fog; air temperature average 53°F, sea 51°F]

[Base courses S82-85°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company with exception of Etonian and Plumleaf.

3.20am: Clocks on 5 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh to strong wind, rough sea, heavy confused swell, overcast.

6.00am: [SS] Carpathia out of sight astern.*

11.00am: Fog set in.

Noon: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast and foggy. Confused Ely swell.

1.10pm: Carpathia rejoined convoy; Plumleaf and Etonian not in sight.

7.20pm: Clocks on 8 minutes.

11.20pm: Clocks on 8 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, confused SEly swell. Overcast and misty.

Distance run 209 miles.


*[Note: The vessel forever linked to the Titanic disaster, currently being used as a troopship, and sunk by a U-boat in 1918. See hyperlink.]


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3 December 1917

At convoy duty en route to Belfast.

Lat 53.7, Long -27.5

[Wind S veering SW force 2-3; sea slight with confused swell; dense fog; air temperature average 51°F, sea 51°F]

[Base courses S82-88°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company with exception of Etonian and Plumleaf.

3.20am: Clocks on 8 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, high confused swell from SEly direction, foggy.

7.15pm: Clocks on 6 minutes.

7.30pm: Fog cleared.

11.20pm: Clocks on 8 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind, cloudy and overcast.

Distance run 218 miles.


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4 December 1917

At convoy duty en route to Belfast.

Lat 55.9, Long -21.9

[Wind SW veering NW force 2-3; sea slight; cloud with mist and rain; air temperature average 49°F, sea 51°F]

[Base courses S79-88°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company with exception of Etonian and Plumleaf.

3.00am: Clocks on 8 minutes.

4.00am: Light wind, slight sea, cloudy and clear with frequent banks of mist.

6.45am: Commenced to zigzag. ZZ No.3A.

3.25pm: Clocks on 12 minutes.

4.30pm: Plumleaf rejoined convoy in Lat 56°06’N, Long 20°43’W.

7.15pm: Clocks on 15 minutes.

11.10pm: Clocks on 15 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and clear.

Distance run 235 miles.


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5 December 1917

At convoy duty en route to Belfast.

Lat 56.7, Long -15.8

[Wind W veering SSW force 2-4; sea moderate; cloud with mist and fog; air temperature average 49°F, sea 49°F]

[Base courses S71 and S79°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company with exception of Etonian.

3.00am: Clocks on 15 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate to light wind, slight sea, overcast and squally.

5.00am: Clocks on 15 minutes.

9.00am: Fog set in.

4.00pm: Moderate to fresh wind, moderate sea, overcast and foggy. Sounded on S edge of Rockall Bank.

4.07pm: Put paravanes out and proceeded at 69 revs.

4.30pm: Weather cleared.

8.00pm: Moderate wind and sea, overcast and misty. Resumed zigzag No. 3A.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, overcast and misty.

Distance run 241 miles.


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6 December 1917

At convoy duty en route to Belfast.

Lat 56.5, Long -8.4

[Wind SW force 5-6; sea moderate to rough; cloud with mist; air temperature average 51°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses S21-23 and S79°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company with exception of Etonian. Steering zig-zag courses.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast.

7.00am: Saturnia out of sight of convoy.

10.27am: Destroyer Mandate joined escort.

11.31am: Destroyer Mosquito joined.

1.00pm: Etonian and Saturnia missing from convoy. 2 destroyers in company.

2.00pm: Sounded on Stanton Bank.

8.10pm: Oversay Light abeam 10 miles.

Midnight: Strong to fresh wind, rough sea, cloudy and clear.

Distance run 273 miles.


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7 December 1917

At Belfast Lough.

Lat 52.7, Long -5.7

[Wind SW force 4; broken cloud; air temperature average 48°F]

0.47am: Passed Maidens Light, convoy dispersed.

1.20am: Altered course to S50°W. Speed various as requisite entering Belfast Lough.

2.09am: Took paravanes aboard. Courses various to anchorage.

2.45am: Let go port anchor and 35 fathoms of cable in 8 fathoms of water.

Noon: Moderate to fresh winds, overcast.

Midnight: Moderate to light wind, cloudy and squally.

Distance run 147 miles.


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8 December 1917

At Belfast Lough and en route to Glasgow.

Lat 52.7, Long -5.7

[Wind variable force 3; broken cloud; air temperature average 42°F]

4.00am: Moderate wind and fine weather.

7.35am: HMS Ebro left harbour.

9.20am: Hove up anchor and proceeded out of harbour, courses and speed various as requisite.

9.50am: Out paravanes.

9.55am: Passed Black Head.

11.06am: Course N48°E.

11.39am: Corsewall Point Light abeam 2 miles.

12.43pm: Aisla Craig abeam.

3.30pm: Largs Light abeam.

3.58pm: Took paravanes aboard.

4.12pm: Passed boom.

4.20pm: Pilot aboard.

4.35pm: Passed Prince’s Pier and proceeded up river towards Prince’s Dock.

7.23pm: Entered Prince’s Dock.

7.55pm: Ship fast in No.10 Berth. Light to moderate wind, cloudy and fine.


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9 December 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind WNW force 1; cloudy; air temperature average 37°F]

1.30am: Low water sounded round ship.

4.00am: Light breeze, overcast and passing showers.

10.00am: Church parties.

7.15pm: 1 rating discharged to hospital.

Midnight: Light breeze and fine weather.


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10 December 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable force 1; cloudy with fog; air temperature average 28°F]

4.00am: Light breeze and fine weather.

10.00am: Commenced to discharge cargo.

10.30am: Admonished Mr Starkey, Warrant Telegraphist, for neglect of duty in not taking a WT signal while on watch at 2.16am on 3rd Dec [signed] J Starkey.

1.30pm: Sub Lieut McInery RNVR joined ship.

Midnight: Light airs and light fog.


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11 December 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable force 1; cloudy with mist and fog; air temperature average 33°F]

0.00am: Discharging of cargo carried on by shore labour throughout night.

4.00am: Light airs and fine weather.

7.30pm: 1 rating rejoined ship from convoy duty.

Midnight: Light airs and misty.


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12 December 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SW force 2-3; cloudy; air temperature average 44°F]

4.00am: Light breeze and fine weather.

7.45pm: Completed discharging cargo.

10.55pm: Ship made fast alongside coaling jetty Prince’s Dock.

Midnight: Light breeze and fine weather.


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13 December 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind WNW force 2-3; cloudy; air temperature average 46°F]

4.00am: Light breeze and fine weather.

7.00am: Commenced coaling.

10.00am: Shore labour employed stowing ballast; hands employed taking in stores.

Midnight: Light wind and rain.


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14 December 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SW force 2; cloudy; air temperature average 46°F]

3.45am: Completed coaling; 1250 tons of coal received.

4.00am: Light breeze and fine weather.

12.40pm: 6 ratings joined ship from HMS Eagle Liverpool.

Midnight: Light breeze, overcast.


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15 December 1917

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable W force 2; broken cloud; air temperature average 44°F]

5.00am: Ship made fast in new berth.

10.00am: 1 rating joined ship from detention barracks.

2.00pm: Hands employed stowing ammunition.

6.40pm: 1 rating rejoined ship from convoy.

7.00pm: 3 ratings left ship for HMS Eagle Liverpool, 1 for Royal Marine Barracks Deal, 1 for Royal Naval Hospital Chatham.

8.00pm: Light breeze, cloudy and rain; Lieutenant W Peverley Royal Naval Reserve, left ship.

Midnight: Light breeze, overcast and rain.


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16 December 1917

At Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable NE force 2; cloud with snow; air temperature average 34°F]

4.00am: Light wind, overcast, light snow squalls.

9.15am: 3 ratings joined ship from RN Barracks Chatham 1 rating left ship to joined HMS Orotava.

Noon: Moderate to light wind, overcast. Clyde pilot aboard.

1.05pm: Made tugs fast fore and aft.

1.20pm: Cast off from quay and proceeded out of dock.

1.52pm: Entered river.

2.45pm: Let go tugs off Rothesay Dock.

3.29pm: Passed Dumbarton.

4.12pm: Let go starboard anchor in 18 fathoms of water with 60 fathoms of cable; finished with engines.

4.56pm: Pilot left.

Midnight: Light wind and fine weather.


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17 December 1917

At Lamlash.

Lat 55.5, Long -5.1

[Wind N force 1-4; cloudless; air temperature average 34°F]

4.00am: Light wind and fine weather.

3.26am: Anchor aweigh, proceeded to sea.

9.01am: Passed boom ; out paravanes.

11.06am: Passed boom of Lamlash; courses various.

11.26am: Let go starboard anchor in 20 fathoms of water with 60 fathoms of cable.

2.38pm: Drifter came alongside with mails.

Midnight: Calm, fine weather.

Distance run 53 miles.


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18 December 1917

At convoy duty from Lamlash to Dakar.

Lat 55.2, Long -4.9

[Wind variable W force 1-5; sea moderate to rough; overcast with rain squalls; air temperature average 41°F, sea 47°F]

8.09am: Anchor aweigh, proceeded out of harbour in company with convoy of 7 ships.

10.13am: Passed Lady Isle Light.

11.30am: Turnberry Point Light abeam 2 miles.

1.45pm: Passed wreck buoy off Loch Ryan.

3.00pm: Convoy took up cruising stations; destroyer escort joined.

5.10pm: Passed Mull of Cantyre Light.

6.42pm: Passed Otter Rock Light.

8.31pm: Oversay light abeam 5 miles.

11.30pm: Convoy and escort in company.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast and squally with rain.


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19 December 1917

At convoy duty from Lamlash to Dakar.

Lat 56.1, Long -9.6

[Wind WNW force 3-4; sea moderate to rough with W swell; overcast with rain showers; air temperature average 45°F, sea 47°F]

[Base courses N59-60°W]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company.

0.15am: Wind hauled to West.

4.00am: Fresh to moderate wind, rough sea, cloudy and clear.

10.59am: Took paravanes aboard.

Noon: [SS] Myrtle Branch stopped to repair engines.

12.15pm: Myrtle Branch proceeded; convoy in company; altered course to N59°W.

5.00pm: Destroyer escort parted company; ceased zigzagging in Lat 56°13’N, Long 10°46’W.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and clear.

Distance run 193 miles.


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20 December 1917

At convoy duty from Lamlash to Dakar.

Lat 55.7, Long -15.8

[Wind NE force 4-5; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 43°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses N59°W and S84-85°W]

5.00am: Convoy dispersed in Lat 56°30’N, Long 13°30’W. Altered course to S81°W and increased revs to 80.

7.30am: Commenced zig-zag No.3.

8.00am: Fresh wind, moderate to rough sea, clear weather, occasional squalls.

3.00pm: Clocks back 15 minutes.

5.00pm: Position by stellar obs: Lat 55°06’N, Long 17°38’W.

7.15pm: Clocks back 15 minutes.

11.15pm: Clocks back 15 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather; altered course to S37°W.

Distance run 234 miles.


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21 December 1917

At convoy duty from Lamlash to Dakar.

Lat 51.4, Long -21.2

[Wind NE backing ENE force 4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 45°F, sea 52°F]

[Base courses S32-37°W]

0.14am: Moon set.

3.20am: Clocks back 15 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate following wind and sea, fine weather.

8.00am: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and fine. Commenced non-rigid watches.

12.30pm: ZZ courses S34°W.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, clear weather.

Distance run 348 miles.


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22 December 1917

At convoy duty from Lamlash to Dakar.

Lat 46.1, Long -22.6

[Wind NE force 4-6; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 52°F, sea 56°F]

[Base courses S31-33°W]

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, clear weather.

7.00am: Commenced ZZ courses.

7.20am: Passed steamer steering WNW.

10.45am In position Lat 46°24’N, Long 22°30’W. Observed splashes from shells falling astern approx 2000 yds distant apparently fired by submarine. Hands to action stations. Submarine not sighted.

11.05am: Secure.

2.00pm: 12 French magnesium rockets destroyed.

Midnight: Fresh to strong wind, rough sea, clear weather.

Distance run 337 miles.


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23 December 1917

At convoy duty from Lamlash to Dakar.

Lat 40.8, Long -23.9

[Wind NE force 4-6; sea rough; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 56°F, sea 59°F]

[Base courses S31°W and S19-21°W]

2.00am: Stopped zigzagging.

4.00am: Fresh to strong wind, rough sea, cloudy and clear.

7.00am: Commenced ZZ No.3.

Midnight: Similar conditions of wind, sea and weather.

Distance run 325 miles.


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24 December 1917

At convoy duty from Lamlash to Dakar.

Lat 35.4, Long -23.8

[Wind ENE force 4-6; sea rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F, sea 62°F]

[Base course S19°W]

4.00am: Fresh to strong wind, rough sea, clear weather.

3.30pm: Sighted steamer steering to Westward.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and clear.

Distance run 332 miles.


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25 December 1917

At convoy duty from Lamlash to Dakar.

Lat 30.2, Long -23.8

[Wind variable E force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 65°F, sea 65°F]

[Base courses S18-19°W]

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and fine.

10.00am: Divine Service. No work done this day.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

Distance run 325 miles.


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26 December 1917

At convoy duty from Lamlash to Dakar.

Lat 25.0, Long -23.9

[Wind variable SE force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 68°F, sea 69°F]

[Base courses S18 and S4°W]

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and fine.

11.55am: Altered course to S4°W.

2.00pm: Hands cleaning and painting ship.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, clear fine weather.

Distance run 321 miles.


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27 December 1917

At convoy duty from Lamlash to Dakar.

Lat 20.3, Long -22.5

[Wind variable E force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F, sea 70°F]

[Base courses S3-4°W]

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and fine. ZZ course S4°W.

10.00am: Target practice.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

Distance run 307 miles.


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28 December 1917

At convoy duty from Lamlash to Dakar.

Lat 15.6, Long -20.8

[Wind variable E force 3-5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F, sea 73°F]

[Base courses S3°W and S42°E]

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather. ZZ No.3A course S3°W.

9.05am: Altered course to S42°E.

10.30pm: Altered course to S73°E.

Midnight: Fresh to moderate wind, moderate sea, clear weather.

Distance run 310 miles.


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29 December 1917

At Dakar, Senegal.

Lat 14.7, Long -17.4

[Wind NE veering NNE force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 69°F]

3.55am: Observed Cape Verde Light bearing S85°E (True).

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, clear weather.

6.38am: Cape Verde Light abeam. Courses various speed various as requisite.

7.07am: Passed boom.

7.22am: Let go starboard anchor.

7.25am: Pilot aboard.

7.27am: Hove up anchor and shifted berth.

7.32am: Let go starboard anchor with 30 fathoms of cable. Finished with engines.

Anchor bearings: Ship’s head NE, Cape Manuel Light S52°W, Gorse Island FS S41°E.

3.00pm: 1 signalman joined ship from SS Ville de Verdun.*

Midnight: Light wind and fine weather.

Distance run 241 miles.


*[Note: This was a fortunate signalman, as in February 1918 this vessel was torpedoed off the coast of Spain on this voyage from Dakar to Marseilles. See hyperlink and Pages 14-18 Forum]


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30 December 1917

At Dakar, Senegal.

Lat 14.7, Long -17.4

[Wind variable NE force 2; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F]

6.02am: Hove up anchor and proceeded to inner harbour, using engines and helm to pilot’s orders.

6.44am: Moored to No.4 buoy. Finished with engines; tank boats alongside.

1.00pm: Water tank boats left ship.

1.30pm: Leave for CPOs until 7.00pm.

2.15pm: Discharged 1 rating to hospital.

Coal remaining 1692 tons.

Midnight: Light wind and fine weather.


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31 December 1917

At Dakar, Senegal.

Lat 14.7, Long -17.4

[Wind variable NE force 2; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F]

4.00am: Light wind and fine weather.

6.44am: Cast off from buoy and proceeded to anchorage.

6.20am: Passed end of breakwater.

6.27am: Let go port anchor.

10.30am: 1 fireman joined ship for passage.

2.24pm: Up anchor, engines and helm as requisite.

2.58pm: Proceeded towards boom.

3.06pm: Passed boom.

3.20pm: Formed convoy of 6 vessels in 2 column divisions line abreast. Course N45°W.

4.13pm: Cape Verde Light abeam.

4.40pm: Almadi reef Light abeam.

11.10pm: Clocks back 7 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind, smooth sea, fine weather.


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THE VOYAGES OF HMS GLOUCESTERSHIRE 1918-1919

JP map Gloucestershire 1918-19

LOGS FOR JANUARY 1918


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Barometer & Thermometer Details

Barometer: Mercurial


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1 January 1918

At convoy duty from Dakar to Devonport.

Lat 15.7, Long -19.9

[Wind variable NE force 2; sea smooth; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 72°F, sea 71°F]

[Base courses N45°W and N13°E]

0.00am: Proceeding from Dakar to rendezvous with convoy of 4 British, 1 Danish and 1 Brazilian steamer.

3.10am: Clocks back 7 minutes.

4.00am: Light wind, smooth sea, cloudy and fine.

5.10am: Clocks back 6 minutes.

8.00am: Light wind, smooth sea, cloudy and fine. Commenced non-rigid watch.

1.00pm: Convoy in company. Course N41°W.

11.10pm: Clocks back 2 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind, smooth sea, fine weather.

Distance run 164 miles.


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2 January 1918


At convoy duty from Dakar to Devonport.

Lat 18.8, Long -20.8

[Wind variable SW force 2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F, sea 72°F]

[Base course N13°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company. Course N13°E.

3.10am: Clocks back 2 minutes.

4.00am: Light wind, smooth sea, fine weather.

10.00am: Hands muster bags.

8.00pm: Light wind, smooth sea, fine weather.

Distance run 190 miles.


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3 January 1918

At convoy duty from Dakar to Devonport.

Lat 21.9, Long -21.0

[Wind variable W force 2-6; sea moderate to rough; cloud with squalls; air temperature average 70°F, sea 70°F]

[Base courses N10-13°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company. Course N13°E.

4.00am: Light to moderate wind and sea, clear weather. Wind increasing.

9.30am: Commenced practice ZZ No.3.

11.30am: Stopped zig-zag.

Noon: Fresh wind, rough sea, cloudy.

4.00pm: Fresh to moderate wind, rough sea, overcast and cloudy, passing squalls.

5.12pm: Left convoy and proceeded down line to [SS] America [most likely American] which has reported a boiler defect.*

7.15pm: Resumed position at head of convoy and reduced to 40 revs.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

Distance run 193 miles.


*[Note: Although the log appears to say America, it is more likely that the ship is SS American, which was a British ship and the log has already indicated that the convoy was made up of 4 British, 1 Danish and 1 Brazilian ship. The USS America operating in 1918 was the former German liner Amerika, which had been taken over by the US government and was used to bring US troops over to France, so it is very unlikely that it was on a Dakar convoy.]


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4 January 1918

At convoy duty from Dakar to Devonport.

Lat 24.7, Long -21.3

[Wind WNW backing WSW force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 69°F, sea 69°F]

[Base courses N7-10°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company. Course N10°E.

4.00am: Light wind and fine weather, smooth sea.

7.05am: Sighted schooner bearing NNE.

8.12am: Left convoy and proceeded at various speeds to investigate schooner.

8.53am: Boarded schooner Billie Martin [sic: Billy Martin] of Boston USA on passage in ballast from Casablanca to St Thomas W. Indies in Lat 24°23’N, Long 21°11’W. Allowed to proceed.

9.43am: Boat returned; proceeded to rejoin convoy.

[Addition to the log]: Wooden schooner BILLIE MARTIN of Boston USA: 3 masts, no topmast aloft, bowsprit and jibboom. Head gear painted red, mastheads painted white. Very low forecastle head, large house forward going close to beak [?] of forecastle head, house aft with small erection at after end containing doorway to cabin. One boat hung in davits across stern poop bulwarks painted white outside. Vessel painted black, bottom very foul. Was carrying fore staysail, reefed mainsail and foresail and leg of mutton spinnaker.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, clear weather, passing rain squalls.

Distance run 180 miles.


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5 January 1918

At convoy duty from Dakar to Devonport.

Lat 27.6, Long -21.7

[Wind W force 4-5; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 68°F, sea 68°F]

[Base courses N2-7°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company. Course N7°E.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, clear weather.

9.26am: [SS] Dongarra hauled out of line to repair engine defects.

12.06pm: Dongarra rejoined. Convoy in company.

8.00pm: Fresh wind, rough sea, fine weather. Dongarra fell astern owing to engine defects, reduced to 41 revs.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, clear fine weather.

Distance run 184 miles.


*[Note: This page of the log includes the reverse side of the report on Billy Martin.]


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6 January 1918

At convoy duty from Dakar to Devonport.

Lat 30.2, Long -22.3

[Wind SW force 4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 66°F, sea 66°F]

[Base courses N2-N16°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company. Course N2°E. Dongarra astern of position.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea fine weather.

5.00am: Dongarra in position.

9.45am: Hands mustered by open list.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast and squally.

Distance run 167.5 miles.


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7 January 1918

At convoy duty from Dakar to Devonport.

Lat 33.2, Long -22.4

[Wind variable W force 3-4; sea moderate; cloud with squalls; air temperature average 65°F, sea 65°F]

[Base course N16°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company. Course N16°E.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, overcast and squally.

7.00pm: Wind backed to SW.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, clear passing rain squalls.

Distance run 180 miles.


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8 January 1918

At convoy duty from Dakar to Devonport.

Lat 36.1, Long -22.6

[Wind variable W and NE force 4-6; sea moderate to rough; cloud with rain squalls; air temperature average 61°F, sea 62°F]

[Base course N6°E and N16-23°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company. Course N16°E.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast and squally.

6.00am: Wind hauling to NNE.

9.47am: Left station and proceeded down line to signal America [or American]; courses and speed various as requisite.

11.50am: Regained station.

2.00pm: Altered course to N23°E.

Midnight: Fresh to strong wind, rough sea, frequent rain squalls, overcast.

Distance run 182 miles.


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9 January 1918

At convoy duty from Dakar to Devonport.

Lat 38.4, Long -23.0

[Wind ESE force 6-8; sea very rough; overcast with rain squalls; air temperature average 58°F, sea 60°F]

[Base courses N23-31°E and N56-58°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company. Course N23°E.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, cloudy and overcast.

10.00am: Increased to 61 revs and commenced to zigzag across head of convoy.

Noon: Strong wind, very rough sea, cloudy and overcast, squally.

1.00pm: Convoy in company, zigzagging across head of convoy.

5.00pm: Danish SS JP Justesen out of sight in Lat 38°46’N, Long 23°00’W.

Midnight: Moderate gale, high sea, overcast, heavy rain squalls.

Distance run 133 miles.


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10 January 1918

At convoy duty from Dakar to Devonport.

Lat 40.3, Long -22.1

[Wind variable S force 8-4; sea rough reducing; cloud with rain squalls; air temperature average 61°F, sea 60°F]

[Base courses N57-60°E and N71-72°E]

0.00am: Leaders of convoy only in sight. Course N58°E.

3.20am: Clocks on 2 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate to fresh gale, high sea, overcast and squally.

5.30am: In Lat 39°45’N, Long 22°23’W JP Justesen and America not in sight.

7.50am: Increased speed and steered out to SW in search of missing ships.

8.50am: Ships not sighted; turned round and proceeded back to convoy. Courses and speed various as requisite.

10.40am: Rejoined convoy; set course N57°E.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, clear weather, occasional rain squalls.

Distance run 151 miles.


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11 January 1918

At convoy duty from Dakar to Devonport.

Lat 42.3, Long -19.3

[Wind S veering WSW force 3-4; sea moderate; broken cloud with rain squalls; air temperature average 60°F, sea 58°F]

[Base courses N66-71°E]

0.00am: 4 ships of convoy in company. Course N71°E.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, overcast and squally.

6.30am: Clocks on 10 minutes.

9.00am: Increased to 61 revs and zigzagged across head of convoy.

1.00pm: Ship zigzagging ahead of convoy. 4 ships of convoy in company.

5.00pm: Clocks on 7 minutes.

7.00pm: Clocks on 7 minutes.

11.00pm: Clocks on 20 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh wind, moderate to rough sea, clear weather.

Distance run 180 miles.


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12 January 1918

At convoy duty from Dakar to Devonport.

Lat 43.9, Long -16.9

[Wind NW force 4-6; sea moderate to rough; overcast with rain and mist; air temperature average 58°F, sea 56°F]

[Base courses N66-71°E]

0.00am: 4 ships of convoy in company. Course N66°E.

3.00am: Clocks on 20 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh wind, moderate to rough sea, overcast, heavy rain.

5.00am: Clocks on 20 minutes.

10.00am: Convoy turned 16 points.

Noon: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast. Convoy turned 16 points and proceeded N71°E.

1.00pm: 4 ships of convoy in company; zigzagging across head of convoy.

6.05pm: Stopped zigzag and resumed position at head of convoy; 41 revs.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy, overcast and misty.

Distance run 193 miles.


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13 January 1918

At convoy duty from Dakar to Devonport.

Lat 45.6, Long -13.6

[Wind variable E force 3-4; sea moderate with NE swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 53°F, sea 53°F]

[Base courses N71-77°E]

0.00am: 4 ships of convoy in company. Course N71°E.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

7.00am: Wind veered to NE.

8.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather. Increased to 67 revs and zigzagged ahead of convoy.

3.20pm: Observed steamer bearing ENE steering SW.

5.50pm: Stopped zigzag and resumed position at head of convoy.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and overcast.

Distance run 207 miles.


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14 January 1918

At convoy duty from Dakar to Devonport.

Lat 47.2, Long -10.0

[Wind SSW force 3-4; sea slight; overcast with mist and rain; air temperature average 53°F, sea 52°F]

[Base courses N75-77°E and N62-65°E]

0.00am: 4 ships of convoy in company. Course N77°E.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, overcast and cloudy.

8.40am: Observed destroyers bearing [not entered]

9.15am: Destroyers Allen Allen [sic: USS Allen], Rowan and Burrows and sloop [HMS] Heather joined convoy.

9.30am: Took station as leading ship of centre column.

9.00pm: Altered course to N62°E.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast.

Distance run 210 miles.


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15 January 1918

At convoy duty from Dakar to Devonport.

Lat 49.4, Long -6.3

[Wind variable SW force 5-7; sea moderate to rough; overcast with rain squalls; air temperature average 53°F, sea 50°F]

0.00am: 4 ships of convoy in company. Course N62°E.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast.

7.00am: Sounding every 20 minutes.

8.05am: Paravanes put out.

8.35am: HMSs Lennox and Ariel joined convoy.

9.10am: Dispersed convoy in Lat 49°21’N, Long 6°55’W. [SSs] Badagri, Warri and Hermiston proceeded in company with American destroyers and sloop Heather.

10.00am: Increased to 57 revs and carried out No.3 ZZ. Dongarra 4 cables on starboard beam.

Noon: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast, rain.

1.00pm: Proceeding in company with Dongarra and destroyer escort. Steering ZZ courses.

5.20pm: Parted company with Dongarra and escort; altered course to N58°E.

8.00pm: Moderate gale and high sea, overcast and squally with rain.

8.37pm: Passed Eddystone Light 8 cables; altered course to N48°E.

9.20pm: Paravanes in; courses and speed various as requisite.

9.40pm: Rounded breakwater light.

9.53pm: Let go starboard anchor with 40 fathoms of cable.

10.10pm: Hove up anchor and shifted berth.

10.20pm: Let go port anchor with 45 fathoms of cable.

Midnight: Moderate gale, overcast and squally with rain.

Distance run 185 miles.


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16 January 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind variable force 6-2; cloudy; air temperature average 50°F]

0.57am: Found ship had dragged out of position. Hove up anchor and shifted berth.

1.17am: Let go port anchor in 7 fathoms with 50 fathoms of cable.

3.00am: Wind shifted to NW, weather cleared.

4.00am: Fresh wind, overcast.

7.40am: Commenced to weigh.

7.42am: Tug made fast ahead.

7.56am: Pilot aboard; hove up anchor and proceeded to No.5 berth Keyham Dockyard.

8.15am: Passed boom.

8.37am: Arrived alongside.

8.42am: Ship secured in berth.

9.30am: 1 rating RNVR discharged to depot. 2 ratings discharged to hospital.

3.15pm: Officers & men received payment.

Distance run 104 miles.


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17 January 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind SSE veering SW force 3; cloud and rain; air temperature average 45°F]

8.00am: Moderate wind and overcast with rain.

10.00am: 1 wireless rating joined ship from Chatham.

Midnight: Light breeze and overcast.


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18 January 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind SW force 3-6; cloud and rain squalls; air temperature average 49°F]

4.00am: Moderate wind, squally and overcast.

8.30am: 1 rating discharged to Royal Naval Detention Barracks.

11.45am: 1 deserter joined ship from Royal Naval Barracks.

2.30pm: 23 ratings joined ship from Royal Naval Barracks Devonport.

3.00pm: 1 stoker joined from Devonport.

Midnight: Moderate breeze fine weather.


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19 January 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind mainly SE force 3; cloud and rain squalls; air temperature average 49°F]

4.00am: Light breeze and overcast.

5.15pm: Midshipman JP Dobson RNR joined ship.

Midnight: Moderate breeze, squally and overcast.


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20 January 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind SE force 2-7; cloud and rain squalls; air temperature average 50°F]

8.00am: Moderate breeze; overcast, rainy.

8.30am: Midshipman SH Forbes RNR joined ship.

9.55am: Commenced coaling with shore labour.

10.30am: 2 ratings joined from RN Depot Chatham.

1.10pm: 2 mercantile ratings joined ship from HMS Eagle Liverpool.

8.00pm: Strong wind, frequent squalls of moderate gale force and overcast.


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21 January 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind SSE force 2-3; cloudy; air temperature average 50°F]

4.00am: Light breeze, overcast and cloudy.

1.00pm: Hands employed taking in provisions, drawing stores and as requisite.

4.45pm: 1 stoker rating joined ship from Portsmouth.

8.00pm: Light breeze and fine weather.

9.00pm: Midshipman JH Smith RNR joined ship.


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22 January 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind SSE and SW force 2-3; cloudy; air temperature average 50°F]

4.00am: Light breeze overcast with passing showers.

9.15am: 1 rating rejoined ship from convoy.

10.15am: 7 ratings joined ship from HMS Pembroke.

2.30pm: 9 ratings left ship to join Royal Naval Barracks Devonport.

5.30pm: Midshipman AJR Wilson RNR left ship for Royal Naval Barracks Chatham.

7.00pm: Midshipmen JD Whyte and MC Rogers RNR left ship for Royal Naval Barracks Chatham.


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23 January 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind WSW backing SSW force 2-3; overcast with mist and drizzle; air temperature average 50°F]

4.00am: Light wind and overcast.

6.30am: Finished coaling; coal remaining 2360 tons.

7.30am: All working parties returned to shore.

8.25am: Pilot aboard; cast off from quay and proceeded to anchorage in Sound assisted by tugs.

9.09am: Passed boom.

9.15am: Passed Drake’s Island.

9.35am: Let go port anchor in 7 fathoms with 35 fathoms of cable.

11.20am: 35 ratings joined ship from RN Barracks.

Midnight: Fresh wind, overcast.


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24 January 1918


At convoy duty Devonport to Hampton Roads.

Lat 49.2, Long -5.6

[Wind WSW force 5-7; sea very rough with WSW swell; cloudy; air temperature average 52°F, sea 50°F]

[Base course N84°W]

3.45am: Hove up anchor and proceeded to sea in company with HMS Ebro and escort of destroyers Laertes Lookout and Porpoise.

4.00am: Paravanes put out.

4.10am: Set course S47°W.

5.05am: Passed Eddystone Light; took station astern of Ebro.

7.00am: Took station 4 cables astern of Ebro and commenced ZZ No.3.

8.00am: Strong wind, rough sea, cloudy and clear.

1.04pm: Received signal "man overboard" from Ebro. Reduced to 67 revs.*

4.00pm: Moderate gale to strong wind, high sea and heavy Westerly swell.

4.50pm: Took station 6 cables on port beam of Ebro.

Midnight: Strong to fresh wind, rough sea, high Westerly swell.

Distance run 89 miles.


*[Note: This incident occurred in Latitude 49°20’N, Longitude 5°19’W, at 1.04pm. Ebro shipped a heavy sea, filling the fore well deck and Leading Seaman Frederick Reynolds No 187714 of the Chatham Division was washed overboard from the well deck. A seaboat threw 3 lifebuoys to the seaman, without success, and he was drowned.

The entry on Casualty List for this date reads: Ebro, armed merchant cruiser. REYNOLDS, Frederick J, Leading Seaman (RFR B 6667), 187714 (Ch), drowned. See logs of HMS Ebro]


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25 January 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Hampton Roads.

Lat 48.6, Long -11.8

[Wind SW force 5-7; sea very rough with WSW swell; overcast; air temperature average 53°F, sea 52°F]

[Base courses N84°W and N64°W]

0.00am: Ebro and escort in company. Steering ZZ courses.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, SWly swell.

7.35am: Destroyer escort parted company in Lat 48°47’N, Long 10°45’W. [sic]

9.00am: Parted company with Ebro in Lat 48°44’N, Long 11°09’W. [sic]

10.30am: Turned ship head to wind and reduced speed to take in paravanes.

11.02am: Lost overboard: PV No 1009.

Midnight: Moderate gale, high sea and Westerly swell.

Distance run 274 miles.


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26 January 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Hampton Roads.

Lat 49.3, Long -18.6

[Wind variable SW force 5-7; sea very rough with WSW swell; overcast with rain; air temperature average 54°F, sea 53°F]

[Base courses N60°W and N75°W]

0.00am: Steering ZZ courses N64°W. Heavy WSW swell.

4.00am: Strong wind, very rough sea, overcast, rain.

6.00am: Wind hauled to West.

10.30am: Clocks back 15 minutes.

3.00pm: Clocks back 15 minutes.

4.10pm: Sighted steamer bound West; altered course to N75°W.

7.10pm: Clocks back 9 minutes.

11.20pm: Clocks back 16 minutes.

Midnight: Strong wind, very rough sea, overcast and squally.

Distance run 287 miles.


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27 January 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Hampton Roads.

Lat 49.0, Long -25.3

[Wind variable mainly W force 5-6; sea rough with W swell; overcast with rain; air temperature average 51°F, sea 52°F]

[Base courses N75-78°W]

1.30am: Wind hauled to W by N.

3.20am: Clocks back 16 minutes.

4.00am: Strong to fresh wind, rough sea, heavy Westerly swell throughout.

5.20am: Clocks back 16 minutes.

11.25am: Clocks back 13 minutes.

6.00pm: Wind and sea increasing.

11.20pm: Clocks back 10 minutes.

Midnight: Strong wind, rough sea, overcast and squally with rain. Heavy Westerly swell.

Distance run 287 miles.


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28 January 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Hampton Roads.

Lat 48.1, Long -32.0

[Wind SW veering NW force 5-6; sea very rough with W swell; overcast with rain squalls; air temperature average 51°F, sea 52°F]

[Base courses N78-79°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 9 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, clear weather.

5.20am: Clocks back 9 minutes.

1.00pm: Wind rapidly increased to moderate gale with high sea and heavy Westerly swell, overcast, frequent heavy rain squalls.

4.00pm: Moderate gale, high sea, heavy Westerly swell, overcast, squally with rain.

11.00pm: Spoke with SS [tanker] War Hostage bound West.

11.20pm: Clocks back 7 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, clear weather, Westerly swell.

Distance run 276 miles.


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29 January 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Hampton Roads.

Lat 46.9, Long -37.5

[Wind variable N force 5-6; sea rough with W swell; overcast with rain squalls; air temperature average 42°F, sea 54°F]

[Base course N79°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 7 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, overcast; Westerly swell.

5.20am: Clocks back 8 minutes.

9.30am: Connected up aft steering wheel to repair telemotor defect.

10.00am: Wind and sea increasing, heavy squalls of wind, rain, hail and snow.

12.05pm: Telemotor repaired, connected up steering gear on fore bridge.

11.20pm: Clocks back 7 minutes.

Midnight: Strong wind, very rough sea, cloudy and clear, N Westerly swell.

Distance run 232 miles.


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30 January 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Hampton Roads.

Lat 45.5, Long -42.8

[Wind NNW force 6-7; sea very rough with NW swell; overcast with rain and snow squalls; air temperature average 38°F, sea 52°F]

[Base courses N79-82°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 7 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, clear and fine weather, NWly swell.

5.10am: Heavy snow squall.

5.20am: Clocks back 7 minutes.

6.00am: Wind and sea increasing.

Noon: Strong wind, very rough sea, cloudy and overcast, NWly swell.

11.20pm: Clocks back 7 minutes.

Midnight: Strong wind, very rough sea, overcast and squally, heavy NWly swell.

Distance run 247 miles.


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31 January 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Hampton Roads.

Lat 44.2, Long -46.8

[Wind NNW force 6-9; sea very rough with NW swell; overcast with frequent snow squalls; air temperature average 37°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses N73-82°W]

1.00am: Wind increased to moderate gale with high sea and violent squalls of wind and hail. NWly swell.

3.20am: Clocks back 7 minutes.

5.20am: Clocks back 7 minutes.

8.00pm: Strong wind, very high sea, cloudy and squally throughout.

11.20pm: Clocks back 5 minutes.

Midnight: Strong wind, very rough sea, overcast, frequent snow squalls.

Distance run 205 miles.


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LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1918


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Barometer: Mercurial


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1 February 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Hampton Roads.

Lat 43.0, Long -52.1

[Wind NNW force 6-4; sea rough; overcast with snow squalls; air temperature average 31°F, sea 35°F]

[Base courses N73-75°W]

0.50am: Sounded on Eastern edge of [Grand] Banks.

3.20am: Clocks back 5 minutes.

4.00am: Strong wind, very rough sea, overcast and squally.

5.20am: Clocks back 5 minutes.

9.00am: Sounded on Western edge of Banks.

8.00pm: Moderate wind and sea, overcast, snow falling throughout.

11.20pm: Clocks back 8 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, overcast, frequent squalls of snow.

Distance run 225 miles.


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2 February 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Hampton Roads.

Lat 42.1, Long -57.8

[Wind N backing NW force 6-4; sea rough; overcast with snow; air temperature average 25°F, sea 40°F]

[Base courses N75-83°W]

2.00am: Wind hauled to N and increased.

3.20am: Clocks back 8 minutes.

4.00am: Strong wind, very rough sea, overcast, frequent snow squalls.

5.20am: Clocks back 9 minutes.

8.00pm: Moderate to fresh wind, rough sea, overcast and cloudy.

11.20pm: Clocks back 7 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, clear fine weather.

Distance run 264 miles.


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3 February 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Hampton Roads.

Lat 41.0, Long -63.7

[Wind variable becoming SW force 6-4; sea moderate to rough; overcast with rain; air temperature average 35°F, sea 45°F]

[Base courses N78-87°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 7 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, clear fine weather.

5.20am: Clocks back 8 minutes.

5.00pm: Wind and sea increasing.

8.00pm: Fresh to strong wind, rough sea, overcast and squally with rain.

11.20pm: Clocks back 8 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast, rain and mist.

Distance run 272 miles.


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4 February 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Hampton Roads.

Lat 39.0, Long -69.6

[Wind WSW force 4-8; sea becoming very rough; overcast with snow squalls; air temperature average 40°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses N78 and S82°W]

0.40am: Wind hauled to West.

3.20am: Clocks back 8 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast and squally.

5.20am: Clocks back 7 minutes.

9.24am: Passed steamer bound East.

8.00pm: Moderate to fresh gale with heavy and frequent snow squalls.

11.20pm: Clocks back 3 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate gale and high sea; overcast and squally.

Distance run 293 miles.


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5 February 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Hampton Roads.

Lat 37.4, Long -74.1

[Wind NW force 7-1; sea rough reducing; cloud with rain and mist; air temperature average 15°F, sea 40°F]

[Base courses S82-85°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 3 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate gale and high sea, overcast and misty.

9.30am: Hands clearing snow off the ship.

Noon: Strong to fresh wind, very rough sea, clear overhead, low mist over sea.

12.45pm: Altered course to S83°W.

12.50pm: Sounded in 34 fathoms.

4.00pm: Moderate wind and sea, fine and clear.

5.00pm: Altered course to S82°W. Observed Cape Charles Light Vessel bearing N47°W.

7.00pm: Courses and speed various as requisite towards guard boat. Large quantities of floating ice round ship.

7.15pm: Anchored with starboard anchor and 45 fathoms cable in 11 fathoms water.

Distance run 236 miles.


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6 February 1918

At Newport News Va.

Lat 37.0, Long -76.4

[Wind mainly SW force 1; light broken cloud; air temperature average 37°F]

4.00am: Light wind, smooth sea, fine clear weather, sea thickly covered with loose ice.

7.30am: Hove up anchor and proceeded towards gate using engines and helm as requisite.

7.58am: Passed gate buoys.

8.32am: Stopped and took pilot aboard.

8.47am: Stopped to repair telemotor gear.

9.38am: Proceeded.

10.30am: Passed boom off Point Comfort. Proceeded to Newport News through South Channel. Let go port anchor in 5 fathoms water and veered to 30 fathoms cable.

12.02pm: Finished with engines.

Midnight: Light wind and fine weather.

Distance run 120 miles.

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7 February 1918

At Newport News Va.

Lat 37.0, Long -76.4

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 50°F]

4.00am: Moderate wind and overcast.

6.00pm: Light airs and fine clear weather.

7.50pm: Tugs came alongside.

8.10pm: Pilot on board; commenced to heave up anchor.

8.12pm: Anchor aweigh. Proceeded to wharf. Helm and engines to pilot’s orders.

9.05pm: Made fast alongside Pier No. 4.

11.00pm: Commenced taking in water from shore.


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8 February 1918

At Newport News Va.

Lat 37.0, Long -76.4

[Wind “light airs” mainly E; broken cloud; air temperature average 43°F]

4.00am: Light airs and fine clear weather.

8.45am: Commenced loading cargo of flour and timber.

9.30am: 8 signal ratings left ship.

2.00pm: Lost overboard by accident; 1 hind quarter of beef weighing 140 lbs. Fell out of sling.

5.00pm: Lost overboard by accident. 1 hind quarter of beef weighing 140 lbs. Fell out of sling. [sic: repeated]


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9 February 1918

At Newport News Va.

Lat 37.0, Long -76.4

[Wind “light airs” variable; cloud and mist; air temperature average 43°F]

4.00am: Light breeze and fine clear weather.

8.00am: Hands employed cleaning ship, overhauling guns.

5.30pm: Shore party completed loading No.5 hold.

10.00pm: Completed watering; 489 tons received.

Midnight: Light breeze and rain.


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10 February 1918

At Newport News Va.

Lat 37.0, Long -76.4

[Wind “light airs” variable; broken cloud; air temperature average 43°F]

2.00am: Completed loading; draft: forward 23’3”, aft 23’6”.

4.00am: Calm and misty.

Midnight: Light breeze and fine weather.


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11 February 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 36.9, Long -75.9

[Wind SSE force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud and haze; air temperature average 40°F, sea 40°F]

4.00am: Light wind and fine weather.

6.45am: Pilot aboard.

7.00am: Cast off from quay and proceeded into stream using engines and helm to pilot’s orders. Passed through Northerly channel.

8.40am: Passed Thimble Shoal Light. Proceeded through dredged channel to gate off Cape Henry.

10.30am: Pilot left. Proceeded to position off Cape Henry and stopped awaiting convoy.

12.50pm: Proceeded to join convoy.

3.40pm: Reduced speed as requisite; joined convoy of 25 ships formed in 8 columns.

4.00pm: Courses various manoeuvring round convoy. Light wind and fine hazy weather.

5.55pm: Took up position at head of convoy and proceeded on S88°E 40 revs.

Midnight: Light wind and fine weather; smooth sea.


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12 February 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 37.1, Long -72.4

[Wind variable SW force 1-5; sea smooth to moderate; broken cloud and haze; air temperature average 55°F, sea 53°F]

[Base courses S86-88°E]

0.00am: Convoy of 25 ships in company.

4.00am: Light wind, smooth sea, fine hazy weather.

8.00am: SSs Sterling, Saragossa and Trinculo joined convoy.

11.00am: SS Kermoor joined convoy.

8.00pm: Fresh wind, rough sea, fine hazy weather.

8.10pm: Passed steamer bound West.

11.20pm: Clocks on 4 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, weather fine and overcast.

Distance run 189 miles.


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13 February 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 37.8, Long -68.3

[Wind variable force 6-2; sea rough reducing; cloud and rain; air temperature average 57°F, sea 58°F]

[Base courses S83-87°E]

3.20am: Clocks on 4 minutes.

4.00am: Strong wind, very rough sea, overcast, thunder and lightning frequent heavy rain squalls.

5.20am: Clocks on 4 minutes. Convoy of 29 ships in company.

3.00pm: SS Isabela joined convoy.

11.20pm: Clocks on 6 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine clear weather.

Distance run 172 miles.


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14 February 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 38.0, Long -64.0

[Wind variable E force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 57°F, sea 60°F]

[Base courses S82-83°E]

0.00am: Convoy of 30 ships in company.

3.20am: Clocks on 6 minutes.

4.00am: Light to moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

5.20am: Clocks on 6 minutes.

11.20pm: Clocks on 6 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine clear weather.

177 miles.

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15 February 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 38.8, Long -60.2

[Wind SW force 3-5; sea moderate; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 65°F, sea 65°F]

[Base courses S79-82°E]

0.00am: Convoy of 30 ships in company.

3.20am: Clocks on 6 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

5.20am: Clocks on 6 minutes.

7.00am: Wind and sea increasing.

8.00pm: Fresh wind, rough sea, cloudy and fine.

11.20pm: Clocks on 5 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, cloudy and overcast.

Distance run 177 miles.


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16 February 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 39.5, Long -58.9

[Wind SW veering NNE force 4-6; sea moderate to rough; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 55°F, sea 60°F]

[Base courses S75-80°E]

0.00am: Convoy of 29 ships in company.

3.20am: Clocks on 5 minutes.

4.00am: Strong wind, rough sea, overcast with frequent rain squalls.

5.20am: Clocks on 5 minutes.

6.00am: SS Augvald out of sight astern.

5.00pm: Observed SS Augvald bearing S70°W 7 miles.

6.00pm: Resumed station at head of convoy.

11.20pm: Clocks on 6 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine clear weather.

Distance run 185 miles.


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17 February 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 39.9, Long -51.0

[Wind NE backing SE force 2-6; sea moderate to rough; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 57°F, sea 60°F]

[Base courses S74-75°E and N76-79°E]

0.00am: Convoy of 30 ships in company; SS Augvald rejoined convoy.

3.20am: Clocks on 7 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate to light wind, slight sea, fine clear weather.

5.20am: Clocks on 6 minutes.

6.00pm: Fresh to strong beam wind and rough sea.

8.00pm: Strong wind, very rough sea, overcast and squally.

9.00pm: Wind hauling to Westward.

11.20pm: Clocks on 5 minutes.

Midnight: Strong wind, rough sea, overcast and squally.

Distance run 180.5 miles.


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18 February 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 41.5, Long -47.6

[Wind variable NW force 4-6; sea rough with NW swell; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 44°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses N72-79°E]

0.00am: Convoy of 30 ships in company.

3.20am: Clocks on 6 minutes. Wind hauled Northwesterly.

4.00am: Strong wind, rough sea, overcast and squally with rain.

5.20am: Clocks on 6 minutes.

10.00am: SS Baycross stopped to execute repairs.

8.00pm: Fresh wind, rough sea, NWly swell, overcast and cloudy.

11.20pm: Clocks on 4 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh to moderate wind and sea; overcast and cloudy with NWly swell.

Distance run 167 miles.


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19 February 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 43.1, Long -44.5

[Wind variable NNW backing WSW force 3-4; sea moderate with NW swell; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 38°F, sea 55°F]

[Base courses N79-83°E]

0.00am: Convoy of 30 ships in company.

3.20am: Clocks on 5 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, overcast.

5.20am: Clocks on 5 minutes.

9.28am: SS Jason stopped for repairs.

11.00am: SS Mobila and Kermoor astern of station.

11.20pm: Clocks on 4 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and fine.

Distance run 158 miles.


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20 February 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 44.6, Long -41.0

[Wind NW backing SW force 3-7; sea moderate to rough; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 45°F, sea 55°F]

[Base courses N83-85°E]

0.00am: Convoy of 30 ships in company.

3.20am: Clocks on 4 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, overcast.

5.20am: Clocks on 4 minutes.

6.00am: SS Mobila astern of station.

9.12am: SS Cliffside stopped for repairs.

10.10am: Commenced practice ZZ No.3.

8.00pm: Strong wind, very rough sea, overcast and cloudy.

11.20pm: Clocks on 4 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate gale and high sea, overcast and squally.

Distance run 168 miles.


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21 February 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 46.2, Long -37.4

[Wind WSW backing SW force 6-8; sea very rough; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 56°F, sea 55°F]

[Base courses N85°E and N71°E]

0.00am: Convoy of 30 ships in company.

3.20am: Clocks on 5 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate gale and high sea overcast, frequent squalls.

5.20am: Clocks on 5 minutes.

9.35am to 10.05am: Jason stopped to execute repairs.

1.30pm: Altered course to N71°E to keep sea astern.

3.40pm: Courses and speed various closing Teresa, ship having reported "Bunker on fire".

4.10pm: Adolf Deppe* and Jason stopped for repairs.

6.00pm: Resumed station at head of convoy.

11.20pm: Clocks on 5 minutes.

Midnight: Strong wind, very rough sea, overcast.

Distance run 185 miles.


*[Note: On hyperlink, see the vessel BG Baker which was renamed Adolf Deppe.]


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22 February 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 48.5, Long -34.5

[Wind SW veering NW force 6-4; sea rough with W swell; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 54°F, sea 54°F]

[Base courses N71°E and S81°E]

0.00am: Convoy of 30 ships in company.

1.00am: Courses and speed various while manoeuvring round convoy.

2.20am: Resumed position at head of convoy.

3.20am: Clocks on 4 minutes.

4.00am: Strong wind, very rough sea, cloudy and misty.

5.20am: Clocks on 4 minutes.

10.55am: Wind hauled to NW and fell light.

Noon: Moderate wind, high SWly swell, cloudy and overcast, drizzling rain.

11.20pm: Clocks on 5 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, overcast, misty rain. Westerly swell.

Distance run 180 miles.


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23 February 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 49.4, Long -30.5

[Wind variable N force 3-4; sea moderate with W swell; cloudy with drizzle; air temperature average 43°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses S81-84°E]

0.00am: Convoy of 30 ships in company.

3.20am: Clocks on 5 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, overcast, rain. Westerly swell.

5.00am: Clocks on 5 minutes.

5.30am: Wind hauled to North.

9.55am: Oristano hauled out of line to effect repairs.

10.00am: Commenced No.3 ZZ for practice.

11.20pm: Clocks on 6 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine clear weather.

Distance run 174 miles.


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24 February 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 50.3, Long -25.9

[Wind variable N and SW force 3-4; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 44°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses S83°E and N77°E]

0.00am: Convoy of 30 ships in company.

3.20am: Clocks on 6 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate to light winds and fine weather, moderate sea.

5.20am: Clocks on 6 minutes.

7.10am: Honduras stopped for repairs.

9.48am: Jason stopped for repairs.

10.13am: Courses and speed various while manoeuvring round convoy.

12.32pm: Resumed station at head of convoy.

2.00pm: Wind backed to SSW.

11.20pm: Clocks on 4 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, clear weather.

Distance run 168 miles.


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25 February 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 51.5, Long -22.5

[Wind SW force 6-8; sea very rough; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 53°F, sea 52°F]

[Base courses N77°E and S5-6°W]

0.00am: Convoy of 30 ships in company.

2.30am: Engines used to assist steering.

3.20am: Clocks on 5 minutes.

4.00am: Strong wind to moderate gale and very rough sea.

5.20am: Clocks on 5 minutes.

6.46am: Altered course 4 points to starboard to S53°E.

11.20am: Sterling fell out of station; altered course to S5°W.

Noon: Moderate gale and high sea, cloudy and clear.

4.30pm: Moliere [possibly] went out of sight bearing NW.

11.20pm: Clocks on 3 minutes.

Midnight: Strong wind, very rough sea, overcast.

Distance run 162 miles.


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26 February 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -20.3

[Wind WSW force 6-3; sea moderate; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 55°F, sea 54°F]

[Base courses S6°W and S57-63°E]

0.00am: Convoy of 28 ships in company.

3.20am: Clocks on 3 minutes.

4.00am: Strong to fresh wind, rough sea, overcast, passing showers.

5.20am: Clocks on 3 minutes.

7.08am: Rotator of patent log lost.

7.40am: Sterling rejoined convoy.

10.15am: Lost overboard QF 3pdr Cailz [?] drill.

1.00pm: Convoy of 29 ships in company.

2.45pm: Mobila rejoined convoy.

3.15pm: Clocks on 20 minutes.

4.00pm: Moderate wind and sea, clear weather. Commenced zig-zagging across convoy at 12 knots.

5.10pm: Clocks on 10 minutes.

7.00pm: Reduced speed and carried out No.3A zigzag ahead of convoy.

7.10pm: Clocks on 10 minutes.

11.05pm: Clocks on 20 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, overcast.

Distance run 131 miles.


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27 February 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 50.2, Long -15.8

[Wind variable W force 2-3; sea moderate; overcast; air temperature average 53°F, sea 52°F]

[Base courses S63-66°E]

0.00am: Convoy of 30 ships in company.

3.20am: Clocks on 20 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, overcast.

5.05am: Clocks on 15 minutes to GMT.

3.00pm: Oilfeeder steel (half pint) lost overboard.

7.20pm: Reduced speed and carried out No. 3A zigzag ahead of convoy.

Midnight: Moderate to fresh wind, moderate sea, cloudy and clear.

Distance run 224 miles.


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28 February 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 49.9, Long -11.6

[Wind N veering NNE force 5-8; sea very rough; broken cloud with squalls; air temperature average 45°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses S66-70°E]

0.00am: Convoy of 30 ships in company. Ship steering No.3A zigzag courses across head of convoy.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, clear and fine weather.

6.48am: Increased speed and steered in wide zig-zags across head of convoy. Wind and sea increasing.

9.08am: Observed destroyers bearing NE.

9.30am: Contact with destroyer escort of USSs Balch, Terry, McCall, Patterson, Paulding and HMSs Viola and Jessamine in Lat 50°00’N, Long 12°00’W.

2.00pm: Fresh gale and very high beam sea, clear weather, frequent heavy squalls.

5.30pm: Reduced speed and took station ahead of convoy using engines as requisite to assist in steering.

6.00pm: Passed Orduna bound WNW.

8.00pm: Moderate gale and heavy beam sea, clear weather, ship rolling heavily, engines as requisite to assist steering.

11.00pm: Wind and sea decreasing, carried out No.3 ZZ ahead of convoy.

Midnight: Moderate gale to strong wind and high sea, clear weather.

Distance run 231 miles.


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LOGS FOR MARCH 1918


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Barometer: Mercurial


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1 March 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 49.2, Long -8.2

[Wind NNE force 5-7; sea rough; cloud with squalls; air temperature average 42°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses S70-88°E and various]

0.00am: Convoy of 28 ships in company and escort of US destroyers. Ship zig-zagging ahead of convoy No.3 ZZ.

4.00am: Moderate to strong wind and high sea; cloudy and squally.

6.00am: Commenced No.3A ZZ; Jason and Mobila out of sight.

9.00am: Took station ahead of convoy and reduced speed, steering straight course.

4.40pm: Sighted destroyers ahead.

5.00pm: HM destroyers Orpheus, Goshawk, Leonidas, Lawford and Druid joined convoy in Lat 49°19’N, Long 7°41’W.

5.45pm: Brest convoy of 8 ships parted company escorted by US destroyers.

6.25pm: Hauled out of line to Northward of convoy, taking up station astern of Trinculo.

7.05pm: Put paravanes out.

8.00pm: Left convoy and proceeded towards Devonport in company with Trinculo and escort of US destroyers Paulding and McCall. Course N85°E.

10.45pm: Commenced wide zigzags across stern of Trinculo.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, cloudy and clear.

Distance run 171 miles.


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2 March 1918

At convoy duty Hampton Roads to Devonport.

Lat 49.9, Long -4.8

[Wind ENE force 5-6; sea rough; cloudy; air temperature average 39°F, sea 45°F]

0.00am: Trinculo and escort in company.

2.45am: Observed Bishop’s Rock Light bearing N5°E (Mag).

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, cloudy and clear.

9.30am: Observed Lizard Lighthouse bearing N11°W.

2.45pm: Parted company with destroyer escort.

3.00pm: Eddystone Light abeam 8 miles.

3.30pm: Reduced speed to take paravanes in, PVs foul, left them towing and proceeded.

4.09pm: Let go starboard anchor.

4.35pm: Up anchor and proceeded to clearer berth.

4.43pm: PVs aboard. Starboard PV with slight indentation on body, stays and planes bent. Port PV right hand displacer broken left hand stay slightly bent.

5.02pm: Let go starboard anchor in 9 fathoms with 30 fathoms of cable.

Distance run 184 miles.


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3 March 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind NNE force 2-3; cloudy; air temperature average 36°F]

8.21am: Tug Wapiti made fast ahead; hove up anchor and proceeded to Hamoaze.

8.43am: Passed boom defence.

9.02am: Arrived alongside in berth 5.

2.00pm: Commenced unloading.

Midnight: Light breeze, overcast and raining.


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4 March 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind NE force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 45°F]

4.00am: Light breeze and overcast.

9.00am: Shore labour proceeding with unloading.

7.00pm: Ceased discharging cargo for the day.

Midnight: Light breeze and overcast.


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5 March 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind NNE force 2; overcast; air temperature average 40°F]

4.00am: Light breeze and overcast.

7.00am: Resumed unloading. 1 rating discharged to barracks.

8.00am: Light breeze and overcast.

10.00am: 2 ratings joined ship from HMS Eagle.

Midnight: Light breeze overcast and rainy.


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6 March 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind variable E force 2; overcast; air temperature average 44°F]

4.00am: Light breeze and rain.

9.10am: Transporter came alongside.

9.45am: Commenced coaling with shore labour. Hands employed taking in stores and as requisite.

Midnight: Light breeze, overcast and misty.


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7 March 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind SE veering E force 2-4; overcast with mist; air temperature average 44°F]

4.00am: Light breeze overcast and misty.

6.30am: Coal lighter shoved off; resumed coaling from jetty. 3 ratings discharged to barracks.

11.00am: 1 marine joined from Chatham Barracks. 8 ratings joined ship.

1.15pm: 1 rating left ship for hospital, Portsmouth. Received 44 bags of mails for passage.

1.30pm: Received 1 case 6" QF, 2 cases 6" BL and 2 cases 3 Pdr ammunition.

7.00pm: Finished coaling; received 1480 tons, 319 tons to come in.


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8 March 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind E force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 44°F]

8.00am: Weather fine and dry.

10.30am: 1 marine joined ship.

11.10am: Finished coaling. Total taken in 1817 tons. Men returned from leave were paid.

2.15pm: Mr Fairbrother left ship.

5.00pm: 14 Ratings left ship for RN Depot, Devonport.

8.00pm: Midshipman Mackenzie left ship for HMS Arrogant.

Midnight: Weather fine and dry.


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9 March 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Sierra Leone.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind SE force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 44°F]

4.00am: Weather fine. Moderate wind.

11.15am: 1 rating joined from HMS Eagle.

12.45pm: 1 rating joined ship from RN Barracks. 2 Midshipmen joined from Chatham.

1.30pm: Pilot aboard. Cast off from wharf and proceeded to turn ship assisted by tugs.

1.58pm: Passed boom.

2.07pm: Let go tug off Drakes Island.

2.16pm: Let go port anchor.

5.01pm: Hove up anchor and proceeded to sea in company with HMS Patuca and convoy of 7 ships, escorted by HM Destroyers Oberon, Loyal, Owl and Liberty.

5.57pm: Dropped PVs.

7.05pm: Altered course to S64°W; convoy formed in 5 columns line abreast, speed as requisite.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, hazy weather.


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10 March 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Sierra Leone.

Lat 48.7, Long -8.2

[Wind SSW force 2-4; sea slight to moderate; cloud and drizzle; air temperature average 52°F, sea 50°F]

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, heavy dew.

6.00am: Altered course to S89°W and commenced No.3 ZZ. Boxleaf astern of station.

1.00pm: Convoy and escort in company. Steering No.3 ZZ courses. Speed as requisite keeping station.

5.55pm: Parted company with destroyers. Gloucestershire and Desna left convoy and proceeded independently.

6.05pm: Courses and speed various while taking in PVs.

6.27pm: PVs aboard, set course S74°W and No.3 ZZ.

7.30pm: Ceased ZZ.

Midnight: Moderate to fresh wind, rough sea, overcast, drizzling rain.

Distance run 206 miles.


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11 March 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Sierra Leone.

Lat 46.2, Long -14.2

[Wind variable W force 4-6; sea moderate to rough with NW swell; overcast; air temperature average 52°F, sea 53°F]

[Base courses S62°W and S74-77°W]

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast.

10.50am: Wind hauled to Westward.

4.00pm: Strong to fresh wind, rough sea, cloudy and clear.

5.00pm: Clocks back 7 minutes.

7.00pm: Clocks back 8 minutes.

8.00pm: Fresh wind, rough sea, heavy swell from NW.

11.20pm: Clocks back 15 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine clear weather, NWly swell.

Distance run 299 miles.


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12 March 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Sierra Leone.

Lat 42.6, Long -19.5

[Wind variable N force 2-3; sea moderate with NW swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 54°F, sea 53°F]

[Base courses S55-62°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 15 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, clear and fine weather. Heavy NWly swell.

5.20am: Clocks back 15 minutes.

5.00pm: Clocks back 5 minutes.

7.00pm: Clocks back 5 minutes.

11.20pm: Clocks back 10 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind, cloudy, fine and clear. NWly swell.

Distance run 326 miles.


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13 March 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Sierra Leone.

Lat 37.8, Long -22.5

[Wind NE force 2-3; sea slight with NW swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 57°F, sea 58°F]

[Base courses S30-31°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 10 minutes.

4.00am: Light wind, fine cloudy weather. NWly swell.

5.20am: Clocks back 9 minutes.

Noon: Light wind, cloudy and overcast, NWly swell.

11.20pm: Clocks back 4 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind and fine cloudy weather.

Distance run 330 miles.


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14 March 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Sierra Leone.

Lat 32.6, Long -24.0

[Wind NE force 3-4; sea slight to moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F, sea 62°F]

[Base courses S24-30°W]

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

7.10am: Stopped ZZ and altered course to S58°W to intercept steamer.

8.17am: Spoke with SS Huttonwood of Middlesboro on passage from C Janet [?] to New York in ballast, in Lat 33°30’N, Long 23°28’W.

8.23am: Proceeded on course S30°W and ZZ.

Midnight: Light wind and fine weather.

Distance run 327 miles.


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15 March 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Sierra Leone.

Lat 27.2, Long -24.7

[Wind variable E force 3; sea slight; light broken cloud; air temperature average 65°F, sea 66°F]

[Base courses S23-24°W and S1°E]

3.20am: Clocks back 4 minutes.

4.00am: Light wind and fine clear weather.

Midnight: Light wind and fine weather.

Distance run 326 miles.


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16 March 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Sierra Leone.

Lat 21.8, Long -23.8

[Wind E veering NE force 3-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 69°F, sea 69°F]

[Base courses S1-2°E]

4.00am: Light wind and fine weather, slight sea.

11.20pm: Clocks on 4 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine cloudy weather.

Distance run 326 miles.


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17 March 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Sierra Leone.

Lat 16.9, Long -21.8

[Wind mainly ENE force 3-5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 68°F, sea 69°F]

[Base courses S2-18°E]

3.20am: Clocks on 4 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and fine.

5.20am: Clocks on 4 minutes.

6.00am: Wind backed to ENE.

11.20pm: Clocks on 4 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and fine.

Distance run 320 miles.


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18 March 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Sierra Leone.

Lat 12.7, Long -18.8

[Wind variable NE force 3; sea smooth; light broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F, sea 69°F]

[Base courses S16-18°E]

3.20am: Clocks on 4 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

5.20am: Clocks on 4 minutes.

8.08am: Observed steamer bearing SSE. [sic]

8.40am: Intercepted Italian SS Carlo Pisacane on passage from Dakar to Montevideo in Lat 13°20’N, Long 19°15’E.[sic: should be W]. Proceeded on course S16°E.

4.17pm: Reduced speed and dropped target courses and speed various while carrying out 1 inch aiming practice.

5.27pm: Picked up target.

5.37pm: Proceeded on course S16°E.

11.20pm: Clocks on 4 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind and fine weather, smooth sea.

Distance run 310 miles.


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19 March 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to Sierra Leone.

Lat 9.2, Long -16.3

[Wind NE force 1; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F, sea 80°F]

[Base courses S17°E and various]

3.20am: Clocks on 4 minutes.

4.00am: Light winds and fine weather, smooth sea.

5.20am: Clocks on 4 minutes.

9.06am: Dropped target, proceeded to carry out 6 inch target practice.

9.40am: Opened fire from port battery.

9.52am: Cease fire, target broken up.

10.00am Picked up target and dropped another for 1 inch aiming practice.

11.20am: Picked up target and proceeded on course.

4.30pm: Passed steamer bound NW.

4.49pm: Reduced speed and swung ship for deviation.

5.10pm: Resumed course and speed.

11.20pm: Clocks on 6 minutes.

11.30pm: Sounded in 30 fathoms.

Midnight: Light wind, smooth sea, fine weather.

Distance run 295 miles.


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20 March 1918

At Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Lat 8.5, Long -13.2

[Wind variable WSW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 83°F]

3.20am: Clocks on 5 minutes.

3.55am: Observed Sierra Leone Light bearing S60°E.

4.00am: Light wind, smooth sea, fine cloudy weather.

6.12am: Passed boom, courses and speed as requisite.

6.33am: Anchored in A6 berth.

9.30am: Commenced to discharge stores and to take in fresh water.

1.10pm: 2 signal ratings left to join HMS Stratheric*

1.20pm: Hands employed discharging cargo; painting ship and getting sand.

2.00pm: Eng Lieut. Arnott left to join HMS Bacchante; finished discharging.

2.20pm: Commenced loading specie. [ie coin, probably gold]

3.50pm: Finished loading specie.

4.40pm: 1 rating joined ship from Bacchante. 2 ratings sick, joined from hospital.

5.00pm: 8 ratings discharged to HMS Bacchante. Commander Arbuthnot and Sub Lieut. Sturdy joined ship.

Distance run 209 miles.


*[Possibly the requisitioned Aberdeen trawler Strathebrie also Strathairlie. See Aberdeen Ships and Admiralty Trawlers.]


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21 March 1918

At Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Lat 8.5, Long -13.2

[Wind variable W force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 81°F]

8.30am: Ammunition and water lighters made fast alongside.

9.00am: 1 Marine Lieut, one Warrant Officer, 5 prisoners and 42 ratings joined the ship from HMS Kent.

10.00am: Finished loading ammunition. 5 ratings left for convoy duties as signalmen.

1.30pm: Received mails from shore and from HMSs Bacchante and Kent.

4.10pm: Hove up anchor.

4.23pm: Proceeded out of harbour in company with convoy of 4 ships.

4.47pm: Passed boom.

4.50pm: Passed Sierra Leone Lighthouse.

5.00pm: Altered course to N71°W. Convoy formed in 4 columns line abreast.

5.17pm: Ship in position at head of convoy. Light wind, smooth sea, fine weather.

11.20pm: Clocks back 4 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind, smooth sea, fine weather.


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22 March 1918

At convoy duty Sierra Leone to Devonport.

Lat 8.5, Long -16.3

[Wind variable NW force 2; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F, sea 79°F]

[Base courses N71°W and N8-10°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 4 minutes.

4.00am: Light winds and fine weather.

5.20am: Clocks back 4 minutes.

5.00pm: Carried out 1 hour’s practice No.3 ZZ.

11.20pm: Clocks back 4 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind, slight sea, fine hazy weather.

Distance run 179 miles.


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23 March 1918

At convoy duty Sierra Leone to Devonport.

Lat 12.0, Long -18.3

[Wind variable NNE force 2; sea smooth; light cloud with haze; air temperature average 75°F, sea 74°F]

[Base courses N8-9°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 4 minutes.

4.00am: Light winds and fine hazy weather.

10.00am: Commenced No.3 zigzag.

9.00pm: Ceased zigzagging.

9.07pm: Exercised emergency signals for altering course.

11.20pm: Clocks back 4 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine hazy weather.

Distance run 241 miles.


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24 March 1918

At convoy duty Sierra Leone to Devonport.

Lat 15.2, Long -20.0

[Wind variable NE force 2; sea slight; cloudless; air temperature average 70°F, sea 68°F]

[Base course N8°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 3 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine clear weather.

11.15am: Courses and speeds various to intercept SS Jerseymoor of London on passage from Newport Mon to Dakar with coal.

12.20pm: Resumed station at head of convoy. Steering No.3 zigzag courses.

11.20pm: Clocks back 2 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather. Ceased zig-zagging.

Number on sick list: 6.

Distance run 235 miles.


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25 March 1918

At convoy duty Sierra Leone to Devonport.

Lat 18.7, Long -21.0

[Wind variable NNE force 3-5; sea moderate; cloudless; air temperature average 70°F, sea 68°F]

[Base courses N20-21°E]

3.20am: Clocks back 2 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine clear weather.

6.00am: Commenced zigzag No. 3.

5.00pm: Exercised No.1 ZZ for 1 hour.

6.00pm: Resumed No.3 ZZ. Miltiades astern of station repairing defects in steering gear.

8.20pm: Miltiades in station

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, clear fine weather. Stopped zig-zagging.

Distance run 233 miles.


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26 March 1918

At convoy duty Sierra Leone to Devonport.

Lat 21.9, Long -21.1

[Wind NE force 5-6; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 67°F, sea 67°F]

[Base courses N22-24°E]

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, clear fine weather.

Midnight: Fresh to strong wind, rough sea, clear weather.

Distance run 221 miles.


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27 March 1918

At convoy duty Sierra Leone to Devonport.

Lat 25.8, Long -20.9

[Wind NE backing ENE force 6-4; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 67°F, sea 67°F]

[Base courses N21-24°E]

4.00am: Fresh to strong head wind, rough sea, clear weather.

4.35am: Passed steamer bound South.

10.00pm: Miltiades fell out of station to repair feed pump.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

Distance run 227 miles.


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28 March 1918

At convoy duty Sierra Leone to Devonport.

Lat 29.5, Long -20.6

[Wind ENE force 3-4; sea slight to moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 65°F, sea 65°F]

[Base courses N21-24°E]

0.50am: Convoy in company. Miltiades resumed station. Steering No.3 zigzag courses.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine clear weather.

4.53am: Passed steamer bound South dist. approx 4 miles West.

12.34pm: Altered course to N22°E.

Midnight: Moderate to light wind and sea, fine weather.

Number on sick list: 2.

Distance run 244 miles.


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29 March 1918

At convoy duty Sierra Leone to Devonport.

Lat 33.5, Long -20.4

[Wind ENE backing WNW force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 65°F, sea 65°F]

[Base course N22°E]

0.50am: Convoy in company. Steering No.3 zig-zag courses.

4.00am: Moderate to light wind and sea, fine clear weather.

8.00am: Proceeded at full speed towards convoy of 5 ships bound to Westward in Lat 32°52’N, Long 20°36’W.

10.32am: Resumed station at head of convoy.

1.30pm: Commenced No.1 zig-zag.

7.30pm: Resumed No.3 zigzag.

11.30pm: Clocks on 2 mins.

Distance run 256 miles.


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30 March 1918

At convoy duty Sierra Leone to Devonport.

Lat 37.0, Long -20.0

[Wind W force 2-4; sea moderate; cloudy with rain showers; air temperature average 62°F, sea 62°F]

[Base courses N18-22°E]

0.50am: Convoy in company. Steering No.3 zig-zag courses.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine cloudy weather.

7.30am: Commenced No.1 zig-zag.

Midnight: Moderate to fresh wind, rough sea, overcast, rain.

Distance run 240 miles.


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31 March 1918

At convoy duty Sierra Leone to Devonport.

Lat 40.1, Long -19.6

[Wind NNW force 5-6; sea rough; cloudy; air temperature average 60°F, sea 59°F]

[Base courses N18°E and N60-61°E]

0.50am: Convoy in company. Steering No.3 zig-zag courses.

2.00am: Wind and sea increasing.

4.00am: Strong wind, rough sea, cloudy and overcast.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, fine clear weather.

Distance run 207 miles.


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Sierra Leone anchorage chart

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LOGS FOR APRIL 1918


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Barometer: Mercurial


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1 April 1918

At convoy duty Sierra Leone to Devonport.

Lat 42.8, Long -16.2

[Wind variable N force 5-2; sea rough with NW swell becoming smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 58°F, sea 58°F]

[Base courses N61-62°E]

0.50am: Convoy in company. Steering No.3 zig-zag courses.

3.20am: Clocks on 4 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh to moderate wind and sea, NWly swell, fine clear weather.

5.20am: Clocks on 5 minutes.

3.20pm: Sighted schooner bearing N35°E. Proceeded to investigate schooner.

4.46pm: Stopped and boarded Russian schooner Janow on passage from Martinique to Bordeaux with rum; allowed to proceed in Lat 43°22’N, Long 15°37’W.

6.20pm: War Daffodil dropped astern to repair engine defects. Reduced to 45 revs.

8.11pm: 53 revs; War Daffodil in station.

11.10pm: Clocks on 17 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind, slight sea, fine hazy weather.

Distance run 235 miles.


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2 April 1918

At convoy duty Sierra Leone to Devonport.

Lat 45.1, Long -12.7

[Wind variable S force 6-2; sea moderate; overcast with mist; air temperature average 54°F, sea 54°F]

[Base courses N70-73°E]

0.50am: Convoy in company. Steering No.3 zig-zag courses.

3.20am: Clocks on 17 minutes.

4.00am: Light wind, cloudy and overcast.

5.10am: Clocks on 17 minutes. Wind and sea increasing.

5.00pm: Changed from No.1 to No.3 zig-zag.

8.00pm: Moderate wind, rough sea, overcast and misty with drizzling rain. Stopped zig-zag.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, overcast and misty.

Distance run 227 miles.


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3 April 1918

At convoy duty Sierra Leone to Devonport.

Lat 47.3, Long -8.6

[Wind SSW backing SE force 3; sea slight; cloud with mist; air temperature average 54°F, sea 53°F]

[Base courses N69-71°E]

2.00am: Commenced No.3 zig-zag.

4.00am: Light wind, moderate sea, overcast and hazy.

6.02am: Sighted destroyers bearing S70°E.

6.16am: Destroyers Lance, Laurel*, Porpoise and Garland joined convoy.

6.30am: Took station in line in centre of convoy.

6.21pm: Dropped paravanes.

Midnight: Light wind, slight sea, overcast and cloudy.

Distance run 231 miles.


*[See also Battle of Heligoland Bight for HMS Laurel battle honours.]


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4 April 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind ESE veering ENE force 4; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 50°F]

0.30am: Convoy and escort in company.

3.00am: Commenced No.3 zig-zag.

3.20am: Sounding at frequent intervals.

4.00am: Moderate to light wind, smooth sea, overcast and hazy.

5.00am: Clocks on 30 minutes.

6.20am: Destroyers Midge and Garland joined escort. [sic]

6.30am: Left convoy and proceeded at 78 revs to Devonport escorted by Midge and Garland.

9.00am: Clocks on 30 minutes. Moderate wind and sea with frequent fog banks.

11.10am: Observed Eddystone bearing S89°E.

12.50pm: Let go port anchor with 40 fathoms of cable in 5.5 fathoms of water.

3.00pm: Officers, ratings and prisoners on passage left ship.

4.40pm: Tug Assurance made fast ahead.

4.55pm: Pilot aboard; hove up anchor and proceeded up harbour.

5.58pm: Ship in berth and secured. Finished with engines.

6.15pm: 9 boys joined from RN barracks.

Midnight: Light wind and fine weather.

Distance run 262 miles.


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5 April 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind SW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 50°F]

4.00am: Weather fine, dry and clear.

9.00am: 1 Chief ERA, 6 ERA's and 32 stokers, and working party from HMS Essex joined ship.

9.20am: Commenced discharging specie.

10.15am: Finished discharging specie.

11.00am: Commenced coaling.

7.00pm: Stopped coaling; received 226 tons 19 cwts.

Midnight: Weather fine and calm.


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6 April 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind SW force 3; cloud and rain; air temperature average 50°F]

4.00am: Weather fine, wind slight.

7.30am: Commenced coaling; weather raining and overcast.

10.00am: Cleared lower deck and read Warrant.

11.20am: 1 stoker (working party) left ship for RN Barracks Devonport.

11.30am: 1 fireman discharged to RN Detention Barracks Devonport.

5.00pm: Stopped coaling; received 608 tons 3 cwts.


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7 April 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind NNW veering NE force 3; cloud and rain showers; air temperature average 46°F]

4.00am: Weather moderate with passing showers.

9.30am-1.00pm: Church parties.

Midnight: Weather fine, clear and calm.


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8 April 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind variable force 1 ; broken cloud; air temperature average 46°F]

4.00am: Weather fine and calm.

7.30am: Breakfast. Recommenced coaling.

8.00am: Dockyard party drawing stores; 1 stoker (from working party) returned to depot.

7.00pm: Shore party stopped coaling; received 564 tons 8 cwts.

Midnight: Weather fine and dry.


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9 April 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind calm; cloud with fog; air temperature average 42°F]

4.00am: Weather fine and calm.

7.30am: Recommenced coaling.

8.00am: Weather foggy.

9.30am: Commenced taking in fresh meat stores.

9.45am: Stoker working party joined ship from HMS Essex.

3.40pm: Finished coaling; total amount received 1510 tons.

Midnight: Weather fine and overcast.


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10 April 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 45°F]

4.00am: Weather fine and dry, gentle breeze; hands employed drawing stores and refitting.

9.15am: 3 ratings from convoy joined ship.

11.20am: Cast off and aided by 3 tugs shifted to No.8 berth.

Noon: Made fast and let go tugs.

2.30pm: P3 gun dismounted and landed on jetty.

10.30pm: 1 signal rating rejoined ship.

Midnight: Weather overcast and raining.


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11 April 1918

At Devonport.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind calm; cloud and rain; air temperature average 46°F]

4.00am: Overcast and raining.

8.50am: Working party from HMS Essex employed on board.

11.25am: 3 mercantile ratings joined ship.

1.35pm: 1 Boy rejoined ship from hospital.

2.10pm: 3 ratings discharged to HMS Vivid; stoker working party left ship for HMS Essex.

3.50pm: 1 rating discharged to RN Hospital, Stonehouse.

Midnight: Weather fine and clear.


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12 April 1918

At Devonport and at convoy duty to New York.

Lat 50.4, Long -4.2

[Wind calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 49°F]

4.00am: Weather fine and calm.

4.15am: Working party finished trimming ballast.

5.50am: Working party left ship.

6.00am: Hands employed cleaning ship and securing boats for sea.

7.00am: Pilot aboard; cast off from quay and proceeded to anchorage in Sound.

7.18am: Let go stern tug.

7.35am: Passed boom.

7.45am: Passed Drake Island; let go head tug.

8.02am: Let go port anchor.

Noon: Hove up anchor and proceeded to sea convoying SS Telemachus and escorted by destroyers Badger, Druid and Goshawk. Draft on departure: forward 23’2”, aft 23’6”.

12.36pm: Out paravanes.

1.12pm: Eddystone Light abeam. Telemachus in station 4 cables on starboard beam.

1.44pm: Commenced No.3 ZZ. Airship C(2) circling overhead.

3.00pm: Clocks back 30 minutes.

4.00pm: Light to moderate wind and fine weather. Airship C(9) in company.

5.00pm: Clocks back 15 minutes.

6.30pm: Clocks back 15 minutes.

8.50pm: Observed loom of Ushant Light bearing S40°E(M).

Midnight: Light wind fine clear weather. Course S63°W.


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13 April 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to New York.

Lat 46.7, Long -9.7

[Wind variable NE force 3-4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 53°F, sea 53°F]

[Base courses S63°W and N76-78°W]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company.

0.48am: Defect developed in telemotor steering gear; starboard helm failing occasionally. Ship fell out of station and regained station at 2.10am.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

5.00am: Resumed ZZ No.3.

8.43am: Port PV broke surface for 10 minutes.

10.00am: Took in port PV; starboard PV jammed under ship’s bottom.

1.00pm: Destroyer escort parted company in Lat 46°30’N, Long 10°00’W. Reduced to 61 revs to allow Telemachus to take station on port beam; altered course to N78°W.

1.12pm: Starboard PV came to surface and was taken aboard.

8.45pm: Changed over to aft steering position to allow defect in telemotor to be remedied.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, cloudy and overcast, passing showers.

Distance run 333 miles.


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14 April 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to New York.

Lat 46.1, Long -16.8

[Wind variable NNE force 4-6; sea rough; cloudy; air temperature average 53°F, sea 53°F]

[Base courses N75-76°W]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company. Steering from aft steering position.

4.00am: Strong wind, rough sea, overcast.

5.00am: Telemotor repaired; reverted to forward steering position.

6.48am: Passed convoy of 3 American ships bearing East.

11.20am: Clocks back 15 mins.

2.20pm: Clocks back 15 mins.

5.15pm: Clocks back 15 mins.

6.20pm: Clocks back 15 mins.

9.05pm: Telemachus took station astern.

9.40pm: Parted company with Telemachus in Lat 45°50’N, Long 20°00’W; altered course to N68°W.

11.20pm: Clocks back 15 mins.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea; cloudy and fine.

Distance run 316 miles.


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15 April 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to New York.

Lat 45.8, Long -24.2

[Wind NNE backing SSE force 2-4; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 55°F, sea 54°F]

[Base courses N67-70°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 15 mins.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, overcast.

5.20am: Clocks back 16 mins.

11.20pm: Clocks back 9 mins.

Midnight: Moderate to fresh wind and rising sea.

Distance run 312 miles.


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16 April 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to New York.

Lat 45.5, Long -31.1

[Wind SSW force 5-7; sea rough; overcast; air temperature average 57°F, sea 57°F]

[Base courses N70-79°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 9 mins.

4.00am: Fresh wind and rough sea, cloudy.

5.20am: Clocks back 8 mins.

5.55am: Reprimanded Sub Lt. J V Locke for being absent without leave from midnight 11-12th April to 10.30am 12th April. [signed by J V Locke].

11.20pm: Clocks back 9 mins.

Midnight: Strong wind and rough sea with rain.

Distance run 300 miles.


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17 April 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to New York.

Lat 44.5, Long -37.6

[Wind SW veering NW force 6-4; sea rough; cloudy; air temperature average 57°F, sea 57°F]

[Base courses N78-79°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 9 mins.

4.00am: Strong wind and very rough sea, overcast with heavy rain.

5.20am: Clocks back 10 mins.

9.00am: Wind hauled to W.

1.00pm: Steering No.2 ZZ.

11.20pm: Clocks back 9 mins.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea with fine cloudy weather.

Distance run 308 miles.


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18 April 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to New York.

Lat 43.3, Long -44.0

[Wind SW force 6; sea rough; cloudy; air temperature average 57°F, sea 57°F]

[Base courses N78-81°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 9 mins.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

5.20am: Clocks back 8 mins.

8.00am: Commenced non-rigid watches.

10.10am: Lost by accident: target and 220 fathoms of steel wire.

11.20pm: Clocks back 8 mins.

Midnight: Strong wind and rough sea and overcast.

Distance run 309 miles.


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19 April 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to New York.

Lat 42.0, Long -50.0

[Wind WSW force 6-4; sea moderate; cloudy with fog; air temperature average 54°F, sea 54°F]

[Base courses N70-82°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 8 mins.

4.00am: Strong wind and rough sea, overcast.

5.20am: Clocks back 7 mins.

5.47am: Fog set in.

Noon: Dense fog.

8.00pm: Wind turned to NW and fog lifted to visibility 2 miles; altered course to N70°W.

9.10pm: Fog cleared.

11.20pm: Clocks back 6 mins.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea and overcast and hazy.

Distance run 277 miles.


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20 April 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to New York.

Lat 41.5, Long -54.6

[Wind N and NNE force 2-4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 42°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses N70-73°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 6 mins.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and overcast, clear weather

5.20am: Clocks back 6 minutes.

11.20pm: Clocks back 7 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind and fine weather, smooth sea.

Distance run 244 miles.


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21 April 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to New York.

Lat 41.0, Long -59.9

[Wind variable E force 2; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 52°F, sea 57°F]

[Base courses N73-77°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 7 mins.

4.00am: Light wind and fine weather; smooth sea.

5.20am: Clocks back 7 minutes.

4.00pm: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and overcast. Observed steamer bound West distance about 10 miles.

11.20pm: Clocks back 7 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast, passing showers.

Distance run 256 miles.


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22 April 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to New York.

Lat 40.7, Long -65.0

[Wind variable SW force 7-4; sea rough; cloudy with squalls and mist; air temperature average 55°F, sea 52°F]

[Base courses N73-79°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 7 mins.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast with rain squalls.

5.20am: Clocks back 7 minutes.

6.00am: Wind and sea increasing.

8.00am: Strong wind, rough sea and high SWly swell, overcast, misty, frequent heavy rain squalls.

11.20pm: Clocks back 6 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine clear weather.

Distance run 233 miles.


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23 April 1918

At convoy duty Devonport to New York.

Lat 40.6, Long -70.0

[Wind WSW force 3-4; sea moderate; broken cloud with mist; air temperature average 45°F, sea 40°F]

[Base courses N76-86°W]

3.19am: Observed steamer bearing WNW distant 4 miles steering W.

3.20am: Clocks back 6 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine hazy weather.

4.30am: Commenced sounding.

5.20am: Clocks back 7 minutes.

9.10am: Observed Nantucket Light Vessel bearing West.

11.20pm: Clocks back 11 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate to fresh winds, rough sea, fine hazy weather.

Distance run 235 miles.


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24 April 1918

At New York.

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

[Wind variable NW force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 45°F]

3.23am: Fire Island Light Vessel abeam 3.5 miles; altered course to N75°W. Clocks back 10 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, fine hazy weather.

6.25am: Picked up pilot off Gedney Light buoy and proceeded through Ambrose Channel to New York.

7.35am: Passed Fort Wadsworth.

7.41am: Passed gate.

9.20am: Let go port anchor in 8 fathoms of water with 66 fathoms of cable. Finished with engines.

10.55am: Clocks on 1 hour to summer time.

Noon: Light wind and fine weather.

Distance run 201 miles.


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25 April 1918

At New York, Hudson River.

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

[Wind NNE force 2; broken cloud; air temperature average 56°F]

9.25am: HMS Leviathan hove up anchor and proceeded down the river. Hands employed scraping and painting ship’s side and refitting.

4.00pm: Weather fine and clear.

Midnight: Weather fine but hazy.


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26 April 1918

At New York, Hudson River.

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

[Wind variable E force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 56°F]

4.00am: Weather fine and misty, light airs.

8.03am: Hove up anchor and proceeded to berth at pier 4 Brooklyn. Engines and helm as requisite to pilot’s orders.

9.18am: Entered Bay Ridge Channel.

9.33am: Tugs made fast off dock entrance.

9.55am: Ship in berth; finished with engines.

2.00pm: 1 rating discharged to US Navy Hospital Brooklyn.

4.40pm: Vessel shifted 400 ft up the wharf.

Midnight: Weather fine, sky clear.


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27 April 1918

At New York, Brooklyn.

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

[Wind variable SE force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F]

4.00am: Weather fine and dry.

8.15am: Hands employed scraping and painting ship’s sides, boats and refitting.*

Midnight: Fine weather, light breeze.


*[Note: The regular daily leave pattern was to rotate the watches and give the men leave until 7.00am the following morning, but the boys only until 7.00pm the same evening. This was repeated daily.]


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28 April 1918

At New York, Brooklyn.

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

[Wind SE force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F]

4.00am: Weather fine.

9.30am: Roman Catholic Church party (23) landed, Mr Pipe in charge. Shore party employed unloading barrels from No.2 hold.

10.00am: Church of England church party landed (160 men and 3 officers); Lieut. Boyd in charge.*

10.50am: Shore trimmers employed trimming coal in Nos. 3 and 4 holds.


*[Note: The officers, and especially the Chaplain, would have been amused to see the upsurge in enthusiasm for church services which manifested itself when the ship visited New York, compared with the usual handful of church attenders in other locations!]


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29 April 1918

At New York, Brooklyn.

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

[Wind variable calm; cloudy; air temperature average 55°F]

2.00am: Party resumed work in No.2 hold.

8.00am: Shore trimmers finished work. Weather calm and overcast.

1.30pm: Commenced loading cargo.

9.00pm: Shore carpenters resumed work.

Midnight: Weather wet with light wind.


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30 April 1918

At New York, Brooklyn.

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

[Wind variable calm; cloud and mist; air temperature average 58°F]

5.30am: Shore carpenters ceased work.

7.00am: Shore party recommenced loading cargo.

7.30-11.30pm: Shore carpenters commenced work.


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LOGS FOR MAY 1918


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Barometer information

Thermometer information

Barometer: Mercurial


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1 May 1918

At New York, Brooklyn.

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

[Wind variable NW “light airs”; cloudy; air temperature average 58°F]

4.00am: Shore carpenters at work in No.2 hold.

6.00am: Shore party resumed getting in cargo.

1.00pm: Received 4080 lbs of mutton from Armour and Co.

4.00pm: Getting in beef and flour.

Midnight: Light breeze with squalls.


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2 May 1918

At New York, Brooklyn.

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

[Wind NW backing W “light airs”; cloudy; air temperature average 56°F]

[General maintenance and getting in stores, including shore parties]

Midnight: Weather fine, wind light.


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3 May 1918

At New York, Brooklyn.

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

[Wind W “light airs”; cloudy with light showers; air temperature average 58°F]

[General maintenance and getting in stores, including shore parties]

Midnight: Weather fine but overcast.


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4 May 1918

At New York, Brooklyn.

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

[Wind variable “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 62°F]

[General maintenance and getting in stores, including shore parties]

Midnight: Weather fine, wind light.


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5 May 1918

At New York, Brooklyn.

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

[Wind SE “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 64°F]

6.30am: Roman Catholic Church party (4 ratings) landed.

9.30am: RC church party landed; 23 men under [Midshipman] Mr Verano.

10.20am: Church of England party landed; 142 men under Lieut. Squires.


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6 May 1918

At New York, Brooklyn.

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

[Wind calm; light broken cloud with mist; air temperature average 75°F]

[General maintenance and getting in stores, including shore parties]

11.40am: 1 cask of rum received from HMS Virginian.

12.25pm: 1 rating joined ship from HMS Moldavia.

Midnight: Weather fine, wind light, blue sky.


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7 May 1918

At New York, Brooklyn.

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

[Wind WSW force 2; light broken cloud with mist; air temperature average 77°F]

[General maintenance and getting in stores, including shore parties]

1.00am: Shore party employed on forward galley.

1.00pm: Mist lifted.


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8 May 1918

At New York, Brooklyn.

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

[Wind SW veering NW force 2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F]

[General maintenance and getting in stores, including shore parties]

9.45am: Cleared lower deck. Hands went to boat stations.

10.30am: Lost by accident brushes, dust, 4; brooms, bass, 2.

3.00pm: Received 24 life-rafts.

6.00pm: Received medical stores for troops.


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9 May 1918

At New York, Brooklyn.

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

[Wind NW backing SSE force 2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F]

[General maintenance and getting in stores, including shore parties]

1.20pm: 3 officers of 118th Infantry and one orderly came on board.

1.35pm: Shifted ship to inner end of wharf.

3.15pm: All fast, bows to shore, port quarter to starboard bow of SS Nestor.

3.25pm: 1 rating rejoined from hospital.

5.00pm: Watch employed getting in troop stores.

11.00pm: Electricians ceased work.

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10 May 1918

At New York, Brooklyn.

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

[Wind SE force 1-2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F]

8.00am: Shore party on board cleaning troop quarters. Hands employed getting in troop stores and as requisite.

10.30am: Shore party finished cleaning troop quarters and left ship.

1.45pm: Commenced to embark troops: 490 men and 14 officers.

2.45pm: Shore electricians ceased work on board.

3.00pm: Troops all embarked.

4.00pm: Lost overboard: brushes, duster, ground, 3.


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11 May 1918

At New York and en route to Glasgow.

Lat 40.7, Long -74.0

[Wind mainly SSE force 1-2; broken cloud and mist; air temperature average 67°F]

4.00am: Light to moderate winds and fine weather.

7.30am: 7 signal ratings left ship for convoy duties.

11.30am: Cast off moorings and proceeded out of dock, assisted by tugs.

Noon: Light winds and fine weather.

12.02pm: Cleared dock; turned and headed down harbour, speed various to pilot’s orders.

12.28pm: Passed boom defence and proceeded through Ambrose Channel.

1.28pm: Reduced speed and dropped pilot off Fairway buoy.

1.31pm: Proceeded towards Ambrose Light Vessel; formed convoy of 7 vessels in 4 columns and proceeded in company with USS St Louis. Course ESE 56 revs.

7.00pm: SS Northumberland joined convoy.

Midnight: Light wind, fine hazy weather, smooth sea.


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12 May 1918

At convoy duty New York to Glasgow.

Lat 40.2, Long -68.1

[Wind variable SE force 1-2; sea smooth; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 53°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses S71-77°E]

0.50am: Convoy and escort in company.

4.00am: Light wind, smooth sea, fine hazy weather.

7.40am: Set in thick fog; streamed fog buoy.

8.00am: Light wind, smooth sea, dense fog.

8.25am: Fog cleared.

9.50am: Altered course 4 points to port to clear steamer.

2.45pm: Thick fog set in. Took patent log in and streamed fog buoy. Fog signals sounded as requisite.

11.40pm: Fog lifted.

Midnight: Light wind, smooth sea, hazy, slight fog.

Distance run 279 miles.


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13 May 1918

At convoy duty New York to Glasgow.

Lat 40.2, Long -61.4

[Wind variable SE force 1-2; sea smooth; cloudy with mist and fog; air temperature average 53°F, sea 48°F]

[Base courses S67-71°E]

0.50am: Convoy and escort in company.

1.15am: Took fog buoy in, streamed log.

4.00am: Light wind, smooth sea, fine weather.

9.15am: Observed steamer steering East.

10.00am: Exercised 4 and 2 point alterations of course by signal.

3.50pm: Fog set in; took log in and streamed fog buoy.

4.35pm: Carried out practice zigzag No.3.

6.00pm: Passed steamer bound West.

6.25pm: Ceased zig-zagging.

11.20pm: Clocks on 9 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind and fine weather; slight sea.

Distance run 308 miles*


*[Note, as this convoy is mainly liners carrying troops, it is a “fast” convoy covering around 300 miles per day, at around 13 knots, compared with under 200 for “slow” convoys.]


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14 May 1918

At convoy duty New York to Glasgow.

Lat 40.2, Long -54.8

[Wind variable SE force 1-2; sea smooth; cloudy with mist and fog; air temperature average 70°F, sea 70°F]

[Base course S67°E]

0.50am: Convoy and escort in company.

3.15am: Fog set in, took log in and streamed fog buoy.

3.20am: Clocks on 9 minutes.

4.00am: Light wind, smooth sea, dense fog, clearing at intervals.

5.20am: Clocks on 8 minutes. Fog clearing at intervals Themistocles astern of station.

8.10am: Fog cleared.

9.12am: Took fog buoy in and streamed log.

2.16pm: Reduced to 68 revs to allow Themistocles to regain station.

4.30pm: Left convoy and proceeded towards Themistocles astern of convoy.

8.15pm: Resumed position at head of convoy. Themistocles being short of coal and unable to maintain speed parted company with convoy to return to Halifax NS.

11.00pm: Steamer bound ENE crossed ahead.

11.20pm: Clocks on 9 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind, smooth sea, fine weather.

Distance run 307 miles.


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15 May 1918

At convoy duty New York to Glasgow.

Lat 40.4, Long -48.8

[Wind variable SE force 1-2; sea smooth; cloudy with mist and fog; air temperature average 75°F, sea 66°F]

[Base courses S65-67°E and N63°E]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company.

0.16am: Left position in convoy to investigate suspicious steamer. Found to be Belgian Relief ship on passage from Galveston to Rotterdam.

1.15am: Resumed position in convoy.

3.20am: Clocks on 9 mins.

4.00am: Light wind, smooth sea, hazy weather.

5.20am: Clocks on 8 minutes.

10.00am: Passed steamer bearing W.

10.47am: Reduced speed to allow [possibly] Karmala to repair boiler defects.

11.55am: Passed steamer bearing W.

4.30pm: Passed steamer bearing W.

5.52pm: Altered course to N63°E.

9.30pm: Fog set in; streamed fog buoy.

11.20pm: Clocks on 6 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind, smooth sea, dense fog.

Distance run 298 miles.


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16 May 1918

At convoy duty New York to Glasgow.

Lat 43.4, Long -43.7

[Wind NNW force 4-7; sea rough; cloudy; air temperature average 53°F, sea 56°F]

[Base courses N65-67°E]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company.

1.05am: Fog cleared.

2.37am: Took fog buoy in, streamed log.

3.20am: Clocks on 6 minutes.

4.00am: Light to moderate wind, slight sea, clear weather.

5.20am: Clocks on 5 minutes.

10.40am: Passed USS San Diego* bound West.

8.00pm: Moderate gale and high sea, clear weather. Ship rolling and straining heavily. Elpenor reported hove to for repairs; Northumberland reported damage to deck fittings.

11.20pm: Clocks on 6 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate gale and high sea, clear weather. Heavy NWly swell.

Distance run 300 miles.


*[Note: This ship was to be lost in New York in July 1918. See hyperlink.]


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17 May 1918

At convoy duty New York to Glasgow.

Lat 45.9, Long -38.8

[Wind NNW backing WNW force 6-7; sea very rough; overcast with squalls; air temperature average 45°F, sea 52°F]

[Base course E]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company. Elpenor astern executing repairs.

3.20am: Clocks on 6 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate gale and high sea, clear weather. Ship rolling and straining heavily.

5.10am: Observed Elpenor bearing N45°W.

5.20am: Clocks on 5 minutes.

7.40am: Elpenor rejoined convoy.

11.42am: Passed steamer bound West.

Noon: Moderate gale and high sea, heavy NWesterly swell, fine cloudy weather.

11.20 Clocks on 8 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate gale and high sea, frequent heavy rain squalls and NWly swell.

Distance run 267 miles.


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18 May 1918

At convoy duty New York to Glasgow.

Lat 48.6, Long -32.9

[Wind NNW force 6-7; sea rough with NW swell; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 50°F, sea 53°F]

[Base courses N68-79°E]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company.

3.20am: Clocks on 8 minutes.

4.00am: Strong wind, very rough sea, cloudy and squally with rain, heavy WNWly swell.

5.20am: Clocks on 7 minutes.

8.00pm: Fresh wind, rough sea, NW swell, clear weather with passing showers.

9.00pm: Exercised 4 and 2 point alterations of course.

9.32pm: Exercise finished.

11.20pm: Clocks on 8 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, NWly swell, fine clear weather.

Distance run 298 miles.


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19 May 1918

At convoy duty New York to Glasgow.

Lat 52.2, Long -27.6

[Wind mainly W force 4; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 50°F, sea 53°F]

[Base courses N68-70°E]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company.

3.20am: Clocks on 8 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh wind and rough sea, fine clear weather, passing showers.

4.05am: Commenced No.3 zig-zag.

5.20am: Clocks on 7 minutes.

8.00am: Fresh wind, rough sea, fine weather. Commenced rigid watches; altered course to N70°E.

4.14pm: Changed from No.3 to No.1 ZZ.

6.14pm: Resumed No.3 ZZ.

11.20pm: Clocks on 7 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, fine cloudy weather.

Distance run 305 miles.


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20 May 1918

At convoy duty New York to Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -21.8

[Wind NNW backing SSW force 3-4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F, sea 51°F]

[Base courses N68-69°E and S59-61°E]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company. Steering No.3 ZZ.

2.20am: Passed steamer bound West.

3.20am: Clocks on 7 mins.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea and fine weather.

5.20am: Clocks on 8 mins.

7.00am: 1 bass broom & 2 hand scrubbers lost overboard.

11.50am: USS St Louis parted company.

12.20pm: Altered course to S61°E.

5.00pm: Clocks on 10 mins; altered course to S59°E.

6.23pm: Clocks on 11 mins.

11.00pm: Clocks on 21 mins.

Distance run 307 miles.


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21 May 1918

At convoy duty New York to Glasgow.

Lat 55.9, Long -13.8

[Wind variable SE force 3-6; sea moderate to rough; cloudy; air temperature average 53°F, sea 51°F]

[Base courses S70-73°E]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company. Steering No.3 ZZ.

3.20am: Clocks on 21 mins.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea.

5.00am: Commenced No.1 ZZ courses.

8.58am: Sighted destroyers bearing East.

9.13am: Destroyer escort joined; HMSs Mons Medway Minos Manners Pigeon and Ossory.

9.56am: Altered course to S70°E. No.3 zig-zag.

4.45pm: Elpenor stopped for hot bearings.

5.08pm: Dropped PVs; Elpenor rejoined convoy.

6.15pm: Destroyers HMS Michael and HMS Moresby joined convoy.

11.56pm: Moderate wind and sea; altered course to S41°E.

Distance run 298 miles.


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22 May 1918

At convoy duty New York to Glasgow.

Lat 55.1, Long -5.7

[Wind variable SE force 3; sea smooth; fog; air temperature average 55°F, sea 50°F]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company. Steering No.3 ZZ.

2.00am: Sounded in 87 fathoms.

3.55am: HMS Eglantine joined escort.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, cloudy and hazy.

4.05am: HMS Marjoram joined escort.

7.10am: Set in thick fog.

7.35am: Took log in and streamed fog buoy.

8.00am: Moderate wind, smooth sea, dense fog. Sounding at frequent intervals.

8.10am: Altered course to S26°E off Point of Oversay.

11.00am: Mull of Cantyre fog siren abeam 3 miles.

12.11pm: Altered course 2 points to port on signal “U” being sounded by Minos.*

12.14pm: Northumberland passed astern with bow damage.**

1.45pm: Sighted Northumberland on port beam.

2.00pm: Altered course to S21°E and then as requisite, turning to port clear of convoy.

2.29pm: Clear of convoy; set course N2°W 77 revs.

3.15pm: Fog lifted.

4.00pm: Light wind smooth sea, hazy.

4.45pm: Passed Ailsa Craig distant 2.75 miles.

8.10pm: Passed boom.

8.24pm: Stopped and took pilot aboard.

8.35pm: Proceeded to anchorage at Tail O’ The Bank.

8.55pm: Let go port anchor in 13 fathoms with 60 fathoms of cable.

Distance run 317 miles.


*[Note: The signal “U” means “You are standing into danger”.]


**[Note: Northumberland had collided with and sunk the small collier Cliffburn with the loss of all hands. The collision took place in the Irish Channel off The Maidens. The Northumberland also sustained the bow damage reported in the log. The Northumberland was a steel screw steamship of 12160 tons gross tons gross and 7861 tons net, 530 ft. long, and the smaller ship had no chance. See 1914-1918 invisionzone forum: Loss at sea 22 May 1918 and Wrecksite: SS Cliffburn.]



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23 May 1918

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable force 1; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 59°F]

0.00am: At anchor at Tail of the Bank.

4.00am: Cloudy and overcast with heavy rain.

8.00am: Light wind, overcast and misty with rain. Hove short.

8.20am: Hove up anchor and proceeded to Glasgow, engines and helm as requisite to pilot’s orders.

8.39am: Tugs made fast.

11.25am: Entered Prince’s Dock. Draft on entry: forward 21’0”, aft 23’0”.

11.58am: Ship moored in No.8 berth.

12.45pm: All troops disembarked.

2.00pm: Hands fell in for payment. Discharged cot case to hospital.

Distance run 120 miles.


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24 May 1918

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SW force 1-2; overcast; air temperature average 59°F]

6.00am: Shore party commenced discharging cargo from both holds.

7.00am: Shore party of electricians and shore party of boiler cleaners commenced work.

8.45am: Hands employed preparing ship for coaling and discharging cargo.

3.00pm: 1 prisoner arrived on board.

3.20pm: 4 prisoners discharged to Rosyth.

8.00pm: 1 signal rating joined ship.


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25 May 1918

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SW “light airs”; overcast with rain; air temperature average 57°F]

6.00am: Discharging cargo from holds; hands employed getting out meat etc.

8.00am: 1 rating joined ship.

11.35am: Finished discharging meat.

11.40am: 1 Boy rejoined from HMS Vivid. 3 ratings joined from HMS Vivid for HMS Wolf.

12.50pm: Finished work at No.2 hold.

4.30pm: Midshipman Verano left ship for Devonport Barracks.


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26 May 1918

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind variable “light airs”; overcast with rain; air temperature average 57°F]

6.15am: Commenced discharging cargo (Paymaster's stores). Shore party working at PI gun.

11.30am: Shifted ship to Whitefield Crane.

12.15pm: Berthed alongside crane.

1.30pm: Shore party employed landing PI gun and mountings. Received 3 ratings awaiting passage.

3.30pm: Received 2 ratings for disposal.

4.00pm: Shore party employed landing windlass.

4.30pm: Ship shifted into berth and made fast.


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27 May 1918

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind SW veering W “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F]

5.25am: Discharged 1 rating on passage.

6.00am: Shore party employed caulking decks, lifting guns etc.

10.00am: Discharged 2 ratings to SNO Inverness.

9.30am: Hands to shift ship.

10.30am: Ship berthed and made fast alongside coaling wharf.

10.45am: Commenced coaling, 40 men and 2 foremen employed.

1.00pm: Hands employed blacking down aloft.

1.30pm: 1 rating discharged to Devonport Barracks.

4.00pm: 1 rating left ship.

6.35pm: 44 men and 2 foremen employed coaling.


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28 May 1918

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind NW force 1-2; cloudy; air temperature average 60°F]

6.00am: Commenced work and coaling.

2.30pm: 5 ratings left ship for depot.

4.45pm: Completed coaling. Total received 1531 tons.

4.50pm: Shifted to No.21 Berth. Discharged 1 rating to depot.


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29 May 1918

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind WNW force 2; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F]

2.30pm: 1 rating discharged to HMS Devonshire.

2.45pm: 2 ratings discharged to HMS Lightfoot.

11.30pm: 8 ratings came on board.


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30 May 1918

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind W veering NW force 2; overcast; air temperature average 57°F]

1.00am: Shore fitters working on pipes in bakehouse.

9.30am: 1 rating joined ship; 1 rating brought on board.

11.30am: Midshipman Mackie RNR joined ship.

1.15pm: Hands employed as requisite and in getting in paravanes and depth charges.

3.00pm: 8 ratings discharged.

7.00pm: 30 signal ratings joined ship. 1 Ordinary Seaman joined from Devonport.

9.20pm: 1 rating sent ashore under escort.


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31 May 1918

At Glasgow, Prince’s Dock.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind NW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F]

5.00am: 2 tugs alongside.

5.10am: Shifted vessel to No. 29 Berth.

9.45am: 46 ratings joined ship.

10.10am: Midshipman Late [sic] RNR joined ship.

11.00am: 3 marine ratings joined ship and 4 seaman ratings joined ship. 5 bags of mails received.

Noon: Midshipman Lane [sic] RNR left for hospital.

1.00pm: Hands employed getting in provisions and as required. 1 rating left ship under escort.

2.25pm: Tug fast aft.

2.40pm: Commenced to shift ship.

3.50pm: Vessel fast alongside coaling wharf.

6.20pm: 7 officers arrived on board to take passage.

8.10pm: 1 rating joined from HMS Eagle.


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LOGS FOR JUNE 1918


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Barometer: Aneroid.


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1 June 1918

At Glasgow and en route to Halifax.

Lat 55.9, Long -4.8

[Wind NW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F]

10.30am: 1 rating joined ship.

10.45am: Received 18 bags of mail for passage.

11.00am: 4 officers joined ship for passage.

1.00pm: 5 ratings left for RN Barracks Chatham. 3 ratings left for RN Barracks Portsmouth. 2 fireman ratings discharged to shore.

4.13pm: Left wharf and proceeded into river assisted by tugs; engines and helms as requisite to pilot’s orders.

4.20pm: Passed out of dock.

5.53pm: Let go tugs off Bowling.

6.45pm: Proceeded towards boom with escorting destroyers Portia, Mounsey and Millbrook.

7.00pm: Clocks back 30 minutes.

6.50pm: Passed boom.

6.51pm: Out PVs; set course S33°W.

8.50pm: [USS] Kanawha took station astern 2 cables.

10.45pm: Clocks back 30 minutes.

11.20pm: Altered course to N29°W; Kanawha took station 3 cables on port beam.

Midnight: Light wind, fine hazy weather.


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2 June 1918

At convoy duty from Glasgow to Halifax.

Lat 56.5, Long -9.4

[Wind variable SW force 1; sea smooth; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 58°F, sea 58°F]

[Base courses N42-68°W]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company.

0.58am: Passed Mull of Cantyre Light.

3.00am: Commenced No.3 ZZ.

3.15am: Negative ZZ; fog set in.

4.00am: Light airs, smooth sea, dense fog.

5.00am: Fog lifting.

5.10am: Commenced No.3 ZZ.

2.00pm: Kanawha and destroyer escort parted company in Lat 56°45’N, Long 10°03’W; altered course to N68°W; full speed.

5.18pm: PVs aboard. Starboard PV damaged against ship’s side owing to gallows lead block carrying away.

8.00pm: Light wind, smooth sea, Westerly swell, hazy, occasional fog banks.

9.55pm: Fog, ceased zigzagging.

Midnight: Light wind, dense fog.

Distance run 259 miles.


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3 June 1918

At convoy duty from Glasgow to Halifax.

Lat 56.7, Long -18.8

[Wind variable SW force 3; sea slight; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 55°F, sea 52°F]

[Base courses N63-68°W and S84-86°W]

4.00am: Light wind, slight NWly swell, dense fog.

7.30am: Commenced ZZ No.3; fog clearing.

10.05am: Fog lifted.

2.30pm: Clocks back 15 minutes.

4.40pm: Altered course to S84°W. Weather cleared.

5.25pm: Clocks back 7 minutes.

6.25pm: Clocks back 8 minutes.

10.40pm: Lookouts reported red rocket bearing SSE. Altered course to S25°E and zigzagged towards position observed. Nothing further being seen kept away on course S86°W at 11.45pm. Clocks having gone back 15 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

Distance run 325 miles.


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4 June 1918

At convoy duty from Glasgow to Halifax.

Lat 54.7, Long -25.8

[Wind variable SW force 4-6 sea moderate to rough; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 52°F, sea 52°F]

[Base courses S80-86°W]

0.00am: Steering No.3 zigzag courses.

1.00am: Stopped zigzag; reduced to 63 revs.

3.20am: Clocks back 15 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine hazy weather.

4.20am: Clocks back 15 minutes.

8.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine hazy weather. Commenced non-rigid watches.

11.20am: Clocks back 15 minutes.

Noon: Fresh to strong wind, rough sea, overcast and misty with rain.

3.20pm: Fog set in.

4.00pm: Strong to fresh wind, rough sea, foggy.

7.15pm: Wind hauled to Westward, fog cleared.

11.20pm: Clocks back 13 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast, rain.

Distance run 307 miles.


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5 June 1918

At convoy duty from Glasgow to Halifax.

Lat 52.2, Long -31.3

[Wind variable SW force 4-6 sea moderate to rough; overcast with mist and fog; air temperature average 51°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses S79-82°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 12 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate to fresh wind, overcast, hazy.

5.20am: Clocks back 12 minutes.

5.50am: Fog set in.

6.30am: Fog cleared.

7.00am: Fog set in.

11.30am: Fog cleared.

11.20pm: Clocks back 6 minutes.

Midnight: Strong wind, rough sea, cloudy and clear.

Distance run 258 miles.


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6 June 1918

At convoy duty from Glasgow to Halifax.

Lat 49.5, Long -35.8

[Wind NW backing W force 6-2 sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 49°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses S78-81°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 6 minutes.

4.00am: Strong wind, rough sea, overcast and cloudy.

5.20am: Clocks back 6 minutes.

4.00pm: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

11.20pm: Clocks back 6 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind, fine cloudy weather.

Distance run 250 miles.


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7 June 1918

At convoy duty from Glasgow to Halifax.

Lat 46.7, Long -41.0

[Wind variable NW force 2-5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 49°F, sea 50°F]

[Base courses S75-80°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 6 minutes.

4.00am: Light winds, slight sea, cloudy and squally with rain.

5.20am: Clocks back 6 minutes.

8.00pm: Moderate wind and sea, clear fine weather.

11.20pm: Clocks back 6 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, fine clear weather.

Distance run 269 miles.


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8 June 1918

At convoy duty from Glasgow to Halifax.

Lat 43.7, Long -45.5

[Wind NW backing SSW force 5-7; sea moderate to rough; cloudy; air temperature average 60°F, sea 60°F]

[Base courses S71-75°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 6 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, fine weather.

5.00am: Sighted 4 sailing vessels during watch, all steering NW.

5.20am: Clocks back 6 minutes.

8.00pm: Moderate gale and high sea, cloudy and overcast.

11.20pm: Clocks back 6 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate gale and high sea, cloudy and overcast.

Distance run 266 miles.


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9 June 1918

At convoy duty from Glasgow to Halifax.

Lat 42.4, Long -49.4

[Wind variable NW force 5-1; sea rough reducing; cloudy with mist and fog; air temperature average 49°F, sea 49°F]

[Base courses S71°W and N65-68°W]

1.55am: Fog set in.

3.20am: Clocks back 6 minutes.

3.30am: Altered course to N68°W.

4.00am: Strong wind and rough sea; fog changed to heavy rain.

5.20am: Clocks back 6 minutes.

6.05am: Fog set in.

6.35am: Fog lifted; wind fell light and shifted to NNW.

11.00am: Fog set in.

Noon: Light wind, SWly swell, fog.

12.30pm: Fog cleared.

11.20pm: Clocks back 6 minutes.

Midnight: Light airs, overcast, rain.

Distance run 242 miles.


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10 June 1918

At convoy duty from Glasgow to Halifax.

Lat 42.2, Long -54.8

[Wind variable SW force 1-2; sea slight; cloudy with mist and fog; air temperature average 65°F, sea 60°F]

[Base courses N50-65°W]

2.30am: Fog set in.

3.20am: Clocks back 6 minutes.

4.00am: Light wind, overcast and foggy.

5.20am: Clocks back 5 minutes.

6.50am: Wind shifted to WSW; fog lifted.

10.00am: Increased to 63 revs and commenced ZZ No.16.

7.30pm: Fog cleared.

10.30pm: Fog set in.

11.20pm: Clocks back 8 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind, overcast, fog.

Distance run 258 miles.


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11 June 1918

At convoy duty from Glasgow to Halifax.

Lat 42.9, Long -59.9

[Wind variable force 1-2; sea smooth; cloudy with mist and fog; air temperature average 55°F, sea 55°F]

[Base courses N50-55°W and N22-23°W]

3.20am: Clocks back 8 minutes.

4.00am: Light winds, cloudy and fine. Commenced No.16 ZZ.

4.30am: Fog; stopped ZZ.

5.30am: Fog cleared; resumed ZZ.

5.20am: Clocks back 8 minutes.

3.40pm: Passed small sailing vessel bound East.

5.25pm: Sounded on bank.

8.00pm: Light wind, fine cloudy weather; commenced rigid watches.

Midnight: Moderate to light wind, fine clear weather.

Distance run 265 miles.


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12 June 1918

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind variable SE force 1-2; fog; air temperature average 49°F]

0.40am: Passed steamer steering SE. Sounding at frequent intervals.

1.30am: Fog set in.

4.00am: Light wind, smooth sea, dense fog; sounding at short intervals to obtain lines of soundings.

8.10am: Passed steamer, stopped, heading ESE.

9.03am: Heard outer whistle buoy.

10.45am: Took pilot aboard and took PVs in. PV No.1004 damaged.

11.44am: Passed boom and proceeded to Pier 25 Terminal.

11.53am: Entered basin.

Noon: Dense fog throughout.

12.12pm: Ship in berth at Pier 25 Ocean Terminal Wharf. Finished with engines.

1.25pm: MB Mildred arriving alongside and took mails on board.

2.00pm: Hands employed sending down ammunition, turning in boats and as requisite.

3.00pm: 12 officers and 61 ratings left for HMS Niobe.

Midnight: Fog and light wind.

Distance run 250 miles.


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13 June 1918

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind variable SE force 1-2; fog; air temperature average 51°F]

8.45am: Commenced loading cargo.

10.00am: Hands assisting shore party loading cargo and discharging depth charges. Ammunition lighter alongside.

10.25am: Commenced watering ship.

5.05pm: Water barge left ship.

Midnight: Thick fog, light wind.


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14 June 1918

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind variable SW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 54°F]

7.00am: Shore party of stevedores under Leading Seaman commenced loading cargo.

9.30am: Hands cleaning ship, holds and guns.

1.15pm: Hands painting masts and funnels and preparing No.2 hold.


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15 June 1918

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind variable SW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 54°F]

7.00am: Resumed loading cargo at Nos. 2 and 5 holds.

1.40pm: 6 cases of shells lost overboard.


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16 June 1918

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 62°F]

10.30am: C of E party of 182 ratings under Lt. Boyd landed. RC party of 23 ratings under Sub Lt McEnery landed.


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17 June 1918

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind “light airs” variable W; broken cloud; air temperature average 65°F]

8.45am: Marines landed for route march; boys on boat drill.

12.05pm: Marines returned.

3.50pm: Finished loading cargo at No.5 hold.

10.30pm: Finished loading cargo at No.2 hold.


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18 June 1918

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind “light airs” variable SW; cloudy; air temperature average 55°F]

6.30am: Shifted to other side of basin.

7.00am: Ship berthed alongside No.24 shed. Sounded around ship and found maximum depth to be 29’ maximum 36’.

8.50am: Hopper No.2 came alongside for ashes.

9.00am: Hands employed ratling down aloft, painting ship’s side, clearing up troop decks and getting in stores.

2.45pm: Hoppers cast off.

3.00pm: Commenced watering ship from wharf.


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19 June 1918

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind NW force 1-2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 59°F]

[Routine of loading, maintaining ship, getting in stores and leave]

5.00pm: Shore party finished loading cargo.


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20 June 1918

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind variable calm; light broken cloud; air temperature average 53°F]

[Routine of loading, maintaining ship, getting in stores and leave]

8.40am: Marine party (32) landed for route march.

10.30am: Resumed watering ship; gunner’s party stripping PII gun.

12.20pm: Marine party returned from march.

2.00pm: Hands overhauling gun mountings; training classes and watering ship.

3.40pm: SS Coastguard fast alongside; hands loading provisions.

4.45pm: Coastguard cast off.


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21 June 1918

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind SW calm; light broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F]

[Routine of loading, maintaining ship, getting in stores and leave]

9.00am: 12 officers and 2 companies of seamen landed for route march.

11.45am: Route march party returned.


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22 June 1918

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind variable calm; light broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F]

[Routine of loading, maintaining ship, getting in stores and leave]


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23 June 1918

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind SE veering SW force 2-3; cloud and rain; air temperature average 55°F]

10.25am: Church parties, RC under Lt. McEnery, C of E under Lt. Squires.


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24 June 1918

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind SW calm; light broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F]

[Routine of loading, maintaining ship, getting in stores and leave]

8.40am: Commenced watering ship. Hands employed preparing boats for sea and clearing troop deck. Ordinary Seamen and AB's under 6 months rating away at boat instruction. Ord Seaman at BL gun drill. Gunner’s party employed as required.

10.00am: Hopper No.2 came alongside for ashes.

12.30pm: Hopper No.2 shoved off.

2.00pm: Boys and OSs at instruction in boat sailing. Hands also at gun drill and rigging paravane gear.

3.00pm: Discharged 1 rating to convoy. Commenced embarking troops.

3.30pm: Completed embarkation of troops and their baggage.

5.50pm: 21 ratings joined from HMS Niobe.


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25 June 1918

At Halifax and en route to Tilbury.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind SW calm; light broken cloud; air temperature average 53°F]

8.10am: 1 signal rating left ship for convoy.

9.30am: Masters of vessels belonging to convoy arrived for conference.

10.00am: 5 ratings left for signal duties in convoy. Steering gear tested, correct.

11.30am: Stopped watering ship; received 444 tons for deck use. Total received 580 tons (131 tons for engine room).

Noon: 1 BEF man discharged to hospital.

1.00pm: 1 soldier left ship for hospital.

1.30pm: Pilot aboard.

3.00pm: Singled up; tugs fore and aft; left dock assisted by tugs.

3.27pm: Pilot and tugs left. Courses and speed various towards gate.

3.42pm: Passed boom gate.

4.11pm: Passed Portuguese Shoal buoy; set course S3°E.

5.28pm: Set course S47°E; formed convoy of 8 ships in 5 columns. Coastal escort of 3 American motor launches in company.

6.35pm: Convoy in station.

Midnight: Light wind, fine weather, SE swell.


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26 June 1918

At convoy duty Halifax to Tilbury.

Lat 43.1, Long -58.9

[Wind variable SE force 1-2; sea smooth; cloudy with fog; air temperature average 60°F, sea 56°F]

[Base courses S59-60°E]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company. Commenced zigzag No.16.

5.45am: Fog set in.

5.53am: Negative ZZ.

8.30am: Motor launch escort parted company.

10.00am: Courses & speed various to take in PVs.

10.24am: Resumed station.

11.00am: Commenced ZZ No.16.

11.12am: Yangtse [likely Yang-tse] developed boiler defects, reduced to 57 revs.

8.42pm: Fog set in. Negative ZZ. Log in and fog buoy steamed.

11.50pm: Fog cleared; light wind and overcast.

Distance run 225 miles.


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27 June 1918

At convoy duty Halifax to Tilbury.

Lat 42.7, Long -53.5

[Wind variable NE force 1-2; sea smooth; cloudy with fog; air temperature average 55°F, sea 56°F]

[Base courses S57-60°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company.

4.00am: Light winds, overcast and cloudy. Fog buoy in; log streamed.

6.00am: Yangste in station.

7.30am: Passing through drifting banks of fog.

10.45am: Exchanged pendants with HMS Isis in Lat 42°42’N, Long 54°04’W.

6.30-7.00pm: Passing through drifting banks of fog.

9.35pm: Set in thick fog; log in and fog buoy streamed.

Distance run 244 miles.


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28 June 1918

At convoy duty Halifax to Tilbury.

Lat 42.3, Long -47.3

[Wind variable NE force 5; sea moderate; cloudy with fog; air temperature average 55°F, sea 60°F]

[Base courses S81-85°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company.

2.30am: Fog cleared.

4.00am: Fresh wind, moderate sea, overcast, misty.

4.55am: Mist cleared.

5.20am: Fog buoy in; log streamed.

6.10am: Passed SS Derbyshire bound West in Lat 42°49’N, Long 45°48’W.

7.10am: Passed SS Strathfillan bound West.

11.00am: Commenced ZZ No.19.

Noon: Fresh wind, rough sea, cloudy and clear.

7.00pm: Passed 4-masted steamer bound West.

11.00pm: Clocks on 5 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh to strong wind, rough sea, cloudy and fine.

Distance run 264 miles.


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29 June 1918

At convoy duty Halifax to Tilbury.

Lat 43.9, Long -41.8

[Wind variable NE veering E force 5-6; sea moderate to rough; cloudy; air temperature average 58°F, sea 60°F]

[Base courses S84-87°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company.

3.00am: Clocks on 5 minutes.

4.00am: Fresh to strong wind, rough sea, cloudy and clear.

6.00am: Heavy rain squalls.

Noon: Strong wind, rough sea, overcast. Bohemian astern of station.

11.00pm: Clocks on 7 minutes.

Midnight: Strong wind, rough sea, cloudy. Bohemian astern of station.

Distance run 254 miles.


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30 June 1918

At convoy duty Halifax to Tilbury.

Lat 45.0, Long -37.2

[Wind E force 5-7; sea moderate to rough; cloudy; air temperature average 65°F, sea 63°F]

[Base courses S81-84°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company. Bohemian astern of station.

3.00am: Clocks on 7 minutes.

4.00am: Strong head wind, rough sea, cloudy and clear.

5.00am: Clocks on 6 minutes.

4.27pm: Left station and dropped astern to communicate with Bohemian.

6.49pm: Resumed station ahead of convoy.

11.10pm: Clocks on 6 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind, rough sea, cloudy and overcast.

Distance run 229 miles.


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LOGS FOR JULY 1918


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Barometer: Mercurial


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1 July 1918

At convoy duty Halifax to Tilbury.

Lat 46.4, Long -32.1

[Wind E veering ESE force 5; sea moderate to rough; cloudy; air temperature average 64°F, sea 63°F]

[Base courses S76-81°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company.

3.00am: Clocks on 6 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind, rough sea, cloudy.

5.00am: Clocks on 7 minutes.

9.40am: [RFA] Cherryleaf reported steering gear disabled.

10.30am: Cherryleaf repairs complete.

10.37am: 63 revs. Passed steamer bound West.

11.02am: Exercised emergency “alter course” signal.

11.10am: Passed steamer bound West.

3.45pm: Altered course 4 points to starboard to clear American SS Northland.

3.52pm: Resumed course.

7.05pm: Passed American SS Clare, French SS St Louis and unknown American steamer.

11.00pm: Clocks on 8 minutes.

Midnight: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast and squally.

Distance run 238 miles.


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2 July 1918

At convoy duty Halifax to Tilbury.

Lat 47.5, Long -26.6

[Wind variable SE force 4-5; sea moderate; cloudy with mist and rain; air temperature average 62°F, sea 62°F]

[Base courses S75-76°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company.

3.00am: Clocks on 7 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind, rough sea, cloudy.

5.00am: Clocks on 7 minutes.

11.00am: Yangtsze dropped astern with steering gear broken down.

1.00pm: Convoy in company; Yangtsze out of sight astern.

3.45pm: Yangtsze regained station.

4.00pm: Fresh wind, rough sea, overcast rain and mist; changed to No.19 ZZ.

11.00pm: Clocks on 7 minutes.

Midnight: Moderate wind and sea, overcast and hazy.

Distance run 248 miles.


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3 July 1918

At convoy duty Halifax to Tilbury.

Lat 48.2, Long -20.8

[Wind variable SE force 2-4; sea slight to moderate; cloudy with mist; air temperature average 62°F, sea 62°F]

[Base courses S75-78°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company. No.19 ZZ.

3.00am: Clocks on 7 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate wind and sea, overcast.

5.00am: Clocks on 7 minutes.

2.32pm: Changed to No.16 ZZ.

3.00pm: Clocks on 14 minutes.

7.05pm: Clocks on 7 minutes.

10.00pm: Stopped zigzag.

11.00pm: Clocks on 20 minutes.

Midnight: Light wind and fine weather, smooth sea.

Distance run 258 miles.


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4 July 1918

At convoy duty Halifax to Tilbury.

Lat 48.9, Long -14.8

[Wind variable E force 2-3; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 64°F, sea 62°F]

[Base courses S78-79°E]

0.00am: Convoy in company. No.19 ZZ.

3.00am: Clocks on 20 minutes.

4.00am: Light wind, smooth sea, fine weather.

5.00am: Clocks on 20 minutes.

12.21pm: Sighted destroyer ahead.

1.10pm: Destroyer escort joined; HMSs Lysander, Leonidas, Lookout, Midge, Pasley, Laverock, Badger.

1.53pm: Dropped PVs; Gloucestershire took station in centre of line at head of W column.

11.00pm: Negative ZZ.

Midnight: Light wind, smooth sea; altered course 2 points by signal to N77°E.

Distance run 252 miles.


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5 July 1918

At convoy duty Halifax to Tilbury.

Lat 49.5, Long -8.5

[Wind NNE force 2-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 62°F, sea 62°F]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company.

3.00am: Altered course 2 points by signal to S79°E.

3.30am: Commenced No.19 ZZ.

4.00am: Light wind and fine weather.

6.00am: HMS Hardy joined in Lat 49°35’N, Long 10°08’W.

2.47pm: Rescue tugs Milewater and Epic joined escort.

5.05pm: Changed to No.16 zigzag; airplane No. 432 patrolling overhead.

5.10pm: Observed Bishop Rock Lighthouse.

8.35pm: Seaplane returned to base. Wolf Rock Light bore N65°E.

9.55pm: Observed Lizard Light bearing N74°E (Mag).

11.00pm: Negative zigzag.

Midnight: Light wind, smooth sea; altered course 2 points by signal to S55°E.

Distance run 272 miles.


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6 July 1918

At convoy duty Halifax to Tilbury.

Lat 50.0, Long -2.0

[Wind variable NW force 2-3; sea smooth; broken cloud with mist; air temperature average 65°F, sea 62°F]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company. Lizard Light bore N 10 miles.

2.00am: Commenced No.19 ZZ.

3.45am: Course N77°E.

10.25am: Observed convoy bearing S20°E steering N 9 miles.

1.23pm: Observed 2 P boats P15 and P28.

1.55pm: SS Shropshire parted company in Lat 50°05’N, Long 1°26’W escorted by P15 and P 28.

2.00pm: Changed to No.16 ZZ.

7.00pm: Altered course to N58°E.

7.53pm: British submarine rose ahead.

11.05pm: Dungeness Light bore N12°E.

11.50pm: Dungeness Light aeam.

Midnight: Light wind, fine hazy weather.

Distance run 281 miles.


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7 July 1918

At Tilbury Dock, London.

Lat 51.4, Long 0.3

[Wind variable NW force 2-3; broken cloud and mist; air temperature average 63°F]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company.

0.37am: SW Gate buoy abeam.

0.45am: Passed Folkestone Gate.

1.00am: Convoy dispersed; set course N60°E.

1.40am: Arrived at S Goodwin LV; awaiting pilot.

2.05am: Anchored in The Downs; 45 fathoms of cable.

3.05am: Received pilot; anchor up and proceeded on pilot’s orders.

3.30am: Clocks on 30 mins.

5.00am: Clocks on 30 mins.

6.04am: Passed Tongue LV.

8.15am: Passed Nore LV.

9.20am: Examination boat alongside.

9.35am: Exchanged pilots off Gravesend.

10.45am: Entered dock.

11.15am: Ship berthed at No.32 berth Tilbury Dock. Draft on arrival: forward 23’6”, aft 24’4”.

12.20pm: All troops disembarked.

5.30pm: Discharged 2 ratings to hospital.

Midnight: Light winds and fine weather.

Distance run 235 miles.


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8 July 1918

At Tilbury Dock, London.

Lat 51.4, Long 0.3

[Wind calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F]

7.00am: Commenced discharging cargo with shore labour.

3.00pm: 19 ratings discharged to Pembroke.

4.00pm: Port Watch on long leave until 16th.


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9 July 1918

At Tilbury Dock, London.

Lat 51.4, Long 0.3

[Wind WSW calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F]

7.00am: Resumed discharging cargo with shore labour.

2.00pm: 1 CPO and 1 private RMLI discharged to RN Hospital Chatham.

5.00pm: Coal barge 14 came alongside.


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10 July 1918

At Tilbury Dock, London.

Lat 51.4, Long 0.3

[Wind WSW force 3; broken cloud; air temperature average 58°F]

7.00am: Resumed discharging cargo and meat from freezer with shore labour.

8.30am: Shore painters aboard.

11.00am: Commenced coaling.

2.30pm: Finished discharging meat.


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11 July 1918

At Tilbury Dock, London.

Lat 51.4, Long 0.3

[Wind SSW veering W force 3; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 58°F]

7.00am: Resumed discharging cargo with shore labour.

9.00am: Shore party commenced coaling.

9.45am: 1 rating rejoined ship from convoy duty.

10.30am: 3 ratings rejoined ship from Pembroke.

2.40pm: 2 ratings joined ship from barracks; 2 ratings left for hospital.

4.00pm: 4 ratings joined from RN Barracks Chatham.


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12 July 1918

At Tilbury Dock, London.

Lat 51.4, Long 0.3

[Wind SW force 2; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 64°F]

7.00am: Resumed discharging cargo No.5 hold with shore labour.

8.30am: Shore party recommenced coaling.

10.30am: PII gun dismantled.

3.00pm: 3 ratings joined ship from Pembroke.


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13 July 1918

At Tilbury Dock, London.

Lat 51.4, Long 0.3

[Wind SW calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 65°F]

7.00am: Resumed discharging cargo with shore labour.

8.30am: Resumed coaling on port side, painters started.

10.00am: Finished working cargo. All cargo discharged.

11.30am: Hauled ship off quay for coaling on starboard side.

1.00pm: Finished mounting P II gun.

3.30pm: Knocked off coaling.


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14 July 1918

At Tilbury Dock, London.

Lat 51.4, Long 0.3

[Wind variable force 2; cloudy; air temperature average 57°F]

8.30am: Gunner’s party & shore party working at P II gun.

9.30am: 8 RC's landed for Divine Service.


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15 July 1918

At Tilbury Dock, London.

Lat 51.4, Long 0.3

[Wind SSW force 2; cloudy; air temperature average 65°F]

7.30am: Commenced coaling.

8.30am: Shore party commenced painting ship.

9.30am: Armourer’s party employed at P IV [gun].

10.00am: P IV dismounted.

11.50am: 2 ptes RMLI joined from RM Barracks, Chatham.

12.25pm: Lieut. Bond RNR joined ship.

3.15pm: 1 steward joined from HMS Eaglet.*

4.15pm: 1 Boy joined from RN Barracks, Chatham.


*[Note: Eaglet was the Liverpool-based shore establishment, formerly HMS Eagle.]


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16 July 1918

At Tilbury Dock, London.

Lat 51.4, Long 0.3

[Wind variable force 1; cloudy; air temperature average 70°F]

8.20am: 1 convoy signalman rejoined ship.

8.30am: Shore painters recommenced.

10.40am: S IV gun dismounted.

11.00am: P IV mounted.

11.40am: 3 signalmen joined ship.

3.30pm: Stores lighter alongside.

9.30pm: 1 rating left for RN Hospital, Chatham.


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17 July 1918

At Tilbury Dock, London.

Lat 51.4, Long 0.3

[Wind variable SW force 2; cloudy; air temperature average 70°F]

[Routine of painting, coaling and leave]

1.15pm: 4 ratings left for RN Barracks, Chatham.

4.15pm: 1 rating rejoined from Chatham Barracks.

6.30pm: Shore party mounting gun ceased work.


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18 July 1918

At Tilbury Dock, London.

Lat 51.4, Long 0.3

[Wind variable SW force 2; cloudy; air temperature average 67°F]

[Routine of painting, coaling and leave]

8.30am: Shore party working at SIII gun. Floating crane alongside for gun.

10.10am: SIII gun dismounted.

11.00pm: 5 ratings joined from Eaglet.


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19 July 1918

At Tilbury Dock, London.

Lat 51.4, Long 0.3

[Wind variable SW force 2; cloudy; air temperature average 67°F]

[Routine of painting, coaling and leave]

10.00am: 1 rating joined from RN depot.

5.30pm: 4 trimmers left to join HMS Eaglet, Liverpool. Working party bringing stores from railway station.


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20 July 1918

At Tilbury Dock, London.

Lat 51.4, Long 0.3

[Wind variable force 2; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 69°F]

[Routine of painting, coaling and leave]

8.00am: Party of fitters and boilermakers commenced work.

11.00am: 5 ratings joined from RN Barracks Chatham.

11.30am: 1 CPO joined from HMS Hermione Southampton for passage.

2.15pm: 2 ratings joined for passage.

5.00pm: 2 officers and 20 ratings joined for passage.

5.30pm: 1 marine joined ship. 1 marine discharged to barracks, Chatham.


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21 July 1918

At Tilbury Dock, London.

Lat 51.4, Long 0.3

[Wind WSW force 3; broken cloud; air temperature average 65°F]

[Routine of painting, coaling and leave]

9.30am: Church parties.

1.00pm: Hands cleaning troop decks. 1 rating left for convoy duties.

2.00pm: 1 Chief Yeoman of signals joined from Chatham.

4.40pm: 1 rating discharged to hospital.

8.30pm: Detatchment of troops arrived for passage; 147 men and officers.

10.00pm: Hands embarking luggage.


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22 July 1918

At Tilbury Dock, and en route to Halifax.

Lat 51.4, Long 0.3

[Wind WSW force 3; broken cloud; air temperature average 65°F]

0.50am: Troop baggage party arrived.

9.30am: Pilot and tugs in attendance.

10.41am: Entered locks; bottom chain carried away.

11.14am: Proceeded into basin; carried away 1 bow wire.

11.25am: Vessel proceeded down river; cast off tugs and discharged dock pilot; river pilot on board. Draft on leaving: forward 24’6”, aft 24’0”.

12.22pm: HMS Kildonan Castle passed, proceeding up river.

1.10pm: Let go port anchor with 4 shackles; HMY ….iella [? Possibly HMY Priscilla] in attendance.

4.15pm: ML 572 alongside with troops and officers.

5.37pm: Launch left.

10.00pm: Commander Humphreys left ship.

11.00pm: Captain back on board.

Distance run 235 miles [sic].


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23 July 1918

At convoy duty Tilbury to Sydney Cape Breton Island.

Lat 50.7, Long -0.8

[Wind S veering W force 2-5; sea slight to moderate; cloudy with mist; air temperature average 60°F, sea 59°F]

[Base course S88°W]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company.

0.15am: M.L. 572 left ship.

3.35am: Clocks retarded 30 minutes.

3.17am: Anchor aweigh and proceeded down river; passed Nore LV.

5.00am: Clocks retarded 30 minutes; passed NE Shingles Lt Buoy.

6.04am: N Foreland abeam.

6.45am: Gull LV; stop and discharged pilot.

7.42am: Destroyer escort & convoy of 3 ships joined. Destroyers took up position in convoy.

9.05am: Passed Fokestone Gate buoys. Weather overcast, rain, & head wind.

12.48pm: Sighted: Royal Sovereign LV bearing N39°W.

4.57pm: Sighted Patrol Boat bearing SW 10000yds.

5.47pm: Sighted trawler bearing S80°W 4 miles.

7.10pm: Sighted submarine & 3 trawlers in company bearing NW 7 miles. Challenged.

9.50pm: Sighted Cape Barfleur bearing SW.

Distance run 42.2 miles. [sic]


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24 July 1918

At convoy duty Tilbury to Sydney Cape Breton Island.

Lat 49.6, Long -5.2

[Wind mainly W force 4-5; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 62°F, sea 61°F]

[Base courses S88°W and N75°W]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company.

0.05am: Sighted Guernsey Light bearing S40°W.

2.00am: Sighted object on surface bearing SW, taken for submarine. Sounded General Quarters and altered course to SW full speed.

2.15am: Resumed station in convoy.

4.00am: Commenced No.19 ZZ.

10.50am: Sighted large convoy bearing NE 21000 yds steering app West (mag).

11.12am: Sighted 2 steamers bearing NW heading East 20000 yds.

4.02pm: Seaplane sighted bearing North.

4.50pm: Passed ship’s lifeboat painted black & white. Empty.

5.30pm: Fixed ship’s position by double bearing: Bishop’s Rock: Lat 49° 35’ N, Long 6°39’W.

11.00pm: Altered course to N53°W. Weather cloudy & squally.

Distance run 277 miles.


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25 July 1918

At convoy duty Tilbury to Sydney Cape Breton Island.

Lat 50.0, Long -11.1

[Wind mainly W force 5-6; sea moderate to rough with NW swell; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 60°F, sea 60°F]

[Base course N74°W]

0.00am: Convoy and escort in company.

2.00am: Weather squally, fresh wind and rough sea.

4.00am: Sighted large convoy bearing N (mag).

9.00pm: Destroyer escort parted company in Lat 49°58’N, Long 13°27’W.

Midnight: Weather fine and clear. Strong wind and rough sea.

Distance run 273.5 miles.


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26 July 1918

At convoy duty Tilbury to Sydney Cape Breton Island.

Lat 49.7, Long -17.1

[Wind mainly NW force 5; sea moderate to rough with NW swell; cloudy; air temperature average 60°F, sea 60°F]

[Base courses N69-74°W]

4.00am: Weather overcast & cloudy. Strong wind & rough sea. N'W swell.

10.00am: Hands cleaning ship and general overhaul work.

5.25pm: Clocks retarded 15 minutes.

6.55pm: In station at head of convoy. Clocks retarded 15 mins.

10.09pm: Moon rose.

11.25pm: Clocks retarded 20 minutes.

Distance run 270 miles.


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27 July 1918

At convoy duty Tilbury to Sydney Cape Breton Island.

Lat 49.5, Long -24.1

[Wind mainly W force 4-5; sea moderate; cloudy; air temperature average 63°F, sea 62°F]

[Base courses N69-78°W]

3.25am: Clocks retarded 20 minutes.

4.00am: Moderate sea and light breeze.

5.25am: Clocks retarded 20 minutes.

2.40pm: Convoy parted company. Position of dispersal Lat 49°28’N, Long 24°50’W.

11.00pm: Clocks retarded 8 mins.

Midnight: Overcast; drizzling rain and moderate wind & sea.

Distance run 304.8 miles.


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28 July 1918

At convoy duty Tilbury to Sydney Cape Breton Island.

Lat 48.6, Long -30.4

[Wind SSW veering WNW force 4-6; sea moderate to rough; cloudy; air temperature average 61°F, sea 60°F]

[Base courses N73-80°W]

5.00am: Clocks retarded 8 minutes. Moderate wind & sea; overcast & rain squalls.

7.25am: Sighted SS Bohemian bearing S48°E 7 miles.

9.45am: Divisions & muster by open list.

10.00am: SS Bohemian bearing S50°E 11 miles.

11.00pm: Clocks retarded 8 mins.

Midnight: Overcast, passing showers, moderate wind & sea.

Distance run 281 miles.


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29 July 1918

At convoy duty Tilbury to Sydney Cape Breton Island.

Lat 47.3, Long -36.7

[Wind variable NW force 4-5; sea moderate; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 58°F, sea 60°F]

[Base courses N80-82°W]

3.20am: Clocks retarded 9 minutes. Fresh wind & moderate sea; overcast & cloudy.

5.20am: Clocks retarded 9 minutes.

8.00pm: Weather cloudy with heavy rain squalls, rough sea & moderate wind.

11.00pm: Clocks retarded 8 minutes.

Midnight: Squally passing showers; moderate wind & sea.

Distance run 281 miles.


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30 July 1918

At convoy duty Tilbury to Sydney Cape Breton Island.

Lat 45.8, Long -42.3

[Wind mainly NW force 6-1; sea moderate to slight; cloudy; air temperature average 58°F, sea 60°F]

[Base course N80°W]

3.20am: Clocks retarded 8 minutes. Fresh wind & rough sea; overcast & cloudy.

5.20am: Clocks retarded 8 minutes.

6.30pm: Sighted smoke bearing S45°W.

11.20pm: Clocks retarded 7 minutes.

Midnight: Weather cloudy but clear; moderate breeze, sea smooth.

Distance run 266.1 miles.


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31 July 1918

At convoy duty Tilbury to Sydney Cape Breton Island.

Lat 44.1, Long -48.1

[Wind mainly WSW force 4; sea moderate with NE swell; cloudy with fog; air temperature average 56°F, sea 56°F]

[Base courses N83-85°W]

4.00am: Weather overcast & cloudy; slight wind & sea.

5.20am: Clocks retarded 8 minutes.

2.30pm: Thick fog.

7.40pm: Fog cleared.

8.00pm: Moderate wind & slight sea, hazy on horizon.

Midnight: Thick fog, moderate breeze & slight sea.

Distance run 269.2 miles.


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LOGS FOR AUGUST 1918


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Barometer: Mercurial


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1 August 1918


At convoy duty Tilbury to Sydney Cape Breton Island.

Lat 43.6, Long -54.4

[Wind mainly SSW force 4; sea slight to moderate; mist and fog; air temperature average 56°F, sea 56°F]

[Base courses NW]

1.00am: Weather hazy with fog banks.

3.00am: Commenced sounding.

3.20am: Clocks retarded 8 minutes.

5.20am: Clocks retarded 8 minutes.

6.53am: Fog lifted; weather cleared.

9.33am: Altered course to N66°W.

3.10pm: Altered course to N47°W.

11.20pm: Clocks retarded 5 mins.

Midnight: Fresh wind, moderate sea, hazy.

Distance run 269.3 miles.


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2 August 1918

At Sydney, Cape Breton Island.

Lat 46.13, Long -60.19

[Wind mainly NW force 1; cloudy; air temperature average 60°F]

5.20am: Clocks retarded 6 minutes.

9.40am: Sighted land bearing NW.

10.55am: Flint Island Light bore NNW 16 miles.

12.09pm: Flint Island Light abeam N22°W 1.5 miles.

2.11pm: Passed outer buoy.

2.47pm: Passed through boom defence; Berthing Officer on board.

3.20pm: Let go port anchor with 3 shackles in 9.5 fathoms; finished with engines.

10.00pm: Weather fine and clear; light breeze.

Distance run 271.7 miles.


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3 August 1918

At Sydney, Cape Breton Island.

Lat 46.13, Long -60.19

[Wind mainly WSW force 1-2; cloud and rain; air temperature average 65°F]

5.45am: SS Kyle alongside; commenced disembarkation of troops.

6.20am: Transfer of troops completed.

10.00am: Holder for taking sea temperature lost overboard.

[Hands cleaning ship, relaxing and leave]

Midnight: Light breeze and fine weather.


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4 August 1918

At Sydney and en route to Halifax.

Lat 46.13, Long -60.19

[Wind NNW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F]

2.00am: Light breeze, smooth sea, weather fine.

5.10am: Anchor aweigh; proceeded 50 revs.

5.35am: Passed through gate.

6.05am: Flat Point abeam 1.5 miles bearing S20°E; slowed down for dropping PVs.

3.00pm: Weather fine and clear, light breeze, smooth sea.

10.09am: Louisburg Light abeam.

3.35pm: Cranberry Light abeam.

6.20pm: Swung ship for compass adjustment.

7.45pm: Completed swinging operations. Resumed course N87°W.

9.00pm: Wedge Island Light bore N22°W.

9.45pm: Wedge Island Light abeam.

Midnight: Weather fine and clear, light breeze, smooth sea.

Distance run 69.1 miles.


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5 August 1918

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind W backing SSW force 2; cloud and rain; air temperature average 60°F]

3.25am: Outer whistle buoy bore N68°W.

4.43am: Outer whistle buoy abeam 2 cables.

4.50am: Sambro Bank LV abeam.

5.35am: Pilot on board; proceeded to pilot’s orders.

6.20am: Guns unloaded & secured. Passed through outer gate.

6.53am: Proceeded alongside wharf & made fast. Finished with engines. Draft on arrival: forward 22’6”, aft 22’. Moored at No.25 berth, Ocean Terminal.

9.40am: Hands employed cleaning boats and preparing holds for cargo.

10.00am: 2 officers & 28 ratings discharged to Niobe.

1.00pm: Commenced working cargo.

7.50pm: Hopper No.2 shoved off.

8.00pm: Weather fine; light SSW breeze.

Distance run 177.2 miles.


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6 August 1918

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind variable W force 1; misty; air temperature average 65°F]

3.20am: Sounded round ship. Min. water 35 ft max. 44 ft.

4.00am: Light SE wind, fine weather.

7.30am: Dockyard party, 1 PO, 1 Leading Seaman and 28 hands ashore at dockyard. Hands employed embarking stores.

11.25am: Tug Coast Guard alongside.

10.00pm: Light WNW breeze, fine weather.


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7 August 1918

At Halifax.

Lat 44.6, Long -63.6

[Wind “light airs” NE force 1; broken cl