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Armed Merchant Cruiser, mercantile conversion

Pendant No M.70 (on coming into service). Built 1912, 18099grt, 16kts. Armament: 8-6in. In service 27.10.14-2.8.16. Of over 60 commissioned AMC's employed on patrol and later convoy protection, 33 served with 10th CS on Northern Patrol. Converted to armed storeship in mercantile service. Sunk 25.2.17 by U.50 160 miles NW of Fastnet. (British Warships 1914-1919)

An account of Captain W.R.D. Irvine RNR and the Ship's Loss.

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Notes:

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

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

Editor’s notes:

Many of the links in this document come from the invaluable http://www.clydesite.co.uk, to whom we are extremely grateful. Their contributors, Stuart Cameron, Bruce Allen, John Ward-McQuaid, George Robinson and others are to be congratulated and thanked.
Most of the ship pictures are from http://www.photoship.co.uk/, a great site for the enthusiast.
We are also indebted to www.wikipedia.org/‎ of course and the excellently researched www.wrecksite.eu/‎, the last and only information that we have for so many ships. Readers may need to register with wrecksite (free) to use links to them.
Many thanks to http://www.theshipslist.com/, a must for any researcher and http://navypedia.org/ has time and again provided information on long-forgotten warships from one hundred years ago. Lastly, http://www.bandcstaffregister.co.uk is a fascinating and useful site for those interested in British and Commonwealth merchant vessels. Those of us fascinated by ships that no longer leave a wake on the ocean are indebted to you all, so many thanks and fair winds!

The second line of each day’s entry is the noon position of the vessel in modern decimal format. All other positions are given in degrees and minutes.

THE VOYAGES OF HMS LACONIA 1914-1916
(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)

LOG BOOK – NOVEMBER 24TH 1914 TO March 31st 1915


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Front cover, Adm. 53/45875, 24th November 1914 to 1st April 1915.


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HMS Laconia

Captain CS Wills RN.

Tonnage. 27,946 tons.

Length. 625 feet overall.

Breadth. 71.35 feet.

Engines. Wallsend Slipway and Engineering Co. Ltd. 14,500 IHP. Twin quadruple surface condensing, installed 1912.

Boilers. Same manafacturer, cylindrical multi-tubular steel, installed 1912.

Propellers. Manganese Bronze Co., London. twin, 19’ 9” dia. Condition very good.

Signed CS Wills.


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Printed page of directions for logkeepers.


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Information page.

Armament diagram shown, 8 6" QF Mark II on P. II BD mountings.


Complement. Officers 33, seamen 264, marines 38, engine room establishment 87, other non-exec ratings 40, total 462 (362 in log).


Mercurial barometer. P Adie No 1138. 16’ asl. Dry thermometer Negretti and Zambra No 8058. Wet thermometer J Hicks MS124.

Sea thermometer Douglas Wells, no number.


Boats. 11 clinker built double-ended 30’ lifeboats.

1 gig.

1 Carley raft capacity 41 persons.


Also details of compass deviation, tankage, draught and the like.

Signed by CS Wills RN and WRD Irvine RNR, NO. (Liners converted to armed merchant cruisers were commanded by RN Captains and the merchant captain, WRD Irvine in this case, became the navigating officer and second in command.)



LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1914

(Liverpool and Portsmouth)


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24 November 1914

Liverpool.

Lat 53.43, Long -3.0

9.0am: Broke pendant, ship commissioned by Captain CS Wills as armed merchant cruiser with crew from Chatham depot.

Crew employed hoisting in and stowing stores, ammunition, projectiles etc.

In pm: Fires lit and engine room telegraph tested. Steering gear examined.


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25 November 1914

Liverpool.

Lat 53.43, Long -3.0

In am: Hands taking in stores.

11.45am: Singled up moorings.

12.50pm: Left berth in Huskisson Dock assisted by three tugs.

1.35pm: Made fast in Sandon Basin.


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26 November 1914

Liverpool and at sea towards Portsmouth.

Lat 53.43, Long -3.0

In am: Tested gun mountings and adjusted compass.

Draught on leaving 24'4" fd, 26'10 aft

Coal 3,205 tons.

12 noon: Proceeded on passage.

2.49pm: Dropped pilot.

3.32pm: Middle Mouse I. abeam 1.25 miles.


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27 November 1914

At sea.

Lat 49.95, Long -4.85

12.50am: Smalls Lt abeam 3 miles, a/c S24W.

8.0am: Pos. 50 20N, 5 25W.

9.10am: Longships Lt abeam 3 miles, a/c S60E.

11.10am: Lizard Lt abeam 4 miles, a/c S38E.

1.10pm: Eddystone LH bg N49E(t).

2.08pm: Same abeam 7 miles.

2.35pm: Start Point bg N64E(t)

3.54pm: Same abeam 5 miles.

6.12pm: Portland bg Lt N53E(m)

7.17pm: Same abeam 11 miles.

8.0pm: Pos 50 22N, 2 08W.

10.05pm: Needles Lt bg N80E

11.0pm: St Catherines Lt abeam 3.5 miles.


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28 November 1914

At sea to Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10

12.46am: Passed Warrior LV and anchored.

7.10am: Weighed, pilot boarded.

7.46am: Anchored, awaiting permission to enter harbour.

8.30am: Weighed and proceeded.

9.15am: Secured alongside South Railway jetty.

Drew fires in five boilers.


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29 November 1914

Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10


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30 November 1914

Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10



LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1914

(Portsmouth, St Vincent and Ascension I.)


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1 December 1914

Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10

Receiving ammunition and victualling stores.


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2 December 1914

Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10

Hoisting in and stowing naval stores.


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3 December 1914

Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10

Taking in stores.


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4 December 1914

Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10

Taking in stores.

1.40pm: Ceased work at aft hatches owing to bad weather (force 8, squalls and rain).

11.30pm: Escort with prisoner arrived on board.


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5 December 1914

Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10

Taking in stores and ammunition.


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6 December 1914

Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10

7.05am: AB Jones brought on board by escort.

Taking in stores.

9.30pm: Ceased work for heavy rain.


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7 December 1914

Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10

Taking in stores in between rain showers.

Exercised S2 and P2 guns.


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8 December 1914

Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10

Taking in stores.

Gun crews and loader exercises.


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9 December 1914

Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10

Taking in stores.

In pm: Discharged Lt/Cdr Masson (?) to HMS Pembroke. Lt/Cdr Bowles joined ship.

7.45pm: One marine from Chatham HQ joined the ship.

10.30pm: Stopped receiving stores and covered hatches owing to heavy rain.


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10 December 1914

Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10

Taking in stores.

5.30pm: Guard with prisoner returned from Barracks.


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11 December 1914

Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10

In am: Taking in stores.

2.0pm: Stopped all work at hatches. Heavy continuous rain.

5.0pm: One ERA and three stokers joined ship.

7.0pm: Resumed work.


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12 December 1914

Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10

Taking in stores.

Discharging ammunition, cordite and projectiles.


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13 December 1914

Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10

Taking in stores, discharging ammunition.

Shifting ship’s cordite from lower magazine to refrigeration chamber at No 3 hatch.


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14 December 1914

Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10

Cautioned Mr FC Williams, Gunner, with reference to his intemperance on Dec. 13th.

Coaling at No 3 hatch.


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15 December 1914

Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10

P Wadey and AE Mason joined ship for passage.

Taking in stores, coaling, shifting ammunition and preparing for sea.

Hoisting in 42’ launch (derrick socket fractured)

4.0pm: Lit fires.


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16 December 1914

Portsmouth.

Lat 50.80, Long -1.10

9.0am: Finished coaling.

In pm: Watch unrigging and hoisting out heavy derrick to return to dockyard.

3.10pm: Ship left jetty and proceeded to No 4 Buoy, pilot directing, three tugs assisting.

7.0pm: Slipped and proceeded.

7.40pm: Dropped pilot.

7.50pm: Passed Warrior LV.

11.46pm: Portland Bill Lt bg N29W(m) 25 miles.


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17 December 1914

At sea.

Lat 48.38, Long -5.53

SW’ly courses all day.

8.0am: Pos. 49 05N, 3 33W (DR).

In pm: Strong head wind and rough sea, shipping light water forward.

8.0pm: Pos. 46 43N, 6 52W (DR).


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18 December 1914

At sea.

Lat 43.33, Long -9.47

In am: Gales from West and SW all morning with frequent heavy rain.

8.0am: Pos. 44 09N, 8 57W(DR).

In pm: Winds gradually moderate to F4.


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19 December 1914

At sea.

Lat 37.63, Long -13.45

Anti-rolling tank in action.


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20 December 1914

At sea.

Lat 31.65, Long -16.80

6.15am: Porto Santo Lt bg S80W.

6.54am: Same abeam 12.5 miles.


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21 December 1914

At sea.

Lat 26.1, Long -20.0

5.54pm: Stellar pos. 24 51N, 20 47W.


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22 December 1914

At sea.

Lat 20.75, Long -23.1

6.15am: Stellar pos. 22 06N, 22 18W.

6.08pm: Stellar pos. 19 28 N, 23 47 W.


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23 December 1914

At sea to St Vincent, Cap Verde Is.

Lat 16.89, Long -25.5

9.57am: Anchored, St Vincent. Banked all fires.

HM ships in port, Highflyer, Vengeance and Empress of Britain (Ireland in log).

Discharging stores to various ships and coaling.

11.30am: HMS Marmora arrived.

In pm: Fresh breeze and rough sea impeding rate of work considerably.


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24 December 1914

St Vincent.

Lat 16.89, Long -25.5

Discharging stores to various ships and coaling.

Moderate fresh breeze and swell impeding rate of work.


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25 December 1914

St Vincent.

Lat 16.89, Long -25.5

Discharging stores to various ships and coaling.

Moderate fresh breeze and swell impeding rate of work considerably.

5.0pm: HMS Highflyer proceeded to sea


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26 December 1914

St Vincent and at sea.

Lat 16.89, Long -25.5

7.30pm:. Finished coaling and discharging stores. All hatches and case ports closed and secured for sea.

8.13pm: Weighed and proceeded.

9.0pm: Machedo Pt Lt abeam 2 miles. Passed and signalled HMS Highflyer.


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27 December 1914

At sea.

Lat 13.68, Long -24.37

Received 1,885 tons of coal at St Vincent, so 3,303 tons in the holds and bunkers.

8.0am: Pos. 14 31N, 24 39W.

8.0pm: Pos. 11 59N, 23 36W.


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28 December 1914

At sea.

Lat 8.42, Long -22.05

Xmas Day kept this day.

8.0am: Pos. 9 18N, 22 23W.

10.0am: Make and mend. Mess deck visited by Captain and officers. (In many ships a boisterous visit with the most junior crew member made Captain for the day. By tradition the officers serve the men’s dinner.)

8.0pm: Pos. 6 43N, 21 15W.


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29 December 1914

At sea.

Lat 3.13, Long -19.58

8.0am: Pos. 4 07N, 21 01W.

8.0pm: Pos. 1 44N, 18 58W.


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30 December 1914

At sea.

Lat -2.22, Long -17.53

2.0am: Crossed the Equator.

8.0am: Pos. 1 18S, 17 35W.

4.08 to 5.18pm: Swung ship for compass adjustment.

8.0pm: Pos. 3 32S, 16 45W.


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31 December 1914

At sea to Ascension I.

Lat -6.9, Long -15.0

8.0am:. Pos. 6 10S, 15 20W.

12.36pm: Made Ascension I. S3E(m) 60 miles.

4.58pm: Anchored, Ascension I.

HMS Vindictive in harbour and commenced discharging stores to same. Received a quantity of empties from her.



LOGS FOR JANUARY 1915

(Ascension I., St Helena, Simonstown, Durban, patrol off Delagoa Bay, Durban, Simonstown, Lüderitz Bay, Walfisch Bay and Lüderitz Bay)


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1 January 1915

Ascension I. and at sea towards St Helena.

Lat -8.73, Long -13.53

3.10am: Finished discharging stores to HMS Vindictive.

6.10am: Weighed, turned and proceeded, course S25E.

8.0pm: Pos. 10 05S, 12 06W.


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2 January 1915

At sea.

Lat -12.50, Long -9.37

8.0am: Pos. 11 54S, 10 01W.

8.0pm: Pos. 13 49S, 7 58W.


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3 January 1915

At sea to St Helena and at sea towards. Simonstown

Lat -15.95, Long -5.70

8.0am: Pos. 15 24S, 5 26W.

10.52am: Anchored off James Town.

12.30pm: Commenced landing stores for HMS Albion (to await her arrival later this month, vide Albion’s log).

5.30pm: Finished landing stores.

7.18pm: Weighed, turned and proceeded, course S25E.

8.0pm: Pos. 15 51S, 5 37W.


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4 January 1915

At sea.

Lat -18.28, Long -2.80

8.0am: Pos. 17 43S, 3 30W.

8.0pm: Pos. 19 30S, 1 41W.


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5 January 1915

At sea.

Lat -21.90, Long 1.57

7.36 to 8.0am: Swung ship to E and S to test Flinders Bar correction on bridge compass.

8.0am: Pos. 21 18S, 0 53E.

8.0pm: Pos. 23 06S, 3 03E.


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6 January 1915

At sea.

Lat -25.67, Long 6.00

8.0am: Pos. 24 58S, 3 23E.

8.0pm: Pos. 26 43S, 7 27E.


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7 January 1915

At sea.

Lat -29.1, Long 10.75

8.0am: Pos. 28 02S, 9 20E.

8.0pm: Pos. 30 06S, 12 10E.


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8 January 1915

At sea.

Lat -32.05, Long 14.93

8.0am: Pos. 31 05S, 13 31E.

8.0pm: Pos. 33 15S, 16 38E.


THE VOYAGES OF HMS LACONIA
Operations off southern Africa

JP map Laconia southern Africa

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9 January 1915

At sea to Simonstown and on towards Durban.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

5.50am: Mist cleared off land. Cape of Good Hope bg East 7 miles.

7.40am: Anchored off Simonstown. Ships in port, HMS’ Hyacinth and Albion.

Discharged stores to Hyacinth.

1.55pm: Weighed and proceeded.

3.0pm: Cape Pt LH abeam 8.5 miles, a/c S12E.

4.0pm: Cape Hangklip abeam, a/c S26E.

6.11pm: Danger Pt abeam 4 miles, a/c S33E.

8.0pm: Pos. 34 52S 19 48E.

8.45pm: C Agulhas Lt abeam 3.5 miles, a/c S71E.


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10 January 1915

At sea.

Lat -34.3, Long 24.65

8.0am: Pos. 34 30S, 22 55E.

11.55am: Seal Pt LH N68E(m)

12.53pm: C St Francis LH (aka Seal Pt) abeam 9 miles, a/c S85E.

2.58pm: C Recife Lt N48E.

3.57pm: Same abeam 5.5 miles.

8.0pm: Pos. 33 48S, 26 47E.

9.23pm: Great Fish Pt LH abeam 5.5 miles.

11.55pm: Hood Pt LH bg N50E.


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11 January 1915

At sea to Durban.

Lat -31.45, Long 29.97

12.13am: Found by bearing of Hood Pt, N22E, ship setting out (veering away from the land). A/c N77E.

1.52am: Hood Pt Lt abeam 10 miles, a/c N71E.

5.15am: Daylight. Hauled in towards land, a/c N55E.

8.0am: Pos. 32 05S, 29 10E.

8.03am: Hole in the Wall abeam 5.75 miles.

10.22am: C Hermes Lt abeam 2.5 miles, a/c N76E.

4.25pm: Shepstone Lt abeam 4.7 miles.

8.0pm: Pos. 29 55S, 31 06E.

9.10pm: Anchored off Durban.


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12 January 1915

Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

5.50am: Weighed, pilot boarded. Proceeded into port.

6.20am: Arrived at buoys, tug Richard King attending.

8.0am: Moored fore and aft.

Discharging stores to SS Tremayne* for HMS Weymouth.

10.10am: Commenced coaling.

10.20am: Finished working stores.

3.0pm: Preparing for sea.

5.0pm: Sailing orders cancelled. Resumed coaling.

* Tremayne, Hain Line, the second of three ships of this name, 1906 3,881 tons, sold in 1926, renamed Collingdale.


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13 January 1915

Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

Received fresh water. Continued coaling.


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14 January 1915

Durban and at sea.

Lat -29.56, Long 31.4

6.0am: Cleaning coal ports and preparing for sea.

7.15 am: Unshackled and rove slip ropes fore and aft.

9.20am: Slipped and proceeded under pilot.

9.52am: Dropped pilot. Proceeded, NE’ly courses.

4.0pm: Continuous heavy rain squalls, casting lead frequently.

4.30pm: St Lucia LH bg N43E.

5.34pm: Same abeam 3.75 miles, a/c N50E.

8.0pm: Pos. 28 04S, 32 46E.


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15 January 1915

At sea, patrolling off Delagoa Bay.

Lat -26.25, Long 33.40

5.25am: Sighted and closed steamer.

6.05am: Signalled Portuguese SS Chinde. Proceeded.

7.59am: Various courses off Delagoa Bay.

8.0am: Pos. 25 38S, 33 15E. Southerly courses until noon.

12 noon: A/c N74W.

7.0pm: A/c S41W.

8.0pm: Pos. 25 40S, 33 35E.

11.16pm: C Inhaca Lt abeam 16 miles.


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16 January 1915

At sea, patrolling off Delagoa Bay.

Lat -25.58, Long 33.47

2.30am: C Inhaca Lt abeam 14 miles, a/c N10E.

4.50am: Closed and spoke Portuguese SS Ibo.

7.43am: Closed and spoke SS Llandovery Castle.

8.0am: Pos. 25 42S, 33 08E.

7.40pm: C Inhaca Lt bg S53W.

8.0pm: Pos. 25 45S, 33 15E.

9.25pm: C Inhaca Lt abeam 10 miles.


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17 January 1915

At sea, patrolling off Delagoa Bay.

Lat -25.28, Long 33.88

1.40am: C Inhaca Lt abeam 25.5 miles.

8.0am: Pos. 25 52S, 33 10E.

4.40pm: Sighted HMS Hyacinth bg S38W.

5.25pm: Stopped, sent boat to Hyacinth.

6.10pm: Hoisted boat and proceeded.

6.48pm: C Inhaca Lt abeam 15 miles.

8.0pm: Pos. 25 51S, 33 11E.


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18 January 1915

At sea to Durban.

Lat -29.75, Long 31.30

5.42am: C St Lucia LH abeam 2.5 miles.

8.0am: Pos. 29 01S, 32 05E.

12.15pm: Bluff LH bg S74W(m).

1.0pm: Picked up pilot. Tug Harry Escombe attending.

2.56pm: Secured to buoys.

3.30pm: Landed 150 libertymen.

8.0pm: Libertymen returned.


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19 January 1915

Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

Water boat alongside. Coaling from lighters.

Captain Wills never misses a chance to top up with coal, because Laconia uses between 150 and 200 tons a day when steaming. She can also load coal into her cargo holds as well as her bunkers.


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20 January 1915

Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

Coaling proceeding throughout.

9.45am: Escort landed for prisoner.

11.30am: Escort returned with prisoner.


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21 January 1915

Durban and at sea.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

8.0am: Closed coal ports, bunkers full. Unshackled from buoy.

2.15pm: Finished coaling. Received 1,600 tons.

4.07pm: Slipped from buoys, proceeded to pilot’s rules (Pilot Coombes), tug Richard King assisting.

4.20pm: Let go tug.

4.30pm: Engines full astern, ship took ground.

Engines worked astern, pumping out tanks 3 and 5.

4.40pm: Ship floated off and straightened in channel, tug assisting. Proceeded. Wells checked by carpenter, found correct.

4.55pm: Dropped pilot.

8.0pm: Pos. 30 29S, 30 47E.

9.20pm: Shepstone Lt abeam 6 miles.


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22 January 1915

At sea.

Lat -33.37, Long 27.67 (noon lat/long reversed in log, corrected here)

12.35am: C Hermes Lt abeam on West horizon.

1.52am: Same abeam 8 miles.

8.0am: Pos. 32 50S, 28 30.5E.

10.30am: Hood Pt Lt abeam 8 miles.

3.47pm: Glendower Peak beacon N7E 9 miles.

8.0pm: Pos. 34 03S, 25 50E.

8.15pm: C Recife Lt abeam 3.5 miles.

11.43pm: C St Francis Lt abeam 5.75 miles.


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23 January 1915

At sea.

Lat -34.85, Long 21.72

8.0am: Pos. 34 39S, 22 54E.

4.47 to 5.52pm: Ship swung on starboard helm for compass deviation.

8.0pm: Pos. 34 53S, 20 08E.

8.30pm: C Agulhas abeam 3.5 miles.


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24 January 1915

At sea to Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

12.25am: Danger Pt Lt abeam 11 miles.

3.10am: Cape Pt Lt bg North.

6.11am: Anchored, Simons Bay.

9.15am: Mr Duffin Engineer RNR landed to hospital.

12 noon: Ship ranging considerably in gale force squalls.

1.20pm: Dropped starboard anchor to one shackle.

HM vessels in port: Goliath in dry dock, TBs 029 and 060, examination service tender Chub.

Strong winds and squalls all pm.


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25 January 1915

Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

Dockyard diver down examining bottom and starboard side.

12 noon: Diver’s report shows all correct.

Leave officers landed.

3.26pm: Shifted to No 5 berth.


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26 January 1915

Simonstown and at sea.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

11.20am: One marine, one Ldg Seaman and 11 Seamen joined for passage.

12.35pm: Weighed and proceeded.

3.30pm: Slang Kop LH abeam 4 miles.

5.34pm: Picked up and signalled HMT Gaika. Turned and proceeded, same in company.

5.55pm: Robben I. Lt abeam 2 miles.

8.0pm: Pos. 33 34S, 18 00E.

8.25pm: Dassen I. Lt abeam 8 miles.

(Note that in her log, Laconia often uses code letters when referring to transports, but I have generally omitted these here and used the full vessel names where known to avoid confusion.)


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27 January 1915

At sea.

Lat -30.8, Long 16.40

8.0am: Pos. 31 34S, 16 42E.

11.45am: Closed and identified SS Thatos of Gothenburg, bound Cape Town with lumber.

7.13pm: Closed and identified SS Ingerid of Cape Town. resumed course and station with convoy.

8.0pm: Pos. 29 17S, 15 39E.


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28 January 1915

At sea to Lüderitz Bay and at sea.

Lat -26.7, Long 15.0

8.0am: Pos. 26 58.5S, 15 05E.

10.35am: Anchored in Lüderitz Bay. Tug Sir Frederick came off to ship on arrival.

HMT Gaika anchored in inner harbour, HMT Clan MacPhee already at anchor there.

3.45pm: Weighed and proceeded, HMT Gaika in company.

5.08pm: Observed vessel SSW of Ichabo I., closed and identified as SS Agnes (?) of Cape Town, at anchor. Proceeded with convoy.

8.0pm: Pos. 26 56S, 14 39E.


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29 January 1915

At sea to Walfisch (now Walvis) Bay.

Lat -22.88, Long 14.40

8.0am: Pos. 23 36S, 14 12E (DR).

9.30am: Frequent soundings, misty inland.

12.17pm: Anchored, Walfisch Bay.

HMT Gaika proceeded to inner anchorage.

2.0pm: HMS Astraea alongside for stores. HM tug Afrikander alongside for stores and water.

One marine discharged to Astraea.

4.30pm: Astraea cast off to anchor.


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30 January 1915

Walfisch Bay and at sea.

Lat -21.81, Long 13.90

5.0am: One bag of mails received from HMS Astraea.

6.15am: Weighed and proceeded, Northerly courses until noon.

8.0am: Pos. 22 33.5S, 14 21.5E.

12.15pm: A/c S14W for Lüderitz Bay.

8.0pm: Pos. 23 24S, 14 05E.


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31 January 1915

At sea to Lüderitz Bay and at sea.

Lat -26.52, Long 14.95

5.30am: Patches of fog, clearing at times.

7.18am: Mercury I. abeam 4 miles.

8.0am: Pos. 25 54S, 14 48E.

8.30am: Fog dense, reduced to half speed.

11.30am: Fog lifting at times and less dense.

1.34pm: Anchored in Lüderitz Bay.

1.45pm: Tug Sir Frederick alongside. One PO and nine seamen joined for passage. Received 20 bags of mail.

2.32pm: Weighed and proceeded, Southerly courses.

8.0pm: Pos. 27 38S, 15 13E.



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1915

(Escorting convoys between Simonstown and Walfisch Bay)


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1 February 1915

At sea.

Lat -30.80, Long 16.42

8.0am: Pos. 30.01S, 16 05E.

8.0pm: Pos. 32 21S, 17 13E.


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2 February 1915

At sea to Simons Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

2.17am: Dassen I. Lt abeam 19 miles.

4.24am: Robben I. Lt abeam 18 miles.

6.0am: Slang Kop abeam 7 miles.

9.20am: Anchored in Simons Bay.

In port: HMS’ Goliath and Armadale Castle.

10.50am: Coal lighter alongside.

1.55pm: Landed one PO and nine seamen RNVR.

4.0pm: Armadale Castle left dry dock to No 5 berth.


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3 February 1915

Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

2.0am: Wind force 6 SE by S. Dropped starboard anchor.

6.10am: Resumed coaling, rate impeded by sea.

9.25am: 30 bags of mail landed.

7.0pm: Ceased coaling for the day.


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4 February 1915

Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

6.25am: Resumed coaling.

7.0pm: Ceased coaling for the day.


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5 February 1915

Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

Coaling and discharging stores.

2.30pm: Escort with prisoners arrived on board.

Steamboat taken over from HMS Armadale Castle.


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6 February 1915

Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

6.10am: HMS Amadale Castle left port.

Discharging stores to dockyard and HMS Goliath.

Steamboat taken over by dockyard.


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7 February 1915

Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

Discharging stores to HMS Goliath.


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8 February 1915

Simonstown to False Bay and return.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

5.0am: Preparing for sea. Target party to tug Scotsman.

6.23am: Weighed and proceeded to target practice in False Bay, Scotsman towing target.

Various courses and speeds for target practice.

6.50pm: Anchored.


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9 February 1915

Simonstown and at sea.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

11.47am: Weighed and proceeded.

1.0pm: Cape Pt abeam 2.25 miles.

4.54pm: Stopped off Green Pt Lt (Cape Town) awaiting convoy.

5.0 to 5.45pm: SS Clan Maclaren (McClaren in log), SS’ Corfe Castle* and Hyacinthus passed out to sea. (Picture of Hyacinthus)

5.50pm: SS Gaika under weigh. Proceeded with same, course N20W.

8.0pm: Pos. 33 35S, 18 42E.

* Corfe Castle, Union Castle Mail Co., 1901, 4,592 grt, sold in 1927, renamed Ostee.


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10 February 1915

At sea.

Lat -30.70, Long 16.55

8.0am: Pos. 31 29S, 16 52E.

9.45am: Passed and signalled HMT Z.

10.50am: Passed and signalled SS Ingerid.

8.0pm: Pos. 29 25S, 15 58E.


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11 February 1915

At sea towards Walfisch Bay.

Lat -26.78, Long 14.97

8.0am: Pos. 27 29S, 15 06.5E.

12.40pm: Lüderitz Bay LH abeam 7 miles.

6.13pm: Mercury I. abeam.


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12 February 1915

At sea to Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.88, Long 14.42

8.0am: Pos. 23 28S, 14 12E.

12.49pm: Anchored in Walfisch Bay.

Convoy arrived. Ships in port: HMS’ Astraea, Armadale Castle, SS’ Clan Macfadyen (McFayden in log), Den of Glamis, Galway Castle, British Prince, Glenorchy, Monarch, City of Athens, Clan MacPhee. HS Ebani*, Collier Cilicia.

* SS Ebani, the second of three Elder-Dempster Line ships of that name, 1912, 4,862 tons, served as a hospital ship throughout the war. Sold in 1938 and renamed Maristella


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13 February 1915

Walfisch Bay at sea and return.

Lat -22.9, Long 14.5

2.01pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.07pm: Anchored.


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14 February 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.9, Long 14.5

Sunday routine.


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15 February 1915

Walfisch Bay and at sea.

Lat -22.9, Long 14.5

7.15am: SS Cilicia alongside to supply fresh water.

Received mails from HMS Astraea and shore.

7.0pm: Cilicia cast off. Received 193 tons FW from her.

7.15pm: Weighed and proceeded.


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16 February 1915

At sea.

Lat -26.1, Long 14.70

In fog 6.0 to 11.0am.

8.0am: Pos. 25 18.5S, 14 31E.

4.40pm: Possession I. abeam 5.2 miles.

8.0pm: Pos. 27 41S, 15 19.5E.


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17 February 1915

At sea.

Lat -30.8, Long 16.45

8.0am: Pos. 30 09S, 16 15E.

8.0pm: Pos. 32 17S, 17 12E.


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18 February 1915

At sea to Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

3.18am: Dassen I. Lt abeam 16.25 miles.

6.48am: Slang Kop abeam.

10.09am: Anchored in Simons Bay.

HM Ships in harbour, Goliath and Armadale Castle.


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19 February 1915

Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.43

Discharging stores to dockyard tender and to HMS Goliath via lighter.

Received shrapnel projectiles.

Received five bags of mail and one of parcels for HMS Astraea. One bag of mails for Africander (probably HM tug Afrikander).


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20 February 1915

Simonstown to Table Bay and at sea.

Lat -34.1, Long 18.24

7.30am: Escort returned with two absentees.

8.10am: Weighed and proceeded.

11.43am: Slang Kop LH abeam 4.5 miles.

2.08pm: Anchored in Table Bay. awaiting HMTs to convoy.

4.20pm: HMT S proceeded.

4.36pm: Weighed anchor.

4.45pm: HMT N proceeded.

5.40pm: HMTs Professor Woermann* and City of Athens put to sea.

6.10pm: Proceeded with convoy.

8.56pm: Dassen I. Lt abeam 8 miles.

* Professor Woermann, the third of three Woermann Line ships with this name, 1912, 6,061 grt, captured 1914, later renamed Professor and operated by Union Castle Line until 1921.


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21 February 1915

At sea.

Lat -31.20, Long 16.47

8.0am: Pos. 31 54S, 16 50E.

8.0pm: Pos. 29 52S, 15 55E.


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22 February 1915

At sea.

Lat -27.2, Long 15.0

8.0am: Pos. 27 55S, 15 13 E.

3.05pm: Turned ship to ‘pick up’ HMT W.

3.50pm: Communicated with same and proceeded.

8.0pm: Pos. 25 55S, 14 43E.


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23 February 1915

At sea to Walfisch Bay.

Lat -23.2, Long 14.20

8.0am: Pos. 23 54S, 14 20E.

2.47pm: Anchored in Walfisch Bay.

Ships in port, HMS’ Astraea, Africander, SS’ Monarch and Clan MacPhee.

4.0pm: SS’ Professor Woermann, Glenorchy and City of Athens arrived.

7.15pm: Astraea and Africander put to sea.


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24 February 1915

Walfisch Bay to Swakopmund and return.

Lat -23.2, Long 14.20 (approx)

7.54am: Weighed and proceeded.

9.12am: Swakopmund LH East 4 miles.

9.30am: Anchored. Swakopmund.

11.17am: Weighed and proceeded.

12.46pm: Anchored, Walfisch Bay.


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25 February 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.9, Long 14.5

8.15pm: HMT Glenorchy proceeded.


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26 February 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.9, Long 14.5

7.20am: HMT Galway Castle and HMS Armadale Castle arrived.

7.40am: Armadale Castle put to sea.

2.05pm: SS Clan MacPhee put to sea.

4.0pm: HMTs Shonga and British Prince arrived.


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27 February 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.9, Long 14.5

1.40pm: SS Rufidji (Rifudji in log) arrived.

6.30pm: SS City of Athens put to sea.


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28 February 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.9, Long 14.5

4.30pm: HMT Erna Woermann* sailed.

*Erna Woermann, the second of two Woermann Line ships of this name, 1902, 5,528 grt, ex- Louisiana, purchased 1905, captured at Duala in 1914, renamed Huntscastle and operated by Union Castle Line until 1921.



LOGS FOR MARCH 1915

(Walfisch Bay and at sea for Simonstown)


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1 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.9, Long 14.5

A typical day of entries in harbour.

1.0am: Fire detector used. Rounds correct.

2.20am: Watch man and arm ship.

4.0am: Light breeze, overcast and hazy.

4.45am: Watch man and arm ship. Fire detector used.

6.0am: Clean decks.

9.10am: Divisions and prayers.

10.0am: Mist cleared off. Watch cleaning over side and cleaning boats.

12 noon: Muster for payment.

3.0pm: HMT Galway Castle left port.

7.45pm: Darken ship. Night defence stations.

11.0pm: Rounds correct. Watch man and arm ship.


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2 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.9, Long 14.5

11.40am: HMT Professor Woermann left port.

3.30pm: HMT Hyacinthus arrived.

4.0pm: HMT Clan Maclaren arrived.

5.07pm: HMS Armadale Castle arrived .

Midshipman WW Provo transferred to Armadale Castle for passage to Simonstown hospital.

5.25pm: HMT Gaika arrived.

6.15pm: Armadale Castle left port.

10.45pm: HMT Shonga left port.


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3 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.9, Long 14.5

12.30am: Hospital Ship Ebani arrived.

9.30am: Depth of water alongside, 5 ¼ fathoms (31’ 6”, not a lot when Laconia draws about 28’!).

Officers at pistol practice.

Watch mustered and aired bedding.


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4 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.9, Long 14.5

1.42pm: HMT British Prince proceeded to sea. Tug Alert arrived.


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5 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.9, Long 14.5

11.45am: HMT Clan Maclaren left port.

5.0pm: HMT Clan McFadyen arrived .


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6 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.9, Long 14.5

7.0am: HMT Ingerid arrived .

1.0pm: HMT Hyacinthus left port.

7.10pm: HMT Gaika left port .


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7 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.9, Long 14.5

11.05am: HMT Ingerid left port.


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8 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.9, Long 14.5

Hands employed shifting stores from upper to lower sections.


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9 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.9, Long 14.5

1.25pm: HMT Erna Woermann sailed.

7.30pm: HS Ebani proceeded to sea.


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10 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

9.25am: HMT Den of Glamis arrived.


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11 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

Hands drying and restowing stores. (Laconia’s decks leak!)

9.38am: HMT Rufidji sailed.


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12 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

1.32pm: HMT Clan MacPhee arrived.

2.40pm: HMS Armadale Castle arrived.

4.30pm: HMT Glenorchy arrived.

5.10pm: Armadale Castle sailed.

5.20pm: HMT City of Athens arrived.


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13 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

Hands employed shifting stores.

Carpenter caulking B deck.

Marines at loader drill.

4.0pm: HMT Professor Woermann arrived.

5.25pm: HMT Monarch sailed.


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14 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

3.0pm: Received a small quantity of stores from HMT Professor Woermann.


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15 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

9.48am: HMT Clan Macbeth (McBeth in log) arrived.

11.0am: Schooner Jane Kilgour sailed (the picture in the link is of a barque and may be the same ship with an earlier rig, or an earlier vessel of the same name, but nice picture anyway!)


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16 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

Carpenter’s party caulking decks.

11.30pm: HMT Clan MacPhee sailed.


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17 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

4.0pm: HMT Clan Ogilvy arrived.

5.30pm: HMT Professor Woermann left.


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18 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

4.55pm: HMT Ingerid arrived.


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19 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

12.10pm: HMT Galway Castle arrived.

Eng. C Brown Innes joined ship.

3.30pm: Collier arrived and made fast alongside.

3.35pm: HMT British Prince arrived.

4.30pm: HMT Glenorchy sailed.

6.0pm: Collier ranging considerably alongside due to sea. Coaling suspended.

7.15pm: Collier cast off to anchor.


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20 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

7.0am: Collier alongside, commenced coaling.

8.15am: HMT Shonga arrived.

7.0pm: Ceased coaling, collier cast off to anchor.


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21 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

Sunday routine, no coaling.

9.30am: HMT Haileybury arrived.


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22 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

7.30am: Collier alongside, commenced coaling.

5.0pm: HS Ebani arrived .

7.15pm: Collier cast off to anchor. Estimated 510 tons received today.


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23 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

7.10am: Collier alongside, commenced coaling.

7.0pm: Collier cast off to anchor.

7.20pm: HMS Armadale Castle arrived.


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24 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

7.0am: Collier alongside, commenced coaling.

In pm: Diver down to clear suction inlets of marine growth.

7.05pm: Collier cast off to anchor.

7.50pm: HMS Armadale Castle left port.

10.45pm: HS Ebani sailed.


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25 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

7.25am: Collier alongside, commenced coaling.

5.30pm: HMT Erna Woermann arrived.

7.05pm: Collier cast off to anchor.


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26 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

7.50am: Collier alongside, commenced coaling.

6.55pm: HMT Galway Castle left.

7.05pm: Collier cast off to anchor.


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27 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

7.10am: Collier alongside, commenced coaling.

5.30pm: HMT Erna Woermann sailed.

6.30pm: HMT Shonga sailed.

7.0pm: Finished coaling, total received 2,600 tons. (A very trying week for Laconia’s crew, hard work every day and no chance to get the ship clean. In addition, she has to man and arm the ship during darkness and continually has steam up, burning 35 tons of coal a day)


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28 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

Hands cleaning ship after coaling.


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29 March 1915

Walfisch Bay.

Lat -22.90, Long 14.50

5.45pm: HMS Armadale Castle arrived.

7.20pm: Weighed and proceeded.


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30 March 1915

At sea.

Lat -26.05, Long 14.70

8.0am: Pos. 25 11S, 14 25E.

8.0pm: Pos. 27 46S, 15 31E.


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31 March 1915

At sea.

Lat -31.15, Long 16.70

8.0am: Pos. 30 35S, 16 34E.

12 noon: Mustered for payment.

8.0pm: Pos 32 40S, 17 48E.

9.30pm: Dassen I. Lt bg S11E.

11.59pm: Same abeam 11.5 miles, a/c S5W.



LOGS FOR APRIL 1915

(Simonstown, Cape Town, Durban and Mafia Island)


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Cover, Adm. 53/45876, signed by Cdr WRD Irvine, RNR.


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Dated 5th May 1915, signed Captain CS Wills, RN. Also 20th May, HMS Hyacinth and signed by the Commander.


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1 April 1915

At sea from Walfisch Bay to Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

1.0am: Celestial objects, Moon etc, very brilliant.

5.20am: SS Saxon passed westbound.

7.54am: Anchored.

8.45am: Weighed and proceeded into dry dock.

9.05am: Made fast. Draft 26’ 3” fwd, 26’ 10” aft.

11.45am: Ship on blocks.

3.15pm: Ship refloated, shims reqd aft.

5.0pm: Ship on blocks and shored.


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2 April 1915

In dry dock, Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

6.0am: Hands cleaning ship and working in dock.

9.0am: Dockyard carpenters caulking B deck.

In pm: Hands cleaning and painting.


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3 April 1915

In dry dock, Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

In am: Hands painting etc.

In pm: Admitted water to dock to float pontoons to paint upper parts.

Small quantity of stores received.


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4 April 1915

In dry dock, Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

1.09pm: HMS Pyramus arrived.


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5 April 1915

In dry dock, Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

In am: Watch painting over side.

8.0am: HMS Pyramus entered dock.

10.0am: Dockyard carpenter caulking B deck.

2.25pm: Ship afloat.

Receiving water and stores.


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6 April 1915

Simonstown to Cape Town.

Lat -34.4, Long 18.5

8.57am: Left dry dock and anchored in Simons Bay.

10.31am: Weighed and proceeded.

3.58pm: Entered dock in Cape Town and made fast alongside East pier.

4.30pm: Finished with engines, fires banked, watch rigging coaling gear.


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7 April 1915

East Pier, Cape Town.

Lat -33.9, Long 18.4

6.30am: SS Marathon left harbour for roadstead

6.55am: SS Bida sailed.

7.15am: SS Kwarra arrived.

7.50am: Commenced coaling on both sides.

10.45am: SS Clan MacMillan arrived

Noon: Collier SS Tresillian arrived.

8.0pm: Ceased coaling for the night.


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8 April 1915

East Pier, Cape Town.

Lat -33.9, Long 18.4

7.0am: Resumed coaling.

7.30am: SS Glenorchy and SS Baron Minto arrived.

5.0pm: Baron Minto sailed.

10.20pm: Finished coaling.


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9 April 1915

East Pier, Cape Town.

Lat -33.9, Long 18.4

1.45am: SS Rangitira arrived.(Variously spelt Rangatira)

7.0am: SS Battenhall sailed.

10.15am: SS Pentam arrived.

11.30am: SS Lembok (?) entered dock.

Noon: SS Clan MacPhee arrived and docked.

5.0pm: Read punishment warrants Nos 3, 4, 5 and 6. Three prisoners confined to cells.

8.0pm: SS British Prince sailed.


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10 April 1915

East Pier, Cape Town.

Lat -33.9, Long 18.4

8.0am: Commander O Barry joined for passage.

8.30am: Escort returned with prisoner.

9.30am: Fireman Scott brought to ship by civil police.

11.0am: Left wharf, proceeded to anchorage, anchored.

3.40pm: Mail steamer Dunvegan Castle arrived.

11.20pm: Received mail.

11.51pm: Weighed and proceeded.


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11 April 1915

At sea.

Lat -35.0, Long 20.5 (approx)

[log entry is 30 50, 20 30W, clearly incorrect, so feasible position added by me, Ed.]

11.07am: Passed transport Clan McLaren westbound.


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12 April 1915

At sea.

Lat -34.1, Long 25.7

5.0pm: Read warrant No 7.

11.0pm: Brilliant phosphorescence in sea.


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13 April 1915

At sea.

Lat -32.1, Long 29.2

6.30am: Passed Swedish SS Hellenic northbound.

In pm: Watch preparing ship for coaling.


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14 April 1915

At sea and at Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

12.30am: Passed SS Border Knight southbound.

2.15am: Passed SS Dart southbound.

6.58am: Picked up pilot.

8.11am: Completed mooring to buoys in Durban harbour.

11.45am: Coal lighters alongside.

2.20pm: SS Miltiades arrived. SS Hyaltes (?) sailed.

4.40pm: SS Montrose sailed.

5.20pm: SS Apalde (?) arrived.


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15 April 1915

At moorings in Durban harbour.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

Coaling from lighters all day.

In am: Received a motor boat, hoisted in.

In pm: Received a quantity of aviation stores.


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16 April 1915

At moorings in Durban harbour.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

Coaling completed in am.

9.15am: SS Miltiades sailed.

5.0pm: Read punishment warrant No 8.


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17 April 1915

At moorings in Durban harbour.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

11.0am: Seaplane 122 hoisted on board.

Noon: SS Kwarra arrived.

1.0pm: Seaplane 119 hoisted on board and a quantity of seaplane stores received.


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THE VOYAGES OF HMS LACONIA
Operations off eastern Africa

JP map Laconia East Africa

18 April 1915

At moorings in Durban harbour and at sea.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

8.0am: Seaplane 121 hoisted in.

4.52pm: Left buoys assisted by tug and pilot.

5.25pm: Cleared breakwater and dropped pilot, proceeded to sea. Course N68E (m).


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19 April 1915

At sea

Lat -26.6, Long 34.0

11.0am: Passed SS York Castle southbound.

7.0pm: Passed SS Samoset southbound.


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20 April 1915

At sea

Lat -21.3, Long 37.2


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21 April 1915

At sea

Lat -17.0, Long 39.5


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22 April 1915

At sea

Lat -11.3, Long 41.0

6.30pm: Sighted and signalled HMAS Pioneer.


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23 April 1915

At sea and at anchor off Niororo I.

Lat -7.6, Long 39.7

7.40am: Anchored off Niororo I.

8.55am: SS Reichenfels made fast alongside and delivered seaplane stores.

10.39am: HMS Weymouth arrived.

12.30pm: Reichenfels left for anchorage.

In pm: Seaplanes hoisted out for trials.

5.30pm: Weighed and proceeded to position 2.5 miles NW of island.

5.59pm: Anchored.


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24 April 1915

At various anchorages off Niororo I.

Lat -7.6, Long 39.7

5.30am: Shifted anchorage.

7.30am: HMS Hyacinth arrived and anchored.

9.10am: HMS Weymouth alongside for stores.

11.07am: Hyacinth left.

5.20pm: Weymouth left from alongside.

5.56pm: Shifted anchorage.


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25 April 1915

Niororo I. to Kilindini and return.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

5.20am: Weighed and proceeded.

7.10am: Anchored off Kilindini.

10.10am: Seaplane left on reconnaissance flight.

11.45am: Seaplane returned. [On this flight, the crew managed to photograph the German cruiser Konigsberg, in the Rufiji River.]

2.23pm: HMS Hyacinth anchored.

2.30pm: SS Barjora anchored.

4.0pm: Commander Barry left for Barjora for passage.

One Sirdar and 19 Seedies joined from Barjora.

4.25pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.0pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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26 April 1915

At various anchorages off Niororo I.

Lat -7.6, Long 39.7

5.16am: Shifted anchorage.

7.37am: HMS Weymouth anchored.

4.30pm: HMW Echo (An armed whaler purchased in Durban, ex Barrowby) left.

5.53pm: Shifted anchorage.


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27 April 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.25am: Weighed and proceeded.

6.58am: Anchored off Mafia I.

10.0am: HMS Pioneer anchored

11.30am: Pioneer alongside for stores.

2.25pm: Seaplane left on recconnaissance flight.

3.30pm: Pioneer left.

4.30pm: Seaplane returned and hoisted in.

5.0pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.15pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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28 April 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.20am: Weighed and proceeded.

7.0am: Anchored off Mafia I.

9.20am: HMS Hyacinth alongside for stores.

3.50pm: Hyacinth left.

4.39pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.08pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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29 April 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.20am: Weighed and proceeded.

7.0am: Anchored off Mafia I.

In pm: Seaplane 121 exercising, unable to climb to required height.

4.33pm: Weighed and proceeded

6.08pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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30 April 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.32am: Shifted anchorage.

6.29am: HMS Weymouth anchored.

7.10am: HMS Kinfauns Castle anchored and a small quantity of stores transferred to her in boats.

9.0am: Lt/Cdr Bowles transferred to Kinfauns Castle for passage.

10.29am: Weighed and proceeded.

Noon: Anchored off Mafia I.

3.35pm: HMW Echo arrived.

3.50pm: Echo left.

4.26pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.02pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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LOGS FOR MAY 1915

(Niororo Island and Mafia Island)


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Cover Adm. 53/45877, signed by Cdr Irvine, RNR.


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Dated 3rd June 1915, signed by Captain CS Wills, RN.


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1 May 1915

Anchored off Niororo I.

Lat -7.6, Long 39.7

5.22am: Shifted anchorage.

6.25am: to 7.20am: HMS’ Hyacinth, Chatham, Weymouth and Kinfauns Castle anchored.

10.20am: Kinfauns Castle sailed.

5.34pm: Shifted anchorage.


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2 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.18am: Weighed and proceeded.

5.44am: Stopped to transfer interpreter to SS Reichenfels.

7.16am: Anchored off Mafia I.

11.35am: Seven seedie boys transferred to HMS Pioneer.

4.30pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.17pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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3 May 1915

Anchored off Niororo I.

Lat -7.6, Long 39.7

5.18am: Shifted anchorage.

6.30am: Collier alongside and commenced coaling.

8.30am: SS Reichenfels alongside and transferred a small quantity of seaplane stores.

5.0pm: Ceased coaling. Collier left and anchored.

5.30pm: Shifted anchorage.


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4 May 1915

Anchored off Niororo I.

Lat -7.6, Long 39.7

5.30am: Shifted anchorage.

6.10am: Collier alongside, commenced coaling.

6.50am: HMS Chatham anchored.

8.10am: HMW Fly (An armed whaler, the ex German Sturmvogel and probably the ship in this picture) anchored.

11.30am: SS Zanoni arrived.

2.0pm: Received 20 Kroo boys from SS ~.

3.0pm: Ceased coaling. Hands hoisting out ammunition for Chatham.

5.30pm: Shifted anchorage.


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5 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.16am: Weighed and proceeded.

6.58am: Anchored off Mafia I.

1.30pm: Seaplane 119 (Lt Watkins) left on flight westward.

2.10pm: SS Africa (?) sailed.

4.19pm: Seaplane 122 (Lt Cull) left on recce for 119, overdue.

4.30pm: Motor boat left to search.

7.45pm: Information received of position of seaplane.

8.20pm: Motor boat returned.


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6 May 1915

Mafia I. to Niororo I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.20am: Weighed and proceeded.

Telemotor control and steering gear failed to set. Steered with engines until steering gear adjusted.

6.54am: Anchored.

7.10am: HMW Fly brought seaplane 122 alongside. Hoisted in.

11.31am: Weighed and proceeded.

1.15pm: Anchored off Mafia I.

1.24pm: HMS Chatham anchored.

2.35pm: SS Barjora sailed.

4.27pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.06pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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7 May 1915

Various anchorages off Niororo I.

Lat -7.6, Long 39.7

5.19am: Shifted anchorage.

5.47am: Finished with engines.

7.0am: Banked fires.

9.10am: Divisions and prayers.

9.30am: Officers to rifle drill.

Watch working stores etc.

10.38am: HMW Childers (An armed whaler purchased in Durban, ex Norvegia) anchored and received a small quantity of stores.

3.20pm: Childers left.

5.34pm: Shifted anchorage.

Ship carefully darkened, night defence stations.

7.15pm: Banked fires.


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8 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.18am: Weighed and proceeded.

7.0am: Anchored off Mafia I.

10.27am: HMS Chatham anchored

12.22pm: HMS Cornwall anchored.

2.20pm: HMW Fly alongside for supplies.

3.25pm: Chatham and Cornwall left.

4.20pm: Fly cast off. Weighed and proceeded.

6.05pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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9 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.18am: Weighed and proceeded.

6.58am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

8.14am: HMS Chatham arrived and anchored.

10.17am: HMW Echo arrived and anchored.

1.35pm: Collier SS Lady Charlotte arrived and received from us a quantity of coal bags etc.

2.58pm: Weighed and proceeded at full speed to recover seaplane in 7 34S, 39 31 E.

4.14pm: Anchored.

4.45pm: Hoisted in seaplane 121.

4.50pm: Weighed and proceeded to Tirene Bay.

6.14pm: Anchored in Tirene Bay.


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10 May 1915

Anchored in Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

4.0am: Watch preparing to receive collier alongside.

6.50am: Lady Charlotte alongside.

7.30am: Commenced coaling.

8.07am: HMS Pioneer anchored.

8.45am: HMW Echo anchored.

11.30am: HMS Chatham anchored.

3.02pm: Pioneer left.

4.45pm: HMW Pickle (An armed whaler, the ex German Seeadler) anchored.

4.50pm: Echo alongside for stores.

5.20pm: Echo left.

5.30pm: Ceased coaling.

5.45pm: Collier left to anchor.


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11 May 1915

Anchored in Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.15am: Collier alongside.

6.20am: HMW Pickle sailed.

6.45am: Resumed coaling.

7.30am: HMS Chatham sailed.

9.24am: HMS Fly alongside.

11.10am: Fly left from alongside to Chatham.

3.30pm: Finished coaling.

5.28pm: Shifted anchorage.


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12 May 1915

Mafia Island to Niororo I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.20am: Shifted anchorage.

9.25am: HMW Pickle alongside.

3.0pm: Pickle cast off.

3.05pm: Weighed and proceeded.

4.40pm: Anchored off Niororo I.

5.35pm: Shifted anchorage.


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13 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.18am: Shifted anchorage. Communicated with shore by boat.

6.40am: Weighed and proceeded.

8.15am: Anchored in Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

11.25am: HMW Fly anchored.

12.30pm: HMS Chatham anchored.

Stores supplied to HMS Pioneer.

4.13pm: Weighed and proceeded.

5.53pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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14 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.18am: Weighed and proceeded.

6.54am: Anchored off Mafia Island.

7.41am: HMS Chatham anchored.

10.30am: HMW Pickle alongside for stores.

12.20pm: HMW Childers anchored.

1.30pm: Pickle cast off and anchored.

1.45pm: HMW Childers alongside for stores and fresh water.

3.35pm: Chatham left.

4.10pm: Childers cast off.

4.15pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.0pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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15 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.17am: Weighed and proceeded.

7.05am: Anchored off Mafia I.

7.40am: Collier alongside.

8.0am: Commenced coaling.

8.03am: HMS Chatham anchored.

8.25am: HMW Childers anchored.

10.40am: HMW Fly arrived alongside Chatham.

1.0pm: HMW Childers alongside for stores.

2.0pm: Chatham left.

2.25pm: Fly alongside for stores and fresh water.

3.35pm: Fly left.

4.0pm: Ceased coaling, collier left to anchor.

4.22pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.09pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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16 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.15am: Weighed and proceeded.

7.08am: Anchored off Mafia I.

7.50am: HMS Weymouth anchored and sent mail.

9.0am: HMW Childers anchored.

9.35am: HMW Pickle alongside for stores and water.

9.45am: Childers left.

11.50am: Pickle left.

2.0pm: Beef supplied to Weymouth.

4.16pm: Weighed and proceeded.

5.57pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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17 May 1915

Niororo I. to and at Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.15am: Weighed and proceeded.

7.0am: Anchored off Mafia I.

7.30am: Collier SS Zanoni alongside and commenced coaling.

7.53am: HMS Weymouth anchored.

9.06am: HMS Hyacinth anchored.

9.25am: HMAS Pioneer arrived and made fast alongside SS Lady Charlotte to coal.

12.35pm. HMW Fly arrived.

1.40pm: Pioneer ceased coaling.

2.25pm: Fly alongside Weymouth.

3.05pm to 4.0pm: Hyacinth, Fly and Weymouth sailed.

5.30pm: Finished coaling, collier left to anchor.


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18 May 1915

Tirene Bay, Mafia I. and Niororo I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.15am: Collier SS Zanoni alongside and commenced coaling.

1.45pm: HMS Weymouth left collier to anchor.

3.45pm: Ceased coaling.

4.05pm: Weymouth sailed.

4.22pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.07pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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19 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.18am: Weighed and proceeded.

6.57am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

8.34am: HMS Hyacinth anchored.

11.30am: Collier SS Zanoni sailed.

1.15pm: Hands mustered to receive HRH Princess Mary’s presents.

1.35pm: SS Tuna arrived with mail.

Seaman B~ transferred to HMW Fly.

Hyacinth left anchorage.

4.19pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.04pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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20 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.18am: Weighed and proceeded.

6.58am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

8.05am: HMS Pioneer anchored.

8.45am: HMS Hyacinth alongside for stores.

9.20am: HMW Pickle arrived and went alongside SS Lady Charlotte.

11.0am: Finished discharging stores to Hyacinth.

1.0pm: Seaplane 121 left on recco. flight.

2.50pm: Seaplane 121 returned.

2.55pm: Pioneer sailed.

3.45pm: Hyacinth sailed.

4.18pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.05pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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21 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.17am: Weighed and proceeded.

7.02am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

7.40am: HMS Weymouth anchored.

9.22am: HMS Hyacinth anchored.

11.0am: HMW Fly anchored.

11.45am: Collier SS Zanoni alongside to transfer stores.

1.50pm. Fly alongside for stores.

3.20pm: Fly and Zanoni left.

4.0pm: Hyacinth and Weymouth left anchorage.

4.16pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.06pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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22 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.17am: Weighed and proceded.

7.02am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

7.30am: HMS Pioneer arrived.

7.40am: HMS Hyacinth anchored.

7.45am: HMS Weymouth anchored.

9.10am: Weymouth left.

9.15am: Gun layers and trainers to Hyacinth.

1.20pm: SS Lady Charlotte sailed.

3.12pm: Weymouth returned.

4.15pm: Hyacinth, Pioneer and Weymouth left anchorage.

4.18pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.10pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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23 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.17am: Weighed and proceded.

7.02am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

8.45am: HMW Pickle alongside for stores.

1.45pm: Pickle left to anchor.

3.10pm: SS Tuna left.

4.16pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.08pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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24 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.17am: Weighed and proceded.

7.08am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

7.20am: HMS Weymouth anchored.

8.20am: HMW Fly alongside for stores.

10.10am: Fly left.

11.10am: HMW Pickle sailed.

2.35pm: HMW Echo alongside for provisions.

3.30pm: Echo left.

3.50pm: Weymouth and Fly left anchorage.

4.15pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.04pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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25 May 1915

Niororo I. to and at Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.18am: Weighed and proceded.

7.06am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

8.05am: HMW Echo arrived.

8.30am: HMW Fly arrived.

12.50pm: Fly left.

1.45pm: SS Barjora arrived and came alongside.

Discharging stores to Barjora.

4.40pm: Barjora left to anchor.

5.40pm: HMS Pioneer left anchorage.


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26 May 1915

Mafia I. to and at Niororo I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

7.20am: HMS Weymouth alongside for stores.

7.25am: HMW Echo anchored.

8.0am: HMS Pioneer anchored.

8.10am: Echo alongside for stores.

8.20am: HMW Pickle anchored.

10.0am: Collier Lady Charlotte anchored.

12.30pm: HMS Laurentic anchored.

1.40pm: Weymouth cast off and went alongside Laurentic.

3.55pm: Echo cast off and Weymouth left.

4.0pm: Echo, Lady Charlotte and SS Barjora sailed.

4.19pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.04pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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27 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

1.0am: SS Barjora sailed.

5.19am: Weighed and proceded.

7.07am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

8.30am: HMW Fly alongside for provisions.

10.0am: Fly cast off and proceeded.

4.16pm: Weighed and proceeded.

5.58pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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28 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.17am: Weighed and proceded.

7.04am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

7.40am: HMS Weymouth arrived.

8.54am: Seaplane 122 left on flight.

10.25am: Seaplane 122 returned.

Transferred small quantity of stores to Weymouth.

10.30am: Party of gunlayers and trainers sent to HMS Hyacinth.

Noon: Training party returned.

1.0pm: Party of gunlayers and trainers sent to Hyacinth.

2.0pm: Training party returned.

4.13pm: Weighed and proceeded.

5.58pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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29 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.15am: Weighed and proceded.

7.07am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

8.15am: HMW Echo sailed.

8.45am: HMW Pickle alongside.

11.25am: Pickle cast off.

Continuous heavy rain throughout pm, obscuring land at times.

4.15pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.05pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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30 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.21am: Weighed and proceded.

7.08am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

8.15am: HMW Pickle alongside.

9.26am: SS Lady Charlotte arrived.

12.12pm: HMS’ Hyacinth and Laurentic anchored.

12.20pm: Pickle to Laurentic for beef.

3.15pm: Pickle alongside with beef.

4.21pm: Pickle cast off, weighed and proceeded.

6.05pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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31 May 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.18am: Weighed and proceded.

7.05am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

7.25am: HMS Hyacinth anchored.

7.50am: HMS Laurentic anchored.

8.10am: HMS Weymouth and Fly anchored.

8.20am: HMS Pioneer arrived alongside SS Zanoni.

10.0am: Seaplane 121 left on flight.

11.0am: Seaplane 121 returned.

Signalman F Cooper joined ship.

11.30am: Laurentic proceeded to sea.

1.30pm: SS Lady Charlotte anchored.

2.15pm: Hyacinth left anchorage.

2.55pm: Pioneer alongside.

3.55pm: Pioneer left.

4.16pm: Weighed and proceeded.

5.55pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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LOGS FOR JUNE 1915

(Niororo Island and Mafia Island)


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Cover, Adm. 53/45878, signed by Cdr WRD Irvine, RNR.


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Dated 3rd July 1915, signed by Captain CS Wills, RN.


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1 June 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.15am: Weighed and proceded.

6.56am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

8.18am: HMW Echo anchored.

8.25am: HMW Fly alongside.

9.10am: Divisions, prayers.

9.18am: Echo alongside collier Zanoni.

Watch employed shifting second three shackles of stbd cable in place of first.

Carpenter overhauling shackles, pins etc.

10.55am: Fly cast off.

12.50pm: Fly left.

1.15pm: Hands mustered for payment.

2.40pm: SS Lady Charlotte sailed.

3.40pm: Echo cast off.

4.17pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.02pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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2 June 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.15am: Weighed and proceded.

7.0am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

7.40am: HMS Pioneer arrived.

Provisions supplied to Pioneer and HMW Pickle.

Port cable hove up and first three shackles switched with second three.

Carpenter overhauling shackles, pins etc.

11.30am: Pickle sailed.

4.13pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.0pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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3 June 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.15am: Weighed and proceded.

6.58am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

7.17am: HMW Echo anchored.

11.40am: HMW Fly alongside.

12.45pm: HMW Childers anchored.

1.57pm: Fly left.

4.15pm: Weighed and proceeded.

7.0pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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4 June 1915

Niororo I. to and at Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.17am: Weighed and proceded.

6.58am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

7.10am: HMS Weymouth anchored.

7.18am: HMW Childers arrived.

1.25pm: Lady Charlotte anchored.

1.40pm: HMS Hyacinth anchored.

2.40 to 3.20pm: Childers, Echo and Hyacinth sailed.

4.15pm: Weymouth sailed.


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5 June 1915

Mafia I. to and at Niororo I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.50am: Lady Charlotte sailed.

7.30am: HMS Pioneer anchored.

7.30am: HMS Hyacinth arrived and commenced coaling from SS Zanoni.

8.20am: SS Kendal Castle arrived and came alongside for fresh water.

8.25am: HMW Pickle arrived.

9.20am: Pickle alongside.

10.20am: Collier SS Corinthia arrived.

Two carpenters [names illegible] discharged to Hyacinth.

12.40pm: Hyacinth finished coaling.

1.08pm: Pickle left from alongside to anchor.

2.25pm: Kendal Castle left to anchor.

3.10pm: Hyacinth sailed.

4.16pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.02pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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6 June 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.18am: Weighed and proceded.

7.01am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

7.20am: HMW Echo alongside.

8.05am: HMW Childers alongside.

10.0am: Childers sailed.

3.35pm: Echo sailed.

4.15pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.02pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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7 June 1915

Niororo I. to and at Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.16am: Weighed and proceded.

7.01am: Anchored in Tirene Bay

7.24am: HMS Weymouth anchored

Collier Zanoni proceeded to Weymouth.

9.15am: Tug Revenger (one of the tugs used to tow HMS’ Mersey and Severn from Britain for the Rufiji action) alongside for water.

Frequent heavy rain squalls

Noon: HMW Pickle alongside.

1.0pm: Pickle left to anchor.

1.0pm: Revenger left and proceeded.

3.55pm: Weymouth left.


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8 June 1915

Mafia I. to and at Niororo I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.50am: Seaplane 122 left on recco flight.

7.28am: Seaplane 122 returned.

8.0am: HMW Childers alongside.

9.50am: Childers left to SS Zanoni.

2.50pm: HMS Hyacinth and tug Blackcock left anchorage.

3.20pm: SS Zanoni sailed.

4.14pm: Weighed and proceeded.

5.55pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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9 June 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

12.01am: SS Zanoni left anchorage.

5.19am: Weighed and proceded.

7.04am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

8.05am: HMW Pickle anchored.

10.10am: SS Trent arrived and came alongside for water.

2.50pm: Trent cast off and left harbour.

4.17pm: Weighed and proceeded.

5.58pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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10 June 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.19am: Weighed and proceded.

7.02am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

7.18am: Landed working party of seedie boys.

8.05am: HMW Childers alongside.

8.55am: Tug TA Jolliffe alongside.

10.55am: Tug Sarah Jolliffe alongside.(These tugs always spelled Joliffe in the log, but Jolliffe is correct.)

1.50pm: TA Jolliffe cast off.

2.35pm: Childers cast off.

2.55pm: Sarah Jolliffe cast off to anchor.

4.16pm: Weighed and proceeded.

5.55pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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11 June 1915

Niororo I. to Mafia I. and return.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.19am: Weighed and proceded.

7.05am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

7.50am: HMW’s Fly and Echo alongside.

8.11am: HMS’ Hyacinth and Weymouth anchored.

8.45am: Collier SS Corinthia alongside Hyacinth.

9.30am: Tug TA Jolliffe alongside.

In pm: F Reynolds AB joined from Echo.

12.55am: Hyacinth finished coaling, HMW Pickle alongside.

1.55pm: Pickle and Fly cast off.

4.05pm: Weymouth sailed.

4.14pm: Weighed and proceeded.

5.52pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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12 June 1915

Niororo I. to and at Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.17am: Weighed and proceded.

7.08am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

7.15am: Landed working party of seedie boys.

7.20am: HMS Weymouth anchored.

7.30am: Tugs Revenger and Blackcock alongside.

8.45am: HMS Pioneer anchored.

9.50am: SS Clifton Hall arrived and anchored.

10.0am: SS Corinthia’s boat hoisted and repaired.

10.25am: Revenger cast off.

11.10am: Blackcock cast off.

2.10pm: SS Weissmann alongside with seaplane spares etc.

3.30pm: Weissmann cast off and anchored.

Received fruit from Clifton Hall.

4.03pm: Pioneer left harbour.

Hands to physical drill.

6.0pm: Ship darkened, night defence stations.


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13 June 1915

Mafia I. to and at Niororo I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

7.0am: Working party of seedie boys landed.

8.0am: HMW Childers alongside.

11.0am: Childers proceeded to the assistance of capsized dhow.

Noon: Mr B. Harris, interpreter, joined from SS Weissmann.

12.35pm: Childers anchored.

2.15pm: Childers left.

3.20pm: SS Weissmann left anchorage.

4.17pm: Weighed and proceeded.

5.57pm: Anchored off Niororo I.

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14 June 1915

Niororo I. to and at Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.19am: Weighed and proceded.

7.07am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

8.10am: Colliers Corinthia and Clifton Hall alongside. Commenced coaling.

9.20am: Sea plane W920 landed to shore station.

12.53pm: HMW Pickle left.

1.30pm: HMW Fly alongside.

2.19pm: Fly left.

4.15pm: Sea plane122 left on flight.

5.30pm: Ceased coaling for the day, received 693 tons.

Seedie boys returned from shore.

5.45pm: Motor boat left to assist 122.

10.15pm: Sea plane returned towed by motor boat, hoisted in.


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15 June 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.0am: Resumed coaling.

7.0am: Seedie boys landed.

8.05am: HMW Childers alongside collier.

12.40pm: HMW Echo sailed.

1.50pm: Childers left.

2.55pm: Tug Sarah Jolliffe alongside with stores.

4.30pm: Finished coaling.

4.50pm: Sarah Jolliffe left to anchor.

5.25pm: Colliers cast off and proceeded to anchor, total received 1,365 tons.


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16 June 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

7.45am: HMW Childers alongside.

8.10am: HMS Hyacinth anchored.

11.0am: J Blithe (apprentice) joined from SS Corinthia.

1.10pm: Hyacinth finished coaling.

2.25pm: Childers cast off.

3.20pm: Hyacinth left.


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17 June 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

7.30am: HMS Pioneer alongside collier.

7.45am: HMW Echo alongside.

8.15am: HMW Fly alongside.

10.50am: Fly left.

12.08pm: SS Barjora arrived and anchored.

1.14pm: HMS Pyramus arrived and anchored.

2.05pm: Pyramus left.

2.30pm: SS Trent anchored.

4.0pm: SS Barjora sailed.


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18 June 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

7.0am: Collier alongside SS Trent.

8.0am: Collier Clifton Hall alongside HMS Pyramus.

8.10am: HMS Hyacinth anchored.

HMW Fly alongside.

9.11am: HMS Laurentic arrived and anchored.

12.15pm: Fly cast off.

2.0pm: Lt/Cdr GJ Bowles joined from HMS Pyramus.

3.25pm: HMS Pioneer sailed.

3.55pm: Hyacinth sailed.

4.15pm: Pyramus sailed.

5.0pm: Mr B Harris Interpreter (seedie) discharged to Laurentic.


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19 June 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.35am: Shifted anchorage.

7.50am: HMS Weymouth anchored

9.20am: Tug Revenger alongside for water.

10.30am: Tug Blackcock alongside with quantity of wooden frames for aeroplane hangar.

10.30am: HMS Pioneer anchored.

10.45am: Quantity of stores received from HMS Laurentic.

10.45am: HMS Hyacinth anchored.

1.0pm: Flt Lt H Blackburn and Flt Sub-Lt H J Donald RNAS joined from Laurentic.

2.12pm: Pioneer left.

3.0pm: HMW Fly left.

5.30pm: Blackcock alongside with provisions and beef from Laurentic.


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20 June 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.20am: SS Trent alongside for fresh water.

7.0am: HMS Laurentic anchored.

9.30am: HMW Childers alongside discharging beef.

11.0am: Childers left.

The following RNAS ratings joined from HMS Laurentic. CPOs E Knight, G Nelson, H Ford, J Rogers.

PO H Muggeridge. Air mechanics F Mills, A Robson, S Fowler, R Connor, R Hughes, S Simon, R Dunning, D Anderson, W Reid, B Amos.

2.26pm: Childers left.

2.45pm: HMWs Echo and Pickle anchored.

4.30pm: Laurentic sailed.

6.0pm: Trent cast off and anchored.


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21 June 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.25am: SS Trent sailed.

6.55: HMS Laurentic anchored.

7.15am: HMWs Echo and Pickle alongside.

8.0am: HMS Hyacinth anchored.

9.05am: HMS Duplex (ex civilian Nentwater, built 1872, 874grt. Armed with 1-3pdr) alongside with aviation stores.

9.10am: HMW Fly alongside.

9.45am: Tug Blackcock alongside.

9.45am: HMS Pyramus anchored.

10.10am: Fly and Echo cast off.

11.10am: Revenger left.

11.50am: Pyramus left.

2.0pm: Blackcock left Hyacinth and sailed.

4.50pm: Revenger alongside.

5.50pm: Duplex left to anchor.


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22 June 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.45am: HMS Laurentic finished coaling.

6.35am: Collier left Laurentic and anchored.

7.45am: HMS’ Hyacinth and Pioneer anchored.

9.15am: HMW Childers alongside.

11.0am: Hyacinth finished coaling.

Noon: J Blithe (apprentice) discharged to SS Corinthia.

1.30pm: J Robertson AB on Kendal Castle discharged to Hyacinth via Laconia.

2.15pm: SS Weissmann arrived and anchored.

2.40pm: Childers and Hyacinth sailed.


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23 June 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.0am: HMS’ Duplex and Pioneer sailed.

7.30am: HMS Pyramus anchored.

8.07am: HMS Hyacinth anchored.

9.10am: HMWs Echo, Fly and Childers arrived.

11.30am: Childers alongside for provisions.

12.45am: Pyramus finished coaling.

1.0pm: J Robertson AB discharged to Hyacinth.

2.30pm: Captain Dunn EAMS transferred to SS Weissmann for passage.

3.0pm: Hyacinth and Weissmann sailed.

7.55pm: Tug Blackcock alongside.

9.0pm: Blackcock left to anchor.


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24 June 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

7.30am: HMWs Fly and Echo left anchorage.

7.45am: HMS Weymouth anchored.

9.10am: HMS Hyacinth alongside for cordite and stores.

10.30am: Veered cable to 60 fms [from 45].

11.0am: Weymouth ceased coaling.

Noon: Major R Gordon RM joined from SS Laurentic.

2.0pm: Fly and Echo alongside for water.

3.35 to 4.05pm: HMS’ Hyacinth, Weymouth, Pyramus and Pioneer left anchorage.


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25 June 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.20am: HMW Fly alongside for beef and cast off at 6.40am.

9.10am: HMS Pyramus anchored.

9.50am: Tug S Jolliffe alongside.

12.05pm: Pyramus sailed.

12.50pm: S Jolliffe cast off and sailed.

3.05pm: Echo and HMS Hyacinth sailed.


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26 June 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

8.25am: HMW Fly alongside for beef.

9.30am: HMS Laurentic anchored.

10.10am: HMS Hyacinth anchored.

11.15am: HMW Pickle alongside for beef and stores.

12.30pm: Tug Sarah Jolliffe alongside. Quantity of stores transferred from Laurentic.

12.54pm: Pickle left.

2.35pm: Tug Revenger alongside with Mersey's motor pinnace.

3.10pm: Hyacinth left.

4.45pm: Tug Sarah Jolliffe left.

4.50pm: Revenger anchored.

7.0pm: Charles C~ AB joined from HMS Mersey.

P.V~ and V. P~, cooks, joined from SS Weissmann.


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27 June 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

7.15am: HMW Pickle anchored.

8.45am: HMW Fly anchored.

1.13pm: Fly alongside for beef.

1.59pm: Fly cast off.

Beef supplied to HMS Pyramus.

4.30pm: SS Trent arrived and anchored.

8.0pm: HMS’ Severn and Mersey arrived alongside Trent.


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28 June 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.05am: HMW Childers alongside.

7.50am: HMS’ Weymouth and Hyacinth anchored.

8.20am: Weymouth coaling from collier (Clifton Hall).

8.37am: Collier Corinthia alongside Hyacinth.

8.47am: Childers cast off and anchored.

9.0am: SS Kendal Castle anchored.

10.25am: Tug TA Jolliffe alongside for stores.

10.50am: Weymouth finished coaling.

11.0am: Clifton Hall left Weymouth and anchored.

12.05pm: Hyacinth finished coaling, Corinthia left to anchor.

1.0pm: W Cribbin and J Bruce, carpenters, joined from Hyacinth.

2.45pm: HMW Echo alongside for water.

3.0pm: Pickle left.

4.0pm: Weymouth left.

4.25pm: Echo cast off.


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29 June 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.26am: Monitors shifted anchorage to SW.

6.50am: HMS Pyramus anchored.

7.0am: HMS’ Mersey and Severn at gun practice, assisted by aeroplanes.

8.05am: HMS Laurentic arrived and anchored.

8.30am: Mersey returned to alongside SS Trent.

1.0pm: C Coysh (?) AB discharged to HMS Mersey.

2.30pm: Severn returned alongside SS Trent.

3.25pm: HMWs Fly and Echo anchored.

4.55pm: HMS’ Hyacinth and Pyramus sailed.


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30 June 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.0am: HMS Laurentic finished coaling, collier left to anchor.

7.07am: HMS Hyacinth anchored.

8.0am: HMW Childers alongside.

11.20am: Childers cast off.

12.40pm: HMS Mersey alongside for water.

2.0pm: Mersey cast off and anchored.

2.35pm: Revenger and Sarah Jolliffe alongside.

3.35pm: A forequarter of beef lost overboard by accident whilst hoisting from Revenger.

4.25pm: Revenger cast off and anchored.

4.50pm: Hyacinth left.


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LOGS FOR JULY 1915

(Mafia Island, Zanzibar and Kilindini)


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Cover, Adm. 53/45879, signed by Cdr WRD Irvine, RNR.


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This page has the figures for Laconia’s speed and coal consumption, signed by CS Wills.

“With all despatch” (the maximum power attainable for 24 hours), using 6 boilers. 17 knots, using 10 tons of coal per hour.

“With despatch” (the maximum seagoing speed while the coal lasts) using 5 boilers. 14 knots, 6.45 tons per hour.

“With moderate despatch” using four boilers. 12 knots, 4.6 tons per hour.


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1 July 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.0am: Monitors Severn and Mersey shifted anchorage.

6.0am: HMWs Echo and Fly left.

7.0am: HMS Hyacinth arrived and anchored.

8.0am: HMWs Childers and Pickle alongside for stores.

11.30am: Echo alongside for water.

J Williams, Air Mechanic, joined from HMS Pioneer.

12.15pm: SS Kassala arrived and anchored.

1.30 to 2.0pm: Echo, Childers and Pickle cast off.

4.40pm: Hyacinth sailed.

5.55pm: Collier Kassala alongside, discharging stores.


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2 July 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.20am: Collier Clifton Hall alongside and commenced coaling

6.56am: HMS Hyacinth arrived and anchored.

11.45am: SS Tuna arrived and anchored.

3.35pm: HMS Laurentic arrived and anchored.

6.0pm: Finished coaling, 772 tons received, colliers cast off and anchored.


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3 July 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.30am: HMS Hyacinth anchored.

7.27am: HMW Salamander (An armed whaler purchased in Durban, ex Krabben) alongside.

7.30 to 8.05am: HMS’ Pyramus, Weymouth and Pioneer anchored.

12.30pm: HMS Pioneer sailed.

1.30pm: HMW Pickle arrived.

3.0pm: Tug TA Jolliffe, HMS’ Laurentic and Pyramus sailed.

Receiving stores from Salamander.

4.0pm: HMW Styx (An armed whaler purchased in Durban, ex Etoile) alongside.

4.50pm: Hyacinth left.


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4 July 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

9.10am: HMW Echo cast off and anchored.

Noon: HMW Salamander cast off and anchored.

3.40pm: HMS Duplex arrived and anchored. Fruit received from same.


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5 July 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.15am: HMW Childers alongside.

6.40am: Childers cast off and sailed.

6.55am: HMS Hyacinth arrived and anchored.

7.20am: HMS Pioneer anchored.

7.50am: Seaplanes 121 and 122 hoisted out and towed to shore.

1.0pm: Shifted anchorage and swung ship for compass deviation.


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6 July 1915

From South of Mafia I. to mouth of Rufidji River and return.

Lat -8.05, Long 39.45

(Note that this position is taken from log but doesn’t correspond with being anchored off the mouth of the Rufiji.)

5.16am: Weighed and proceeded.

6.24am: Anchored off mouth of Rufidji River.

5.06pm: Weighed and proceeded.

5.59pm: Anchored off Mafia I.


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7 July 1915

South of Mafia I. to Tirene Bay.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

9.09am: Weighed and proceeded.

11.24am: Anchored in Tirene bay.

11.30am: HMS Hyacinth arrived and anchored.

1.0pm: Boat away to HMS Laurentic for stores.

1.10pm: Tugs S Jolliffe and TA Jolliffe anchored.

1.15pm: SS Trent arrived and anchored, HMS’ Mersey and Severn alongside Trent.

2.0pm: HMW Rattler (An armed whaler purchased in Durban, formerly Splint and later renamed Prattler) alongside for water.

5.45pm: Tug Revenger alongside.

6.15pm: HMW Pickle alongside.


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8 July 1915

At Tirene bay, Mafia Island.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

7.10am: HMS Weymouth anchored.

7.30am: Boat from HMS Hyacinth alongside for stores.

9.15am: Tug TA Jolliffe alongside for stores.

10.15am: TA Jolliffe cast off.

11.30am: Tug Revenger alongside for water.

12.15pm: Revenger cast off.

2.25pm: HMS Challenger arrived and anchored.

3.10pm: Reynolds, stoker RNR, discharged to Childers.

3.30pm: Davidson, stoker RNR, joined Laconia via Hyacinth.

4.05pm: Weymouth sailed.


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9 July 1915

At Tirene bay, Mafia Island.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

3.0am: Lt Bishop RMLI, C Phillips Pte and S Davidson Stoker RNR joined from Hyacinth.

4.0am: F Reynolds PO, P Collins and J Kemp, Stokers RNR transferred to Hyacinth.

5.15am: Working party left to tug Blackcock.

10.30am: Blackcock alongside with stores.

11.50am: Blackcock cast off.

2.0pm: Monitors left collier and proceeded alongside SS Trent.

2.50pm: HMS Laurentic sailed.

4.35pm: HMS Weymouth sailed.

4.55pm: Collier Exmouth shifted berth.

6.0pm: HMW Pickle anchored.


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10 July 1915

At Tirene bay, Mafia Island.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.35am: HMS Pioneer sailed.

7.15am: HMS Weymouth anchored.

7.27am: HMW Childers left.

8.30am. Monitors shifted berth and carried out firing practice.

8.55am: HMS Pyramus anchored.

9.45am: HMW Charon (An armed whaler purchased in Durban, ex Eclair) alongside for minesweeping stores.

10.40am: Pickle and Charon cast off to anchor.

Noon: Monitors returned from firing practice and anchored.

12.20pm: HMW Fly alongside.

12.30pm: HMS Challenger sailed.

1.10pm: Fly cast off.

4.0pm: Pyramus sailed.

4.15pm: HMW Echo alongside, then cast off to anchor.


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11 July 1915

At Tirene bay, Mafia Island.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.50am: HMW Echo sailed.

7.36am: HMW Salamander alongside, then cast off.

8.0am: HMS’ Severn and Mersey proceeded towards Rufidji River.

8.40am: C-in-C flag transferred to HMS Weymouth from HMS Hyacinth.

9.0am: Hyacinth and Weymouth and SS Trent left harbour.

11.50am: Airplane left aerodrome ground.

5.40pm: Hyacinth anchored.

6.0pm: HMS’ Weymouth, Challenger, Pioneer and Pyramus arrived.

7.40pm: Severn and Mersey returned alongside Trent.


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12 July 1915

At Tirene bay, Mafia Island.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.30am: HMW Echo alongside for repairs, HMW Salamander alongside for water.

8.0am: Lt AG Bishop RMLI, E Phillips Pte RMLI to HMS Hyacinth.

10.30am: Tug Blackcock alongside, then cast off.

11.30am: Flag transferred to HMS Challenger.

12.15pm: HMS Hyacinth sailed.

1.15pm: Salamander and Pickle cast off.

1.30pm: HMS Weymouth alongside.

3.15pm: Weymouth sailed.


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13 July 1915

At Tirene bay, Mafia Island.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

7.50am: HMAS Pioneer anchored.

In am: All hand lead lines overhauled and found correct.

3.0pm: Tug TA Jolliffe alongside for water.

4.25pm: TA Jolliffe cast off.


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14 July 1915

At Tirene bay, Mafia Island.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.40am: HMW Echo alongside.

7.12am: HMS Pioneer anchored.

8.30am: HMS Pyramus anchored.

Watch employed working stores and painting ship.

11.30am: HMS Challenger shifted berth.

11.45am: Tug Revenger alongside for water.

In pm: RNAS aeroplane fittings and stores being transferred from shore station on ship’s boats rigged as pontoons.

Watch employed working stores and painting ship.

4.0pm: Dinghy returned to Pyramus.

5.30pm: Hands to physical drill.


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15 July 1915

At Tirene bay, Mafia Island.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.20am: Tug TA Jolliffe alongside.

7.0am: HMS Pioneer anchored.

7.15am: TA Jolliffe cast off.

8.40am: HMS Pyramus sailed.

9.30am: HMS Duplex sailed.

11.0am: Stores supplied to HMS’ Challenger and Pioneer.

Noon: Pvt E Phillips RMLI joined from HMS Hyacinth.

In pm: Boarded, P. F~, SBH Ali, S Bin Tuam (?), Roberts and Jones civilians from Mafia I.

12.45pm: HMW Pickle alongside.

3.10pm: HMS Hyacinth left.

In pm: Quantity of RNAS stores transferred from shore station.


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16 July 1915

From Mafia I. to and at Zanzibar.

Lat -6.7, Long 39.4

3.0am: J White LS transferred to HMS Hyacinth.

4.0am: Said Ahmed, civilian clerk, joined from shore for passage.

5.0am: Lt/Cdr GJ Bowles transferred to Hyacinth. Lt GJ Bishop RMLI transferred from Hyacinth.

5.20am: Weighed and proceeded.

2.34pm: Anchored at Zanzibar.


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17 July 1915

At anchor, Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.15am: HMS Challenger arrived and anchored.

9.0am: Said Ahmed, civilian clerk, Roberts and Jones, civilians landed.

2.45pm: Liberty men landed.

3.0pm: SS Trent and HMW Echo arrived and anchored.

4.15pm: HM Monitors Severn and Mersey arrived and anchored.

6.45pm: Liberty men returned.

9.15pm: Picket returned with three absentees.


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18 July 1915

At anchor, Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.0am: Prisoners released.

8.0am: HMS Pyramus anchored.

9.30am: SS Crimea (?) anchored.

1.10pm: HMS Weymouth sailed.

4.0pm: SS Crimea and SS Dilwara sailed.


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19 July 1915

At anchor, Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

5.20am: Tug Blackcock alongside.

9.30am: RNAS stores into lighter and lighter cast off.

6.0pm: Colliers Exmouth and Newfield alongside.

9.10pm: Escort returned with prisoner.


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20 July 1915

At anchor, Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.0am: Commenced coaling.

9.03am: SS Barjora arrived and anchored.

10.30am: HMS’ Challenger, Echo and Styx sailed.

5.0pm: Stopped coaling, colliers cast off and anchored.


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21 July 1915

From Zanzibar to Kilindini.

Lat -4.9, Long 39.5

5.30am: Weighed and proceeded.

Total coal received from colliers 573 tons.

4.19pm: Passed Ras Kilindini Wharf and anchored.

4.40pm: Weighed and shifted berth.


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22 July 1915

At anchor in Kilindini Harbour.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

7.0am: Hoisted out seaplane 920

In am: Discharging RNAS stores into lighters.

3.20pm. Finished discharging RNAS gear.


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23 July 1915

At anchor in Kilindini Harbour.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

In am: Exercised General Quarters.

In pm: Hands employed painting about decks.


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24 July 1915

At anchor in Kilindini Harbour.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65


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25 July 1915

At anchor in Kilindini Harbour and on patrol.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

6.0am: The following personnel landed at Kilindini. Maj. R Gordon RMLI, squadron commander, Fl. Lt HEM Watkins, Fl. S/Lt HJ Arnold, CPO H Norrington, Mechanics J Spratt, G M~, N Bois, J Williams, R Hughes, G Adams, D Anderson, F Mills, W Read, G Jack, G Senior, B Amos, E ~, EHA Boggis, W Cornelius, G Sutcliffe, all RNAS .

4.45pm: SS Barjora arrived.

4.59pm: Weighed and proceeded. Course S20W.

9.0pm: Ras Kegomacha Lt S9E.

9.0pm: Passed HMS Pyramus.


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26 July 1915

On patrol and at Okuza I.

Lat -6.6, Long 39.8

8.34pm: Anchored off Okuza I. Okuza I. Lt S5W 4 miles.


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27 July 1915

At Okuza Island and on patrol.

Lat -9.2, Long 39.7

6.20am: Weighed and proceeded on patrol southwards.


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28 July 1915

On patrol and at Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

8.29am: Anchored at Zanzibar.

4.30pm: Colliers Exmouth and Newfield alongside.


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29 July 1915

At anchor, Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

7.15am: Commenced coaling.

7.40am: SS Tuna arrived and anchored.

9.20am: SS Matiana arrived and anchored.

5.0pm: Ceased coaling, received 746 tons.


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30 July 1915

At Zanzibar and en route to Mafia I.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

7.05am: Commenced coaling.

Noon: Ceased coaling.

1.15pm: Colliers cast off to anchor.

4.12pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.40pm: Lights of Dar-es-salaam abeam 10.5 miles.

11.10pm: HMS Duplex and three tugs passed southbound.


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31 July 1915

At sea to Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

1.39am: Anchored in 30 fms.

5.16am: Weighed and proceeded.

7.58am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

9.0am: HMS’ Challenger and Pioneer and whalers in port.

10.30am: One aeroplane hoisted out and landed.

11.0am: HMWs Echo and Rattler alongside.

1.0pm: HMW Salamander alongside.

1.30pm: Rattler, Salamander and Challenger sailed.

1.45pm: HMW Childers alongside for stores.

3.0pm: Pioneer sailed.

4.05pm: Collier SS Kassala sailed.


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LOGS FOR AUGUST 1915

(Mafia Island, Kilindini, Aden and Zanzibar)


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Cover, Adm. 53/45880, signed Cdr WRD Irvine, RNR.


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Dated 6th September 1915, signed Captain CS Wills, RN.


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Instrument Page.

Mercurial barometer, P Adie No 1138.

Air thermometers, N and Z MO 8058, J Hicks, 24.

Sea thermometer, Douglas and Wells, Liverpool.


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1 August 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.50am: RNAS party landed


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2 August 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.50am: HMWChilders sailed.

3.35pm: Childers returned.


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3 August 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.0am: Watch painting ship’s side, seedie boys holystoning decks.

8.30am: Tug Blackcock alongside.

9.40am: Blackcock cast off to anchor.

9.50am: HMW Echo alongside for stores.

10.22am: HMS Pioneer anchored.

10.42am: HMW Childers alongside for stores.

2.30pm: Blackcock sailed.

4.20pm: Childers and Echo cast off.


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4 August 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.0am: SB Abdullah, officer's servant from Mafia, joined ship.

5.50am: HMS Pioneer sailed.


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5 August 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

8.47am: SS Barjora anchored.

In am: J Cannon, J Laurie, J McMullen, G Mortimer, Firemen RNR, joined from Barjora.

3.55pm: Barjora sailed.

5.30pm: HMS Pioneer anchored and received stores.


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6 August 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I. and at sea to Kilindini, Mombasa I.

Lat -7.6, Long 39.7

5.0am: SB Abdullah to SS Barjora.

7.0am: Canadian aeroplane in case hoisted in.

7.45am: Tug Blackcock alongside.

9.0am: HMW Echo alongside.

9.52am: Echo cast off to anchor.

10.04am: Weighed and proceeded.

1.44pm: Altered course to verify identity of SS Cluny Castle, bound south.

5.40pm: South end of Zanzibar I. abeam.

11.40pm: Ras Kegomache Lt bg N45E


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7 August 1915

At sea to Kilindini, Mombasa I. and at sea.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

5.0am: Lined up Mombasa I. leading lights and waited for daylight.

5.40am: Proceeded into harbour.

6.33am: Anchored.

7.15am: SS Barjora arrived and anchored.

10.30am: Lighter alongside with RNAS stores.

11.0am: Canadian aeroplane hoisted out and landed in lighter.

Noon: Tug alongside with RNAS stores.

12.15pm: Tug left.

In pm: Staff surgeon GMO Richards to HMFM Trent.

1.46pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.12pm: Ras Kegomache Lt abm 12 miles.


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8 August 1915

At sea to Zanzibar and at sea.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

8.22am: Anchored at Zanzibar.

11.30am: Collier SS Alliance (?) arrived.

In am: HMS’ Severn and Mersey in port.

In pm: E Brightman CPO to Mombasa.

3.0pm: HMW Echo anchored.

4.35pm: Weighed and proceeded by South Pass.


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9 August 1915

At sea to Mafia I. and at sea.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

1.09am: In soundings and anchored.

5.24am: Weighed and proceeded.

7.57am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

8.0am: Landed RNAS party.

11.50am: Hoisted in aeroplane in case.

4.08pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Pos. 7 14S. 39 39E.


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10 August 1915

At sea, anchored at Zanzibar and at sea.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.29am: Anchored at Zanzibar.

7.07am: Colliers Newfield and Alliance alongside.

7.40am: HMS Challenger (flag) anchored.

8.0am: Commenced coaling.

10.45am: HMW Salamander alongside.

In pm: G Gahan Pte RM left to SS Trent.

4.0pm: Finished coaling, 643 tons.

5.04pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat -5.7, Long 39.1


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11 August 1915

At sea to Kilindini.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

6.0am: Arrived off Mombasa Lt and turned ship to await the departure of HMS Challenger.

6.14am: Proceeded towards harbour.

6.59am: Anchored off Kilindini Pier.

9.30am: Aeroplane landed in lighter. Received RNAS stores.

11.0am: Norwegian SS SS Kaggefos arrived and anchored.

6.15pm: Liberty men returned, Seaman Weir, RNR absent.


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12 August 1915

Kilindini, Mombasa I.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

7.0am: Transport SS Taroba arrived and anchored.

In am and pm: Watch receiving RNAS stores.

5.0pm: Punishment warrant No 11 read, Seaman Peacock RNR.


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13 August 1915

Kilindini, Mombasa I.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

8.0am: Search party landed after Seaman Weir absent.

10.0am: A Peacock RNR seaman, to cells.

Noon: Search party returned, absentee not found.

2.0pm: Flt Cdr JT Cull, Flt Lt HT Watkins, VC Lacy WO, J Sproth, J Rogers (CPO), A Robson, E Quarman to Mombasa.

4.15pm: Aeroplane hoisted in.

5.0pm: Seaplane 950 hoisted in.

8.0pm: J Weir, RNR seaman, returned from absence.


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14 August 1915

At Kilindini and at sea towards Aden.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

7.0am: H Ford CPO, N Bennett, H Brazier, G Fowler, J Dow?, R Conner, C Tubbs (airmen) to Mombasa.

8.0am: G Knight CPO, C Boggis, G Sutcliffe, W Cornelius, L Much, FG Mills, M Bois, J Williams, B Amos, J Lenin, D Anderson, R Hughes, A Much. (These men, all RNAS, are joining the ship as they are later discharged in Aden)

10.10am: SS Ca*** arrived and anchored.

1.42pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 3 10.5S, Long 40 38E


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15 August 1915

At sea

Lat -0.5, Long 43.5

8.0am: Lat 1 33S, Long 42 16E

3.05pm: Crossed the equator at 44º E.

8.0pm: Lat 0 48N, Long 44 47E.


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16 August 1915

At sea

Lat 3.4, Long 47.5

8.0am: Lat 2 40N, Long 46 48E.

10.0am: A Peacock seaman released from cells.

8.0pm: Lat 4 52N, Long 48 36E.


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17 August 1915

At sea

Lat 8.8, Long 50.8

8.0am: Lat 7 28N, Long 50 29E.

1.30pm: Sea changing colour to dark green.

8.0pm: Lat 10 19.5N, Long 51 23E.


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18 August 1915

At sea

Lat 12.2, Long 49.8

8.0am: Lat 12 11N, Long 50 38.5E.

3.50pm: Passed SS Rotte of Amsterdam bound East.

8.0pm: Lat 12 17.5N, Long 48 18E.


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19 August 1915

At sea to Aden.

Lat 12.6, Long 44.8 (longitude 49 49E in log, probably 44 49E is intended.)

8.0am: Lat 12 22N, Long 45 54E.

1.27pm: Stopped off BW buoy awaiting pilot.

1.55pm: Pilot boarded.

2.25pm: Anchored and swung ship to moor stern to buoy, tug assisting.

In pm: Watch discharging seaplanes etc.

Ships in port, HMS Philomel, RIMS Northbrook and Enterprise (survey vessel, ex-East Indies launch).

Steamers in port: SS Mombassa (British India Steam Navigation Co, 1889, 4,662 tons, torpedoed off Algeria in 1916), SS Woodcock (General Steam Navigation Co, 1906, 1,673 tons, sold in 1926, renamed Otranto), SS Elephanta and three others illegible.


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20 August 1915

Aden

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

6.30am: Commenced coaling from lighters.

7.45am: SS Keelung arrived and moored.

All day: RNAS gear being discharged to lighters.

11.55am: SS illegible arrived and moored.

5.0pm: Left to SS Elephanta, Major R Gordon, Lt AG Bishop RMLI, Flt Lt VB Blackburn, WO GD Nelson and FLt S/Lt JG Arnold.


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21 August 1915

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

In am: Left ship to SS Elephanta; E Phillips Pte RM, J Rogers, E Knight and E Brightman CPOs. H Muggeridge and H Wise POs. E Boggis, E W Sutcliffe, A H Gregory, L Much, F G Grant, F J Mills, M Bois, E Quarman, J Williams, B Amos, G Senior, D Anderson, R Dunning, R Hughes, A Robson and P W Fox, all Air Mechanics.

6.55 to 7.20am: Two steamers arrived, both illegible.

In am: Coaling continuing.

10.30am:. Finished discharging RNAS gear.

In pm: J Ware (?) Seaman and A Burgen, trimmer, discharged to hospital.

3.0pm: SS Ora*** arrived.

5.45pm: Finished coaling.

7.30pm: SS Elephanta sailed.


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22 August 1915

At Aden and at sea to Zanzibar.

Lat 12.6, Long 46.1

In am: J Spratt CPO, J Ross PO, WH Cornelius, L Mesh, BR Lee and L Neal to shore for passage home.

6.0am: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0am: Lat 12 42N, Long 45 15E.

2.13pm: British SS Glaucus passed bound West.

4.30pm: British SS Malure passed bound West.

5.15pm: British SS Malakand passed bound West.

8.0pm: Lat 12 30N, Long 47 59E.


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23 August 1915

At sea.

Lat 11.9, Long 51.4

8.0am: Lat 12 06N, Long 50 32E.

8.0pm: Lat 10 30N, Long 51 44E.


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24 August 1915

At sea.

Lat 8.5, Long 52.2

8.0am: Lat 8 46N, Long 52 22E.

10.10am: Signalled British SS Cordonia, Saigon to Marseilles.

8.0pm: Lat 7 25.5N, Long 31 33.5E.


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25 August 1915

At sea

Lat 4.5, Long 50.6

8.0am: Lat 5 15N, Long 50 55E.

8.0pm: Lat 3 14.5N, Long 49 51E.


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26 August 1915

At sea.

Lat 0.8, Long 48.1

8.0am: Lat 1 24N, Long 48 34E.

6.27pm: Crossed the equator in 47 04E

8.0pm: Lat 0 13.5S, Long 46 53E.


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27 August 1915

At sea.

Lat -2.3, Long 44.9

3.0am: Passed British SS Mombassa steering WSW.

8.0am: Lat 2 03S, Long 45 27E.

8.0pm: Lat 3 18S, Long 43 39E.


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28 August 1915

At sea.

Lat -5.1, Long 41.4

8.0am: Lat 4 55.5S, Long 41 57E.

6.14pm: *Lat 5 33S, Long 40 22E.


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29 August 1915

At sea and at Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

8.05am: Anchored Zanzibar.

8.45am: Collier Newfield alongside.

10.0am: Commenced coaling.

All day, coaling throughout


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30 August 1915

At Zanzibar and at sea.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

12.40am: Collier shifted from Port to Starboard.

6.30am: HMWs Salamander and Charon arrived and anchored.

3.0pm: Finished coaling, collier cast off.

5.01pm: Weighed and proceeded.

9.13pm: Dar-es-salaam Lt abeam


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31 August 1915

At sea.

Lat -8.8, Long 40.3

8.0am: Lat 8 12S, Long 40 05.5E.

8.0pm: Lat 9 55.5S, Long 40 35E.

3.15am: Signalled SS Trent.

11.59pm: Sighted HMS Challenger bg S20E.


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LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1915

(Zanzibar, Mafia Island and South patrol)


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Cover, Adm. 53/45881, signed by WRD Irvine, RNR.


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Dated 8th October 1915, signed CS Wills.


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Instrument Page, no changes.


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1 September 1915

At sea.

Lat -10.25, Long 40.37

Noon log position is clearly in error. Position here is based on sighting of Mungo Island at 11.54am.

1.0am: Sighted HMS Challenger proceeding North after exchange of signals.

3.20am: Sighted SS Chinde (Portuguese), bg SSW.

3.50am: Altered course to intercept the above.

4.35am: Stopped and Lt Martyn proceeded aboard above in boat.

5.50am: Boat returned, hoisted, proceeded.

8.0am: Lat 10 46.5S, Long 40 44E.

8.0pm: Lat 9 34.5S, Long 39 51.5E.


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2 September 1915

At sea and at anchor in S. Mafia channel.

Lat -8.5, Long 39.6

8.0am: Lat 9 06.5S, 39 31E (49 31E in log, clear error).

3.07pm: Anchored in S. Mafia Channel (Tirene).


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3 September 1915

S Mafia Channel to Zanzibar.

Lat -7.2, Long 39.7

7.30am: Weighed and proceeded.

1.30pm: Passed from light green water into blue water, dividing line east/west.

5.44pm: Anchored, Zanzibar.


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4 September 1915

At anchor, Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.20am: HMW Charon arrived and anchored.

All day, watch taking in and discharging stores.

2.0pm: Pte W Buck, RMLI, landed to RN hospital Zanzibar.

5.0pm: Lighter with beef from SS Trent alongside.

6.45pm: Libertymen returned, four absentees.

8.15pm: Patrol landed for absentees.

9.0pm: Patrol returned with absentees.

9.40pm: Finished hoisting in beef.


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5 September 1915

At anchor, Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

5.0am: Prisoners released.

6.35am: SS Weismann arrived and anchored.

7.0am: Lighter with stores from SS Clan Gordon (Clan Line, 1900, 3,589 tons, capsized and sank off Cape Hatteras in 1919).

8.05am: Hospital ship Takada arrived and anchored.

All day: Watch taking in stores and discharging flour.

3.0pm: Two seedie boys joined from shore, MB Mimbajo and MB Umb***.


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6 September 1915

At anchor, Zanzibar

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.0am: MB Hussein seedie boy left ship.

Noon: Mr JA Steel engineer RNR, cautioned for negligence when in charge of a working party ashore.

2.45pm: HMW Rattler arrived and anchored.

3.50pm: SS Cupid sailed.


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7 September 1915

At anchor, Zanzibar and at sea.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

7.40am: HMS Challenger arrived and anchored.

8.0am: Steam boat taken to Challenger.

9.45am: SS Pundua anchored.

10.30am: HMWs Pickle and Fly alongside for stores.

11.0am: AB Umbayu seedie boy joined from shore.

3.45pm: Pickle and Fly cast off.

3.57pm: Weighed and proceeded on patrol.

8.0pm: Lat 6 41.5S, 39 28.5E.


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8 September 1915

At sea on patrol and anchored off Kilwa Kivinje.

Lat -8.6, Long 39.6

8.0am: Lat 8 06S, Long 39 45.5E.

6.14pm: Anchored off Kilwa Kivinje.

8.0pm: Lat 8 41S, Long 39 26E.


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9 September 1915

Anchored off Kilwa Kivinje and on patrol.

Lat -9.0, Long 39.7

Noon position plots onshore; 8.0am position used here.

5.36am: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0am: Lat 8 58S, Long 39 39E.

8.0pm: Lat 10 25S, Long 40 36.5E.

10.03pm: C Delgado Lt abeam 7 miles.


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10 September 1915

On Patrol.

Lat -11.5, Long 40.7

6.25am: Port propeller fouled by gig’s falls. Stopped and cleared away.

8.0am: Lat 11 43S, Long 40 45E.

8.20am: Boat hoisted and proceeded.

12.40pm: Wreck of SS Ludwig **** observed on Fungu Nemigui. Pos. of wreck, 11 28 30S, 40 38 40E.

8.0pm: Lat 11 03S, Long 40 53E.

10.54pm: C Delgado Lt abeam 9.5 miles.


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11 September 1915

On Patrol.

Lat -10.8, Long 40.8

3.0am: SS Newfield passed Southbound.

3.40am: Cable ship Sherard Osborn passed southbound to Mozambique.

8.0am: Lat 10 20S, Long 40 44E.

12.45pm: Altered course to intercept dhow.

2.02pm: Stopped and boarded dhow "~". Lt Inman RNR. Dhow bound from Ito to Bombay. Proceeded.

3.0pm: British India SS Pundua sighted southbound.

8.0pm: Lat 11 34S, Long 40 49.5S.


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12 September 1915

On Patrol.

Lat -10.3, Long 40.6

6.30am: Stopped and boarded Portuguese SS Euabo. Boarding officer Lt Dunne.

7.04am: Proceeded.

8.0am: Lat 10 57.5S, Long 40 49.5E.

8.0pm: Lat 9 02S, Long 40 05E.


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13 September 1915

On Patrol, at anchor in S. Mafia channel and in Tirene Bay.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.33am: Anchored in S. Mafia Channel.

In am: Gun loading competition, won by P2 and S4.

3.57pm: Weighed, turned and proceeded.

6.19pm: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

6.50pm: HMW Styx alongside for stores.


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14 September 1915

Anchored in Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

11.45am: HMW Styx cast off to anchor.

1.0pm: HMS Severn alongside for stores.

4.0pm: Severn cast off to anchor.

8.0pm: J Strangeman AB joined from Styx for medical treatment.


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15 September 1915

At Tirene Bay, Mafia I. and on patrol.

Lat -8.3, Long 39.7

6.50am: SS Kendal Castle arrived and anchored. Stores, fruit etc received from same.

8.20am: Weighed and proceeded.

10.0am: Heavy squalls of rain.

8.0pm: Lat 7 44S, Long 39 59E.


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16 September 1915

On patrol and at Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.30am: Passed HMS’ Pickle and Fly steering SW.

8.0am: Lat 6 18.5S, Long 39 10.5E.

9.03am: Anchored, Zanzibar.

9.40am: Collier SS Exmouth alongside and commenced coaling.

Coaling throughout rest of day.


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17 September 1915

At Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

Coaling throughout am.

5.0am: Collier shifted to Starboard side.

10.0am: MB Salem, YB Nasilue, AB Juma, MB Shayad, seedie boys joined from shore.

Midnight: Coaling ceased.


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18 September 1915

At Zanzibar and on patrol.

Lat -7, Long 39.6

4.45am: Collier cast off.

5.57am: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0am: Lat 6 26S, Long 39 15.5E.

11.05am: Passed HMS Challenger bound north.

In pm: Hands to make and mend.

8.0pm: Lat 7 53.5S, Long 39 57E.


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19 September 1915

On Patrol.

Lat -10.0, Long 40.1

8.0am: Lat 9 25S, Long 39 57E.

Quarterly return of Courts Martial read.

2.58pm: Stopped to speak small native sail boat. Found to be short of food.

8.0pm: Lat 10 26.5S, Long 40 51E.


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20 September 1915

On Patrol.

Lat -10, Long 43.3

8.0am: Lat 10 12S, Long 42 41E.

8.0pm: Lat 9 56S, Long 44 53E.


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21 September 1915

On Patrol

Lat -9.5, Long 45.8

7.26am: Stopped. Boat from shore communicated.

8.0am: Lying off Aldabra I.

8.43am: Proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 9 45S, Long 44 12E.


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22 September 1915

On Patrol.

Lat -10.4, Long 41.6

8.0am: Lat 10 17S, Long 42 19.5E.

8.0pm: Lat 10 03S, Long 40 32E.


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23 September 1915

On Patrol and at Zanzibar.

Lat -7.2, Long 39.8

8.0am: Lat 7 57S, Long 39 53.5E.

5.45pm: Passed HMS Hyacinth steering to southward.

6.26pm: Anchored at Zanzibar.


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24 September 1915

At Zanzibar

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

5.45am: Collier SS Exmouth alongside.

6.40am: Commenced coaling.

7.12am: Collier SS Mexico City alongside.

5.0pm: Stopped coaling, 553 tons received.

7.52pm: HMW Salamander sailed.


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25 September 1915

At Zanzibar

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.0am: Resumed coaling.

7.45am: Tug Sarah Jolliffe arrived.

8.22am: SS Tuna arrived.

8.53am: HMS Mersey sailed.

3.0pm: Finished coaling 989 tons.

5.0pm: Colliers Mexico City and Exmouth cast off to anchor.

5.30pm: J Strangeman AB rejoined HMW Styx.


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26 September 1915

At Zanzibar and at sea.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.30am: HMW Rattler arrived.

12.15pm: Rattler alongside.

1.30pm: Rattler cast off to anchor.

3.35pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 6 46.5S, Long 39 28.5E.


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27 September 1915

On Patrol.

Lat -8.8, Long 39.7

8.0am: Lat 8 14.5S, Long 39 46.5E

3.0pm: J Kemp seaman RNR, rejoined from HMW Salamander.

6.0pm: Read punishment warrant No 13.

8.0pm: Lat 9 53S, Long 40 07E.


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28 September 1915

On Patrol.

Lat -11.8, Long 40.7

8.0am: Lat 11 17S, Long 40 45E.

9.36am: Sighted wreck of SS in Fungu Nemegui: N78.5W

8.0pm: Lat 11 32.5, Long 40 46E.

8.0pm: Altered course to intercept steamer coming South.

8.20pm: Signalled Nor. SS "N~", Zanzibar to Beira.


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29 September 1915

On Patrol.

Lat -10.0, Long 40.0

8.0am: Lat 10 05S, Long 40 08E.

10.25am: Turned ship off Lindi River and proceeded for Mikindani.

1.0pm: In and out of Mikindani Bay, turning 8,000 yds from official’s house.

Proceeded for Okuza I.

8.0pm: Lat 9 26.5S, Long 39 57E.


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30 September 1915

At sea and at Tirene bay, Mafia Island.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

8.20am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

6.0pm: Read Punishment warrant No 14.


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LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1915

(Mafia Island and on South Patrol)


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Cover, Adm. 53/45882, signed by WRD Irvine.


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Dated 26th November 1915, signed by CS Wills.


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Instrument page, no changes.


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1 October 1915

At Mafia I. and on patrol.

Lat -8.2, Long 39.6

5.35am: HMS Severn weighed and proceeded alongside collier.

8.13am: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 9 13.5S, Long 39 47E.


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2 October 1915

On patrol.

Lat -10.8, Long 40.7

5.12am: Entered Mikindani Bay and approached to within 8,500 yds of Customs House.

Turned and proceeded for Cape Delgado. Note: Mikindani harbour channel buoys appear to have been removed, none being visible.

8.0am: Lat 10 15.5S, Long 40 25.5E.

Noon: Portuguese SS Chinde at anchor in Tunghi Bay off Palma.

5.0pm: Prisoner released.

5.40pm: Approached to 7.5 cables distance of wreck of steamship on eastern edge of Funghu Manegui.

8.0pm: Lat 11 11.5S, Long 40 47E.

8.50pm: SS Chinde passed bound south.


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3 October 1915

On patrol and anchored in S Mafia channel.

Lat -9.6, Long 39.8

5.12am: Looked into Mikindani Bay.

8.0am: Lat 10 02S, Long 39 58.5E.

8.0pm: Lat 8 23S, Long 39 41.5E.

9.54pm: Anchored in S Mafia channel.


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4 October 1915

S Mafia Channel and Tirene Bay.

Lat -8.0, Long 39.7

11.40am: Sighted HMS Severn proceeding towards Kilindi anchorage.

1.0pm: Weighed and proceeded.

4.22pm: Anchored in Tirene Bay.


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5 October 1915

Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

8.0am: HMS Hyacinth (flag) arrived and anchored.

11.0am: A D***, trimmer, joined from Hyacinth.

3.30pm: Hyacinth sailed.


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6 October 1915

Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.20am: HMS Severn sailed.

10.30am: Collier SS Kendal Castle arrived and anchored.

3.25pm: HMW Pickle and Severn anchored.


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7 October 1915

Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.30am: HMW Pickle sailed.

8.0am: HMS Severn sailed.

8.20am: SS Barjora arrived and anchored.

4.0pm: Barjora sailed.


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8 October 1915

Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

7.30am: Parcels delivered to HMW Fly.

8.57am: Tug Revenger alongside.

3.30pm: Fly sailed.

4.0pm: Revenger left for Zanzibar.


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9 October 1915

Tirene Bay, Mafia I. and at sea.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

3.55pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 8 15.5S, Long 39 39.5E.


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10 October 1915

On patrol.

Lat -10.2, Long 40.3

8.0am: Lat 9 57S, Long 39 50.5E.

8.0pm: Lat 11 03.5S, Long 40 48.5E.


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11 October 1915

On patrol.

Lat -10.1, Long 40.0

7.55am: Entered Mikindani Bay, turned and proceeded at 9.06am.

8.0am: Lat 10 10S, Long 40 16E.

10.0am: Exercising “Collision” and “Abandon ship”.

8.0pm: Lat 9 15S, Long 39 43E.


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12 October 1915

On patrol, at Mafia I. and on patrol.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

8.16am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

8.19am: Tug Revenger alongside.

9.45am: HMS Severn sailed.

2.15pm: HMW Childers sailed.

2.54pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 8 20S, Long 39 42.5E.


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13 October 1915

On patrol.

Lat -9.8, Long 39.9

7.22am: Entered Lindi Bay, then turned and proceeded E by S.

8.0am: Lat 9 57.5s, Long 39 51E.

8.0pm: Lat 8 43.5S, Long 39 43.5E.


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14 October 1915

On patrol and at Zanzibar.

Lat -6.6, Long 39.3

5.30am: Sighted SS Kendal Castle.

8.0am: Lat 7 2.5S, Long 39 40.5E.

3.11pm: Anchored at Zanzibar.

4.25pm: Collier SS Mexico City alongside.

4.25pm: Mid. B Brewster, discharged to Revenger for passage to HMW Childers.

5.0pm: CPO J P~ and ABs W Mars, R Precious, E Tiley and J Shrive joined from HMS Challenger.

5.0pm: W Howard, Signalman joined from HMS Hyacinth.


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15 October 1915

At Zanzibar

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

5.45am: HMS Challenger sailed.

7.0am: Commenced coaling.

In am: Received 320 tons fresh water from shore.

8.15pm: HMS Hyacinth sailed.

Midnight: Ceased coaling for supper.


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16 October 1915

At Zanzibar and at sea.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

5.30am: Two seedie boys absent.

11.0am: Finished coaling 1,536 tons.

1.15pm: Colliers cast off to anchor.

1.30pm: SS Dilwara arrived and anchored.

4.11pm: Weighed and proceeded, S by E.


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17 October 1915

On Patrol

Lat -8.5, Long 39.8

8.0am: Lat 7 58S, Long 39 58.5E.

8.0pm: Lat 9 33.5S, Long 39 53E.


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18 October 1915

On Patrol

Lat -11.7, Long 40.7

8.0am: Lat 10 59S, Long 40 41.5E.

4.15pm: Read punishment warrant No 15.

8.0pm: Lat 11 33S, Long 40 44.5E.

11.30pm: No 4 boiler blown down to repair leaking joint.


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19 October 1915

On Patrol.

Lat -10.0, Long 39.9

1.0am: No 4 boiler connected up.

6.40am: Observed SS Palamcotta steaming south.

8.0am: Lat 10 10S, Long 40 18.5E.

8.30am: Entered Mikindani Bay, then turned and resumed patrol.

12.20pm: Entered approach to Lindi River, turned, proceeded.

6.40pm: Stopped and darkened ship in 9 15S, 39 45E.

Remainder of pm, lying with head to SW, drifting NW at ½ knot per hour.

8.0pm: Lat 9 15S, Long 39 44.5E.


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20 October 1915

On patrol and at anchor in S. Mafia channel.

Lat -8.2, Long 39.7

Midnight to 5.25am: Lying with head to SW, drifting NW at ½ knot per hour.

5.25am: Proceeded.

8.0am: Lat 8 48S, Long 39 39E.

12.30pm: SS Barjora passed bound to southward.

12.50pm: Anchored in S Mafia Channel.

3.0pm: HMS Severn closed and communicated by boat.

3.45pm: Severn left.


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21 October 1915

Various anchorages, Mafia Island

Lat -8.1, Long 39.6

11.0am: One iron stanchion, after gun deck rail, lost overboard.

11.33am: Weighed and proceeded.

2.06pm: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

HMS Severn in port.

7.0pm: Mid. B Brewster joined from Severn.


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22 October 1915

Tirene Bay, Mafia I. and at sea.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.30am: HMS Severn alongside for stores.

7.30am: SS Trent arrived and anchored.

8.12am: Tug Revenger alongside.

9.27am: Severn cast off to anchor.

10.0am: HMWs Charon and Childers alongside. Revenger cast off.

12.25pm: Trent proceeded to sea.

2.0pm: Ship’s mail sent to Revenger.

3.02pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 8 23.5S, Long 39 41.5E.


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23 October 1915

On Patrol.

Lat -10.0, Long 39.9

Position at noon appears to be incorrect as it plots onshore. Position above is at 8am.

5.54am: Entered mouth of Lindi River, to 6,000 yds from Umtamama village.

6.55am: Turned and proceeded to southward.

8.0am: Lat 9 59.5S, Long 39 54E.

9.55am: Looked into Mikindani Harbour.

8.0pm: Lat 11 21.5S, Long 40 52E.

8.0pm: Stopped engines and lying to, drift SSW 2.25 knots per hour.


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24 October 1915

On Patrol.

Lat -11.0, Long 40.8

From Midnight: Lying to drift with engines stopped, SSW 2.25 knots per hour.

6.0am: Proceeded, co. N10E.

8.0am: Lat 11 27s, Long 40 45E.

8.0pm: Lat 10 00S, Long 40 15E.

9.0pm: Stopped engines, ship lying to for the night, drift W by N 0.9 knots.


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25 October 1915

At sea and at anchor in Kisiwani Harbour.

Lat -9.0, Long 39.7

Midnight to 5.0am: Ship lying to, drifting WNW at about 1 knot.

5.0am: Proceeded.

8.0am: Lat 9 34.5S, Long 39 45.5E.

6.10pm: Anchored in Kisiwani Harbour.


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26 October 1915

At Mafia Island.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.12am: Weighed and proceeded.

7.19am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

7.50am: Tug Revenger alongside.

8.50am: Revenger left.

9.12am: SS Kendal Castle arrived and anchored.

9.35am: HMS Severn alongside.

11.35am: Severn cast off to anchor.

4.0pm: HMW Charon and Revenger left harbour.


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27 October 1915

Tirene bay, Mafia I. and at sea.

Lat -8.7, Long 39.9

4.38am: Weighed and proceeded.

10.50pm: HMS Hyacinth passed Northbound.


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28 October 1915

At sea, at Tunghi Bay and at sea.

Lat -10.7, Long 40.6

6.04am: Anchored in Tunghi Bay.

8.0am: Lat 10 45S, Long 40 36E.

10.30am: Port officials boarded.

11.36am: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 9 36S, Long 40 20E.


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29 October 1915

At sea, Tirene Bay and at sea.

Lat -7.9, Long 39.6

8.0am: Lat 7 51S, long 39 35.5E.

8.59am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

9.05am: HMW Childers alongside for water.

9.15am: Tug Revenger alongside.

10.50am: Revenger left to anchor.

1.30pm: Childers cast off and anchored.

1.50pm: Revenger sailed.

2.55pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 8 22S, Long 39 40E.


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30 October 1915

On Patrol.

Lat -10.3, Long 40.2

8.0am: Lat 9 55S, Long 39 48E.

11.30am: Looked into Mikindani Bay

3.12pm: Looked into Rovuma Bay.

8.0pm: Lat 9 52S, Long 40 18E.


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31 October 1915

At sea and at Tirene bay, Mafia Island.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

8.0am: Lat 8 13S, Long39 40.5E.

11.24am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

4.0pm: Mid. B Brewster joined HMW Styx, Mid. D Cann joined HMS Hyacinth.

5.15pm: HMW Echo alongside.

8.15pm: HMS Severn alongside.

9.15pm: Severn cast off to anchor.


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LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1915

(Mafia Island, Zanzibar and Simon’s Bay)


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Cover, Adm. 53/45883, signed by WRD Irvine.


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Dated 2nd December 1915, signed CS Wills.


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Mercurial barometer, P Adie No 1138.

Air thermometers, (dry) N and Z 8058 (wet) J Hicks No 24, up to 9th November, 3.0pm.

AC Cossar and Son 3430 and 3431 from that date to 30th November.

Sea thermometer, Douglas and Wells.


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1 November 1915

Tirene Bay and at sea towards Zanzibar.

Lat -7.3, Long 39.7

7.50am: HMS Hyacinth alongside for stores.

10.0am: Admiral's Inspection of Ship’s Company.

11.0am: Collier Kendal Castle alongside to transfer oil drums.

1.0pm: Hands muster for payment.

3.30pm: Hyacinth cast off.

4.0pm: SS Kendal Castle cast off to anchor.

4.25pm: Weighed and proceded to Zanzibar.

8.0pm: Lat 7 19.5S, Long 39 41E.

11.30pm: SS Mexico City passed bound south.


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2 November 1915

At sea to Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

1.45am: HMS Hyacinth passed bound South.

8.32am: Anchored, Zanzibar.

8.45am: HMS Challenger alongside for stores.

10.15am: Receiving stores from lighter.

3.0pm: Challenger cast off to anchor.

4.25pm: Colliers St Egbert (The second ship of this name owned by the Saint Line, built 1914, 5,596 tons and most famous for being captured in 1914 by the commerce raider SMS Emden and released with the crews of five other ships, as she was carrying an American cargo and thus a neutral) and Ventmoor alongside.


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3 November 1915

Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.20am: Commenced Coaling.

4.45pm: Pte JM Symons RMLI transferred to RNB Zanzibar. Pte E Button joined from same.

5.0pm: Stopped Coaling. Total Received 957 Tons.


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4 November 1915

At Zanzibar and at sea to Mafia I.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.0am: Resumed Coaling.

Noon: Finished coaling total received 1,409 tons.

Noon: Four seedie boys absent.

2.0pm: Colliers cast off to anchor.

4.11pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 6 39S, Long 39 23.5E.


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5 November 1915

At sea and at anchor in Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

1.0am: HMS Hyacinth sighted, bound North.

7.52am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

10.18am: HMS Severn sailed.

1.0pm: Mid. B Brewster rejoined from HMW Styx. Mid. Couch (?) discharged to same.


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6 November 1915

At anchor in Tirene Bay and on patrol.

Lat -8.6, Long 39.7

4.05am: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0am: Lat 8 07S, Long 39 35E.

8.0pm: Lat 9 34.5S, Long 39 56E.

8.0pm: Engines stopped and drifting.


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7 November 1915

On Patrol.

Lat -10.1, Long 40.3

Midnight: Engines stopped and drifting.

4.40am: Proceeded.

6.18am: Looked into Lindi Harbour.

Large whale seen in Lindi Bay.

8.0am: Lat 9 58S, Long 39 52E.

10.06am: Looked into Mikindani bay.

6.30pm: Stopped engines. Stellar position 10 29S, 40 48E.

8.0pm: Lat 10 20S, Long 40 48E (The log gives Long 10 48E, clearly an entry error.)

Ship drifting N54W at 1.2 knots. (This procedure appears to save about 40 tons of coal a night)


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8 November 1915

On Patrol.

Lat -9.98, Long 39.72

Midnight: Engines stopped, ship drifting.

4.40am: Proceeded.

7.33am: Looked into Mikindani Bay.

Two whales observed spouting in the bay.

8.0am: Lat 10 11.5S, Long 40 12.5E.

11.0am: Looked into Lindi Bay.

8.0pm: Lat 8 56S, Long 39 44E.


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9 November 1915

On patrol and anchored, Zanzibar.

Lat -7.1, Long 39.6

8.0am: Lat 7 30S, Long 39 38E

5.0pm: Dry bulb thermometer accidentally broken.

6.0pm: Read punishment warrants Nos 16 and 17.

7.22pm: Anchored off Zanzibar in 20 fathoms.

Sick list 16.


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10 November 1915

At Zanzibar and at sea.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

12.10am: Signalled HMW Charon.

4.45am: Weighed and proceeded.

6.20am: Anchored at Zanzibar. HMS Hyacinth (flag) in port.

8.0am: HMS Challenger arrived and anchored.

9.15am: Diver employed on starboard stern gland.

11.50am: HMAS Pioneer sailed.

Noon: Received and hoisted in two service cutters.

Received one RMLI prisoner.

2.32pm: SS Barjora and SS Palamcotta arrived and anchored.

In pm: Two Seedie boys returned, absentees. One AB to cells. Two privates RMLI joined from Hyacinth. One Trimmer released from cells.

One Ldg Seaman and one AB joined from Challenger. Three privates RMLI joined from RN Hospital.

Joined from RN Barracks; one PO, one PO2, five Seamen, one Stoker PO, three Stokers, one Ch. Engineer, one Ship’s Corporal, one Orderly, one Writer, one boy civilian.

4.50pm; Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm. Lat 6 36.5, Long 39 22.5.

Sick list 37.


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11 November 1915

At sea towards Simon’s Bay.

Lat -9.1, Long 40.4

8.0am: Lat 8 27S, Long 40 14E.

8.0pm: Lat 10 27S, Long 40 46E.

Sick list 36


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12 November 1915

At sea.

Lat -13.0, Long 40.9

8.0am: Lat 13 03S, Long 40 51.5E.

8.0pm: Lat 15 48S, Long 40 41E.

Sick list 36.


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13 November 1915

At sea

Lat -19.0, Long 39.2

8.0am: Lat 18 11S, Long 39 31E.

In am: One prisoner released from cells.

8.0pm: Lat 20 18S, Long 38 30.5E.

Sick list 36.


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14 November 1915

At sea.

Lat -22.5, Long 36.7

8.0am: Lat 21 50S, Long 37 07E.

4.35pm: Passed out of tropics.

7.0pm: A number of swallows about ship.

8.0pm: Lat 24 00S, Long 36 10E.

Sick list 38.


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15 November 1915

At sea.

Lat -26.7, Long 34.4

7.0am: Several albatrosses about ship.

8.0am: Lat 25 53S, Long 34 53E.

2.0pm: Wind shifted suddenly in squall to S by W and freshened rapidly to 6.

8.0pm: Lat 27 44S, Long 33 33E.

Sick list 39


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16 November 1915

At sea.

Lat -30.2, Long 31.4

8.0am: Lat 29 34S, Long 31 48E.

In am: One trimmer to cells.

6.0pm: Read punishment warrant No 14.

8.0pm: Lat 31 32S, Long 30 08E.

Sick list 38.


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17 November 1915

At sea.

Lat -34.0, Long 26.9

10.0am: Lost by accident, one pair of blacksmith’s flat tongs.

10.17am: Fish Pt LH abeam 17.5 miles.

4.45pm: C Recife LH abeam N15E(m) 10 miles.

Sick list 37


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18 November 1915

At sea.

Lat -34.8, Long 21.4

5.0am: *Lat 30 42S, Long 23 06E.

1.40pm: Passed Norwegian SS Orla (?) east bound.

3.40pm: Passed British SS Baron Cawdor to eastward.

5.05pm: Passed SS Newbury (Eastbound) and SS Clan Davidson (Westbound), signalled.

Sick list 37.


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19 November 1915

At sea and at anchor, Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

6.10am: Telemotor gear failed, connected aft steering position.

7.58am: Anchored in Simon’s Bay.

HMS’ Celtic and Orbita in harbour, HMS Glasgow in dock.

Sick list 43.


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20 November 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

10.0am: Landed to RN Hospital, Simonstown; one CERA, one PO, one PO2, one civilian boy, one OS, one stoker PO, one ship’s corporal, one Ch. Arm., one ship’s Writer, one illegible, one Stoker RNR.

10.40am: HMS Orbita sailed.

In am: One pte RMLI to detention quarters, Simonstown.

1.0pm: Shifted berth.

8.15pm: Libertymen returned.

9.0pm: Patrol returned with two men, one absented.

Sick list 36.


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21 November 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

6.0am: Fireman Fitzpatrick released from sentry’s charge.

One fireman absentee.

Sick list 10.


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22 November 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

7.0am: Tender Chub alongside.

In am: To Cape Town for patrol duties; one PO, two LS, four ABs, one L/Corp, two Ptes, RMLI.

4.15pm: Mid. B Brewster landed to hospital.

5.0pm: Pte Cutts, RMLI landed to hospital as orderly.


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23 November 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

6.0pm: J Chailsworth AB released from cells.


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24 November 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

10.30am: Lt Dean RNR landed to hospital.

In am: Hands discharging empties to lighter.

In pm: One AB released from cells, one Pte RMLI discharged to hospital.

3.0pm: Picket returned with two prisoners.

4.0pm: Filling 6 and 7 ballast tanks.

5.45pm: Tanks 5, 6 and 7 full (DB).


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25 November 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

In am: Patrol returned from Cape Town.

Absentees, two Seamen, three Firemen, one Gunner, one trmmer.

In pm: One absentee Fireman returned.

12.45pm: DB tanks 1, 2 and 3 filling. Discharging ammunition and empties.

4.0pm: Tanks 1, 2 and 3 full (salt), 14 and 15 filling.

7.50pm: 14 and 15 full.


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26 November 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

8.0am: Cape Town patrol landed, one PO, two LS, four ABs, one L/Corporal, two Ptes RMLI.

9.10am: Two absentees returned on board.

11.30am: Lighter with stores to HMS Celtic.

In pm: Hands discharging ammunition and drums of oil.

3.0pm: Water boat Chub alongside with drinking water.

5.45pm: Two absentees returned on board.


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27 November 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

In am: Discharging oil, stores and victuals.

11.0am: One trimmer discharged to hospital.

Two absentees returned on board.

11.30am: 1,2 and 3 boilers empty.

3.0pm: Absentees returned, two Seamen, one Gunner and one Trimmer.

7.02pm: HMS Armadale Castle arrived and anchored.


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28 November 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

7.0am: Seedie boy Faize Bin Garneh (26), sustained fracture of four toes by drum of oil falling on his feet. Landed to hospital.

7.10am: Chub alongside with boiler water.

All day: Discharging stores and victuals to lighters.

6.15pm: Prisoner from HMS Glasgow brought on board.


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29 November 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

8.0am: Fired one gun salute. (A court martial gun, unofficially known as the rogue’s salute)

9.30am: Officers and witnesses for Court Martial arrived on board.

Noon: Cape Town picket returned.

12.30pm: Court Martial adjourned.

8.0pm: Picket and seven absentees returned.


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30 November 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

5.45am: All prisoners released.

7.55am: Cape Town picket landed.

10.0am: Court Martial sitting.

11.50am: Court Martial dissolved.

5.0pm: Prisoner transferred to HMS Celtic.

6.0pm: One signalman and one fireman discharged to Celtic.


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LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1915

(Simon’s Bay and in drydock Simonstown)


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Cover, Adm. 53/45884, signed WRD Irvine, RNR.


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Dated 7th January 1916, signed CS Wills.


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Instrument page, as November 1915

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1 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

10.04am: HMS Celtic sailed.

Noon: Fireman Lambert placed under sentry’s charge.

3.0pm: One Signaller, one Fireman to HMS Celtic.

4.0pm: One LS, two ABs to HMS Hyacinth.

4.45pm: Fireman Lambert released.

Sick list 12


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2 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

The next few days are very dull aboard Laconia as she waits her turn for the dry dock. Working parties are sent ashore, patrols go out and return, men go absent and return, dockyard mateys are aboard. Things get a little slack.


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3 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44


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4 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44


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5 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44


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6 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

6.0am: Beef from refrigerator transferred to HMS Armadale Castle by tender Chub.


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7 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44


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8 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44


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9 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

8.0am: Hands discharging ammunition into lighter. 1 x 6” projectile lost overboard by accident.


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10 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

9.0am: Mr FC Williams, Gunner, absent without leave during the night 9th to 10th December.(signed by Mr Williams)

11.11am: SS Kelso entered dock basin.


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11 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

5.30pm: AB F Hatfield joined from HMS Pioneer.


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12 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44


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13 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

2.0pm: Escort returned with AB Mitchell.


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14 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

11.55am: Mid. A Dalton joined from naval hospital.


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15 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44


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16 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

11.17am: HMS Armadale Castle arived and anchored.


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17 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44


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18 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44


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19 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44


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20 December 1915

At Simon’s Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

10.33am: HMS Macedonia arrived and anchored.

10.38am: Weighed and proceeded towards dock.

11.15am: Entering dry dock, one tug assisting. Damage sustained to stern.


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21 December 1915

In dry dock, Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

The next few days are normal dry dock routine, scrubbing the hull, painting, servicing cables and the like.


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22 December 1915

In dry dock, Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44


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23 December 1915

In dry dock, Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

9.30am: Inquiry held on board by flag captain into damage sustained while docking.

4.0pm: Four ABs from HMS Pioneer and one from HMS Glasgow joined.


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24 December 1915

In dry dock, Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

8.30am: HMS Glasgow sailed.

10.0am: HMS Hyacinth shifted berth.

3.0pm: One stoker joined from hospital, four ABs from Glasgow.


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25 December 1915

In dry dock, Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44


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26 December 1915

In dry dock, Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

9.0pm: 22 men marked as absent, three ABs, eight Firemen, nine Trimmers and two Greasers.


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27 December 1915

In dry dock, Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44


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28 December 1915

In dry dock, Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

9.15am: McPhail AB, injured by accident in dry dock.

3.30pm: Commenced flooding dock.

6.45pm: Read punishment warrants 19 and 20.


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29 December 1915

In dry dock and alongside coaling jetty, Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

10.40am: Seaman McPhail discharged to RN hospital.

11.0am: Lt J Martyn rejoined ship from RN hospital.

Noon: Ship floated.

3.07pm: In berth alongside coaling jetty.

10.45pm: Dockyard gangway fell from quay, damaging something considerably.


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30 December 1915

At Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

5.50am: Commenced coaling.

8.0pm: Finished coaling, 1,001 tons.


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31 December 1915

At Simonstown.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

7.0am: Damaged dock wall, as fenders got out of position.

2.0pm: Violent squalls prevent ship leaving dock.

5.0pm: Read punishment warrant No 51.


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LOGS FOR JANUARY 1916

(Simonstown, Durban, to Kilindini with troops and Durban)

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Cover, Adm. 53/45885, signed WRD Irvine.


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Dated 10th February 1916, signed CS Wills.


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1 January 1916

At Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

10.0am: Commenced coaling.

5.0pm: Read punishment warrants 22 and 23. One fireman to cells.

7.45pm: Ceased coaling, 515 tons received.


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2 January 1916

At Simonstown

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

7.30am: Resumed coaling.

7.0pm: Two firemen to cells.

8.0pm: Ceased coaling.


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3 January 1916

At Simonstown and at sea.

Lat -34.4, Long 18.8

In am: Gale force winds.

7.0am: Wind moderating.

7.35am: Ship canted from berth to dock entrance by dockyard staff.

8.21am: Left dock.

8.33am: Anchored.

9.22am: Weighed and proceeded at full speed.

8.0pm: Lat 34 52S, Long 20 27.5E.


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4 January 1916

At sea.

Lat -34.4, Long 24.4

8.0am: Lat 34 35S, Long 23 22E.

4.0pm: SS St Egbert passed bound west.

8.0pm: Lat 34 00S, Long 26 10E.


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5 January 1916

At sea.

Lat -32.4, Long 28.8

8.0am: Lat 32 53S, Long 28 15E.

8.0pm: Lat 31 28.5S, Long 29 53.5E.

10.10pm: HMS Armadale Castle passed bound South.


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6 January 1916

At sea and alongside quay, shed H, Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

8.59am: Pilot aboard.

9.30am: Alongside quay, two tugs assisting.

10.30am: Commenced coaling.

Coaling from railway waggons and lighters on the starboard side, local labour.

4.05pm: 93 libertymen landed.

9.0pm: Libertymen returned, 17 absentees.

Two firemen placed under sentry’s charge.


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7 January 1916

Alongside quay, shed H, Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

In am: coaling throughout.

7.40am: HMS Hyacinth arrived.

5.0pm: Fireman Fitzpatrick released from cells and resumed duty.


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8 January 1916

Alongside quay, shed H, Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

1.0am: 10 absentees returned.

6.0am: Troops embarking.

1.30pm: Libertymen landed.

Four trimmers joined from shore to replace deserters.

9.0pm: Libertymen returned, 18 absentees.


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9 January 1916

At Durban and at sea.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

In am: Received three bags of mail for Mombasa and hoisting in troops baggage.

In pm: Troops embarked, 5th and 6th SAS, total 2,591.

4.0pm: Let go and proceeded, assisted by two tugs.

4.38pm: Pilot left.

11.05pm: St Lucia Lt N32E.


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10 January 1916

At sea.

Lat -26.7, Long 34.1

8.0am: Lat 27 26S, Long 33 34E.

9.30am: FA Trent passed bound South.

6.35pm: SS Student, Liverpool passed.

8.0pm: Lat 25 16S, Long 35 20E.


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11 January 1916

At sea.

Lat -22.2, Long 37.4

6.15am: Entered tropics.

8.0am: Lat 23 07.5S, Long 36 50E.

5.10pm: Read punishment warrant No 24.

8.0pm: Lat 20 35S, Long 38 26E.

Heavy swell and fresh winds all day.


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12 January 1916

At sea.

Lat -17.0, Long 40.2

8.0am: Lat 17 48S, Long 37 43E.

8.0pm: Lat 15 15s, Long 41 00E.


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13 January 1916

At sea.

Lat -11.6, Long 41.0

8.0am: Lat 12 31S, Long 46 57E.

8.0pm: Lat 9 42S, Long 40 51E.

9.40pm: Transport SS Professor Woermann passed bound south.


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14 January 1916

At sea and at Kilindini.

Lat -5.6, Long 40.2

8.0am: Lat 6 34S, Long 40 22E.

5.0pm: HMS Challenger passed bound south.

6.27pm: Anchored at Kilindini.


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15 January 1916

At Kilindini

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

5.21am: Weighed anchor and proceeded up harbour to allocated berth.

5.40am: Anchored.

Ships in port: HMS’ Hyacinth, Mersey, SS’ Chenete (?), Barjora and Barpeta (Barpetta in log).

8.40am: SS Clan Campbell arrived and anchored.

9.20am: Troops commenced disembarking into lighters.

5.0pm: Fireman J Wallace (?) released from cells and returned to duty.


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16 January 1916

At Kilindini and at sea.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

10.15am: Finished disembarking troops.

11.0am: S/Lt JW Balls RNR and Mid. A Brownlee RNR joined ship from HMS Mersey.

4.0pm: Received 13 bags of mail.

5.01pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 4 28.5S, Long 39 36.5E.


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17 January 1916

At sea to Zanzibar and at sea.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

7.40am: Anchored at Zanzibar.

8.0am: HMS Challenger alongside for stores.

10.0am: Six seedie boys and nine stokers joined from shore.

2.0pm: One AB discharged to HMS Hyacinth and five seedie boys discharged to shore.

3.15pm: S/Lts FL Marshall and RS Boyd and Mids. ER Burles, NT Lloyd-Warren and B Illegible joined.

3.30pm: Challenger cast off to anchor.

3.45pm: Finished discharging stores.

4.58pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 6 43.5S, Long 39 27.5E.


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18 January 1916

At sea and at anchor south of Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

2.0am: Signalled CS Sherard Osborn.

6.43am: Anchored.

Ships in anchorage, HMS’ Thistle, Childers and Charon.

11.0am: Collier Kendal Castle arrived.

11.30am: HMS Pioneer arrived and made fast alongside to draw stores.

2.50 to 4.40pm: 6” target practice at target towed by HMW Childers.


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19 January 1916

At anchor off Mafia I. and at sea towards Durban.

Lat -8.8, Long 39.8

5.0am: One stoker and five ABs discharged to HMS Pioneer.

5.25am: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0am: Lat 8 25.5S, Long 39 40.5E.

8.0pm: Lat 9 57S, Long 40 23E.

11.35pm: HMS Armadale Castle passed bound north.


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20 January 1916

At sea.

Lat -12.7, Long 40.8

8.0am: Lat 11 52.5S, Long 40 48E.

8.0pm: Lat 14 26S, Long 40 58E.


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21 January 1916

At sea.

Lat -17.3, Long 40.0

8.0am: Lat 16 35S, Long 40 25E.

8.0pm: Lat 18 42S, Long 39 07E.


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22 January 1916

At sea.

Lat -20.9, Long 37.5

8.0am: Lat 20 25S, Long 37 50E.

8.0pm: Lat 22 03E, Long 36 48E.


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23 January 1916

At sea.

Lat -24.8, Long 35.3

4.50am: Passed out of tropics.

8.0am: Lat 24 00S, Long 35 44E.

6.50pm: Transport Professor Woermann passed bound North.

8.0pm: Lat 25 43S, Long 34 27E.


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24 January 1916

At sea.

Lat -27.9, Long 32.8

8.0am: Lat 27 36.5S, Long 33 05E.

7.15pm: Transport Trafford Hall passed bound north.

8.0pm: Lat 29 01S, Long 32 02.5E.

9.30pm: Signalled SS Shepstone Castle (?).

10.0pm: Signalled SS Umtata (Bullard and King Line, the second of four vessels of that name, 1898, 2,655 tons, scrapped 1924).

10.10pm: Signalled SS Montrose.


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25 January 1916

At sea and alongside quay, A Shed, Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

6.21am: Alongside quay, Durban.

8.30am: Commenced coaling from quay and from lighters.

9.45am: SS Griqua and SS illegible arrived.

11.0am: Two Firemen absentees returned. Two Trimmers discharged to shore.

4.0pm: SS Cyrena sailed.

Coaling proceeding throughout and receiving fresh water.


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26 January 1916

At Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

8.40am: Finished coaling.

10.0am: One LS, one Cooper’s crew returned from absence.

4.0pm: SS Kiningerden Nederlanden (?) arrived.

4.54pm: SS Port Kembla sailed.

5.0pm: Punishment warrants 25 and 26 read.

6.0pm: Lt JH Gaskell and Lt J Smerdon, RNR, landed for passage to England.


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27 January 1916

At Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

6.30am: SS Kishima Maru (possibly Kashima Maru) sailed.

6.40am: SS Griqua sailed.

7.10am: SS Miyasaki Maru arrived.

8.0am: Five absentees.

9.20am: Labourers hoisting in 520 cases of ammunition.

10.0am: Received two Trimmers from shore.

In pm: Hoisting in troop baggage.

6.15pm: Four absentees returned under escort.

Two firemen to cells, one fireman absent.

11.0pm: Fires lit in 2, 4, 5 and 6 boilers.


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28 January 1916

At Durban and at sea.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

6.55am: SS Port Hunter sailed.

7.10am: SS Katami Maru (?) arrived.

8.15am: Troops embarking.

10.0am: Two absentees returned, one AB cooper’s crew, one Fireman absent.

10.15am: SS Clan Campbell left harbour to anchor outside.

Noon: Embarked 4th SAH, 1,379 total.

2.25pm: Left quay, turned and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 29 08S, Long 31 58E.


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29 January 1916

At sea.

Lat -26.7, Long 34.3

8.0am: Lat 27 19S, Long 33 46E.

1.50pm: Passed SS Daiten Maru bound south.

8.0pm: Lat 25 24S, Long 35 20.5E.


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30 January 1916

At sea.

Lat -22.5, Long 37.3

6.45am: Entered Tropics.

8.0am: Lat 23 12S, Long 36 52E.

8.0pm: Lat 20 54S, Long 38 14E.


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31 January 1916

At sea.

Lat -17.9, Long 39.8

8.0am: Lat 18 38S, Long 39 24E.

11.26am: SS Gaika passed bound South.

8.0pm: Lat 17 02S, Long 40 28E.

8.50pm: SS Clan Ferguson passed bound South.


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LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1916

(To Kilindini with troops, Durban, to Kilindini with troops and Kisimayu Bay)


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Cover, Adm. 53/45886, signed WRD Irvine, RNR.


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Dated 6th March 1916, signed CS Wills.


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1 February 1916

At sea.

Lat -13.1, Long 41.3

8.0am: Lat 14 02S, Long 41 20E.

8.0pm: Lat 11 26S, Long 41 02E.


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2 February 1916

At sea.

Lat -7.8, Long 40.4

8.0am: 8 42S, Long 40 37E.

6.30pm: *Lat 6 20S, 40 17E.


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3 February 1916

At sea and anchored off Kilindini.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

6.41am: Anchored, Kilindini Harbour.

8.0am: One stowaway in charge of ship’s police.

In am. Discharging troops, baggage and ammunition into lighters and supplying stores to HMAS Pioneer.

In pm: Seven seamen discharged to shore, c/o MTO Kilindini. W Richardson, J Uden, P Howard (?), J French, A Davidson, A Whatling and E Robson.

Nine seedie boys received from RN Barracks, Zanzibar.

3.0pm: One steward joined from shore.

5.15pm: 19 marines discharged to HMS Challenger.


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4 February 1916

Kilindini and at sea.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

Noon: Supplied stores to HMS Challenger.

1.17pm: Weighed and proceeded.


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5 February 1916

At sea.

Lat -8.4, Long 40.4

8.0am: Lat 7 31S, Long 40 17E.

8.0pm: Lat 10 00S, Long 40 40E.


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6 February 1916

At sea.

Lat -13.6, Long 41.0

8.0am: Lat 12 34S, Long 40 54E.

7.0pm: Observed two steamers in Mozambique Harbour, one North German Lloyd Co., one German East Africa Co.

8.0pm: Lat 15 22S, Long 40 50E.


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7 February 1916

At sea.

Lat -18.3, Long 39.3

1.0am: SS Africa passed steering East.

8.0am: Lat 17 37S, Long 39 34E.

9.0am: Dropped target and exercised 6” guns with aiming rifle.

8.0pm: Lat 19 59S, Long 38 18.5E.


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8 February 1916

At sea.

Lat -22.6, Long 36.5

8.0am: Lat 21 53S, Long 36 57E.

8.0pm: Lat 23 59S, Long 35 46E.


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9 February 1916

At sea.

Lat -26.9, Long 33.8

6.30am: Passed SS Maston (for Delagoa Bay).

8.0am: Lat 26 06S, Long 34 20E.

8.0pm: Lat 28 23S, Long 32 40E.


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10 February 1916

At sea and alongside in Durban Harbour.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

6.05am: Passed Portuguese cruiser Adamastor.

7.15am: Berthed alongside quay.

9.0am: Commenced coaling both sides.

10.40am: Ship Senta sailed.

11.45am: Ship Gata sailed (possibly sailing ships).

2.35pm: SS Aus (?) Castle sailed.

1.10pm: SS Grotius sailed.

3.0pm: Five patients landed to hospital.

Coaling throughout.


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11 February 1916

At Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

5.45am: Finished coaling.

11.0am: SS Lord Roberts sailed.

Noon: Three trimmers discharged to shore.

12.05pm: SS Kishima Maru sailed.

12.50pm: HMS Vengeance (flag) arrived.


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12 February 1916

At Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

6.0am: SS A*** sailed.

Noon: Six stokers and six ordinary seamen received from HMS Vengeance.

6.35pm: SS Niva Araxes (?) sailed.

7.45pm: Transport SS Professor Woermann sailed.


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13 February 1916


At Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

5.15am: Troops commenced embarking and baggage being hoisted in.

6.40am: SS Buenaventura (American) sailed.

7.0am: SS Clan Gordon sailed.

8.15am: Hoisting in ammunition, 800 cases.

11.0am: HMS Vengeance sailed.

Noon: Two absentees from Vengeance joined ship for passage.


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14 February 1916

At Durban

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

In am: Embarking troops and hoisting in baggage and ammunition.

2.40pm: SS Brigitta arrived.


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15 February 1916

At Durban and at sea.

Lat -29.9, Long 31.1

10.0am: Left quay.

10.30am: Anchored.

3.45pm: Transport SS New Zealand arrived.

9.30pm: Weighed and proceeded. Course N68E.


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16 February 1916

At sea.

Lat -28.0, Long 33.3

8.0am: Lat 28 22S, Long 32 49E.

4.40pm: Passed SS St Egbert, bound south.

8.0pm: Lat 26 39S, Long 34 28.5E.


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17 February 1916

At sea.

Lat -23.8, Long 36.3

8.0am: Lat 24 37S, Long 35 49E.

2.0pm: Entered tropics.

8.0pm: Lat 22 15S, Long 37 19E.


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18 February 1916

At sea.

Lat -19.3, Long 39.1

8.0am: Lat 19 57S, Long 38 35E.

8.0pm: Lat 17 36S, Long 40 01E.


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19 February 1916

At sea.

Lat -14.4, Long 41.1

8.0am: Lat 15 06S, Long 41 11E.

8.0pm: Lat 12 44S, Long 41 06E.


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20 February 1916

At sea.

Lat -9.1, Long 40.6

8.0am: Lat 10 08S, Long 40 47E.

2.0pm: Two cell prisoners released.

8.0pm: Lat 7 20S, Long 40 17E.


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21 February 1916

At sea and at Kilindini.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

8.0am: Lat 4 54S, Long 39 57E.

1.30pm: Anchored in 17 fms in Kilindini harbour.

HM Ships in port Vengeance, Challenger, Pioneer.

2.0pm: Lighters alongside for troops and baggage.

In pm: Discharging troops, baggage, ammunition and stores for HMS Severn.

5.20pm: Finished disembarking of troops for day.

7.0pm: Two stokers discharged to Vengeance, one seedie boy discharged to shore, two stewards joined from Severn.


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22 February 1916

At Kilindini.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

In am: Disembarking troops, discharging baggage and ammunition.

In pm: Supplied stores to HMAS Pioneer and HMS Vengeance.

1.35pm: Finished disembarking troops.

3.0pm: One AB discharged to Vengeance, one cook joined from shore.


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23 February 1916

At Kilindini.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

5.30am: HMS Severn sailed.

10.50am: SS Miramichi (hyperlink includes an account of the fire) on fire. Boats and pumps from all ships to assist.

11.30am: SS Miramichi weighed and proceeded to Port Reitz.

12.15pm: Supplied stores to HMS Vengeance.

12.30pm: SS Professor Woermann sailed.

In pm: Discharging rafts and life belts to lighter.


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24 February 1916

At Kilindini.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

10.30am: 13 supernumary ratings left to SS Montrose.

12.40pm: HMS Mersey arrived.

2.0pm: Lighter left with life belts and hammocks.

4.15pm: HMS Pioneer sailed.

5.0pm: Montrose sailed.


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25 February 1916

At Kilindini.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

In am: Stores supplied to HMS Mersey.


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26 February 1916

At Kilindini and at sea.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

7.0am: SS Weismann sailed.

4.30pm: Weighed and proceeded.

5.45pm: Course N45E.


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27 February 1916

At sea and anchored in Kisimayu Bay.

Lat -1.2, Long 42.3

8.0am: Lat 1 42S, Long 41 53E.

5.24pm: Anchored in Kisimayu Bay.

8.0pm: Lat 0 23S, Long 42 34E (at anchor).

8.30 to 9.40pm: Dhow from shore alongside.


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28 February 1916

At Kisimayu Bay.

Lat -0.4, Long 42.6

4.50pm: SS Weismann arrived and anchored.


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29 February 1916

At Kisimayu Bay.

Lat -0.4, Long 42.6

10.40am: SS Weismann left.


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Handwritten barometer information.

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LOGS FOR MARCH 1916

(Kisimayu Bay, patrolling between Mafia Island and Lindi Bay and at Zanzibar.)


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Cover, Adm. 53/45887, signed by WRD Irvine.


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Dated 4th April, signed CS Wills.


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Instrument page, as November 1915.


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1 March 1916

At Kisimayu Bay and at sea.

Lat -0.4, Long 42.6

8.10am: Italian SS Catania arrived.

11.43am: Weighed and proceeded by North Channel.

8.0pm: Lat 1 47S, 41 38E.


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2 March 1916

At sea, anchored in Kilindini and at sea.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

8.0am: Lat 3 58S, Long 39 53E.

9.42am: Anchored in Kilindini Harbour.

5.08pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 4 34.5S, Long 39 35E.


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3 March 1916

At sea to Zanzibar and at sea.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.27am: While turning into berth, failed to clear the stern of SS Trent, inflicting some damage to overhang at the stern of that ship.

6.55am: Anchored, Zanzibar.

HM Ships in port, Vengeance, Hyacinth, Fly and Pickle.

11.30am: Surgeon B Sidney-Jones rejoined from Hyacinth.

Carpenters Bruce and Crombie left on loan to Trent.

In pm: Loading stores and a maxim gun from lighter.

5.09pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 6 35S, Long 9 27E.


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4 March 1916

At sea, anchored off Mafia I. and at sea.

Lat -8.5, Long 39.7

7.58am: Anchored in S. Mafia Channel.

8.0am: HMAS Pioneer arrived. Supplied with stores.

9.50am: HMW Salamander alongside for stores and fresh water and received stores and mail for Rattler.

1.40pm: Salamander proceeded.

4.55pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 8 32S, Long 39 42E.


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5 March 1916

At sea, anchored in Lindi River and on patrol.

Lat -9.8, Long 40.0

7.51am: Anchored in Lindi River.

No buoys visible from anchorage except one conical buoy to SE of fort. Leading mark beacons have also apparently been removed or covered.

6.12pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 9 50S, Long 40 00E.

8.30pm: Stopped engines, fires banked, ship lying to.


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6 March 1916

On patrol, at anchor in Lindi Bay and on patrol.

Lat -9.8, Long 39.9

Midnight to 5.0am: Lying to, engines stopped.

5.0am: Proceeded.

6.45am: Anchored in Lindi Bay.

Note: White house with red roof to left of fort has large red cross painted on board displayed on roof.

6.11pm: Weighed and proceeded for S Mafia channel.

8.0pm: Lat 9 46S, Long 39 52E.


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7 March 1916

At sea, anchored in S Mafia Channel and on patrol.

Lat -8.3, Long 39.7

8.0am: Lat 8 02.5S, Long 39 24.5E.

8.19am: Anchored.

HMS Pioneer at anchor.

In am: HMWs Fly and Pickle alongside for water etc.

1.30pm: Collier Castle Bruce arrived and made fast alongside Pioneer.

4.0pm: Pickle and Fly left.

5.33pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 8 21S, Long 39 42E.


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8 March 1916

At sea, anchored in Lindi Bay and on patrol.

Lat -9.9, Long 40.0

6.52am: Anchored in Lindi Bay.

6.10pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 9 55.5S, Long 40 01E.

9.30pm: Engines stopped, fires banked, lying to for rest of night.


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9 March 1916

On patrol, anchored in Lindi Bay and on patrol.

Lat -9.8, Long 40.0

Midnight to 5.30am: Lying to, engines stopped.

5.30am: Proceeded towards Mikidani.

8.0am: Lat 10 14S, Long 40 14E.

8.05am: At 7,000 yds from the residence, turned and proceeded for Lindi River.

11.47am: Anchored in Lindi Bay.

6.08pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 9 50.5S, Long 40 00E.

8.30pm: Stopped engines, banked fires and lay to for the rest of the night.


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10 March 1916

On patrol, anchored in Lindi Bay and on patrol.

Lat -9.8, Long 40.0

Midnight to 9.20am: Lying to, engines stopped.

8.0am: Lat 9 39S, Long 39 58E.

9.20 to 10.24am: Target practice with 6” aiming rifles.

1.06pm: Anchored in Lindi Bay.

6.10pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 9 58S, Long 40 01E.

9.30pm: Stopped engines, lying to for rest of night.


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11 March 1916

On patrol.

Lat -9.9, Long 39.8

Midnight to 5.30am: Lying to, engines stopped.

5.31am: Proceeded to Mikindani Bay.

8.0am: Lat 10 10S, Long 40 14.5E.

8.05am: Looked into Mikindani Bay, then turned and proceeded for Lindi River.

3.36pm: Turned ship off Great Point and proceeded for Zanzibar.

8.0pm: Lat 8 44S, Long 39 44E.


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12 March 1916

At sea to Zanzibar.

Lat -6.6, Long 39.4

8.0am: Lat 6 55S, Long 39 35E.

1.22pm: HMS’ Severn and Mersey passed to South.

2.13pm: Anchored, Zanzibar.

2.40pm: Three Officers and 12 Stokers joined from HMS Armadale Castle for passage to HMAS Pioneer.

4.15pm: Armadale Castle sailed.

6.0pm: Colliers Lord Roberts and Castle Bruce made fast alongside.


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13 March 1916

At Zanzibar

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.30am to 7.0pm: Coaling and taking on fresh water with breaks for meals. Coal received 947 tons.


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14 March 1916

Zanzibar and at sea.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.0am: Resumed coaling and taking on fresh water.

10.0am: HMS Severn left port.

2.13pm: Finished coaling, SS Castle Bruce cast off and sailed, SS Lord Roberts cast off and anchored.

5.09pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 6 33s, Long 39 21E.


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15 March 1916

At sea, anchored in Tirene Bay and at sea.

Lat -8.2, Long 39.7

8.32am: Anchored, Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

8.50am: HMW Fly alongside.

9.30am: Diver examined bottom after report from engine room.

10.20am: HMW Pickle alongside.

2.0pm: Diver finished work.

2.35pm: Pickle sailed.

3.35pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 8 15S, Long 39 42E.


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16 March 1916

At sea, anchored in Lindi Bay and at sea.

Lat -9.98, Long 39.72

8.0am: Lat 9 47S, Long 39 48E.

9.38am: Anchored, Lindi Bay.

6.14pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 9 59S, Long 40 00E.

10.30pm: Signalled SS Professor Woermann, bound North.


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17 March 1916

At sea on Southern Patrol

Lat -10.2, Long 40.2

8.0am: Lat 10 30.5S, Long 40 36.5E.

On patrol, looking into Tunghi Bay, Rovuma Bay, Lindi Bay and Mikindani Bay.

8.0pm: Lat 9 25S, Long 39 46.5E.


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18 March 1916

Southern patrol, in Tirene Bay and at sea.

Lat -8.2, Long 39.7

8.0am: Lat 7 55.5S, Long 39 34.5E.

9.11am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

HMS Hyacinth in anchorage.

9.20am: HMAS Pioneer arrived and anchored.

11.0am: Stoker James Grant, absentee, received from Hyacinth.

In pm: HMWs Fly and Pickle alongside for stores and water.

3.10pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 8 28S, Long 39 43.5E.


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19 March 1916

At sea, anchored in Lindi Bay and on patrol.

Lat -9.98, Long 39.72

7.28am: Anchored, Lindi Bay.

6.12pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 9 58S, Long 40 00E.

9.30pm: Stopped engines. Ship lying to for rest of night.


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20 March 1916

On Patrol, anchored in Rovuma Bay and on patrol.

Lat -10,5, Long 40.5

8.0am: In Mikindani Bay.

12.08pm: Anchored in Rovuma Bay.

6.10pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 10 30.5S, Long 40 42.5E.

8.45pm: Stopped engines, ship lying to for the night.


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21 March 1916

On patrol, anchored in Tunghi Bay and on patrol.

Lat -10.8, Long 40.6

Midnight to 5.20am: Lying to, engines stopped.

5.20am: Proceeded (Log says “weighed and”, a log-keeper’s error).

6.29am: Anchored in Tunghi Bay.

8.19am: Weighed and moved to inner anchorage off Palma.

8.45am: Visit from port officials.

5.12pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 10 28.5S, Long 40 41E.

9.0pm: Stopped engines, lying to for night.


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22 March 1916

On patrol, anchored in Lindi Bay and on patrol.

Lat -9.98, Long 39.72

Midnight to 5.30am: Lying to.

5.30am: Proceeded.

8.0am: Lat 10 12S, Long 40 12.5E.

11.49am: Anchored in Lindi Bay.

6.08pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 9 55S, Long 40 06.5E.

8.30pm: Engines stopped, ship lying to.


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23 March 1916

On Patrol and anchored in S. Mafia Channel.

Lat -9.2, Long 40.1

(Note Long. 39 05.75E in log, on land, so feasible position estimated by me, Ed.)

Midnight to 5.15am: Lying to, engines stopped.

5.15am: Proceeded.

6.45am: Entered Lindi Bay, turned and proceeded.

8.0am: Lat 9 51S, Long 39 50.5E.

6.35pm: Anchored in S. Mafia Channel.

8.0pm: Lat 8 01S, Long 39 36E.


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24 March 1916

Anchored in S. Mafia Channel and Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

5.30am: Weighed and proceeded.

7.35am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

9.10am: HMWs Fly and Pickle alongside for stores and water.

4.0pm: Fly and Pickle left.


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25 March 1916

Anchored in Tirene Bay, Mafia I. and off Niororo I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

3.10pm: SS Africa sailed.

4.35pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.36pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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26 March 1916

Anchored off Niororo Island.

Lat -7.6, Long 39.7

5.0am: HMWs Fly and Pickle left anchorage.

9.20am: HMWs Echo and Childers arrived and came alongside.

2.40pm: Echo and Childers left.


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27 March 1916

Niororo I. to and at Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

6.27am: Weighed and proceeded.

8.27am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

In port, HMWs Echo and Childers.

9.55am: Childers sailed.

10.0am: Echo alongside.

2.15pm: Echo cast off having received stores.


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28 March 1916

Anchored, Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71


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29 March 1916

Mafia I. to and at Niororo I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

10.10am: HMW Echo alongside.

Noon: SS Barjora arrived.

Received mail and stores from Barjora and carpenters Bruce and Crombie returned from Zanzibar.

3.0pm: Major Brooks from Mafia Residency joined for passage.

3.30pm: Echo cast off to anchor.

4.08pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.07pm: Anchored off Niororo I.


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30 March 1916

Niororo I. to and at Zanzibar.

Lat -6.5, Long 39.3

5.39am: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0am: Lat 7 12.5S, Long 39 40E.

1.15pm: HMS Salamander passed.

3.03pm: Anchored, Zanzibar.

5.40pm: Collier Castle Bruce alongside.

Discharging stores into lighters for various ships.


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31 March 1916

Anchored at Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.0am: Commenced coaling.

10.30am: G Anderson seaman, discharged to hospital.

11.40am: HMW Salamander alongside.

1.50pm: Salamander cast off to anchor.

7.0pm: Stopped coaling.


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LOGS FOR APRIL 1916

(Zanzibar, Tanga Bay and on South patrol)


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Cover, Adm. 553/45888, signed WRD Irvine.


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Dated 5th May, signed CS Wills.


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Instruments as November 1915.


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1 April 1916

Anchored at Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.0am to 7.0pm: Coaling.

In pm: Shore party discharging stores into lighters.

3.0pm: HMS Thistle arrived.


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2 April 1916

Anchored at Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.15am to 3.20pm: Coaling.

4.0pm: Colliers cast off.

4.20pm: Sgt Major Saunders RMLI landed to hospital.


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3 April 1916

Anchored at Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

9.10am: Stores supplied to HMS Thistle.

9.30 to 10.50am: SS’ St Egbert, Africa and Castilian (Ellerman Line, ex-Umbilo, was purchased in 1909 from Bullard, King and Co renamed Castilian, torpedoed and sunk off Ireland in 1917) arrived and anchored.

2.0pm: Fireman O’Conner discharged to St Egbert.

4.57pm: St Egbert sailed.


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4 April 1916

Anchored at Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

5.35am: SS Khalifa sailed.

7.10am: HMS Vengeance anchored.

7.15am: Seedie boys returned from leave, two absentees, Nos 33 and 36.

Supplied Vengeance and HMS Severn with stores.

4.25pm: SS Castilian sailed.

9.15pm: Lt Spence RNVR joined ship.


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5 April 1916

Anchored at Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.0am: HMW Fly anchored.

Stores supplied to HMS Vengeance.

4.15pm: SS Africa sailed.

4.30pm: SS Castle Bruce sailed.


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6 April 1916

At Zanzibar and at sea.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.0am: HMS Severn sailed.

8.10am: SS Huntscliff arrived.

10.20am: Lieut Spence RNVR discharged to Huntscliff.

12.05pm: Seaplane 3096 hoisted in.

12.20pm: Seaplane 3096 hoisted out (This seems to be a test of the procedure).

1.42pm: Huntscliff sailed.

4.59pm: Weighed and proceeded.

5.35pm: HMW Pickle passed.

8.0pm: Lat 6 29S, Long 39 18E.


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7 April 1916

On Patrol.

Lat -8.3, Long 39.7

3.0am to 5.30am: Engines stopped, awaiting daylight.

8.0am: Lat 7 45S, Long 39 38E.

8.18am: Sighted HMS Hyacinth passing through S. Mafia Ch. to Tirene.

2.0pm: Sighted SS Barjora, bound north.

8.0pm: Lat 9 32S, Long 39 52.5E,

10.0pm: Stopped engines, lying to for night.


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8 April 1916

On patrol, anchored in Lindi Bay and on patrol.

Lat -9.98, Long 39.72

Midnight to 5.30am: Lying to, engines stopped.

5.30am: Proceeded.

7.16am: Anchored, Lindi Bay.

6.10pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 9 55.5S, Long 40 02E.

8.45pm: Stopped engines, banked fires, lying to.


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9 April 1916

On patrol, anchored in Lindi Bay and at sea.

Lat -9.98, Long 39.72

Midnight to 5.30am: Lying to.

5.31am: Proceeded.

7.40am: Anchored, Lindi Bay.

1.02pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 8 45S, Long 39 58E.


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10 April 1916

At sea, anchored Zanzibar and at sea.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

8.0am. Lat 6 40S, Long 39 26E.

11.56am: Anchored Zanzibar.

HMS Pioneer in port coaling

1.16pm. Pioneer left.

1.37pm: HMS Vengeance arrived and anchored.

3.0pm: Hoisted in seaplanes 3096 and 3097 and received quantity of aviation stores.

4.44pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm. Lat 5 44.5S, Long 39 03E.



Laconia Seaplane

The man sitting on the float is a counter balance, as this Short 827,
like most seaplanes of the time, is very tail heavy. The wings fold back for stowing.
Terrific short film of a Short Type 81 being readied for flight and taking off.


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11 April 1916

At sea, anchored in Tanga Bay and at sea.

Lat -5.05, Long 39.13

7.05am: Anchored, Tanga Bay.

8.0am: Lat 5 03S, Long 39 11E.

9.40am: Hoisted out seaplanes.

10.23am: Seaplanes proceeded towards Tanga, returning at 11.40am.

11.40am: Observed HMS’ Vengeance, Pioneer and Thistle off Tanga.

Noon: Hoisted in seaplanes.

3.43pm: Weighed and proceeded for Mafia Island.

8.0pm: Lat 5 39.5S, Long 39 39.5E.


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12 April 1916

At sea and anchored in Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

8.0am: Lat 7 34S, Long 39 39.5E.

10.10am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

In pm: Watch rigging cover for seaplanes.


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13 April 1916

Tirene Bay to Zanzibar and on patrol.

Lat -6.8, Long 39.5

5.29am: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0am: Lat 7 29S, Long 39 40E.

4.15pm: Anchored Zanzibar.

5.0pm: HMS Hyacinth arrived and anchored.

Hoisted out seaplanes, RNAS party left for shore.

7.50pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 6 11S, Long 39 11E.


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14 April 1916

At sea.

Lat -8.2, Long 39.9

8.0am. Lat 7 41S, Long 40 00E.

10.53am: Starboard engine stopped for repairs.

2.17pm: Starboard engine resumed.

4.45pm: HMS Vengeance observed.

5.45pm: Stopped and communicated with Vengeance by boat.

8.0pm: Lat 9 11S, Long 40 07E.

11.50pm: SS Palamcotta passed northbound.


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15 April 1916

At sea, anchored in Tunghi Bay and at sea.

Lat -10.8, Long 40.6

8.0am: Lat 10 45.5S, Long 40 33E.

8.07am: Anchored off Palma, Tunghi Bay.

8.12am: Captain landed in gig.

12.40pm: Commandant from Palma boarded and left at 1.10pm.

5.02pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 10 23S, Long 40 37E.

9.0pm: Engines stopped, lying to.


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16 April 1916

On Patrol.

Lat -9.5, Long 39.8

Midnight to 3.0am: Lying to.

3.0am: Proceeded.

6.05am: Stopped 2.5 miles off Mchinga Bay.

8.0am: Lat 9 43S, Long 39 57E.

9.03am: Observed HMS Hyacinth, bound North.

10.43am: Closed Hyacinth and communicated by boat. Received mails.

10.58am: Proceeded towards Kiswere.

7.0pm: Stopped engines, banked fires.

8.0pm: Lat 9 04S, Long 39 57E.


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17 April 1916

At sea.

Lat -9.2, Long 39.7

Midnight to 5.40am: Lying to.

5.40am: Proceeded.

5.56am: Observed HMS Styx and at 6.17am, Styx alongside for stores.

8.0am: Lat 8 42.5S, Long 39 43E.

2.45 to 5.45pm: Engines stopped, lying to.

8.0pm: Lat 9 02S, Long 39 46E.


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18 April 1916

At sea to Zanzibar.

Lat -6.7, Long 39.4

8.0am: Lat 7 05S, Long 39 46E.

4.09pm: Anchored, Zanzibar.

5.20pm: HMS Manica arrived and anchored.

5.20pm: Collier SS Northumbria alongside for coaling.

6.0pm: Two seamen and two firemen rejoined from Durban hospital via SS Barjora.


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19 April 1916


At Zanzibar.

Lat -6.7, Long 39.4

6.30am: Coaling.

7.35am: Collier SS Anglia alongside.

11.40am: HMS Thistle arrived and anchored.

7.0pm: Ceased coaling for the day.


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20 April 1916

At Zanzibar.

Lat -6.7, Long 39.4

5.30am: SS Khalifa sailed. (In log as HMS, probably a small local steamer hired as a transport)

6.0am: Resumed coaling.

10.30am: HMS Talbot arrived and anchored.

11.0am: Ship’s steward Francis and Fireman Williams landed to hospital.

3.15pm: Finished coaling, 1,502 tons.

4.15pm: SS’ Northumbria and Anglia cast off to anchor.

5.0pm: One seaman joined from Talbot for passage to HMS Challenger. One seedie boy joined from shore.


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21 April 1916

Zanzibar to Tirene Bay, Mafia Island.

Lat -7.2, Long 39.7

5.0am: HMS Talbot coaling from collier.

5.24am: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0am: Lat 6 34s, Long 39 21.5E.

10.0am: HMS Hyacinth passed bound NW.

3.56pm: Anchored, Tirene Bay.

5.0pm: HMWs Charon and Styx alongside for stores and water.

5.0pm: HMS Severn came alongside for water.

6.0pm: Severn, Charon and Styx left to anchor.


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22 April 1916

Mafia I. and on patrol.

Lat -8.3, Long 39.7

5.19am: Weighed and proceeded.

6.28am: Thick rain, so anchored in S. Mafia Channel until 8.37am, when rain cleared.

8.0am: Lat 7 48S, Long 39 36.5E.

7.20pm: Stopped engines, lying to.

8.0pm: Lat 9 21S, Long 39 53E.


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23 April 1916

At sea.

Lat -9.9, Long 39.8

Midnight to 6.0am: Lying to.

6.0am: Proceeded.

8.0am: Lat 9 30S, Long 39 45.5E.

11.0am: Observed drifting mine, General quarters and opened fire with 6” guns.

11.40am: Ceased fire, lowered boat and sank the mine with rifle fire.

Note: Mine painted red with marine growth on underside.

2.11pm: Stopped and transferred mail to HMS Challenger, balloon ship HMS Manica in company.

7.15pm: Stopped engines, lying to.

8.0pm: Lat 9 36S, Long 39 59E.


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24 April 1916

At sea.

Lat -9.0, Long 39.7

8.0am: Lat 9 28S, Long 39 41E.

8.0pm: Lat 9 09S, Long 39 51E.

9.45pm: Coal in forward cross bunker found to be on fire. Flooded bunker with hoses from fire main.

11.0pm: Fire apparently well under control. Anti rolling tank filled.


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25 April 1916

South patrol.

Lat -9.2, Long 39.65

12.01am to 2.0am: Watch extinguishing fire.

12.01am to 5.10pm: Lying to, engines stopped.

8.0am: Lat 9 03S, Long 39 41E.

8.0am: Flooding of bunker complete.

Noon: Temp in cross bunker, 90º F at surface.

In pm: Pumping water out of forward cross bunker.

4.50pm: Depth of water in bunker, 12’.

5.10pm: Proceeded, co S47E.

6.45pm: Depth of water in bunker 5’.

8.0pm: Lat 9 17S, Long 39 50E.

10.05pm: Stopped engines, lying to.


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26 April 1916

South patrol.

Lat -9.1, Long 39.7

Midnight to 6.05am: Lying to.

6.05am: Proceeded, co S31W.

A day of looking into harbours and bays along the coast, anxious work for a large liner!

8.0am: Lat 9 37S, Long 39 46.5E.

8.0pm: Lat 9 42S, Long 40 00E.

8.0pm: Stopped engines, banked fires, lying to.


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27 April 1916

South patrol.

Lat -9.1, Long 39.7

Midnight to 6.10am: Lying to, then proceeded N83W.

Another day of close-in coastal work, with heavy rain in the afternoon.

8.0am: Lat 9 38S, Long 39 46.5E.

7.48pm: Signalled HMS Manica, bound north.

8.0pm: Lat 9 45S, Long 40 05E.

8.0pm: Engines stopped, lying to.


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28 April 1916

South patrol.

Lat -9.7, Long 39.8

Midnight to 6.10am: Lying to, then proceeded, co N85W.

8.0am: Lat 9 40.5S, Long 39 47E.

9.0am: Stopped to communicate with HMS Challenger by boat.

8.0pm: Lat 10 15S, Long 40 37E.

9.0pm: Stopped engines, lying to.


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29 April 1916

South patrol.

Lat -10.2, Long 40.3

Lying to until 6.10am, then proceeded co S48W.

8.0am: Lat 10 12S, Long 40 33E.

3.13pm: Communicated by boat with HMS Talbot.

3.45pm: HMS Talbot proceeded South.

8.0pm: Lat 9 21.5S, Long 39 53E.

9.0pm: Stopped engines, lying to.


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30 April 1916

At sea, Tirene Bay and at sea.

Lat -8.1, Long 39.6

Lying to until 6.09am, then proceeded co N79W.

2.08pm: Anchored, Tirene Bay.

HMS’ Vengeance and Severn in port.

3.10pm: SS Anglia sailed.

4.27pm: Weighed and proceeded.


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LOGS FOR MAY 1916

(Zanzibar, The Aldabra Islands, Durban, to Kilindini with troops and Zanzibar)


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Cover, Adm. 53/45889, signed WRD Irvine.


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Dated 6th June 1916, signed CS Wills.


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Instruments as per November 1915.


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1 May 1916

At sea and at Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

3.0am: HMS Challenger passed, steering SE.

3.0am to 4.35am: Lying to.

6.30am: Anchored, Zanzibar.

7.54am: HMS Manica arrived and anchored.

8.45am: Hands discharging RNAS stores and ammunition into lighters.

12.50pm: HMW Childers anchored.

7.0pm: Escort sent ashore for absentees.


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2 May 1916

At Zanzibar

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

5.25am: SS Khalifa sailed.

9.45am: SS Barjora arrived and anchored.

11.30am: S/Lt JW Balls RNR rejoined.

In am: Stores supplied to HMAS Pioneer and HMS Manica.

2.16pm: HMS Hyacinth arrived and anchored.

4.0pm: Lt E Blake RN and seaman Watson RNVR joined from Hyacinth.

5.22 to 5.40pm: SS Barjora, Pioneer and HMW Echo sailed.


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3 May 1916

At Zanzibar and at sea.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

6.0am: HMS Hyacinth came alongside for stores.

Noon: One fireman joined from hospital.

2.0pm: Hyacinth cast off to anchor.

4.21pm: Weighed and proceeded.


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4 May 1916

At sea.

Lat -7.6, Long 43.0

8.0am: Lat 7 26S, Long 41 28E.

8.0pm: Lat 8 10S, Long 43 09E.


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5 May 1916

At sea, anchored Aldabra Is and at sea.

Lat -9.3, Long 45.8

8.0am: Lat 9 08S, Long 45 09E.

2.15pm: Anchored, Aldabra Is.

Residents came off to ship and party of officers landed.

5.35pm: Weighed and proceeded, co S43W.

8.0pm: Lat 9 44S, Long 45 55E.


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6 May 1916

At sea.

Lat -12.2, Long 43.6.

8.0am: Lat 11 34S, Long 44 05E.

5.0pm: Read warrant No 30.

8.0pm: Lat 13 19S, Long 42 39E.


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7 May 1916

At sea.

Lat -15.8, Long 41.3

8.0am: Lat 15 14S, Long 41 41E.

In pm: Filling DB ballast tanks.

6.0pm: *Lat 16 52S, Long 40 37E.


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8 May 1916

At sea.

Lat -19.3, Long 38.7

8.0am: Lat 18 54S, Long 39 04E.

8.0pm: Lat 20 37S, Long 37 58E.


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9 May 1916

At sea.

Lat -22.6, Long 36.4

8.0am: Lat 21 58S, Long 36 47E.

4.35pm: Passed out of tropics.

8.0pm: Lat 24 02S, Long 35 48E.


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10 May 1916

At sea.

Lat -26.7, Long 34.1

8.0am: Lat 26 05S, Long 34 34E.

5.58pm: *Lat 27 46S, Long 33 12E.


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11 May 1916

At sea and alongside quay, Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

8.45am: In berth alongside A shed, Durban.

10.30am: SS Indraghini (GD Tyser and Co had a steamer of this name) sailed.

11.0am: AB E Watson discharged.

Noon: SS Clan Shaw arrived.

In pm: Coaling both sides.

3.0pm: One ERA joined. F Lee, Armourer’s crew joined.

Coaling continued throughout.


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12 May 1916

At Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

Coaling continuously throughout the day.

6.30am: SS Macham sailed.

7.15am: SS Carlisle, SS Samoset and SS Queen Maud sailed.

7.20am: SS Jacatra arrived.

9.15am: SS N*** arrived.

10.30am: Calder (seaman) and Hughes (fireman) rejoined from hospital.

11.0am: SS Roman Prince arrived.

12.20pm: SS Oranje sailed.

2.40pm: SS Baron Jedborough (probably Baron Jedburgh) sailed.

3.20pm: SS Montrose sailed.

Coal received by midnight, 2,650 tons.


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13 May 1916

At Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

Coaling until 6.25am. Total received 2,800 tons.

6.25am: Transport SS Kamora arrived.

8.05am: SS Nairung sailed.

11.35am: SS Oakland Grange arrived.

1.0pm: SS Berwick Castle sailed.

3.45pm: SS Jacatra sailed.


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14 May 1916

At Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

7.30am: SS Norman sailed.

7.40am: SS Roman Prince sailed.

1.0pm: Schooner K Hall arrived.


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15 May 1916

At Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

6.30am: SS Trent arrived.

2.0pm: Two ERAs, two POs and 16 ratings joined from Trent.

4.35pm: SS Huntscliff sailed.

6.30pm: SS Afghan Prince (the second Prince Line ship of this name, 1903, 4,923 tons, wrecked off Nova Scotia in 1918) sailed.

11.40pm: HMHS Ebani arrived off port.


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16 May 1916

At Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

7.0am: HMHS Ebani entered port.

7.10am: SS St Ronald sailed. SS Stentor (the second of five Blue Funnel Line ships of this name, built 1899, 6.772 tons, sold in 1922) and SS Battenhall arrived.

8.55am: SS Omrah and HMS Armadale Castle arrived.

1.05pm: SS M*** sailed.

5.0pm: OS White released from cells.


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17 May 1916

At Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

6.30am: SS St Egbert arrived.

10.25am: HMHS Ebani sailed.

12.20pm: SS Stentor sailed

3.20pm: SS City of Manchester arrived.

3.30pm: HMAT Omrah sailed.

During this period in Durban, the usual records of absentees, patrols returning with prisoners and the like can be seen daily, but I haven’t recorded them here, except where individuals are named.


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18 May 1916

At Durban and at sea.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

5.15am: Troops arriving alongside by train.

6.20am: Troops embarking.

4.10pm: Left quay and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 29 35S, Long 31 38E.


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19 May 1916

At sea.

Lat -27.2, Long 33.9

8.0am: Lat 27 50S, Long 33 23E.

8.0pm: Lat 25 51S, Long 34 59E.


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20 May 1916

At sea.

Lat -23.4, Long 36.6

8.0am: Lat 24 04S, Long 36 15E.

8.0pm: Lat 21 46S, Long 37 35E.


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21 May 1916

At sea.

Lat -18.8, Long 39.6

8.0am: Lat 19 38S, Long 39 04E.

8.0pm: Lat 17 12S, Long 40 13E.


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22 May 1916

At sea.

Lat -14.1, Long 41.2

6.37am: Table Mountain bg N37W, 42 miles.

8.0am: Lat 14 53S, Long 41 10E.

8.0pm: Lat 12 32S, Long 41 04E.


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23 May 1916

At sea.

Lat -8.6, Long 40.8

8.0am: Lat 9 40S, Long 40 58E.

8.0pm: Lat 6 30S, Long 40 20E.


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24 May 1916

At Kilindini, Mombasa.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

2.15am: HS Ebani passed south bound.

7.10am: Anchored off Kilindini.

8.30am: Discharging troop baggage and ammunition.

11.23am: Hospital ship Ebani arrived and anchored.

In port: HMS Talbot.

In pm: Disembarked troops.


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25 May 1916

At Kilindini and at sea.

Lat -4.07, Long 39.65

In am: Supplied stores to HMS Talbot.

11.55am: Last lighter with baggage and ammunition cast off.

2.0pm: Cdr Barry RN and Eng. J Anderson (?) RN, joined for passage.

3.30pm: Received two prisoners from HMS Talbot for passage to Simonstown.

4.0pm: SS Coconada sailed.

5.0pm: SS Barjora and SS G*** sailed.

5.05pm: Weighed and proceeded.

8.0pm: Lat 4 28S, Long 39 37.5E.


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26 May 1916

At sea to Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

7.05am: Anchored.

10.0am: HMW Childers alongside for stores.

2.33pm: Childers cast off to anchor.

4.0pm: Funeral party, two officers and 20 men landed.

5.0pm: SS Cupid arrived and anchored.


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27 May 1916

At Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

8.0am: HMS Hyacinth arrived and anchored. Supplied stores.

2.0pm: Lt/Cdr Parkinson RNR left to SS Barjora for passage to Tirene.

4.20pm: Barjora sailed.

4.25pm: SS Berwick Castle sailed.

5.0pm: Lt Steele RNR, CERA SE King and Ldg Stoker Williamson discharged to Hyacinth.

5.0pm: HMW Echo sailed.


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28 May 1916

At Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

5.20am: SS Khalifa sailed.

8.05am: HMW Charon sailed.

8.35am: SS Palamcotta arrived.

8.37am: SS Logician (the first of two ships of this name operated by T and J Harrison Line, built 1894, 4,878 tons, scrapped in 1923) arrived.

12.50pm: HMW Childers arrived and anchored.

5.55pm: HMW Styx sailed.

7.10pm: HMW Echo arrived and anchored.


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29 May 1916

At Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

7.18am: HMS Vengeance arrived and anchored.

9.10am: HMS Talbot arrived and anchored.

9.30am: Eng. Cdr Harris left to Vengeance.

Noon: Three ratings joined ship, 22 ratings left ship.

4.30pm: One prisoner for passage from Hyacinth received.

5.0pm: Two WTOs discharged to Zanzibar.

6.0pm: Five OS and one canteen manager discharged to Vengeance.

8.10pm: HMS Hyacinth sailed.


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30 May 1916

At Zanzibar.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

5.0am: SS Khalifa sailed.

5.20am: SS Palamcotta sailed.

8.45am: HMW Charon arrived.

10.0am to 11.10am: C-in-C on board.

11.0am: Mid B*** RNR discharged to HMS Charon.

2.47pm: HMS Pioneer arrived and anchored.

3.35pm: S/Lt Marshall RNR, Mids Squires, Brownlee and Evans, RNR and Sig. Turner discharged to Pioneer for passage.

4.0pm: Seven ratings, one Sgt and two Corporals joined from HMS Vengeance.


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31 May 1916

Zanzibar and at sea.

Lat -6.2, Long 39.2

12.04pm: Portuguese warship Adamastor arrived and anchored.

1.0pm: J W*** canteen manager joined ship.

2.0pm: 14 invalids from RN Hospital joined, one invalid from HMS Vengeance joined.

4.30pm: Seedie boys discharged.

5.11pm: Weighed and proceeded.

9.15pm: Lights of Dar-es-salaam abeam.


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LOGS FOR JUNE 1916

(Mafia Island, Durban, Simonstown, Cape Town and North towards UK with convoy)


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Cover, Adm. 53/45890, signed WRD Irvine.


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Dated 5th July 1916, signed CS Wills.


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Instruments, no change since November 1915.


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1 June 1916

At sea and at anchor in Tirene Bay, Mafia I.

Lat -7.85, Long 39.71

8.0am: Lat 7 48S, Long 39 39E.

8.32am: Anchored in Tirene Bay.

9.10am: HMS Severn arrived and alongside for stores.

9.20am: Lt Vickery RNR joined ship.

11.0am: Severn cast off and anchored.

11.50am: HMS Challenger alongside for stores.

2.0pm: One rating received from Challenger and five ratings discharged to same.

3.0pm: HMWs Rattler and Salamander alongside for stores and water.

3.35pm: Challenger cast off to anchor.

4.0pm: Lt L Martin RNR discharged to HMS Hyacinth.

5.30pm: HMWs Rattler and Salamander cast off to anchor.


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2 June 1916

At Tirene Bay and at sea.

Lat -8.7, Long 39.9

5.25am: Weighed anchor and proceeded.

8.0am: Lat 8 08S, Long 39 36E.

9.30am: Sighted HMS Thistle bound North.

8.0pm: Lat 9 46S, Long 40 31E.


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3 June 1916

At sea.

Lat -12.5, Long 41.1

8.0am: Lat 11 59S, Long 41 05E.

8.0pm: Lat 14 40S, Long 41 02E.


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4 June 1916

At sea.

Lat -17.6, Long 39.7

8.0am: Lat 16 43S, Long 40 13E.

8.0pm: Lat 19 10S, Long 38 41E.


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5 June 1916

At sea.

Lat -22.4, Long 36.9

6.20am: Passed SS Montrose bound North.

8.0am: Lat 21 38S, Long 37 25E.

5.40pm: Left Tropics.

8.0pm: Lat 23 49S, Long 35 49E.


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6 June 1916

At sea.

Lat -26.3, Long 34.3

8.0am: Lat 25 39S, Long 34 31E.

8.0pm: Lat 27 41S, Long 33 07E.


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7 June 1916

At sea and alongside B Shed, Durban.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

8.0am: Lat 29 51S, Long 31 09E.

9.35am: Berthed alongside quay.

HMS’ Armadale Castle and Himalaya in port.

10.40am: Coaling commenced both sides.

11.20am: SS Yangtsze arrived. Mails landed.

12.25pm: Transport Marathon arrived.

1.0pm: One rating discharged to shore.

2.48pm: HS Ebani arrived.

6.15pm: Three hospital cases received from Armadale Castle.


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8 June 1916

Durban and at sea.

Lat -29.87, Long 31.02

Coaling throughout.

5.55am: SS Willaston (Wilaston in log) arrived.

8.0am: One rating joined from HMS Armadale Castle for passage. One rating discharged to shore, no longer required.

10.0am: SS Marosa sailed.

11.0am: Eng. Lts Campbell and Wood joined for passage.

Eng. S/Lts McArthur, Mills, Mathisson and Nicholas joined for passage.

Acting S/Lts RNR Ayling, Berrington and Davies joined for passage.

11.30am: SS Malarka arrived.

2.0pm: Lt Packingham RNR joined for passage.

2.0pm: Four ratings joined from Armadale Castle, two ratings joined from HMS Himalaya. one rating joined from Military Camp, Durban.

2.45pm: Eng. Lt Armit RNR discharged to Himalaya.

3.0pm: Eng. Lt King RNR joined.

One rating discharged to Armadale Castle.

4.30pm: Dutch Cruiser Noord-Brabant sailed.

5.0pm: Finished coaling.

5.30pm: Left quay, turned and proceeded.

8.35pm: Green Pt Lt abeam, 9 miles.


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9 June 1916

At sea.

Lat -32.7, Long 28.6

6.0am: Passed SS Ben Lomon (probably Benlomond, the second of six ships of this name operated by Ben Line, built 1911, 4,159 tons, scrapped in 1932).

8.0am: Lat 32 15S, Long 29 12.5E.

1.30pm: SS Polyphemus passed bound North.

5.0pm: Passed SS Clan Cumming (the first of three Clan Line ships of this name, built in 1899, 4,808 tons, sold in 1925, renamed Etorre) bound North.

5.30pm: Passed SS Benguela (probably the Elder Dempster Line ship, built 1910 of 5,520 tons, scrapped in 1933) bound to East London.

8.0pm: Lat 33 26S, Long 27 21E.


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10 June 1916

At sea.

Lat -34.5, Long 24.3

Strong Westerly winds and head sea all day.

8.0am: Lat 34 21S, Long 25 07E.

8.20am: Passed SS Sindora (Rotterdam) bound N.

11.48am: Passed SS Karatara, bound NE.

2.0pm: Passed HS Ebani.

8.0pm: Lat 34 30S, Long 23 05E.

8.45pm: Passed SS Ariosto bound West.


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11 June 1916

At sea to Simonstown.

Lat -34.9, Long 19.8

8.0am: Lat 34 48S, Long 20 32E.

9.15am: Passed SS Afghan Prince bound West.

7.54pm: Anchored in Simons Bay.

8.0pm: Lat 34 21S, Long 18 26E.


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12 June 1916

At anchor, Simon's Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

9.0am: One rating for passage discharged to shore.

In pm: Two ratings discharged to RN Hospital, two hospital cases joined for passage.

21 ratings joined from HMS Kent for passage.

19 hospital cases joined for passage.

Ship’s steward rejoined from hospital.

Five ratings and five prisoners discharged to detention barracks.

31 ratings joined from Kent for passage.


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13 June 1916

At anchor, Simon's Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

All day: Hands discharging, receiving and shifting stores and cleaning holds.

10.15am: HMS Kent left anchorage.

10.30am: 11 invalids discharged to RN hospital.

5.10pm: WTO Love joined for passage.


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14 June 1916

At anchor, Simon's Bay.

Lat -34.18, Long 18.44

All day: Hands receiving and discharging stores.

9.30am: Two officers and eight ratings to hospital for examination.

3.30pm: Six ratings (invalids) joined ship.

4.30pm: Three ratings discharged to detention barracks.

11.30pm: Two absentees (stokers) returned.


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15 June 1916

Simon’s Bay, at sea and anchored, Cape Town.

Lat -34.2, Long 18.5

9.05am: L/Cpl Pike RMLI rejoined.

9.50am: 23 invalids joined for passage.

11.19am: Weighed and proceeded.

Transports Argyllshire (A8), Marathon (A74), Benalla (A24) and Beltana (A72) in port.

5.10pm: Anchored, Cape Town

9.40pm: SS Waimera arrived.


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16 June 1916

At Cape Town

Lat -33.9, Long 18.4

3.30am: SS Benguela arrived and anchored.

7.54am: Weighed and proceeded into dock alongside East Pier, pilot and tug assisting.

8.0am: HMS Kent arrived and anchored.

10.0am: WTO Bellhouse joined from Kent.

10.30am: HMS Kent sailed with transports Marathon, Beltana, Benalla and Argyllshire.

12.50pm: HMAT Medic docked.

1.0pm: Coaling both sides.

3.0pm: Ass. Paymr Micklereid discharged to HMS Hyacinth.


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17 June 1916

At Cape Town

Lat -33.9, Long 18.4

Coaling throughout.

In am: Receiving military stores.

12.30pm: SS Benguela sailed.

12.55pm: SS Llanstephan Castle arrived.

2.30pm: SS Astyance sailed.

In pm: The usual entries of escorts and pickets returning with prisoners and absentees.


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18 June 1916

At Cape Town

Lat -33.9, Long 18.4

Coaling throughout.

6.25am: HMAT Ascanius (A11) arrived and anchored in Bay.

3.30pm: Finished coaling.

4.25pm: SS Llanstephan Castle sailed.


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19 June 1916

At Cape Town

Lat -33.9, Long 18.4

7.50am: SS York Castle sailed.

8.0am: SS Kawi entered dock.

8.55am: SS Chisholm anchored.

In am: Stevedores loading maize.

1.50pm: SS Portugal (transport) arrived.

6.15pm: Kawi sailed.

6.50pm: Six ratings from Durban hospital joined for passage.


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20 June 1916

At Cape Town

Lat -33.9, Long 18.4

In am: Stevedores loading maize unti 7.40pm.

8.50am: SS Turakina arrived.

9.40am: Cable ship Brittania sailed.

1.0pm: SS Portugal sailed.

1.40pm: HMT Demosthenes (A64) anchored in Bay.

3.20pm: SS Port Philip (Commonwealth and Dominion Line, 4,060 tons, sunk in collision with USS Proteus, New York, 1918) arrived.

5.30pm: SS Ajax sailed.

9.45pm: SS Trafford Hall sailed.

10.15pm: SS Discoveres arrived.


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21 June 1916

At Cape Town

Lat -33.9, Long 18.4

12.30am: Commenced receiving bullion.

5.20am: All bullion aboard.

7.0am: HMT Warilda (A69) arrived.

7.0am: Stoker Sullivan returned.

7.30am: SS Leitrim (transport) arrived.

Stevedores commenced loading maize and continued throughout.

9.30am: 11 German prisoners (invalids) joined for passage.

10.30am: Three prisoners and one boy joined for passage. 40 military invalids embarked.

1.15pm: SS Port Philip sailed.

1.30pm: SS Santana arrived.

1.45pm: SS Alderney arrived.

4.20pm: SS Nimari (?) arrived and docked.

4.50pm: Transport SS Warilda left dock to anchor.

5.10pm: SS Cluny Castle arrived.

6.0pm: WTOs Bellhouse and Love disembarked.


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22 June 1916

At Cape Town and at sea.

Lat -33.4, Long 17.8

1.0am: Finished loading maize, hatches secured for sea.

7.41am: Left quay with pilot and 2 tugs, turned and proceeded to sea with transports Medic, Demosthenes, Ascanius and Warilda in convoy.

8.0am: Lat 33 54S, 18 25.5E.

9.0am: Heavy SW swell, ship rolling max 15º. Commenced filling anti-roll tank.

11.45am: Anti-roll tank in action, roll reduced to 4-6º.

1.30pm: SS Orantes passed south bound.

8.0pm: Lat 32 05S, Long 16 48E.


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23 June 1916

At sea.

Lat -29.9, Long 14.4

8.0am: Lat 30 29S, Long 14 54E.

8.0pm: Lat 28 42S, Long 13 23E.

Note: Longitudes recorded in log as West, clearly an error.


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24 June 1916

At sea.

Lat -26.1, Long 11.3

8.0am: Lat 26 49S, Long 11 43E.

Keeping station with convoy.

8.0pm: Lat 24 49S, Long10 14E.


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25 June 1916

At sea.

Lat -22.1, Long 8.0

4.25am: Entered Tropics.

8.0am: Lat 22 55S, Long 8 36E.

8.0pm: Lat 20 53S, Long 6 51E.


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26 June 1916

At sea.

Lat -18.4, Long 4.8

8.0am: Lat 19 00S, Long 5 18E.

2.47pm: Demosthenes hauled out of line for rifle practice.

8.0pm: Lat 17 08S, Long 3 44E.


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27 June 1916

At sea.

Lat -14.5, Long 1.7

Note: The 8.0am and 8.0pm positions have been omitted by me as they are clearly wrong, copied in error from the page for 26th June.


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28 June 1916

At sea.

Lat -10.9, Long -1.7

8.0am: Lat 11 27S, Long 1 09W.

11.30am: Troops exercised at abandon ship stations.

1.30pm: Abandon ship stations for the sick.

5.30pm: Abandon ship stations, ship’s company.

8.0pm: Lat 9 30S, Long 2 10W.


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29 June 1916

At sea.

Lat -7.3, Long -4.8

8.0am: Lat 7 52S, Long 4 20W.

1.0pm: Speed reduced (from 11.5 to 10.4 knots, 56 to 50.5 rpm), SS Demosthenes unable to maintain speed.

8.0pm: Lat 6 44S, Long 5 15W.

9.0pm: Increased speed to 56 rpm.


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30 June 1916

At sea.

Lat -3.8, Long -7.6

1.0am: Reduced to 50 rpm.

8.0am: Lat 4 27S, Long 7 04W.

9.0am: Passed Japanese SS Miyasaki Maru, bound South (2 miles W).

8.0pm: Lat 2 47S, Long 8 53W.


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LOGS FOR JULY 1916

(In convoy to St Vincent and Devonport, then to Liverpool to pay off)


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Cover, 1st to 28th July, Adm. 53/45891, signed WRD Irvine, RNR.


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Dated 28th July 1916, signed CS Wills.


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Instruments as November 1915.


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1 July 1916

At sea.

Lat -0.4, Long -10.5

8.0am: Lat 1 02S, Long 9 57W.

8.0pm: Lat 0 58N, Long 11 40W.


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2 July 1916

At sea.

Lat 3.5, Long -13.9

8.0am: Lat 2 56N, Long 13 25W.

8.0pm: Lat 4 30.5N, Long 14 55W.


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3 July 1916

At sea.

Lat 6.8, Long -16.8

8.0am: Lat 6 05N, Long 16 19W.

8.0pm: Lat 7 50N, Long 17 37W.


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4 July 1916

At sea.

Lat 9.8, Long -19.2

8.0am: Lat 9 29N, Long 18 50W.

8.0pm: Lat 10 41N, Long 20 16W.


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5 July 1916

At sea.

Lat 13.0, Long -21.9

8.0am: Lat 12 23N, Long 21 26W.

8.0pm: Lat 13 46N, Long 22 39W.


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6 July 1916

At sea.

Lat 14.9, Long -24.1

8.0am: Lat 14 34.5N, Long 23 41W.

8.0pm: Lat 15 50N, Long 24 36W.


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7 July 1916

At sea and anchored, Porto Grande, St Vincent Island.

Lat 16.9, Long -25.0.

6.17am: Convoy entered harbour and anchored

HM ships in port, King Alfred and Essex.

9.45am: Commenced coaling.

3.10pm: Finished coaling.


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8 July 1916

At St Vincent Island

Lat 16.9, Long -25.0

1.31pm: Portuguese Machico sailed.

4.30pm: FA Hungerford sailed. Greek SS Schamina (?) sailed.

6.50pm: Greek SS Gumaini (?) sailed.


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9 July 1916

At St Vincent Island and at sea.

Lat 16.9, Long -25.0

11.0am: Brazilian SS Tabegy sailed.

11.45am: Lt Cahill RNR and one seaman RNR joined for passage.

Noon: Weighed and proceeded with convoy.

8.0pm: Lat 18 05N, Long 24 39W.


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10 July 1916

At sea.

Lat 20.6, Long -23.9

8.0am: Lat 19 57N, Long 24 06W.

8.0pm: Lat 21 56N, Long 23 30W.


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11 July 1916

At sea.

Lat 24.6, Long -22.6

5.0am: Left the Tropics.

8.0am: Lat 23 58N, Long 22 48W.

3.0pm: Transport Demosthenes left convoy and proceeded for Madeira to obtain fresh water.

8.0pm: Lat 25 59N, Long 22 10W.


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12 July 1916

At sea.

Lat 28.7, Long -21.6

8.0am: Lat 28 00N, Long 21 49W.

9.40am: Holland SS Thuban passed steering South.

8.0pm: Lat 30 05N, Long 20 10W.


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13 July 1916

At sea.

Lat 32.8, Long -20.1

8.0am: Lat 32 08.5N, Long 20 24W.

10.10am: SS Teiresias passed, bound South.

6.25pm: French four-masted barque Seine, passed and signalled, steering to southard.

8.0pm: Lat 34 07N, Long 19 23W.


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14 July 1916

At sea.

Lat 36.7, Long -17.8

8.0am: Lat 36 o6N, Long 18 15W.

9.30am: SS Twickenham passed, bound West.

3.18pm: Observed SS bearing ENE, steering to North.

3.44pm: Observed five masted schooner bearing ENE.

6.56pm: Observed SS bearing NE by E steering to SE.

8.0pm: Lat 38 04N, Long 17 07W.


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15 July 1916

At sea.

Lat 40.5, Long -15.7

3.20 to 3.40am: General Quarters exercised. (This must have been popular!)

8.0am: Lat 40 00N, Long 16 05W.

8.52pm: *Lat 41 49N, Long 14 58W.

11.15pm and 11.45pm GMT: Chronometer correct by Paris WTS.


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16 July 1916

At sea.

Lat 44.2, Long -13.6

8.0am: Lat 43 34N, Long 13 56W.

5.55pm: Passed heavy log (30ft) or boat bottom up in 45 03N, 12 58W.

8.0pm: Lat 45 50N, Long 12 50W.


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17 July 1916

At sea.

Lat 47.5, Long -9.8

5.35am: Obs. Destroyers to NNW. Nemesis, Larne, Brisk and Cameleon.

6.0am: Convoy proceeded escorted by destroyers.

8.0am: Lat 47 02N, Long 11 00W.

5.30pm: Sighted warship to NNW, general quarters until identified as French.

8.0pm: Lat 48 42N, Long 7 35W.


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18 July 1916

At sea and alongside 7 berth, Devonport.

Lat 50.38, Long -4.19

8.0am: Lat 50 16N, Long 4 13W.

9.13am: Alongside, Devonport.

In am: Troops and German prisoners disembarking.

1.0pm: 53 ratings discharged.

2.15pm: Eng. Lt Bray, Lts Packingham and Bell RNR left ship.

2.40pm: Eng. S/Lt Nicholls left to hospital.

3.0pm: Eng. Lts Campbell, Woods and Eng S/Lts Mathison, McArthur and Mills discharged.

3.10pm: Left berth and moved to buoy.

4.20pm: Two? prisoners discharged to detention barracks.

5.50pm: Three ratings discharged to barracks. 17 bags of mail landed.


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19 July 1916

At Devonport.

Lat 50.38, Long -4.19

4.20pm: Left buoy and moved into basin.

9.40pm: Discharged 1,228 cases bullion to railway (marine escort).


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20 July 1916

At Devonport.

Lat 50.38, Long -4.19


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21 July 1916

At Devonport and at sea.

Lat 50.38, Long -4.19

11.0am: Transport SS Demosthenes arrived.

5.0pm: KHM (King’s Harbour Master) boarded.

5.15pm: Left lock and proceeded.

9.32pm: Lizard LH abeam 2 miles.


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22 July 1916

At sea to Liverpool.

Lat 52.9, Long -5.0

8.0am: Lat 52 05N, Long 5 36W.

12.32pm: British airship passed to WSW.

6.47pm: Anchored off Egremont pier.


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23 July 1916

At Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

5.19pm: Weighed to enter Sandon Basin.

8.03pm: Made fast in Sandon Dock.


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24 July 1916

In Sandon Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0


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25 July 1916

In Sandon Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

Crew hoisting up ammunition and unrigging admiralty fittings. Dock labour discharging cargo of maize.


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26 July 1916

In Sandon Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.15am: J Welsh, fireman, absentee, returned.

Discharging ammunition and cargo.


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27 July 1916

In Sandon Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0


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28 July 1916

In Sandon Dock, Liverpool.

Lat 53.4, Long -3.0

7.15am: Lt Inman, RNR left for shore with confidential books.

7.20am: Stevedores discharging cargo maize.

9.30am: Pennant hauled down. Ship paid off.


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Additional Information for HMS Laconia.


Commander WRD Irvine RNR.


William Robert Duncan Irvine, who was born in November 1863, passed out of the training ship Conway in 1882 and completed his first seagoing trip as an apprentice aboard the British Antanador in 1884-85. Having then gained further experience with other shipping lines in voyages to the Far East and Australasia, he transferred to the Cunard Line in November 1895, in which capacity he served on the Liverpool-New York run, gaining steady advancement to Chief Officer in the Caronia in February 1905, and to Master of the Veria in September of the same year. Meanwhile, in common with other Mercantile Marine officers, he had been commissioned in the Royal Naval Reserve, gaining experience on assorted R.N. courses and advancement to Lieutenant in August 1899 and to Commander in July 1910.

By the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914, Irvine was in command of the SS Laconia, his previous RNR training being put to good use when the liner was shortly thereafter converted into an Armed Merchant Cruiser. AMCs were commanded by RN Captains and Commander Irvine served as Navigating Officer under Captain CS Wills RN. Thus equipped, Laconia served in the South Atlantic and in the Indian Ocean, in addition being employed as a headquarters ship during the operations leading to the capture of Tanga in German East Africa. Then in July 1916, she was returned to Cunard and resumed her usual cross-Atlantic voyages, work that led to her famous demise on 25 February 1917, when torpedoed by the U-50 some 160 miles N.W. by W. off the Fastnet - one torpedo having struck the liner at 10.33pm on the starboard side just abaft the engine room, another found its mark in the engine room from point blank range about 30 minutes later, and she sank at 11.45pm.

The Laconia had 292 persons on board, comprising 34 First Class and 41 Second Class passengers, including women and children, in addition to Irvine and his crew, and of these 12 died, including Mrs Mary Hoy and her daughter Elizabeth, from Chicago - the survivors had to pass several hours in open boats before being picked up by the sloop HMS Laburnum.

Irvine’s account of the sinking, written at the Midland Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, adds much detail to events that fateful night, and he is quick to praise his officers and crew, and the passengers, for all ‘behaved splendidly ... I did not see a single case of panic and their departure from the ship was greatly due to the very prompt manner in which they carried out their boat drill, which we had fortunately had opportunities to practice a number of times on the voyage.’ He goes on to relate how he was one of 10 officers and crew who remained aboard after the first torpedo hit, and of their providential escape after the second torpedo smashed into the engine room 30 minutes later.

An accompanying carbon copy typescript also includes the following observations of an anonymous author - possibly his wife:

‘On arrival at the rescue ship, Will [Irvine] had all leave his life boat first, crawling up the rope ladder at the ship’s side or being hauled up as some were too exhausted to crawl up. Of course, as each one got out of the boat, it became lighter and was tossing around furiously when he was left alone. And as he was trying to hold on to the ladder, a wave washed over him and swept his boat away and left him clinging to the lowest rung of the rope ladder. The buffeting about was terrible and he could hardly hold on as he was so exhausted and his hands cut, and as they were trying to get the rope to him, they heard him say, “I can’t make it”. Several bluejackets threw off their coats to jump, but just then he made one supreme effort, grabbed the rope and wound it around his arm, and they hauled him up, and such a cheering he got. It all seems most providential.’

The death of the Hoys, as so vividly reported by one of the survivors, Floyd Gibbons of the Chicago Tribune, arguably acted as the final catalyst in bringing the U.S.A. into the War - indeed his account of the sinking, which includes mention of Irvine, was acclaimed as one of the outstanding newspaper reports of the conflict, and was read from the floor of both houses of Congress. Five weeks later, the U.S.A. declared war on Germany.

Irvine remained with Cunard for many years, commanding among other vessels the newly launched SS Laconia in the 1920s.