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Fleet Minesweeping Sloop, Flower-class, Arabis-type

Ordered 7.15, Acacia, Azalea and Arabis-types built on merchant ship lines, with similar warship-like appearance, Pendant Nos T.59 (1.16), T.25 (1.18). Launched 24.12.15 Lobnitz. 1250 tons, 268(oa), 255(pp)x33x11ft. TE 2000ihp, 16kts. Armament: 2-4.7in (or 2-4in), 2-3pdr AA. Arabis-types served in Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, in North Sea, and Mediterranean. Sold 7.30 at Bombay. (British Warships 1914-1919)

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Editor’s notes:

HMS Crocus was to embark on service in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea.
The purpose of the patrol was to support British policy, political and economic interests and to show that the Royal Navy had a presence in the region.
The Gulf had always been a secondary area of concern for Britain, its importance being mainly linked to its position as a “back door” to India.
However, it was growing in importance in the 1920s.
Bahrain had been a major supplier of oil to the Royal Navy during the First World War, but oil had not yet become the key issue which it was to become later in the century.
Britain had just been awarded a mandate over Iraq, but a revolt in 1920 had undermined this position.
The Gulf States relied on Britain for protection against being absorbed into Saudi Arabia, and British “Political Residents” in the Gulf were a link with both India and London.
British Somaliland (now Somalia) was important in protecting Aden and the route to India, and throughout the First World War had been in revolt against British rule.
In these circumstances it was important that there were ships of the Royal Navy on hand in case of trouble and to maintain a visible British presence.
For more detail see J. E Peterson, “Britain and the Gulf: At the Periphery of Empire”, in Lawrence G Potter (ed)
The Persian Gulf in History, Palgrave, 2009.

The Captain of Crocus was Commander AB Watts from January 1921 to September 1922.
He was replaced by Lt Cdr Bailie-Grohman, who went on to become an Admiral after World War 2.
In August 1923 he was replaced by Commander George Wilson.

A hyperlink has been placed only the first time a vessel or person is mentioned in the log.
No hyperlink has been placed if it has proved impossible to identify the vessel or person.
Some noon lat/longs have been expanded for accuracy.

THE VOYAGES OF HMS CROCUS 1921-1923
(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)

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Establishment of ship’s company

Officers: 7

Seamen: 41

Engine-room establishment: 45

Other non-executive ratings: 10

Native ratings: 23

Total: 126


Barometer

Mercurial

Name of maker & number: A.620, repaired by SA Calderara

Height of cistern above sea: 9’ 06”


Thermometers for air temperature

Attached to barometer, No 52739 (in ward room lobby)

Position in ship: Fore bridge

Whether in screen: Yes

Maker & number:

Negretti & Zambra 26334 & 25549, from 29-1-21 to 12-9-21

TA Reynolds & Co Nos 53, 54, from 12-9-21


Thermometer for sea temperature

Maker & number:

TA Reynolds & Co, from 29-1-21 to 11-7-21

TA Reynolds & Co, from 11-7-21 to 30-12-21

TA Reynolds & Co, from 30-12-21


Position of standard compass

Fore upper bridge


Deviation of standard compass

9 February 1921: unsatisfactory, Gibraltar Harbour

26-2-21: Malta Harbour

18-6-21: 30 00N, 50 00E

31-12-21: 29 12N, 50 21E


Armament

Forecastle: 4” Mark IV SA CPIIIc

Between funnels: 2-pounder pom pom

Abaft funnels: 2-pounder pom pom

After end of boat deck: 4” Mark IV SA CPIIIc

Quarter deck: 3-pounder Hotchkiss


Boats

1 20-foot motor boat, No 559

2 27-foot dropkeel whalers, Nos 4681 & 4637

2 16-foot skiffs, Nos 86 & 128 (Julia type)

2 Carley rafts, 8-foot


Miscellaneous information

Draught of water with bunkers full, & complete with provisions stores & water:

Forward, 11 feet, 9¾ inches; Aft, 12 feet, 3 inches

(at Gibraltar on commissioning)

Load draught when in full commission on station:

Forward, 12 feet; Aft, 13 feet

Number of tons necessary to increase draught 1 inch: 14.6

Number of tons of coal carried: 266

Quantity of water carried: for boilers, 55 tons, for drinking, 18½ tons


Signed AB Watts, Captain, CP Christie, Navigating Officer



THE VOYAGES OF HMS CROCUS 1921

JP map Crocus 1921

LOGS FOR JANUARY 1921


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29 January 1921

At Gibraltar, No.3 Dry Dock.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

1.00pm: Commissioned ship. Lt. C P Christie, Sub-Lt. ER Conder [?], Surgeon Lt. JR Brennan joined from [troop transport] HMS Vindictive.

2.00pm: 81 ratings (seamen, 29, stokers, 38, day-men, 14) joined from HMS Vindictive.

2.30pm: Exercised fire stations, guns and cleaning stations. NB barometer not yet shipped.


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30 January 1921

At Gibraltar, No.3 Dry Dock.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

NB Instruments not yet shipped. Barometer not yet shipped.

8.30am: Hands cleaning ship and drawing stores from Vindictive.

1.45pm: Landed Starboard Watch, under Sub Lt., for recreation.

2.10pm: Started inclining trial. [stability test]

3.20pm: Completed trial.

3.30pm: Recreation party returned on board.


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31 January 1921

At Gibraltar, No.3 Dry Dock.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

7.0am: Hands cleaning ship and drawing stores.

NB: Instruments not yet shipped.



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1921


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1 February 1921

At Gibraltar, No.3 Dry Dock.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

8.30am: Hands cleaning ship and drawing stores.

NB: Instruments not yet shipped.

1.30pm: Flooded No.3 Dry Dock.


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2 February 1921

At Gibraltar, No.3 Dry Dock.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

[Wind mainly SW force 2-4; overcast with rain and drizzle; air temperature average 60°F]

7.00am: Hands cleaning ship and drawing stores.


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3 February 1921

At Gibraltar.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

[Wind SW veering WNW force 2-4; overcast with rain; air temperature average 60°F]

7.30am: Undocked; warped ship alongside main wharf. Secured alongside main wharf Gibraltar.

8.30am: Hands drawing stores and refitting; got up all awnings.

1.30pm: Spreading and furling all awnings.


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4 February 1921

At Gibraltar.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

[Wind SW force 2-4; overcast with rain squalls; air temperature average 60°F]

8.30am: Hands cleaning ship and drawing stores.

1.30pm: Hands drawing medical stores from R.N.H.; 1 rating returned from hospital.


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5 February 1921

At Gibraltar.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

[Wind SW veering NW force 2-4; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 57°F]

8.30am: Hands cleaning ship throughout.

Coal remaining: 279.8 tons.


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6 February 1921

At Gibraltar.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

[Wind NW backing WNW force 2-4; cloudless; air temperature average 53°F]

8.30am: Hands cleaning ship throughout.

Noon: Piped down.


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7 February 1921

At Gibraltar, Gun Wharf.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

[Wind NNW force 2-3; cloudless; air temperature average 53°F]

7.30am: Hands warping ship to Gun Wharf.

8.10am: Secured at Gun Wharf; discharged 1 rating (cook’s mate) to hospital.

8.30am: Hands cleaning ship throughout.

10.00am: Started basin trial of all auxiliary machinery and main engines.

1.30pm: 4” gun crews to drill.

4.00pm: Basin trial completed.


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8 February 1921

At Gibraltar, Gun Wharf.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

[Wind variable force 0-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F]

7.00am: Hands cleaning ship and preparing for sea.

10.00am: Slipped and proceeded out of harbour by S entrance. Draught: forward 12’1”, aft 12’6”.

10.05am: Breakwater light abeam; as requisite for compass adjustment.

10.35am: Exercised General Quarters.

11.00am: Started working up to full power trial.

11.15am: Europa Light bore E 1.5 miles.

12.30pm: Patent log carried away. Lost overboard by accident: 1 Trident Rotator, 40 fathoms log line, 1 governor wheel, 2 hooks, brass.

1.30pm: Altered course to NW; returned to harbour.

2.20pm: Started gun trials; fired 2 rounds from No.1 4”.

2.30pm: Stopped gun trials.

3.40pm: Europa Light bore E 1.5 miles.

4.00pm: Entered by S entrance; BW light abeam.

4.20pm: Secured to No. 20 buoy.

5.00pm: Tug Energetic secured alongside. Shifted to No.17 buoy. Draught: forward 11’9”, aft 12’5”.

5.15pm: Secured.

Distance run 17 miles.


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9 February 1921

At Gibraltar, Gun Wharf.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

[Wind variable force 1-5; cloudy; air temperature average 58°F]

8.00am: HMS Queen Elizabeth* arrived.

9.30am: Slipped and proceeded out of harbour by S entrance. Draught: forward 11’9”, aft 12’5”.

9.40am: Breakwater light abeam; as requisite for trials SE of Europa Light.

10.05am: Started gun trials.

12.15pm: HMSs Hood, Tiger, Repulse arrived.

12.20pm: Gun trials finished; proceeded to anchorage.

12.48pm: Stopped; came to with starboard bower in 12 fathoms off N Mole, Gibraltar Bay, 4 shackles.

2.35pm: Weighed; proceeded as requisite for compass adjustment.

4.00pm: Finished adjusting; returned to harbour by S entrance.

4.20pm: Secured to No.17 buoy.

Distance run 74 miles.


*[Note: Flagship of the Atlantic Fleet.]


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10 February 1921

At Gibraltar.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

[Wind SSW force 1-5; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 58°F]

8.00am: Ammunition lighter secured alongside; hands ammunitioning ship.

1.30pm: Ammunition lighter cast off.

1.40pm: Tug Rambler shifted ship to No.16 buoy.

2.00pm: Swung ship with tug Carron.

3.20pm: Finished swinging; tug cast off.

Distance run 18 miles.


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11 February 1921

At Gibraltar, secured to No.16 buoy.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

[Wind S&SW force 1-9; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 52°F]

7.00am: Veered 0.5 shackle of cable.

10.00am: Set aneroid by reading of mercurial barometer.

11.50am: [HMS] Argus parted cable of mooring buoy.

12.30pm: Slip rope parted; proceeded as requisite to shift billet.

12.30pm: Came to with starboard bower in 17 fathoms in Gibraltar Harbour.

1.00pm: Dragged; proceeded out of harbour by S entrance.

1.30pm: Came to with starboard bower in 13 fathoms in Gibraltar Bay. Set anchor watch.

6.00pm: Took off anchor watch.


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12 February 1921

At Gibraltar.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

[Wind SSE force 7-2; cloudy with rain squalls and showers; air temperature average 55°F]

8.30am: Saturday routine; make and mend clothes.*

2.30pm: USS Pittsburgh hove into Gibraltar Bay.

3.40pm: Weighed and proceeded into harbour as required.

4.20pm: Secured alongside Gun Wharf.


*[Note: Naval euphemism for doing nothing.]


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13 February 1921

At Gibraltar.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

[Wind variable W force 2-3; overcast; air temperature average 52°F]

10.45am: Hands muster by open list.

11.15am: USS Pittsburgh entered harbour.


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14 February 1921

At Gibraltar.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

[Wind variable W force 1-2; cloud and rain; air temperature average 54°F]

7.00am: Ammunition lighter came alongside. Embarked ammunition.

8.30am: Ammunition lighter cast off.

9.00am: Shifted billet; secured alongside N end of main wharf. Discharged 1 Ordinary Seaman and 1 AB to hospital.


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15 February 1921

At Gibraltar.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

[Wind variable SW force 2-3; overcast; air temperature average 56°F]

8.30am: Hands drawing stores.


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16 February 1921

At Gibraltar.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

[Wind variable SW force 2-3; overcast with rain; air temperature average 58°F]

7.30am: [HMS] Temeraire sailed.

9.00am: HMS Vindictive arrived.

5.00pm: 4 marines and 2 stokers joined for passage to Malta.

6.00pm: HMS Snapdragon arrived.

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17 February 1921

At Gibraltar.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

[Wind variable SW force 2-3; overcast with snow; air temperature average 58°F]

5.30am: Secured for sea.

10.00am: Shipped mercurial barometer reading 29.94.

11.00am: USS Pittsburgh sailed.

1.00pm: HMS Adamant sailed.


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18 February 1921

At Gibraltar.

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

[Wind NNW backing W force 3; overcast with rain; air temperature average 58°F]

1.30pm: Prepared for sea.

4.14pm: Slipped; tug Carron towed ship clear. Proceeded out of S entrance.

4.43pm: Europa Point bore N6°E 7 cables. Course S85°E.

9.00pm: Course 080° 12 knots.

10.45pm: Exercised seaboats’ crews.*

11.45pm: Sighted Cape Sacratif Light bearing N36°E 27 miles.

Coal remaining: 204.95 tons.

*[As this is an occurrence at least once per day, I will not include it again unless it is significant.]


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19 February 1921

At sea en route to Malta.

Lat 36.7, Long -0.6

[Wind variable force 2-4; sea moderate with WSW swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 58°F; sea average 57°F]

0.50am: Cape Sacratif abeam.

0.58am: Altered course 1 point to starboard to avoid steamer.

2.00am: Course 082°.

4.50am: Sighted Cape de la Gata bearing N53°E.

8.00am: Started full power trial.

4.00pm: Stopped full power trial. Speed as required for 3/5 power trial.

6.12pm: Cape Tenez Light [Algeria] bore S29°E.

7.21pm: Cape Tenez Light abeam 21 miles.

8.00pm: Course 084°; 3/5 power.

Distance run 242.2 miles.


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20 February 1921

At sea en route to Malta.

Lat 37.2, Long 5.5

[Wind E force 3-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F; sea average 58°F ]

0.35am: Cape Caxine Light [Algeria] bore S40°E.

0.55am: Cape Caxine Light abeam 9 miles. Course 084°.

4.23am: Sighted Cape Bengut Light bearing S46°E.

5.40am: Cape Bengut Light abeam; altered course to 088°.

7.30am: Stopped 3/5 trial; reduced to 10.5 knots.

9.40am: Passed and spoke with HMS Dianthus.

7.05pm: Sighted Cape de Fer Light bearing S48.5°E.

9.16pm: Cape de Fer Light abeam 12 miles.

9.22pm: Sighted Cape de Garde Light bearing S45.5°; course 093°.

11.00pm: Put clocks on 30 minutes.

Midnight: Altered course to 099°.

Distance run 274.6 miles.


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21 February 1921

At sea en route to Malta.

Lat 37.6, Long 10.0

[Wind SE force 3-4; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F; sea average 58°F]

0.16am: Cape Rosa Light bore S45°E.

0.43am: Cape de Garde Light abeam 17.5 miles.

2.55am: Cape Rosa Light abeam 16.5 miles.

3.00am: Sighted Cape Jalitona [sic: Cape Granitola, Sicily?] bearing N68°E. Put clocks on 30 mins.

4.25am: Course 071°.

5.00am: Sighted Cape Seurat bearing S80°E.

6.55am: Jalitona Light abeam 11 miles.

10.15am: Fired 1 round of 4”; mercurial barometer damaged by gunfire. Stripped aneroid reading 30.13.

11.00am: Course 107°.

7.00pm: Course 117°, 10.5 knots.

8.15pm: Passed and spoke with SS Meteor [?] altered course to 112°.

9.40pm: Sighted Pantellaria (Spadillo Light) bearing S30°E.

10.30pm: Passed and spoke with SS Sumatra.

Distance run 227.8 miles.


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22 February 1921

At sea en route to Malta.

Lat 36.5, Long 13.4

[Wind SSE backing E force 5-6; sea rough; cloudy; air temperature average 56°F; sea average 56°F ]

0.10am: Passed and spoke with HMS Iron Duke.

0.44am: Spadillo Light abeam 8 miles.

0.55am: Passed and spoke with SS [possibly Aviles].

2.45pm: Sighted Gozo Island bearing S53°E.

5.25pm: San Dimitri Point bore E 5 miles.

6.30pm: Stopped; came to with starboard bower with 6 shackles in 13 fathoms in Ichcirkewwa Bay, Malta.

Distance run 165.4 miles.


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23 February 1921

At Malta.

Lat 35.9, Long 14.4

[Wind E veering S force 2; cloudy; air temperature average 58°F]

8.56am: Weighed and proceeded through S Comines Channel.

10.25am: Courses as requisite to enter Grand Harbour.

11.01am: Secured bow and stern to Nos. 2 and 2A buoys, Ropewalk Trot, Valletta. Draught: forward 10’6”, aft 12’0”. HMS Carnarvon arrived.

Distance run 72.2 miles.


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24 February 1921

At Malta.

Lat 35.9, Long 14.4

[Wind mainly NE force 2; overcast; air temperature average 53°F]

7.00am: Preparing for coaling; coal lighters alongside. Started coaling with native labour.

9.30am: Received 14 tons of fresh water (for boilers).

10.30am: Finished coaling; received 192 tons of coal. 268.3 tons remaining.

1.00pm: Hands cleaning ship.


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25 February 1921

At Malta.

Lat 35.9, Long 14.4

[Wind S force 2; cloudy; air temperature average 53°F]

8.00am: Shipped mercurial barometer, reading 30.32/54.

10.15am: HMS Cornflower arrived; HMS Ajax arrived.

1.30pm: Discharged I ERA to Ajax.

2.00pm: Received 11 bags of mail for passage to Port Said.


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26 February 1921

At Malta and at sea.

Lat 35.9, Long 14.4

[Wind calm and ESE force 1; sea slight with E swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 56°F; sea average 58°F]

8.30am: Hands cleaning ship and preparing for sea.

11.00am: Slipped and proceeded to shift billet; secured to No.11 buoy Bighi Bay. Swung ship for compass adjustment with tug.

11.50am: Finished swinging; slipped and proceeded out of harbour. Draught: forward 12’0”, aft 12’9”.

12.04pm: Breakwater light abeam; set course 104°, 10.5 knots.

4.05pm: Spread quarterdeck awning.

8.00pm: Reduced to 9.5 knots; altered course to 103°.


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[Record of observations for deviation.]


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27 February 1921

At sea en route to Port Said.

Lat 34.9, Long 19.1

[Wind mainly NE force 1-2; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 52°F; sea average 58°F]

10.15am: Steering gear out of action.

10.40am: Stopped. Hauled in patent log reading 201.5 miles.

11.05am: Proceeded on 103° 9.5 knots.

11.05pm: Put clocks on 30 mins.

Distance run 225.2 miles.


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28 February 1921

At sea en route to Port Said.

Lat 33.8, Long 23.6

[Wind NE veering NNE force 2-4; sea moderate; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 51°F; sea average 57°F]

3.00am: Put clocks on 30 mins.

5.25am: Altered course to 113° to avoid steamer; resumed course 103°.

10.22am: Stopped; checked way to clear bottom line.

10.00pm: Course 105° 9.5 knots.

Distance run 216.9 miles.



LOGS FOR MARCH 1921


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1 March 1921

At sea en route to Port Said.

Lat 32.8, Long 27.6

[Wind NE backing NNW force 2-4; sea moderate; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 52°F; sea average 58°F]

10.00am: Hands cleaning and maintaining ship.

1.00pm: Paid monthly money.

2.50pm: Hoisted fore and main stay sails.

6.00pm: Course 104° 11.5 knots.

Distance run 221.8 miles.


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2 March 1921

At Port Said.

Lat 31.5, Long 32.2

[Wind mainly WSW force 2-3; sea slight; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 55°F; sea average 58°F]

2.40am: Lowered both stay sails.

5.12am: Sighted Cape Brulos Light bearing S21°E 21 miles.

9.30am: Dammieta Light abeam 10 miles.

10.15am to 10.45am: Sounding every 3 mins.

12.35pm: Courses and speed for entering harbour.

1.15pm: Stopped. Pilot came on board.

2.00pm: Came to with starboard bower with 2.5 shackles in 7 fathoms of water off Canal office, Port Said.

2.20pm: Secured ship to jetty.

2.35pm: Coal lighters alongside; started coaling with native labour.

4.00pm: Discharged 3 ratings and mails to [HMS] Tribune.

5.30pm: Finished coaling; took in 93 tons.

Distance run 256 miles.


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3 March 1921

At the Suez Canal, Port Said to Suez.

Lat 29.9, Long 32.5

[Wind SW veering NW force 2; cloudy; air temperature average 51°F; sea average 56°F]

6.30am: HMS Ceres arrived.

11.00am: Pilot on board; weighed and left harbour.

Noon: Passed SS Kathlamba.

12.15pm: Passed Ras el Ech [Ras el Ess?] Station.

1.18pm: Passed SS Anchises.

1.22pm: Passed El Tineh Station.

2.30pm: Passed Cap Station.

3.21pm: Passed Kantara Station.

4.19pm: Passed Ballah Station.

5.30pm: Stopped; seaweed alongside canal abreast El Ferdan Station.

6.00pm: Slipped; proceeded.

6.35pm: Switched on both searchlights.

7.50pm: Changed pilot off Ismailia Station.

9.00pm: Passed Toussain Station.

9.58pm: Passed Deversoir Station; entered Great Bitter Lake; 10 knots.

10.03pm: Switched off searchlights.

10.50pm: Switched on searchlights; speed 5-8 knots.

11.25pm: Passed Kabrit Station.

Distance run 15.5 miles.


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4 March 1921

At the Suez Canal, Port Said to Suez.

Lat 30.0, Long 32.5

[Wind variable force 2; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 55°F; sea average 56°F]

1.00am: Passed Guerin Station.

1.45pm: Passed Chalouf Station.

1.50am: Sighted small native pulling boat on port bow; boat observed to leave bank and approach ship.

1.55am: In collision; stopped; full astern. Sent away life boat. Manoeuvring to keep in centre of Canal. Boat (native) damaged. No life lost; proceeded in tow of steam boat. 2 lifebelts lost by accident.

2.30am: Proceeded as requisite down Canal.

3.40am: Passed Guillaume Station.

4.00am: Switched off searchlights.

4.14am: Came to with starboard bower with 4 shackles in 5 fathoms of water off Port Tewfiq.

9.00am: British Consul came aboard.*

Distance run 81.5 miles.


*[Note: At this time, the Consul was Ronald Wingate, cousin of Lawrence of Arabia and General Orde Wingate, who played an important part in maintaining British influence in the region.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Wingate.]


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5 March 1921

At Suez, Port Tewfiq.

Lat 30.0, Long 32.5

[Wind variable force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F]

9.00am: Hands painting ship.


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6 March 1921

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 29.1, Long 32.8

[Wind mainly NNW force 3-5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 59°F; sea average 59°F]

6.32am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour.

6.53am: Newport Rock Light bore N86°E 0.5 miles; set course 176°.

9.15am: Course 157°.

10.45am: Sighted Zafarana Lighthouse bearing 56°W 13 miles.

3.40pm: Sighted Ras Gharib Lighthouse bearing S12°E.

7.15pm: Course 137°.

9.30pm: Started sounding every 15 mins.

10.07pm: Course 132°; Ashrafi Light abeam 1.8 miles.

10.53pm: Course 130°; stopped sounding.

Distance run 46.9 miles.


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7 March 1921

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 26.1, Long 35.1

[Wind WNW veering NNW force 5-3; sea rough to moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 67°F; sea average 70°F]

0.40am: Sighted Cape Shadwan Light bearing S10°W 6.5 miles. Course 148°.

8.45am: Sighted Brothers Light bearing S5°E.

9.15am: Set fore and aft staysails.

9.58am: Brothers Light abeam 5 miles.

3.00pm: Course 150° 9.5 knots.

6.20pm: Took in fore and aft staysails.

7.40pm: Sighted Daedelus Light bearing S45°E.

9.04pm: Daedelus Light abeam 3.5 miles.

Distance run 217.6 miles.


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8 March 1921

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 23.1, Long 37.1

[Wind NE backing NW force 3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F; sea average 70°F]

5.20am: Sighted St John’s Island [Zabargad Island] bearing SW.

5.30am: Passed and spoke with HMS Malaya.

6.00am: St John’s Island abeam 25 miles.

6.00pm: Course 149° 9 knots.

11.00pm: Put clocks on 30 minutes.

Distance run 217.4 miles.


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9 March 1921

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 20.0, Long 38.9

[Wind variable N force 3; sea slight with NW swell; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 75°F; sea average 74°F]

3.00am: Course 153° 9 knots; put clocks on 30 minutes.

6.00am: Hands cleaning ship and spreading bridge awnings.

10.00am: Hands spreading all awnings.

1.00pm: Course 151° 9 knots.

Distance run 207.8 miles.


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10 March 1921

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 16.4, Long 40.8

[Wind variable “light airs” force 1; sea smooth with NW swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F; sea average 77°F]

3.00am: Passed Clan Line steamer [possibly Clan MacIver but unidentified]

11.00am: Course 136°.

3.50pm: Course 144°.

5.45pm: Sighted Jebel Teir [Jabal-al-Tair] bearing S43°E 43 miles.

8.45pm: Altered course to 150°; passed and spoke on WT with [possibly SS Stella] (Italian).

9.48pm: Jebel Teir Light abeam 4 miles.

10.00pm: Sighted Centre Peak Island Light [Zubair Island] bearing S37.5°E 35 miles.

11.00pm: Passed and spoke with SS Caster Ade [sic: possibly Castro-Alen]

Distance run 220.7 miles.


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11 March 1921

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 14.6, Long 41.9

[Wind SSE force 3-4; sea moderate; cloudless; air temperature average 79°F; sea average 78°F]

2.12am: Centre Peak Island Light abeam 5.5 miles.

4.15am: Passed and spoke on WT with SS Hanoverian.

7.30am: Sighted Jabal Zuqar High Peak bearing S39°E 24 miles.

10.25am: Altered course to 158° for Abu Ail Channel. Quoin Island Light bore S57°E 1.5 miles.

10.45am: Altered course to 168° to avoid steamer. Resumed course.

3.30pm: Furled boat deck and well deck awnings.

4.25pm: Sighted Mokallah Light bearing S59°E 9.5 miles.

5.00-5.15pm: Taking soundings.

5.10pm: Mokallah Light abeam 6.5 miles.

7.15pm: Sighted Perim [Barim] Island Light bearing S30°E 24 miles.

10.45pm: Courses as requisite for Perim Channel; passing to S of Perim Island.

11.00pm: Course 110°.

Distance run 212.1 miles.


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12 March 1921

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-2; sea slight; cloudless; air temperature average 77°F; sea average 78°F]

3.45am: Altered course to 70°E.

4.20-4.40am: Taking soundings.

6.30am: Deviation 4° by time azimuth.*

6.40am: Sighted Jabal Ihsan bearing N69°E 35 miles.

8.50am: Altered course to 76°; hands spreading awnings.

10.40am: Jabal Ihsan (Ass’s Ears) abeam 3.5 miles; course and speed for entering harbour.

11.28am: Stopped; secured to No. 5 buoy, inner harbour, Aden.

1.30pm: Slipped and proceeded to shift billet.

1.50pm: Let go starboard bower underfoot.

2.30pm: Weighed; let go starboard bower underfoot with 3 shackles in 7 fathoms. Secured stern to No.4 buoy.

7.00pm: 14 Seedie Boys joined ship.**

Distance run 194.6 miles.


*[Note: Observation by time azimuth is an observation by compass of the azimuth (angle of directional movement) of a celestial body as a way of computing compass error.


**[Note: Seedie Boys were African or Indian men employed on unskilled tasks such as labouring in the boiler room. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seedies_and_Kroomen]


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13 March 1921

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 81°F]

8.30am: Hands cleaning ship.

10.45am: C of E chaplain came aboard; performed divine service.

3.00pm: 1 Seedie Boy joined ship.


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14 March 1921

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind ENE force 1-2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 81°F]

6.00am: Coal lighters secured alongside.

6.30am: Commenced coaling (native labour).

10.00am: Finished coaling; lighters cast off; received 140 tons. Hands cleaning ship.


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15 March 1921

At Aden and en route to Muscat.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable NE force 1-2; sea smooth; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 80°F; sea average 78°F]

11.00am: 1 Seedie Boy joined ship. Lost overboard by accident - 1 paintbrush.

1.30pm: Hands preparing ship for sea.

5.10pm: Weighed and proceeded NE.

5.15pm: Stopped; checked way. Ship touched mud bank under fore-edge [forefoot?] Engine as required to clear bank.

5.30pm: Steamboats Luke Thomas and one apparently ferry steamer (no name) towed bows clear. Ship floated. Leadsmen fore and aft. Soundings 12’ aft, 12’fore, 15’ amidships.

5.42pm: Ship clear of bank. Slipped steamboats and proceeded out of harbour.

7.10pm: Set course 102°; Ras Marshag Light bore N7°E 2.7 miles.

8.40pm: Altered course to 72°.

Coal remaining 255.5 tons.


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16 March 1921

At sea en route to Muscat.

Lat 13.2, Long 46.8

[Wind ENE force 2-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F; sea average 78°F]

5.00am: Course 072° 7 knots.

6.45am: Observed deviation by time azimuth to be 5°.

10.30am: Hands employed rigging windsails.

5.00pm: Furled awnings.

5.30-6.00pm: Turning 16 points to port for adjustments of compasses. Resumed course 072°.

9.00pm: Altered course to 076°.

Distance run 122.9 miles.


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17 March 1921

At sea en route to Muscat.

Lat 13.9, Long 49.0

[Wind variable E force 2; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F; sea average 79°F]

8.05am: Spread awnings.

9.40am: 4” gun crews to drill.

10.20am: Altered course to 066°.

4.00pm: Patent log observed to be under-logging.

5.00-5.45pm: Turning 16 points to port for adjustments of compasses. Resumed course 066°.

Distance run 160.1 miles.


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18 March 1921


At sea en route to Muscat.

Lat 14.9, Long 51.8

[Wind variable E force 0-1; sea smooth; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 77°F; sea average 80°F]

3.00am: Course 074° 7 knots.

8.00am: Altered course to 060°.

10.40am: Crew to drill and maintenance; cleaned patent log.

1.00pm: Hands rigging target for rifle and revolver practice.

1.45pm: Sighted Ras Fartah bearing N14°E 46 miles.

3.00pm: Course 060° 7 knots.

5.55pm: Ras Fartah abeam 21 miles.

11.00pm: Put clocks on 30 mins.

Distance run 168 miles.


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19 March 1921

At sea en route to Muscat.

Lat 16.2, Long 54.4

[Wind WSW force 1-3; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 81°F; sea average 80°F]

3.00am: Put clocks on 30 minutes.

10.00am: Saturday routine.

6.00pm: Furled awnings.

Distance run 171.0 miles.


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20 March 1921

At sea en route to Muscat.

Lat 17.6, Long 57.1

[Wind SW force 3-4; sea moderate; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F; sea average 80°F]

7.50am: Altered course to 038°.

8.05am: Spread awnings.

10.15am: Divine service.

11.45am: Piped down.

Number on sick list: 4.

Distance run 178.3 miles.


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21 March 1921

At sea en route to Muscat.

Lat 19.8, Long 59.1

[Wind variable SW force 1-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F; sea average 78°F]

9.45am: Exercised Abandon Ship Stations and General Quarters.

12.30pm: Altered course to 019°; watch rigged triatic staysail.*

5.00pm: Rigged windsails on triatic stay.

6.15pm: Furled boat deck and bridge awnings.

8.30pm: Furled QD and fo’csle awnings.

Distance run 175.2 miles.


*[Note: A triatic stay is a stay rigged from the mainmast to protect the head of the mizzen mast from being pulled back towards the stern.]


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22 March 1921

At sea en route to Muscat.

Lat 22.4, Long 60.0

[Wind NNW force 3-7; sea moderate to rough; cloudless; air temperature average 75°F; sea average 77°F]

7.20am: Sighted Ras al Hadd [Oman] bearing NNW 24 miles.

8.15am: Reduced to 6 knots; spread awnings.

10.10am: Furled all awnings and unrigged windsails. Saluting gun crew to drill.

1.45pm: Altered course to 317° 7 knots.

9.00pm: Course 346°.

Distance run 157.8 miles.


THE VOYAGES OF HMS CROCUS
Operations in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman

JP map Crocus Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman

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23 March 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.7

[Wind WNW veering NNW force 4-1; cloudless; air temperature average 77°F]

6.25am: Course 274°.

8.30am: Course and speed as requisite for entering harbour. Spread awnings.

9.00am: Muscat Lighthouse abeam to port 7 cables.

9.15am: Came to with starboard bower 3 shackles in 5 fathoms in Muscat Cove.

11.00am: HBM Consul came aboard.*

5.00pm: Leave to football parties to 7.00 pm.**

Distance run 125 miles.


*[Note: Although not a formal protectorate, Muscat was a client of Britain, and the Royal Navy maintained the existing rulers in power and protected them from absorption into Saudi Arabia.

In return, Britain gained a staging-post to India and could also control the Straits of Hormuz.

At this period oil had not been discovered, but Muscat and Oman were important in balancing the growing power of Saudi Arabia and its American sponsors.

See John MacKenzie, “The Sultanate of Oman: A Forgotten Empire”, in History Today, Volume 34, Issue 9, September 1984.]


**[Note: In his memoir, Colonel Hugh Boustead points out that the local Arab population preferred football to cricket:

The Hadrahmis favoured football, which they played in their bare feet on the hard mud grounds with astonishing agility. Huge crowds watched them and cheered madly when anyone fell down, or jumped up and down like jack-in-the-boxes if a goal were scored. The naval team after the match would be taken off to have tea in one of the youth clubs.”

Hugh Boustead, The Wind of Morning, Craven Street, 2002 page 188. As Colonel Boustead’s period was the 1950’s, it is not certain whether football was already popular in 1921 or whether visits of ships like Crocus spread the enthusiasm for the game in the 1920s.]


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24 March 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind NW and NNW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F]

5.00am: Coal lighters secured alongside; started coaling with native labour.

8.30am: Officer of the Guard visited SS Barjora. Divers examining propellor.

12.45pm: Finished coaling; took in 113 tons. Remaining 262.9 tons.


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25 March 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind NW and NNW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 76°F]

8.30am: Hands cleaning ship; Sunday routine.*

1.00pm: Hands away in boats with a seine net.

2.00pm: 3 Arab (Baluchi) bakers joined ship.**


*[Note: This was a Friday, the Moslem holy day, so “Sunday routine” may have been adopted out of respect.]


**[Note: Baluchis generally inhabit the area of southern Iran towards Afghanistan and Pakistan. See http://countrystudies.us/iran/39.htm]


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26 March 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind variable W force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 77°F]

8.30am: Hands cleaning ship; Saturday routine.

3.00pm: Landed football parties in Mutrah Bay.


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27 March 1921


At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind NNW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 75°F]

11.00am: Performed divine service.

1.00pm: Hands away in boats with a seine net.


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28 March 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind NW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 75°F]

8.30am: Officer of the Guard visited SS [probably] Bankura.

am and pm: Hands painting ship.


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29 March 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind NNW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 77°F]

am and pm: Hands painting ship and leave.


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30 March 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind variable W force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

am and pm: Hands painting ship and leave.


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31 March 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind variable E force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 81°F]

7.45am: RIMS [Royal Indian Marine Service] Lawrence arrived.

8.00am: Officer of the Guard visited Lawrence.

1.00pm: Lost overboard by accident 2 paintbrushes, 1 metre crutch.


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[Supplement to log:]


Water expenditure: in addition to the amounts logged on average of 2 tons a day has been used for washing. For the month of April this was taken from the boiler water received from shore at Muscat.



LOGS FOR APRIL 1921


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1 April 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

11.30am: SS Fullerton arrived and was visited by the Officer of the Guard.

1.00pm: Paid monthly money.


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2 April 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind SW backing SE force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]

11.00am: Discharged stoker Hall to hospital at Muscat.

1.00-7.00pm: Leave to Port Watch and cricket party.*


*[Note: In his memoir, Colonel Hugh Boustead points out that although the local Arab population did not play cricket, most of the administrators and civil servants in the Gulf states were Indian, who were very keen players.

Occasionally a cruiser or a frigate would put into Mukalla harbour for a day or two… A cricket match would be arranged with the Residency staff which contained a number of Indians who were ardent cricketers…..The cricketers repaired to the Residency Club to be entertained by the Indians and such British who played”.

See Hugh Boustead, The Wind of Morning, Craven Street, 2002 page 188.]


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3 April 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind NW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]

7.00am: SS Lightning arrived.

8.00am: Officer of the Guard visited Lightning.

10.40am: Performed divine service.

1.30pm: SS Lightning sailed.


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4 April 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind mainly NW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]

6.30am: RIMS Hardinge arrived.*

8.00am: Officer of the Guard visited Hardinge.

9.30am: Exercised smalll arms drill.

9.45am: Exercised General Quarters.

11.30am: RIMS Lawrence sailed.

1.00pm: Lost overboard by accident; 1 boatswain’s pipe.


*[Note: In the hyperlink, note the gallant action of this vessel in the Suez Canal during the Great War.]


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5 April 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind NW backing SW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F]

8.15am: Hands fitting double awnings and side screens.

5.00pm: Cricket party landed.


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6 April 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind variable W force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

8.00am: Hands employed fitting and spreading side screens.

3.00pm: 1 Seedie Boy (stoker) joined ship.

5.00pm: Discharged 1 Leading Signalman to hospital.


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7 April 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind variable W force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

8.30am: Hands fitting coaling screens.

9.30pm: Exercised searchlight crews and burned the lights.


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8 April 1921

At Muscat and en route to Hengam Island. [Iran]

Lat 23.7, Long 58.5

[Wind NW veering NE force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 82°F]

6.00am: SSs Barpeta and Purnea arrived; Officer of the Guard sent to both.

7.00am: Hands drawing stores from mail ships and securing for sea. 1 Baluchi interpreter joined ship.

10.57am: Weighed and proceeded. Fisher’s Reef bore N66°E 2.5 cables. Set course 327° 6.5 knots.

3.37pm: Increased to 9 knots.

5.20pm: Sighted 2 dhows bearing N15°W 5 miles; altered course to N10°W and as requisite for closing dhows.

6.08pm: Stopped and communicated with dhows; proceeding from Sohar to Chabahar [Iran], cargo of nuts, fishing on passage; nothing suspicious.

6.20pm: Proceeded on course 328° 9 knots.

10.00pm: Rigged sounding boom.

Distance run 7.1 miles.


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9 April 1921

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 26.4, Long 56.6

[Wind variable force 0-1; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 82°F, sea 80°F]

2.00am: Course 328° 9 knots.

3.40, 4.10 and 4.40am: Sounded in 100 fathoms.

7.40am: Course 324°.

11.50am: Course 307°; Saturday routine.

12.37pm: Little Quoin Island Light abeam 1 mile; passed SS [possibly] Chakla*

2.20pm: Course 290°.

4.15pm: Course and speed as requisite for entering harbour.

4.57pm: Came to with starboard bower with 3 shackles in 10.5 fathoms Bandar Gharbi Hengam Sound. Draught: forward 11’4”, aft 12’7”.

Officer of the Guard from [HMS] Cyclamen came aboard.

Distance run 195.8 miles.


*[Note: This vessel was also possibly SS Chanda.]


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10 April 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable E force 0-1; cloudless; air temperature average 81°F]

10.30am: Performed divine service. Piped down and leave.

4.30pm: Landed football party.*

Number on sick list: 8.


*[Note: Possibly a game against a team from Cyclamen.]


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11 April 1921

From Hengam Island to Bandar Abbas.

Lat 26.0, Long 56.0

[Wind variable E force 2-3; cloudless; air temperature average 81°F]

8.30am: Secured for sea.

9.42am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour; course 057°.

1.20pm: Hands preparing coaling screens and moistening leather gear.

3.40pm: Course 328°.

4.40pm: Came to with starboard bower with 2/4 shackles in 4.5 fathoms at Bandar Abbas.

4.45pm: Fired salute of 5 guns for Persian Governor.*

Number on sick list: 7.


*[Note: This was a difficult time in Anglo-Iranian relations.

In 1919, to secure the interests of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (later BP) in face of a perceived threat from Russia, Britain had imposed an “agreement” on Iran giving the company exclusive access to oilfields supported by British arms such as HMS Crocus.

There was strong opposition to this imposition from within Iran and from the USA, and in the summer of 1921 the “agreement” was repudiated, so vessels like Crocus had to be respectful and friendly but also demonstrate their potential power.

For more detail see Donald Ewalt, “The Fight for Oil, Britain in Persia 1919” in History Today, Vol 31, Issue 9, September 1981.]


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12 April 1921

At Bandar Abbas.

Lat 27.13, Long 56.15

[Wind mainly SW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

5.30am: Started tropical routine.*

9.40am: Hands creating screens, and 4” gun drill.

2.00pm: HBM Consul came aboard.

3.30pm: Landed cricket party.

3.40pm: Fired salute of 7 guns for HBM Consul.


*[Note: This normally meant a very early start to duties, with a break in the early afternoon.]


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13 April 1921

At Bandar Abbas and en route to Jaskh.

Lat 26.7416, Long 56.5833

[20.00 position]

[Wind mainly SW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

9.40am: Hands fitting coaling screens.

3.04pm: Weighed and proceeded on course 162° 7 knots.

4.40pm: Course 142°.

7.00pm: Sighted Quoin Island Light bearing S4°E 24 miles. Course 155°.

10.00pm: Furled weather side screens; Quoin Island Light abeam 10 miles.

Number on sick list: 2.


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14 April 1921

At sea en route to Jaskh.

Lat 25.36, Long 57.68

[Position in log appears to be incorrect]

[Wind mainly NNE force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

5.30am: Exercised close watertight doors.

7.50am: Course 091°.

10.00am: Hands painting whaler and spirit room.

10.58am: Sounding every 5 minutes.

11.30am: Altered course to 041°; sighted Jaskh.

12.30pm: Course and speed for entering harbour.

1.00pm: Came to with port bower with 2 shackles in 4.25 fathoms in Jaskh Bay. Piped down.

Distance run 142.0 miles.


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15 April 1921

At Jaskh.

Lat 25.6, Long 57.8

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 81°F]

9.40am: Hands fitting coaling screens and as requisite.

3.30pm: Landed cricket party.

5.30pm: Secured for sea.


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16 April 1921

At Jaskh and en route to Chabahar.

Lat 25.6, Long 57.8

[Wind variable E force 1; broken cloud with mist and fog; air temperature average 82°F]

9.57am: Shortened in.

10.00am: Captain Watts, Intelligence Officer, came aboard.

10.30am: Captain Watts left. Weighed and left harbour. Speed 7 knots.

11.35am: Course 112°; Cape Jaskh.

1.05pm: Altered course to 044° to close dhow.

1.25pm: Resumed course 143°.

10.30pm: Course 090°; ran into very thick fog (mist).


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17 April 1921

At sea and at Chabahar.

Lat 25.0, Long 60.0

[Wind variable force 1-2; sea smooth; mist and fog then cloudless; air temperature average 81°F; sea average 80°F]

3.30am: Fog cleared.

5.30am: Took soundings every 15 mins; over 100 fathoms; thick fog.

6.00am: Fog cleared; stopped sounding.

7.15am: Sounding every 15 mins.

10.00am: Stopped sounding; 60 fathoms.

11.00am: Performed divine service.

10.55am: Altered course to close dhow.

11.25am: Stopped and communicated with dhow; proceeding Karachi to Dubai with wood and rice; nothing suspicious. Proceeded on course 058° 7 knots.

1.30pm: Courses as requisite for entering harbour.

2.00pm: Came to with starboard bower in 4.5 fathoms with 2.5 shackles in Chabahar Bay,

7.00pm: Burned searchlights.

7.20pm: Stopped burning searchlights.

Distance run 167 miles.


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18 April 1921

At Chabahar.

Lat 25.3, Long 60.6

[Wind SE veering S force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 81°F]

9.15am: Divisions with small arms.

9.30am: Carried out small arms practice at moving target. Ship’s company fired 10 minutes per man.

7.00pm: Secured for sea.


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19 April 1921

At Chabahar and en route to Gwatar Bay.

Lat 25.1, Long 61.1

[Wind SE force 2; broken cloud; air temperature average 81°F]

6.50am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour. Set course 193° 7 knots.

7.40am: Cape Chabahar bore N38°W 3 miles.

1.00pm: Piped down.

4.00pm: Course 323° and as requisite for entering harbour.

4.24pm: Came to with starboard bower in 4 fathoms with 3 shackles in Gwatar Bay. Draught: forward 10’9”, aft 12’2”.

Distance run 35.8 miles.


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20 April 1921

At Gwatar Bay

Lat 24.8, Long 61.0

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 81°F]

7.00am: Landed Sub Lt. and interpreter to inteview Sheikh.*

1.00pm: Piped down.

7.00pm: Secured for sea.


*[Note: Gwatar Bay would then have been the border between Iran and British India (now Pakistan), so it would be a sensitive political area.]


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21 April 1921

At Gwatar Bay and en route to Muscat.

Lat 24.8, Long 61.0

[Wind mainly SSW force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 81°F]

6.02am: Weighed and set course 200° 7 knots.

6.55am: S Islet bore N84°W 2 miles; altered course to 242°.

9.40am: Hands to drill and instruction.

8.00pm: Altered course to 236°.

Distance run 40.8 miles.*


*[Note: This would be up to Noon.]


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22 April 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.8, Long 58.8

[Wind W force 2-3 and calm; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

1.00am: Furled weather side screens; course 242° 6.75 knots.

6.30am: Altered course to 226°.

9.40am: Ship observed to have been set 10 miles Eastward probably due to to W wind.

11.30am: Courses as requisite for entering harbour.

12.06pm: Came to with starboard bower in 5.5 fathoms with 2.5 shackles in Muscat Cove.

2.30pm: Coal lighters came alongside; started coaling with native labour.

8.30pm: Finished coaling; took in 144 tons. Lighters cast off.

Distance run 157.7 miles.


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23 April 1921


At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind mainly SE force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 83°F]

7.00am: SS Lightning arrived.

8.00am: Officer of the Guard visited Lightning.

10.00am: Saturday routine; drew stores from Lightning.

Number on sick list: 2.


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24 April 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind mainly SE force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 81°F]

6.00am: SS Barjora arrived. Visited by Officer of the Guard and then sailed.

9.00am: SS Bamora arrived. Visited by Officer of the Guard and then sailed.

10.45am: Performed divine service aboard.

11.30am: Piped down.

1.00pm: Hands away in boats fishing.


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25 April 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind calm then SW force 1; cloudless with some slight showers later; air temperature average 76°F]

9.30am: Training and ship maintenance.

4.00pm: Landed cricket party.

6.00pm: Very slight passing shower.


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26 April 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind variable calm; cloudless; air temperature average 86°F]

0.20am: Observed dhow underway with no lights sailing to E between mainland and Muscat Island.

0.30am: Sent rowing boat with Sub Lt. and interpreter to investigate.

2.20am: Boat returned; nothing to report.

9.30am: Training and ship maintenance.

4.00pm: Landed cricket party.


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27 April 1921

At Muscat and en route to Sib.

Lat 23.7, Long 58.4

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 83°F]

5.30am: Aired bedding.

10.40am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour.

10.47am: Set course 313° 7 knots.

11.35am: Stopped; checked way and out target.

11.40am: Proceeded as required for .303 rifle practice.

12.45pm: Picked up target.

2.45pm: Sighted fishing nets; stopped. Passed over nets; apparently no damage done.

2.56pm: Came to with starboard bower with 2.5 shackles in 3.75 fathoms of water. Took sounding around ship; sent interpreter to investigate dhow.

Distance run 29.1 miles.


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28 April 1921

Abu Nahail.*

Lat 23.8, Long 58.1

[Wind variable calm; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

4.41am: Weighed and proceeded; courses as requisite for 1” aiming rifle practice.

5.26am: Stopped; out target and hands to action stations.

7.30am: Stopped and picked up target.

8.00am: Proceeded to anchorage. Hands respreading awnings.

8.57am: Came to with starboard bower with 2 shackles in 5 fathoms at Abu Nahail (7 miles W of Sib).

10.00am: Hands rigging screens for Consul’s cabin.

4.30pm: Hands away in boats bathing from shore.

6.00pm: Secured for sea.


*[Note: Abu Abali, Barka, Oman.]


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29 April 1921

At Abu Nahail, Muscat and then Sohar.

Lat 23.9, Long 58.3

[Wind variable calm; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

4.35am: Weighed and proceeded on 003° 7 knots.

8.20am: Fahl Island abeam 1.5 miles.

8.55am: Course and speed as requisite for entering harbour.

9.20am: Came to with starboard bower with 2 shackles in 5.25 fathoms in Muscat Cove.

9.30am: Hands rigging screens for Consul.

1.00pm: Piped down.

3.45pm: Secured for sea.

4.10pm: Prince Salem and bodyguard came on board for passage to Sohar.

4.20pm: Embarked HM the Consul and escort. Fired salute of 11 guns. Hoisted Vice Raj’s [Viceroy’s?] flag.

4.30pm: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour 9 knots.

5.00pm: Speed 7 knots course 312°. Fisher’s Reef bore N65°E 0.5 miles.

5.35pm: Fahl Island abeam 1.5 miles.

9.30pm: Course 284° 9 knots.

Distance run 33.6 miles.


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30 April 1921

At Sohar.

Lat 24.4, Long 56.74

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

5.25am: Sighted: Sohar bearing S82°W; altered course to S84°W. Took soundings (60 fms) every 15 mins.

6.57am: Came to with starboard bower and 2 shackles in 3.75 fathoms off Sohar.

7.15am: Disembarked Prince Salem and bodyguard. Shore battery fired salute of 3 guns.

9.00am: HMB Consul landed. Shore battery fired 12-gun salute.

9.15am: Saturday routine. Sheikh Sultan* came aboard to see Surgeon.

12.30pm: Hands make and mend clothes; paid monthly money.

5.00pm: Landed bathing party.

7.00pm: Secured for sea.

*[Note: This was Sheikh Ali Banu Bu Ali, based in Sohar, who had declared himself ruler in 1920, but was deposed in 1932, partly with the connivance of the British.]



LOGS FOR MAY 1921


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1 May 1921

At Sohar and at Suwaik.*

Lat 23.9494, Long 57.4386

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

5.02am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour. Course 058° 9 knots.

5.30am: Altered course to 125°.

9.30am: Altered course 3 points to starboard to avoid dhow.

9.34am: Altered course 1 point to starboard to avoid fishing boat.

10.45am: Performed divine service.

11.59am: Came to with starboard bower and 2 shackles in 3.75 fathoms off Suwaik.

12.30pm: Piped down.

4.00pm: HM Consul boarded.

5.00pm: Sent bathing party on shore. Secured for sea.

8.30pm: HBM Consul gave a lecture to ship’s company – subject: “Arabia”.


*[Note: Al Suwaiq.]


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2 May 1921


At Massanah. [Musannah, Barka, Oman]

Lat 23.7797, Long 57.7036

[Wind SW veering NNW force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 79°F]

5.04am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour. Course 041° 7 knots.

5.30am: Aired bedding.

7.52am: Came to with starboard bower in 4 fathoms with 2 shackles off Massanah.

8.00am: HBM Consul landed. Training class to instruction. Remainder of hands employed washing and scraping paintwork, refitting boats, and as required.

Noon: Secured for sea.

2.30pm: Weighed and proceeded on 083° 7 knots.

5.00pm: Came to with starboard bower in 3.5 fathoms with 2 shackles off Barkah. Landed HBM Consul.

Distance run 35 miles.


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3 May 1921

At Barkah and en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 23.9, Long 57.8

[Wind SW veering NNW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

9.00am: Disembarked HBM Consul and escort. Fired salute of 11 guns.

9.30am: Secured for sea.

9.54am: Weighed and proceeded 7 knots course 336°.

10.00am: Streamed patent log.

10.20am: Patent log carried away. Lost by accident; 1 rotator for patent log.

11.15am: Exercised “dress ship”.

7.00pm: Watch rigging windsails.

10.30pm: Speed 9 knots; course 332°.


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4 May 1921

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 26.5, Long 56.4

[Wind variable force 6-3; sea moderate to rough; cloudless; air temperature average 83°F; sea average 83°F]

1.00am: Furled side screens.

3.15am: Course 322°.

6.30am: Course 341°.

7.00am: Course as requisite to close dhow.

7.20am: Communicated with dhow number 1941 on passage from Zanzibar to Lingeh with oats-nothing suspicious. Resumed course.

10.00am: Exercised General Quarters.

11.00am: Quoin Island Light bore N34°W 2.5 miles.

3.55pm: Courses as requisite for entering harbour.

4.35pm: Came to with starboard bower with 3 shackles in 9 fathoms off Hengam. Draught: forward 10’4”, aft 12’3”.

Distance run 177.5 miles.


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5 May 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable calm force 0-1; cloudless; air temperature average 81°F]

5.00pm: Landed recreation party.


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6 May 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable SW force 0-1; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

8.00am: Dressed ship overall for accession of HM King George V*.

Noon: Fired salute of 31 guns.

2.00pm: RIMS Patrick Stewart arrived.**

5.00pm: Secured for sea.

9.00pm: Lecture by Mr. Dibbs on service fireworks and short display.


*[Note: This was the 11th anniversary of the accession, 6 May 1910.]


**[Note: RIMS Patrick Stewart (1) was named after the first Director General of the (British) Indian Telegraphic Service and was involved in laying the telegraph cables linking Britain with India, which passed through Jaskh and Gwatar, so Crocus would have a role watching over these.

See hyperlink for details.]

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7 May 1921

At Hengam and at Sharjah.

Lat 25.7, Long 55.2

[Wind variable SW force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 81°F; sea average 80°F]

1.02am: Weighed and proceeded on course 268°.

1.24am: Altered course to 209°.

3.35am: Sighted glare of Jazireh-ye-Tonb [Jezireh-ye-Tonb-e-Bozorg] Light.

4.10am: Sighted Jazireh-ye-Tonb Light bearing S65°W 23 miles.

5.15am: Altered course 2 points to port to avoid dhow.

7.54am: Jazireh-ye-Tonb Light abeam 14 miles.

8.54am: Sighted Abu Musa Island

11.25am: Abu Musa abeam 16 miles.

2.10pm: Sighted HMS Cyclamen bearing WSW; altered course to 223°.

3.05pm: Courses as requisite for taking station [ie with Cyclamen]

3.35pm: In station 2 cables on port beam, course 89° 8.5 knots.

5.38pm: Altered course together to 040°.

5.55pm: Altered course together to 143°.

6.10pm: Passed several cork buoys (no damage done).

6.23pm: Came to with starboard bower in 4.75 fathoms with 3 shackles off Sharjah.*

Distance run 123.5 miles.


*[Note: Sharjah, now one of the seven members of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), had a long historic relationship with Britain, originally in conflict as it was accused of piracy against ships en route to India.

By 1921, an agreement with Britain had been reached, and Sharjah belonged to what was known as “Trucial Oman”.

Before oil was discovered in 1972, it became important as a port and as a staging-point for the Imperial Airways routes to India and Australia.]


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8 May 1921

At Sharjah.

Lat 25.3472, Long 55.3483

[Wind variable force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 81°F]

10.45am: Performed divine service.

11.00am: HMS Cyclamen sailed.

5.00pm: Landed bathing parties.

9.45 to 10.00pm: Burned searchlights.


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9 May 1921

At Sharjah and at Ajman.

Lat 25.4, Long 55.4

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

6.30am: Hands to collision stations; got out mat at port side.*

11.25am: Weighed and proceeded in single line ahead; course 012° 8 knots.

11.59am: Came to with port bower in 4.75 fathoms with 2.5 shackles off Ajman.

6.30 to 7.00pm: HMS Cyclamen opened fire with 4 guns at 2 isolated towers and destroyed them.

9.00pm: Burned searchlights.

9.10pm: Switched off. Provided rifles and full** ammunition to Quartermasters and a guard in the event of the Sheikh of Ajman opening rifle fire.***

10.00-10.20pm: Burned searchlights.


*[Note: In this period, before the discovery of oil, Sharjah was a busy fishing port.]


**[Note: Possibly “ball” ammunition; not musket balls but solid lead cartridges and less lethal.]


***[Note: The Sheikh at the time was Sheikh Humaid bin Abdulaziz Al Nuaimi.

Although bound to Britain with the other Sheikhdoms of “Trucial Oman”, the Nuaim tribe, who controlled Ajman, were warlike bedouins who were still protective of their independence.

There may also have been a reaction to the destruction of the two towers by Cyclamen.

It might be assumed that the Treaty of Sib in 1920 forbade local Sheikhs from building fortifications on the coast, and the Royal Navy would enforce this.

The Sheikh had specifically ignored the instructions of the British Resident and the SNOPG and the destruction of the towers was to teach him a lesson. See Rosemarie Said Zahlan, The Origins of the UAE: A Political and Social History, St Martins, 1979.]


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10 May 1921

At Ajman and at Jazireh-ye-Tonb.

Lat 25.8, Long 55.4

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

6.10am: Weighed and proceeded on course 346° 7 knots.

6.45am: Started sounding every 10 mins. (9 fathoms).

8.00am: Umm-al-Kaiwain [Umm-al-Qaywayn] Fort bore S41°E; altered course to 038°.

9.30am: Exercised General Quarters.

9.45am: Stopped. Out target. Carried out 1" AR practice and .303 from 3 points [?]. Directed and individual centre runs.

12.15pm: Ceased firing. Picked up target. Proceeded 348° 7 knots.

2.20pm: Sighted Jazireh-ye-Tonb bearing N35°W; altered course to 325°.

4.18pm: Came to with starboard bower in 4.5 fathoms with 3 shackles off Jazireh-ye-Tonb .

6.30pm: Landed bathing parties.

Distance run 40.7 miles.

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11 May 1921

At Jezireh-ye-Tonb

Lat 26.2, Long 55.3

[Wind NE force 3-5; cloudy with squalls and mist; air temperature average 82°F]

7.00am: Veered to 4 shackles.

9.15am: Small arms company to drill. Training class to instruction.

1.00pm: Piped down.

Distance run 28 miles.


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12 May 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind NE force 4 veering SE force 1; cloudy; air temperature average 82°F]

8.02am: Weighed and proceeded on 042° 7 knots.

8.35am: Altered course 5 points to port to avoid strong tide rip.

9.45-11.00am: Sounding every 15 mins (20 fathoms).

1.29pm: Came to with port bower in 9 fathoms with 3 shackles in Bandar Gharbi, Hengam Island.

2.30pm: Prepared for coaling.

5.00pm: Landed bathing party.

Distance run 40.5 miles.


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13 May 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind NE veering ESE force 1; cloudy; air temperature average 82°F]

6.00am: Coaling lighters came alongside.

6.20am: Started coaling (native labour).

10.00am: Training classes and re-fitting screens.

1.30pm: Finished coaling; took in 150 tons.

5.00pm: Landed bathing parties.


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14 May 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 5-1; cloudy with early sandstorm; air temperature average 84°F]

2.15am: Sandstorm passed over ship.

8.30am: Hands cleaning ship throughout.

2.00pm: RIMS Nearchus arrived.*

Leave to Port watch 3.00pm to 7.00pm.


*[Note: Interesting that this was a lighthouse maintenance vessel; showing that the British Indian navy maintained the sea-routes beyond their borders.]


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15 May 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind SW force 1-4; overcast then cloudless; air temperature average 82°F]

10.30am: Performed divine service.

1.30pm: Landed picnic parties in both whalers.

6.00pm: SS Purnea arrived and was visited by the Officer of the Guard.

9.00pm: 1st whaler returned. 2nd whaler remaining in shore till weather moderated.


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16 May 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind SW and SSW force 1-4; cloudless; air temperature average 83°F]

6.00am: Whaler returned with picnic party.

9.00am: RIMS Nearchus sailed.

3.30pm: Ran off teams for sports on shore.

5.00pm: Whalers away running under sail.

9.00pm: Lecture by Captain - subject “Dover Patrol in 1917”.


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17 May 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

3.00pm: Ship’s company landed for sports on shore.

9.00pm: Ship’s company held a whist drive.


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18 May 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

11.30am: HBM Consul of Bandar Abbas came aboard.*

12.45pm: HBM Consul left; fired salute of 7 guns.

3.00pm: Landed cricket party.


*[Possibly G A (Alexander) Mungavin, a pioneer of commercial air services.]


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19 May 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

3.30pm: Lighters with naval stores and Paymaster’s stores secured astern.

5.30pm: SS Barpeta arrived and was visited by the Officer of the Guard.

9.00pm: Lecture by Engineers Officer – subject "Boilers".


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20 May 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 82°F]

6.00am: Secured stores lighter alongside.

7.00am: Discharged 1 AB and 1 officers’ cook to Barpeta for passage to hospital in Bombay. [Mumbai]

5.00pm: Landed recreation parties.

8.30pm: Ship’s company gave a concert.


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21 May 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

7.00am: SS Barjora arrived and was visited by the Officer of the Guard.

10.00am: Saturday routine.

4.30-7.00pm: Held a pulling regatta.

8.30pm: Ship's company held a whist drive.


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22 May 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly SW force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 82°F]

7.00am: Pulled off semi-finals of regatta.

10.40am: Performed divine service.


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23 May 1921

At Hengam and at Kouhestak.

Lat 26.8, Long 56.6

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

6.03am: Weighed and proceeded; White Point bore S87°W 1.7 miles. Course 081°.

9.40am: Small arms company drill.

1.30pm: Sounding every 5 mins.

2.43pm: Came to off Kouhestak [Iran] with 3 shackles in 4.5 fathoms with port bower.

Distance run 61 miles.


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24 May 1921


At Kouhestak and at Bunji. [Bunji-ye Karbasi, Iran]

Lat 26.7, Long 56.9

[Wind variable force 1-2; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F; sea average 83°F]

5.30am: Weighed and proceeded on course 220°.

6.30am: Out target for 1” AR practice.

7.50am: Stopped and picked up target. Course 162° 7 knots.

9.30am: Altered course to 093°.

9.51am: Came to with port bower in 4 fathoms with 3 shackles off Bandar Sirik.

2.10pm: Proceeded on 252° 7 knots.

5.00 to 6.15pm: Sounding every 10 mins.

6.45pm: Came to with port bower in 5 fathoms with 3 shackles off Bunji.

6.55pm: Fired 1 round from 4" across bow of dhow which stopped. Sent motor boat with Sub Lt. and interpreter to investigate.

8.30pm: Motor boat returned. Dhow No.3518C proceeding Sharjah - Bunji; empty; owner Sheikh of Basra [?].

Distance run 63 miles.


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25 May 1921

At Bunji.

Lat 26.1, Long 57.0

[Wind variable force 1-2; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 81°F; sea average 81°F]

5.30am: Weighed and proceeded on course 244°.

6.30am: Out target. Sent away motor boat with party to tow.

6.40pm: Gun crews to action stations.

7.20am: Closed target. Motor boat broken down; lost overboard by accident; 1x4” cartridge cylinder.

9.50am: Opened fire; SG training class fired 6 x 4” FC per man.

10.20am: Ceased fire and proceeded; motor boat took target in tow.

11.10am: Opened fire; carried out JL test. Fired 6 rounds FC from each of 4” guns, 8 rounds from each port 3 pounder, 50 rounds from each pom-pom.

12.15pm: Secured; cease fire. Picked up target and hoisted motor boat. Proceeded course 140° 7 knots.

2.14pm: Course as required for closing dhow.

2.30pm: Communicated with dhow No. 3433C on passage from Karachi to Bahrain under Govt. service.

2.35pm: Proceeded on course 133°.

3.47pm: Came to with port bower in 5 fathoms with 3 shackles off Bunji.

9.00pm: Exercised searchlights.

Distance run 33.4 miles.


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26 May 1921

At Bunji and at Jaskh.

Lat 25.8, Long 57.3

[Wind variable force 1-2; sea smooth; mist then cloudless; air temperature average 82°F; sea average 81°F]

5.30am: Thick mist.

6.00am: Mist cleared.

6.05am: Weighed and proceeded on 230° 9 knots.

7.50am: Course 098°.

8.00am: Dressed ship with M.H. flags.

8.15am: Sounding every 5 mins.

8.40am: Observed single mast 15 ft above water, apparently wreck of dhow in 25°45’N, 57°27’E approx.

9.05am: Course 128°.

11.05am: Sighted: Cape Jaskh bearing S80°E 11 miles.

12.15pm: Came to with starboard bower with 3 shackles in Jaskh Bay. Dressed ship overall. Fired salute of 31 guns in honour of HM the Queen's birthday.

5.00pm: Landed football parties.

Distance run 48.7 miles.


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27 May 1921

At Jaskh.

Lat 25.3, Long 57.9

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 86°F]

9.00am: Exercises and ship maintenance.

4.05pm: Weighed and proceeded, passing E of the Mason Shoal.

5.00pm: Course 158°.

6.00pm: Passed and communicated with SS Moora. Hands rigging windsail on triatic stay.


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28 May 1921

At sea and at Muscat.

Lat 24.1, Long 58.5

[Wind variable force 1-2; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F; sea average 88°F]

2.00am: Course 158° 7 knots.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

12.17pm: Came to with starboard bower with 2 shackles in 4.75 fathoms in Muscat Cove.

3.00pm: Discharged to shore (SNLB) 1 Seedie seaman.

Distance run 140 miles.


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29 May 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind mainly NW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 95°F]

7.00am: Spread side screens.

10.00am: Divisions and muster by open list; performed divine service.

11.30am: Piped down.

5.00pm: Landed cricket party. Hands away in boats, with explosive charges, fishing.

9.00pm: Secured for sea.


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30 May 1921

At Muscat and en route to Sharjah.

Lat 24.3, Long 58.1

[Wind NW force 1-2; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F; sea average 86°F]

5.00am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour; course 317° 7 knots.

6.00am: Altered course to 327°.

9.30am: Training and ship maintenance.

6.00pm: Increased to 10 knots.

9.40pm: Altered course to 332°.

Distance run 48 miles.


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31 May 1921

At sea and at Sharjah.

Lat 26.1, Long 56.0666

[Wind mainly NW force 1-3; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

4.20am: Sighted Quoin Island Light bearing N40°W.

8.30am: Course 226°.

1.20pm: Course 163° to close Ras al Khaymah.

1.30pm: Took soundings 1.30-5.00pm every 5 and 10 minutes.

6.45pm: Came to with starboard bower with 3 shackles in 5 fathoms off Sharjah.

Distance run 180 miles.



LOGS FOR JUNE 1921


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1 June 1921

At Sharjah.

Lat 25.3472, Long 55.3483

[Wind variable force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 86°F]

9.30am: Small arms company to rifle and cutlass drill.*

1.00pm: Paid monthly money.

6.55pm: Weighed and proceeded on course 018° 7 knots.


*[Note: In 1921 the RN was still training sailors to fight in a phalanx using the cutlass.

For details, see the discussion at http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?32436-Cutlass-drill]


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2 June 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind SE veering WSW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

0.30am: Sighted Jazireh-ye-Tonb Light bearing N36°W 23 miles.

2.30am: Jazireh-ye-Tonb Light abeam.

5.00am: Sighted: Hengam Island right ahead.

7.31am: Came to with starboard bower in 9 fathoms with 3 shackles in Bandar Gharbi, Hengam Island. Hands prepared for coaling.

9.45am: Piped down.

3.00pm: Coal lighters secured alongside; started coaling with native labour.

11.30pm: Finished coaling, lighters left. Received 157 tons.

Distance run 87.4 miles.


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3 June 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

8.00am: Dressed ship overall; hands cleaning up after coaling.

Noon: Fired salute of 31 guns in honour of HM the King's birthday.

4.45pm: Leave and cricket party to 7.00pm.

9.00pm: Ship’s company held a whist drive.

Number on sick list: 5.


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4 June 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; light broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.

4.45pm: Leave to Starboard Watch. 4,45 to 7.00pm cricket party.

Number on sick list: 3.


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5 June 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable E force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

7.00am: SS Bamora arrived and was visited by the Officer of the Guard.

10.45am: Performed divine service.

Noon: SS Bamora sailed.

4.45pm: Leave to Port Watch. 4,45 to 7.00pm cricket party.


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6 June 1921

At Hengam Island and en route to Bushire.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind NE veering ESE force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 86°F]

5.00pm: Secured for sea.

7.00pm: Weighed and proceeded on course S47°W (230°).

8.55pm: Sighted Jazireh-ye-Tonb Light bearing S47°W 23 miles.

10.25pm: Increased to 11.5 knots.

11.22pm: Altered course to 273°; Jazireh-ye-Tonb Light bearing S37°W 5 miles.


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7 June 1921

At sea en route to Bushire.

Lat 26.7, Long 52.9

[Wind variable force 1-3; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F; sea average 88°F]

2.30am: Took soundings in 30 fathoms.

2.55am: Sighted Jezireh Farur [Jezireh-ye-Bani-Forur] bearing WSW 3 miles approx. (very indistinct).

4.55am: Sighted Kais Island [Jezireh-ye-Qeys] Light bearing N75°W 12 miles.

6.17am: Kais Light abeam 4.5 miles.

8.30am: Altered course to 302°.

10.40pm: Altered course to 306°.

Distance run 178.6 miles.


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8 June 1921

At Kharg Island and at Bushire.*

Lat 28.9, Long 50.8

[Wind N backing W force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F; sea average 83°F]

6.28am: Sighted Kharg Island bearing 336°; altered course to 336°.

8.13am: Came to with port bower and 3 shackles in 9 fathoms and 2 cables from Cyclamen off Kharg Island.

9.40am: Exercised rifle and cutlass drill.

2.55pm: Weighed and proceeded on 135° 7 knots.

6.30pm: Came to with starboard bower and 3 shackles in 5 fathoms in outer anchorage Bushire.

Distance run 222.6 miles.


*[Note: Jaz-ye-Khark or Khark Island.

Bushire or Bushehr had been a trading post for the British East India Company from 1763, and the Royal Navy used it as a base in the 18th and 19th centuries.

It was occupied by the British in 1915 in response to German attempts to ferment anti-British feeling in Iran.

See http://www.iranreview.org/content/Documents/Bushehr-under-British-Occupation-100th-Anniversary.htm]


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9 June 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind mainly NW force 1-8; [sic]; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F; sea average 83°F]

3.30am: SS Bankura arrived and anchored.

5.30am: Sent boat with Sub Lt. to Bankura for mails.

6.17am: Weighed and proceeded to inner anchorage.

7.03am: Came to with starboard bower and 3 shackles in 4 fathoms in inner anchorage Bushire.

8.53am: Saluted Persian flag with 21 guns; salute returned by [Iranian gunboat] Persepolis.

Noon: Supplied 2 native bakers-bakers from Muscat discharged. Drew stores from Cyclamen.

1.15pm: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour; course 308°. Sighted Kharg Island bearing N55°W.

6.17pm: Came to with starboard bower and 3 shackles in 7 fathoms off Kharg Island. Sent mails to HMS Cyclamen.

Distance run 66 miles.


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10 June 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind mainly NW force 1-4; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F; sea average 89°F]

8.45am: Ordinary seamen’s training class to instruction. Hands employed scraping and painting as required.

5.00pm: Landed recreation parties.


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11 June 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind mainly NW force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F; sea average 87°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.

5.00pm: Landed recreation parties.


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12 June 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind mainly NW force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

10.30am: Performed divine service on board.


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13 June 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind mainly NW force 1-4; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

5.30am: Sent kedge anchor to Cyclamen.

6.20am: Replaced anchor.

9.30am: Training and ship maintenance.

6.00pm: HMS Cyclamen sailed.


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14 June 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind mainly NW force 1-4; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F; sea average 87°F]

9.30am: Carried out 1" and .303 AR practice at towed target.

10.00pm: Secured for sea.


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15 June 1921

At Dilam Bay [Dohat Deylam, Iran]

Lat 29.8, Long 50.0

[Wind mainly NW force 1-4; sea slight; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F; sea average 78°F]

1.03am: Weighed and proceeded on 077° 7 knots.

2.38am: Altered course to 321°.

4.30 to 4.40am: Took soundings (16 fathoms).

9.05am: Course 039°; sighted Dilam bearing 042°.

10.20am: Observed highly discoloured water: 5 fathoms.

11.09am: Came to with port bower to 3 shackles in 6 fathoms in Dilam Bay in position from which all shores can be watched.

11.40am: Sent motor boat with Sub Lt. and interpreter to search two dhows.

1.05pm: Motor boat returned. Nothing suspicious.

3.50pm: Weighed and proceeded with course and speed to close Shah Abul Shah.

4.43pm: Came to with port bower to 2 shackles in 3 fathoms off Shah Abul Shah. Sent motor boat to search dhow as before. Nothing suspicious.

5.50pm: Weighed and proceeded.

6.37pm: Came to with port bower to 3 shackles in 6 fathoms in Dilam Bay in position from which all shores can be watched.

8.00pm: Placed look-outs. Switched off all lights.

Distance run 74.7 miles.


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16 June 1921

At Dilam Bay.

Lat 29.8, Long 50.0

[Wind mainly NW force 6-1; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

9.25am: Training and ship maintenance.

6.00pm: Weighed and proceeded to adjust compasses. Came to in same berth as yesterday in Dilam Bay.

8.20pm: Switched out all lights.


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17 June 1921

At Dilam Bay.

Lat 29.8, Long 50.0

[Wind NW backing SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

10.00am: Training and ship maintenance.

5.50pm: Sighted dhow steering for Dilam.

6.00pm: Weighed and set course for closing dhow.

6.55pm: Came to with port bower to 2 shackles in 3 fathoms off Dilam. Sent motor boat with Sub Lt. and interpreter to search dhow.

8.05pm: Motor boat returned; nothing to report.

8.15pm: Weighed and proceeded to anchorage.

8.57pm: Came to with port bower to 3 shackles in previous berth in Dilam Bay.

9.00pm: Switched out all lights.


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18 June 1921

At Dilam Bay.

Lat 29.8, Long 50.0

[Wind NW backing ESE force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 82°F]

9.00am: Hands cleaning ship throughout (Saturday routine)

12.15pm: Piped down.

3.00pm: Sent motor boat to dhow coming out from Dilam. Ordered her to return.

6.00pm: Weighed and proceeded to adjust compasses. Came to in same berth as yesterday in Dilam Bay.

9.00pm: Switched out all lights.


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Record of Observations for Deviation.


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19 June 1921

At Dilam Bay and at Kharg Island.

Lat 29.8, Long 50.0

[Wind SE veering NW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

8.50am: Weighed and proceeded on course 219° 7 knots.

10.10am: Sighted dhow bearing S19°E; altered course to 168°.

10.30am: Performed divine service.

11.10am: Closed dhow; nothing suspicious.

1.00pm: Took off look-outs.

2.10pm: Sighted Kharg Island; altered course to 170°.

4.00pm: Courses as requisite passing between Kharg and Khargu [Kharku] Islands.

4.58pm: Came to with starboard bower to 3 shackles in 7 fathoms off Kharg Island. Sent boat with correspondence to Cyclamen. Leave to Port Watch 5.30 to 7.30pm.

Distance run 54.5 miles.


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20 June 1921

At Kharg Island and at Bushire.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind mainly NW force 3-5; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

5.30am: Landed small arms company for platoon drill.

7.50am: Landing party returned.

9.00am: Training and ship maintenance.

12.02pm: Weighed and proceeded on 144°.

2.48pm: Altered course to 097°.

3.45pm: Came to with starboard bower and 4 shackles in 5 fathoms in outer anchorage Bushire.

Distance run 28.2 miles.


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21 June 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind mainly W force 3-5; cloudless; air temperature average 82°F]

9.00am: Weighed and proceeded to inner anchorage.

9.57am: Came to with starboard bower and 3 shackles in 3.75 fathoms in inner anchorage Bushire.

11.00am: Coal lighters alongside; commenced coaling with native labour.

7.30pm: Finished coaling; took in 165 tons.


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22 June 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind NW backing SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 82°F]

8.00am: dressed ship overall.

12.57pm: Fired 31-gun salute in honour of HM King's coronation.

7.38pm: Undressed ship.


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23 June 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

9.40am: Small arms company and special ratings to rifle drill.

10.00am: Hands lifting after pom-pom.

5.00pm: SS Lightning arrived; 1 stoker rejoined from hospital; 1 officers’ cook 2nd class (Goanese) joined ship.

Number on sick list: 4.


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24 June 1921

At Bushire and en route to Kuwait.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable W force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

9.30am: Hands drawing stores from dhow and Lightning, for Cyclamen and Crocus.

10.00am: Secured for sea.

12.20pm: SB4 [sailing barge] alongside with SS Barjora.

12.40pm: SB4 cast off; weighed and proceeded to outer anchorage; 308° 7 knots.

6.03pm: Came to with starboard bower with 3 shackles in 8 fathoms off Kharg Island. Cyclamen sent for stores.

8.02pm: Weighed and shaped to 175° 7 knots.

8.40pm: Course 269°; S [exit?] Kharg Island bore N64°W 1.5 miles.


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25 June 1921

At Kuwait.

Lat 29.2, Long 48.5

[Wind variable W force 2-4; sea slight to moderate; cloudless with sand storms; air temperature average 88°F; sea average 81°F]

7.15am: Altered course to 288°; started sounding every 10 minutes.

10.13am: Course 258°.

1.05pm: Sandstorm; visibility limited to 1.5 miles (extreme).


3.00pm: Course 345°.

4.00pm: Sighted Ras al Ard beacon, distance 1.5 miles, bearing W.

4.10pm: Beacon distant 0.75 miles; courses as requisite for entering Kuwait.

5.40pm: Sandstorm cleared slightly; visibility 2.5 miles.

5.57pm: Came to with starboard bower and 3 shackles in 4 fathoms in Kuwait harbour. HBM Consular Agent came aboard and left shortly after.*

Distance run 186 miles.


*[Note: Major John More.]


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26 June 1921

Place: Kuwait.*

Lat 29.5, Long 47.8

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

10.40am: Performed divine service.

Number on sick list: 5.


*[In 1921, Kuwait was passing through a very turbulent period.

It was caught between the ambition of Iraq to have a secure access to the Persian Gulf, and the expansionist aims of Saudi Arabia.

Britain’s main interest was to promote the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (later BP), and prevent either Iraq or Saudi Arabia from becoming dominant.

The attempt to fill the vacuum left by the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and support for rival factions had led to civil war in 1920, so Crocus was visiting in a very uncertain period.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuwait-Najd_War]


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27 June 1921

At Kuwait.

Lat 29.5, Long 47.8

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

6.00am: Spread side screens.

8.45am: Training and ship maintenance.

4.15pm: Leave to Chief and 1st Class POs until 7.00pm.

Number on sick list: 7.


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28 June 1921

At Kuwait and en route to Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 48.2

[Wind variable force 1-3; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F; sea average 84°F]

9.15am: Weighed and proceeded on course 112°.

10.26am: Ras al Ard beacon, distance 1.5 miles, bearing S61°W. Course 155°.

2.25pm: Course 087°.

7.00pm: Course 086°; furled foc’sle awning and side screens.

Distance run 17.3 miles.


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29 June 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable force 1-3; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F; sea average 84°F]

4.00am: Sighted Kharg Island right ahead, distance 14 miles.

5.14am: Came to with starboard bower with 3 shackles in 16 fathoms off NW point of Kharg Island.

8.00am: Weighed and proceeded with Cyclamen for 1” AR practice.

8.16am: Opened fire; carried out 4 runs OOQ.

8.50am: Ceased fire and sent boat for target.

11.20am: Proceeded in company with Cyclamen to anchorage.

12.20pm: Came to with starboard bower in the usual berth at Kharg Island.

4.00pm: Landed cricket party.

5.00pm: Furled awnings and prepared for full calibre firing.

9.00pm: Night defence station exercise. Darkened ship.

9.30pm: Burning searchlights and secured from night defence stations.

Distance run 136.2 miles.


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30 June 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable W force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

5.35am: Weighed and proceeded to area for towing target.

6.30-7.00am: Cyclamen fired 1” AR.

8.00am: In position 8000 yds from target; opened fire with 4” guns QOQ controlling.

8.50am: Opened fire with 2 pounders.

9.00-9.05am: Opened fire with 3 pounders.

10.10am: Took station for entering harbour.

10.14am: Came to with starboard bower in the usual berth at Kharg Island.

4.00pm: Landed cricket party.



LOGS FOR JULY 1921


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1 July 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable W force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

7.10am: Weighed and proceeded to firing area W of Kharg Island.

8.45am: Proceeded on 6 runs of 3 pounder (full calibre) firing.

9.30am: Took target from Cyclamen. Proceeded at 5 knots with target in tow. Parted company with Cyclamen.

10.35am: Proceeded to previous anchorage.

11.48am: Came to with starboard bower in the usual berth at Kharg Island.

2.00pm: Paid monthly money.


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2 July 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable W force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 95°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.

Number on sick list: 7.


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3 July 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable W force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 95°F]

10.30am: Performed divine service.

Number on sick list: 7.


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4 July 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

8.45am: Training and ship maintenance.


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5 July 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable W force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

8.45am: Training and ship maintenance.

12.45pm: HMS Cyclamen closed and communicated.

1.20pm: HMS Cyclamen proceeded.

9.00pm: Captain gave a lecture on the Battle of Jutland.

Number on sick list: 8.


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6 July 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable W force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

8.45am: Training and ship maintenance.

9.00pm: Captain concluded lecture on the Battle of Jutland.

Number on sick list: 9.


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7 July 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

8.45am: Training and ship maintenance.

10.00am: Lost overboard by accident; 1 thermometer, ordinary.

6.00pm: Secured for sea.

Number on sick list: 9.


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8 July 1921

At Kharg Island and at Bushire.

Lat 29.1, Long 50.7

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

5.02am: Weighed and proceeded on course 129° 7.5 knots.

9.30am: Communicated with Cyclamen.

9.57am: Came to with starboard bower and 2 shackles in 3 fathoms off Bushire.

10.30am: Discharged 1 ERA to hospital. Hands employed rigging windsails.

12.15pm: Cyclamen sailed.

6.05pm: Weighed and proceeded;

7.12pm: Came to with starboard bower in 6 fathoms with 3 shackles in outer anchorage Bushire.

8.00pm: SS Fultala arrived and was visited by Officer of the Guard.

10.30pm: SS Fultala sailed.

Number on sick list: 12.*


*[Note: For a ship which so far has been healthy and free of other problems such as indiscipline, this is a significant figure. The usual reason for such outbreaks was food poisoning and dysentery.]


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9 July 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.

5.00pm: SB4 (military lighter) made fast astern.

Number on sick list: 12.


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10 July 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 97°F]

9.00am: SS Purnea arrived; SB4 cast off and took Engineer Officer to Purnea to draw stores.

10.30am: Performed divine service.

1.15pm: SB4 secured alongside; hands embarking stores and provisions.

2.00pm: SB4 returned to harbour.

6.00pm: Secured for sea.

Number on sick list: 11.


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11 July 1921

At Bushire and at Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.4

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 95°F]

4.33am: Weighed and proceeded on course 306° 6.5 knots.

5.30am: Aired bedding.

7.00am: Sighted Kharg Island bearing 314°; sighted and communicated with Cyclamen.

8.40am: Came to with port bower in the usual berth at Kharg Island.

9.00pm: Ship's company gave a concert.

Number on sick list: 12.


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12 July 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 94°F]

8.45am: Training and ship maintenance.


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13 July 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 94°F]

8.45am: Training and ship maintenance.

4.30pm: HMS Cyclamen sailed for Bushire.

7.00pm: Secured for sea.

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14 July 1921

At Kharg Island and at Bushire.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable W force 1; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 94°F]

4.33am: Weighed and proceeded on course 132° 7 knots.

8.00am: Dressed ship with masthead flags in honour of National Fete of France.

9.16am: Came to with port bower and 2.5 shackles in 3 fathoms off Bushire Point. Discharged 1 SPO to hospital.

2.05pm: HMS Cyclamen arrived; dressed ship overall.

3.00pm: Put clocks on 30 mins.

5.00pm: Landed cricket party.

7.08pm: Hoisted triatic stay and traced up windsails.


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15 July 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable NW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 95°F]

10.10am: Hands setting up awnings and screens.

4.30pm: Landed cricket party.

4.45pm: SB4 secured alongside; hands embarking paymaster stores from lighter.

Number on sick list: 15.


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16 July 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

7.00am: HMS Cyclamen sailed.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

10.30am: Discharged to hospital; M Dilks, Gunner and 1 stoker. 1 ERA rejoined from hospital.

Number on sick list: 15.


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17 July 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

10.30am: Performed divine service.

Number on sick list: 15.


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18 July 1921

At Bushire and en route to Basra.

Lat 28.9, Long 50.8

[Wind S veering SSW force 1-2; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F; sea average 94°F]

11.42am: Weighed and proceeded on course 295° 6.5 knots.

2.45pm: Sighted Kharg Island bearing N45°W 12 miles.

11.30pm: Put clocks back 15 minutes.

Number on sick list: 13.


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19 July 1921

At sea and at Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind variable calm; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 100°F; sea average 96°F]

0.30am: Put clocks back 15 minutes.

3.15am: Sighted Shatt al Arab Light Vessel bearing N62°W 12.5 miles; altered course to 318°.

6.00am: Outer fairway buoy abeam to port; courses as requisite for crossing bar and proceeding up river to Basra.

8.35am: Passed Fao telegraph station.

11.50am: Passed Abadan telegraph station.

1.00pm: Passed Muhammarah. [Khorramshahr, Iran]

3.30pm: Stopped and secured to S (No.1) buoy off Basra Pier.

Number on sick list: 15.

Distance run 165.9 miles.


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20 July 1921

At Basra [Iraq]*

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

9.30am: Ship maintenance.

6.00pm: Discharged 13 ratings to hospital.**


*[Note: The situation was still very tense in Iraq following the revolt against British rule in 1920.

Britain had been awarded a mandate over Iraq at the end of the Great War, but both Sunni and Shiite Iraqis joined in the revolt against British rule.

At the Cairo Conference in March 1921 Britain agreed to play a less direct part in ruling Iraq, and placed an acceptable Iraqi ruler on the throne.

Britain’s interest remained the supply of oil, for which Basra was the key location.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraqi_revolt_against_the_British]


**[Note: It may have been the high number of sick crew which prompted the visit to Basra, as this was the location of the British General Hospital.]


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21 July 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind variable SE force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 103°F]

9.00am: Disembarked case of milk for return.

9.45am: Ship maintenance.

6.00pm: Discharged 1 Officers’ Steward 1st Class to hospital.

Number on sick list: 4.


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22 July 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind variable W force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 103°F]

7.00am: Discharged 3 ratings to hospital.

9.30am: Ship maintenance.

Number on sick list: 0.


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23 July 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind NW force 1-3; cloudless with some mist; air temperature average 103°F]

8.30am: Saturday routine.

7.00pm: Discharged 1 telegraphist to hospital.


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24 July 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind NW backing W force 1-3; cloudless with some sandstorms; air temperature average 100°F]

8.30am: Senior Chaplain to the Forces came on board.

10.00am: Performed divine service (matins [?])

Number on sick list: 4.


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25 July 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind mainly W force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 95°F]

9.15am: Hands embarking stores and repairing awnings.

Number on sick list: 4.


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26 July 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind variable W force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 99°F]

9.45am: Ship maintenance.

7.00pm: 1 stoker rejoined from hospital.

Number on sick list: 5.


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27 July 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind variable NW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 99°F]

9.30am: Exercised control parties and ammunition supply parties.

Number on sick list: 4.


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28 July 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind variable NW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 102°F]

9.45am: Ship maintenance.

Noon: Water tank secured alongside.

3.00pm: Water tank cast off.

6.00pm: 11 ratings rejoined from hospital.

Number on sick list: 2.


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29 July 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind variable NW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 100°F]

6.00am: Prepared for coaling.

6.30am: Coal lighter secured alongside; began coaling with native labour.

12.20pm: Finished coaling; took in 100 tons. Cleaned ship.

Number on sick list: 3.


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30 July 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind variable W force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 100°F]

8.30am: Saturday routine.

Number on sick list: 3.


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31 July 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind mainly NW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 100°F]

8.30am: Held divine service onboard conducted by Senior Chaplain to the Forces.

Number on sick list: 3.



LOGS FOR AUGUST 1921


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1 August 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind mainly NW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 100°F]

11.40am: SGA Reeves, Officers’ Steward 1st Class died in No.3 British General Hospital, Basra.*

1.00pm: Lost overboard by accident; 4 paintbrushes.

1.30pm: Paid monthly money.

4.30pm: Exercised funeral party.

Number on sick list: 1.


*[Note: The official cause of death was “heat stroke”. See http://www.worldwar1atsea.net/xDKCas1921.htm]


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2 August 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind WNW veering NW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 100°F]

5.00am: Funeral party landed.

6.00-6.30am: Half-masted colours.

7.00am: Funeral party returned.

Number on sick list: 1.


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3 August 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind W veering NW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 95°F]

4.00pm: 1 rating returned from hospital.

Number on sick list: 1.


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4 August 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind NW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 98°F]

9.00am: Discharged 1 rating (stoker) to hospital.

Number on sick list: 1.


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5 August 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind variable NW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 98°F]

5.00pm: Read Warrant No.2.

6.00pm: 1 rating (cook’s mate) rejoined from hospital; 1 Officers’ Steward 2nd Class (Goanese) joined ship.

Secured for sea.

Number on sick list: 2.


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6 August 1921

At Basra and en route to Kharg Island

Lat 29.7, Long 49.0

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 98°F]

4.30am: Slipped and proceeded; courses and speed for Shatt-al-Arab river.

6.40am: Passed Muhammarah.

7.30am: Passed Abadan.

10.20am: Passed Fao.

1.00pm: Passed outer fairway buoy; shaped course of 142° 10 knots.

1.45pm: Came to with port bower with 4 shackles in 8.75 fathoms off Shatt-al-Arab Lightship.

3.00pm: Put clocks on 30 minutes.

6.07pm: Weighed and proceeded on 109° 7 knots.

Number on sick list: 1.

Distance run 63.7 miles.


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7 August 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

5.10am: Sighted Kharg Island bearing S60°E 16 miles; altered course to 118°.

7.15am: Came to with port bower in 8 fathoms with 3 shackles off Kharg Island; sent mails to Cyclamen.

10.30am: Performed divine service.

1.00pm: Dhow, from Bushire, with stores secured alongside.

4.00pm: Cleared dhow.

Number on sick list: 5.

Distance run 100.5 miles.


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8 August 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

8.35am: Weighed and proceeded towing target for Cyclamen’s 1” AR practice.

10.40am: Stopped and hauled in target.

11.12am: Came to with port bower in usual berth at Kharg Island.

Number on sick list: 5.


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9 August 1921

At Kharg Island and at Bushire.

Lat 29.3, Long 50.5

[Wind variable force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

8.35am: Weighed and proceeded on gunnery practice; party marking fall of shot.

10.24am: Cyclamen firing 4” full calibre.

11.40am: Stopped and hauled in target.

12.05pm: Cyclamen parted company.

1.00pm: Lost overboard by accident 1 hand lead.

1.53pm: Veered port bower to 3 shackles in 9.5 fathoms; made good defect in engine-room.

3.58pm: Weighed and proceeded on 173° 7 knots.

7.12pm: Came to with port bower in 4 fathoms with 3 shackles in inner anchorage Bushire.

9.30pm: Coal dhows secured alongside.

Number on sick list: 7.

Distance run 48.2 miles.

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10 August 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

6.20am: Started coaling (native labour).

2.00pm: Finished coaling; took in 210 tons.

6.00pm: Mr Dilks, Gunner, 1 SPO and 1 stoker rejoined from hospital.

Number on sick list: 8.


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11 August 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

9.30am: Small arms and cutlass drill.

10.15am: Discharged to RNH Bombay per SS Bandra 1 SPO and 1 stoker.

2.00pm: SB4 came alongside and took Pattern VII target.

Number on sick list: 12.


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12 August 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

6.30am: Carried out 1” AR practice with target towed by motor boat.

Number on sick list: 13.


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13 August 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

8.30am: Saturday routine.

Number on sick list: 13.


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14 August 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

10.15am: Performed divine service.

Number on sick list: 12.


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15 August 1921

At Bushire and at Reshire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

6.00am: SS Bamora arrived; SB4 took Engineering Officer over to draw stores.

10.00am: Stripping No.1 4” gun.

4.45pm: Hands embarking stores from SB4.

6.00pm: Weighed and proceeded as requisite to anchor off Reshire.

7.18pm: Came to with port bower in 3 fathoms with 2.5 shackles off Reshire Point.

Number on sick list: 13.


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16 August 1921

At Reshire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

Hands stripping 4” guns.

Number on sick list: 17.


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17 August 1921

At Reshire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable NW force 6-2; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

5.30am: Veered to 3.5 shackles.

7.00pm: Weighed and proceeded to shift billet. Came to with port bower in 5 fathoms with 3 shackles off Reshire.

9.00pm: 1 rating, stoker, waiting court martial, joined from Cyclamen.

10.00pm: Secured for sea.

Number on sick list: 16.


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18 August 1921

At Reshire, at Bashi and at Ameri.

Lat 28.5, Long 51.1

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

1.00am: Contractor’s dhow secured alongside; took in provisions.

1.15am: Dhow cast off.

4.34am: Weighed and proceeded on 213° 7 knots.

5.20am: Altered course to 133°.

8.10am: Came to with port bower in 3 fathoms with 3 shackles off Bashi.

4.00pm: Weighed and proceeded on 209° 6 knots.

6.04pm: Came to with port bower in 4 fathoms with 2 shackles off Omari [sic: Ameri Port, Iran]; sent interpreter ashore.

8.30pm: Burned searchlights.

9.05pm: Weighed and proceeded on 092° 6 knots.

9.20pm: Altered course to 178°.

10.00pm: Took soundings every half hour.

Number on sick list: 16.

Distance run 20.8 miles.


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19 August 1921

At sea, Ameri to Dayyer.

Lat 27.8, Long 51.9

[Wind SE force 2-3; sea slight; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F; sea average 92°F]

5.20am: Course 118°; reduced to 5 knots.

10.00am: Altered course to 093°.

3.22pm: Came to with port bower in 2.75 fathoms.

3.30pm: Weighed and proceeded; came to with port bower in 4.5 fathoms with 3 shackles off Dayyer.

4.30pm: Sent interpreter ashore.

8.20-8.50pm: Burned searchlights.

Number on sick list: 16.

Distance run 121.8 miles.


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20 August 1921


At Kangun [Bandar-e-Kangan, Iran] and Actar [Akhtar, Iran].

Lat 27.8, Long 52.0

[Wind SE force 0-4; cloudless with some mist; air temperature average 93°F]

6.04am: Weighed and proceeded to anchorage.

7.12am: Came to with port bower in 4.5 fathoms with 3 shackles off Kangun. Sent interpreter ashore.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

3.30pm: Weighed and proceeded on 132° 7 knots.

6.27pm: Came to with port bower in 11 fathoms with 4 shackles off Akhtar.

7.00pm: Sent interpreter to search dhow. Nothing suspicious. Dhow No.3480C proceeding from Trucial States to Basra with onions.

Number on sick list: 18.

Distance run 30.3 miles.


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21 August 1921

At Akthar and at Tahiri [Tahari, Iran].

Lat 27.6, Long 52.3

[Wind variable calm; cloudless; air temperature average 96°F]

3.00am: Put clocks on 30 minutes.

4.30am: Weighed and proceeded on course 115° 6 knots.

5.30am: Came to with port bower in 8 fathoms with 3 shackles off Tahiri.

8.00am: Landed interpreter.

10.00am: Divine service.

4.30pm: Landed bathing party to 7.00pm:

Number on sick list: 16.


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22 August 1921


At Tahiri, Azlu [Azaluyeh, Iran] and Tibben [Bandar Teban, Iran]

Lat 27.4, Long 52.6

[Wind variable calm; cloudless with mist; air temperature average 94°F]

4.05am: Weighed and proceeded on course 202° 7 knots.

4.18am: Altered course to 126°; sounding every 15 minutes (32 fathoms).

6.51am: Depth decreasing to 9.5 fathoms.

7.04am: Came to with port bower in 6 fathoms with 3 shackles off Azlu. Turned in boats and furled screens on starboard side.

9.00am: HMS Cyclamen secured alongside; hands embarking canteen and naval stores.

10.00am: HMS Cyclamen slipped and proceeded.

3.15pm: Weighed and proceeded on 216° 6 knots.

4.05pm: Altered course to 142°.

5.50pm: Altered course to 109°.

6.52pm: Came to with port bower in 6 fathoms with 3 shackles off Bandar Tibben.

Number on sick list: 15.

Distance run 40.5 miles.


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23 August 1921


At Bandar Tibben and at Shiwu [Bandar Shivoo, Iran]

Lat 27.1, Long 53.1

[Wind variable calm; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

5.35am: Weighed and proceeded on 129° 6 knots.

6.15am: Preparing for 1” AR practice.

9.30am: Dropped target and carried out 1” AR practice.

10.10am: Ceased fire and carried out Lewis Gun practice.

10.40am: Finished firing and picked up target.

10.57am: Came to with port bower in 6 fathoms with 3 shackles off Shiwu.

2.00pm: Landed interpreter.

5.00pm: Landed bathing party.

Number on sick list: 10.

Distance run 30.6 miles.


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24 August 1921


At Shiwu, Magam [Bandar-e-Mogham, Iran] and Chiru.

Lat 26.9, Long 53.3

[Wind variable SE force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

5.35am: Weighed and proceeded on 114° 6 knots.

9.10am: Came to with port bower in 4 fathoms with 3 shackles off Magam. Landed interpreter.

2.10pm: Weighed and proceeded on 189° 6 knots.

7.00pm: Came to with port bower in 6.5 fathoms with 3 shackles in Chiru Bay.

8.00pm: Sheikh came aboard.

8.30pm: Darkened ship and exercised night defence.

Number on sick list: 11.


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25 August 1921

At Chiru.

Lat 26.7, Long 53.7

[Wind variable SE force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

9.40am: Small arms company to drill; special ratings to cutlass drill.

2.03pm: Weighed and proceeded on 096° 6 knots.

6.55pm: Stopped and laid out target. Veered port bower to 2 shackles in 12.5 fathoms 1.5 cables from target in

Lat 26°38’N, Long 54°16’E, 5.5 miles off Charak.

9.03pm: Weighed and proceeded; hands at night action status.

10.00pm: Stopped; veered port bower to 4 shackles in 12.5 fathoms; secured.

Number on sick list: 12.

Distance run 34.1 miles.


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26 August 1921

At Charak, night gunnery area.

Lat 26.6, Long 54.2

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

6.35am: Weighed and proceeded on 1” AR practice. Carried out 2 runs.

7.15am: Veered port bower to 3 shackles in 12.5 fathoms off Charak. Exercised 2 pounder pom-pom guns.

5.00pm: Prepared for full calibre night firing.

9.00pm: Weighed and proceeded with night firing; 2 runs on 1” AR and 1 on full calibre.

9.15-9.25pm: Firing 1” AR.

10.24pm: Opened fire with 4” FC; 8 rounds per gun and Lewis Guns.

10.35pm: Stopped and weighed target; proceeded on 225° 6 knots.

Number on sick list: 14.


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27 August 1921


At Kais Island [Kish Island, or Jazireh-ye-Qeys, Iran]

Lat 26.5, Long 54.1

[Wind variable force 1-3; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

0.25am: Sighted Kais Island Light Vessel bearing S71°W distant 11 miles.

2.12am: Came to with port bower in 10 fathoms with 3 shackles off Kais Island Light Vessel.

7.00am: Hands re-spreading awnings.

9.00am: 1st Lt. and Lt “N” visited lightship.

10.40am: Weighed and proceeded on various courses.

12.25pm: Came to with port bower in 7 fathoms with 3 shackles off Kais Island village (Masheh Bay).

5.00pm: Landed bathing party.

Number on sick list: 14.


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28 August 1921

At Kais Island.

Lat 26.5, Long 54.1

[Wind variable calm; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

10.00am: Divine service.

1.00pm: Sheikh of Kais Island came aboard.

5.00pm: Landed bathing party.

Number on sick list: 13.


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29 August 1921


At Kais Island and at Muglu [probably Moghuyeh, Iran].

Lat 26.5, Long 54.5

[Wind variable calm; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

6.30am: Exercised Abandon Ship: landed every available man.

7.40am: Exercise completed; hands returned aboard.

9.55am: Weighed and proceeded on 049° 6 knots.

2.00pm: Altered course to 027°.

2.55pm: Came to with port bower in 3.5 fathoms with 2 shackles in Muglu Bay.

4.00pm: Landed interpreter.

Number on sick list: 13.


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30 August 1921

At Moghuyeh, and at Lingeh [Lengeh, Iran].

Lat 26.5, Long 54.8

[Wind variable force 0-2; cloudless; air temperature average 94°F]

5.03am: Weighed and proceeded on 153° 6 knots.

9.34am: Came to with port bower in 5 fathoms with 3 shackles in Lingeh Bay. Landed interpreter.

4.00pm: Leave to Chief and 1st Class POs 4.30-7.00pm.

Number on sick list: 10.


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31 August 1921

At Lingeh and en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 26.5, Long 54.8

[Wind variable SE force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

8.30am: Cleaning and ship maintenance.

1.30pm: Paid monthly money.

9.05pm: Weighed and proceeded on 114° 6 knots.

9.50pm: Sighted Tonb Island Light bearing S 53°E 23.5 miles.

Number on sick list: 11.



LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1921


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1 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable SE force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

6.08am: Came to with starboard bower in 9 fathoms with 3 shackles in Bandar Gharbi, Hengam Island.

9.45am: Seamen to overall arms drill. Stokers to cutlass drill.

2.00pm: Lieutenant Kingdon came on board to take over duties of 1st Lieutenant.

4.30pm: Prepared for coaling.

Number on sick list: 9.

Distance run 61.1 miles.


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2 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind NE veering SE force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

6.15am: Coal lighters secured alongside.

6.30am: Started coaling (native labour).

9.00am: Piped down until after coaling.

2.00pm: Finished coaling; took in 160 tons.


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3 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind ENE veering S force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

5.00am: SS Bankura arrived; Lieutenant J.D. Ross and 2 officers’ stewards discharged to Bankura for passage to Bombay and England.

8.00am: Bankura sailed; Lieutenant W.N. Kingdon and 2 officers’ stewards (Goanese) joined ship.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

5.00pm: Landed cricket and rifle shooting party.

Number on sick list: 7.


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4 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

7.00am: HIMS Persepolis (Persian Navy) arrived.

10.00am: Divine service.

Number on sick list: 8.


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5 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable E force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 94°F]

6.30am: Exercised “lay out port bower anchor”.

8.30am: Routine ship maintenance.

9.00pm: Surgeon Lieutenant gave a first aid lecture.

Number on sick list: 6.


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6 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 94°F]

6.00am: Held examination for educational test for Higher Rating.

5.30pm: Continued examination for Higher Rating.


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7 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

8.30am: Routine ship maintenance.

Number on sick list: 6.


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8 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind SW “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

6.30am: Exercised “lay out port bower anchor”.

8.30am: Routine ship maintenance and drill.

9.00pm: Surgeon Lieutenant gave a first aid lecture.

Number on sick list: 7.


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9 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

8.30am: Routine ship maintenance.

6.00pm: SS Barjora arrived. 2 ratings joined from hospital in Basra. 1 rating (joiner) from HMS Cyclamen joined ship.

Number on sick list: 8.


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10 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.

6.00pm: Discharged 1 native baker to Jalavihar for passage to Bushire.

Number on sick list: 10.


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11 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind NNE veering SSE force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

10.10am: Divine service.

2.00pm: RIMS Nearchus arrived.

Number on sick list: 10.


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12 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable E force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

8.30pm: Surgeon Lieutenant gave a first aid lecture.


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13 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable E force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

7.00am: RIMS Nearchus sailed.

10.00am: Hands drawing paymaster’s, engineer’s and naval stores.

9.00pm: Lecture by the Captain, subject “The Evolution of Man”.

Number on sick list: 6.


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14 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

7.00am: HIMS Persepolis sailed.

Number on sick list: 4.


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15 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 0-1; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

7.00am: Furled double awnings on foc’stle and boat deck.

9.40am: Exercised action for “landing every available man” .... and assembling heavy marching order.

9.00pm: Lecture by 1st Lieutenant on gas attack and defence.


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16 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable E force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

Number on sick list: 5.


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17 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly E force 5-1; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.

5.00pm: SS Bamora arrived.

7.00pm: SS Bamora sailed.


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18 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 86°F]

9.50am: Hands to muster by open list.

10.00am: RIMS Nearchus arrived and sailed.

10.20am: Divine service.

Number on sick list: 7.


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19 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable S force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

9.00am: Gun drill and ship maintenance.

8.30pm: Coal lighter alongside.


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20 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable S force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

6.00am: Started coaling (native labour).

9.00am: Coal lighter secured alongside and first lighter cast off.

12.30pm: Finished coaling; lighter cast off; received 80 tons of Welsh coal.

8.47pm: Weighed and proceeded from harbour via N channel.

9.25pm: Sighted White Point bearing 278° 1.5 miles; course 107°.

11.15pm: Sighted Quoin Island Light bearing S73°E distant 22 miles.


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21 September 1921

At patrol.

Lat 26.53, Long 56.825

[Wind variable W force 1; sea smooth with W swell; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F, sea average 87°F]

2.23am: Quoin Island Light abeam S 6 miles; altered course to 114°.

4.15am: Sighted HMS Cyclamen and closed.

5.00am: Stopped and sent boat to Cyclamen.

6.25am: Courses as requisite for searching and examining dhows between Quoin Island and Biyaban Coast*

6.45am: Stopped and examined dhow; proceeded.

7.06am: Stopped and searched dhow; proceeded.

8.00am: Stopped and searched 2 dhows; proceeded.

8.45am: Fired 2 rounds of 3 pounders across bow of dhow; stopped, examined dhow; proceeded.

2,45pm: Stopped, searched dhow; proceeded on 084°.

5.00pm: Sighted Cyclamen; in position for night patrol.

7.20pm: Course 272° 6.5 knots; darkened ship. [On patrol 272° to 092° E-W]

Distance run 84 miles.


*[Note: This is the narrow entrance to the Persian Gulf from the Musandam Peninsula to Sirik, Iran.]


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22 September 1921


At patrol.

Lat 26.78, Long 56.95

[Wind variable force 1; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F, sea average 90°F]

2.25am: Course 028°; left patrol.

6.22am: Came to with port bower in 12 fathoms with 3 shackles off Khagun [Probably Bandar-e-Kargan, Iran].

10.50am: Weighed and proceeded.

11.40am: Closed and examined Kuhistak [Kouhestak] village for dhows; altered course to 172°.

12.40pm: Stopped to examine dhow; proceeded.

2.43pm: Came to with port bower in 3 fathoms with 2 shackles off Bandar Sirik to search dhows.Sent Sub Lt. and interpreter to search dhows.

3.45pm: Sub Lt. returned.

4.00pm: Weighed and proceeded.

5.07pm: Veered port bower in 38 fathoms and 5 shackles in position Lat 26°30’N, Long 56°54’E.

7.00pm: Darkened ship.

9.47pm: Weighed and proceeded on 196°; passed HMS Cyclamen.

Distance run 121.4 miles.


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23 September 1921

At patrol.

Lat 25.06, Long 56.408

[Wind variable force 1; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F, sea average 90°F]

2.05am: Examined dhow; switched on searchlights; proceeded.

6.00am: Examined dhow; dhow fishing only; proceeded.

7.07am: Examined dhow; proceeded.

8.05am: Examined dhow; proceeded.

9.45am: Came to with port bower in 5 fathoms with 2 shackles off Kalba; Sub Lt. and interpreter landed.

11.47am: Weighed and proceeded to intercept dhow to the northward.

1.05pm: Stopped and examined 1 dhow and searched another.

1.45pm: Proceeded.

1.53-2.55pm: Crocus examined 4 dhows in turn and proceeded.

6.30pm: Darkened ship.

9.30pm: Course 001°; maintaining a patrol abreast Kalba.

11.50pm: Altered course to intercept supposed dhow; dhow observed to be a building.

Distance run 133.9 miles.


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24 September 1921

At patrol.

Lat 25.975, Long 56.416

[Wind variable E force 1; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F, sea average 90°F]

1.00-3.00am: Crocus examined 3 dhows in turn and proceeded.

6.30am: Stopped and examined 2 dhows; proceeded to anchorage.

7.53am: Came to with port bower in 5 fathoms with 2 shackles off Kalba; interpreter landed.

10.30am: Interpreter returned; weighed and proceeded on 147° 6.25 knots.

2.25pm: Shinas Fort abeam 5 miles.

6.43pm: Came to with port bower in 4 fathoms with 2 shackles off Sohar; interpreter landed.

9.00pm: Interpreter returned. Embarked Wali of Sohar and attendants.

9.25pm: Weighed and proceeded on 025° 7 knots.

10.00pm: Altered course to 329°.

Number on sick list: 7.

Distance run 108.4 miles.


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25 September 1921

At Kalba and at Dibba.

Lat 25.0317, Long 56.3725

[Wind variable E force 1; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F, sea average 90°F]

0.20am: Darkened ship and switched off navigation lights.

4.12am: Came to with port bower in 4 fathoms with 2 shackles off Kalba.

6.00am: Landed Wali of Sohar and attendants. Fired salute of 5 guns.

11.00am: Wali and attendants returned on board with 3 slaves (1 woman and child 1 girl). Landed interpreter and Wali’s attendants.

12.30pm: Interpreter and attendants returned with 2 slaves (one boy, one girl).

12.40pm: Weighed and proceeded on various courses at 10 knots.

2.17pm: Khor Fakkan abeam 1.5 miles.

4.55pm: Came to with port bower in 3.5 fathoms with 2 shackles off Dibba.

5.30pm: Landed Wali of Sohar and attendants with interpreter. Fired salute of 5 guns.

6.45 to 10.00pm: Burned searchlights.

10.00pm: Wali, attendants and interpreter returned on board with 6 slaves (1 man, 2 women, 3 children).*

10.15pm: Weighed and proceeded on 083° 6.8 knots.

Number on sick list: 8.

Distance run 86.1 miles.


*[Note: It is difficult to work out what is happening here, and it is possible that the use of the term “slaves” is misleading; they might be servants.

However, the log below (27t September) suggests that Crocus is freeing the slaves and taking them to Muscat.

During the 19th century the RN was instrumental in undermining the slave trade, which was well established from Zanzibar to Oman.

For details see file:///C:/Users/User/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.IE5/ZV8NLEMG/56b1630b9bc11.pdf.

Evidence is that in 1921 slavery still existed in Oman, although the Wali of Sohar seems to be co-operating in this exercise.]


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26 September 1921

At Dibba and at Sohar.

Lat 24.3, Long 57.0

[Wind variable E force 1; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 86°F, sea average 90°F]

10.34am: Came to with port bower in 3.5 fathoms with 2 shackles off Sohar.

11.30am: Disembarked Wali of Sohar and attendants. Fired salute of 7 guns.

5.50pm: Embarked Director of Customs and family.

6.00pm: Weighed and proceeded on 109° 6.75 knots.

Number on sick list: 8.

Distance run 122 miles.


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27 September 1921

At Muscat and en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 24.1, Long 58.2

[Wind variable force 1; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 86°F, sea average 88°F]

9.25am: Fahl Island ahead 0.5 miles.

10.23am: Came to with port bower in 7 fathoms with 2 shackles in Muscat Cove. Disembarked the slaves and Director of Customs and family.

2.45pm: Weighed and proceeded; Fisher Rock bore E 0.5 miles. Course 326°; Fahl Island abeam to port.

Distance run 108.7 miles.


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28 September 1921

From Muscat to Hengam Island.

Lat 25.4, Long 57.2

[Wind N veering SSW force 1-2; sea smooth with E then SE swell; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 87°F; sea average 88°F]

1.00am: Course 326° 6.25 knots.

2.30pm: Triatic stay carried away; refitted the same.

6.45pm: Sighted Quoin Island Light distant 23.5 miles, bearing N21°W.

8.55pm: Course 307°; Quoin Island Light bearing N50°W.

9.20pm: Passed and communicated with SS Jalavihar.

9.36pm: Quoin Island Light abeam to starboard 0.75 miles.

Number on sick list: 5.

Distance run 131.8 miles.


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29 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 86°F]

3.20am: Altered course to avoid dhow; sighted light in Hengam Sound.

4.00am: Sighted and communicated with HMS Triad.

6.42am: Came to with starboard bower in 9 fathoms with 3 shackles in Bandar Gharbi, Hengam Island. Officer of the Guard visited ship; Triad and Cyclamen in company.

9.30am: Discharged 1 Joiner 3rd Class to Cyclamen.

10.00am: Captain paid official call to Capt. Pearson SNOPG [Senior Naval Officer Persian Gulf]; stores lighter secured alongside.

1.00pm: Hands drawing naval and paymaster stores.

2.40pm: Lighter cast off; prepared for coaling.

Distance run 101 miles.


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30 September 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable E force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 86°F]

6.15am: Coal lighter secured alongside.

7.30am: Started coaling (native labour).

8.00pm: Finished coaling; received 170 tons.

Number on sick list: 5.



LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1921


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1 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable E force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 86°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.

5.00pm: Held sailing race for whalers.

6.00pm: SS Barjora arrived.


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2 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 86°F]

7.00am: SS Barjora sailed.

10.15am: Divine service.


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3 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind “light airs” SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

6.00pm: Paid monthly settlement.

6.30pm: Captain J.L. Pearson CMG SNOPG returned Captain’s call.


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4 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind “light airs” SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

Number on sick list: 9.


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5 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind “light airs” SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

6.00am: SS Bamora arrived (southbound).

9.00am: SS Bamora sailed.


[Note: Log is signed “Inspected; Capt. R L Pearson SNOPG, 7 10 21”.]


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6 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind WSW backing SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 86°F]

9.00am: Hands preparing ship for inspection.

Number on sick list: 9.


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7 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable W force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

9.25am: Hands muster by open list.

9.30am: Captain J.L. Pearson CMG came aboard and inspected the ship.

11.15am: Capt. Pearson left the ship.

5.00pm: Exercised stations for “prepare to tow” and “prepare to be taken in tow”.

6.00pm: SS Bankura (southbound) arrived.


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8 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

6.00am: SS Bankura sailed.

6.15am: Captain J.L. Pearson CMG came aboard and exercised the ship’s company at the following drills: “Fire stations in action”, “Prepare to be taken in tow”, Collision, “Abandon Ship” and physical drill.

8.05am: Capt. Pearson left the ship.

9.00am: SS Barala (Northbound) arrived.

10.00am: SS Barala sailed.

11.00am: HIMS Persepolis arrived.

4.00pm: Held sailing race for whalers.

9.00pm: Ships’ company attended whist drive on board HMS Cyclamen.


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9 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

7.00am: RIMS Patrick Stewart arrived.

9.00am: RIMS Patrick Stewart sailed.


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10 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

8.30am: Hands ranging port cable for survey.

10.30am: Embarked canteen stores. Diving boat and divers alongside clearing inlets.

1.00pm: Diving boat cast off.


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11 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 0-1; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

9.40am: Furled upper foc’sle awning.

10.00am: Hands employed painting chain locker. Rigged stage on boat deck.

Noon: HMS Cyclamen sailed.

5.00pm: Leading Seamen training class away for boat sailing instruction.

Number on sick list: 10.


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12 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly SW force 0-1; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

9.30am: Hands surveying port cable and stripping down No.1 pom-pom; carpenters rigging canteen on shore.

5.00pm: Hands rigging stage on boat deck.

8.30pm: Ship’s company gave a concert for HMS Triad.


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13 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly SW force 0-1; cloudless; air temperature average 86°F]

6.00am: Unrigged stage.

10.00am: Seamen ratings to small arms drill.

Midnight: RIMS Nearchus arrived.


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14 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly SW force 0-1; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

6.30am: Carried out 1” AR practice from all guns at target towed by motor boat.

8.00am: Sent Officer of the Guard to RIMS Nearchus.

10.00am: Sent recording [possibly “recording fall of shot”] parties to Triad for drill.

2.00pm: RIMS Nearchus sailed.

3.30pm: Landed cricket party.

7.00pm: SS Barpeta (northbound) arrived.

8.30pm: HIMS Persepolis sailed.


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15 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

7.00am: SS Bapeta sailed.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

11.00am: Pattern VII target secured astern.

3.30pm: Landed cricket party.

8.00pm: Ship’s company held a whist drive for HMS Triad.

11.30pm: RIMS Palinurus [survey vessel] arrived.


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16 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

8.00am: Officer of the Guard visited RIMS Palinurus.

10.30am: Divine service.

6.00pm: Discharged 1 native baker to Triad.

7.00pm: 1 native baker joined ship from Triad.


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17 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly S force 1-2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

8.30-11.30am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour for gunnery exercise. Towing for Triad’s firing and observing fall of shot. Picking up and repairing target.

11.45am: Triad parted company.

12.35pm: Came to with port bower in 9 fathoms with 2 shackles in Bandar Gharbi, Hengam Island.

Number on sick list: 10.


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18 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly SW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

6.00am: Ranged starboard bower cable for survey.

7.00am: SS Barjora (southbound) arrived; 2 SPOs for Cyclamen joined from Banjora.

8.00am: Barjora sailed.

Number on sick list: 10.


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19 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly S force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

6.00pm: Landed Pattern VII target.

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20 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly NE force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

6.00am: HMS Cyclamen arrived.

9.40am: Seamen and special ratings to small arms drill.

10.15am: Discharged to Cyclamen 2 stoker Petty Officers.

12.30pm: Discharged 1 Seedie stoker to shore.

9.30pm: RIMS Patrick Stewart arrived.


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21 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable E force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 86°F]

7.00am: Struck down starboard bower cable.

7.30am: SS Chakla (southbound) arrived.

10.30am: Chakla sailed.

7.00pm: Patrick Stewart (cable ship) sailed.


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22 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

8.30am: Saturday routine.

10.00am: Discharged to hospital Bombay per HMS Cyclamen Sub Lt. ER Conder (invalided home) I ERA and 1 stoker.

11.00am: HMS Cyclamen sailed.

Number on sick list: 6.


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23 October 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 83°F]

10.00am: Divine service.

1.00pm: Hands away with seine net.


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24 October 1921


At Hengam Island and en route to Abu Musa Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 83°F]

6.30am: SS Bamora (northbound) arrived.

9.15am: Bamora sailed.

9.30am: Weighed and proceeded on course W 7.5 knots.

9.45am: Altered course to S45.5°W; furled lower quarterdeck and lower bridge awnings.

2.55pm: Jez-e-Tonb abeam to starboard 6 miles.

3.15pm: Sighted Abu Musa bearing S40.5° 24 miles.

6.38pm: Came to with port bower in 6 fathoms with 3 shackles off Abu Musa (E side).


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25 October 1921

At patrol off Abu Musa Island.

Lat 25.8, Long 55.4

[Wind variable W force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

8.15am: Weighed and proceeded; course E 4.75 knots.

12.45pm: Altered course to W.

2.15pm: Stopped; searched dhow; proceeded.

5.30pm: Came to with port bower in 7 fathoms with 2 shackles off Abu Musa (E side). Landed interpreter to search dhows in S anchorage.

Distance run 66.3 miles.

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26 October 1921

At Abu Musa and Tonb Island.

Lat 25.9, Long 55.1

[Wind mainly WSW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 83°F]

7.00am: Sent interpreter to search dhow; prepared for 1''AR practice.

8.00am: Embarked 1 slave who had escaped from village.*

9.35am: Weighed and proceeded on course N35°E 5.5 knots.

10.35-11.15am: Carried out 4 runs of 1” AR practice from 4” guns.

11.20-11.50am: Firing .303 from 3 pounders. Picked up target.

3.45pm: Came to with port bower in 5 fathoms with 2.5 shackles off Tonb Island (SE anchorage).

5.00pm: Hands away in boats fishing and bathing.

Distance run 42.9 miles.


*[Note: Clear evidence that there was still slavery in the Gulf and that the RN continued its work against slavery.]


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27 October 1921

At Tonb Island and en route to Sohar.

Lat 26.4, Long 56.0

[Wind variable force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 83°F]

6.00am: Weighed and proceeded on course N76°E 6.5 knots.

3.30pm: Altered course to S78°E.

4.15pm: Quoin Island Light abeam to port 3.5 miles.

5.40pm: Altered course to S8°E.

Distance run 63.9 miles.


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28 October 1921

At Sohar.

Lat 24.3, Long 56.9

[Wind variable force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

10.45am: Came to with port bower in 5 fathoms with 2 shackles off Sohar.

5.00pm: Prince Seyd Ali embarked for passage to Muscat.

6.00pm: Weighed and proceeded on course S73.5°E 5.5 knots.

Distance run 141.6 miles.


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29 October 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.9, Long 58.2

[Wind variable force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 83°F]

8.50am: Saturday routine.

10.32am: Came to with starboard bower in 5 fathoms with 2 shackles in Muscat Cove.

Disembarked Prince Seyd Ali.

Noon: HBM Consul called on Captain.

5.00pm: Hands to bathe; drew monthly money from Consulate.

Distance run 100.6 miles.


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30 October 1921

At Muscat.

Lat 23.9, Long 58.2

[Wind mainly NW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 83°F]

8.00am: Hands to bathe.

10.10am: Divine service.

6.00pm: Weighed and proceeded on course N35°W 6.25 knots.

7.00pm: Fahl Island abeam to port 2.5 miles.


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31 October 1921

From Muscat to Hengam Island.

Lat 25.2, Long 57.4

[Wind mainly NW force 1-2; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 83°F; sea average 83°F]

9.45am: Ship maintenance.

3.50pm: Passed and communicated with SS Barpeta.

5.00pm: Paid monthly money.

9.25pm: Course N31°W; sighted Quoin Island Light bearing N31°W 24 miles.

Distance run 114.1 miles.



LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1921


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1 November 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

0.23am: Quoin Island Light bore N30°E 5 cables.

6.30am: Communicated with HMS Triad.

6.52am: Came to with starboard bower in 8 fathoms with 2 shackles in Bandar Gharbi, Hengam Island. Officer of the Guard visited ship.

9.00am: 2 native bakers joined from HMS Triad. Captain took over duties of Senior Naval Officer Persian Gulf.

11.15am: HMS Triad sailed for Bombay to recommission.

6.00pm: Prepared for coaling.

Distance run 127.4 miles.


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2 November 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

6.00am: Coal lighters secured alongside.

7.00am: Commenced coaling (native labour).

9.30am: Finished coaling; took in 100 tons.


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3 November 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

6.00am: Spread upper awnings and furled lower awnings.

9.30am: Ship maintenance.


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4 November 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

10.00am: Crews at 1” AR practice at target towed by motor boat.

6.00pm: SS Bamora (southbound) arrived.


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5 November 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 82°F]

7.00am: SS Bamora sailed.

9.00am: Saturday routine.


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6 November 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 82°F]

8.40am: SS James Lambert arrived; HM Consular Agent for Bandar Abbas came on board.

9.30am: Consular Agent left.

10.15am: Divine service.

11.00am: James Lambert left.


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7 November 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly SW force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 82°F]

9.00am: Weighed and proceeded to 1” AR practice at W entrance.

9.30am: Stopped and out target.

10.30am: Proceeded with 1” AR practice; carried out 3 runs with 4” guns and 2 runs of .303 with 3 pounders.

11.50am: Practice completed.

12.23pm: Came to with starboard bower in 9 fathoms with 2 shackles in Bandar Gharbi, Hengam Island.


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8 November 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly SW force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 82°F]

7.00am: Preparing for full calibre firing. RIMS Miner * secured alongside with target in tow.

8.45am: RIMS Miner slipped and proceeded.

9.00am: Weighed and proceeded to E entrance.

9.45am: Proceeded as requisite for full calibre firing. Opened fire with 4" guns. Fired 12 rounds per gun; ceased fire.

10.42am: Opened fire with 3 pdrs. Fired 8 rounds per gun (stbd side).

10.47am: Ceased fire. Proceeded into harbour.

12.13pm: Came to with starboard bower in 9 fathoms with 2 shackles in Bandar Gharbi, Hengam Island.

12.45pm: RIMS Miner returned to harbour.

*[Note: Formerly HMS Miner.

From Naval-History: MINER, armed launch, ex-launch-tug. Built 1880, 50grt. Armed with 1-12pdr/1-3pdr/1-MG. In service from 11.14. One of five vessels (GARMSIR, LEWIS PELLY, MASHONA, MINER, SIRDAR-I-NAPHTI) commissioned in Persian Gulf area by 4 officers and 41 men of battleship OCEAN. Battle Honour (and link to despatches, casualties, awards) Mesopotamia 1914/16.]


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9 November 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 81°F]

8.30pm: Ship’s company gave a concert.


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10 November 1921


At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable W force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 81°F]

9.40am: Seamen and stoker ratings to rifle and cutlass drill.

3.30pm: Landed football parties.


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11 November 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable SW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 81°F]

6.00am: Landed seamen and stoker small arms companies for company drill.

8.00am: Landing party returned.

11.00am: All hands stopped. 11-00 to 11.02am local time preserved 2 minute silence for armistice anniversary;

resumed normal routine.

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12 November 1921

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F]

8.30am: Saturday routine.

9.00pm: SS Bankura (southbound): arrived.


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13 November 1921

At Hengam Island and en route to Bushire.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable E force 1-4; cloudy; air temperature average 75°F]

2.30am: SS Bankura sailed.

7.15am: SS Barjora (northbound) arrived. 5 ratings (1 ERA, 2 PO 2nd, l Leading Stoker, 1 AB): joined ship.

9.40am: SS Barjora sailed.

10.15am: Divine service.

6.00pm: Secured for sea.

9.00pm: Weighed and proceeded on N71°W.

11.30pm: Tonb Island Light bore SW 24 miles.


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14 November 1921

At sea and at Hengam Island.

Lat 26.5, Long 55.7

[Wind NNE veering SSE force 1-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F; sea average 81°F]

2.10am: Altered course to S89.5°W; Tonb Island Light bore S2°E 4.25 miles.

4.45am: Altered course to E; returning to Hengam to coal.

9.45am: Hands preparing for coaling.

2.37pm: Came to with starboard bower in 9 fathoms with 2 shackles in Bandar Gharbi, Hengam Island. Coal lighter secured; started coaling (native labour).

4.30pm: Finished coaling; took in 50 tons.

5.30pm: Weighed and proceeded on S50°W [sic].

8.20pm: Tonb Island Light bore S46°W 23 miles.

11.00pm: Altered course to W; Tonb Island Light bore S19°W 4.25 miles.

Distance run 106.6 miles.


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15 November 1921

At sea from Hengam Island to Bushire.

Lat 26.5, Long 53.6

[Wind variable force 1-6; sea slight; cloudy with squalls and showers; air temperature average 76°F; sea average 83°F]

2.10am: Forur Island bore S18°W 15 miles.

3.25am: Passed and communicated with SS Vasna.

4.20am: Forur Island abeam to port 2.5 miles.

10.35am: Altered course to avoid dhow; course N63°W.

7.50pm: Passed and communicated with SS War Sailor.* (northbound). Course N66°W 8 knots.

Distance run 130.1 miles.


*[Note: Possibly the British India Line ship Hatarama (ex War Sailor).]


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16 November 1921

At sea from Hengam Island to Bushire.

Lat 28.4, Long 51.0

[Wind variable NW force 1-5; sea moderate to slight with WSW swell; overcast with thunderstorms and lightning including forked lightning; air temperature average 69°F; sea average 79°F]

0.30am: Started sounding every 30 mins; depths between 18-22 fathoms.

4.30am: Communicated with SS [possibly] Manora (southbound).

5.00am: Altered course to N22°W.

7.30am: Stopped sounding (14 fathoms).

1.30pm: Sighted Bushire W/T mast bearing N14°W 22 miles.

5.14pm: Came to with starboard bower in 3.75 fathoms with 3 shackles in inner anchorage Bushire.

5.50pm: Put clocks back 20 minutes.

6.30pm: Put clocks back 20 minutes.

Distance run 191.5 miles.


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17 November 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable NE force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 68°F]

9.00am: SS Barjora (northbound) arrived.

9.30am: Ship maintenance.

Number on sick list: 4.


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18 November 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 69°F]

7.00am: Rigged whaler for diving.

9.00am: Divers cleaning inlets.

5.00pm: Prepared for coaling; SS Barjora sailed.

10.00pm: Coal lighter secured alongside.


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19 November 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 69°F]

6.00am: SS Chakla (northbound): arrived; Started coaling (native labour).

11.00am: SS Chakla sailed.

2.30pm: Finished coaling. Took in 235 tons of coal.


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20 November 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable force 3-5; cloud, thunderstorms and lightning; air temperature average 65°F]

9.30am: RIMS Lawrence arrived.

10.30am: Divine service.


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21 November 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable force 8-1 [sic]; cloud, thunderstorms and lightning; air temperature average 67°F]

1.30-1.40am: Very heavy thunderstorm, continuous lightning.


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22 November 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 68°F]

7.00am: Rigged whaler for diving.

10.00am: Divers cleaning fire pump inlets.

12.10pm: Weighed and proceeded; course as req't for shifting billet.

2.09pm: Came to with starboard bower in 3.75 fathoms with 3.5 shackles off Dastay Point, Reshire; continued diving.

4.15pm: Finished diving.


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23 November 1921

At Reshire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable NE force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 68°F]

3.00pm: RIMS Palinurus arrived.

4.15pm: Palinurus sailed


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24 November 1921

At Reshire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable NE and calm force 0-1; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]

Number on sick list: 4.


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25 November 1921

At Reshire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable SE force 6-1; cloud with thunderstorms and lightning; air temperature average 70°F]


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26 November 1921

At Reshire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind mainly NE force 1; cloud with thunderstorms and lightning; air temperature average 70°F]

10.00am: Saturday routine.

1.30-5.30pm: Football parties.


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27 November 1921

At Reshire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind mainly NE force 1; cloud with thunderstorms and lightning; air temperature average 68°F]

9.30pm: Continuous lightning 8.15 to 9.15pm.


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28 November 1921

At Reshire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind E veering ESE force 1; cloud with thunderstorms and lightning; air temperature average 68°F]

9.00am: Lost overboard by accident 1 bottle-screw slip. Hands employed stripping 2 pdr pom-poms: painting and cleaning.

11.00am: HMITS Patrick Stewart arrived.


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29 November 1921

At Reshire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind ESE backing N force 1; overcast with some rain; air temperature average 68°F]

10.10am: Carried out 2 pdr pom-pom practice at moored target.

3.00pm: Patrick Stewart sailed.


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30 November 1921

At Reshire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind NNW force 1-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 68°F]

2.00pm: SS Bamora (northbound): arrived.



LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1921


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1 December 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind NNE force 1; overcast; air temperature average 66°F]

7.00am: Weighed and proceeded to Bushire outer anchorage.

7.54am: Came to with starboard bower in 5 fathoms with 2 shackles 5 cables 180° from outer anchorage Bushire. Put clocks back 20 mins; dressed ship overall.

10.00am: HMS Renown arrived. Visited by Officers of the Guard. Lawrence arrived.

11.00am: Fired salute of 31 guns in honour of HM Queen Alexandra’s birthday.

1.00pm: Lawrence proceeded to inner anchorage. Paid monthly money. Discovered the loss of the mooring swivel.*

4.00pm: Bamora sailed (northbound).

5.30-700pm: All hands searching ship for mooring swivel.

9.00pm: RIMS Nearchus arrived.


*[Note: This special entry is signed “CP Christie W O’Sullivan”]


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2 December 1921

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.0

[Wind variable NE force 1-2; overcast with rain; air temperature average 66°F]

9.35am: Weighed and proceeded alongside HMS Renown.

11.00am: Hands employed embarking Sir P. Loraine’s baggage.*

12.30pm: 2 Goanese stewards and 1 Persian cook joined from Renown for passage up river.

2.00pm: Ship’s company attended cinematograph entertainment in Renown.**

4.20pm: Slipped and proceeded to leave HMS Renown. Course N74°W 6.25 knots.

6.10pm: Very long thunderstorm; wind backed to NE.


*[Sir Percy Loraine had been appointed British Plenipotentiary to Tehran and had been brought from Bombay to Bushire on HMS Renown.

Crocus was to take him to Mohammarah (Khorramshahr) for a railway connection to Tehran.]


**[Renown was equipped with a cinema and a squash court.]


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3 December 1921

At Bushire and at Fao [Al Faw, Iraq]

Lat 29.6, Long 49.0

[Wind variable force 1-2; sea slight with E swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 68°F; sea average 74°F]

2.50am: Passed and spoke with SS Vasna (southbound).

3.40am: Passed and spoke with RIMS Lawrence (northbound).

7.14am: Came to with starboard bower in 14 fathoms and 2.5 shackles at rendezvous 29°31’N, 49°08’E.

9.40am: Weighed and proceeded on course to close Renown.

10.45am: Lying off Renown; embarked Sir P. Loraine, secretary and 2 servants for passage to Basra. Broke Viceroy’s flag.

10.50am: Proceeded on N48°W 12 knots.

Noon: Sighted Shatt-al-Arab Light; veered to N63°W 12 knots.

12.55pm: Entered Shatt-al-Arab river; lightship bore N50°E.

1.25pm: Passed fairway buoy.

2.35pm: Passed inner bar buoy; reduced to 10 knots.

3.15pm: Passed Fao; came to with starboard bower in 5 fathoms and 1.5 shackles off Fao.

5.00pm: Hands rigging stage on boat deck.

10.00pm: Ship’s company gave a concert.

Distance run 140.7 miles.


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4 December 1921

At Muhammarah [Khorramshahr, Iran]

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind mainly WSW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F]

6.20am: Weighed and proceeded up river.

6.47am: Passed Kasba Light buoy.

9.50am: Came to with starboard bower in 7 fathoms and 1.5 shackles off Abadan.

11.00am: Sir P Loraine landed; struck Viceroy’s flag.

11.45am: Weighed and proceeded up river.

1.00pm: Crossed Muhammarah bar.

1.40pm: Came to with the bowers in 5 fathoms and 2.5 shackles off Muhammarah.

11.30pm: Sir P. Loraine returned on board; hoisted Viceroy’s flag.

Distance run 40 miles.

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5 December 1921

At Muhammarah and at Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind NW force 1; fog, mist and broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F]

3.00am: Thick mist.

7.30am: Mist cleared.

10.15am: Sheikh of Muhammarah and staff came onboard. Fired salute of 12 guns.

10.50am: Nearchus passed.

11.00am: Colonel Trevor and staff came aboard.*

11.13am: Weighed and proceeded up river 12 knots.

11.35am: Passed Satan’s Gap.

1.30pm: Stopped and secured to No.1 buoy, Basra. Hands disembarking Sir P. Loraine’s luggage.

4.00pm: Colonel Trevor and staff and Sheikh of Muhammarah left ship.

Distance run 17 miles.


*[Note: Arthur Prescott Trevor, the British Resident in the Gulf at that time.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_Gulf_Residency]


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6 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind calm; cloudy; air temperature average 58°F]

8.15am: Sir P Loraine and staff left ship; struck Viceroy’s flag.

9.00am: Bamora and Vasna sailed (southbound).

2.00pm: Discharged 2 stokers to hospital.


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7 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind variable force 1; fog, mist and broken cloud; air temperature average 58°F]

9.15am: [most likely] SS Warturm arrived.

9.15pm: Landed pier patrol.

10.30pm: Patrol returned.


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8 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind NE and calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F]

6.00am: RIMS Lawrence sailed.

10.00am: SS Bandra arrived. Hands overhauling 2pdr pom-pom.

9.15pm: Landed pier patrol.

10.30pm: Patrol returned.*

Number on sick list: 0.


*[Note: This is a daily event]


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9 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

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

9.00am: SS Barala arrived.

1.00pm: SS Fultala sailed.


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10 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind SSE backing SE force 1-3; overcast with rain showers; air temperature average 65°F]

10.00am: Saturday routine.


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11 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind mainly SE force 1-3; overcast with rain showers; air temperature average 67°F]

9.30am: Divine service.


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12 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind mainly SE force 1-2; overcast; air temperature average 69°F]

9.40am: Discharged 1 AB to hospital.

1.00pm: SS Bandra sailed.


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13 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind mainly WNW and NW force 1-2; overcast; air temperature average 69°F]

9.00pm: Concert party gave an entertainment at the hospital.


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14 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind SW veering NW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F]

7.00am: RIMS Nearchus sailed.

9.30am: Held Court of Enquiry on board to enquire into the loss of the mooring swivel.

10.35pm: Observed fire in Quarantine Creek [?]: Informed fire float station.

10.50pm: Fire apparently extinguished.


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15 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind mainly NW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 58°F]

7.00am: SS Barala sailed.

10.00am: SS Varsova arrived.


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16 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind “light airs”; fog then broken cloud; air temperature average 58°F]

7.00am: Thick fog.

9.00am: Fog cleared.

Number on sick list: 1.


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17 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind “light airs”; fog then broken cloud; air temperature average 58°F]

3.00am: Thick fog.

4.00am: Fog cleared.

8.30am: Saturday routine.

1.30pm: SS Varsova sailed.

Number on sick list: 1.


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18 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 58°F]

7.00am: SS Bankura arrived.

9.30am: Landed Church of England church party (42).

11.00am: Church party returned.


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19 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind “light airs”; fog then broken cloud; air temperature average 58°F]

6.00am: Thick fog.

7.40am: Fog cleared.

10.00am: Bayonet drill and ship maintenance.


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20 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 58°F]

10.00am: Bayonet drill and ship maintenance.

2.00pm: SS Vasna arrived.


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21 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind SSE veering NW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 58°F]

9.30am: 1 stoker: discharged to hospital.

9.45am: 4” guns crews to loading drill.

9.00pm: R.A.M.C. and R.A.O.C. gave a concert on board.


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22 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind “light airs”; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 55°F]

9.30am: Small arms company to rifle drill.

10.20am: Hands embarking stores from SS Bankura.


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23 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind mainly ESE force 1-2; overcast with rain; air temperature average 53°F]

7.00am: SS Chakdara arrived.

3.00pm: 1 AB returned from hospital.


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24 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind variable force 1-2; overcast with rain; air temperature average 51°F]

8.30am: Saturday routine.

11.00am: 1 officers’ steward discharged to hospital.

12.30pm: HMS Triad arrived; visited by Officer of the Guard.

2.30pm: 1 stoker Petty Officer and 1 telegraphist joined from HMS Triad.


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25 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind WNW and NW force 1; overcast; air temperature average 50°F]

10.00am: Divine service; Christmas Day routine.


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26 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind variable W force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F]

2.30pm: 1 ERA joined ship from HMS Triad.


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27 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind “light airs”; overcast; air temperature average 55°F]

9.00am: SS Varela arrived.

9.45am: Exercised pom-pom guns at divisional drill. SS Chakdara sailed.

6.00pm: 1 Ldg Seaman joined ship from hospital in Karachi.


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28 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind N veering ENE force 1; cloudy; air temperature average 57°F]

9.45 Gun drills.

11.00am: Landed sports competitors.


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29 December 1921

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind variable force 1; cloudy with mist; air temperature average 57°F]

8.00am: Drew mooring swivel from HMS Triad.

11.00am: Landed sports competitors and onlookers.

6.00pm: Secured for sea.

11.30pm: Drew canteen stores (25 cases).


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30 December 1921

At Basra and en route to Kharg Island.

Lat 29.5, Long 49.4

[Wind NW force 1-2; sea slight to moderate; cloudy with mist; air temperature average 55°F; sea average 65°F]

5.15am: Rove 3.5” wire as slip rope.

6.15am: Slipped forward wire; hove in aft.

6.27am: Slipped and proceeded down river.

7.43am: Passed Satan’s Gap.

8.00am: Passed Muhammarah.

9.00am: Passed Abadan.

11.00am: Passed yacht with Sheikh of Kuwait aboard.

11.15am: Passed Kasba Light buoy.

11.37am: Passed Fao.

12.34pm: Passed inner bar buoy; increased to 12 knots.

1.40pm: Passed outer bar buoy; reduced to 6.25 knots.

1.48pm: Passed fairway buoy.

2.35pm: Shatt-al-Arab Light bore SW 1 cable; set course S67.5°E.


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31 December 1921

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable NW force 5-1; broken cloud; air temperature average 57°F]

5.40am: Sighted Kharg Island bearing N20°E 6.5 miles.

6.50am: Courses as requisite for swinging ship.

7.45am: Finished swinging ship.

8.20am: Came to with starboard bower and 3 shackles in 7.5 fathoms off E side of Kharg Island.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

Distance run 117.6 miles.


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Officer mentioned: P Christie

Record of Observations for Deviation



THE VOYAGES OF HMS CROCUS 1922

JP map Crocus 1922

LOGS FOR JANUARY 1922


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1 January 1922

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind NNW backing WNW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F]

8.00am: Dressed ship overall in honour of HM the King's proclamation in India.

9.30am: Hands to muster by the ledger. Inspection of service certificates.

10.15am: Divine service.


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2 January 1922

At Kharg Island and at Bushire.

Lat 29.1, Long 50.5

[Wind NNW backing WNW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F]

5.55am: Weighed and proceeded.

8.30am: Communicated with SS Bamora.

9.20am: Let go lifebuoy and exercised “man overboard”.

11.20am: Came to with starboard bower in 4 fathoms with 3 shackles in inner anchorage Bushire.

11.30am: Paid quarterly settlement

11.40am: (noon local time) Fired salute of 31 guns for Proclamation Day (yesterday).

11.00pm: Coal dhow secured alongside.


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3 January 1922

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind SE and ESE force 1-3; overcast; air temperature average 60°F]

6.00am: Started coaling (native labour); hands rigging screens; SS Varsova arrived.

9.30am: Lt. J F D Bowen RN joined from SS Varsova.*

4.30pm: Finished coaling; took in 203.5 tons.


*[Note: JFD Bowen, by then a Commander, became Captain of the light cruiser HMS Caradoc on the America/West Indies Station during World War 2.

SeexDKWW2-4201-40RNShips4Overseas.htm]


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4 January 1922

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind NE veering SSE force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 65°F]

8.30am: Saturday routine.

11.00am: Received fresh meat and vegetables.

6.00pm: Burning searchlights; exercised night defence. Crews and men under instruction.


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5 January 1922

At Bushire and at Kharg Island.

Lat 29.1, Long 50.6

[Wind variable “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 65°F]

8.50am: Weighed and proceeded to leave anchorage; exercised small arms drill.

10.40am: Out target and proceeded to carry out 3 pdr and 2 pdr pom-pom runs.

2.28pm: Came to with starboard bower and 2 shackles in 6.5 fathoms off Kharg Island Fort.

3.00pm: Exercised night defence stations.

5.00pm: Weighed and proceeded to E; carried out 3 runs of 1”AR and Lewis Gun.

7.37pm: Came to with starboard bower and 3 shackles in 7 fathoms off Kharg Island Fort.

9.00pm: Furled focsle, well deck and quarterdeck awnings.

Distance run 55 miles.


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6 January 1922

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind mainly SE force 1-2; showers and broken cloud; air temperature average 67°F]

5.30pm: Weighed and proceeded on night firing exercises.

6.30pm: Switched on searchlights and opened fire with 4” full calibre and Lewis Guns.

7.20pm: Opened fire with 4” guns and Lewis Guns on starboard side; fired 10 rounds to SE.

8.00pm: Came to with starboard bower and 3 shackles in 7.5 fathoms in usual billet off Kharg Island.


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7 January 1922

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind mainly SE force 1-2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 67°F]

8.30am: Saturday routine.


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8 January 1922

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind mainly SE force 1-2; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 68°F]

10.10am: Divine service.

Number on sick lst: 6.


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9 January 1922

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind ESE veering SSE force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 68°F]

2.00pm: Instructional class for higher ratings away sailing.

8.30pm: Ship’s company held a whist drive.


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10 January 1922

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind SSE veering NW force 1-8; broken cloud; air temperature average 68°F]

10.30am: Veered to 4 shackles and set anchor watch on focsle [NB force 8 winds]

1.30pm: Secured for sea.

2.14pm: Weighed and proceeded to shift berth to NW of Kharg Island.

4.22pm: Came to with starboard bower and 3 shackles in 12.5 fathoms at NW point of Kharg Island.


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11 January 1922

At Kharg Island and at Bushire.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.5

[Wind variable force 1-6; overcast with thunderstorms; air temperature average 65°F]

10.30am: Weighed and proceeded; Mir Muhammad bore S39°W 1.6 miles.

1.30pm: Sighted Outer Bay Bushire ahead 7 miles.

3.22pm: Came to with starboard bower in 4 fathoms with 3 shackles in inner anchorage Bushire.

6.00pm: SS Bandra sailed.

7.40pm: SS Barpeta arrived; sent boats for stores; stores returned and hoisted.

Distance run 34.8 miles.


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12 January 1922

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind mainly NW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 65°F]

8.30am: Dhow alongside with stores; SS Barpeta sailed. Hands embarking stores.

11.00am: Persian [gunboat] Muzaffer sailed.


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13 January 1922

At Bushire and at Kharg Island.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable force 1-6; broken cloud; air temperature average 62°F]

8.35am: Weighed and proceeded towards Reshire.

9.49am: Came to with starboard bower in 3.5 fathoms with 3 shackles off Reshire Point.

1.30pm: Weighed and proceeded on N52°W.

6.30pm: Came to with starboard bower and 3 shackles in 7 fathoms in usual billet E of Kharg Island.

Distance run 40.5 miles.


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14 January 1922

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind mainly NW force 1-4; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 54°F]

8.30am: Saturday routine.


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15 January 1922

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind mainly NW force 1-3; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 57°F]

10.00am: Divine service.


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16 January 1922

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind mainly W force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 57°F]

10.00am: 2 pdr pom-pom crews testing and firing.


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17 January 1922

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind mainly NW force 2-3; light broken cloud; air temperature average 58°F]

9.45am: Sweepers and watchkeepers to bayonet drill.

9.00pm: Ship’s company held a whist drive.


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18 January 1922

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind mainly NW force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F]

9.45am: Rigged target and carried out .22 rifle practice for all ratings.

1.30pm: Instructional class away sailing; .22 rifle practice.


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19 January 1922

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind mainly NW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 60°F]

9.15am: Rigged diving pump; divers examining propellers.

1.30pm: Continued diving.

5.00pm: Secured for sea.


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LOGS FOR JANUARY 20TH 1922 TO JANUARY 10TH 1923


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20 January 1922


At Kharg Island and at Imam Husein [Emam Hasan Abdullah Port, Iran]

Lat 29.5, Long 50.5

[Wind variable force 1; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 65°F; sea average 65°F]

5.43am: Weighed and proceeded on N29.5°E 7.5 knots.

8.25am: Came to with starboard bower and 2 shackles in 3 fathoms off Ganaveh [Bandar Ganaveh, Iran].

8.30am: Lt. Kingdon landed to interview APOC representation.*

11.45am: Lt Kingdon returned on board.

12.35pm: Weighed and proceeded on N69°E 7.5 knots.

1.40pm: Altered course to close dhow.

1.50pm: Stopped and examined dhow; proceeded on N40°W.

5.03pm: Came to with starboard bower and 2.5 shackles in 3.25 fathoms off Imam Husein (Asghar village and fort).

6.30-7.00pm: Burned searchlights.


*[Note: The Anglo-Persian Oil Company, later BP, currently in dispute with the Iranian government over oil concessions in the area. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Persian_Oil_Company]


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21 January 1922


At Imam Husein and at Dilam Bay [Dohat Deylam, Iran]

Lat 29.9, Long 50.1

[Wind mainly SE force 1-4; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 65°F; sea average 63°F]

6.00am: Landed interpreter to interview Khan of Asghar.

9.00am: Saturday routine; recalled boats; secured for sea.

11.33am: Weighed and proceeded on S88°W.

11.45am: Altered course to N60°W.

2.22pm: Came to with starboard bower and 3 shackles in 3.25 fathoms in Dilam Bay.

6.30-7.00pm: Burned searchlights.


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22 January 1922

At Dilam Bay.

Lat 29.9, Long 50.1

[Wind mainly SE force 1-4; cloudy; air temperature average 64°F]

10.00am: Divine service.


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23 January 1922


At Dilam Bay and at Ras-ul-Bahragan [Bahrakan, Iran]

Lat 30.1, Long 50.0

[Wind mainly “light airs”; cloudy; air temperature average 64°F]

6.00am: Landed Interpreter.

9.45am: Control parties to bayonet drill.

10.45am: Interpreter returned.

11.00am: Weighed and proceeded on S86°W.

3.30pm: Came to with starboard bower and 3.5 shackles in 7 fathoms off Ras-ul-Bahragan.

6.30-7.00pm: Burned searchlights.


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24 January 1922

At Ras-ul-Bahragan and at Bushire.

Lat 29.4, Long 50.1

[Wind E veering SE force 1-4; sea slight; overcast with showers; air temperature average 65°F; sea average 63°F]

6.03am: Weighed and proceeded on S51.5°E to Kharg Island to carry out annual Lyddite and shell firing.

10.30-11.00pm: Carried out 2 pdr pom-pom HA practice.

1.45pm: Rain squall. Firing abandoned.

5.50pm: Sighted outer buoy Bushire bearing S45°E 7.5 miles.

6.00pm: Passed and communicated with RIMS Palinurus (northbound).

6.52pm: Came to with starboard bower in 5 fathoms with 3 shackles in outer anchorage Bushire.

9.00pm: Ship’s company held a whist drive.

Distance run 87.3 miles.


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25 January 1922

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable force 1-2; overcast; air temperature average 65°F]

2.00-2.10, 3.00-3.20 and 4.00-4.10am: Burning searchlights in accordance with orders from S.N.O. HMS Triad.

7.30am: HMS Triad arrived. Visited by Officer of the Guard.

9.40am: Tested both lightning conductors and found them correct.

5.00pm: Hands embarking stores from dhow.

6.00pm: 2 stokers rejoined ship from hospital (at Basra).


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26 January 1922

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind mainly NW veering N force 1-2; showers and broken cloud; air temperature average 64°F]

7.00am: SS Bankura (northbound) arrived.

8.00am: SS Barala (southbound) arrived.

9.30am: Small arms company and special ratings to rifle drill. HMS Triad proceeded to Reshire.

1.30pm: Embarked stores.

2.00pm: Hands preparing for coaling.

5.30pm: SS Barala sailed.

6.00pm: SS Bankura sailed.


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27 January 1922

At Bushire and en route to Abadan.

Lat 29.1, Long 50.5

[Wind variable NW force 1-3; sea slight; light broken cloud; air temperature average 64°F; sea average 64°F]

6.45am: Started coaling.

12.45pm: Finished coaling; took in 157.5 tons.

6.00pm: Weighed and proceeded on N68°W.

8.50pm: Sighted Kharg Island bearing N40°W.

9.35pm: Kharg Island bore NNE 3.5 miles. Course N68°W 7 knots.


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28 January 1922

At Abadan.

Lat 29.5, Long 49.0

[Wind variable NW force 1-3; sea slight; light broken cloud; air temperature average 64°F; sea average 64°F]

8.50am: Sighted Shatt-al-Arab Light Vessel bearing N68°W 7 miles.

9.35am: Light Vessel N 1 cable.

10.21am: Passed fairway buoy.

10.28am: Passed outer bar buoy.

11.28am: Passed inner bar buoy.

12.12pm: Passed Fao.

12.29pm: Passed Kasba Light buoy.

3.00pm: Came to with starboard bower in 7 fathoms with 2 shackles off Abadan.

Distance run 160 miles.


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29 January 1922

At Abadan.

Lat 30.33, Long 48.28

[Wind variable force 1-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 60°F]

9.45am: RIMS Lawrence arrived.

10.00am: Divine service.

12.50pm: Weighed and proceeded to shift bllet.

1.06pm: Came to with starboard bower in 7 fathoms with 2 shackles at Abadan.


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30 January 1922

At Abadan and at Fao. [Al Faw, Iraq]

Lat 30.33, Long 48.28

[Wind variable force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 60°F]

9.40am: Hands spreading awnings and at Lewis Gun instruction; RIMS Lawrence sailed.

3.00pm: Weighed and proceeded. Course as req, for Shatt-al-Arab.

4.30pm: Passed Kabda Point.

5.35pm: Passed Kasba Light buoy.

5.48pm: Came to with starboard bower in 6 fathoms with 2.5 shackles off Fao.

9.00pm: Ship's company held a whist drive.


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31 January 1922

At Fao and en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 29.9, Long 48.4

[Wind mainly SE force 1-4; sea slight with SE swell; overcast with thunderstorms; air temperature average 64°F; sea average 63°F]

6.30-7.00am: Very heavy hail storm.

11.00am: Weighed and proceeded along Shatt-al-Arab; passed Fao.

12.19pm: Passed inner bar buoy.

1.45pm: Passed outer bar buoy.

2.45pm: Shatt-al-Arab Light Vessel bearing NE 1 cable.

5.00pm: Respread awnings; course S48°E 7.25 knots.



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1922


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1 February 1922

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 27.8, Long 50.9

[Wind mainly NW force 2-5; sea moderate with NW swell; cloudless; air temperature average 64°F; sea average 67°F]

11.30am: Paid monthly money.

3.00pm: Passed French SS Teghel Bunn* to Abadan,

11.00pm: Put clocks on 30 mins.

Distance run 180.5 miles.


*[Not identified; may be an incorrect ship name.]


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2 February 1922

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 26.375, Long 53.6

[Wind mainly NW force 6-1; sea rough with NW swell reducing; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 68°F; sea average 71°F]

1.00am: Put clocks on 30 minutes. Course S64°E 7.5 knots.

12.30pm: Altered course to E; Sighted Kais Island [Jazireh-ye-Qeys, Iran] Light Vessel bearing N55°E 11 miles.

3.00pm: Kais Island Light bore N1°W 6 miles.

9.50pm: Sighted Tonb Island Light bearing S74°E 23.5 miles.

Distance run 169.6 miles.


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3 February 1922

At Hengam Island and en route to Muscat.

Lat 26.6, Long 56.0

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 70°F]

0.57am: Tonb Island Light bore S25°W 4.5 miles; reduced to 6 knots.

5.10am: Sighted Hengam Island bearing N83°E 5 miles.

5.45am: 1 point to starboard to avoid dhow.

6.20am: Hauled in patent log reading 454.9 miles.

7.02am: Came to with starboard bower in 8.5 fathoms with 2 shackles in Bandar Gharbi, Hengam Island.

7.15am: Officer of the Guard from HMS Triad came on board.

5.00pm: Secured for sea.

6.42pm: Weighed and proceeded out of E entrance.

8.47pm: Sighted Quoin Island Light bearing S75°E 22 miles.

11.40pm: Great Quoin Island abeam to port 3 miles; altered course to pass S of lighthouse.

Midnight: Quoin Island Light bore N20°E 1.6 miles.

Distance run 133.3 miles.


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4 February 1922

At sea en route to Muscat.

Lat 25.3, Long 57.4

[Wind variable calm; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 72°F; sea average 74°F]

0.25am: Quoin Island Light bore N50°W 3 miles; altered course to S35°E.

6.00am: Sighted land on port bow.

6.46am: Kuh-i-Mubarah [Tambaseyun-e Kuh Mobarak, Iran] bore S89.5°E 14 miles.

7.45pm: Passed and spoke with [tanker] SS Achatina on passage to Abadan.

Distance run 122.8 miles.


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5 February 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind variable SE force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 72°F]

4.05am: Sighted land on starboard bow.

5.50am: Fahl Island bore S.

6.30am: Fahl Island abeam to starboard 1.5 miles.

7.30am: Came to with starboard bower in 5.5 fathoms with 2 shackles in Muscat Cove.

8.00am: Hands to bathe.

10.30am: Divine service.

5.30pm: Hands to bathe.

Distance run 120.2 miles.


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6 February 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind calm; cloudless; air temperature average 74°F]

1.00-2.00am: Coal lighters secured alongside.

6.00am: Started coaling (native labour).

8.00am: Hands to bathe.

12.30pm: Finished coaling; took in 128 tons.

5.00pm: Hands to bathe.

Number on sick list: 1.


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7 February 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind calm; cloudless; air temperature average 74°F]

8.00am: Hands painting ship.


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8 February 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind calm; cloudless; air temperature average 74°F]

7.00am: SS Bankura arrived (southbound).

8.00am: Hands to bathe.

1.30pm: Instructional class for higher ratings away boat sailing.

6.00pm: SS Bankura sailed.


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9 February 1922


At Muscat and en route to Bombay [Mumbai, India].

Lat 23.3, Long 59.55

[Position at 8.00pm]

[Wind NNW veering ESE force 1-3; sea moderate; cloudy with mist; air temperature average 72°F; sea average 76°F]

7.00am: Rigged diving pump.

9.30am: Hands rigging windsails and triatic stay and divers examining underwater fittings.

11.54am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour.

12.07pm: Fisher Rock bore S 20°W; course S72°E.


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10 February 1922

At sea en route to Bombay.

Lat 22.6, Long 61.5

[Wind mainly NE force 3-4; sea moderate with NE swell; cloudless with mist; air temperature average 71°F; sea average 76°F]

am: Exercises such as close watertight doors, seaboats’ crews etc

Distance run 171.9 miles.


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11 February 1922


At sea en route to Bombay.

Lat 21.6, Long 64.6

[Wind mainly NE force 3-4; sea slight with NE swell; cloudless; air temperature average 74°F; sea average 77°F]

1.00am: Course S72° 7.5 knots.

6.15am: Aired bedding.

8.30am: Saturday routine.

11.00am: Started power trial.

4.00pm: Struck down bedding.

11.00pm: Put clocks on 30 minutes.

Distance run 179.9 miles.


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12 February 1922

At sea en route to Bombay.

Lat 20.2, Long 68.4

[Wind variable N force 1-2; sea slight with NE swell; cloudless; air temperature average 76°F; sea average 78°F]

0.30am: Put clocks on 30 minutes.

2.00am: Course S70.5°E 11 knots.

Noon: Finished 4/5 steam power trial.

9.15pm: Hauled in patent log to clean rotator.

Distance run 254 miles.


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13 February 1922

At sea en route to Bombay.

Lat 19.1, Long 71.8

[Wind “light airs”; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 77°F; sea average 79°F]

2.00am: Course S70.5°E 7.5 knots.

5.45pm: Sighted land ahead.

6.10pm: Sighted Prong’s Lighthouse bearing S89°E 19 miles.

6.17pm: Sighted Kundari Lighthouse bearing S69°E 20.5 miles.

6.35pm: Sighted Bombay Floating Lighthouse bearing S82°E 10 miles.

7.20pm: Hauled in patent log reading 820.9 miles.

8.02pm: Bombay Light Vessel bore N 5 cables.

8.08pm: Came to with starboard bower in 7 fathoms with 3 shackles off Thal Shore, Bombay.

9.00pm: Put clocks on 30 minutes.

Distance run 182.1 miles.


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14 February 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 82°F]

7.59am: Weighed and proceeded to enter harbour.

9.09am: Secured to S Transport buoy, Bombay Harbour. Officer of Guard from HMS Southampton came on board.

1.30pm: Hands employed disembarking ammunition.

7.00pm: Ammunition lighter cast off.


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15 February 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 78°F]

9.30am: Hands employed getting up stores and preparing to be taken into Dockyard hands.

12.30pm: Slipped and proceeded to docking buoy.

12.45pm: Secured to docking buoy; warped ship into new government basin. Secured to E wall.

4.00pm: Landed all confidential books and documents.

5.00pm: Ship’s company disembarked and proceeded to sailors’ home. Ship’s keepers (1 PO & 4 hands) remained on board.

7.00pm: Discharged 5 ratings to hospital.


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16 February 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 78°F]

0.30am: OOD from HMS Espiegle boarded.

8.15am: Landed chronometers and took them to Colaba Observatory.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.


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17 February 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

01.30am: Visited by OOG.

8.30am: Hands working on refitting the ship; repeated each day.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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18 February 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 78°F]

01.30am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

2.00pm: Discharged 1 stoker to Colaba Hospital.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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19 February 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 78°F]

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

9.00am: Ship’s keepers only on board.

11.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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20 February 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 78°F]

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.

Unshipped for refit*


*[Note: This general entry is made across the whole log page to indicate that the vessel is undergoing refit. I will not repeat it each day but indicate when it is at an end.]


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21 February 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 78°F]

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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22 February 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[No weather information is entered during the refit]

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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23 February 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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24 February 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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25 February 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

2.00pm: 1 OS II returned from Basra Hospital.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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26 February 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

10.00am: 1 stoker discharged to hospital.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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27 February 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

10.00am: 1 stoker discharged to hospital.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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28 February 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

10.00am: 1 stoker discharged to hospital.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

2.00pm: Stoker AB Thornton discharged to Colaba Hospital.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.



LOGS FOR MARCH 1922


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1 March 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

11.30am: Paid monthly money.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

2.00pm: 1 stoker discharged to Colaba Hospital.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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2 March 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

2.00pm: 1 ERA discharged to Colaba Hospital.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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3 March 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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4 March 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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5 March 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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6 March 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

11.00am: Surgeon Lt. J R Brennan discharged to hospital at Deolali.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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7 March 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

5.30pm: HMS Colombo left New Govt. Basin.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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8 March 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

7.30am: HMS Triad entered dry dock.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

2.00pm: 1 Goanese steward joined ship.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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9 March 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

8.00am: RIMS Dalhousie entered basin.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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10 March 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

8.25am: HMS Triad left dry dock.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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11 March 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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12 March 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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13 March 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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14 March 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

2.00pm: 1 Ldg stoker rejoined from hospital.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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15 March 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.30pm: HMS Ceanothus entered basin.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

2.00pm: 1 Ldg stoker rejoined from hospital.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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16 March 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

Noon: H.M.Ship P.C. 55 [most likely P55 RIMS Baluchi] entered basin.

12.25pm: H.M.Ship P.C. 69 [RIMS Pathan] entered basin.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

2.00pm: 1 ERA rejoined from hospital.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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17 March 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

2.00pm: 1 stoker rejoined from hospital.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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18 March 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

2.00pm: 1 Ldg Seaman rejoined from hospital.

3.00pm: Ship entered dry dock.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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19 March 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

8.00am: Ship’s keepers only on board.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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20 March 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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21 March 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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22 March 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

2.00pm: 1 stoker and 1 AB rejoined from hospital.

3.00pm: 1 Goanese cook discharged to shore; 1 Goanese cook joined the ship.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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23 March 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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24 March 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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25 March 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

2.00pm: Discharged 1 AB to Colaba Hospital.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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26 March 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

8.00am: Ship’s keepers only on board.

10.00am: 1 stoker returned from Colaba Hospital.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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27 March 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

11.00am: 1 stoker returned from Basra Hospital.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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28 March 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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29 March 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

11.00am: Discharged 1 signal rating to Colaba Hospital.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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30 March 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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31 March 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.



LOGS FOR APRIL 1922


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1 April 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

11.00am: Paid quarterly settlement.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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2 April 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

8.00am: Ship’s keepers only on board.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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3 April 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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4 April 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

3.00pm: Discharged 1 ERA to R.N. Depot for passage to HMS Southampton.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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5 April 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

6.00am: Stoker AB Thornton died in Colaba Hospital.*

11.00am: Exercised funeral party.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

5.15pm: Half-masted colours. Ship’s company attended funeral of stoker AB Thornton at Sewri Cemetery.

6.30pm: Rehoisted colours.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


*[See Casualty List xDKCas1922.htm]


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6 April 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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7 April 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

2.00pm: 1 stoker returned from Colaba Hospital.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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8 April 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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9 April 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

8.00am: Ship’s keepers only on board.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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10 April 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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11 April 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

11.00am: Discharged 1 stoker to Colaba Hospital.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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12 April 1922

At Bombay, dry dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

10.45am: Ship undocked. Secured alongside E wall. New Govt. Basin.

11.00am: Discharged 3 ratings to Colaba Hospital.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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13 April 1922

At Bombay, New Govt. Basin.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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14 April 1922

At Bombay, New Govt. Basin.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

8.00am: Ship’s keepers only on board.

2.00pm: 1 signal rating rejoined from Colaba Hospital.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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15 April 1922

At Bombay, New Govt. Basin.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

2.00pm: Discharged 1 stoker and 1 OSI to Colaba Hospital.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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16 April 1922

At Bombay, New Govt. Basin.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

8.00am: Ship’s keepers only on board.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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17 April 1922

At Bombay, New Govt. Basin.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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18 April 1922

At Bombay, New Govt. Basin.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

11.00am: Discharged 2 ratings to Colaba Hospital.

12.45pm: Secured; ship’s keepers took over.

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.


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19 April 1922

At Bombay, New Govt. Basin.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

3.00am: Visited by OOG.

11.00am: Discharged 2 ratings to Colaba Hospital. Drew chronometers from Colaba Observatory.

Drew all confidential books and documents from Naval Distributing Officer.

2.00pm: Ship’s company re-embarked from the Royal Alfred Sailors’ House. Hands employed spreading awnings and drawing stores. 2 ratings rejoined from Colaba Hospital.

4.27pm: Slipped and warped ship out of basin to buoy.

4.55pm: Secured to No.3 buoy Bombay Harbour (Man-of-War anchorage).

7.00pm: Ammunition lighters came alongside.

Number on sick list: 5.


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20 April 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind variable force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

5.45am: Hands employed unloading ammunition.

11.30am: Ammunition lighter cast off.

1.30pm: Hands returning small arms and drawing stores.

6.00pm: Coal lighters secured alongside.


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21 April 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind mainly NW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 82°F]

8.30am: Started coaling with native labour.

11.00am: 2 ratings discharged to hospital & 3 return.

12.45pm: Finished coaling; took in 133 tons of coal on board.

7.00pm: 2 ratings returned from hospital.


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22 April 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind SSW veering NW force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 82°F]

9.00am: Tug Elephanta swung ship for adjustment of compasses. Hands cleaning ship (Saturday routine).

11.00am: Tug slipped-wire foul of her propeller. Landed dockyard party for stores.

6.00pm: Watch employed cleaning stores lighter.


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23 April 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 83°F]

9.00am: Tug Marie swung ship for adjustment of compasses.

10.0am: The Rev. Sefton performed service.

11.20am: Compasses adjusted.

2.00pm: 1 stoker returned from hospital.


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24 April 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 83°F]

1.30pm: Landed dockyard party for drawing stores.


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25 April 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; broken cloud; [later NE and SE showers] air temperature average 84°F]

9.30am: Hands drawing stores and spreading awnings.

1.30pm: Hands preparing ship and equipment for service.

3.30pm: Provision lighter alongside.

6.10pm: Sharp squall, slight rain from NE.


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26 April 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind SW veering WNW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

6.00am: Landed funeral party; 1 Lieutenant in charge.

Other: Funeral party returned.

10.15am: Spread lower QD awning.

1.30pm: Hands preparing ship and equipment for service.

4.30pm: American Vice Consul, Capt. Thorling USA, joined ship for passage to Colombo.


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27 April 1922


At Bombay. and en route to Colombo. [Sri Lanka, then called Ceylon]

Lat 18.8, Long 72.8

[Wind SW veering W force 1-2; sea slight; cloudy; air temperature average 84°F; sea average 88°F]

9.56am: Slipped and proceeded out of harbour.

11.53am: Shaped course S31°W 8.25 knots.

12.53: Altered course to SW to avoid fishing boat. Resumed on S.

9.40pm: Spoke with [tanker] SS Camillo on passage Rangoon to Bombay.

Distance run 13.7 miles.


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28 April 1922

At sea en route to Colombo.

Lat 15.3, Long 73.5

[Wind WSW veering NW force 1-2; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F; sea average 88°F]

0.10am: Course S14°E 8.25 knots.

6.15am: Aired bedding.

7.00am: Sighted Vengurla Islands Lighthouse bearing S65.5°E 16 miles.

10.00am: Spoke with SS Gamaria on passage to to Bombay.

Distance run 199.2 miles.


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29 April 1922

At sea en route to Colombo.

Lat 11.8, Long 75.1

[Wind variable force 1-5; sea slight; cloudy with storms and squalls; air temperature average 81°F; sea average 87°F]

1.40am: Sighted Cahp Light [Kaup Light, Udipi] bearing S77°E 20 miles.

2.41am: Cahp Light abeam 14.5 miles.

5.00am: Sighted Mangalore Light bearing N74°E 11.5 miles.

5.08am: Mangalore Light abeam 11 miles.

6.00-7.30am: Wind veered from WNW through N to SE; very heavy thunderstorms.

4.00pm: Let go lifebuoy and sent away seaboat.

4.23pm: Seaboat returned. Proceeded on S20.5°E 8.25 knots.

8.30-9.00pm: Burned searchlights.

Distance run 199.2 miles.

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30 April 1922

At sea en route to Colombo.

Lat 8.4, Long 76.7

[Wind S veering W force 1-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 83°F; sea average 87°F]

3.25am: Sighted Alleppi [Alleppey Light, Alappuzha] Light bearing S70°E 18 miles.

4.42am: Alleppi Light abeam 12.5 miles.

8.15am: Sighted Quilan Light [Kollum Light] bearing S87.5°E.

9.00am: Quilan Light abeam 13.5 miles.

10.10am: Divine service.

11.10am: Spoke with SS Aughton on passage from Rangoon to Karachi.

2.45pm: Sighted Manaccur [Mannakodam] Light bearing N78°E 9.5 miles.

4.30pm: Manaccur Light abeam 14.5 miles.

Distance run 199.2 miles.



LOGS FOR MAY 1922


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1 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 7.1, Long 79.6

[Wind SW force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

8.00am: Sighted land ahead.

10.06am: Stopped and embarked pilot.

10.15am: SW Breakwater Light ahead to starboard.

10.25am: Let go starboard bower.

10.30am: Let go port bower. Veered to 2 shackles on both bowers. Laid out stern wire to No.13 buoy

Officer of the Guard from HMS Alacrity came on board.

7.30pm: Landed small patrol.

11.15pm: Patrol returned.

Distance run 185.6 miles.


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2 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind SW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

9.30am: Hands furling awnings and oiling guns.

1.00pm: Sent all rifles and pistols, ammunition, provisions, bags and hammocks of men going to camp on shore.

Paid monthly money. Hoisted and covered boats and prepared for coaling.

7.00pm: American Consul Capt. Thorling USA left ship.

8.30pm: Lt. Kingdon, Lt Bowen, Surgeon Lt Brennan, Gunner Dibbs, 5 CPOs, 10 POs, 9 leading rates, 29 ratings and 2 Goanese stewards discharged to naval camp Diyatalawa.*


*[A former prison camp for Boers and Germans. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diyatalawa]


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3 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind SW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

7.15am: Started coaling (native labour).

9.00am: Finished coaling; took in 105 tons.


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4 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind SW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

1.00pm: Hands make and mend clothes.


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5 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind SW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

8.30am: Laid out 3.5” wire bower and 3” picking-up rope to stern buoy.


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6 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-3; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 84°F]

8.00am: Dressed ship overall.

Noon: Fired 21 gun salute to commemorate the Accession of H.M. King George V. [in 1910]

6.20pm: Undressed ship.


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7 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-5; cloud with thunderstorms and showers; air temperature average 82°F]

1.00am: Heavy thunderstorms, squalls and continuous lightning.

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8 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-3; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 83°F]


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9 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-6; cloud with thunderstorms and showers; air temperature average 82°F]

5.00am: Very severe squall – thunder and lightning and heavy rain.


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10 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-3; cloud with thunderstorms and showers; air temperature average 78°F]

7.00am: Comm. A.B. Watts left ship for Naval Camp Diyatalawa.

10.00am: Very heavy thunderstorm.

1.00pm: 10 tons of fresh water pumped out to clean out tanks.


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11 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; overcast with rain; air temperature average 80°F]

9.00am: Hands employed red-leading and repairing ship’s side.

3.00pm: Discharged to hospital 1 stoker and 1 Somali stoker.


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12 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; cloud with thunderstorms and showers; air temperature average 78°F]

1.00am: Very heavy thunderstorms.

9.00am: Discharged 1 signalman to hospital.

3.00pm: Discharged 1 AB and 1 stoker to hospital.


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13 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; cloud with heavy rain; air temperature average 78°F]

3.00am: Heavy rain.

5.00pm: Discharged 1 stoker to hospital.


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14 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1; cloud with heavy rain; air temperature average 80°F]

8.30am: Landed Church of England party (6).


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15 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1; cloudy; air temperature average 83°F]

7.00am: Hands lowering and cleaning out motor boat.

8.00am: Lt. Bowen, 1 SPO, 1 stoker rejoined from naval camp Diyatalawa.

10.50am: HMS Comus arrived; sent OOG on board.

2.00pm: 1 Somali stoker rejoined from hospital.

4.00pm: Hoisted motor boat and took in slack of after wires.

6.00pm: 1 Chief stoker, 1 Ldg stoker. 1 stoker and 1 AB rejoined from hospital Bombay.


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16 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 83°F]

9.00am: Respread awnings.

9.00pm: Lt. C.P.Christie left ship for Naval Camp Diyatalawa.


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17 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1; overcast with showers; air temperature average 81°F]

7.00am: HMS Comus proceeded into dock.

8.00am: 1st camp party returned from Diyatalawa; 9 Chiefs and POs, I7 Leading Rates, 16 seamen and stokers, 2 Goanese stewards (Gunner in charge).

10.00am: Hands stowing gear and sponging out guns.

2.00pm: 2nd camp party employed embarking gear to lighters.

8.30pm: 2nd camp party left ship for Diyatalawa; 7 Chief POs 5 Leading Ratings 17 other ratings and 2 Goanese. stewards (Gunner in charge).


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18 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1; overcast with showers; air temperature average 81°F]


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19 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1; overcast with showers; air temperature average 81°F]

7.00am: Eng. Comm O’Sullivan left ship for Diyatalawa.

9.00am: Discharged 1 Ldg. Stoker to Military Hospital.


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20 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1; overcast; air temperature average 81°F]


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21 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1; cloudy; air temperature average 81°F]


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22 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly WSW force 1; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 81°F]

7.00pm: Lt. Kingdon returned from Diyatalawa.


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23 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1; cloudy; air temperature average 83°F]

1.00am: 2 French gunboats arrived.

3.00pm: 1 Ldg stoker reurned from hospital.

6.00pm: Discharged 1 SPO to Comus; 1 SPO joined ship from Comus.

9.00pm: Lt. Bowen left ship for Diyatalawa.


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24 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly WSW force 1; cloudy; air temperature average 83°F]

8.00am: Dressed ship overall in commemoration of Empire Day.*

4.00pm: Laid out 3.5" wire to foremost buoy (No.7).

7.00pm: Undressed ship.


*[Begun in 1902 on what had been Queen Victoria’s birthday.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth_Day]


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25 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 83°F]


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26 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 83°F]

7.00am: Comm. AB Watts returned from Camp Diyatalawa.

8.00am: Dressed ship overall in honour of HM the Queen’s birthday.

9.00am: Discharged Lt. Kingdon, 1 AB and 1 Signalman to hospital.

Noon: Fired Royal Salute of 21 guns.


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27 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1; overcast; air temperature average 83°F]

7.00am: Lt. Bowen and 1 AB rejoined from Naval Camp Diyatalawa.

1.00pm: 2 French gunboats sailed.


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28 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1; cloudy; air temperature average 83°F]

10.00am: Respread awnings.

3.00pm: Discharged 1 SPO, 1 AB and 1 Telegraphist to Comus.

5.00pm: 1 SPO, 1 AB and 1 Telegraphist joined ship from Comus.

7.00pm: Discharged 1 Chief Stoker to Comus.


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29 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-4; cloudy; air temperature average 84°F]

6.00am: HMS Cairo arrived.

8.00am: Dressed ship with masthead flags in honour of HRH Prince of Wales’s visit to Colombo from Trincomalee.

1.00pm: Flooded after peak with seawater; increased draught by 7”.


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30 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-4; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 84°F]


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31 May 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1; cloudy; air temperature average 84°F]

9.00am: Hands preparing for coaling.



LOGS FOR JUNE 1922


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1 June 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; cloudy; air temperature average 82°F]

6.45am: Started coaling (native labour).

9.00am: Finished coaling; took in 100 tons.


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2 June 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; cloudy; air temperature average 82°F]

8.00am: 2nd camp party rejoined from Diyatalawa; Lt. Christie, Surg. Lt. Brennan, Comm. Eng. O'Sullivan, Gunner Dibbs, 5 CPOs & POs, 1 Ldg. Rate and 25 other ratings returned from Diyatalawa.

10.00am: Hands disembarking gear from lighter; Lt. Kingdon rejoined from hospital.

1.00pm: Paid monthly money.


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3 June 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; cloudy; air temperature average 82°F]

8.00am: Dressed ship overall in honour of HM The King's birthday.

10.00am: Saturday routine.

Noon: Fired Royal Salute of 21 guns.

6.20pm: Undressed ship.


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4 June 1922

At Colombo.

Lat 6.9, Long 79.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; cloudy; air temperature average 82°F]

7.00am: Landed Presbyterian church parties (4).

10.15am: Divine service; church parties returned.

6.00pm: 4 ratings from HMS Cairo joined for passage to Bombay.


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5 June 1922

At Colombo and en route to Bombay.

Lat 7.0, Long 79.1

[Wind variable SW force 1-4; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 82°F]

7.00am: Slipped all wires fore and aft.

8.00am: Discharged to shore SNLB 1 Somali stoker.

11.15am: Pilot came aboard.

11.40am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour.

11.50am: Dropped pilot. Shaped to N66.5°W 8.5 knots.

12.05pm: Altered course to avoid brigantine.

1.30pm: Communicated with SS Malay Maru on passage Colombo-Bombay.


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6 June 1922

At sea en route to Bombay.

Lat 7.8, Long 77.5

[Wind WSW veering NW force 1-4; sea moderate with W swell; cloudy; air temperature average 80°F; sea average 82°F]

9.15am: Sighted land bearing NW½W.

2.40pm: Sighted Manaccur [Mannakodam] Light bearing N27°E 14 miles.

9.10pm: Sighted Quilan Light [Kollum Light] bearing N8°W 21 miles.

11.15pm: Quilan Light abeam 9.8 miles.

11.45pm: Altered course to N21°W; Quilan Light bearing N72°E 10.5 miles.

Distance run 150.1 miles.


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7 June 1922

At sea en route to Bombay.

Lat 10.3, Long 75.7

[Wind mainly NNW force 1-4; sea moderate with WNW swell; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 82°F; sea average 84°F]

2.55am: Sighted Alleppi Light bearing N32°E.

4.20am: Alleppi Light abeam 11.5 miles. Course N21°W 9 knots.

3.00pm: Pom-pom firing.

4.00pm: Stopped and exercised collision stations.

9.00pm: Furled QD awning.

Distance run 193.6 miles.


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8 June 1922

At sea en route to Bombay.

Lat 12.8, Long 74.5

[Wind mainly WNW force 1-2; sea slight with WNW swell; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 83°F; sea average 86°F]

9.30am: Various drills and ship maintenance.

8.00-8.30pm: Burned searchlights.

Distance run 169.6 miles.


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9 June 1922

At sea en route to Bombay.

Lat 15.6, Long 73.3

[Wind variable W force 1-3, 5 later; sea moderate with NW swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F; sea average 87°F]

4.20am: Sighted Oyster Rock Light bearing N62°E 20.5 miles.

4.50am: Oyster Rock Light abeam 20 miles.

8.55am: Goa Headland [Cabo de Rama] bearing N46°E 23 miles.

10.00am: Cabo Point abeam 21 miles.

1.27pm: Sighted Vengurla Lighthouse bearing N11°E 12 miles.

3.00pm: Vengurla Light abeam 4.5 miles.

7.40pm: Sighted Rajipur [Ragapur] Lighthouse bearing N22°E 10.5 miles.

8.45-9.00pm: Burned searchlights.

8.43pm: Rajipur Light abeam.

9.00pm: Started sounding every 30 mins (17 fathoms).

10.34pm: Sounding reported 4 fathoms; altered course 8 points to port. Very heavy rain squall.

11.40pm: Resumed course-20 fathoms.

Distance run 171.1 miles.


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10 June 1922

At sea en route and At Bombay.

Lat 18.1, Long 72.9

[Wind variable SW force 1-5; sea moderate with WNW swell; overcast with rain; air temperature average 80°F; sea average 85°F]

1.05am: Sighted Devgarh Light bearing N41°E. Course N12.5°W 9.75 knots.

3.50am: Point Dabhol [Tolkeshwar] Light bore N80°E.

8.48am: Rajpuri Light abeam 6 miles.

9.55am: Sighted Kundari [Khanderi] Island bearing N5°E 18.0 miles.

11.45am: Kundari Island bore S86°E 6.75 miles; altered course to N32°E.

12.40pm: Hauled in patent log reading 911.6 miles.

1.41pm: Stopped and secured to centre troopship buoy Bombay (Man-of-War anchorage).

2.00pm: OOG (RIMS) visted ship.

3.00pm: Discharged 2 ratings to hospital.

6.00pm: Discharged 1 rating to Cyclamen for passage to Colombo.

7.00pm: HMS Cyclamen sailed.

Distance run 193.2 miles.


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11 June 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-4; cloud and rain; air temperature average 84°F]

10.00am: Divine Service (Chaplain from shore took service)


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12 June 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; cloud and rain; air temperature average 84°F]

7.00am: Prepared for coaling.

9.15am: Slipped and proceeded to shift billet.

9.40am: Stopped and secured to docking buoy.

10.00am: Started coaling (native labour).

1.30pm: Hands embarking stores and ammunition.

3.00pm: Finished coaling; took in 100 tons. Discharged 1 AB to hospital.

5.00pm: 8 ratings (2 Ldg Seamen, 1 ERA. 1 SPO, 4 stokers) joined ship.


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13 June 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; cloud and rain showers; air temperature average 82°F]

8.30am: Hands drawing stores and provisions from dockyard for Triad.


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14 June 1922

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; cloud and rain showers; air temperature average 82°F]

6.00pm: Discharged 2 signal ratings to R.M.S. H.

9.00pm: Dr. S,M. Kharabutta gave lecture on Parsi religion.*


*[Parsis, formerly known as Zoroastrians, originated in Persia, but fled the Islamic invasions and settled in India, mainly around Mumbai.]


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15 June 1922

At Bombay. and en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 19.2, Long 72.0

[Wind variable W force 1-3; cloud and rain showers; air temperature average 82°F]

8.00am: Discharged 2 stokers to hospital.

10.00am: 1 Ldg Seaman joined from depot.

11.00am: Slipped and proceeded to shift billet.

11.24am: Stopped and secured to No.4 buoy Bombay (Man-of-War anchorage).

1.10pm: Slipped and proceeded out of harbour; course N65°W.

2.17pm: Bombay Floating Lightship abeam 1.7 miles.

5.30pm: Put clocks back 30 mins.

11.30pm: Log line (50 fathoms) and rotator of P.L. carried away.


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16 June 1922

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 20.2, Long 69.7

[Wind variable SW force 1-3; sea moderate with WSW swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F; sea average 86°F]

2.00pm: Course N66°W 9.75 knots.

Distance run 194.6 miles.


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17 June 1922

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 21.6, Long 66.5

[Wind variable WSW force 1-2; sea moderate with WSW swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F; sea average 86°F]

2.00am: Course N66°W 9.75 knots.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

5.00pm: Put clocks back 30 minutes.

7.00pm: Put clocks back 30 minutes.


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18 June 1922

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 23.1, Long 63.2

[Wind variable SW force 1-2; sea moderate with WSW swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F; sea average 86°F]

2.00am: Course N68°W 9.75 knots.

9.00am: Hands spreading awnings.

11.00am: Divine service.

Distance run 211.2 miles.


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19 June 1922

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 24.4, Long 60.4

[Wind variable SW force 1-2; sea moderate with WSW swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F; sea average 86°F]

2.00am: Course N70°W 8.25 knots.

6.00am: Aired bedding.

Distance run 173.5 miles.


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20 June 1922

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 25.5, Long 57.4

[Wind variable NW force 1-2; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F; sea average 86°F]

2.00am: Course N73°W 8.25 knots.

6.00am: Passed and communicated with SS Tachibana Maru (Japanese).

9.00am: Hands fuzing lyddite shells and clearing away for 1” AR practice.

1.30pm: Sighted land (Kuh-i-Mubarak) bearing NE 15 miles.

3.58pm: Hauled in patent log reading 982.0 miles.

4.15-6.10pm: Carried out 1” AR practice.

6.15pm: Picked up target and swung ship for adjustment of compasses. Passed and communicated with SS Jabang Cassell [unidentified] on passage Abadan to Suez.

7.10pm: Completed swinging.

10.08pm: Sighted Quoin Is Light bearing N40°W 22 miles.

Distance run 189 miles.


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21 June 1922

At sea en route and at Hengam Island.

Lat 25.5, Long 57.4

[Wind variable SW force 1-5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 90°F; sea average 89°F]

0.25am: Course N70°W; Quoin Island Light bore N55°W 5.7 miles.

1.20am: Quoin Island Light abeam 2.5 miles; wind freshened from SW; hands dropped awnings.

6.20am: Made pdts [dipping pendants] to HMS Triad.

7.20am: Came to with port bower in 10 fathoms with 3 shackles in Bandar Gharbi, Hengam Island.

7.30am: Officer of the Guard from HMS Espiegle came on board.

7.45am: Lighter secured alongside. Hands disembarking Triad’s stores.

11.00am: Captain A.R. Palmer SNOPG returned Captain's call.

5.00pm: Prepared for coaling.

6.00pm: Discharged 1 SPO and 1 stoker to Triad.

Distance run 125.8 miles.


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22 June 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable W force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

6.00am: Started coaling (native labour).

8.00am: Dressed ship masthead flags only in honour of HM. the King and Queen’s coronation.

3.30pm: Finished coaling; took in 190 tons.

9.00pm: Gunner gave a lecture on explosives and service fireworks.


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23 June 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable W force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 86°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.*


*[Note: This was a Friday, so the crew were given an extra day off.]


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24 June 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable W force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 86°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.


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25 June 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable SW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F]

8.30am: SS Bamora arrived (southbound).

9.00am: Bamora sailed.

10.00am: Divine service.


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26 June 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind SW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F]

5.30am: Away all boats; crews pull round the fleet.

6.30am: Rigged whalers for sailing race.

8.15am: SS Barala (northbound) arrived.

8.50am: SS Barala (northbound) sailed.

9.30am: Whalers away for sailing race round the fleet

11.30am: Half-masted colours for burial of Field Marshall Sir Henry Wilson in St. Paul's Cathedral.*

1.30pm: Rehoisted colours.


*[Field Marshall Wilson, an Anglo-Irishman, was assassinated by two IRA men outside his home on June 22,1922. His funeral was attended by the PM, the Cabinet and military leaders.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Henry_Wilson,_1st_Baronet]


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27 June 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind SW and WSW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F]

9.00am: Carried out director test.


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28 June 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind SW and WSW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F]

10.00am: Continued and completed director test.

2.00pm: Discharged to shore S.N.L.R. 1 Somali rating (seaman).


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29 June 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind SW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F]

1.00pm: Broken by accident; mercurial barometer [signed Lt] P. Christie.


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30 June 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly WSW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 89°F]

7.00am: Rigged diving boat.

10.00am: Divers clearing inlets.

11.00am: Rigged stage on boat deck.

7.00pm: SS Bandra arrived (southbound).

9.00pm: Ship’s company gave a concert on board.



LOGS FOR JULY 1922


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1 July 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly WSW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 89°F]

6.00am: SS Bandra sailed (southbound).

1.00pm: Paid quarterly settlement.


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2 July 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly calm; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

9.30am: Divisions-muster by open list.

10.00am: Divine service.

11.00am: SS Bankura (northbound) arrived.


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[Compass deviation report]


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3 July 1922


Hengam Island to Bunji [Bunji-ye Karbasi, Iran].

Lat 26.6, Long 56.1

[Wind mainly “light airs” SE; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

5.00am: SS Bankura sailed (northbound).

am: Drills and maintenance.

6.36pm: Weighed and proceeded out of E exit; course S69°E.

9.25pm: Quoin Island Light bore S75°E 16 miles.

11.55pm: Quoin Island Light abeam to port 2.6 miles.


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4 July 1922

Hengam Island to Bunji [Bunji-ye-Karbasi, Iran].

Lat 25.7, Long 57.2

[Wind variable SE force 1-3; sea moderate with SE swell; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F; sea average 91°F]

0.22am: Wind freshening from the SE; altered course to S48°E.

5.25am: Altered course to N to examine dhow.

5.35am: Stopped; dhow in company of 2 others; fishing, from Jaskh to Minah River.

5.40am: Proceeded on S40°E 10.5 knots.

6.35am: Came to with starboard bower with 2 shackles in 3 fathoms; landed interpreter.

10.20am: Interpreter returned; weighed and proceeded on S10°W 7.75 knots.

12.30pm: Stopped in position 10 miles SW of Bunji, to intercept suspicious dhow.

1.00pm: SS City of Lucknow passed; on passage New York to Basra; placed masthead lookouts.

5.20pm: Proceeded slow ahead; course as required for adjusting compass.

6.00pm: Spoke with SS Varela on passage Basra-Bombay.

7.00pm: Finished swinging; stopped in position 7 miles S60°W from Bunji.

8.00pm: Darkened ship.

10.35pm: Sighted flare on shore.

10.36pm: Flare extinguished.

Distance run 109.0 miles.


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Record of Observations for Deviation in the Persian Gulf and Direction of Swing


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5 July 1922

At sea off Bunji.

Lat 25.8, Long 57.1

[Wind variable SE force 1; sea smooth; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 90°F; sea average 91°F]

0.30am: Sighted flare as in 1st watch for about half a minute.

5.40am: Proceeded to increase distance from land.

6.10am: Stopped in position 8 miles SW of Bunji.

9.00am: Proceeded as required to increase distance from land and adjust steering compass.

12.30pm: Stopped in position 10 miles SW of Bunji.

5.15pm: Proceeded slow ahead to increase distance from land.

6.20pm: Stopped in position 9 miles SW of Bunji. Darkened ship.

10.00pm: Proceeded as requisite for closing Bunji.

11.00pm: Stopped and switched on searchlights; fired 4 rounds blank 3 pdrs at 3 minute intervals.

11.20pm: Switched off searchlights. Proceeded and took off lookouts.

11.40pm: Kuh-i-Mubarak abeam 3 miles.

Distance run 17 miles.


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6 July 1922

At sea and at Sohar.

Lat 24.6, Long 56.9

[Wind variable NW force 1-4; sea slight; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 96°F; sea average 95°F]

9.30am: Came to with starboard bower with 2 shackles in 3 fathoms off Sohar; landed interpreter.

1.30pm: Wali of Sohar, Director of Customs, interpreter and court came aboard.

3.15pm: Weighed and proceeded on N41°W 10.5 knots.

5.25pm: Came to with starboard bower with 1 shackle in 3 fathoms off Hasefir [? Not identified]; landed Wali and staff.

7.00pm: Wali and staff returned on board.

9.30pm: Weighed and proceeded on S41°E 7.25 knots.


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7 July 1922

At Sohar.

Lat 24.4, Long 56.74

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

0.47am: Came to with starboard bower with 2 shackles in 4 fathoms off Sohar.

8.15am: Landed Wali of Sohar, staff and interpreter.

1.00pm: Landed interpreter.

5.00pm: Interpreter returned with 2 slaves (one woman and small child).

Distance run 42.2 miles.


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8 July 1922

At Sohar and en route to Muscat.

Lat 24.2, Long 57.2

[Wind variable SE force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

9.00am: Landed interpreter.

10.00am: Saturday routine.

11.00am: Interpreter returned with 1 slave; (girl child of 10); Wali of Sohar and

court came on board.

1.00pm: Wali of Sohar left; fired salute of 7 guns.

4.07pm: Weighed and proceeded on course S73°E 7 knots.


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9 July 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind mainly SE force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

5.10am: Sighted Jazirat Kharabah bearing S74°W 5 miles.

6.10am: Sighted Fahl Island bearing S54°E 11 miles.

7.25am: Fahl Island abeam to port 5 cables.

8.23am: Came to with starboard bower with 1.5 shackles in 4.25 fathoms in Muscat Cove. Secured stern to Plutonic rock with grass line.*

10.15am: Divine service; grass line carried away.

6.00pm: Disembarked 3 slaves.

Distance run 116.4 miles.


*[Note: A grass line was made of coconut fibre.]


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10 July 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

6.00am: Laid out 2.5” wire to Plutonic rock.

9.30am: SS Trekieve arrived.

10.10am: SS Trekieve sailed.

5.00pm: Hands to bathe.


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11 July 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

7.00am: SS Barala arrived (southbound).

8.00am: Hands to bathe. Set aneroid barometer 29.67.

4.00pm: SS Barala sailed.


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12 July 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 98°F]

8.00am: Hands to bathe.

9.00am: Ship maintenance.

5.00pm: Hands to bathe.


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13 July 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

6.00am: SS Koweit (pilgrim ship to Jeddah) arrived.

8.00am: Hands to bathe.

10.00am: SS Koweit sailed.

5.00pm: Hands to bathe.


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14 July 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind mainly SE force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 86°F]

8.00am: Hands to bathe.

10.00am: Leading Seamen’s training class away boat sailing.

4.00pm: 2.5” wire laid out astern parted; lost 20 fathoms of wire.

5.00pm: Hands to bathe.

Number on sick list: 5.


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15 July 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind variable SE force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

7.30am: SS Bamora arrived (northbound). 1AB, 1 signalman and 2 stokers joined ship from hospital in Bombay; 2 Somali stokers joined ship.

10.00am: Saturday routine.

3.00pm: Bamora sailed; hands embarking paymaster’s stores from Bamora.

5.00pm: Hands to bathe.


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16 July 1922

At Muscat and en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 23.7, Long 58.5

[Wind variable SE force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

10.00am: Divine service.

7.10pm: Weighed and proceeded on course to make a stern board clear of harbour; shaped to course N34.5°W 7.5 knots.

8.00pm: Fahl Island to port 2.5 miles.


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17 July 1922

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 25.4, Long 57.4

[Wind ESE veering SSW force 1-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 90°F; sea average 90°F]

4.37pm: Dropped target.

4.55pm: Opened fire with 1"AR; carried out 5 runs (Director, Individual and OOQ).

5.25pm: Ceased fire; picked up target. Proceeded on N35°W 7.5 knots.

6.35pm: Sighted Shaam Point bearing S87°W.

8.30pm: Sighted Quoin Island Light bearing N35°W 21 miles.

10.00pm: Burning 10" searchlight every 30 mins to search for aircraft possibly damaged.

11.05pm: Quoin Island Light bore NNW 1.25 miles.

Distance run 124.5 miles.


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18 July 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable ESE force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 91°F]

3.25am: Sighted Hengam Island Light bearing N80°W.

5.39am: Came to with starboard bower in 8 fathoms with 2 shackles in Bandar Gharbi, Hengam Island.

6.00am: Coal lighter secured alongside.

6.30am: Started coaling.

3.15pm: Finished coaling; took in 170 tons.

Distance run 123.4 miles.


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19 July 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable WSW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

10.00am: Saturday routine.*


*[Note: This was a Wednesday, so a day off for the crew.]


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20 July 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

5.15am: Landing all hands for company drill.

7.15am: Landing party returned.

9.30am: Leading Seamen's training class away sailing.

Number on sick list: 7.


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21 July 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

9.30am: Hands at bowing [?] and singlestick instruction.*


*[Note: Singlestick was originally used to teach sailors how to use sabres.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singlestick]


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22 July 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable SE force 1-3; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

8.30am: Saturday routine.

6.00pm: SS Barputa (northbound) arrived.

9.00pm: Captain gave a lantern lecture on Malta.


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23 July 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable E force 1-3; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

5.30am: SS Barputa departed.

10:30am: Divine service.

11:00am: Piped down.

Number on sick list: 8.


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24 July 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.4, Long 55.5

[Wind variable E force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 91°F]

7.00am: SS Barjora arrived (southbound).

8.00am: SS Barjora sailed.

9.20am: Hands stripping pom-poms; divers cleaning inlets; Leading Seamen's training class at boat sailing instruction.

5.00pm: Exercised night defence stations.

7.32pm: Weighed and proceeded on S56°W.

9.20pm: Darkened ship; exercised night defence stations.

9.38pm: Stopped; moved target 5.5 miles S38°E from Ras Tarkhan.

9.45pm: Carried out 1” AR night practice; runs 1 & 2 firing SW and run 3 firing NW.

11.00pm: Ceased firing; proceeded on course S32°W 7.5 knots; Ras Tarkhan bore N26°W 4 miles.


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25 July 1922

At night-firing area off Lingeh.

Lat 26.4, Long 55.1

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

2.27am: Course S86°W; Tonb Island Light bore S 4 miles.

4.30am: Missing overboard, apparently about 4.00am, Caetano A. de Souza, Officers’ Steward 1st class O.N. 157258 in approx 26°21’N, 55°10’E.*

4.34am: Stopped; came to with starboard bower in 13.5 fathoms with 3 shackles in position 11 miles S84°E from Lingeh.

8.00am: Carried out .303 AR practice at towed target.

6.00pm: Held Court of Enquiry to investigate the circumstances attending the death of CA de Souza.

7.00pm: Prepared for full calibre night firing.

8.49pm: Darkened ship.

9.00pm: Weighed and proceeded on night full-calibre firing; switched on searchlights and fired 8 rounds of 4” per gun, also pom-poms and Lewis Guns.

9.40pm: Ceased fire and proceeded on S51.5°E 7.5 knots.

Number on sick list: 8.

Distance run 66.2 miles.


*[Note: CA de Souza was presumably a Goanese. Officially listed as drowned.

See Casualty List xDKCas1922.htm]


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26 July 1922

At night-firing area and at Sharjah.

Lat 25.3472, Long 55.3483

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

0.19am: Course S16°E; Tonb Island Light bore N76°E 4 miles.

6.30am: Carried out pom-pom and small arms firing.

7.30am: Passed nets.

8.15am: Came to with starboard bower in 3.25 fathoms with 2 shackles off Sharjah.

9.15am: Continued Court of Enquiry. Hands preparing awnings and side screens.

6.00pm: Political Agent (Arab) came on board.


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27 July 1922

At Sharjah.

Lat 25.3472, Long 55.3483

[Wind variable force 1-2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 91°F]

6.00pm: Prepared for sea.

Number on sick list: 9.


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28 July 1922

At Dubai.

Lat 25.3, Long 55.3

[Wind variable force 1-2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 93°F]

5.30am: Weighed and proceeded

6.50am: Came to with starboard bower in 4.5 fathoms with 2 shackles off Dubai.

8.00am: Sheikh and Arab Political Agent came aboard with £24,000 Sterling.*

10.00am: SS Bamora arrived.

10.40am: Sheikh left ship. Fired 3-gun salute.

Number on sick list: 11.


*[The Sheikh was Saeed bin Maktoum bin Hasher Al Maktoum, the “Father of Dubai” who ruled the state through most of the 20th century.

Dubai had agreed to be a formal British Protectorate, and was by 1922 a wealthy trading centre, with pearls a major industry.

It is possible this large amount of money was being handed over for “safe keeping” by British banks.]


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29 July 1922

At Dubai.

Lat 25.3, Long 55.3

[Wind variable NE force 1-2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 93°F]

10.00am: Saturday routine.

Number on sick list: 10.


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30 July 1922

At Dubai and at Sharjah.

Lat 25.3, Long 55.3

[Wind variable force 1-2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 93°F]

11.00am: Divine service.

5.00pm: Weighed and proceeded NE then N37°E.

6.18pm: Came to with starboard bower in 4.5 fathoms with 2.5 shackles off Sharjah.

Number on sick list: 12.


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31 July 1922

At Sharjah and at Sir Abu Nuayr. [Island]

Lat 25.3, Long 55.1

[Wind variable N force 1-2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 94°F]

8.00am: Drew fresh provisions from shore.

9.25am: Hands stripping guns and painting out wardroom lobby.

6.00pm: Weighed and proceeded on S80.5°W.

9.00pm: Lost overboard 1 swivel, patt. 1311.

11.47pm: Came to with starboard bower in 15.5 fathoms with 3 shackles 20 miles N80°E of Sir Abu Nuayr.

Number on sick list: 17



LOGS FOR AUGUST 1922


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1 August 1922

At Sir Abu Nuayr.

Lat 25.2, Long 54.2

[Wind variable force 1-2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 94°F]

4.45am: Weighed and proceeded on S81°W 7.5 knots.

5.30am: Sighted Sir Abu Nuayr bearing S81°W 12 miles.

7.00am: Came to with starboard bower in 13 fathoms with 3 shackles off Sir Abu Nuayr.

2.00pm: Weighed and proceeded; SE Ext. Island bore N60°W; course S37.5°W.

5.00pm: Passing dhows pearl diving on both sides.

6.04pm: Stopped and came to with starboard bower in 11 fathoms with 3 shackles in 24°48’N, 53°54.5’E (by obs. alt 4 stars).

Number on sick list: 16.

Distance run 60.1 miles.


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2 August 1922

At sea off Zakum Shoal [Rig az Zakum, UAE]

Lat 25.8, Long 53.1

[Wind variable WNW force 1-2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 94°F]

5.00am: Weighed and proceeded on N35°W; passed pearl dhows; altered course to S87°W.

9.09am: Altered course to N72°W and as requisite to close and anchor near pearl dhows.

9.32am: Came to with starboard bower in 9.5 fathoms with 2.5 shackles in 24°53.5’N, 53°23.2’E.

5.00pm: Sent party over to pearl dhows to witness the diving.

6.00pm: Weighed and proceeded on S64°W.

10.30pm: Stopped and came to with starboard bower in 9 fathoms with 2.5 shackles in DR position 24°40.5’N, 52°51.5’E.

Number on sick list: 14.

Distance run 63.5 miles.


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3 August 1922

At sea off Dalma Islands.

Lat 24.5, Long 52.5

[Wind NW force 1-3; light broken cloud with mist; air temperature average 92°F]

5.00am: Weighed and proceeded on S64°W.

7.30am: Rain with mist; visibility 2-3 miles.

8.43am: Stopped and came to with starboard bower in 17 fathoms with 4 shackles in DR position 24°27’N, 52°27’E.

5.00pm: Cleaned small arms; gun crews (4'') to loading drill practice.

Number on sick list: 13.


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4 August 1922

At sea off Dalma Islands.

Lat 25.1, Long 52.3

[Wind mainly NW force 1-2; light broken cloud with mist; air temperature average 90°F]

5.30am: Mist cleared; fixed position. Dalma Peak bore N58°W 5.5 miles.

6.15am: Weighed and proceeded on N13°E.

7.20am: Sighted Arzanah Island bearing N25°E 12 miles.

8.55am: Arzanah Island bore N62° 2 miles.

9.30am: Sighted Diyenia Is [Jazirat Dayyinah] bearing N29°W 7 miles.

10.20am: Sighted Sherin Is [Jazirat Shar a Iwah] bearing N55°W 12 miles.

10.45am: NE Ext. Diyenia Is abeam to starboard 1.5 miles; altered course to N49.5°W.

Noon: Sherin Is bore S57°W 2 miles.

12.18pm: Sherin Is bore S14°W 4 miles.

2.00pm: Passing dhows pearl diving on both sides.

3.15pm: Sighted Halul Is bearing N12°E 20 miles.

6.02pm: Came to in 5 fathoms; took soundings 1 cable from ship.

6.25pm: Weighed and shifted billet.

6.32pm: Stopped and came to with starboard bower in 7.5 fathoms with 2.5 shackles off SE side of Halul Island.* Sold by auction the effects of Stoker Thornton.**


*[Note: Now belonging to Qatar and a major oil terminal, in the 19th and early 20th centuries Halul was a centre for the pearl trade.}


**[Traditionally, when a man died, his effects were auctioned, sometimes at artificially high prices; it was often a way in which money could be collected for his widow.]


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5 August 1922

At Halul Island,

Lat 25.6, Long 52.4

[Wind mainly NW force 1-2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 94°F]

6.30am: Landed Somali ratings for national holiday.

10.00am: Saturday routine.

Number on sick list: 10.


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6 August 1922

At Halul Island,

Lat 25.6, Long 52.4

[Wind calm; cloudless; air temperature average 94°F]

10.00am: Divine service.

5.00-7.30pm: Leave to recreation and bathing parties.

9.00pm: Captain gave a lantern lecture on Baghdad.


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7 August 1922

At sea from Halul Island to Hengam Island.

Lat 25.8, Long 53.1

[Wind calm; light broken cloud; air temperature average 92°F]

6.00am: Weighed and proceeded on N77.5°E.

6.45-8.10pm: Reduced speed to make good small defect in boiler room.

9.20pm: Sighted Sirri Island [Jazireh-ye-Sirri] Buoy bearing S72°E.

10.40pm: Sirri Island bore S10°W; altered course to N66°E.

Distance run 39 miles.


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8 August 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind SE veering SW force 1-3; light broken cloud; air temperature average 92°F]

2.05am: Tonb Island Light bore N68°E 23.5 miles.

3.50am: Sighted Jazireh Nabiya Tonb [Lesser Tonb] bearing N68°E 2 miles.

4.10am: Jazireh Nabiya Tonb bore S32°E 1.5 miles.

10.00am: Hands preparing guns for full calibre firing.

11.12am: Came to with port bower in 10 fathoms with 2.5 shackles in Bandar Gharbi, Hengam Island.

1.30pm: Hands embarking stores and sending towing wire to Miner. Prepared pattern VIII target.

Distance run 158.8 miles.


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9 August 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable SW force 1-3; light broken cloud; air temperature average 92°F]

5.15am: Sent rules [?] party to Miner.

5.30am: Miner proceeded E with target in tow.

6.00am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour.

6.45am: Opened fire to NE; single gun firing for prize competition 6 rounds.

7.00am: Ceased fire and closed target. Carried out 4 runs of 3 pdr firing.

8.05am: Carried out 4 runs of 1” AR practice.

8.40am: Exercises completed.

9.45am: Came to with port bower in 9 fathoms with 2.5 shackles in Bandar Gharbi, Hengam Island.

Number on sick list: 11.


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10 August 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; light broken cloud; air temperature average 92°F]

4.00pm: Carried out 4" loading comptetition; prepared for coaling.

Number on sick list: 12.


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11 August 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind NE veering SE force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

6.00am: Started coaling (native labour); sent all boats to buoy.

2.15pm: Finished coaling; took in 140 tons.

8.30pm: SS Bandra arrived (southbound).


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12 August 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

5.15am: SS Bandra sailed.

9.00am: Saturday routine.


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13 August 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

10.00am: Divine service.


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14 August 1922

At Hengam Island and en route to Muscat.

Lat 26.6, Long 56.0

[Wind variable WSW force 1-2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 92°F]

7.00am: SS Barjora (northbound) arrived; RIMS Lawrence arrived.

9.00am: SS Barjora sailed.

5.15pm: RIMS Lawrence sailed.

7.00pm: Weighed and proceeded in E Channel.

7.30pm: White Point bore S65°W 5 cables.

9.00pm: Quoin Island Light bore S75°E 23 miles. Course S65°E.

Midnight: Quoin Island Light abeam to port.


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15 August 1922

At sea en route to Muscat.

Lat 25.2, Long 57.4

[Wind SSE backing SE force 1-2; sea slight with SE swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 90°F; sea 92°F]

0.26am: Altered course to S35.5°E.

3.00am: Spoke with [BTC tanker] SS British Holly on passage from Bombay to Abadan.

6.00am: Spoke with SS Varsova on passage from Bombay to Basra.

7.30am: Sighted Kuh-i-Mubarak bearing N53.5°E 13.5 miles.

8.10pm: Course S33°E.

Distance run 123.9 miles.


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16 August 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

6.15am: Spoke with RIMS Nearchus in Muscat Cove.

6.45am: Came to with starboard bower with 1.5 shackles in 4.75 fathoms in Muscat Cove. Officer of the Guard from RIMS Nearchus came aboard. Coal lighter secured alongside.

11.30am: Finished coaling. Took in 50 tons of coal. Hands to bathe.

Distance run 123.4 miles.


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17 August 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind variable force 1-2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 91°F]

9.00am: RIMS Nearchus sailed. Saturday routine.*

1.30pm: SS Bamora (northbound) arrived.

6.00pm: Hands to bathe.

8.00pm: SS Bamora sailed.


*[Note: This was a Thursday, so a day off.]


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18 August 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind variable and SE force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

6.00pm: Hands to bathe.

Number on sick list: 8.


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19 August 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind SSE force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

8.00am: Hands to bathe.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

6.00pm: Hands to bathe.

Number on sick list: 5.


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20 August 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind mainly SSE force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

10.00am: Divine service.

7.00pm: Sent whalers away with gun cotton charge to catch fish.

9.00pm: Captain gave a lecture on Zoroastrianism.*


*[Note: See log above, 14 June 2018.]


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21 August 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind mainly SE force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

8.00am: Hands to bathe.

11.40am: SS Freienfels arrived.

3.30pm: SS Freienfels sailed.

6.00pm: Hands to bathe.


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22 August 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind mainly SE force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

7.30am: SS Barala arrived (southbound).

8.00am: Hands to bathe.

4.00pm: Landed cricket team.

6.00pm: Hands to bathe.

9.00pm: Ship’s company held a whist drive.


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23 August 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind mainly SE force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

8.00am: Hands to bathe.

10.00am: SS Barala sailed.

4.00pm: Landed cricket team.

6.00pm: Hands to bathe.

9.00pm: Held a boxing competition.


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24 August 1922

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind mainly SSE force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 83°F]

5.30am: Started coaling (native labour).

8.00am: Hands to bathe.

9.10am: Finished coaling; took in 50 tons.

5.00pm: Held swimming races.

9.00pm: Ship’s company held a whist drive.


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25 August 1922

At Muscat and en route to Aden.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind mainly SE force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

7.00am: Aired bedding; SS Bankura arrived (northbound).

8.00am: Hands to bathe.

9.00am: Divers at monthly practice; cleared inlets.

5.00pm: Cleared for sea and let go stern wire; hands to bathe.

6.39pm: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour.

6.50pm: Fisher Rock bore S11°E 3 cables. Course S48°E.

Number on sick list: 7.


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26 August 1922

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 22.4, Long 60.0

[Wind E backing SSW force 1-5; sea moderate with SSW swell; cloudless; air temperature average 75°F; sea 75°F]

2.00am: Course S48°E 7.5 knots.

6.40am: Hands furling side-screens and Saturday routine.

12.40pm: Sighted land bearing N65°W.

9.00pm: Spoke with SS Atua.

10.00pm: Course S19°W.

Distance run 111.6 miles.


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27 August 1922

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 20.2, Long 59.2

[Wind SW backing SSW force 3-7; sea rough with SSW swell; overcast with mist and squalls; air temperature average 73°F; sea 73°F]

1.00am: Wind increasing from SW'W; course S19°W.

6.00am: Altered course to S42.5°W 7.5 knots.

11.00pm: Wind increasing.

Distance run 145 miles.


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28 August 1922

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 18.3, Long 57.7

[Wind SSW force 4-5; sea rough with SSW swell; overcast with rain and mist; air temperature average 73°F; sea 70°F]

10.15am: Divine service.

10.20am: Hands securing and turning in motor boats.

10.15pm: Course S64°W 7.5 knots.

11.30pm: Rain with thick mist.

11.40pm: Mist cleared - Visibility 2 miles.

Distance run 147.8 miles.


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29 August 1922

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 16.8, Long 55.7

[Wind SW veering WSW force 6-3; sea rough; overcast with rain and mist; air temperature average 73°F; sea 70°F]

9.00am: Furled focs’l and well deck awnings.

Distance run 148.9 miles.


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30 August 1922

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 15.6, Long 53.3

[Wind SW backing SSW force 4-5; sea rough with SSW swell; broken cloud with rain and mist; air temperature average 74°F; sea 74°F]

4.45pm: Put clocks back 30 minutes.

11.10pm: Spoke with SS Mahanada (Malta to Abadan).

Distance run 157.1 miles.


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31 August 1922

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 14.5, Long 50.7

[Wind variable force 1-3; sea slight with SSE swell; broken cloud with mist; air temperature average 78°F; sea 79°F]

9.30am: Drill and ship maintenance.

10.00pm: Altered course to S73°W.

Distance run 169.2 miles.



LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1922


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1 September 1922

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 13.6, Long 48.4

[Wind mainly SW force 1-4; sea moderate with SE swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F; sea 85°F]

8.00am: Spread focs’le awning.

Number on sick list: 2.

Distance run 161.0 miles.


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2 September 1922

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 13.0, Long 45.8

[Wind mainly SW force 1-3; sea slight; broken cloud and mist; air temperature average 80°F; sea 81°F]

3.00pm: Sighted Aden Peninsula bearing S81°W 17 miles.

4.48pm: Hauled in patent log reading 1269.4 miles.

4.50pm: Ras Marshag Lighthouse bore S82°W 3.3 miles.

5.12pm: Lighthouse bore NNW 7 cables.

6.00pm: Made pendants with HMS Clematis.

6.18pm: Came to with starboard bower in 4.5 fathoms with 1.5 shackles, working engines to secure stern to No.4 buoy in Aden Harbour. Tug secured on port quarter.

7.20pm: Cast off tug; stern secured to No.4 buoy; veered to 3.5 shackles.

Distance run 157.5 miles.


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3 September 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable S force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F]

7.00am: Port Officer came aboard; 2 Goanese ratings joined ship.

10.00am: Divine service.

11.30am: Lt Cdr Ballie-Grohman assumed command.

5.00pm: Commander A.B. Watts left ship.


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4 September 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable S force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 83°F]

6.30am: Started coaling (native labour).

10.10am: Finished coaling; took in 210 tons.


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5 September 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable S force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F]

11.00am: Discharged 1 Ldg Seaman to hospital.


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6 September 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable S force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F]

4.00pm: Leave to Port Watch and cricket party.


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7 September 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable S force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F]


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8 September 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable S force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

8.00am: Held examination for Part 1 of educational test for Higher Rating.

2.30pm: Leave to Port Watch and football party till 11.00 pm.

5.00pm: Rove slip rope to stern buoy and secured for sea.

7.00pm: Discharged 1 Petty Officer to RNB Portsmouth.


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9 September 1922


At Aden and en route to Las Khorai [Laasqoray, Somalia].*

Lat 12.5, Long 45.5

[Wind mainly SW backing SE force 1-3; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 83°F; sea 82°F]

6.40am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour on S60°E.

7.12am: Elephant’s Back Light bore N25°E 7 cables.

10.00am: Saturday routine.

11.30am: Spoke with SS Java of Amsterdam.

5.00pm: Course as requisite for swinging compass.

Distance run 39 miles.


*[Note: The region then called British Somaliland (now Somalia) was administered from Aden.

From 1910 to 1920 there was an uprising against British rule, led by Mullah Hassan, the so-called “Mad Mullah”.

After the Mullah’s defeat in 1920, Britain kept a garrison at Las Khorai and also used the Somaliland Camel Corps to enforce British rule.

The Royal Navy patrolled Somaliland’s Red Sea coast.]


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10 September 1922

At Las Khorai.

Lat 11.5, Long 47.7

[Wind variable force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F]

5.30am: Sighted high land on starboard bow.

7.15am: Altered course to S53°E.

11.00am: Took soundings 44 fathoms.

11.30am: Sighted Bandar Las Khorai bearing E.

12.20pm: Came to with port bower in 5 fathoms to 3 shackles in Bandar Las Khorai.

8.45-9.00pm: Burned searchlights.

Distance run 172 miles.


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11 September 1922


At Las Khorai and at Elaiya [El Ayo or Ceelayo, Somalia]

Lat 11.2465, Long 48.8935

[Wind mainly NNW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 87°F]

6.30am: Asst. District Commissioner of Police came aboard to take passage to Elaiya.

6.40am: Weighed and proceeded on N80°E 7.5 knots.

7.12am: Conspic T [sic: conspicuous tower?] bore S14°E 1.5 miles.

12.47pm: Came to with starboard bower in 4.5 fathoms to 3 shackles off Elaiya.

8.40 to 9.00pm: Burned searchlights.

Distance run 47.9 miles.


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12 September 1922

At Elaiya and at Las Khorai.

Lat 11.2465, Long 48.8935

[Wind calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F]

9.00am: Furled boat deck awning.

12.05pm: Proceeded on N22°W 7.5 knots [followed by various small course alterations].

6.20pm: Came to with starboard bower in 6 fathoms to 3 shackles off Las Khorai.

10.00pm: Disembarked Ass't District Commissioner of Police.


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13 September 1922

At Las Khorai and at Heis [Xiis, Somalia]

Lat 11.3, Long 47.2

[Wind variable “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 89°F]

4.00am: Weighed and proceeded on N80°W 7.5 knots. [followed by various small course alterations].

8.00am: Aired bedding.

3.20pm: Came to with starboard bower in 9 fathoms to 4 shackles off Heis.

Distance run 108.6 miles.


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14 September 1922

At Heis and at Karam.

Lat 10.9, Long 46.2

[Wind variable W force 1-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F]

6.00am: Weighed and proceeded to W.

4.10pm: Came to with starboard bower in 10 fathoms to 4 shackles off Karam village.

Distance run 67.7 miles.


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15 September 1922

At Karam and at Berbera.

Lat 10.7, Long 45.3

[Wind variable W force 1-3; light broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F]

4.00am: Weighed and proceeded on S80°W 7.5 knots.

5.10am: Ran into thick mist.

5.30am: Mist cleared.

5.35am: Ras Sudda bore S20°E 3 miles.

10.00am: Sighted Berbera Lighthouse bearing S50°W 14 miles.

Noon: Came to with port bower in 6 fathoms to 3.25 shackles at Berbera.

1.30pm: Leave to Somali ratings till 7.00am.

5.00pm: Stored away all double awnings.

Distance run 89 miles.


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16 September 1922

At Berbera.

Lat 10.4427, Long 44.9914

[Wind mainly SW force 7-1; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 94°F]

6.00am: Moderate SW gale.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

1.30pm: Leave to Somali ratings till 7.00 am.

2.00pm: Embarked H.E. the Governor of Somaliland's baggage.*

5.00pm: Sloped all awnings; hoisted all boats.


*[Note: The retiring Governor was Sir Geoffrey Archer.

Having defeated Mullah Hassan with the revolutionary use of RAF bombers, Sir Geoffrey was leaving British Somaliland to become Governor of Kenya.]


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17 September 1922

At Berbera and en route to Aden.

Lat 11.4, Long 45.0

[Wind mainly SW force 4-7; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 94°F]

2.00am: Wind rising from SW.

5.00am: Moderate to strong SW gale. Let go starboard bower. Veered to 1 shackle.

11.30am: Landed seamen Guard of Honour. Hoisted HE’s flag.

12.05pm: Fired 17-gun salute.

12.10pm: HE the Governor of Somaliland embarked with personal staff.

12.40pm: Personal staff left ship.

12.43pm: Weighed and proceeded on N4°W.

1.00pm: Barbera Light bore S 1.4 miles.

9.00pm: Held impromptu concert on boat deck.


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18 September 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind “light airs”; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

4.40am: Sighted Ras Marshag and Elephant's Back Light bearing N14°E 24 miles.

7.58am: Shore battery saluted HE the Governor with 17 guns.

8.55am: Came to with both bowers in 5 fathoms with 3.5 shackles; secured stern to No.2 buoy in Aden Harbour.

Port Officer and A.D.C. to G.O.C. came aboard.

9.05am: HE the Governor left ship.

Distance run 148.8 miles.


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19 September 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind “light airs”; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

5.00am: Lost overboard by accident 1 Foreign Ensign (Arabia).

5.55am: RIMS Northbrook arrived.

8.00am: Sent OOG to RIMS Northbrook.

8.30am: Hands rigging stage.

9.00pm: Held a concert aboard.


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20 September 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

6.00am: Rigged diving boat; unrigged stage.

9.00am: Divers at monthly dip and clearing inlets.


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21 September 1922


At Aden and en route to Zeila [Saylac, Somalia].

Lat 12.5, Long 44.6

[Wind variable force 1-2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

6.00am: SS Malwa arrived.

7.00am: SS Malwa sailed.

10.00am: Rove ship rope to No.2 buoy.

3.30pm: Secured for sea.

4.35pm: Weighed both bowers, slipped stern rope and proceeded on S35°W 7.5 knots.

5.45pm: Elephant's Back Light bore N50°E 6.2 miles.


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22 September 1922

At Zeila.

Lat 11.3, Long 43.5

[Wind variable force 1-2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

6.10am: Sighted Aibat Island [possibly Ceebaad Island] bearing S45°W 7.5 miles; altered course to S2°E.

7.00am: Sounding frequently.

8.35am: Came to with starboard bower in 3 fathoms to 3 shackles off the South Ext. of Sad-ad-din [Sacadin] Island. District Commissioner of Zeila came aboard.

10.15am: Boats away under sail. Prepared seine net.

4.00pm: Both whalers away with seine net.

Distance run 117.5 miles.


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23 September 1922

At Zeila.

Lat 11.3, Long 43.5

[Wind variable force 1-3; cloudy; air temperature average 89°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.

4.00pm: Leave to Starboard Watch and fishing party.


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24 September 1922

At Zeila.

Lat 11.3, Long 43.5

[Wind variable force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 89°F]

10.00am: Divine service.

4.00pm: Leave to Port Watch and fishing party till 6.30pm.


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25 September 1922

At Zeila.

Lat 11.3, Long 43.5

[Wind variable force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 89°F]

6.00am: Exercised 'out bower anchor'.

8.00am: Listed ship to starboard and scraped bottom line.


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26 September 1922

At Zeila.

Lat 11.3, Long 43.5

[Wind variable E force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 87°F]

6.00am: Listed ship to port and scraped bottom.

1.00pm: Hands away fishing in whalers and skiff.


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27 September 1922

At Zeila and en route to Aden.

Lat 11.9, Long 44.0

[Wind variable E force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 87°F]

8.00am: Divers cleaning inlets and scraping propellers.

10.45am: Carried out 1'' AR practice at towed target.

11.00am: Prepared for sea.

1.00pm: Weighed and proceeded on N51°E 7.5 knots.

2.30pm: Aibat Island bore N65°W 4.5 miles.

10.40pm: Spoke with SS Sunpath on passage from Durban to Jibuti.


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28 September 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable SE force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 87°F]

3.00am: Spoke with SS City of Tokio.

4.10am: Sighted Elephant's Back bearing N25°E and Ras Marshag bearing N33°E 20 miles.

7.12am: Came to with the bowers; tug towed stern to No.2 buoy.

7.20am: Secured; cast off tug. Veered to 2.5 shackles on the bowers. Coal lighters secured alongside.

8.00am: Started coaling-native labour.

11.10am: Finished coaling; took in 170 tons.

10.00pm: Ship's company gave a concert on shore.

Distance run 128.8 miles.


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29 September 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 87°F]

9.00am: Hands employed embarking naval and paymaster’s stores and as required.

10.00pm: Ship’s company attended and took part in a boxing tournament versus the East Kent regiment at the Crater.*


*[A district of Aden based around an extinct volcano.]


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30 September 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind E backing NE force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 87°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.

10.00am: Set aneroid Barometer by RIMS Northbrook's mercurial reading 30.00.

11.00am: Sent OOG to SS Lady Denison Pender, E.T.C. cable ship.



LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1922


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1 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F]

10.30am: Divine service on board performed by the Military Chaplain Aden.


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2 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F]

5.30am: Exercised 'Prepare to be taken in tow' and “Away all boats crews under oars” for seamen and stoker crews.

8.30pm: RIMS Northbrook sailed.


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3 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable force 1-5; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 85°F]

6.00pm: SS Lady Denison Pender, cable ship, sailed.


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4 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind “light airs” SE; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F]

9.30am: Carried out Director test.

2.00pm: Landed cricket eleven.

5.00pm: Secured for sea.


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5 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind NE veering SSE force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F]

6.40am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour for gunnery practice.

9.00-10.20am: Carried out 4 runs of 1” AR.

10.31-11.25am: Carried out 4 runs of 3 pdr and 2 pdr pom-pom firing.

11.35am: Stopped and proceeded to harbour.

2.03pm: Came to with the bowers in 5 fathoms; tug towed stern to No.2 buoy.

2.30pm: Secured in No.2 berth; head 066°; veered to 3 shackles.

Distance run 46.3 miles.


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6 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F]

6.00am: Landed small arms company for batallion drill.

8.30am: Boat maintenance.

10.30am: Manned ship and cheered The Buffs Regiment routed for the Near East in the troopship Assaye.*


*[Although the 2nd Battalion of The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) was involved in Iraq at this time, the reference to the “Near East” and the record of the troopship Assaye suggest that these troops may have been from the 1st Battallion, which was part of the British force involved in the Chanak Crisis.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chanak_Crisis]


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7 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.

Number on sick list: 0.


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8 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F]

10.00am: Divine service.


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9 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

6.00am: RIMS Northbrook arrived.

8.00am: Sent OOG to Northbrook.


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10 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

7.00am: Ranged inboard end of starboard cable for survey.

9.00am: Surveying inboard end of starboard cable.


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11 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

7.00am: Hands surveying inboard end of port cable, and refitting motor boats.

2.30pm: Landed Officers and P.O.'s shooting team for shooting match vs The Buffs.


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12 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

6.30am: Landed seamen and stokers small arms companies for platoon drill.

8.00am: 1 Ldg Seaman rejoined from hospital.

9.30am: Various ship maintenance.


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13 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

9.00pm: Ship’s company attended and took part in a boxing tournament at HM W/T Station.


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14 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 83°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.

2.00pm: Landed cricket eleven.


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15 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 83°F]

8.00am: P&O SS Karmala arrived with Vice Admiral Sir A.C. Leverson K.C.B. and staff on board, en route to China.*

10.00am: Captain called on the V.A.

10.30am: Divine service.

2.40pm: SS Karmala sailed.


*[Note: Admiral Leverson was on his way to become Commander-in-Chief, China Station.]


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16 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable NE force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 83°F]


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17 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 83°F]

2.30pm: Landed cricket eleven.


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18 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 83°F]

9.30am: General ship maintenance.


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19 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]

8.30am: Seamen and stokers at rifle and bayonet fighting instruction.

9.30am: General ship maintenance.


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20 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

5.00am: Secured for sea; sent targeting and marking parties to General Ellis.

6.35am: Weighed and proceeded to join exercise S of Ras Marshag.

8.00am: Carried out 6 runs of 1” AR firing at towed target to SE.

10.00am: Stopped and proceeded to harbour.

11.10am: Came to with the bowers; secured stern to buoy.

11.20am: Secured in No.2 berth Aden Harbour.

Distance run 26 miles.


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21 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 83°F]

7.00am: Target party repairing target.

9.00am: Saturday routine.


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22 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 83°F]

7.00am: SS Syria trooping from India, arrived.

8.00am: 1 stoker rejoined ex Syria from hospital in Bombay.

10.00am: Divine service.

1.00pm: SS Syria sailed.


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23 October 1922

At Little Aden.

Lat 12.7, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 83°F]

10.08am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour to firing area SW of Ras Marshag.

12.15pm: Carried out 4 runs of 1”AR firing to SE.

1.00pm: Practice completed.

1.28pm: Came to with 3 shackles in 4.5 fathoms in Little Aden.


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24 October 1922

At Little Aden.

Lat 12.7, Long 45.0

[Wind variable NE force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

7.30am: Targets completed; General Ellis and target party proceeded.

8.00am: Weighed and proceeded to carry out 1” AR practice to S of Aden.

8.45-10.20am: Carried out 5 runs of 1' AR fired to SE.

10.20am: Practice completed; proceeded to harbour.

11.29am: Came to with starboard bower in 4.75 fathoms to 3.5 shackles in Bandar Sheikh, Little Aden.

11.30am: Carried out Director test.

12.30pm: General Ellis returned and proceeded to Aden.

6.30-7.00pm: Burning searchlights.


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25 October 1922

At Little Aden.

Lat 12.7, Long 45.0

[Wind variable force 1-2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]

7.00am: Sent target party to General Ellis.

8.00am: Weighed and proceeded for 1" AR practice.

8.34-10.00am: Carried out 6 runs 3 firing to SSEward, 3 to Northward.

10.05am: Practice completed and proceeded to anchorage off Salil Island for calibrating.

10.35am: Came to with starboard bower in 10 fathoms; laid out kedge anchor to NNE. Tug moored targets off Ras Mungullab Heidi [Ra’s Mukallab Hadi]

12.16pm: Fired 5 rounds full charge to WSWward to calibrate 4" guns.

2.30pm: Weighed kedge.

2.50pm: Weighed and proceeded to anchorage in Khawr Ghadir.

3.10pm: Came to with starboard bower in 4.5 fathoms to 3.5 shackles.


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26 October 1922

At Little Aden.

Lat 12.7, Long 45.0

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 75°F]

6.00am: Hands preparing for full calibre firing.

7.00am: General Ellis took targets and [?] party and proceeded.

7.24am: Weighed and proceeded to SE for full calibre firing.

8.47am: Opened fire 4" full charge.

8.49am: Ceased fire. [This is repeated several times]

10.35am: Shaped course for anchorage N8°E.

11.57am: Came to with starboard bower in 10 fathoms to 3 shackles in Khawr Ghadir, Little Aden.

12.30pm: General Ellis returned with target party and proceeded to Aden.

5.45pm: Fired 2 rounds fuzed lyddite at Ras Abn Kiyama [Ra’s Abu Olyamah] for annual test.

6.00pm: Weighed and proceeded for night practice. Exercised Night Action Stations.

6.17pm: Stopped. Moved target 2 miles S of Jezireh Salil Island.

6.50pm: Carried out full calibre night practice.

7.00pm: Picked up target.

7.08pm: Proceeded as required to anchorage.

7.25pm: Came to with starboard bower in 10 fathoms to 3 shackles in Khawr Ghadir, Little Aden.

Distance run 41.5 miles.


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27 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.7, Long 44.9

[Wind variable E force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

6.15am: Weighed and proceeded to as req. 7.5 knots to carry out turning trials.

6.40-8.00am: Turning trials.

8.03am: Shaped for Aden inner anchorage.

8.55am: Dinghy capsized. Stopped and came to with starboard bower to 1 shackle; between Nos. 1 and 3 buoys; tug towed stern to W.

9.10am: Weighed and proceeded to berth.

9.20am: Came to with both bowers with 3 shackles and secured stern to No.2 buoy.

1.00pm: Captain of Italian ship Misurata came on board.


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28 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.7, Long 44.9

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.


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29 October 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.7, Long 44.9

[Wind variable E force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

9.00am: HMS Petersfield arrived; sent O.O.G on board.*

10.00am: Divine service.


*[Note: HMS Petersfield was on her way to the China Station to become the new C-in-C’s yacht; re-commissioned in 1925.

In 1931 she was lost in a storm in the China Sea and this loss created a scandal in the Navy. See hyperlink.]


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30 October 1922

At Aden and en route to Jibouti. [Djibouti]

Lat 12.4, Long 44.3

[Wind variable E force 2-3; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 84°F]

1.00pm: Abyssinian Interpreter joined ship.

1.20pm: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour on S61°W.

2.03pm: Elephant’s Back Light bore 068° 1.8 miles.

7.00pm: Spoke with SS Moldavia on passage London, Aden to Australia.

9.00pm: Spoke with SS Halle on passage Aden – Hamburg.


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31 October 1922

At Jibouti.*

Lat 11.6, Long 43.1

[Wind variable E force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

1.50am: Sighted Ras al Bir Light bearing S85°W 16 miles.

4.00am: Ras al Bir Light abeam 6.5 miles.

4.20am: Sighted Mashah Island Light [Ile Moucha] bearing S84.5°W 12.7 miles.

6.35am: Course S5°W on leading marks.

8.00am: Came to with starboard bower in 3.75 fathoms to 2.5 shackles Jibuti Bay. Saluted French Republic with 21 guns. Medical officer came aboard.

10.00am: Hands as required, rigging canvass screens for HRH of Abyssinia's staff and decorating quarterdeck.

3.00pm: Captain paid official call on Monsieur le Governor.

4.00pm: Governor returned the call.

Distance run 135.3 miles.


*[Note: In 1922 Djibouti was part of French Somaliland, and protected France’s interests in the Suez Canal.

It also was an important commercial link with Ethiopia (Abyssinia).

Crocus arrived to take off the Regent, later Emperor, of Abyssinina Ras Tafari, Heille Selassie.

The Acting Governor of French Somaliland at this time was Edmond Lippman.]



LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1922


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1 November 1922

At Jibuti and en route to Aden.

Lat 11.6, Long 43.1

[Wind variable force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 81°F]

11.00am: Paid monthly money.

5.00pm: Secured for sea and embarking baggage.

6.00pm: Embarked H.H. the Ras Taffeur [ie Ras Tafari] of Abyssinia and personal staff and servants (14 in all).

Fired Royal Salute of 21 guns; broke Abyssinian standard at the main.

7.20pm: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour on N5°E.

8.57pm: Altered course to N61°E; Mashah Island Light bore SE 3.5 miles.

9.01pm: Sighted Ras al Bir Light bearing N41°E 16.5 miles.

10.50pm: Ras al Bir Light abeam 5.7 miles; altered course to N60°E.


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2 November 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.5, Long 44.5

[Wind variable E force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 82°F]

6.00am: Hauled in patent log and cleaned it; spoke with SS Begum of London.

9.20am: Ras Tafari inspected mess decks and [interested in?] gun drill and gymnastic display.

Noon: Entering harbour. Manned ship.* Made pendants to HMSs Diomede and Clematis.

12.01pm: Came to with both bowers and secured stern to No.2 buoy, inner harbour, Aden. Dressed ship overall.

12.10pm: G.O.C. and First Asst. Resident came on board and were presented to H.H. the Ras.

12.40pm: H.H. the Ras and staff disembarked. Fired Royal Salute of 21 guns and struck the Abyssinian standard. Manned ship.

5.35pm: Undressed ship. Diomede and Petersfield sailed from harbour.**

Distance run 134.5 miles.


*[Note: This means the crew came out on deck for ceremonial events.]


**[Note: Both vessels were bound for the China Station. See Diomede hyperlink and log above 29 October.]


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3 November 1922

At Aden and en route to Jibouti.

Lat 12.7, Long 44.8

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

9.30am: Embarked rifles, machine guns, ammunition and stores for the Ras Tafari.*

2.00pm: 4” hemp rope to No.2 buoy parted; used 2.5” wire as slip rope.

5.35pm: Manned ship.

5.40pm: H.H. Ras Tafari and staff re-embarked; fired Royal Salute of 21 guns; hoisted Abyssinian standard at main. Undressed ship.

6.05pm: Slipped aft and weighed both bowers; proceeded on S60.5°W 6.5 knots. Elephant's Back Light bore N60°E.

10.45pm: Spoke with [probably] SS Colaba on passage Suez – Singapore.

11.20pm: Spoke with SS Malakand on passage Columbo – Hamburg.**


*[Note: Heile Selassie was attempting to modernise his army in anticipation of a further attempt by Italy to invade and colonise Ethiopia.

This visit to Aden coincided with Mussolini’s accession to power via the “March on Rome” on October 28th 1922.

Mussolini had vowed to “avenge Adowa”, (also known as Adwa) the battle in 1896 when an earlier attempt by the Italians was repulsed by the Ethiopians: he accomplished this in 1935.

Heile Selassie was beginning a world tour to gather support, and in 1923 he secured Ethiopia’s membership of the League of Nations.

At this time it was clear that the British and French were colluding in selling arms to Heile Selassie, although events showed that they were mainly surplus stock from the Great War and not very effective.]


**[Note: In 1941 this vessel blew up in Liverpool during an air raid when filled with explosives.

See hyperlink and also http://www.liverpoolblitz70.co.uk/2011/04/04/explosion-of-the-ss-malakand/]


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4 November 1922

At sea and at Jibouti.

Lat 11.5, Long 43.2166

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 82°F]

1.30am: Spoke with SS Massaua (Italian) on passage from Aden to Jibouti.

8.14am: Sighted Ras al Bir Lighthouse bearing N87.5°W 16 miles.

9.30-11.00am: Boxing display, hornpipe etc. for HH the Ras Tafari.

2.50pm: French cruisers Jules Michelet (flag) and Victor Hugo saluted HRH the Ras with 21 guns; manned and cheered ship.

3.00pm: Came to with starboard bower in 4 fathoms to 3 shackles Jibouti Bay. Dressed and manned ship. French Governor and staff came aboard.

3.25pm: HH the Ras Tafari and staff disembarked. Fired salute of 21 guns. Struck Abyssinian standard.

4.30pm: Saluted French Admiral with 13 guns. OOG from Jules Michelet called. Sent OOG to French flagship.

8.00pm: Undressed ship.

9.00pm: Disembarked Ras Tafari's baggage, field guns, rifles and ammunition.

Distance run 120 miles.


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5 November 1922

At Jibouti.

Lat 11.6, Long 43.1

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 82°F]

8.00am: Dressed Ship overall.

10.00am: Divine service.

5.40pm: Undressed ship.


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6 November 1922

At Jibouti and en route to Aden.

Lat 11.7, Long 43.2

[Wind variable force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 82°F]

10.35am: Weighed and proceeded on N5°E 7.5 knots.

12.18pm: Sighted Mashah Light bearing S29.5°E 4 miles; altered course to N 61°E.

2.25pm: Ras al Bir Light abeam 6.2 miles.

10.50pm: Altered course to avoid steamer.

11.09: Resumed course and spoke with SS Henzada on passage from Aden – Southampton.

11.35pm: Altered course to avoid steamer.

Midnight: Resumed course and spoke with SS Pierre Martelle [not identified] on passage to Marseilles.


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7 November 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

2.30am: Spoke with [Admiralty tanker] SS British Beacon on passage from Abadan to Suez.

3.05am: Sighted Aden Ligh bearing N66°E 20 miles.

6.08am: Came to with both bowers and secured stern to No.2 buoy, Aden. Veered to 3 shackles. Communicated with RIMS Northbrook.

8.00am: Prepared for coaling. Landed funeral party. Started coaling, native labour.

10.40am: Finished coaling; took in 190 tons.

3.30pm: HE the Governor of Aden called on Captain.*

Distance run 139.2 miles.


*[Note: The GOC and Political Resident was General Sir Thomas Edwin Scott.]


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8 November 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind mainly NE force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

8.30am: Hands embarking stores.


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9 November 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind mainly NE force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

8.30am: Saturday routine.

10.10am: HMS Vindictive arrived; sent OOG to Vindictive.

3.30pm: Mr Judd, Engineer, Mr Williams, Gunner, Mr. Robinson, Gunner joined from HMS Vindictive. Gunner Williams for passage only.

5.45pm: 30 ratings joined ship from HMS Vindictive, CPOs 4, POs 7, other ratings (22 for passage only).

6.30pm: 13 ratings discharged to Vindictive for passage to Colombo, thence to UK, 6 POs, 7 other ratings.


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10 November 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind mainly NE force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

9.30am: Sent party to haul up targets, scrape them and tar them and sent whaler in for sand.*


*[Note: In the early 20th century sand had various uses on ships, such as an abrasive for scrubbing, as a fire extinguisher and as ballast.]


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11 November 1922

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind mainly E force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

8.00am: Dressed ship overall in honour of HM King of Italy’s birthday.*

8.30am: Discharged Gunner Dilks to Vindictive for passage to Colombo and UK. Saturday routine. Divers cleaning inlets.

10.45am: HMS Vindictive sailed.

11.00am: Observed 2 minutes silence for Armistice Day.

11.30am: Discharged interpreter and 1 Somali to shore.

1.00pm: 8 Somalis joined ship for passage only.


*[Note: It should be noted that Italy had been an ally in the Great War, and was a power locally with Italian Somaliland.

Although Italy was now Fascist, the King remained head of state with Mussolini as Prime Minister.]


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12 November 1922

At Aden and en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.5

[Wind variable E force 1-3; sea slight; cloudless; air temperature average 82°F; sea 83°F]

10.00am: Divine service.

11.30am: SS Kaisar-i-Hind arrived (London-Bombay).

Noon: Secured for sea.

2.45pm: Slipped both bowers and proceeded.

3.20pm: Ras Tarshay bore 063° 3 cables.

4.06pm: Marshag Light bore 349° 8 cables; shaped to N79°E.

6.30pm: Spoke with SS Plassy (London - China, mail)

8.00pm: Spoke with SS Bembridge (Cardiff - Bombay)

8.30pm: Spoke with SS Kaisar-i-Hind (London - Bombay).


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13 November 1922

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 13.2, Long 47.5

[Wind mainly SE force 2-3; sea slight; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F; sea 81°F]

6.30am: Started full power trial.

8.00am: Full power trial abandoned; carried out 3/5 power trial.

9.30am: Abandoned 3/5 power trial; reduced to 11 knots.

12.30pm: Course N64.5°E.

6.00pm: Reduced to 8.75 knots.

Distance run 149.1 miles.


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14 November 1922

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 14.5, Long 50.4

[Wind mainly ENE force 2-3; sea slight; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 80°F; sea 80°F]

8.45am: Spoke with [Admiralty tanker] SS [RFA] War Brahmin on passage Abadan - Suez.

9.45am: Aired bedding and ship maintenance.

11.00pm: Put clocks on 30 minutes.

11.55pm: Spoke with SS Emile Deutsch de la Meurthe* on passage Abadan - Suez.

Distance run 208.5 miles.


*[Note: A French tanker named after one of the inventors of petroleum and aviation fuel. See https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Famille_Deutsch_de_la_Meurthe]


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15 November 1922

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 15.7, Long 53.4

[Wind mainly ENE force 2-3; sea slight; cloudless; air temperature average 79°F; sea 79°F]

3.00am: Put clocks on 30 minutes.

5.00am: Aired bedding.

9.40am: Ship maintenance.

3.15pm: Spoke with [Admiralty tanker] SS [RFA] War Hindoo.

Distance run 199.6 miles.


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16 November 1922

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 17.4, Long 58.7

[Wind mainly ENE force 2-5; sea moderate; broken cloud with squalls; air temperature average 79°F; sea 79°F]

6.00am: Aired bedding.

6.05am: Sighted Korya Morya Island [Khuriya Muriya Islands] bearing N15.5°W 34 miles; altered course N65°E.

7.00am: Sighted: Jez. Kabliya [Jazireh Al-Qibliyah] bearing N7.5°E 30 miles.

9.55am: Altered course to N45°E; Jez Kabliya bore N37°W 24 miles.

6.00pm: Ordered by SNOPG to proceed to Suwaik-Batinah coast. [Suwayq-Batinah, Oman]

Distance run 201.9 miles.


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17 November 1922

At sea en route to Suwaik-Batinah coast.

Lat 19.7, Long 59.1

[Wind mainly ENE force 1-2; sea smooth; light broken cloud; air temperature average 79°F; sea 79°F]

3.30am: Passed unknown ship to port 4 miles.

1.00pm: Sighted Masira Island bearing N32°W 35 miles.

7.15pm: Altered course to N24°E.

Distance run 207.1 miles.


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18 November 1922

At sea en route to Suwaik-Batinah coast.

Lat 22.8, Long 59.7

[Wind NW veering NE force 1-2; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 78°F; sea 79°F]

8.35am: Sighted Ras al Hadd Towers bearing N86.5°W 10 miles.

9.50am: Fort abeam 10 miles. Saturday routine.

8.30pm: Course N69°W.

Distance run 210 miles.


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19 November 1922

At Suwaik-Batinah coast.

Lat 23.9, Long 57.5

[Wind variable force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

5.00-5.15am: Took soundings; 100 fathoms.

6.10am: Sighted Jazireh Suadi [Suwadi] bearing S7°W 12 miles.

7.15am: Sighted HMS Cyclamen.

8.00am: Sighted HMS Espiegle bearing S63°W 14.5 miles.

9.00am: Anchored as reqd. for taking up anchoring billet on Cyclamen. Came to with port bower in 4.5 fathoms to 3 shackles off Suwaik. OOG from Cyclamen came aboard.

10.20am: Divine service.

11.00am: Captain paid call on SNOPG.

Noon: Discharged Mr. Williams, Gunner, to Cyclamen.

5.00pm: Discharged ratings taking passage to Cyclamen and Espiegle: 4 CPOs, 1 PO and 22 other ratings.

5.30pm: 1 CPO, 3 POs and 6 other ratings joined ship for passage to Karachi and Vindictive at Colombo from Cyclamen.

9.00pm: Mr. J. Cobb, Gunner from Cyclamen joined for passage.

Distance run 163.8 miles.


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20 November 1922

At Suwaik.

Lat 23.9, Long 57.5

[Wind variable force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]

6.00am: Hands furling awnings as requisite for full calibre firing.

6.15am: Espiegle weighed and proceeded to berth for bombardment.

6.30am: Weighed and proceeded as reqd. for taking up berth on Espiegle off Raddah Village.

6.50am: Stopped and came to in billet in 4.5 fathoms.

6.40am: Cyclamen weighed and took up appointed berth. Laid out kedge anchor and pointed ship E.

9.01 – 9.09am: Cyclamen and Espiegle opened fire.

10.27-11.22am: Division bombarded Raddah Village according to plan. Fired 71 4”, 45 3 pdrs and 14 pom-pom rounds.

11.30am: Bombardment ceased.*

12.05pm: Weighed and proceeded in company to lower [?] berths off Suwaik.

12.39pm: Came to with starboard bower in 4.5 fathoms to 3 shackles off Suwaik.

4.15pm: Hands clearing ammunition cylinders and sponging out guns.

5.10pm: HMS Cyclamen sailed.


*[Note: There is no report of the issues surrounding this action, which was not part of a wider uprising.

It is more likely that this was a local rebellion, perhaps part of the conflict between the Omani leaders and the Sultan of Muscat, but it shows the power of the Royal Navy in supporting the existing ruling elite in Muscat.

he bombardment of heavy guns on an Arab village would have been devastating.]


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21 November 1922

At Masna [Al Masnaah, Muscat]

Lat 23.8, Long 57.6

[Wind variable force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]

8.00am: Saturday routine; cleaning ship.*

10.00am: Interpreter from Espiegle joined ship for passage to Muscat.

11.57am: Weighed and proceeded on S75°E.

1.53pm: Came to with starboard bower in 4 fathoms to 3 shackles off Masna.

3.00pm: Landed interpreter and arranged for evacuation of Muscat levies.


*[Note: This was a Tuesday, so a day off after the action.]


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22 November 1922

At Masna and Muscat and en route to Karachi.

Lat 23.7, Long 58.4

[Wind variable force 1; sea smooth; cloudless with haze; air temperature average 75°F; sea 78°F]

5.30am: Secured for sea and got hemps ready for towing dhow.

5.45am: Dhow secured with Muscat levies; embarked Sayed Salim and Indian officer.

6.25am: Weighed and proceeded on N81°E.

1.20pm: Fahl Island to port 5 cables.

1.40pm: Stopped; slipped the tow and disembarked Sayed Salim and Indian officer. Proceeded into Muscat Cove.

2.20pm: Came to with port bower in 5 fathoms to 2 shackles in Muscat Cove. Spoke with SS Barpeta.

4.30pm: Coal lighters secured alongside.

5.15pm: Commenced coaling (native labour). Discharged interpreter from Espiegle; Interpreter Sherro [or possibly Sr Herro] joined from shore.

6.00pm: Barpeta sailed. Discharged dead, Henry Richard Boxall ERA, late of Espiegle on passage to Karachi. Death due to shock and haemorrhage following wound in throat.*

8.21pm: Weighed and proceeded on N80°E 7.5 knots; Fisher Rock bore S 7 cables.


*[Note: This was very unusual, and what evidence there is points to death due to an assault or a fight.

The on-board Inquiry was inconclusive, or did not forward its conclusions to the Admiralty and the official record states “died” without an explanation, which is also unusual.

See Casualty List xDKCasAlpha1922-39A.htm]

This ERA had been on board Crocus for one day.]


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Record of Observations for Deviation

HB Baillie Grohman: Captain

CP Christie: Lieutenant


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[List of compass corrections]


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23 November 1922

At sea en route to Karachi.

Lat 23.9, Long 60.7

[Wind mainly ENE force 1-2; sea smooth; cloudless with haze; air temperature average 78°F; sea 78°F]

1.00am: Course N80°E 7.5 knots.

6.30am: Rigged boat deck for funeral service.

7.40am: Stopped. Read the burial service and buried the late H.R. Boxall ERA in position 23° 51.5’N, 60°10’E.

2.00pm: Held Court of Enquiry into circumstances attending death of H.R. Boxall ERA.

4.00pm: Swinging ship for compass adjustment.

8.40pm: Captain gave a lantern lecture on boat deck: Subject, "Ants and their ways".

Distance run 200.5 miles.


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24 November 1922

At sea en route to Karachi.

Lat 24.4, Long 65.9

[Wind NW backing SW force 2; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 76°F; sea 77°F]

1.00am: Course N80°E 7.5 knots.

9.30am: Drill and ship maintenance.

11.00pm: Put clocks on 30 mins.

Distance run 180 miles.


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25 November 1922

At sea en route to Karachi.

Lat 24.7, Long 66.5

[Wind variable force 1; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 76°F; sea 77°F]

3.00am: Put clocks on 30 minutes.

4.05am: Sighted glare of Cape Monze Light [Ras Muari] bearing N72°E.

4.30am: Put clocks on 30 minutes.

7.00am: Sighted Cape Monze Lt. Ho bearing N62°E 26 miles.

9.42am: Cape Monze Lt. Ho abeam to port 6.2 miles

11.42am: Sighted Manora Lighthouse bearing N73°E 14.8 miles.

Noon: Embarked pilot.

12.21pm: Secured to No.5 buoy Karachi Harbour.

6.00pm: Port Health Officer came aboard.

Distance run 178.3 miles.


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26 November 1922

At Karachi.

Lat 24.84, Long 66.95

[Wind variable NE force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

10.00am: Divine service.

10.30am: Captain called on GOC Karachi.


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27 November 1922

At Karachi.

Lat 24.84, Long 66.95

[Wind variable NE force 1-4; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

6.00am: Unshackled both bridles, rove ship rope and secured for sea.

7.20am: Embarked pilot.

7.30am: GOC and Staff College students embarked.

7.40am: Proceeded out of harbour.

8.15am: Sighted HMS Southampton.

8.50am: Transferred GOC and students to Southampton; record party came on board.

9.15am: Proceeded to position for target ship.

10.50am: Southampton opened fire.

10.55am: Southampton fired torpedo.

11.06am: Course for following track of torpedo.

11.17am: Lost sight of track; searching for torpedo in company with Southampton.

3.10pm: Search abandoned; parted company with Southampton and proceeded into harbour.

4.00pm: Manora Breakwater Light bore N25°W

4.18pm: Secured to No.5 buoy Karachi Harbour.

4.40pm: HMS Southampton arrived.

5.30pm: Sent record party back.

Distance run 62.5 miles.


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28 November 1922

At Karachi.

Lat 24.84, Long 66.95

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 76°F]

7.10am: Coal lighters alongside.

8.00am: Started coaling (native labour).

8.30am: Captain left ship for Naval and Military Staff College.*

11.45am: Finished coaling; took in 200 tons.

11.00pm: Let fires die out to make good condenser defect.


*[Note: The Military Staff College at Quetta was established in 1905 and was later adopted by an independent Pakistan.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Command_and_Staff_College]


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29 November 1922

At Karachi.

Lat 24.84, Long 66.95

[Wind NNW backing SW “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 74°F]

1.00pm: Hands embarking stores from lighter.

10.00pm: Boxing tournament HMSs Southampton and Crocus versus Army and Air Force at Palace Theatre Karachi (1st day).


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30 November 1922

At Karachi.

Lat 24.84, Long 66.95

[Wind variable SW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]

8.00pm: Ship's company attended cinematograph entertainment on board HMS Southampton.

10.00pm: Boxing tournament Navy v Army and Airforce; concluded.

[HT Baillie Grohman, Captain, signed logbook page on Nov. 30, 1922.]



LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1922


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1 December 1922

At Karachi.

Lat 24.84, Long 66.95

[Wind variable SW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]

8.00am: Dressed ship overall, Queen Alexandra's birthday.

9.00am: Discharged to SS Matiana for passage to Bombay and Colombo: Mr. Cobb, Gunner, 2 Chief POs, 10 other ratings and 8 natives.

Noon: Fired Royal Salute, 31 guns.

12.30pm: Paid monthly money.


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2 December 1922

At Karachi.

Lat 24.84, Long 66.95

[Wind variable SW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 77°F]


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3 December 1922

At Karachi.

Lat 24.84, Long 66.95

[Wind variable SW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 77°F]

8.00am: Landed Roman Catholic church party.

9.25am: Landed Presbyterian church party.

10.30am: Chaplain of Southampton performed divine service on board.

11.30am: All church parties returned.


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4 December 1922

At Karachi.

Lat 24.84, Long 66.95

[Wind variable SW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 75°F]

9.00pm: HMS Southampton band played on board.


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5 December 1922

At Karachi.

Lat 24.84, Long 66.95

[Wind variable SW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]

8.00am: Hands embarking canteen stores.

9.00pm: Ship's company attended cinematograph entertainment on board HMS Southampton.


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6 December 1922

At Karachi.

Lat 24.84, Long 66.95

[Wind variable SW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]

1.00pm: Make and mend clothes.

9.00pm: Ship's company attended a concert on board HMS Southampton.


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7 December 1922

At Karachi.

Lat 24.84, Long 66.95

[Wind NE backing SW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]


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8 December 1922

At Karachi.

Lat 24.84, Long 66.95

[Wind NE backing SW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]

8.00am: Rigged diving boat; divers cleaning inlets.


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9 December 1922

At Karachi.

Lat 24.84, Long 66.95

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 73°F]

3.10am: RIMS Palinurus arrived.

8.00am: Saturday routine.

11.30am: Captain of Palinurus called on Captain.


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10 December 1922

At Karachi.

Lat 24.84, Long 66.95

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 73°F]

10.00am: Chaplain of Southampton performed divine service aboard.

7.00pm: RIMS Palinurus sailed.


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11 December 1922

At Karachi.

Lat 24.84, Long 66.95

[Wind NE veering SE force 1-2; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 71°F]

9.00am: Hands employed disembarking stores and expended ammunition boxes, for return.

7.00pm: Captain returned from Staff College at Quetta.


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12 December 1922

At Karachi and en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 24.7, Long 66.7

[Wind NE veering SE force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 71°F]

10.00am: Lost by accident 1 hand swabber.

2.00pm: Secured for sea.

4.00pm: HMS Southampton sailed.

4.30pm: Unshackled both bridles and rove stern slip rope.

5.02pm: Slipped and proceeded; Manora Breakwater Light bore N 3 cables; shaped course S74.5°W 9 knots.

7.35pm: Cape Monze Light abeam 6.9 miles; altered course to W; speed 7.5 knots.


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13 December 1922

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 24.8, Long 64.0

[Wind NE veering SW force 2-5; sea slight to moderate; cloudless; air temperature average 76°F; sea 77°F]

6.15am: Put clocks back 30 minutes.

6.30am: Working up to full power trial.

7.25am: Sighted Ormara bearing N46°W 33 miles.

8.00am: Increased to full speed for trial.

4.00pm: Stopped full power trial; started 3/5 power trial.

4.45pm: Put clocks back 30 minutes.

6.45pm: Put clocks back 30 minutes.

8.50pm: Spoke with SS Vasna – on passage Basra-Karachi.

Distance run 174.5 miles.


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14 December 1922

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 25.1, Long 59.0

[Wind mainly SSW force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F; sea 78°F]

1.00am: Course N80°W 3/5 power.

7.00am: Stopped 3/5 power trial; reduced to 7.5 knots.

9.30am: Drill and ship maintenance.

12.30pm: Altered course to N73°W.

9.30pm: Sighted Jaskh Light bearing N20°E 13 miles.

Distance run 261.4 miles.

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15 December 1922

At sea and at Hengam Island.

Lat 26.6, Long 56.0

[Wind ESE veering SW force 1-4; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F; sea 76°F]

6.33am: Sighted Great Quoin Island bearing N33°W 22 miles.

10.00am: Sighted Hengam Island bearing N70°W 27 miles.

12.20pm: Made pendants to HMS Espiegle.

1.27pm: Came to with starboard bower in 9 fathoms to 3 shackles in Bandar Gharbi Hengam Island.

1.30pm: OOG from Espiegle came on board.

Distance run 194.2 miles.


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16 December 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind NW backing SW force 1; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 74°F]

7.00am: SS Bamora arrived (northbound).

8.00am: SS Bamora sailed.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

9.00am: Set aneroid barometer by Espiegle’s mercurial - 30.26".

Number on sick list: 3.


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17 December 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable W force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 76°F]

7.20am: HMS Espiegle sailed.

10.00am: Divine service.

5.40pm: SS Bandra arrived (southbound).


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18 December 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable W force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 74°F]

4.30am: SS Bandra sailed.

7.30am: HIMTS Patrick Stewart arrived.

8.00am: Visited by OOG.

8.10am: Patrick Stewart sailed.

5.30pm: SS Ferrara arrived (BTC vessel).*


*[Note: Ferrara was a converted general cargo vessel, and the first ship to be used by the British Tanker Company, for the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, later to become the BP fleet.

See hyperlink.

In 1923 the ship was under a new owner and was lost while carrying a full load of opium.

See https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?59188]

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19 December 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly SW force 2-5; cloudless; air temperature average 74°F]

7.00am: Started coaling (native labour).

1.00pm: Finished coaling; took in 150 tons.

6.00pm: Secured for sea.


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20 December 1922

At Hengam and at Bandar Abbas.

Lat 26.9, Long 56.3

[Wind variable force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 72°F]

7.00am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour on N53°E 7.5 knots.

8.00am: Hands cleaning ship (Saturday routine) [sic: this was a Wednesday].

1100am: Stopped to make good ER defect.

11.10am: Proceeded on N31°E.

2.45pm: Came to with starboard bower in 3.25 fathoms to 3.5 shackles off Bandar Abbas. Saluted the Persian flag with 21 guns. HBM Consul came on board.

4.00pm: Landed football party.

4.05pm: Consul left; fired salute of 7 guns.

Distance run 27.9 miles.


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21 December 1922

At Bandar Abbas.

Lat 27.13, Long 56.15

[Wind mainly SW force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 72°F]

8.00am: Hands spreading awnings and ship maintenance.

1.30pm: Landed cricket eleven.


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22 December 1922

At Bandar Abbas.

Lat 27.13, Long 56.15

[Wind variable force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 71°F]

8.20am: SS Bandra arrived (northbound).

9.15am: Ship maintenance.

11.45am: HE The Persian governor and staff called on Captain.

12.15pm: HE the Persian governor left. Fired salute of 5 guns.

2.00pm: Landed football party.

3.00pm: 2 Goanese cooks joined ship from RN Depot Bombay.


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23 December 1922

At Bandar Abbas and at Hengam Island.

Lat 27.1, Long 56.4

[Wind NW backing SW force 1-4; cloudless; air temperature average 70°F]

5.30am: SS Bandra sailed.

8.00am: Took steam launch John Lambert in tow.

8.15am: Weighed and proceeded towards Hormuz Island.

9.33am: Came to with starboard bower in 3.5 fathoms to 2 shackles off Hormuz Island Fort. Slipped tow; landed Captain and officers to examine fort.

11.35am: John Lambert proceeded to Bandar Abbas.

11.45am: Weighed and proceeded on S32°W.

1.08pm: Kishim [Qeshm] Island Light buoy abeam to starboard 1 mile.

5.30pm: Came to with starboard bower in 9 fathoms to 3.5 shackles in Bandar Gharbi Hengam Island.


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24 December 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly NE force 1-2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 70°F]

Distance run 39.5 miles.


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25 December 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-4; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 74°F]

9.30am: Divine service.


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26 December 1922

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable SW force 1-5; mainly broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F]

9.25am: Ship maintenance.

4.40pm: Arrived SS Barjora (southbound)


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27 December 1922


At Hengam Island and at Ras Tarkun [probably Dustaku, Qeshm Island, Iran]

Lat 26.6, Long 55.7

[Wind variable SW force 1-2; mainly broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F]

6.40am: SS Barjora sailed.

10.05am: Weighed and proceeded on S66°W 7.5 knots.

12.51pm: Came to with starboard bower in 4 fathoms to 4 shackles off Ras Tarkun.

Number on sick list: 5.

Distance run 18 miles.


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28 December 1922

At Ras Tarkun.

Lat 26.5, Long 55.3

[Wind variable NW force 1-2; mainly broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F]

9.15am: Drill and ship maintenance.


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29 December 1922


At Ras Tarkun and at Basidu [Basaidu, Qeshm Island]

Lat 26.6, Long 55.1

[Wind mainly NNE force 1-2; mainly broken cloud; air temperature average 69°F]

6.07am: Weighed and proceeded on S20°W; altered course to S60°W.

8.20am: Altered course to N77°W.

10.55am: Altered course to N35°E to pass to eastward of large patch of light yellow weeded [?] water.

12.40pm: Altered course to N43°E.

1.39pm: Came to with starboard bower in 5.5 fathoms to 4 shackles off Basidu.

Distance run 54.5 miles.


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30 December 1922

At Basidu and at Lingeh [Lengeh, Iran].

Lat 26.5, Long 54.9

[Wind mainly ENE force 2-5; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 69°F]

7.45am: Weighed and proceeded on S47°W 7.5 knots.

10.37 Came to with starboard bower to 4 shackles in 4.5 fathoms off Lingeh.

11.00am: Acting Political Agent came on board.

3.40pm: SS Zayani arrived.

4.30pm: SS Bankura arrived (northbound).

Distance run 21.5 miles.


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31 December 1922

At Lingeh.

Lat 26.5, Long 54.9

[Wind mainly NE force 6-2; cloudy; air temperature average 69°F]

10.00am: Divine service.

4.45pm: Weighed port bower.

[Captain HT Baillie Grohman signed log book Dec. 31, 1922.]



THE VOYAGES OF HMS CROCUS 1923

JP map Crocus 1923

LOGS FOR JANUARY 1923


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1 January 1923

At Lingeh.

Lat 26.5, Long 54.9

[Wind mainly NE force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 69°F]

8.00am: Dressed ship overall. Proclamation Day.

9.30am: Captain called on Persian Governor.

10.30am: SS Bankura sailed.

Noon: Fired Proclamation Day salute of 31 guns.

1.00pm: Paid quarterly settlement.


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2 January 1923


At Lingeh and at Mughu [Bandar Moghuyeh, Iran]

Lat 26.6, Long 54.5

[Wind variable E force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F]

0.50am: Sailed SS Zayani.

10.30am: Persian Governor returned Captain's call.

11.50am: Persian Governor left ship. Fired salute of 5 guns.

12.01pm: Weighed and proceeded on S26°W 7.5 knots. [various small course alterations]

3.27pm: Came to with starboard bower in 3.5 fathoms to 4 shackles off Mughu.

Distance run 27.5 miles.


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3 January 1923


At Mughu, Charak [Bandar e Charak, Iran] and Kais Island [Jazireh-ye-Qeys, Iran].

Lat 26.5, Long 54.5

[Wind variable W force 1-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 72°F]

7.30am: Weighed and proceeded on S38°W.

9.05am: Altered course to N22°W.

10.21am: Came to with starboard bower in 4 fathoms to 2 shackles off Charak.

1.00pm: Weighed and proceeded on S53°W.

3.29pm: Came to with starboard bower in 7 fathoms to 4 shackles in Masheh Bay, Kais Island.

Distance run 35 miles.


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4 January 1923

At Kais Island and at Tonb Island.

Lat 26.4, Long 54.5

[Wind variable W force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 72°F]

8.00am: Weighed and proceeded on S64°E 7.5 knots.

3.35pm: Sighted: Jazireh-ye-Tonb Lighthouse bearing S76°E 22 miles.

6.51pm: Came to with starboard bower in 4 fathoms to 4 shackles off E rib of Tonb Island.

Distance run 76.2 miles.


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5 January 1923

At Tonb Island and at Hengam Island.

Lat 26.3, Long 55.4

[Wind variable W to E force 1-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 72°F]

11.05am: Weighed and proceeded on N45°E.

3.50pm: Altered course to N58°E.

6.52pm: Came to with starboard bower in 7.5 fathoms to 4 shackles in "D” berth, Bandar Gharbi Hengam Island.

Distance run 43.5 miles.


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6 January 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind NE force 1-2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 68°F]

8.30am: Saturday routine; aired bedding.

6.30pm: SS Barpeta arrived (northbound).


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7 January 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; broken cloud and thunderstorms; air temperature average 69°F]

7.30am: Sailed; SS Barpeta.


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8 January 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind NE veering ESE force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 67°F]

8.00am: Ammunition lighter secured alongside. Hands embarking ammunition.

9.30am: Lighter cast off; hands striking down ammunition; exercised “Preparing ship for battle”.

3.30pm: RIMS Nearchus arrived; sent OOG on board.


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9 January 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 67°F]

8.00am: Arrived SS Barala (southbound).

10.00am: Sailed; SS Barala.


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10 January 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 67°F]

1.35am: Sailed; RIMS Nearchus.

3.40am: HMS Cyclamen arrived.

5.35am: Sailed; HMS Cyclamen. Discharged 1 stoker to HMS Cyclamen for hospital Bombay.

9.30am: 4" gun crews testing gunsights for parallelism and recoil cylinders for acidity.


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LOGS FOR JANUARY 11TH 1923 TO DECEMBER 31ST 1923


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Front page:

LOG of HMS "Crocus” (East Indies Station).

Commanded by Lieutenant Commander H.T. Baillie-Grohman, DSO, OBE, Royal Navy.

and Commander George Wilson, Royal Navy.

For the period

Commencing 11 January 1923

Ending 31st December 1923


Dimensions of ship, Details on Manufacturer of Engine, Boilers and Paddle Wheels or Screw Propellers


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Directions on recording weather


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Information on Ship's Company, Barometers, Thermometers, Armament, Torpedoes, Boats and Miscellaneous.


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11 January 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 69°F]

6.00am: Exercised organisation for landing parties.


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12 January 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 69°F]

7.15am: Coal lighters alongside.

7.30am: Started coaling (native labour).

1.30pm: Finished coaling; took in 120 tons.


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13 January 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 69°F]

7.30am: Arrived; SS Bandra (northbound).

8.30am: Sailed; SS Bandra. Saturday routine.

7.00pm: Secured for sea.

7.15pm: Arrived; SS Bankura (southbound).


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14 January 1923

At Hengam Island and at Abu Musa Island.

Lat 26.0, Long 55.6

[Wind SW veering NW force 1-5; sea moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 68°F sea 70°F]

5.35am: Weighed and proceeded on S15°W 7.5 knots; centre W/T mast bore 082° 3 miles.

2.00pm: Altered course to S72°W.

5.51pm: Came to with starboard bower in 9 fathoms to 4 shackles off E side of Abu Musa Island.

9.00pm: Let go port bower; veered to 3/4 shackles.

Distance run 78.3 miles.


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15 January 1923

At Abu Musa and at Sharjah.

Lat 25.7, Long 55.2

[Wind variable W force 1; sea slight with W swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F sea 72°F]

7.30am: Weighed port bower.

8.00am: Landed Interpreter.

10.12am: Weighed and proceeded on S33°E 7.5 knots.

3.30pm: Came to with starboard bower in 4 fathoms to 4 shackles off Sharjah.

4.00pm: British Agent (Yzir Khan) came on board.


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16 January 1923

At Sharjah.

Lat 25.3472, Long 55.3483

[Wind variable force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 67°F]

9.25am: Sheikh of Sharjah came on board.

11.00am: Sheikh left. Fired salute of 3 guns.

2.00pm: Men under examination for Leading Rate away in whaler under sail.

6.00pm: Secured for sea.


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17 January 1923

At Sharjah and at Bakha [Bukha, UAE].

Lat 25.8, Long 55.7

[Wind variable SE and WSW later force 1-6; cloudy with squalls later; air temperature average 74°F]

6.34am: Weighed and proceeded on N18°E; avoided nets.

4.32pm: Came to with starboard bower in 5 fathoms to 4.5 shackles off Bakha.

10.15pm: Let go port bower; veered to 3/4 shackles.

22.45pm: Weighed port bower.

11.15pm: Very heavy squall from WSW.

Distance run 65.1 miles.


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18 January 1923

At Bakha and at Khasab.

Lat 26.20, Long 56.24

[Wind mainly WSW force 8-2; sea rough then moderate; cloudy with mist and rain squalls; air temperature average 72°F; sea 74°F]

0.02am: Weighed and proceeded on N48°W 7.5 knots.

0.40 and 1.30am: 2 very heavy squalls, gale force.

2.00am: Altered course to W; reduced to 5 knots.

5.00am: Altered course to E; increased to 7.5 knots.

5.30am: Spoke with [BTC tanker] SS British Architect on passage for Abadan.

7.10am: Took soundings; 42 fathoms. Rain with fog.

8.00am: Visibility 1 mile; sounding every 10 mins.

8.10am: Slow ahead; 5 knots.

9.02am: Sighted land bearing S62°E 1 mile.

9.17am: Altered course to SSW.

9.29am: Altered course to WSW.

9.55am: Fixed by Ras Masud bearing N83°E and Fari Peak bearing S15°E.

10.35am: Fog cleared. Sighted Bakha Fort bearing S10°E 2 miles.

12.20pm: Came to with starboard bower in 8 fathoms to 5 shackles in Khasab Bay.

5.00pm: Wali of Khasab came aboard.

6.00pm: Wali left ship.

9.00pm: Let go port bower; veered to 3/4 shackles.

Distance run 73.8 miles.


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19 January 1923

At Khasab and at Hengam Island.

Lat 26.4, Long 56.1

[Wind variable W force 1; sea slight; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F sea 72°F]

8.40am: Weighed port bower.

9.56am: Weighed and proceeded on N44°E; Ras Sheikh Masud bore S56°W 1.2 miles.

2.57pm: Came to with starboard bower in 10 fathoms to 3 shackles in "A” berth, Bandar Gharbi Hengam.

Distance run 35.6 miles.


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20 January 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 68°F]

8.00am: SS Barjora (northbound) arrived.

8.30am: Saturday routine; aired bedding, cleaned ship.

9.00am: Sailed; SS Barjora.


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21 January 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 68°F]

10.00am: Divine service.

8.45pm: Captain gave a lantern lecture on the Russo-Japanese War.


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22 January 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable SW force 1; broken cloud; air temperature average 69°F]

6.45am: Coal lighters secured; started coaling (native labour).

9.20am: Finished coaling; took in 75 tons.

7.00pm: Secured for sea.

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23 January 1923


At Hengam, Tonb Island and en route to Bushire.

Lat 26.4, Long 55.6

[Wind mainly WSW force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 72°F sea 72°F]

4.25am: Weighed and proceeded on S45°W 7.5 knots.

9.40am: Rendezvous with SS Vasna.in position 26°21’N, 55°33’E.

11.55am: Discharged to SS Vasna for passage to Bombay Hospital 1 AB and 1 Ldg. Seaman.

12.10pm: Shaped course S68°W 7.5 knots.

2.23pm: Came to with port bower in 4.5 fathoms with 3 shackles off E side of Jazireh-ye-Tonb. Landed Surgeon Lieut. to render medical aid to lighthouse keeper.

3.40pm: Surgeon Lt returned with one native rating for passage to Bushire Hospital.

3.56pm: Weighed and proceeded; Tonb Light bore S 3 miles; altered course to N89°W.

8.10pm: Sighted Farur Island bearing S72°W 15 miles.

Distance run 41.9 miles.


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24 January 1923

At sea and at Bushire.

Lat 26.9, Long 52.7

[Wind mainly W force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 72°F sea 72°F]

0.17am: Sighted Kais Island Light bearing N69°W 13 miles.

2.48am: Kais Light abeam to starboard 4 miles; altered course to N70°W.

4.30pm: Put clocks back 30 minutes; altered course to N51°W.

6.45pm: Put clocks back 30 minutes.

9.30pm: Started sounding every half an hour.

Distance run 146.2 miles.


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25 January 1923

At Bushire.

Lat 28.9, Long 50.8

[Wind variable force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 66°F]

1.15am: Stopped taking soundings; altered course to N22°W.

2.00am: Spoke with SS St Aubin.

9.08am: Sighted Reshire W/T mast bearing N6°E 13 miles.

10.54am: Came to with port bower in 3.25 fathoms to 4 shackles off Reshire Point. Discharged 1 native rating ex- Tonb Lighthouse to hospital.

11.43am: Weighed and proceeded to inner anchorage.

1.00pm: Came to with starboard bower in 4 fathoms to 4.5 shackles, inner anchorage Bushire.

Saluted Persian flag with 21 guns. Salute returned by Persian ship Persepolis. Captain of Persepolis called.

3.00pm: Arrived; SS Bandra (southbound).

5.30pm: Sailed; SS Bandra.

Distance run 170.2 miles.


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26 January 1923

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable N force 1-3; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 62°F]

8.00am: Saturday routine.

11.00am: Arrived; SS Zayani. (outer anchorage).

4.40pm: Sailed; SS Zayani.

5.15pm: SS Freienfels arrived (outer anchorage).


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27 January 1923

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind mainly NW force 3-7; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 57°F]

6.00am: Aired and inspected bedding.

6.45am: Arrived; RIMS Lawrence.

9,50am: Arrived; HMS Espiegle.

10.00am: Saturday routine.


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28 January 1923

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind mainly NNW force 2-4; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 57°F]

9.45am: Arrived, SS Taisoku Maru. 9.50am: Divine service.

10.40am: Sailed, Persian ship Muzaffer.

12.30pm: Arrived, HMS Espiegle.

4.00pm: Exercised boats under sail.


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29 January 1923

At Bushire and en route to Kuwait.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable force 1-3; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 61°F]

8.00am: Rev S. Carter of Basra joined ship for passage to Basra.

9.15am: Exchanged native bakers with Espiegle.

2.58pm: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour on N81°W 7.5 knots.


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30 January 1923

At sea en route to Kuwait.

Lat 29.1, Long 48.9

[Wind mainly SSE force 6-7; sea rough; cloudy with squalls; air temperature average 63°F; sea 64°F]

2.30am: Spoke with [BTC tanker] SS British Enterprise. Wind and sea rising. Indications of a "Kaus" in the sky.*

3.30am: Sounding every 30 mins.

5.00am: Sounding every 15 mins.

6.45am: In 5 fathoms; altered course to S.

11.00am: Abandoned Kuwait; lying off to Eastward till gale subsided. Washed overboard: 1 lifebuoy, patt. 303.

7.30pm: Shaped course N25°W for Shatt al Arab Lightship.

11.00pm: Course N30°W.

Distance run 132.2 miles.


*[Note: A phenomenon of a group of stars in Sagittarius, from the Arabic for “bow”.]


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31 January 1923

At sea and at Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind mainly NW force 4-1; sea moderate reducing; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F; sea 56°F]

4.43am: Sighted Shatt-al-Arab Lightship bearing N39°W 9 miles.

6.12am: Lightship bore NE 3 cables.

6.43am: Came to with port bower in 7 fathoms with 3 shackles 1.5 miles SSE from fairway buoy.

8.17am: Weighed and proceeded into the Shatt-al-Arab.

8.35am: Passed fairway buoy.

9.43am: Passed inner bar buoy.

10.20am: Passed Fao.

12.55pm: Passed Abadan.

2.02pm: Passed Muhammarah.

3.58pm: Stopped.

4.00pm: Secured to buoy off Ashar Creek, Basra.

6.00pm: Rev S. Carter left the ship.

Distance run 139 miles.



LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1923


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1 February 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind mainly SE force 0-2; cloudy with showers; air temperature average 52°F]

7.00am: SS Varsova arrived.

11.00am: Paid monthly money.

7.45pm: Burned searchlights.


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2 February 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind variable force 0-2; cloudy; air temperature average 56°F]

9.00am: Coal lighters alongside.

9.15am: Commenced coaling (native labour).

1.00pm: Finished coaling; took in 100 tons.


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3 February 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

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

7.00am: Arrived; SS Bamora.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

2.00pm: 5 ratings (3 seamen, 2 stokers) joined from hospital for passage to Hengam for Espiegle. 1 ER rating joined for passage to Bombay for Cyclamen.


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4 February 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind “light airs” W; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F]

8.30am: Sent divers under gunner Robinson to assist I.W.T. dockyard in repairing slipway.

10.00am: Rev. Carter performed divine service on board.

2.00pm: Sailed; SS Varsova.


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5 February 1923

At Basra and en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 29.1, Long 49.5

[Wind mainly NW force 1-4; cloudy with rain showers; air temperature average 53°F]

5.00am: Secured for sea.

5.42am: Slipped and proceeded down waterway.

7.13am: Passed Satan’s Gap.

7.36am: Passed Muhammarah.

10.41am: Passed Fao.

11.22am: Passed inner bar buoy.

12.56pm: Outer bar fairway buoy bore NE 2 cables. Course S42°E.

1.41pm: Sighted Shatt-al-Arab Lightship bearing N48°E 5 cables.

10.05pm: Spoke with [BTC tanker] SS British Colonel on passage from Falmouth to Abadan.

11.25pm: Spoke with [BTC tanker] SS British Judge.

Distance run 68 miles.


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6 February 1923

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 27.8, Long 51.1

[Wind mainly NW force 4-6; sea moderate; broken cloud with showers; air temperature average 55°F; sea 69°F]

1.00am: Passed unknown ship steering NW.

5.45am: Sighted Kuh-Khommy [Kuh-e-Hami mountain?] bearing N74°E 58 miles. Course S49°E 7.25 knots.

7.00pm: Put clocks on 15 minutes.

8.00pm: Burned searchlights.

11.00pm: Put clocks on 15 minutes.

Distance run 175.4 miles.


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7 February 1923

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 26.5, Long 54.0

[Wind variable force 1-3; sea slight with NW swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 66°F; sea 70°F]

3.00am: Put clocks on 15 minutes.

5.00am: Put clocks on 15 minutes.

7.30am: Altered course to E.

12.30pm: Spoke with [BTC tanker] SS British Statesman on passage to Abadan.

12.50pm: Spoke with RIMS Nearchus on passage to Bushire.

2.18pm: Spoke with SS Vasna on passage to Basra.

2.22pm: Kais Island Lt. Vessel abeam to port 2 miles.

9.15pm: Spoke with [BTC tanker] SS British Ensign on passage to Abadan.

9.55pm: Tonb Island Light bore S81.5°E 21 miles; altered course to N89°E.

Distance run 166.8 miles.


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8 February 1923

At sea and at Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 64°F]

00.1am: Tonb Island Lt abeam 4.2 miles.

6.30am: Spoke with HMS Espiegle in Hengam anchorage.

7.13am: Came to with starboard bower in 9 fathoms to 4 shackles in Bandar Gharbi Hengam. OOG from Espiegle came aboard.

7.45am: Coal lighters alongside; started coaling (native labour).

11.00am: Finished coaling; took in 40 tons.

1.30pm: Discharged 5 ratings, taking passage to Espiegle.

4.00pm: Out kedge anchor.

8.00pm: Exercised searchlights.

Distance run 143.9 miles.


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9 February 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind N veering NNE force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 65°F]

1.45am: Arrived, RIMS Minto.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

5.00pm: 1 SPO and 4 other ratings joing from Espiegle for passage to Bombay and thence to UK.


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10 February 1923

At Hengam Island and en route to Bombay.

Lat 26.2, Long 56.7

[Wind variable force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 72°F]

8.30am: Arrived; SS Bankura (northbound).

9.00am: Set aneroid barometer by Espiegle mercurial.

10.00am: Discharged 2 native bakers to Bankura and interpreter to shore.

9.50am: Sailed; SS Bankura. Secured for sea.

12.30pm: Weighed and proceeded on S67.5°E; manned ship and cheered HMS Espiegle.

8.00pm: Burned searchlights; course S38°E.

8.35pm: Last sight of Quoin Island Light bearing N43°W 22 miles.

10.45pm: Spoke with [tanker] SS Pleiodon on passage for Abadan.


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11 February 1923

At sea en route to Bombay.

Lat 25.1, Long 58.3

[Wind variable force 1-3; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 71°F; sea 74°F]

3.00am: Course S68°E 7.25 knots.

Distance run 175.7 miles.


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12 February 1923

At sea en route to Bombay.

Lat 23.5, Long 62.5

[Wind variable N force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F; sea 74°F]

3.00am: Course S68°E 7.25 knots.

4.00pm: Exercised "Prepare to take in tow".

Distance run 181.1 miles.


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13 February 1923

At sea en route to Bombay.

Lat 22.7, Long 64.4

[Wind variable SE force 1-3; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 72°F; sea 74°F]

11.30am: Passed very large water spout to Northward distant 4 miles approx.

2.00pm: Altered course to S65°E.

Distance run 182.3 miles.

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14 February 1923

At sea en route to Bombay.

Lat 21.5, Long 67.4

[Wind SSW veering SW force 3-5; sea moderate to rough and confused; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 74°F; sea 76°F]

12.40pm: Started flooding after peak.

2.15pm: After peak flooded.

6.00pm: Altered course to S55°E.

8.30pm: Lost overboard in bad weather; one ash chute.

10.00pm: Put clocks on 20 minutes.

Distance run 177.4 miles.


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15 February 1923

At sea en route to Bombay.

Lat 20.0, Long 69.0

[Wind mainly NW force 2-4; sea moderate with W swell; broken cloud with rain squalls; air temperature average 74°F; sea 76°F]

2.00am: Put clocks on 20 minutes.

5.00am: Put clocks on 20 minutes.

4.00pm: Exercised “Close WT doors and Abandon Ship” (stations only)

10.00pm: Started pumping after peak.

Distance run 161.5 miles.

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16 February 1923

At sea and At Bombay.

Lat 18.9, Long 72.8

[Wind mainly NW force 2; sea slight; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 74°F; sea 76°F]

0.30am: Pumped out after peak.

9.00am: Sighted high land bearing N72°E and S88°E.

11.00am: Prong's Lighthouse bore S63°E 9 miles; altered course S54°E.

12.05pm: Prongs Lighthouse bore N78°E 2 miles.

1.00pm: Put clocks on 30 minutes.

1.47pm: Secured to No.3 buoy, Man o' War anchorage, Bombay Harbour. OOG from HMS Triad came on board.

5.00pm: 1 rating and escort of 2 rejoined from hospital.

Distance run 175.7 miles.


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17 February 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind mainly NW force 1- 2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 74°F]

10.00am: Saturday routine; cleaned ship and aired bedding.

11.00am: Discharged 3 ratings to hospital.


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18 February 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind variable force 1- 2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 75°F]

7.00am: Landed R.C. and Wesleyan church parties (2).

8.00am: Landed Presbyterian and Baptist church parties (2).

10.00am: Divine service.

11.00am: All church parties returned.


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19 February 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind NW backing SW force 1- 2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 75°F]

9.00am: Hands disembarking ammunition.

1.00pm: Sent all hands in ammunition lighter to Butcher Island to unload.

3.00pm: HMS Triad undocked.

4.00pm: Hands returned from Butcher Island


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20 February 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind NW force 1- 2; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F]

7.00am: RIMSs Minto and Miner arrived.

1.25pm: Slipped and proceeded into wet basin; secured fore and aft to docking buoys.

3.10pm: Secured alongside E wall, wet basin, Government Dockyard.

4.00pm: Sent all confidential books and publications to N.D.O's strong room for safe custody.

6.00pm: Discharged ship's company to Royal Alfred Sailors’ Home.

10.00pm: Visited by OOG.

UNSHIPPED FOR REFIT.*


*[Note: Crocus will now undergo a full refit for several weeks.

There will be no weather entries, and the repetitive entries will be kept to a minimum if they are simply routine.]


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21 February 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit. [Repeated each day]

Visited by OOG. [Repeated each day early morning and evening]

8.00am: Hands disembarking stores.

3.30pm: Secured; hands to Sailors’ Home.


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22 February 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.


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23 February 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

9.00pm: Discharged 1 CPO and 38 other ratings to Camp at Debali, from R.A.S.H.


4caf8d60cadfd3419703ac25: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-028_0.jpg)


24 February 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.


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25 February 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

8.00am: Ship keepers only on board.


4caf8d60cadfd3419703ac27: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-029_0.jpg)


26 February 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


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27 February 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d60cadfd3419703ac29: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-030_0.jpg)


28 February 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.



LOGS FOR MARCH 1923


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1 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


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2 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


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3 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.

11.00am: General holiday for dockyard.


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4 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d60cadfd3419703ac2e: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-032_1.jpg)


5 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d60cadfd3419703ac2f: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-033_0.jpg)


6 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d60cadfd3419703ac30: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-033_1.jpg)


7 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.

2.45pm: HMS Colombo undocked and proceeded into stream. (?)


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8 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.

3.00pm: HMS Espiegle entered basin and secured to north wall.


4caf8d60cadfd3419703ac32: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-034_1.jpg)


9 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d60cadfd3419703ac33: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-035_0.jpg)


10 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d60cadfd3419703ac34: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-035_1.jpg)


11 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d60cadfd3419703ac35: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-036_0.jpg)


12 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


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13 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.

6.00pm: Lieutenant F.A. Slocum came on board and took over duties of Navigating Officer, Preparatory re-commissioning on 15th March.

CP Christie: (signed log book entry)


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14 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.

Barometer unshipped while in Dockyard hands.


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15 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.

8.00am: Lieutenant Commander H.T. Baillie-Grohman, DSO, OBE, RN. paid off and re-commissioned HMS Crocus.

Lieutenant C.P. Christie, R.N discharged to HMS Birmingham.

Lieutenant J.F.D. Brown, RN discharged to Birmingham.

Lieutenant F.A. Slocum, RN joined ship.*

Lieutenant D.B. Colby, RN joined ship.

11.00am: Ship's company mustered at Sailors’ Home addressed by Captain.


*[Note: As Captain Slocum, played an important part in the Second World War leading 15th MGB Flotilla which specialised in ferrying secret agents, escaping Allied service personnel, stores and intelligence material to and from German-occupied Brittany and Norway. See https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1030004412

In addition to his UK decorations, Captain Slocum was awarded the Croix de Guerre, Norwegian Liberty Medal, Danish Freedom Medal and US Legion of Merit.

See P Milner and R Seddon, HMMTB 718 “Something Special”, York Publishing, 2014 and http://www.unithistories.com/officers/RN_officersS2.html]

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16 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d60cadfd3419703ac3a: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-038_1.jpg)


17 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d60cadfd3419703ac3b: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-039_0.jpg)


18 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

10.15am: Divisions - Captain's inspection. Divine service at R.A. Sailors' Home.


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19 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.

12.15pm: Ship’s company issued with tropical clothing.


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20 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac3e: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-040_1.jpg)


21 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac3f: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-041_0.jpg)


22 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac40: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-041_1.jpg)


23 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac41: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-042_0.jpg)


24 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac42: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-042_1.jpg)


25 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

10.00 Divisions: Captain's Inspection. Divine service at R.A. Sailors' Home.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac43: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-043_0.jpg)


26 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac44: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-043_1.jpg)


27 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac45: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-044_0.jpg)


28 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac46: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-044_1.jpg)


29 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac47: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-045_0.jpg)


30 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

10.00 Divisions: Captain's Inspection. Divine service at R.A. Sailors' Home. [Good Friday]


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31 March 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.



LOGS FOR APRIL 1923


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1 April 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

10.00 Divisions: Captain's Inspection. Divine service at R.A. Sailors' Home.


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2 April 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac4b: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-047_0.jpg)


3 April 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.

11.15am: Proceeded into dry dock warped in by bollards.

12.15pm: Secured in dry dock with trawler Rangoon.


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4 April 1923

At Bombay, Dry Dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac4d: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-048_0.jpg)


5 April 1923

At Bombay, Dry Dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac4e: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-048_1.jpg)


6 April 1923

At Bombay, Dry Dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


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7 April 1923

At Bombay, Dry Dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac50: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-049_1.jpg)


8 April 1923

At Bombay, Dry Dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

8.00 Divisions: Captain's Inspection. Divine service at R.A. Sailors' Home.


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9 April 1923

At Bombay, Dry Dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac52: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-050_1.jpg)


10 April 1923

At Bombay, Dry Dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac53: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-051_0.jpg)


11 April 1923

At Bombay, Dry Dock.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac54: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-051_1.jpg)


12 April 1923

At Bombay, North Wall.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

7.30am: Commenced flooding dock.

9.00am: Undocked.

10.00am: Secured alongside North Wall. Draught: 11’0” aft, 8’6” forward.


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13 April 1923

At Bombay, North Wall.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac56: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-052_1.jpg)


14 April 1923

At Bombay, North Wall.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac57: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-053_0.jpg)


15 April 1923

At Bombay, North Wall.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

10.00am: Divisions: Captain's Inspection. Divine service at R.A. Sailors' Home.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac58: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-053_1.jpg)


16 April 1923

At Bombay, North Wall.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.

11.00am: RIMS Lawrence secured alongside East Wall.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac59: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-054_0.jpg)


17 April 1923

At Bombay, North Wall.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.

1.00pm: RIMS Cornwallis secured alongside West Wall.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac5a: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-054_1.jpg)


18 April 1923

At Bombay, North Wall.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac5b: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-055_0.jpg)


19 April 1923

At Bombay, North Wall.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.

1.00pm: RIMS Lawrence dry docked.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac5c: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-055_1.jpg)


20 April 1923

At Bombay, North Wall.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac5d: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-056_0.jpg)


21 April 1923

At Bombay, North Wall.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac5e: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-056_1.jpg)


22 April 1923

At Bombay, North Wall.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

8.00am: Hands employed in engine room (stokers and ER ratings) testing machinery.

10.00am: Divisions: Captain's Inspection. Divine service at RA Sailors' Home.


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23 April 1923

At Bombay, North Wall.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

Unshipped for refit.

Hands working on refitting tasks.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac60: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-057_1.jpg)


24 April 1923

At Bombay Dockyard and at No.3 buoy.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

4.20pm: Cast off from West Wall and proceeded to No. 3 buoy.

5.10pm: Secured to No. 3 buoy.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac61: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-058_0.jpg)


25 April 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

7.20am: Coal lighter secured alongside.

8.00am: Commenced coaling (native labour).

1.00pm: SS Empress of France left.

1.15pm: Finished coaling; received 180 tons.

6.00pm: 2 ratings joined ship from hospital.


4caf8d61cadfd3419703ac62: (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ADM 53-74528/ADM 53-74528-058_1.jpg)


26 April 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind NW force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

6.30am: HMS Espiegle arrived.

8.00am: Dressed ship overall.

9.25am: HMS Cyclamen arrived.

Noon: Fired salute of 31 guns.

3.00pm: 2 ratings joined ship from Cyclamen.

4.00pm: Ammunition lighter secured alongside.

6.00pm: 4 ratings joined ship from Espiegle. Undressed ship.


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27 April 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind NW backing WNW force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

6.10am: RMS Caledonia arrived.

7.40am: HMS Espiegle sailed from Government Basin.

10.00am: Lt.H T Strawbridge RN joined ship.*

10.30am: 1 rating joined ship from hospital.

2.00pm: 1 rating joined ship from hospital. Ship embarking stores from HMS Triad.

6.30pm: SS Mandala sailed.


*[Note: Later a Lt Commander on the Yangtse. See http://www.geocities.ws/scs028a/foreignrn.html]


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Description and Position of Correctors

Approximate Co-efficients

Owing to the fact that the tug was unable to tow ship against the tide, the swing had to be conducted at slack water and thus was therefore no time to attempt to correct the steering compass.


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28 April 1923

At Bombay.

Lat 19.0, Long 72.8

[Wind WNW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 86°F]

5.00am: 1 native rating joined ship from Espiegle.

5.30am: Tug secured alongside. Ship swung for compass adjustment.

10.30am: 2 ratings discharged to hospital.

2.00pm: RMS Macedonia sailed.

5.00pm: Lieut. W.N. Kingdon, RN, discharged to home.


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29 April 1923

At Bombay. and en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 19.1, Long 72.0

[Wind “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 86°F]

9.30am: Divisions; Captain's inspection.

10.00am: Divine service; preparing for sea.

Noon: 1 Goanese rating discharged to shore.

1.40pm: Slipped and proceeded S 8 knots.

2.27pm: Bombay Lt. Vessel abeam to Port 0.4 miles; altered course to N64.5°W.


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30 April 1923

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 20.0, Long 70.0

[Wind mainly WNW force 2-4; sea slight with WNW swell; cloudless; air temperature average 81°F; sea 81°F]

9.15am: Exercised fire and collision.

9.00pm: Exercised burning searchlights.

Distance run 177.9 miles.



LOGS FOR MAY 1923


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1 May 1923

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 21.1, Long 67.0

[Wind WNW backing WSW force 2-5; sea moderate with W swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 81°F; sea 81°F]

1.30pm: Paid monthly payment.

5.30pm: Put clocks back 30 minutes.

Distance run 201.4 miles.


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2 May 1923

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 22.4, Long 64.0

[Wind mainly WSW force 5-6; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F; sea 80°F]

8.00am: Ship maintenance and gun drill.

Noon: Location "Est" instead of Obs. 22°26’N, 63°57.2E

5.30pm: Put clocks back 30 minutes.

Distance run 196.8 miles.


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3 May 1923

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 23.9, Long 60.5

[Wind NW backing WNW force 3-4; sea slight to moderate; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F; sea 80°F]

8.00am: Ship maintenance and gun drill.

5.30pm: Put clocks back 30 minutes.

10.00pm: Altered course to N69°W.

Distance run 207.7 miles.


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4 May 1923

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 25.5, Long 57.6

[Wind mainly W force 1-2; sea slight; cloudless; air temperature average 82°F; sea 81°F]

5.10am: Sighted high land on starboard beam.

7.30am: Stopped and exercised fishing up life buoys.

7.58am: Proceeded on N60°W 8 knots.

10.30am: Jebel Dangiya bore N10°W.

11.00am: Fix: Jebel Dangiya N, Kuh Ushadan N27°E.

2.15pm: Altered course to N38°W.

2.30pm: Sighed high land on port bow.

8.08pm: Sighed glare of Little Quoin Island Light.

10.50pm: Little Quoin I. Lt. abeam 0.25 miles. Altered course to stem tide rip.

11.15pm: Great Quoin Island abeam.

Distance run 213.7 miles.


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5 May 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable calm; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F]

2.45am: Regular soundings every few minutes to 5.00am; average 30 fathoms.

6.00am: Ras Khargu shoal buoy abeam; altered course to N75.5°W.

6.10am: Came to with starboard anchor in 10 fathoms in Bandar Gharbi Hengam Island; veered to 4 shackles.

HMS Triad present.

8.00am: SS Bankura arrived westbound.

10.00am: 1 Seedie discharged to Triad.

2.00pm: Clocks advanced 30 minutes.


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6 May 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F]

7.15am: SS Barjora arrived eastbound.

8.00am: Dressed ship overall.

8.20am: SS Barjora left.

9.30am: Captain’s inspection and divine service.

Noon: Fired 31-gun salute.*

7.50pm: SS Ferrara arrived.


*[Note: Marking the accession of King George V in 1910.]


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7 May 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable calm; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]


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8 May 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind SSW force 3-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

8.00am: Various boat and gun drills and ship maintenance.

Signature: HT Baillie-Grohman, Lieutenant Commander in Command [Signed page at 1300, May 8, 1923]


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9 May 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F]


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10 May 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly SW “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F]

8.00am: Various boat and gun drills, exercises and ship maintenance.


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11 May 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly SW “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F]

8.00am: Various boat and gun drills, exercises and ship maintenance.

12.40pm: SS Ferrara sailed (westbound).

5.00pm: Watch exercised; out kedge anchor.

6.00pm: SS Halgora [sic: possibly Halgan or Hatkhola [?] arrived.


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12 May 1923

At Hengam Island and en route to Bahrain.

Lat 26.4, Long 55.0

[Wind mainly WSW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

10.00am: Secured for sea.

11.55am: HMS Triad left.

12.52pm: Weighed and proceeded on S49°W 8.5 knots.

3.10pm: Overhauled and communicated with HMS Triad.

3.30pm: Sighted Jezirat Tonb Island 18.5 miles ahead.

4.45pm: Altered course to S86°W.

5.45pm: Communicated with B.I.S.S Bamora.

6.30pm: Fix: Jezirat Tonb Light S85°E, Jezirat Niziyu Tonb Light S3°W.

7.15pm: Farur Island bore S75°W.

10.05pm: Sounded in 25 fathoms.

10.20pm: Farur Island abeam to port 2.5 miles.

10.30pm: Sounded in 9 fathoms ? [sic]

11.00pm: Stopped; sounding machine found to be defective. Proceeded.


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13 May 1923

At sea en route to Bahrain.

Lat 26.4, Long 51.9

[Wind mainly WNW force 2-6; sea moderate to rough with WNW swell; mist and fog; air temperature average 83°F; sea 80°F]

0.00am: Sighted Kais Island Light bearing N75°W.

0.55am: Altered course to avoid SS Oru~~ [possibly Orna]

5.40am: Passsing through isolated fog banks. Sounding siren as necessary.

9.30am: Emergency landing party assembled equipment, ammunition, and Lewis Guns.

10.00am: Lost by accident: 1. Rotator Patt.No.315c. 1. Governor Patt. No. 317. 70 f Hms. Log line 316a. (1310) 1 Sinker 24 l bc. 20 fathoms sounding wire Patt.No. 1308. Gun ok trans 1 in no. Patt.No.1266.

3.00pm: Log line carried away.

3.30pm: Commenced sounding every 6 minutes in depths varying from 5.25 to 7 fathoms.

5.30pm: Sounding every 15 minutes in depths varying from 7 to 8 fathoms.

5.55pm: Sighted outer fairway light buoy distant 6 miles.

5.54pm: Inner fairway light buoy abeam to starboard.

7.45pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 19 ft in Bahrain Harbour; veered to 4 shackles.

Distance run 218.8 miles.


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14 May 1923

At Bahrain.*

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind mainly NW force 4-5; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

9.15am: Weighed port anchor. Landing party returned equipment.

10.35am: HMS Triad arrived.

7.40pm: Triad left harbour.

9.15pm: HMS Triad and SS Varela anchored off fairway buoy.


*[Note: There had been revolts against British rule beginning in 1892, and there was also resistance to modernisation and the abolition of slavery.

In May 1923, 3-day-riots broke out and the British intervened.

Led by Political Advisor Major Clive Daly, they deposed the aging Sheikh Isa in favour of his elder son after he had refused to retire voluntarily, beginning a period of modernisation.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Bahrain]


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15 May 1923

At Bahrain and en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 26.4, Long 51.3

[Wind mainly NW force 1-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F]

7.00am: Weighed port anchor.

8.00am: Triad anchored in outer harbour.

Noon: Triad fired 7 gun salute. answered by shore battery.

1.50pm: Weighed and cheered Cyclamen; Cyclamen answered.

2.00pm: Stopped and communicated with Cyclamen.

2.13pm: 4 ratings and 1 Seedie joined ship from Cyclamen.

3.00pm: Weighed and proceeded N.

4.15pm: Outer fairway light buoy abeam to starboard; altered course to N86°E.


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16 May 1923

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 26.3, Long 53.8

[Wind mainly NW force 1-5; sea moderate to rough with NW swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 87°F; sea 83°F]

8.40am: Sighed land on port bow.

1.10pm: Sighted Farur Island bearing S55°E.

4.00pm: Farur Island abeam 2 miles; altered course to N88°E.

4.50pm: Sighted Tonb Island Light on starboard bow.

7.45pm: Communicated with SS Braunfels on passage London to Basra.

9.07pm: Tonb Island Light abeam 5.6 miles.

Distance run 172.4 miles.


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17 May 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind SW force 1-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 87°F]

0.40am: Sounded in 21 fathoms.

1.10am: Sounded in 17 fathoms.

1.20am: Sounded in 16 fathoms.

1.40am: Sighted Hengam Island flashing red light bearing S60°E; altered course to S60°E.

4.00am: Came to with starboard anchor in Devistan [Dargahan?] Bay in 8 fathoms. to 4 shackles.

5.25am: Weighed and proceeded to Bandar Gharbi.

5.48am: Came to with starboard anchor in Bandar Gharbi.

6.15am: Coal lighter securing alongside.

6.30am: Commenced coaling (native labour).

5.40pm: Coaling completed; received 230 tons.


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18 May 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind SW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 87°F]

7.00 Landed Seedie liberty men.

8.00am: Saturday routine.[Friday]

Noon: Lost overboard by accident 1 x 2 pdr gun cover.

4.15-7.20pm: Football party.

9.30pm: Lowered port anchor under foot.


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19 May 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind SW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

7.00am: Weighed port anchor.

7.00pm: 1 steel boathook Patt. 344 lost by accident.


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20 May 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

9.30am: Captain’s rounds and divine service.


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21 May 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind SW and WSW force 1-3; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

7.30am: RMS Barala arrived.

11.00am: RMS Barala left westbound.

5.00pm: Portable fire engine transferred to dhow No.1970 to control leak.

9.00pm: RMS Bankura arrived eastbound.


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22 May 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind SW “light airs”; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

6.00am: RMS Bankura left.


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23 May 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind “light airs”; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]


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24 May 1923

At Hengam Island and en route to Bahrain.

Lat 26.4, Long 55.5

[Wind mainly W “light airs”; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

8.41am: Weighed and proceeded on S49°W.

Noon: Sighted: Tonb Island ahead.

1.40pm: Tonb I. Lighthouse abeam 3.6 miles.

2.50pm: Passed [BTC tanker] SS British Commander.

4.00pm: Sighted Farur Island ahead.

6.42pm: Farur I. abeam to port 2.5 miles.

8.49pm: Sighted: Kais Island Light vessel bearing N58°W.

10.07pm: Kais Island Lt. V. bore N2°W 6.2 miles.

Distance run 26.5 miles.


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25 May 1923

At sea and at Bahrain.

Lat 26.4, Long 51.8

[Wind WNW backing WSW force 2-4; sea slight to moderate; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F; sea 83°F]

1.15am: Passed HMS Triad to port on opposite course.

10.30am: Put clocks back 30 minutes.

1.00pm: Altered course to S84°W.

3.00pm: Commenced sounding every 15 minutes in depths varying from 9 to 4.5 fathoms.

5.30pm: Altered course to W.

6.30pm: Sighted outer fairway light buoy ahead.

7.00pm: Put clocks back 38 minutes.[sic]

6.50pm [sic] Outer fairway light buoy abeam to starboard 2 cables.

7.45pm: Inner fairway light buoy abeam to port.

8.21pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 5 fathoms close to West Spit buoy; veered to 5 shackles; HMS Cyclamen present.

Distance run 193.2 miles.


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26 May 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind mainly SW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

5.20am: Weighed and proceeded into inner harbour.

5.40am: Came to with starboard anchor in 19 ft; veered to 4.5 shackles.

8.00am: Dressed ship overall.

8.15am: OOG visited ship.

Noon: Fired 31 gun salute.

1.00pm: HMS Cyclamen left for Bushire with Political Resident.


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27 May 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

9.30am: Hands muster by ledger; Captain’s inspection; divine service.

2.00pm: Recreation party landed.

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28 May 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable force 1; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

5.30am: Exercised Fire, Collision and Out Bow Anchor stations.

5.00pm: Held inter-mess regatta.


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29 May 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable force 1; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]


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30 May 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable force 1; mainly broken cloud; air temperature average 87°F]

8.20am: Sheikh Hamid visited the ship.*

8.40am: SS Bandra anchored in outer harbour.

9.40am: Sheikh Hamid left ship accompanied by Political Agent.

9.52am: Fired 5 gun salute.

9.56am: Fired 11 gun salute.

2.30pm: SS Bandra left.


*[Note: Sheikh Hamid, or Hamad, was the eldest son of Sheikh Isa.

The British were in the process of removing Sheikh Isa and replecing him with Sheikh Hamad.

Crocus and the other RN vessels were the back-up for this “gunboat diplomacy”.

See log above 14 May and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahrain_administrative_reforms_of_the_1920s.]


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31 May 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable force 0-1; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

5.00am: Exercised emergency landing party.

2.00pm: Recreation party landed.

7.00pm: SS Ozarda arrived in outer harbour.

Log signed by the Captain, Lt Commander HT Baillie-Grohman.



LOGS FOR JUNE 1923


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1 June 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable NE force 0-1; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

8.00am: Ship maintenance.

3.55pm: RMS Barpeta arrived.


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2 June 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable force 0-1; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

4.30am: SS Barpeta left.

8.00am: Dressed ship overall.

10.30am: Landed Guard of Honour to attend Durbar.*

11.30am: Fired 31 gun salute.

8.30pm: Exercised searchlights. Fired 2 star shells from foremost gun.


*[Note: The Durbar would be for the installation in power of Sheikh Hamad.]


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3 June 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

9.30am: Captain’s inspection and divine service.

11.00am: Leave to Seedies until 7.00pm; SS Ahmedi arrived.

2.00pm: Landed recreation party.

3.15pm: RMS Barjora arrived.

6.00pm: 3 ratings (1 native) joined ship.

Number on sick list: 2.


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4 June 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable N “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

8.00am: Training classes and ship maintenance.


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5 June 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable N “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

8.00am: Training classes and ship maintenance.


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6 June 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind WNW veering NE “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

6.00am: 1" aiming rifle practice.

8.00am: RIMS Nearchus arrived.

12.20pm: RIMS Nearchus left.

5.00pm: Watch out kedge anchor.


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7 June 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable E “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

8.00am: Training classes and ship maintenance.


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8 June 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable NE “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

8.00am: Training classes and ship maintenance. RMS Bandra arrived eastbound.

3.00pm: Landed recreation party.


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9 June 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable NE “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

8.00am: Saturday routine.

3.00pm: Landed recreation party.


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10 June 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind W veering NW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

9.30am: Captain’s inspection and divine service.

3.00pm: Landed recreation party.


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11 June 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind NNW backing NW force 2-4; cloudless; air temperature average 94°F]

8.00am: Training classes and ship maintenance.


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12 June 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind NW veering N force 2-3; cloudless with mist; air temperature average 92°F]

8.00am: Training classes and ship maintenance.

9.00am: Exercised emergency landing party.

6.00pm: RMS Bamora arrived.


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13 June 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable N force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

8.00am: Training classes and ship maintenance.

9.00am: Exercised emergency landing party.

5.00pm: Exercised boats under sail.


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14 June 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind NW force 3-7; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

7.00am: After gun support awning lost overboard by storm of weather.

8.00am: Training classes and ship maintenance.


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15 June 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable NW force 1-5; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

9.00am: Instruction on wearing gas masks.


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16 June 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind NNW force 2-6; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

8.00am: Saturday routine.


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17 June 1923

At Bahrain and en route to Bushire.

Lat 26.7, Long 50.8

[Wind NNW force 1-5; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

9.30am: Captain’s inspection and divine service.

11.35am: HMS Cyclamen anchored.

1.00pm: Surgeon Lieutenant E.R Benson, R.N. joined ship. Weighed port anchor.

1.30pm: 1 rating joined ship from Cyclamen.

2.50pm: Weighed and proceeded on N69°E.

3.45pm: Inner fairway buoy abeam to starboard.

4.22pm: Retarded clocks 22 minutes.

4.30pm: Outer fairway Lt. buoy abeam; altered course to N14°E.

8.55pm: Sounded in 10 fathoms.

9.15pm: Sounded in 21 fathoms.

11.40pm: Altered course to N7°W.


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18 June 1923

At sea and at Bushire.

Lat 28.0, Long 50.0

[Wind NNW force 3-7; sea rough; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F; sea 83°F]

11.26am: Sighted land on starboard bow.

1.00pm: Altered course to N15°W.

4.45pm: Commenced sounding every 15 mins. in depths ranging from 14.75 to 3 fathoms.

5.00pm: Sighted Bushire coastline.

6.30pm: Discontinued sounding.

7.00pm: Sighted outer anchorage lightbuoy.

7.24pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 4.25 fathoms in outer anchorage Bushire; veered to 4.5 shackles.

Distance run 128.8 miles.


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19 June 1923

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind NW force 1-4; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

4.20am: Weighed and proceeded into inner anchorage.

5.23am: Came to with starboard anchor in 4.25 fathoms in inner anchorage Bushire; veered to.5 shackles.

5.45am: Coaling dhows securing alongside. Away all boats; hands cleaning boats.

6.45am: Commenced coaling (native labour).

Noon: Fired 21 gun salute.

4.00pm: Finished coaling; took in 170 tons.


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20 June 1923

At Bushire and at Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable NW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

7.30am: SS Bankura arrived westbound. Saturday routine. [Tuesday]

12.45pm: Discharged Lieutenant Surgeon T.R. Brennan to leave.

2.43pm: Weighed and proceeded; inner anchorage light buoy to starboard 1.5 miles.

3.20pm: Outer anchorage light buoy abeam to port.

3.50pm: Sighted Kharg Island ahead.

7.10pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 7.5 fathoms off Kharg Island; veered to 5 shackles.

11.00pm: Advanced clocks 30 minutes.


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21 June 1923

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine [Wednesday].

5.00pm: Landed recreation party.

[Log stamped and signed “Inspected and approved by Senior Naval Officer Persian Gulf” Captain A.R. Palmer SNOPG and by Captain, 23 June 1923; see log below.]


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22 June 1923

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 85°F]

8.00am: Dressed ship overall.

Noon: Fired 31 gun salute.*

4.00pm: Landed recreation party.


*[Note: Most likely for the coronation of King George V in 1911.]


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23 June 1923

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable calm; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

9.00am: Senior Naval Officer Persian Gulf inspected HMS Crocus; hands musterd by the ledger. Exercised emergency landing party. Exercised away all boats crews.

11.30am: Ship's company addressed by Senior Naval Officer.

11.45am: Inspection completed.

3.45-7.30pm: Leave and recreation parties.


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24 June 1923

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind variable calm; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

7.00am: Saturday Routine up to 0900 [Sunday].

9.30am: Divisions. Captain's Inspection. Divine service.

4.00pm: Landed recreation party.

7.30pm: Discharged 1 rating to Triad for Basra Hospital.

10.00pm: Hoisted boats.


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25 June 1923

At Kharg Island and en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 28.3, Long 51.0

[Wind variable W force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

6.00am: Weighed and proceeded.

9.16am: Sighted outer fairway lightbuoy.

9.50am: Outer fairway lightbuoy abeam to port 7.5 cables.

10.40am: Came to with starboard anchor in 3.5 fathoms off Reshire; veered to 2 shackles.

1.00pm: Sounded round ship in 3.5 fathoms a distance of 100 yds.

2.25pm: Weighed and proceeded on S84°W.

2.45pm: Altered course to S19°E.

10.00pm: Sounded in 23 fathoms.


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26 June 1923

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 27.1, Long 52.3

[Wind NW backing WSW force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F; sea 89°F]

3.30am: Sounded in 40 fathoms; altered course to S66°E.

4.00am: Communicated with [BTC tanker] SS British Princess on passage Swansea to Abadan.

10.00am: Communicated with [BTC tanker] SS British Officer on passage Swansea to Abadan.

10.30am: Communicated with [BTC tanker] SS British Advocate on passage Swansea to Abadan.

5.15pm: Advanced clocks 30 minutes.

6.35pm: Sighted Sharab Island [possibly Shidvar Island] bearing S77°E.

11.40pm: Communicated with RMS Varsova.


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27 June 1923

At sea and at Lingeh.

Lat 26.4, Long 54.4

[Wind NW backing WSW force 1-2; sea smooth; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F; sea 88°F]

2.30am: Sighted: Kais Island Light bearing S89°E.

4.32am: Kais I.Lt. abeam 6 miles.

5.25am: Communicated with [possibly] SS Evertons.

8.40am: Farur Island abeam 4.5 miles.

12.35pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 4.25 fathoms off Lingeh; veered to 4 shackles.

7.10pm: Landed recreation party.

11.25pm: Weighed and proceeded on S56°E.

Distance run 160 miles.


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28 June 1923

At sea and at Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind calm; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

2.59am: Tonb Island Light abeam 4 miles.

4.45am: Sighted Hengam Island bearing N52°E.

7.45am: Came to with starboard anchor in 9 fathoms in Bandar Gharbi Hengam Island; veered to 4.5 shackles.

9.40am: 1 sick rating joined ship from sick quarters on shore.

7.30pm: SS Bankura arrived eastbound.


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29 June 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind calm; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

5.30am: RMS Bankura sailed.


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30 June 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind calm; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

5.00am: Training class; instruction in swimming.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

Bread: Total 5852 [loaves?] made aboard 1st. May to 30th June.



LOGS FOR JULY 1923


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1 July 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind calm; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

8.40am: SS Chakla arrived westbound.

9.30am: Captain’s inspection and divine service.

3.00pm: SS Chakla sailed.


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2 July 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly SW force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 96°F]

4.00am: Landed emergency landing party. [exercise]

7.30am: Landing party returned; cleaned and inspected arms.

Noon: Paid quarterly settlement.


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3 July 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly SW force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

4.00am: Landed recreation party.


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4 July 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind mainly SW and SSW force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 91°F]

4.00am: Landed swimming training class.


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5 July 1923

At Hengam Island and at Tonb Island.

Lat 26.4, Long 56.0

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

5.00am: Landed small arms party.

8.00am: Captain's Inspection of store room.

12.53pm: Weighed and proceeded out of Hengam on S46°W [followed by various small course alterations].

6.37pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 4.75 fathoms off SE point of Tonb Island; veered to 5 shackles.

7.10pm: Bathing party left ship.


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6 July 1923

At Tonb Island and at Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 95°F]

4.34am: Weighed and proceeded on NNE.

5.20am: Altered course to W; sighted HMS Cyclamen.

6.00am: Rangetaking exercise with HMS Cyclamen,

7.30am: Exercise finished – cheered Cyclamen.

8.16am: Stopped to run target.

8.25am: Proceeded.

8.32am: Opened fire.

8.50am: Cyclamen opened fire.

9.15am: Ceased fire. Exercise finished. Formed single line ahed on N50°E – 7 knots.

12.20pm: Came to with starboard anchor in “C” berth in 9.5 fathoms and veered to 4.5 shackles.


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7 July 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable E force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.

1.00pm: Leave to Starboard Watch & recreation party 1615-1930.

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8 July 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable E force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

7.00am: SS Barala arrived eastbound. Discharged 2 ratings to Barala for passage to Bombay and U.K.

8.15am: SS Bandra arrived westbound.

9.40am: SS Barala left.

10.15am: SS Bandra left.

10.30am: Divine service.


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9 July 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

5.45am: Landed recreation party.

4.15pm: Leave to football and cricket parties 1615-1930.


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10 July 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable NE force 1-4; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

5.30am: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour by E entrance in company of Cyclamen.

5.45am: Courses and speeds as req. for carrying out full calibre quarter firing.

6.30am: Opened fire. Caused fire aboard target.

7.15am: Stopped.

8.10am: Proceeded with target in tow.

8.40am: Cyclamen opened fire.

10.45am: Exercise finished. Stopped & hauled in target.

12.20pm: Came to with starboard anchor in “C” berth in 9.5 fathoms and veered to 4.5 shackles.


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11 July 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable NE force 1-4; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

9.00am: Hands cleaning out boats and preparing pattern VI target. 4" gun crews to drill.


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12 July 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 93°F]

5.50am: RFA Rapidol arrived.

6.10am: Working party employed disembarking stores from Rapidol.

1.00pm: Hands employed disembarking stores from dhow to Crocus.

6.00pm: RFA Rapidol left for Abadan.

6.40pm: Prepared target for night firing.

6.54pm: Weighed and proceeded out of harbour by E entrance in company of Cyclamen.

8.30pm: Proceeded to carry out full calibre firing in company with Cyclamen.

10.00pm: Exercises finished; courses & speeds as req. for anchoring.

10.36pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 25 fathoms off E side of Hengam Island and veered to 7 shackles. Port anchor underfoot with 2 shackles.


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13 July 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

5.30am: Weighed and proceeded to position 8000 yds on starboard beam of Cyclamen.

6.09am: Open fire; carried out full calibre quarter firing.

6.15am: Ceased fire; closed Cyclamen.

8.46am: Cyclamen opened fire.

8.52am: Exercise finished; course N46°E.

10.15am: Courses & speeds as req. stemming tide while hauling in target.

11.00am: Came to with starboard anchor in “C” berth in 9.5 fathoms and veered to 4.5 shackles.

12.10pm: Respread QD awning.

1.00pm: Leave to watch and recreation party 1615-1930.


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14 July 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable E force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

6.45am: RMS Chakla arrived westbound.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

10.30am: RMS Chakla left.

1.00pm: Leave to watch and recreation parties 1615-1930.


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15 July 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable E force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 91°F]

8.30am: RMS Barjora arrived westbound.

9.30am: Captain’s inspection and divine service.

1.00pm: Leave to watch and recreation parties 1615-1930.

6.00pm: Observed the variation onshore in conjunction with Lieut,(N) of HMS Cyclamen: 2°10.63’E.


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16 July 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable E force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 91°F]

5.25am: SS Barjora left.

5.30am: Landed recreation party.

10.00am: Preparing for coaling.

11.00am: Beached Patt.VI target.

5.00pm: Discharged 2 Seedies to Cyclamen. 2 Seedies joined ship from Cyclamen.


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17 July 1923

At Hengam Island and en route to Muscat.

Lat 26.5, Long 56.5

[Wind calm and S force 2-3; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F]

5.30am: Landed recreation party.

5.45am: Commenced coaling (native labour).

11.00am: Finished coaling; hands disembarking ammunition and empties.

1.00pm: 2 Seedies joined ship from Cyclamen for passage to Aden.

2.45pm: Proceeded out of harbour by E entrance on S70°E.

8.30pm: Little Quoin Is. Light abeam to Port 1.3 miles.

9.00pm: Little Quoin I.Lt bore N36°W.

10.00pm: Altered course to S34°E.


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18 July 1923

At sea en route to Muscat.

Lat 25.1, Long 57.6

[Wind “light airs” E; sea smooth with slight S swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 91°F; sea 91°F]

6.00am: Kuh i Mubarrak bore N15°E 17 miles.

10.00am: Stopped to drop target. Carrying out 3pdr and 2pdr firing.

10.00pm: Unknown steamship passed to starboard 1 mile steering NW.

Distance run 136.7 miles.


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19 July 1923

At sea and at Muscat.

Lat 23.0, Long 59.6

[Wind “light airs” E; sea smooth with slight E swell; cloudless; air temperature average 91°F; sea 91°F]

4.15am: Sounded in 55 fathoms.

4.50am: Sounded in 100 fathoms.

5.00am: Sounded in 75 fathoms.

5.30am: Sighted Fahl Island on starboard bow.

6.30am: Vertical angle Fahl Is 4 miles bearing S42°W. Sighted Muscat Cove; altered course to S19°E.

7.30am: Came to with starboard anchor in 5.25 fathoms in Muscat Cove; veered to 2 shackles.

8.00am: Fired 21 gun salute to Sultan of Muscat. Coal lighter coming alongside.

8.30am: Commenced coaling (native labour).

1.35pm: Finished coaling; received….tons. [not entered]

3.10pm: Discharged native bakers to shore.

3.35pm: RMS Bamora arrived.

5.00pm: 2 ratings joined ship from Bombay.

6.50pm: RMS Bamora left.


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20 July 1923

At Muscat and en route to Aden.

Lat 23.0, Long 59.6

[Wind calm then E force 2-3; sea slight with E swell; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F; sea 88°F]

9.00am: Interpreter discharged to shore.

11.00am: Hands securing for sea. British Political Agent paid official visit to ship.

12.15pm: Weighed and proceeded; helm & engine as req. for leaving harbour. Course S58°E.

11.45pm: Altered course to S4°E.


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21 July 1923

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 21.0, Long 59.0

[Wind mainly SSW force 3-5; sea moderate to rough with SSW swell; cloudy with mist and fog; air temperature average 73°F; sea 72°F]

3.10am: Sounded in 100 fathoms.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

Distance run 205.2 miles.


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22 July 1923

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 19.0, Long 58.4

[Wind SW backing SSW force 6-8; sea very rough with SSW swell; cloudy with mist; air temperature average 73°F; sea 70°F]

11.45am: Altered course to S45°W.

6.45pm: Turned in accommodation ladder.

Distance run 167.5 miles.


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23 July 1923

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 17.4, Long 57.0

[Wind SW force 6-8; sea very rough with SW swell; cloudy with mist; air temperature average 73°F; sea 70°F]

Distance run 152.8 miles.


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24 July 1923

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 16.2, Long 54.6

[Wind SW force 5-6; sea rough with SW swell; overcast with squalls and mist; air temperature average 75°F; sea 70°F]

Distance run 171.9 miles.


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25 July 1923

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 14.4, Long 52.1

[Wind SSW veering SW force 10-3; sea very rough with SW swell; overcast with squalls and mist; air temperature average 75°F; sea 73°F]

2.00am: Heavy SW squall lasting ½ hour. Course S52°W.

8.00am: Resumed course S61°W.

7.15pm: Passed unknown steamer to starboard.

7.30pm: Retarded clocks 30 minutes.

Distance run 188.8 miles.


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26 July 1923

At sea en route to Aden.

Lat 13.0, Long 49.0

[Wind SW force 3-4; sea moderate with SW swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 85°F; sea 80°F]

5.40am: Course S54°W.

9.15am: Passed British SS Scindia to port.

7.15pm: Retarded clocks 30 minutes.

Distance run 216.8 miles.


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27 July 1923

At sea and at Aden.

Lat 13.0, Long 46.1

[Wind mainly SW force 3-5; sea moderate with SW swell; broken cloud with mist; air temperature average 84°F; sea 82°F]

7.00am: Sighted [BTC tanker] SS British Birch on passage Abadan to Swansea; course S80°W.

5.15pm: Sighted Aden Peninsula bearing S80°W.

6.40pm: Sighted Ras Marshag Lt bearing N82°W.

7.18pm: Sighted Elephant's Back Lt bearing N45°W.

8.16pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 4 fathoms in outer harbour; veered to 3.5 shackles.

8.50pm: OOG visited ship.

Distance run 216 miles.


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28 July 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind mainly “light airs” SW; broken cloud with mist; air temperature average 84°F]

6.00am: Weighed and proceeded into inner harbour.

7.30am: Secured in No.2 berth; HMS Cairo and RIMS Cornwallis present.

7.40am: Coal lighters secured alongside.

8.00am: Commenced coaling (native labour).

8.15am: Italian OOG visited ship.

8.30am: Dutch SS Calcutta left.

11.00am: Discharged 1 rating to hospital.

11.15am: Finished coaling; received ….tons.[not entered]


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29 July 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind SSW force 3-4 then NNE force 6-7; cloudless with mist and sand squalls later; air temperature average 83°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.

9.30am: RMS Morea arrived.

10.25am: OOG visited Italian yacht Misurata.

1.15pm: RMS Morea left.

4.00pm: Secured awnings with frapping lines.

6.00pm: Severe sand squall lasting about 45 minutes. Raised steam for slow speed.

8.00pm: Reverted to steam at 2 hrs notice.


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30 July 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind SSW force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

5.00am: Cutters & divers from Cairo employed cleaning main inlet.

9.00am: Hands cleaning inlets and washing down aloft.

1.30pm: SS King Howel left.


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31 July 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind SSW force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

5.00pm: 2 Seedies discharged to shore. Landed patrol.



LOGS FOR AUGUST 1923


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1 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind SSW force 2-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 82°F]

9.30am: SS Citta di Genova (Italian) arrived.

12.35pm: SS City of Naples arrived.

5.40pm: SS Falcon arrived.


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2 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind SSW force 2-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 82°F]

9.40am: 4” gun crews to Cairo for loader drill.

4.40pm: RMS Malwa arrived.

6.00pm: US SS Steel Worker left. 1 rating joined ship from England.

9.40pm: RMS Malwa left.


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3 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind SSW force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]

5.30am: Hands employed holystoning upper deck.

9.35am: SS Clan Ogilvy arrived.

9.55am: SS Australia arrived.

10.00am: 4” gun crews to Cairo for loader drill.

11.10am: SS [possibly] Chindwara left.

12.30pm: SSs Newquay and Rosandra arrived.

4.10pm: SS Peru arrived.

4.50pm: SS Firoozi arrived.

6.10pm: SS Australia left.


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4 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind SSW force 2-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 81°F]

6.00am: SS Rosandra left. SS Matiana arrived.

9.00am: Court Martial assembled aboard HMS Cairo.

10.00am: SSs Sarvistan and Jalaffa/Jalappa [possibly Jalapalaka ?] arrived; Saturday routine.

12.30pm: Court Martial closed & resumed.

2.00pm: SS Steel Worker left.

3.05pm: Stern fast parted and replaced.

5.00pm: SSs Newquay and Jalaffa sailed. SS Cordelia arrived. Discharged 3 Seedies to shore.

5.30pm: Court Martial dissolved.

6.20pm: SS Cordelia sailed.


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5 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind SSW force 2-9; broken cloud, squalls and mist; air temperature average 81°F]

6.30am: RC church party landed.

7.50am: RMS Mantua arrived.

9.00am: Landed church parties. SS Clan MacTaggart left.

1.00pm: Raised steam for slow speed. Violent and prolonged succession of squalls lasting about 4 hours. Eased away stern fasts.

5.00pm: Landed libertymen and recreation party.


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6 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind SSW and NE force 2-4; broken cloud and mist; air temperature average 81°F]

5.00am: Re-secured stern fasts.

6.00am: Cairo shifted to oiling berth.

7.00am: SSs Cephee and Yoseric arrived.

8.00am: SS Warfield arrived; SS Homayun arrived.

1.00pm: HMS Cairo left for Colombo.

6.30pm: SS Hejaz arrived.


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7 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind mainly SSW force 2-6; broken cloud and mist; air temperature average 81°F]

6.00am: SSs [possibly Nubia, or Nubian], Batoe and Engelstan arrived.

8.00am: SS Sultana arrived. SS Cephee sailed.

1.30pm: SS Batoe sailed.

2.00pm: SS Dara sailed.


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8 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind mainly SSW force 2-4; broken cloud and mist; air temperature average 80°F]

10.00am: SS Pilsna arrived.

1.00pm: GOC Aden Command visited ship.

2.05pm: SS Gür H [unidentified] left.

6.00pm: SS Pilsna left.

6.35pm: RIMS Cornwallis left.


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9 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind mainly SSW force 2-5; light broken cloud, sandstorm later; air temperature average 78°F]

6.15am: Weighed and sighted both anchors.

6.27am: Re-anchored in No.2 berth; starboard anchor 4 shackles, port 5.5 shackles.

7.00am: SS [BTC tanker] British Sailor left. SS Clan MacFarlane arrived.

3.00pm: SS Clan MacFarlane left.

5.30pm: Sandstorm of ½ hour duration.


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10 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable E force 2-5; light broken cloud; air temperature average 80°F]

2.40am: P&O RMS China arrived.

7.00am: SS Culebra arrived.

7.30am: SS Macau arrived.

8.25am: RMS China left.

9.25am: SS Fiume-L arrived.

11.10am: SS Irooze [possibly Iroise] sailed.

11.20am: SS West Calumb arrived.


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11 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind SW backing SSW force 2-5; light broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F]

7.30am: SS Franina [unidentified] arrived.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

10.20am: SS Fiume-C arrived.*


*[Note: There appears to be a Fiume C and a Fiume L vessel arriving on succeeding days, so it is difficult to identify these ships.]


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12 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind SW backing SSW force 2-5; light broken cloud with sandstorms later; air temperature average 78°F]

2.00am: SS Celebes left.

9.00am: Landed church parties. RMS Kaisar-i-Hind arrived.

1.35pm: Commander George Wilson, Royal Navy, joined HMS Crocus and assumed command.

3.15pm: SS Panama arrived.

3.45pm: SS Marechal Gallieni left.

4.20pm: SS Kaisar-i-Hind left.

6.10pm: Sandstorm lasting about 30 minutes.


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13 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind variable force 2-4; light broken cloud; air temperature average 82°F]

7.00am: SS Constantinople arrived.

12.30pm: Commander H.Tom Baillie-Grohman, DSO, OBE, Royal Navy relinquished command of HMS Crocus; discharged to leave. SS Cape Cross arrived.

1.30pm: SS Tevere arrived.

3.30pm: SS [BTC tanker] British Soldier arrived.

6.00pm: SS Zanina [not identified], SS British Soldier, SS Tevere left.


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14 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind SSW force 2-4; light broken cloud; air temperature average 82°F]

5.50am: Range party landed.

3.00pm: SS Clan Macbrayne arrived.

7.30pm: SS Clan Macbrayne sailed.


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15 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind SSW force 2-4; light broken cloud; air temperature average 82°F]

5.00am: SS Duranbah [possibly] arrived. Landed range party.

Noon: SS Duranbah left.

1.00pm: SS Clan Ranald arrived.

8.00pm: SS Clan Ranald left.


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16 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind SSW force 1-6; light broken cloud; air temperature average 82°F]

5.00am: SS [possibly] Alaska arrived.

6.00am: Landed recreation party.

7.00am: SS Masula arrived.

3.00pm: SS Sagan [sic: possibly Sagenite] arrived.

4.00pm: SS Massula left.

8.00pm: RMS Mongolia arrived.


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17 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind SSW force 1-6; light broken cloud; air temperature average 82°F]

3.00am: RMS Mongolia sailed.

5.00am: Lewis Gun party landed.

6.00am: RFA British Beacon arrived.

9.30am: RFA British Beacon left.


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18 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind SSW force 1-6; light broken cloud; air temperature average 82°F]

6.45am: Commenced coaling.

7.15am: SS [BTC tanker] British Knight arrived.

8.35am: SS [probably] Burma arrived.

7.20am: SS Arakan left.

10.00am: Finished coaling.

Noon: SS British Knight left.

6.30pm: RIMS Cornwallis arrived.

8.45pm: SS Karmala arrived.

9.40pm: Veered both cables.


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19 August 1923

At Aden.

Lat 12.8, Long 45.0

[Wind SSW force 1-3; light broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

8.00am: SS Massula left. Landed church party.

9.00am: RMS Naldera arrived.

11.00am: Cleared lower deck; ship's company addressed by Captain.

11.15am: SS Algigi [not identified] arrived.

3.20pm: RMS Naldera sailed.

4.00pm: SS Karmala sailed.


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20 August 1923


At Aden and en route to Soor [Sur, Oman]

Lat 12.7, Long 45.0

[Wind SW force 1-2; light broken cloud; air temperature average 84°F]

8.00am: Hands preparing ship for sea. 1 Seedie joined ship for passage.

11.20am: Italian RMS Misurata left.

12.20pm: Weighed and proceeded on N77°E

12.53pm: Elephant's Back Lt.Ho abeam 7 cables.

1.28pm: Ras Marshag Lt abeam 1 mile.

6.00pm: Compass deviation 1.75°E, variation 0.5’E.


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21 August 1923


At sea en route to Soor.

Lat 13.4, Long 48.2

[Wind mainly WSW force 1-2; sea slight with E swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 81°F; sea 81°F]

0.30am: Passed [tanker] SS Nassa on passage Abadan to Suez.

10.35am: Altered course to N64°E.

2.30pm: Sighted land bearing North.

4.00pm: Read Warrant No.1.

Distance run 174.9 miles.


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22 August 1923

At sea en route to Soor.

Lat 14.6, Long 51.3

[Wind mainly SSE force 1-3; sea moderate with SE swell; broken cloud with mist and fog; air temperature average 81°F; sea 81°F]

5.30 to 7.30am: Passing through isolated fog banks; sounding siren as necessary.

10.05am: Passed RMS Morea.

Distance run 278.5 miles. [sic: more likely 178.5]


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23 August 1923

At sea en route to Soor.

Lat 15.8, Long 54.1

[Wind mainly SSW force 3-4; sea moderate to rough with SSW swell; broken cloud with mist; air temperature average 79°F; sea 78°F]

Distance run 177.7 miles.

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24 August 1923

At sea en route to Soor.

Lat 17.9, Long 56.9

[Wind mainly SSW force 3-7; sea rough with SSW swell; broken cloud with mist; air temperature average 72°F; sea 70°F]

4.45am: Sighted Jezireh Hallaniyat Island; altered course to N80°E.

Between 6.30 and 7.30 am; thousands of seagulls were visible, flying low all round ship.

6.30am: Sounded in 44 fathoms.

7.00am: Sounded in 45 fathoms.

5.15pm: Sounded in 75 fathoms.

Distance run 177.4 miles.


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25 August 1923

At sea en route to Soor.

Lat 20.4, Long 59.0

[Wind mainly SW backing S force 3-4; sea moderate with S swell; broken cloud with mist; air temperature average 70°F; sea 70°F]

8.08am: Sounded in 120 fathoms.

10.40am: Sighted land on port bow; (Masirah Island) bearirg N28°W.

5.00pm: Advanced clocks 30 minutes.

Distance run 180.9 miles.


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26 August 1923

At sea and at Soor.

Lat 22.6, Long 59.7

[Wind variable “light airs”; sea slight; broken cloud with mist; air temperature average 84°F; sea 86°F]

2.00am: Advanced clocks by 30 minutes.

6.00am: Sighted land on port bow; altered course to W.

8.50am: Sighted Soor.

9.23am: Came to with starboard anchor in 7 fathoms with 3.5 shackles.

10.00am: Divine service.

3.00pm: Landed surveying party.

7.00pm: Hoisted boats: prepared for sea.

8.07pm: Weighed and proceeded on N34°W.


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27 August 1923

At sea and at Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind NE veering SE force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 86°F]

8.00am: Came to with starboard anchor in 5.5 fathoms with 2 shackles.

9.00am: Discharged 1 Seedie to shore. 1 Seedie joined ship.

10.00am: Coaling lighter alongside. Commenced coaling (native labour).

3.15pm: Finished coaling; received 116 tons.


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28 August 1923

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 86°F]

7.00am: Saturday routine. [Tuesday]

7.45am: RMS Chakla arrived.

6.05pm: RMS Chakla left.


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29 August 1923

At Muscat.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind calm; broken cloud; air temperature average 86°F]

6.00am: Landed recreation party.

9.00am: Hands restoring 4" magazines and cleaning boats.

1.00pm: Leave and recreation parties.


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30 August 1923

At Muscat and en route to Jaskh.

Lat 23.6, Long 58.6

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

5.30am: Diving party employed port side, cleaning underwater fittings.

12.30pm: RMS Bamora arrived.

5.00pm: RMS Bamora sailed.

9.47pm: Proceeded out of harbour on N23°W.


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31 August 1923

At sea and at Jaskh.

Lat 25.4, Long 57.8

[Wind NNE veering SE force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 87°F]

10.00am: Captain’s inspection of store rooms.

12.38pm: Sighted land bearing North.

2.03pm: Jaskh Flat red buoy abeam to port 20 yds.

2.25pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 3.25 fathoms with 3 shackles 1 mile NE off Cape Jaskh.

5.00pm: Laid out kedge anchor on starboard quarter.

Distance run 107.5 miles.



LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1923


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1 September 1923

At Jaskh.

Lat 25.6, Long 57.8

[Wind variable SE force 1; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 86°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.

1.00pm: Leave and recreation parties.

[Log signed by “G Wilson, Commander in Command”.]


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2 September 1923

At Jaskh.

Lat 25.6, Long 57.8

[Wind variable SE force 1; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

5.00am: Landed swimming party.

9.30am: Captain’s inspection and divine service.


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3 September 1923

At Jaskh.

Lat 25.6, Long 57.8

[Wind variable force 1-2; broken cloud and mist; air temperature average 88°F]

7.00am onwards: Training and recreation parties.


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4 September 1923

At Jaskh.

Lat 25.6, Long 57.8

[Wind variable force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F]

7.00am onwards: Training and recreation parties.


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5 September 1923

At Jaskh and en route to Bandar Sirik.

Lat 25.6, Long 57.8

[Wind variable W force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F]

5.00pm: Weighed kedge anchor.

9.27pm: Weighed; course & speed as req. for proceeding out of harbour.

9.45pm: Jaskh Flat buoy abeam to starboard 1 cable; altered course to S87°W.

10.00pm: Jaskh Light bore S68°E.

11.35pm: Sounding wire carried away at 45 fathoms.

Midnight: Course S87°W.


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6 September 1923

At sea en route to Bandar Sirik.

Lat 26.1, Long 56.9

[Wind variable NW force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F]

0.30am: Sounded in 70 fathoms.

3.30am: Altered course to N10°W.

5.00am: Sounded in 78 fathoms.

12.07pm: Came to with port anchor in 4 fathoms with 3.5 shackles 1.5 miles off Bandar Sirik.

1.00pm: Landed recreation party.

9.00pm: Hoisted boats.


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7 September 1923

At Bandar Sirik and at Bandar Abbas.

Lat 26.9, Long 56.5

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

6.00am: Weighed and proceeded on N84°W.

8.47am: Hormuz Island bore N45°W; Larak Island bore N72°W.

2.20pm: Course N17°W.

2.52pm: Bandar Abbas red buoy abeam to port ½ cable.

3.14pm: Came to with port anchor in 3.25 fathoms with 3 shackles off Bandar Abbas. RMS Barala present.

4.00pm: Landed recreation party. 1 rating joined ship from sick quarters.

Distance run 38.7 miles.


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8 September 1923

At Bandar Abbas.

Lat 27.13, Long 56.15

[Wind mainly SSW force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

2.10am: RMS Barala left.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

10.00am: RMS Barjora arrived.

5.30pm: RMS Barjora left.


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9 September 1923

At Bandar Abbas.

Lat 27.13, Long 56.15

[Wind variable force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F]

9.30am: Captain’s inspection and divine service.

1.00pm: Seedies employed cleaning ship’s side.


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10 September 1923

At Bandar Abbas.

Lat 27.13, Long 56.15

[Wind SSW backing SE force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 88°F]


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11 September 1923

At Bandar Abbas.

Lat 27.13, Long 56.15

[Wind variable calm; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

5.00pm: Weighed kedge anchor; prepared ship for sea.


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12 September 1923

At Bandar Abbas and at Hengam Island.

Lat 26.7, Long 56.0

[Wind variable calm; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

6.00am: Weighed and proceeded on S23°E.

8.30am: Altered course to S49°W.

12.30pm: Mandrill Shoal buoy abeam to starboard 0.25 cables.

12.45pm: Came to with port anchor in 10 fathoms with 4 shackles in Bandar Gharbi Hengam Island.

5.00pm: Hands embarking stores.


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13 September 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

6.00am: Coal lighters alongside; commenced coaling (native labour).

7.00am: Gunnery training.

1.00pm: HMS Cyclamen arrived.

5.00pm: Shortened in to 3 shackles; 1 stoker rejoined ship.


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14 September 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine. [Friday]


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15 September 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable NE “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.

3.00pm: HMS Triad arrived.

6.00pm: RMS Bankura arrived.


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16 September 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable E “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

7.00am: RMS Bankura left.

9.30am: Captain’s inspection and divine service.

11.30am: Clocks advanced 30 minutes.

Number on sick list: 7.


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17 September 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

9.30am: Squadron sailing race.

11.45am: Order of finishing sailing race: Crocus, Cyclamen, Cyclamen, Crocus, Triad, disqualified.

Number on sick list: 8.


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18 September 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable E force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

-am: Training and instruction.


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19 September 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

6.00am: RMS Bamora arrived.

7.00am: RMS Bamora left. Discharged 3 ratings to hospital.

2.00pm: Persian customs vessel arrived.


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20 September 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

9.00am: RIMS Lawrence arrived.

3.00pm: RIMS Lawrence left.

4.00pm: Persian customs vessel left.

Number on sick list: 4.


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21 September 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 89°F]

6.00am: Squadron whalers pulling race.

7.30pm: RMS Barala arrived.


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22 September 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable SW force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

6.20am: RMS Barala left.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

1.30pm: RIMS Lawrence arrived.


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23 September 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable calm; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

9.30am: Captain’s inspection and divine service.

10.00am: RMS Barpeta arrived westbound.

2.00pm: Discharged 1 rating to Cyclamen.


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24 September 1923

At Hengam Island and en route to Bahrain.

Lat 26.4, Long 54.9

[Wind mainly ENE force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 87°F]

6.45am: HMS Triad left.

7.30am: RIMS Lawrence left.

12.07pm: Weighed and proceeded on S48.5°W.

2.50pm: Sighted Jezirat Tonb Island ahead.

5.05pm: Jezirat Tonb I. abeam 5.5 miles.

10.10pm: Sounded in 24 fathoms.

11.20pm: Farur Island abeam 3.8 miles.


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25 September 1923

At sea en route to Bahrain.

Lat 26.4, Long 52.8

[Wind WNW force 2-4; sea slight; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F, sea 87°F]

2.10am: Sighted Kais Island Light Vessel bearing N64°W.

3.22am: Kais Island Light Vessel abeam 4.8 miles.

6.40am: SS War Brahmin passed to starboard.

5.15pm: Sounded in 19 fathoms.

5.30pm: Sounded in 27 fathoms.

9.00pm: Course N80°W.

10.00pm: Sounded in 12 fathoms.

11.00pm: Commenced sounding every 15 minutes in depths varying from 8.5 to 4.75 fathoms.

Distance run 171.8 miles.


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26 September 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

0.50am: Passed through large fleet of dhows; altered course to avoid as necessary.

2.15am: Discontinued sounding.

2.45am: Sighted Bahrain outer light buoy bearing S65°W; altered course to S65°W.

3.50am: Bahrain outer light buoy abeam.

4.40am: Inner light buoy abeam.

5.15am: Came to with starboard anchor in 5 fathoms with 3 shackles in outer harbour.

5.30am: Retarded clocks 1 hour.

6.00am: Weighed and proceeded into Inner harbour.

6.20am: Came to with starboard anchor in 3 fathoms with 2 shackles in inner harbour.

3.15pm: Leave for recreation party 1515-1930.


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27 September 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable E force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 92°F]

5.00am: Aired bedding.

-am: Ship maintenance.

3.15pm: Leave for recreation party 1515-1930.


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28 September 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable calm; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

9.00am: Diving party examining underwater fittings.


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29 September 1923

At Bahrain and en route to Reshire.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.

4.15pm: Weighed and proceeded.

4.40pm: RMS Bankura anchored in outer anchorage. Stopped to transfer mails to Bankura.

5.00pm: proceeded on [various] NE courses.

7.49pm: Lost sight of outer light buoy astern 9 miles.

11.00pm: Sounded in 30.5 fathoms.

11.15pm: Sounded in 31 fathoms.


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30 September 1923

At sea and at Reshire.

Lat 28.3, Long 50.8

[Wind mainly SSW force 2-4; sea slight; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F, sea 87°F]

6.00am: Sighted land on starboard bow.

7.50am: Bu-Riyal bore N28°E.

9.40am: Commenced swinging for compass deviation.

10.00am: Captain’s inspection and divine service.

12.43pm: Completed swinging.

3.15pm: Sighted Bushire W/T mast bearing N4°E.

5.28pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 3 fathoms with 3 shackles off Reshire.

Distance run 132.4 miles.


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Record of Observations for Deviation.


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Description and position of correctors.



LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1923


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1 October 1923

At Reshire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable force 1; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

7.00am: Discharged 1 rating to Triad.

8.00am: HMS Triad left.


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2 October 1923

At Reshire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

6.00am: 2 native bakers and 1 Dhohash [sic: Dohas from Qatar?] joined ship.

3.00pm: SS Tregothnan arrived.


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3 October 1923

At Reshire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

-am: Training and ship maintenance.


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4 October 1923

At Reshire and at Kharg Island.

Lat 28.9, Long 50.7

[Wind NNW force 2-6; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

7.17am: Weighed and proceeded on N52°W.

8.40am: Sighted Kharg Island bearing N58°W.

12.09pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 6.5 fathoms with 3 shackles at Kharg Island.

4.00pm: Landed recreation party.


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5 October 1923

At Kharg Island.

Lat 29.2, Long 50.3

[Wind mainly NNW force 4-1; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

5.00am: Hands employed holystoning upper deck.


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6 October 1923

At Kharg Island and en route to Kuwait.

Lat 29.3, Long 49.6

[Wind mainly W force 2-3; cloud and mist; air temperature average 90°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.

2.30pm: Hoisted boats and prepared ship for sea.

2.50pm: Weighed & proceeded; course and speed as req. for passing between Kharg and Khargu Islands. Course S84°W.


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7 October 1923

At Kuwait.

Lat 29.4, Long 48.0

[Wind mainly W force 2; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

Midnight to 6.00am: Frequent soundings.

5.30am: Sighted land ahead.

6.00am: Log line carried away.

7.22am: Ras al Ard beacon abeam 1.5 miles.

8.40am: Came to with starboard anchor in 3.25 fathoms with 3 shackles at Kuwait.

10.00am: Captain’s inspection and divine service.


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8 October 1923

At Kuwait.

Lat 29.5, Long 47.8

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

10.00am: Lost by accident; 1 brush scrubber hand Patt.459.


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9 October 1923

At Kuwait.

Lat 29.5, Long 47.8

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 90°F]

-am: Training and ship maintenance.


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10 October 1923

At Kuwait.

Lat 29.5, Long 47.8

[Wind variable force 0-4; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

1.00pm: British Political Agent visited ship. Fired a salute of 11 guns.

3.00pm: Landed recreation party.


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11 October 1923

At Kuwait and en route to Fao and Basra.

Lat 29.3, Long 48.5

[Wind mainly SE force 2-5; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

11.00am: Sheikh of Muharraq visted ship.

12.37pm: Fired a salute of 7 guns.

4.00pm: Weighed and proceeded.

4.18pm: Ajuya Shoal buoy abeam; altered course to S64°E.

5.02pm: Ras al Ard beacon abeam 0.7 miles.

6.35pm: Sounded in 3 fathoms.

6.50pm: Sounded by hand lead in 3.5 fathoms.

8.00pm: Sounded in 6 fathoms; altered course to N28°E.

9.30pm: Glare of Khora Katka Lt. Vessel visible.

10.15pm: Khora Katka Lt. Vessel bore N48°E.

11.30pm: Communicated with RIMS Lawrence, British Interpreter* [BTC tankers], British Trader and British Rose anchored at the bar.


*[Note: This name does not match any ship in service at the time.

Harrison Line called a later ship Interpreter.http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/harrison.shtml]


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12 October 1923

En route to Fao and Basra.

Lat 30.33, Long 48.28

[Wind variable NW force 2-4; cloudless with mist; air temperature average 86°F]

0.18am: Outer fairway lightbuoy abeam to starboard 0.5 cables. Courses & speeds as req. for proceeding over bar and up river.

1.20am: Occulting green buoy abeam. Occulting red buoy extinguished.

2.35am: Fao Light abeam.

2.45am: Came to with starboard anchor in 5 fathoms with 2 shackles. Fao Light bore S20°W.

[underlined] KASBA Pt. Lt. BUOY EXTINGUISHED.

6.57am: Weighed and proceeded.

7.18am: Mist closed down; came to with starboard anchor in 6.5 fathoms with 2 shackles.

7.55am: Weighed and proceeded.

11.30am-12.30pm: Passed through Abadan.

2.00pm: Passed through Mohammarah.

3.40pm: Entered Basra approach.

4.15pm: Secured alongside No.11 berth at Magib.

9.45pm: Clocks retarded ¾ hour.


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13 October 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind variable NW force 2; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

7.00am: Discharged 1 rating to detention quarters.

8.00am: Saturday routine.

4.00pm: Clocks advanced 15 minutes.

4.25pm: RMS Varsova left.


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14 October 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind variable SW force 2; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

9.45 Ship's company mustered by the ledger. Captain's inspection. Divine service and address by The Lord Bishop of Persia.*

1.15pm: RMS Bandra arrived.


*[Note: The Right Rev J H Linton, Bishop in Persia. See http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/episcopal]


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15 October 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

4.00pm: Landed recreation party.


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16 October 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

11.00am: SS Arabistan arrived.

3.00pm: Hands embarking stores.


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17 October 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 87°F]

8.00am: Commenced coaling (native labour). Discharged 2 ratings to hospital.

5.00pm: Stopped coaling.

5.25pm: RMS Bandra sailed.


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18 October 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind ESE veering SSW “light airs”; light broken cloud; air temperature average 87°F]

6.00am: Recommenced coaling.

1.00pm: Finished coaling.

3.20pm: RMS Vasna arrived.


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19 October 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine on mess decks, daily routine on upper deck.

11.00am: Flooded after ballast tank; draught Forward 12' 10", Aft 18' 2".

3.00pm: Landed recreation party.


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20 October 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 84°F]

8.00am: Saturday routine.

11.00am: 2 ratings returned from hospital.

4.00pm: Landed recreation party.


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21 October 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 88°F]

9.30am: Captain's inspection. Divine service.


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22 October 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.86

[Wind ESE force 1-6; cloudless with sandstorms; air temperature average 88°F]

1.00pm: Leave to ship’s company except Fire Party 2045 till conclusion of concert.

2.00pm: Landed recreation party.

5.00pm: Severe sandstorm lasting about ¾ hour.


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23 October 1923

At Basra and at Abadan.

Lat 30.33, Long 48.28

[Wind mainly NW force 1-2; cloudy; air temperature average 75°F]

1.00pm: Slipped and proceeded from No.11 berth.

1.45pm: Stopped and dropped Harbourmaster.

4.10pm: Communicated with RMS Barjora.

4.30pm: Passed through Muhammarah.

5.20pm: Stopped and picked up Harbourmaster.

5.35pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 8.75 fathoms with 4 shackles 5 cables 137° from No.5 jetty.


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24 October 1923

At Abadan.

Lat 30.33, Long 48.28

[Wind mainly NNW force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 75°F]

1.30am: Discharged dead: Mohammed Boho, Seedie sweeper Off. No. 2/75: cause of death cholera.*

8.47am: Half-masted colours.

9.00am: Deceased and funeral party left ship.

9.04am: Rehoisted colours.

1.30pm: Placed in quarantine for cholera.

3.00pm: Seedies’ living spaces and parts of ship disinfected. Ship's company inoculated.


*[Note: The death is officially listed as “illness”. See Casualty List xDKCas1923.htm]


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25 October 1923

At Abadan.

Lat 30.33, Long 48.28

[Wind mainly WNW force 1-3; cloudless; air temperature average 75°F]

9.00am: Medical inspection.

1.30pm: Communicated with SS Chanda.

2.00pm: RMS Varela passed.

5.00pm: SSs Nigaristan and British Sovereign left.


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26 October 1923

At Abadan.

Lat 30.33, Long 48.28

[Wind mainly WNW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 75°F]

6.30am: SS [BTC tanker] British Trader arrived.

8.00am: SS Tregothnan arrived.

5.00pm: Medical inspection.

Number on sick list: 5.


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27 October 1923

At Abadan.

Lat 30.33, Long 48.28

[Wind mainly SSW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 77°F]

5.00am: SS Bamora passed.

6.00am: SS [BTC tanker] British Soldier arrived.

9.00am: Saturday routine.

5.20pm: SS [BTC tanker] British Captain left.

5.40pm: SS Exmoor left.

6.48pm: RMS Barjora passed.

Number on sick list: 4.


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28 October 1923

At Abadan.

Lat 30.33, Long 48.28

[Wind mainly WNW force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 77°F]

6.00am: SS British Trader left. RFA War Diwan arrived.

3.00pm: RMS Varela passed.

Number on sick list: 3.


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29 October 1923


At Abadan.

Lat 30.33, Long 48.28

[Wind variable W force 1-2; cloudless; air temperature average 74°F]

9.00am: Read to ship's company Articles of War and Court Martial Returns.*

9.30am: SS [BTC tanker] British Lord arrived.

9.45am: SS [RFA] War Diwan sailed.

1.00pm: Leave to Petty Officers to visit refinery and to recreation party until 1800.

Number on sick list: 2.


*[Note: It was compulsory for the Captain to read the Articles of War to his ship's company at least once a month.

These are the regulations by which the ship is governed and cover the offences with which a seaman may be charged and the penalties thereto.

The Articles of War were usually read on a Sunday at divisions.

For the origins of the practice in the 17th century and the original Royal Navy Articles of War see NAM Rodger, The Command of the Ocean, Penguin Books, 2005, p 59.]


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30 October 1923

At Abadan.

Lat 30.33, Long 48.28

[Wind variable “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 74°F]

9.15am: Small arms drill.

4.00pm: Landed recreation party.

4.15pm: SS [BTC tanker] British Sovereign sailed.


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31 October 1923


At Abadan and at Mohammarah. [Khorramshahr, Iran]

Lat 30.33, Long 48.28

[Wind variable “light airs”; broken cloud with sandstorm later; air temperature average 74°F]

9.00am: SS British Lord sailed.

Noon: HMS Cyclamen arrived.

2.15pm: HMS Cyclamen left for Mohammarah.

3.15pm: Sandstorm.

3.30pm: Weighed and proceeded.

4.30pm: Entered Haffar Channel.

4.45pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 3 fathoms with 1 shackle 231° 1.6 cables from dock entrance.



LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1923


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1 November 1923


At Mohammarah.

Lat 30.4, Long 48.1

[Wind mainly SE force 1-6; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 72°F]

1.00am: Heavy rain squall lasting ½ hour.

10.00am: British Consul paid official visit. Fired 7 gun salute.

3.10pm: RMS Varsova arrived.

[Log signed by Captain G Wilson “Commander in Command”.]


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2 November 1923


At Mohammarah.

Lat 30.4, Long 48.1

[Wind mainly NE force 1-6; cloudy with rain squalls; air temperature average 72°F]

7.00am: Hands embarking stores.

9.00pm: Shortened in cable while swinging to ebb.


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3 November 1923

At Mohammarah.

Lat 30.4, Long 48.1

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 74°F]

9.30am: Court of Enquiry assembled on board HMS Cyclamen.

12.30pm: Court of Enquiry concluded.

5.15pm: Discharged 1 Leading Stoker to Cyclamen. 1 Leading Stoker joined ship from Cyclamen. Laid out small kedge on port quarter.

8.53pm: Weighed kedge anchor.

9.10pm: Ship swinging to S shore in 3.5 fathoms.

10.15pm: Shortened in to ½ shackle to clear S bank.

10.25pm: Ship's stern rested against S bank due to abnormal fall of tide following strong and prolonged ebb, after heavy rainfall.

11.40pm: Steam for slow ahead.


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4 November 1923

At Mohammarah.

Lat 30.4, Long 48.1

[Wind variable W “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 74°F]

0.10am: Working cable and engines to clear S bank.

1.00am: Laid out 8 cwt kedge; anchor came [away?] against strong ebb.

3.08am: Shipped starboard anchor and 3 shackles and large and small kedge anchors and proceeded out of channel into main river. Burned searchlights.

3.15am: Came to with port anchor in 3 fathoms with 2 shackles 357° 2.8 cables from Consulate flagstaff.

8.35am: Weighed and proceeded into Haffar Channel.

8.49am: Came to with port anchor in 3 fathoms with 1 shackle. Entrance to dry dock N48°E, Creek N69°W.

9.20am: Working port cable while locating port anchor and cable from which they had disappeared.

9.30am: Recovered small kedge.

10.30am: Located large kedge. Hawser parted when up and down while heaving in.

1.30pm: Weighed and secured starboard anchor. SS Trewidden passed.

2.00pm: RMS Varsova passed eastbound.

4.30pm: Hands employed searching for large kedge anchor.

5.00pm: Recovered and secured kedge anchor.

5.25pm: Weighed and proceeded into main river.

5.40pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 5 fathoms; starboard bank of Haffar Channel bearing N.


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5 November 1923


At Mohammarah and off Khor-al-Kafta Light Vessel.

Lat 30.4, Long 48.1

[Wind mainly NW force 2-6; cloudless; air temperature average 74°F]

5.00am: Hoisted boats and secured for sea.

7.00am: Weighed and proceeded.

8.30am: Stopped off at No.8 jetty Abadan to deliver correspondence.

11.50am: Fao Lighthouse abeam.

12.30pm: Inner bar occulting buoy abeam.

12.41pm: Manoeuvring to turn ship.

12.58pm: Let go starboard anchor to swing ship.

1.13pm: Weighed and proceeded.

1.45pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 4 fathoms with 4 shackles on inner bar.

4.15pm: Weighed and proceeded to turn ship.

4.17pm: Proceeded.

4.54pm: Red flashing light buoy abeam.

5.33pm: Outer bar flashing. light buoy abeam.

6.13pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 5 fathoms with 3 shackles off Khor-al-Kafta Light Vessel


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6 November 1923


At Khor-al-Kafta Light Vessel and en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 28.7, Long 50.2

[Wind mainly WNW and NNW force 2-5; sea moderate; cloudless; air temperature average 74°F, sea 80°F]

4.00am: Weighed and proceeded; prepared for full power trial. Course S51°E.

4.35am: Khor-al-Kafka Light Vessel abeam to port 2 cables.

5.00am: Commenced full power trial.

9.30am: Exercised gun crews at pom-pom firing.

1.00pm: Full power trial completed.

6.00pm: Course S38°E.

7.00pm: Sounded in 16.5 fathoms.

8.00pm: Sounded in 16 fathoms.

9.00pm: Sounded in 15.5 fathoms.

11.00pm: Passed RMS Vasna to port.

Distance run 100 miles.


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7 November 1923

En route to Hengam Island and at Charak.

Lat 26.6, Long 53.8

[Wind mainly E veering ESE force 2-3; sea moderate with W swell; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F, sea 84°F]

5.00am: 3/5 trial completed; proceeded at 90 revs on S84°E.

5.20am: Sighted Shirik Shuab Island. [sic: possibly Lavan Island]

1.30pm: Courses as requisite for anchoring off NE point of Kais Island.

2.00pm: Came to with port anchor in 9 fathoms with 3 shackles; heavy ground swell.

2.20pm: Weighed and proceeded on N56°E.

4.35pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 4.5 fathoms with 3 shackles off Charak.

Distance run 246 miles.


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8 November 1923

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 26.0, Long 54.0

[Wind mainly ESE force 2-5 reducing; sea slight to moderate; cloudless; air temperature average 80°F, sea 82°F]

6.00am: Weighed and proceeded on S35°E.

7.00am: Commenced pom-pom test firing.

7.50am: Test firing completed. [followed by a number of small course changes.]

1.00pm: Heavy swell off Lingeh.

3.15pm: Came to with port anchor in 8 fathoms with 3 shackles off Basaidu Point [Qeshm Island].

Distance run 44.8 miles.


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9 November 1923

At sea and at Hengam Island.

Lat 26.0, Long 55.0

[Wind mainly NE backing E force 2-4; sea slight to moderate; cloudless; air temperature average 78°F, sea 80°F]

5.00am: Hands holystoning upper deck.

6.00am: Weighed and proceeded [various course changes to get round the point]

10.30am: Course N53°E.

2.55pm: Came to with port anchor in 9 fathoms with 3.5 shackles in Bandar Gharbi, Hengam Island. RMS Barputa arrived.

11.00pm: Clocks advanced 30 minutes.

Distance run 46.7 miles.


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10 November 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 75°F]

2.00am: Clocks advanced 30 minutes.

5.00am: Hands preparing ship for coaling. Away all boats; scrub out.

6.15am: RMS Barputa left westward.

7.20am: Commenced coaling (native labour). Landed surveying party. Hands embarking stores.

4.00pm: Landed recreation party.

4.30pm: Completed coaling.


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11 November 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 75°F]

5.00am: Saturday routine [Sunday]. Landed surveying party.

10.58am: Sounded "Still"; half masted colours. Observed 2 minutes silence for 5th anniversary of Armistice Day.

11.00am: Rehoisted colours.

4.00pm: Landed liberty men and recreation party.


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12 November 1923

At Hengam Island and en route to Bahrain.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 77°F]

9.00am: Ship’s company addressed by Captain.*

5.00pm: Secured for sea.

7.02pm: TSS Patrick Stewart arrived.

9.30pm: Weighed and proceeded on S47°W.

10.10pm: Communicated with SS Chanda on passage Kuwait-Bombay.

11.10pm: Sighted glare of Tonb Island Light.


*[Note: Clearly a new situation in Bahrain had provoked British intervention, and perhaps the Captain was explaining this to the crew.]


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13 November 1923

At sea en route to Bahrain.

Lat 26.4, Long 53.9

[Wind mainly WNW and NNW force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 78°F, sea 80°F]

1.50am: Sounded in 34 fathoms; altered course to S34°W.

2.00am: Tonb Island Light bore S49°W.

2.30am: Sounded in 31 fathoms.

2.45am: Tonb Island Light abeam 4.6 miles.

3.30am: Sounded in 10.5 fathoms.

6.30am: Communicated with and altered course to avoid RMS Vasna on passage Basra to Bombay.

7.37am: Farur Island abeam 3 miles.

11.12am: Kais Island Light Vessel abeam to starboard 6.5 miles.

9.00-10.00pm: Several small course alterations.

Distance run 111.8 miles.


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14 November 1923

At sea and at Bahrain.

Lat 26.4, Long 50.9

[Wind mainly WNW force 1-2; sea smooth; broken cloud; air temperature average 75°F, sea 78°F]

2.00am: Lightning to South Eastward.

4.00-800am: [Many soundings taken-down to 6 fathoms.]

8.00am: Course S64°W.

8.30am: Sighted Bahrain W/T mast. Sighted outer light buoy ahead.

9.22am: Outer light buoy abeam to port 4 cables. Exercised emergency landing party.

10.07am: Inner light buoy aeam to starboard 1.5 cables.

10.52am: Came to with starboard anchor in 2.75 fathoms with 2 shackles in inner harbour.

1.30pm: RMS Barala arrived.


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15 November 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind W veering WNW force 1-3; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 75°F]

5.00am: Clocks retarded 38 minutes.

7.30am: RMS Barala left.

10.00am: Surveying party left ship.

5.00pm: Surveying party returned.


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16 November 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind WSW veering WNW force 1-4; broken cloud with rain later; air temperature average 75°F]

5.00am: Surveying party left ship.

10.00am: Hands employed scraping and red leading parts of ship.

7.00pm: HMS Cyclamen arrived.

11.00pm: Rain squall lasting 20 minutes. Lightning to N.East.


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17 November 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind WNW veering NNW force 5-8; cloud with rain squalls; air temperature average 73°F]

0.30am: 1 stoker rating placed under close arrest.

0.45am: 1 Seedie stoker discharged to American Mission Hospital, Bahrain.*

2.00am: Heavy rain squall lasting 20 minutes.

4.00am:: 4 pillows and cases destroyed being rendered unfit for further use by bloodstains.**

10.00am: 1 rating returned from detention quarters, Basra.

2.00pm: 1 rating discharged to Cyclamen.


*[Note. This hospital was established in 1903 and still exists.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Mission_Hospital]


**[Note: Clearly there had been a very serious incident with wounding and possible murder of a “Seedie” member of the crew.

See log above March 12, 1921, for information on “Seedies”.]


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18 November 1923

At Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind mainly NW force 3-4; cloud with rain squalls, cloudless later; air temperature average 70°F]

9.15am: Court of Enquiry assembled on board HMS Cyclamen.

9.30am: Captain’s inspection and divine service.

12.30pm: Court of Enquiry concluded.


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19 November 1923

At Al Badia. [Dammam, Saudi Arabia]

Lat 26.4513, Long 50.2203

[Wind variable W force 1-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 71°F]

6.30am: Preparing ship for sea; RMS Bandra arrived.

8.40am: Closed B & C doors, main deck scuttles and locked all store rooms.

9.00am: Proceeded with Cyclamen to anchorage 4 miles NW of Al Badia.

10.00am: Came to with starboard anchor in 3.5 fathoms with 2 shackles.

6.00pm: Exchanged native bakers with Cyclamen.

11.00pm: RMS Bandra left.


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20 November 1923

At Al Badia.

Lat 26.4513, Long 50.2203

[Wind variable “light airs”; broken cloud with some rain; air temperature average 73°F]

1.00pm: Disembarked 1 case of ammunition to Cyclamen.

4.00pm: HMS Cyclamen left for Hengam Island.


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21 November 1923

At Al Badia.

Lat 26.4513, Long 50.2203

[Wind variable “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F]

7.00am: Hands employed painting ship.


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22 November 1923

At Al Badia.

Lat 26.4513, Long 50.2203

[Wind NW force 1-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F]


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23 November 1923

At Al Badia and at Bahrain.

Lat 26.20, Long 50.65

[Wind NW backing WNW force 1-9 [sic]; broken cloud with squalls later; air temperature average 74°F]

11.00am: Weighed & proceeded to inner anchorage Bahrain.

12.05pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 2.75 fathoms with 2 shackles.

2.00pm: Seedies employed sweeping quarterdeck.

9.35pm: Violent squall accompanied by heavy rain, thunder and lightning, lasting 1 hour.

Number on sick list: 9.


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24 November 1923

At Bahrain and en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 26.4, Long 51.0

[Wind variable N force 2-3; sea slight with N swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 72°F, sea 75°F]

6.00am: Weighed port anchor; Saturday routine.

4.10pm: Weighed and proceeded on N40°W.

4.16pm: Ras Zarwan Basin [?] abeam.

6.00pm: Outer light buoy abeam to port 30 yds.

7.06pm: Lost sight of outer light buoy astern.

Number on sick list: 6.


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25 November 1923

At sea en route to Hengam Island.

Lat 26.3, Long 53.3

[Wind variable NW force 2-3; sea slight with N swell; broken cloud; air temperature average 76°F, sea 79°F]

6.30am: Sighted high land on port bow; altered course to N66°E.

10.00am: Captain's Inspection and prayers.

4.28pm: Kais Island Light abeam 8.2 miles. Sighted Farur Island peak bearing S85.5°E.

8.10pm: Farur Island abeam to starboard 3 miles.

10.42pm: Sighted Tonb Island Light bearing S77°E 23 miles.

Distance run 154.7 miles.


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26 November 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloudy; air temperature average 74°F]

0.43am: Tonb Island Light on the bow.

1.40am: Tonb Island Light abeam 7.4 miles; altered course to S90°E.

7.00am: Altered course to N75°E.

7.18am: Came to with starboard anchor in 9 fathoms with 3 shackles in Bandar Gharbi, Hengam Island.

1.00pm: Leave and recreation parties.

8.00pm: Secured ship for sea.


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27 November 1923

At Hengam Island and at Bandar Abbas.

Lat 26.8, Long 56.6

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloudy with rain; air temperature average 70°F]

6.00am: Weighed and proceeded out of Hengam by the Eastern entrance.

6.32am: Maundell Shoal buoy abeam to 40 yds; altered course to N85°E.

10.00am [Various small course alterations to approach Bandar Abbas.]

11.54am: Came to with starboard anchor in 3 fathoms with 3 shackles off Bandar Abbas.

7.30pm: RMS Barjora arrived.


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28 November 1923

At Bandar Abbas.

Lat 27.13, Long 56.15

[Wind variable force 1-2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 69°F]

10.15am: British Vice-Consul paid official visit to ship.

2.45pm: Vice-Consul left - fired 7-gun salute.


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29 November 1923

At Bandar Abbas.

Lat 27.13, Long 56.15

[Wind variable force 1-2; mainly cloudless; air temperature average 71°F]

9.00am: Hands employed refitting farthing rails, scraping and red-leading quarterdeck.

2.00pm: Persian Governor and staff paid official visit.

4.30pm: Persian Governor left. Fired 5-gun salute.


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30 November 1923

At Bandar Abbas and at Lingeh.

Lat 26.4, Long 55.2

[Wind variable W force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F]

0.30am: Shortened, weighed, proceeded, slipped to clear buoy.

1.22am: Sighted Kishm [Qeshm] Island shoal buoy bearing S,

2.22am: Kishm Island buoy abeam 2.5 miles.

4.50am: Passed RMS Bandra to starboard.

6.20am: Altered course to S26°W.

7.45am: Passed unknown steamer to port.

2.10pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 4.25 fathoms with 3 shackles off Lingeh.

2.45pm: Acting Vice-Consul visited ship.

Distance run 88.1 miles.



LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1923


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1 December 1923

At Lingeh.

Lat 26.5, Long 54.9

[Wind variable force 3-4; cloudless; air temperature average 75°F]

3.00am: Clocks advanced 38 minutes.

7.00am: Hands employed surveying port cable and painting on quarterdeck. Saturday routine on mess deck.

Noon Fired 31-gun salute.

1.00pm: Leave to Watch 1500-1730 and recreation party.

6.15pm: RMS Bamora arrived.

9.00pm: Discharged 2 native bakers and Dhohash to mail steamer for passage to Bashire. 2 native bakers joined ship from mail steamer.


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2 December 1923

At Lingeh.

Lat 26.5, Long 54.9

[Wind variable NE force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 71°F]

5.45am: RMS Bamora left westbound.

11.00am: Persian Governor paid official visit to ship.

12.30pm: Persian Governor left; fired 5-gun salute.


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3 December 1923

At Lingeh and at Hengam Island.

Lat 26.4, Long 55.4

[Wind variable force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F]

9.15am: Weighed and proceeded on S69°E.

11.00am: Altered course to E.

1.40pm: Sighted Table Hill Hengam bearing N52°E.

4.47pm: Came to with port anchor in 9 fathoms with 3 shackles in Bandar Gharbi, Hengam Island.

Distance run 26.1 miles.


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4 December 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable NE force 2-3; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F]

7.30am: RFA Rapidol arrived.

9.00am: Boat maintenance and embarking stores.

5.50pm: RFA Rapidol left for Shatt-al-Arab.


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5 December 1923

At Hengam Island.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 7-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F]

Number on sick list: 9.


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6 December 1923

At Hengam Island and en route to Bushire.

Lat 26.65, Long 55.85

[Wind variable force 7-2; sea slight to moderate; broken cloud; air temperature average 70°F, sea 73°F]

Note from Captain: Cautioned Surgeon Lieutenant EJ Benson for disobedience in exceeding his Wine Bill on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of December contrary to my standing orders: he having been previously cautioned. [Signed by Captain G Wilson and Lt EJ Benson]

6.00am: Weighed and proceeded on S47°W.

8.50am: Sighted Tonb Island ahead.

9.35am: Altered course to W.

1.32pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 4.25 fathoms with 2 shackles off Lingeh. Embarked mails.

1.58pm: Weighed and proceeded on S67°W.

5.00pm: Altered course to S84°W.

7.35pm: Kais Island Light bore N64°W.

9.05pm: Kais Island Light abeam 6.2 miles.


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7 December 1923

At sea en route to Bushire.

Lat 27.1, Long 52.0

[Wind variable NW force 1-10 [sic]; sea moderate; cloud with showers and squalls; air temperature average 70°F, sea 73°F]

5.45am: Passed [RFA] SS War Afridi on passage Abadan to Singapore.

9.30am: Hands holystoning decks.

11.00am: Violent wind and rain squall from northwestward.

Noon: Strong current NWly between 0500-1600 after several days moderate Kaus

12.50pm: Sighted land on starboard beam.

2.15pm: Altered course to N40°W.

8.00pm: Sounded in 28 fathoms; altered course to N19°W.

Distance run 165 miles.


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8 December 1923

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind mainly NE force 1-2; broken cloud; air temperature average 68°F]

1.30-3.30am: Several soundings taken.

3.30am: Sighted Bushire; outer light bearing N5°E.

4.32am: Came to with starboard anchor in 5 fathoms with 2 shackles in outer anchorage Bushire.

6.16am: Weighed and proceeded into inner anchorage.

7.15am: Came to with starboard anchor in 3.5 fathoms with 2 shackles in inner anchorage Bushire.

7.30am: Coaling lighters alongside.

7.50am: Commenced coaling.

8.00am: RMS Barjora arrived.

9.00am: SS Braunfels arrived.

8.40pm: Finished coaling; received 220 tons.


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9 December 1923

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 63°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine.


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10 December 1923

At Bushire.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind variable NW “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 63°F]

7.45am: RMS Varela arrived.


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11 December 1923


At Bushire and en route to Shiure [Probably Bandar Chiruiyeh, Iran]

Lat 28.6, Long 50.9

[Wind variable “light airs”, SE force 2-5 later; broken cloud with showers later; air temperature average 70°F]

7.35am: Weighed and proceeded out of anchorage.

7.58am: Inner lightbuoy abeam to starboard 0.5 cables.

8.27am: Outer lightbuoy abeam to port 50 yds. Communicated with SS Frankenfels.

5.45pm: Sounded in 12.5 fathoms.

10.10pm: Sounded in 18 fathoms.

10.45pm: Altered course to S73°E.

Distance run 30.9 miles.


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12 December 1923

At sea and at Shiure.

Lat 27.2, Long 52.8

[Wind mainly SE force 2-4; broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F]


1.45am: Passed SS Varsova to starboard.

3.45am: Passed SS Daghestan to starboard.

6.00am: Sighted land on starboard bow.

8.00am: Altered course to S89°E.

11.55am: Came to with starboard anchor in 5 fathoms with 3 shackles off Shiure with Mogham bearing N17°E.

1.00pm: Sounded round ship in a least depth of 5 fathoms.


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13 December 1923

At Shiure.

Lat 26.7, Long 53.7

[Wind “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F]

6.00am: Surveying party away.

6.00pm: Surveying party returned.


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14 December 1923

At Shiure.

Lat 26.7, Long 53.7

[Wind “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F]

7.00am: Surveying party away.


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15 December 1923

At Shiure.

Lat 26.7, Long 53.7

[Wind “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F]

9.00am: Surveying party away. Saturday routine.

4.00pm: Exercised boats’ crews under oars.

9.00pm: Exercised searchlight crews.


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16 December 1923

At Shiure.

Lat 26.7, Long 53.7

[Wind “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F]

7.00am: Surveying party away.

9.00am: Captain’s inspection and divine service.

6.00pm: Surveying party returned.


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17 December 1923

At Shiure.

Lat 26.7, Long 53.7

[Wind “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 73°F]

10.00am: Surveying party away.

6.00pm: Surveying party returned.


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18 December 1923

At Shiure and en route to Bushire.

Lat 27.1, Long 53.1

[Wind mainly WNW force 3-6; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud with squalls; air temperature average 73°F, sea 77°F]

8.00am: Surveying party away.

11.00am: Weighed and proceeded on N76°W. Surveying party returned.

1.12pm: Altered course to avoid dhow.

10.45pm: Altered course to avoid SS Gustav.


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19 December 1923

At sea and at Bushire.

Lat 28.6, Long 50.8

[Wind mainly NNW force 4-1; sea slight; broken cloud with early squalls; air temperature average 70°F, sea 77°F]

0.30am: Sounding wire carried away in 30 fathoms [followed by a number of soundings].

7.00am: Course N14°W.

10.00am: Sighted Bushire coastline.

11.40am: Raised Bushire W/T mast bore N2°W.

2.40pm: Sloped awnings; rain squall from N Westward.

3.09pm: Came to with port anchor in 3.5 fathoms with 3 shackles in inner anchorage Bushire.

7.30pm: RMS Bankura left westbound.

10.50pm: RMS Vasna left.


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20 December 1923

At Bushire and en route to Basra.

Lat 29.0, Long 50.8

[Wind ENE backing NW force 3-6; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud; air temperature average 63°F, sea 68°F]

6.58am: Weighed & proceeded to an anchorage off Reshire.

7.10am: Sighted HMS Cyclamen.

8.00am: HMS Cyclamen anchored.

8.09am: Came to with starboard anchor in 3.75 fathoms with 2 shackles off Reshire.

4.40pm: Weighed and proceeded in company with Cyclamen.

5.00pm: Retarded clocks by 30 minutes.

7.18pm: Sighted Kharg Island on starboard bow.

8.35pm: Kharg Island abeam 5.5 miles.


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21 December 1923

At sea en route to Basra.

Lat 29.7, Long 49.0

[Wind NNW force 1-5; sea moderate to rough; broken cloud with squalls; air temperature average 60°F, sea 62°F]

2.15am: SS Col…[unidentified] passed to southward.

8.40am: Lt. Vernal abeam to port 9 cables.

8.48am: Sighted semaphore zig bearing N42°W.

9.25am: Fairway light buoy abeam 8 cables. Course as required to enter river.

11.33am: Fao Light abeam.

3.00pm: Passed through Abadan.

4.30pm: Passed through Mohammarah.

5.05pm: Passed through Devil’s Gap.

6.12pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 6.75 fathoms with 2 shackles 9 miles from Magib.


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22 December 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.8

[Wind W force 2; broken cloud; air temperature average 48°F]

6.00am: Weighed and proceeded.

7.10am: Communicated with RIMS Lawrence.

7.20am: Secured at No.11 wharf Magib. HMS Cyclamen present at No 10 wharf.

11.45am: 3 ratings joined ship.

1.58pm: Coal lighter alongside & commenced coaling (native labour).

5.15pm: Coaling completed; received 50 tons.


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23 December 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.8

[Wind W force 2; cloudless; air temperature average 65°F]

9.00am: Landed church parties.


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24 December 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.8

[Wind variable W force 2; cloudless; air temperature average 60°F]

9.00am: Saturday routine [Monday].


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25 December 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.8

[Wind variable SW force 2; cloudless; air temperature average 55°F]


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26 December 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.8

[Wind variable SW “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 55°F]

7.00am: Sunday routine [Wednesday]

8.00am: Fire in Port Directorate; landed ship’s company.

8.20am: Ship’s company returned; fire under control.

9.20am: Landed hospital & dental parties.


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27 December 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.8

[Wind variable SW “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 55°F]

10.00am: RMS Varela arrived.


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28 December 1923

At Basra.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.8

[Wind variable E force 3-5; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F]

9.00am: Hands employed disembarking ammunition.

11.15am: Read Warrants Nos 5, 6, and 7.

6.00pm: Sloped awnings.


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29 December 1923

At Basra and at Mohammarah.

Lat 30.5, Long 47.8

[Wind variable SW “light airs”; broken cloud; air temperature average 55°F]

9.45am: Cast off from No 11 wharf & proceeded in company with Cyclamen.

12.40pm: Came to with starboard anchor in 5.5 fathoms with 2 shackles off Haffar Channel Mohammarah.

1.10pm: SS Sharistan arrived.


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30 December 1923

At Mohammarah.

Lat 30.4, Long 48.1

[Wind variable “light airs”; fog; air temperature average 55°F]

9.45am: Captain’s inspection. Fog clearing away.

10.55am: RMS Barpeta sailed.

11.25am: RMS Varela arrived.

4.15pm: RMS Varela left eastbound.


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31 December 1923

At Mohammarah.

Lat 30.4, Long 48.1

[Wind variable “light airs”; cloudless; air temperature average 55°F]

1.00pm: Ship’s company received quarterly settlement.

4.00pm: 1 rating (time expired) and 1 Seedie discharged to Cyclamen.

8.40pm: Cyclamen illuminated ship.


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