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Armed Trawler

(not to be confused with destroyer HMAS Parramatta, whose log books were originally scheduled for scanning)

Adty No 679, 814. Built 1891, 168grt, Hull-reg H.445. Armament: 1-6pdr. In service 12.14-9.15 as minesweeper. Released from patrol organisation back to civilian fishing, later requisitioned by Admiralty for Fishery Reserve of the Trawler Section, recommissioned and flew white ensign; continued fishing under naval control. (British Warships 1914-1919)

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Notes:

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

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

Editor’s notes:

Some dates are missing and many noon positions were not recorded and have had to be guessed at. Still, this is an interesting log, written in perilous circumstances, with entries such as:

12 March 1915

1.30pm: – had the following message sent by carrier pigeon: Advise senior naval officer Yarmouth suspicious steamer namely Lindenfels asking direction Cross Sand Light Vessel steering SW from Hearty Knoll, manoeuvres suspicious

THE VOYAGES OF HMS PARRAMATTA 1915

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)

Maps showing some of the sandbanks mentioned in the logs (click to enlarge)

LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1915


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18 February 1915

Yarmouth, on patrol

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

9.00am: Unmoored and proceeded to sea accompanied by trawlers White Ear and Barbadoes

11.05am: Cross Sand Light Vessel abeam

1.35pm: Smiths Knoll Pillar buoy abeam [often referred to as Pillar buoy hereafter]

4.30pm: Trawler Guy arrived and joined up

5.30pm: Sighted drifter Bullrush YH who reported that he had not seen his consort for three days, namely drifter Boy Roy LT

6.00pm: Let go port anchor – about 2 miles NE of Smiths Knoll


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19 February 1915

Smiths Knoll, on patrol, to Corton Roads

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

4.00am: Vessel pitching and rolling heavily

6.00am: Hove up anchor and found vessels of each division in sight

Noon: Strong gale and heavy sea; vessel straining heavily and shipping heavy water fore and aft

1.00pm: With barometer falling and sea getting worse with threatening appearance of weather, decided to run to Corton Roads for the night

4.00pm: Corton Light Vessel abeam

5.00pm: Let go anchor in Corton Roads


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20 February 1915

Corton Road to Smiths Knoll, on patrol

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

6.20am: Anchor aweigh and proceeded full speed for Smiths Knoll, ordering other vessels to follow in line ahead

9.00am: Arrived abreast of Smiths Knoll Pillar buoy; encountered trawler Rado GY No 1272 fishing, this being in the prohibited area

9.15am: Sighted patrol drifter Bullrush YH No 972 patrolling from Lowestoft; this vessel reported not having seen his consort, namely drifter Boy Roy, since Tuesday 16th inst

11.15am: Patrolled with kite out on all vessels

1.10pm: Smiths Knoll Pillar buoy abeam; again sighted drifter Bullrush who asked us not to report above statement as he had received information as to whereabouts of Boy Roy

3.10pm: South Cross Sand buoy abeam

3.40pm: Entered Yarmouth Haven


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21 February 1915

Yarmouth, on patrol

Lat 52.5, Long 1.7

7.00pm: Proceeded to hulk and commenced coaling

11.00am: Finished coaling and proceeded to West Quay for water and stores

2.30pm: Unmoored from quay and left harbour

3.45pm: Cross Sand Light Vessel abeam

5.15pm: Smiths Knoll Pillar buoy abeam

6.15pm: Anchored about 1 mile N of pillar buoy

9.00pm: Sighted patrol drifter Retriever 223


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22 February 1915

North Channel, on patrol

Lat 52.9, Long 2.3

5.45am: Hove up anchor and signalled Jay

8.00am: Signalled 'out kite'

11.50am: North Channel buoy abeam

2.00pm: Trawler Willet joined up

5.00pm: Anchored – 1 mile N of buoy


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23 February 1915

Smiths Knoll, on patrol

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

5.45 am: Spoke to drifter Retriever

8.00 am: At North Channel buoy

Spoke to drifter Spartan

1.30 pm: Smiths Knoll abeam

6.00pm: Anchored in vicinity of buoy

Day ends with slight sea, light haze and overcast sky


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24 February 1915

Patrol to Yarmouth Haven

Lat 52.6, Long 1.7

Day opens with strong NNE wind and rough sea

6.15 am: Hove up anchor, waited for other vessels who experienced some difficulty in weighing on account of rough sea

11.00 am: Met HMT Smew

During passage from Smiths Knoll to Cross Sand vessel rolled dangerously and shipped huge quantities of water fore and aft

3.00 pm: Entered Yarmouth Haven

Day ends with strong wind and snow


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26 February 1915

Smiths Knoll, on patrol

Lat 52.6, Long 1.7

9.00 am: Rifle practice

10.30 am: Formed line ahead with Smew and Willet

About 1.30 pm: Willet reported having seen a submarine

Steamed NNW – then SSW – no sign of any vessel

Steamed alongside Smew and received order: out kite

5.30 pm: Received order: in kite

7.00pm Anchored two miles N of Pillar buoy

Wind and sea increasing – ship pitching and straining heavily


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27 February 1915


On patrol, Smiths Knoll buoy

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

7.00 am: Awaiting Smew who disappeared during night

Vessel pitching and rolling heavily, shipping water fore and aft

10.30 am: Sighted Smew

11.30 am: Left Smiths Knoll buoy on account of wind and sea increasing

11.45 am: Met Jay

3.15 pm: Off Cross Sand Light Vessel

5.30 pm: Pillar buoy abeam

5.45pm: Anchored – about ½ mile N or buoy

10.00 pm: Wind and sea increasing from NW


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28 February 1915

On patrol, Smiths Knoll buoy

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

Wind and sea increasing

Dodging until daylight

10.45 am: Cross Sand Light Vessel abeam

11.45 am: Newarp Light Vessel abeam

1.00pm Would Light Vessel abeam

5.00 pm: Passed through Cockle Gateway

6.15 pm: Received signal by Morse code: Anchor in N end of Roads, keep good lookout for enemy submarines, return to harbour at 8 am tomorrow

Day ends with strong wind, overcast and squally weather


1 March 1915

Hewetts Channel

Lat 52.5, Long 1.8

Cruised in Hewett Channel from 6 am to 8.30 am then moored in harbour [Yarmouth]



LOGS FOR MARCH 1915


2 March 1915

[no entry]

Yarmouth, on patrol

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

[estimated]


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3 March 1915

Smiths Knoll, on patrol

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

9.00 am: Left harbour with Jay

10.30 am: Cross Sand Light Vessel abeam

11.15 am: Passed Smew and Willet

12.00 noon Pillar buoy abeam

5.20 pm: Sighted Jay

6.00 pm: Stopped engines and lay to with Jay about eight miles NE Pillar buoy

Overcast and hazy


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4 March 1915

Smiths Knoll, on patrol

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

6.00 am: Steamed with Jay to southward searching for drifters

10.00 am: Signalled Jay: – if he wished to communicate with shore to go to patrol drifter Retriever who has pigeons on board

11.45 am: Met drifter Spartan

3.00 pm: Sighted trawler Resolute GY382 fishing in a prohibited area

This day Jay warned numerous trawlers that they were fishing in prohibited areas

Fine and clear


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5 March 1915

Smiths Knoll, on patrol

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

William Porter AB laid up with swollen foot

3.00 pm: Vessels LT 134, 560, 312, 248, 649, 356, 1079, 739, 405, 218, 952, 1103 and 1078 ordered away by skipper of Jay

Fresh wind, rough sea, fine and clear


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6 March 1915

Smiths Knoll, on patrol

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

Off Pillar buoy, cruising in company with Jay

Strong wind with rough sea

10.00 am: Spoke to trawler Selamon

2.00 pm: In vicinity of Jim Howe bank

7.00 pm: Pillar buoy abeam

Dodging south of buoy during the night


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7 March 1915

Smiths Knoll, on patrol

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

Cruising in search of drift nets

7.45 am: Off Pillar buoy with Jay

8.45 am: Signalled Jay to proceed N and return at 4 pm

2.00 pm: Drifter asked if we had seen his nets; reply no, not since this morning

4.30 pm: Jay returned and reported seeing Smew and Willet

Strong N wind with heavy sea, vessels pitching and rolling heavily


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8 March 1915

Yarmouth Roads, on patrol

Lat 52.6, Long 1.7

High NE wind with heavy sea, vessel rolling heavily and shipping water fore and aft

6.00 am: Off Pillar buoy, Jay in attendance

11.00 am: Drifters in vicinity of buoy searching for nets

2.00 pm: Drifters proceeded into harbour

3.30 pm: Decided to run to Yarmouth Roads for shelter

6.30 pm: St Nicholas Light Vessel abeam

6.45am: Anchored


9 March 1915

Patrol to Yarmouth

Lat 52.5, Lat 1.7

6.00 am: Hove up and cruised outside Hewetts Channel with Jay

10.00 am: Proceeded into harbour – to coal hulk

3.30 pm: Finished coaling and proceeded to West Quay

10 March 1915

Patrol

Lat 52.5, Long 1.8

[No entry for this date; position for following day ]


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11 March 1915

Hewetts Channel, on patrol

Lat 52.5, Long 1.8

10.00 am: Cross Sand Light Vessel abeam

10.45 am: Newarp Light Vessel abeam

12.30 pm: Haisbro Light Vessel abeam

6.15pm Anchored on Smiths Knoll on account of heavy fog

Jay reported picking up life-buoy marked HMS Itchen

Calm, smooth and hazy


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12 March 1915

Smiths Knoll, on patrol

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

Hazy all night

6.25 am: Pillar buoy abeam

9.45 am: Signalled Jay: Proceed to Yarmouth, deliver lifebuoy marked HMS Itchen to naval authorities

1.30 pm: – had the following message sent by carrier pigeon: Advise senior naval officer Yarmouth suspicious steamer namely Lindenfels asking direction Cross Sand Light Vessel steering SW from Hearty Knoll, manoeuvres suspicious

Day ends with light wind and clear weather


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13 March 1915

Smiths Knoll, on patrol

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

8.45 am: Sighted Chirsit

9.20 am: Pillar buoy abeam

Fine and clear weather
10.20 am: Rifle practice with Jay

1.30 pm: Pillar buoy abeam

6.30 pm: Stopped engines and lay to; Jay likewise

Day ends with light wind and overcast sky


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14 March 1915

Smiths Knoll, on patrol

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

9.00 am: Cruising in vicinity of Hearty Knoll and Winterton Ridge

11.50 am: Pillar buoy abeam

5.35 pm: Haisbro Light Vessel abeam

Weather setting in thick

Thick haze all night


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15 March 1915

Patrol, Haisbro Light Vessel

Smiths Knoll

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

4.30 am: Commenced to heave up, Jay also

Cruising with Jay in vicinity of Light Vessel

7.15 pm: Haisbro Light Vessel abeam

Moderate wind and sea, overcast and hazy


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16 March 1915

Patrol, Haisbro Light Vessel

Lat 52.9, Long 1.7

Slight haze

5.00 am: In vicinity of Light Vessel, Jay in attendance, line ahead

8.00 am: Sighted Norwegian steamer Fro of Brevik inward bound carrying timber

9.50 am: Would Light Vessel abeam

11.35 am: Haisbro Lighthouse abeam

1.20 pm: Haisbro Light Vessel abeam

Cruising in vicinity of Light Vessel until one hour after sunset


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17 March 1915

Patrol, Yarmouth Haven

Lat 52.6, Long 1.7

10.30 am: Cockle Light Vessel abeam

11.10 am: Entered harbour and proceeded to coal hulk

Boilers commenced blowing down for cleaning


[No entries 18 March – 29 March 1915]


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29 March 1915

Yarmouth Haven, on patrol

Lat 52.6, Long 1.7

6.30 am: Awaiting departure of Makado and other vessels

9.35 am: Passed out of harbour

10.00 am: Engineer reported engines giving trouble and desired to stop

10.25 am: Stopped engines

10.45 am: Engineer reported that – it was necessary to return to port

11.05 am: South Cross sand abeam

11.45 am: Entered harbour


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31 March 1915

Yarmouth Haven, on patrol to Smiths Knoll

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

7.47 am: South Scroby buoy abeam

8.45 am: South Cross buoy abeam

9.15 am: Middle Cross abeam

9.50 am: 1st Channel buoy abeam

10.19 am: Middle buoy abeam

11.16 am: Pillar buoy abeam

Spoke to patrol drifter Ocean Plough who reported Makado had gone N early this morning

1.00 pm: Middle Knoll buoy abeam

1.45 pm: Rounded Jim Howe buoy

3.00 pm: North Middle buoy abeam

3.30 pm: When about 11 miles E of Haisbro Light Vessel and not sighting Makado, turned round and proceeded back to Smiths Knoll for the night, assuming him to be cruising off Haisbro for the night

4.00 pm: North Middle buoy abeam

4.50 pm: Middle buoy abeam

6.15 pm: Middle Knoll abeam

7.10 pm: Rounded Pillar buoy

Moderate sea and wind, fine and clear



LOGS FOR APRIL 1915


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1 April 1915

Smiths Knoll, on patrol to Haisbro

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

7.20 am: 3rd Channel buoy abeam

7.45 am: Pillar buoy abeam

Sighted Retriever off Pillar buoy

9.05 am: Middle Knoll buoy abeam

12.10 pm: North Middle buoy abeam

1.15 pm: Haisbro Light Vessel abeam

Spoke to patrol drifter who reported Makado gone NE this morning

2.15 pm: Conqueror II in vicinity NE of Haisbro Light Vessel

3.45 pm: In position 3.5 miles W of North Middle buoy turned round and set course W0.75S for Haisbro assuming that Makado had missed me on his passage to Smiths Knoll.

5.00 pm: Off Haisbro Light Vessel

5.30 pm: Met Jay and as he was short of fresh water advised him to return to port

Jay cruising NW of Haisbro Light Vessel

6.00 pm: Proceeded to Light Vessel and asked him please telephone SNO Cliff Hotel Yarmouth that I have met trawler Jay and finding him short of water advised him to return to port

Cruising off Haisbro during the night


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2 April 1915

Haisbro, on patrol

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

Cruising off Haisbro during the night at reduced speed

4.15 am: Proceeded NE and ENE of Light Vessel

Sighted Lord de Ramsey and two drifters

Continued cruising looking for Makado

10.00 am: North Middle buoy abeam

10.35 am: Middle buoy abeam

11.25 am: Jim Howe Bank buoy abeam

Spoke to patrol Ocean Plough who reported he had not seen Makado

12.20 pm: Middle Knoll buoy abeam

1.15 pm: Pillar buoy abeam

4.00 pm: Middle buoy abeam

8.25 pm: Anchored two miles N of Pillar buoy

Moderate wind and rough seas with heavy rain squalls

Crew on anchor watches


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3 April 1915

Smiths Knoll, on patrol

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

1.00 am: At anchor on Smiths Knoll

5.00 am: Pillar buoy

Spoke to patrol drifter 236

9.00 am: Middle Knoll buoy abeam

9:15 am: Tried firing blanks for practice at floating targets but gun missing fire three times, closed her up and left her for three quarters of an hour

10:00 am: On opening breach and examining gun found that striker was broken

10:15 am: Sighted Smew and Willet

Signalled Smew and asked if he had a spare striker ... his reply being in the affirmative I put out our boat and sent PO on board for it

11:00 am: Boat returned and taken on board

Set course NNE for Jim Howe Bank

12.20 pm: Jim Howe buoy abeam

Sighted patrol vessel Rosher and drifter Ocean Foam

2.00 pm: Middle buoy abeam

3.45 pm: Met Miura who informed me that we had to cruise in company and look for Grecian and Makado in Lat 53 30N Long 2 00E

4.50 pm: Altered course S0.5W to return to Haisbro on account of it getting thick with rain making it impossible to find position of other vessels

6.10 pm: Off Haisbro Light Vessel, again sighted Smew

6.50 pm: Anchored about 5.5 miles SW0.5W of Light Vessel


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4 April 1915


Haisbro, on patrol

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

5.5 miles SW0.5W of Haisbro Light Vessel

4.15 am: Met Smew getting underway also … signalled that he wished to speak to me

4.45 am: Smew came alongside and informed me that he had received a wireless message ordering all vessels of the Auxiliary Patrol based at Yarmouth to return to port at once, and Smew sent me to inform Miura to that effect while he proceeded to Smiths Knoll to bring Willet to port, expecting to arrive about 1 pm

6.15 am: Haisbro Lighthouse abeam

7.05 am: Winterton Ness buoy abeam

8.20 am: Off Yarmouth Haven

9.15 am: Received supplementary sailing orders to proceed to Smiths Knoll and patrol Area Q and send Makado, Smew, Willet and Grecian into port

10.00 am: Middle Cross buoy abeam

11.55 am: Pillar buoy abeam

Questioned mine sweepers off Jim Howe who reported they had not seen Grecian

2.00 pm: Jim Howe Bank buoy abeam

Altered course N to proceed to Lat 53 30N Long 2 1E to spend the night in search of Grecian while Miura proceeded to Haisbro in search of him

Miura to join me at N end of Swarte Bank at 9 am 5th inst, rendezvous Haisbro if separated

5.30 pm: Sighted black can buoy in position approx 53 30N 2 1E

6.00 pm: Anchored in 11 fathoms with buoy bearing NWxN distance about one mile


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5 April 1915

Patrol, to Haisbro

Lat 53.3, Long 2.1

At anchor on N end of Swarte Bank

6.00 am: Met Grecian and told him to return to port

7.00 am: Cruising between Swarte and Indefatigable Banks

8.00 am: Met Miura

10.35 am: Set course S0.5E

Miura proceeding to Haisbro where he will meet me at 6.00 pm

Noon Between Well Bank and Broken Bank

2.30 pm: Jim Howe Bank buoy abeam

3.35 pm: Middle Knoll buoy abeam

Altered course WxS for Newarp Light Vessel

5.40 pm: Would Light Vessel abeam

5.50 pm: Spoken to by HMS Halcyon

6.45 pm: Off Haisbro Light Vessel

8.00 pm: Anchored in nine fathoms distance seven miles SWxS from Light Vessel, Miura close to


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6 April 1915

Patrol, to Yarmouth

Lat 52.5, Long 1.7

At anchor off Haisbro Light Vessel

5.55 am: Set course NE from Light Vessel

7.30 am: Passed HMS Halcyon steering NExW

9.20 am: At Haisbro Light Vessel set course S

11.15 am: Cockle Light Vessel abeam

12.30 pm: Proceeded into harbour

1.00 pm: Alongside quay at Yarmouth


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9 April 1915

Yarmouth Haven, on patrol to Haisbro

Lat 52.9, Long 1.7

9.00 am: Left harbour with Miura and Grecian

10.15 am: North Cockle buoy abeam

Pitching heavily and shipping water forward

11.20 am: Haisbro Lighthouse abeam

Cruising N and E of Haisbro Light Vessel during afternoon ... until well after sunset then proceeded to anchorage

7.25 pm: Anchored off Haisbro Church


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10 April 1915

Patrol, to Haisbro

Lat 53.0, Long 1.0

5.30 am: Underway and proceeded to Haisbro Light Vessel

Miura signalled: I am going into port

7.45 am: Accompanied by Grecian set course NExN from Light Vessel

9.50 am: Sighted black conical buoy abeam

11.00 am: Pitching heavily and shipping water fore and aft

1.30 pm: Signalled Grecian: returning Haisbro Light Vessel

3.30 pm: Lat 53 10N Long 1 30E

04.35 pm: Haisbro Lighthouse abeam

Received message: Parramatta and Grecian, look out for enemy submarine 10 miles east of Jim Howe buoy tomorrow morning

6.30 pm: Cruising in vicinity of Would Light Vessel

Signalled Grecian: I am going to dodge here until 2.00 am tomorrow morning then we will proceed full speed to position 10 miles east of Jim Howe buoy

11.00 pm: Dodging at easy speed during the night


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11 April 1915

Patrol, to Haisbro

Lat 52.7, Long 2.3

Cruising off Would Light Vessel

5.05 am: Middle Knoll buoy abeam

7.50 am: Jim Howe Bank abeam

9.15 am: Met Bonar Law, Chirsit and Jay

Sent following message to Bonar Law: Have to inform you that a Grimsby trawler was torpedoed by two German submarines in Lat 53 42N Long 2 0E about three days ago

9.50 am: Pillar buoy abeam

3.35 pm: Middle buoy abeam

7.30 pm: Anchored off Haisbro Church


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12 April 1915

Patrol, to Hearty Knoll

Lat 53.3, Long 2.1

Haisbro Light Vessel

5.00 am: Met Bonar Law, Chirsit and Jay bound SSW

5.30 am: At Haisbro Light Vessel

7.35 am: Haddock Bank conical buoy abeam

8.35 am: North Owers buoy abeam

10.30 am: One mile east of Swarte Bank buoy

Signalled Grecian: proceeding Jim Howe

3.15 pm: Jim Howe buoy abeam

4.45 pm: Smiths Knoll Pillar buoy abeam

7.00 pm: Anchored on Hearty Knoll

This day in company of Grecian traversed practically 100 miles round Area Q seeing no suspicious craft of any kind


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13 April 1915

Patrol, to South Caister

Lat 52.5, Long 1.7

Wind increasing at midnight

Cruising off Smiths Knoll until after daylight

Pooped heavy sea

4.30 am: Decided to run to Yarmouth Roads for shelter; signalled same to Grecian

Vessels having a hard pull against wind, sea and tide

6.30 am: Cross Sand Light Vessel abeam

8.00 am: South Caister buoy NxE distance 0.75 mile

Wind and sea increasing with commencement of flood tide

7.45 pm: Vessel dragging anchor; hove up, steamed ahead ... let go in same position as before


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14 April 1915

Yarmouth Roads, on patrol

Lat 52.5, Long 1.7

[position at 7.30 pm]

5.20 am: North Cockle buoy abeam

8.20 am: Spoke Haisbro Light Vessel: no orders for us

Vessels pitching into high head sea

11.35 am: Haddock Bank buoy

Signalled Grecian

1.35 pm: North Middle buoy abeam, proceeding Jim Howe

3.37 pm: Jim Howe buoy abeam

5.30 pm: At Pillar buoy

7.30 pm: Anchored on Smiths Knoll


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15 April 1915

Yarmouth Haven, on patrol

Lat 52.5, Long 1.7

4.00 am: Hove up ... cruised towards Pillar buoy

4.45 am: Patrol drifter Bullrush came alongside and reported that fish carrier named Eastwood of Hull spoke to him during the night at approx 2.00 am and reported seeing two Zeppelins in Lat 54 37N Long 2 22E at noon on 14th yesterday

5.00 am: Grecian proceeded to Yarmouth to report Zeppelin sighting

6.10 am: North Middle buoy abeam

6.45 am: In sight of Jim Howe buoy

8.30 am: 3rd Channel buoy abeam

9.45 am: Cross Sand Light Vessel abeam

10.30 am: South Scroby B abeam

10.50 am: Entered Yarmouth Harbour

1.00 pm: While turning vessel to go alongside coal hulk with engines working ahead and astern we collided slightly, bow on, to Trinity pilot vessel Pioneer, doing small damage to iron beading protecting his teakwood rails


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16 April 1915

Yarmouth Haven

Lat 52.6, Long 1.7

9.30 am: Proceeded out of harbour to await Commander Sherbrooke at examination buoy

10.30 am: Commander boarded and proceeded out to Corton Light Vessel to test indicator buoys

12.30 pm: Received orders to run sweep

1.50 pm: Returned to harbour, moored at West Quay


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18 April 1915

Yarmouth Haven, on patrol to Haisbro

Lat 52.6, Long 1.7

1.15 am: Left harbour and proceeded north through Cockle Gateway

2.00 pm: Cockle Light Vessel abeam

3.50 pm: Spoke Haisbro Light Vessel

Between 4 pm and 7 pm cruised on various courses between N and E to distance of 10 miles from Light Vessel


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19 April 1915

Haisbro Light Vessel, on patrol to Smiths Knoll

Lat 52.5, Long 1.7

2.00 am: Cruising to northward of Haisbro Light Vessel during the night

7.45 am: Two miles NNW of Haddock Bank buoy

Passed trawler Yulan GV348 bound W

8.05 am: Passed Unit 50 comprising Bonar Law, Jay and Barbados in Lat 53 11N 1 45E steering NE

9.30 am: North Middle buoy abeam

11.15 am: Jim Howe buoy abeam

Drifter Ocean Foam patrolling here

12.20 pm: Middle Knoll buoy abeam

1.25 pm: Pillar buoy abeam

Retriever patrolling here

6.00 pm: Middle Knoll buoy abeam

7.15 pm: Smiths Knoll Pillar buoy abeam


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20 April 1915

Smiths Knoll, on patrol

Lat 52.5, Long 1.7

6.33 am: Jim Howe buoy abeam, Ocean Foam in vicinity

8.00 am: Met trawlers Dalmatian BN83 and Recto GY16

1.25 pm: At Haisbro Light Vessel ordered to keep good lookout for enemy submarines

3.15 pm: Met HMS Halcyon who asked if we had anything to report; answer no

Calm, smooth, overcast and gloomy


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21 April 1915

Haisbro Light Vessel, on patrol

Lat 52.9, Long 1.7

7.35 am: Passed Unit 50 comprising Bonar Law, Jay and Barbados

1.50 pm: Jim Howe buoy abeam, drifter Ocean Foam on patrol in vicinity

2.20 pm: Passed HMS Halcyon bound N

3.45 pm: Off Smiths Knoll Pillar buoy

7.00 pm: Close to Pillar buoy again, no vessels in vicinity except patrol drifter

8.15 pm: Eased engines in vicinity of Hearty Knoll

10.00 pm: Dodging on various courses

This day sighted only steam trawlers fishing on banks


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22 April 1915

Patrol, to Would Light Vessel

Lat 53.4, Long 1.7

1.00 am: Dodging between Smiths Knoll and Hearty Knoll

4.25 am: Would Light Vessel abeam

5.30 am: Spoke Haisbro Light Vessel: no orders

8.00 am: West Sheringham buoy abeam

8.35 am: East Sheringham buoy abeam

11.45 am: At buoy Lat 53 22N Long 1 44E

12.45 pm: Lat 53 21N Long 2 00E

2.00 pm: Lat 53 13N Long 2 13E

3.30 pm: Lat 53 3N Long 2 6E

4.15 pm: North Middle buoy abeam

6.15 pm: Spoke Haisbro Light Vessel: no orders

7.15 pm: Passed Bonar Law proceeding toward Light Vessel

8.45 pm: Would Light Vessel abeam


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23 April 1915

Patrol, E of Would Light Vessel

Lat 53.3, Long 2.2

3.00 am: Hove up and proceeded to Smiths Knoll

5.00 am: Pillar buoy

6.15 am: Met Brabant of Kristiania bound for London

6.30 am: 3rd Channel buoy

Sighted HMS Halcyon steering E

7.50 am: Middle Knoll buoy abeam

10.40 am: Lat 53 14N Long 2 20E

11.40 am: Lat 53 18N Long 2 9E

Noon Chief Engineer made request to stop engines for at least half an hour for repairs

Signalled Grecian to cruise round me while my engines are stopped

12.05 pm: Lat 53 18.5N Long 2 15E

12.30 pm: Stopped engines

1.30 pm: Repairs finished

3.40 pm: Jim Howe buoy abeam

4.50 pm: Middle Knoll buoy abeam

5.50 pm: Pillar buoy; cruised in vicinity until sunset … later proceeded toward Would Light Vessel


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24 April 1915

Patrol, Would and Newarp Light Vessels

Lat 52.9, Long 1.7

4.30 am: Off Haisbro Light Vessel: no orders

7.00 am: Lat 53 12N Long 1 24E

8.00 am: Lat 53 15N Long 1 37E

10.30 am: Haisbro Light Vessel abeam

12.15 pm: Passed Bonar Law, Jay and Isle of Wight

12.50 pm: North Cockle buoy abeam

1.05 pm: Cockle Light Vessel

2.00 pm: Entered Yarmouth Haven, moored at West Quay


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26 April 1915


Yarmouth Haven, on patrol

Lat 52.6, Long 1.7

2.00 pm: Walter Carter, seaman, gunnery rating, discharged to depot

5.15 pm: Left Yarmouth Haven accompanied by Grecian

Vessels pitching heavily and shipping water

Cruised in Would during the night – passing banks of fog


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27 April 1915

Yarmouth Haven, on patrol

Lat 53.5, Long 1.8

3.00 am: Engines full away and proceeded to Haisbro Light Vessel

Considerable difficulty in making headway against head sea and flood tide

11.40 am: Haddock Bank buoy abeam

A few Lowestoft smacks fishing in this vicinity

1.30 pm: Lat 53 30N Long 1 48E

5.45 pm: At Haisbro Light Vessel

6.00 pm: Cruising between Light Vessel and Cromer Knoll until half hour after sunset

8.50 pm: Would abeam


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28 April 1915

Patrol, to Would Light Vessel

Lat 53.3, Long 2.5

1.00 am: Cruising between Would Light Vessel and Newarp Light Vessel

5.00 am: Sunrise at Pillar buoy

Cruised in vicinity until 05.25 am then set course NNE

Drifter Ocean Reaper on patrol, also LT209

9.05 am: Jim Howe buoy abeam, Ocean Foam on patrol here

11.50 am: Lat 53 25N Long 2 30E

1.00 pm: Met trawler Diamond GY603 fishing Lat 53 10N Long 2 25E

3.30 am: Jim Howe buoy abeam

6.00 pm: At Pillar buoy

9.15 pm: Newarp Light Vessel abeam

Eased down and proceeded toward Would Light Vessel


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29 April 1915

Patrol, off Would Light Vessel

Lat 53.2, Long 2.5

4.00 am: Haisbro Light Vessel abeam

6.30 am: Lat 53 8N Long 1 30E

7.50 am: Haddock Bank buoy abeam

8.50 Lat 53 20N Long 1 51E

10.50 Lat 53 20N Long 2 18E

12.00 noon Lat 53 18N Long 2 30E

3.00 pm: Sighted Unit 50 about 10 miles NNE of Jim Howe buoy steering SSW

3.50 pm: Lat 53 4N Long 2 10E

4.40 pm: North Middle buoy abeam

6.30 pm: Haisbro Light Vessel abeam

Reported, no orders. Communication by telegraph is stopped

Dense fog


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30 April 1915


Patrol, Smiths Knoll to Jim Howe buoy

Lat 53.0, Long 1.9

[position at 8 pm]

1.00 am: Steering S0.5W toward Hearty Knoll

Dense fog

8.40 am: Pillar buoy abeam

10.00 am: Middle Knoll buoy abeam

11.10 am: Jim Howe buoy abeam. Drifter here on patrol

8.00 pm: Anchored approx Lat 52 59N Long 1 59E



LOGS FOR MAY 1915


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1 May 1915

Patrol, Hewett Ridges

Lat 53.3, Long 2.3

3.45 am: Haisbro Light Vessel

Cruised in vicinity until half an hour after sunrise

8.00 am: Haddock Bank buoy abeam

8.25 am: Met sailing trawler Fisherman LT568 with his gear foul of buoy mooring, being this way since 2.30am After we left him he appeared to have cut his warp and proceeded to harbour

9.50 am: North Ower buoy

Noon Lat 53 18N Long 2 16E

2.50 pm: Jim Howe buoy bearing SSE

3.55 pm: 1st Middle buoy abeam

4.35 pm: North Middle buoy abeam

5.50 pm: Anwoth joined up and signalled that he had to remain with us, also that we had to report ourselves to Haisbro Light Vessel at sunset and sunrise and that he had to proceed to Gorleston Roads when we return to port on 2nd May.

6.25 pm: Haisbro Light Vessel: no orders for us

Set course NNW, line ahead Parramatta, Grecian and Anwoth

8.00 pm: passed close to Light Vessel and asked for orders; reply that communication not yet restored

Midnight Jim Howe buoy abeam

Drifter Ocean Cloud on patrol here


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2 May 1915

Patrol, to Yarmouth Haven

Lat 52.5, Long 1.7

4.00 am: Pillar buoy abeam

Two drifters on patrol in vicinity: YH972 Bullrush and H723 Shetland

5.20 am: Pillar buoy abeam

9.00 am: South Scroby abeam

9.45 am: Entered Yarmouth Haven and proceeded to town quay


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5 May 1915

Yarmouth Haven, on patrol

Lat 52.6, Long 1.7

10.15 am: Left Yarmouth accompanied by Grecian and Anwoth

11.45 am: Cockle Light Vessel abeam

12.10 pm: North Cockle buoy abeam

2.45 pm: Haisbro Light Vessel abeam

5.50 pm: North Ower buoy abeam

7.55 pm: Swarte Bank buoy bearing NE

9.45 pm: Lat 53 27N Long 2 17E

Thick fog
Proceeding towards Jim Howe buoy


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6 May 1915


Patrol, to Jim Howe buoy

Lat 52.6, Long 1.7

1.55 am: Jim Howe buoy abeam

5.07 am: Pillar buoy abeam

6.30 am: Anchored on Knoll West from Middle buoy owing to fog

9.00 am: Middle Knoll buoy abeam

9.15 am: Attention attracted by drifter Chris, also Retriever on patrol, who reported that Dane was seeking us and that we had to return to harbour

10.25 am: Pillar buoy abeam

12.20 pm: Middle Cross Sand buoy abeam

3.40 pm: Anchored in Roads

4.00 pm: Received fresh provisions and fresh sailing orders

4.15 pm: Hove up and proceeded to Smiths Knoll with Grecian

4.30 pm: South Scroby abeam

5.15 pm: Cross Sands Light Vessel abeam

5.50 pm: Passed HMS Halcyon bound W

6.50 pm: Pillar buoy abeam

7.40 pm: Middle Knoll buoy abeam

8.20 pm: Jim Howe buoy abeam

Sighted Bonar Law and Dane proceeding NE

11.30 pm: Lat 53 20N Long 2 46E


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7 May 1915

Patrol, Great Yarmouth to Dogger Bank

Lat 55.1, Long 1.5

3.35 am: Lat 53 47N Long 2 44E

4.20 am: Pillar buoy abeam Lat 53 58N Long 2 49E

Sighted Bonar Law and Dane

2.30 pm: Lat 55 5N Long 1 30E

3.05 pm: Met Concord of Grimsby (trawler on patrol) who asked us to remain with him until he met the Admiral at sunset

6.20 pm: Admiral's yacht arrived and told us to form line abreast with other trawlers

11.30 pm: Lost Admiral on account of dense fog and constant alteration of course

Proceeded south with Grecian


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8 May 1915

Patrol

Lat 54.8, Long 2.1

Midnight: Lat 54 42N Long 1 27E

5.30 am: Sighted Anwoth and Isle of White

10.45 am: Passed Volta H no111

12.25 pm: Met trawlers Malabar 754H and Delhi 742H Lat 54 53N Long 2 10E

6.40 pm: Spoke to trawler Hawthorn GY1228 Lat 55 3N Long 2 27E

7.00 pm: Joined fishing fleet composed of Northern and Red Cross vessels, about 36 in number

Spoke to Admiral on board trawler Quair H237 asking if he had seen Bonar Law; reply in negative

7.55 pm: Spoke to Egret H21, mark boat of fleet

11.00 pm: Cruised among trawlers during the night with every appearance of being one of them

No suspicious craft of any kind sighted this day


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9 May 1915

Patrol

Cruising on fishing grounds with fleet

Lat 54.9, Long 2.3

Pitching and rolling heavily

5.00 am: Anwoth and Isle of Wight joined fleet

6.00 am: Bent mainsail and mizzen to give more appearance of an ordinary trawler

Noon: Approx position Lat 54 51N


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10 May 1915

Patrol

Lat 54.9, Long 2.3

Midnight: Approx Lat 54 59N

6.30 am: Anwoth and Isle of Wight not sighted after 6.30 am

Working among fleet as before
7.30 pm: Noted return of Anwoth

Wind and sea moderating


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11 May 1915

Patrol

Lat 55.1, Long 2.5

[longitude estimated]

7.00 am: Noticed Bonar Law and Dane in vicinity

8.30 am: Trawler Ely H770 reported sighting submarine with large conning tower and two masts ... painted black, in position approx seven miles ENE from mark boat of fishing fleet

Ely on seeing submarine in his vicinity immediately hove up his gear and steamed toward the fleet

Set course with Grecian NNW and steamed 10 miles

12.45 pm: In vicinity of fleet again having seen no sign of submarine

9.00 pm: Spoke Bonar Law

Stopped engines for repair

Midnight Engines still under repair


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12 May 1915

Patrol

Lat 55.1, Long 2.7

0.30 am: Repairs completed and resumed patrol in vicinity of fleet

7.30 am: Sighted two strange trawlers which proved to be HMT Bega FD (WT) and HMT St Louis of Hull (probably Tyne Patrol) cruising with fleet

7.50 am: Spoke to Anwoth

Cruising about three to four miles from fishing vessels


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13 May 1915

Patrol

Lat 55.3, Long 2.0

[longitude estimated]

2.00 am: Set to eastward and steamed 15 miles with kite towing

Noon Lat 55.16 N

6.30 pm: Left fishing fleet to proceed on passage to Yarmouth


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14 May 1915

Return passage to Yarmouth

Lat 52.6, Long 1.7

Rolling heavily and shipping water fore and aft

11.05 am: Middle buoy abeam

2.00 pm: Newarp Light Vessel abeam

3.05 pm: Cockle Light Vessel abeam

3.30 pm: Off South Caister buoy, awaiting tide at Yarmouth Haven

5.45 pm: Moored at West Quay, Grecian also


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