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HMS ACACIA - May 1915 to July 1916, Grand Fleet (including North Russia), Mediterranean

Edited by Joan Arthur, Old Weather Transcriber, Oxford

HMS Acacia (Photo Ships, click to enlarge)

 

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Fleet Minesweeping Sloop, Flower-class, Acacia-type

 

Ordered 1.15, Acacia, Azalea and Arabis-types built on merchant ship lines, with similar warship-like appearance. ACACIA Pendant Nos M.26 (2.15), T.00 (9.15). Launched 15.4.15 Swan Hunter. 1200 tons, 262(oa), 250(pp)x33x11ft. TE 1800ihp, 16.5kts. Armament: 2-12pdr, 2-3pdr AA. Crew: 90. Acacia-types served in Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, and in Mediterranean. Sold 6.9.22 Dornom Bros. (British Warships 1914-1919/Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906-21)

 

 

 

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Notes:

 

1. Latitude/longitude, including for days in port, were computed by the climate science project as being the most representative location for each day. As such, they typically differ by varying amounts from the locations recorded in the log pages. Refer to the log scan pages for the positions as originally recorded.

 

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.

 

3. Editor's general notes:The first time of sighting/visiting a place I have provided the latitude and longitude to one decimal place only. However, the latitude and longitude to 4 decimal places (if available) is given in the gazetteer at the far end of the log.

Ships and persons mentioned by name are also listed in the gazetteer.

 


 

 

THE VOYAGES OF HMS ACACIA, 1915-1916
(more plots may follow in the text)

 

TO BE ADDED

 

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

 

 

 

LOGS FOR MAY 1915

 

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Above 5 pages: Book cover

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HMS Acacia. Copy of Log for Month of May 1915. Signed L Dickinson Sub Lieut RNR

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Barometer information: Aneroid: Maker and number; J Hicks London No 2222: Height of cistern above sea 20feet

Thermometer for air temperature information: Position; Upperdeck: Whether in screen; yes: Maker and number; Negretta and Lambra 1206 &1237 11th May – 31st May. Thermometer for sea temperatures Negretta and Lambra No 1554 11th May – 31st May.

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11 May 1915

Walker-on-Tyne

Lat 55.0, Long -1.4

Swan and Hunter Shipyard

9.00am: Commissioned. Complement: 77 men

10.00am: Hands taking in ammunition

1.30pm: Unmoored & proceeded pilot & 2 tugs

2.30pm: Moored to Herd Buoy forward, swung ship for adjustment of compasses

3.30pm: Cast off & returned to berth

4.45pm: Arrived off berth

5.00pm: Moored at Neptune Works, Walker-on-Tyne

7.00pm: Hands receiving and storing provisions

10.00pm: Hands billeted at Simpson's Hotel, Wallsend

Provisions: fresh meat 90lb, vegetables 100lb, bread 140lb

Fresh water: tanks not completed

Thermometers: not in place on board

Weather: winds SW force 4 to 1; no barometer yet; plenty of rain

 

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12 May 1915

Walker-on-Tyne

Lat 55.0, Long -1.4

Swan and Hunter Shipyard

6.00am: Hands on board preparing ship for sea

7.20am: Unmoored and proceeded pilot and 2 tugs

8.20am: Passed breakwater

8.55am: Measured mile runs to 9.55 am

10.30am: Commenced 6 hours steaming trials

12.00pm: Hands victualled on aboard

4.30pm: Steaming trials over

4.30pm: Measured Mile runs to 4.55pm

5.10pm: Entered River Tyne

6.00pm: Arrived off berth

6.10pm: Moored at Neptune Works

7.00pm: Leave for starboard watch to 7.00am

Weather: winds SW/NE force 4; no barometer; rain in the morning, clearing later; NE swell

 

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13 May 1915

Walker-on-Tyne

Lat 55.0, Long -1.4

Swan and Hunter Shipyard

5.30am: Lash up & stow

6.00am: Hands employed receiving and stowing stores

7.30am: Breakfast

12.00pm: Dinner

1.15pm: Hands receiving & stowing stores

4.00pm: Tea

4.30pm: Liberty for Port Watch till 7.00am

7.30pm: Supper

10.00pm: Hands pipe down

Provisions: fresh meat – lb, vegetables 100lb, bread 60lb

Fresh water: tanks not yet completed

Weather: winds NW force 2; dry in the fore noon, drizzle all after noon

 

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14 May 1915

Walker-on-Tyne

Lat 55.0, Long -1.4

Swan and Hunter Shipyard

Weather: winds N force 3; clear skies with some cloud

 

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15 May 1915

Walker-on-Tyne

Lat 55.0, Long: -1.4

Swan and Hunter Shipyard

Fresh water: 22 tons. Tanks ready

Weather: winds NE force 2; clear skies with some cloud

 

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16 May 1915

Walker-on-Tyne

Lat 55.0, Long -1.4

Swan and Hunter Shipyard

Fresh water: expended 1.5 tons

Weather: winds SE force 2; mostly cloudy

 

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17 May 1915

Walker- on-Tyne

Lat 55.0, Long -1.4

Swan and Hunter Shipyard

6.30am: Hands testing boats

Weather: winds SE/SW force 2; mostly cloudy ending with drizzle

 

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18 May 1915

Walker-on-Tyne

Lat 55.0, Long -1.4

Swan and Hunter Shipyard

Weather: winds E force 2; clear skies with some cloud

 

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19 May 1915

Walker-on-Tyne

Lat 55.0, Long -1.4

Swan and Hunter Shipyard

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended not shown, 251 tons remaining

Weather: winds E/SSW force 3 to 4; clear skies changing to rain by afternoon

 

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20 May 1915

Walker-on-Tyne

Lat 55.0, Long -1.4

Swan and Hunter Shipyard

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.5 tons

Weather: winds SE/E/NW force 3; cloud, ending day with rain

 

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21 May 1915

Walker-on-Tyre

Lat 55.0, Long -1.4

Swan and Hunter Shipyard

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.5 tons

Weather: winds SW/E force 3; rain in the morning, cloud in the after noon

 

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22 May 1915

Walker-on-Tyne

Lat 55.0, Long -1.4

Swan and Hunter Shipyard

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.5 tons

Weather: winds NE force 2; cloud, with some blue sky later

 

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23 May 1915

Walker-on-Tyne

Lat 55.0, Long -1.4

Swan and Hunter Shipyard

Provisions: fresh meat 70lb; vegetables 200lb; bread 140lb

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.0 tons

Weather: winds SE/E/NE force 2 to 3; clear skies with some cloud

 

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24 May 1915

Walker-on-Tyne

Lat 55.0, Long -1.4

Swan and Hunter Shipyard

4.00am: Barometer and thermometer recordings commence

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.5 tons

Weather: winds NE force 1 to Calm; barometer readings commence, pressure high; temperature 50F; clear skies

 

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25 May 1915

Walker-on-Tyne

Lat 55.0, Long -1.4

Swan and Hunter Shipyard

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.5 tons

Weather: winds Calm force 0; barometer falling slowly; temperature 58F; misty all day

 

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26 May 1915

Walker-on-Tyne

Lat 55.0, Long -1.4

10.41am: Steaming on various courses and at various speeds for sweep trials.

1.30pm: Gun crews on gun trials

1.30pm: Sweep trials continued to 4.00pm

5.00pm: Passed breakwater

6.00pm: Alongside Neptune Works

6.20pm: Moored at berth

Provisions: fresh meat 30lb; vegetables 200lb; bread 140lb

Distance through water [editor's note, not recorded] miles. Fuel expended 7.5 tons

Weather: winds N/NE/E force 1; barometer steady; temperature 58F; cloudy and drizzly

 

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27 May 1915

Walker-on-Tyne

Lat 56.0, Long: -2.0

2.40pm: St Mary Island Lighthouse [Lat 55.1, Long -1.5] distance 1.6 miles

3.30pm: Exercised fire, collision and abandon ship stations

4.07pm: Coquet Island Lighthouse [Lat 55.3 Long -1.5] distance 2 miles

5.40pm: Longstone Lighthouse [Lat 55.6, Long -1.6] distance 1.5 miles

7.38pm: St Abb's Head Lighthouse [Lat 55.9, Long -0.1] distance 1.5 miles

Distance through water 126 miles. Fuel expended 11.5 tons

Engine drinking: received 5 tons; expended 1.5 tons, 20.5 tons remaining of water

Weather: winds E/ NE/NW force 1 to 3; barometer rising slowly; temperature 53F; mostly blue skies; NE swell

 

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28 May 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.2, Long -2.7

12.00am: Zig-zagging N9E - N43E

3.20am: Buchan Ness [Lat 57.5, Long -1.8] bearing N19W

4.00am: Buchan Ness Lighthouse distance 3.5 miles

10.19am: Noss Head [Lat 58.5, Long -3.0] distance1.8 miles

11.16am: Pentland Skerries distance 2.2 miles

12.00pm: Received orders from Exam Str proceeded

Distance through water 268 miles. Fuel expended 14 tons

Engine drinking: 1.5 tons, 19 tons remaining of water

Weather: winds N force 4 to 2; barometer falling slowly [Editor's note: possible significant penning error at 8pm- shows rise of 27 points]; temperature 44F; mostly cloudy; NE swell, usual tidal currents observed

 

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29 May 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long: -3.1

10:50pm: Grand Fleet left

Distance through water 281 miles. Fuel expended 14 tons

Weather: winds N/E force 4; barometer steady; temperature 48F; mostly cloudy; NE swell, usual tidal currents observed

 

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30 May 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

6.15pm: Hoisted whaler

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.25 tons

Weather: winds NE/NW/W force 2 to 4; barometer from 29.81 to 30.32 and back again in one day; temperature 44F; cloudy in the morning then overcast and into rain for the evening/night

 

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31 May 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

7.50am: Drifter left ship with mails

8.00am: Grand Fleet left

1.35pm: HMS Iron Duke left

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.5 tons

Weather: winds W/SW force 4; barometer falling fast; temperature 48F; rain first 4 hours, cloudy later

 

 

LOGS FOR JUNE 1915

 

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1 June 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

M2 Berth

1 Able Bodied Seaman + 1 Stoker joined

1 Able Bodied Seaman + 1 Stoker left

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds NW force 4 to 1; barometer rising steadily; temperature 50F; cloudy

 

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2 June 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

2.55pm: Anchor aweigh. Proceeded to firing practice

7.40pm: Anchored in Cairston Roads, Hoy Sound [Hoy Sound, Lat 59, Long -3.3]

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 3.5 tons

Weather: winds Calm/SE force 1; barometer steady; temperature 48F; some cloud then drizzling rain and overcast

 

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3 June 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

9.30am: Commenced sweeping exercises

11.30am: Finished exercises

12.40pm: Passed Hoy Sound guard ship HMS Royal Arthur

1.30pm: Alongside collier in Long Hope

2.15pm: Commenced coaling

5.00pm: Coaling finished

Midnight: Drifter alongside

Provisions received: fresh meat 117lb; vegetables -lb; bread 192lb

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 5 tons, 250 tons remaining

Weather: winds SE/SW force 1 to 2; barometer rising briskly, 29.78 to 30.00 over 12 hours; temperature 55F; some cloud

 

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4 June 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

9.00am: Motor boat put out

7.00pm: Preparing for sea

9.00pm: Hoisted motor boat

Provisions received: fresh meat 92lb, vegetables 100lb, bread 192lb

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2 tons

Weather: winds SW force 1 to calm; barometer steady; temperature 55F; some cloud

 

 

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5 June 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.8, Long -3.1

5.05am: Weighed anchor and proceeded

5.38am: Passed Switha Gateway [Lat 58.8, Long -3.1]

6.13am: Pentland Skerries Lighthouse distance 1.5 miles

10.00am: Altered course 16 points to allow HMS Foxglove to take station

2.15pm: Passed quantities of wreckage barrels etc

7.40pm: Sited Sumburgh Head Lighthouse [Lat 59.9, Long -1.3]

Distance through water 68 miles. Fuel expended 22.5 tons

Weather: winds SSE/NE/N/NxW/W/WSW force 2 increasing to 4 by end of day; barometer steady but rising at end of day; temperature 54F; some cloud

 

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6 June 1915

Lat 59.2, Long: -1.2

4.10am: Stopped. Took on board crew of 9 of Trawler Japonica of Aberdeen sunk by submarine

8pm: HMS Foxglove took station astern

8.35pm: Stopped for stearing gear defects to 8.45pm:

9.08pm: Pentland Skerries at South

9.42pm: Passed Switha Gateway [Lat 58.8, Long -3.1]

9.49pm: Anchored in Long Hope [Lat 58.8, Long -3.1]

Distance through water 255 miles. Fuel expended 23 tons

Weather: winds W/SE hours force 3; barometer slowly falling; temperature 50F; some cloud; swell 2

 

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7 June 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

5.20am: Thick fog

10.35am: Discharged crew of Trawler Japonica of Aberdeen to HMS Imperieuse

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds SE veering to SW force 2; barometer falling during pm; temperature 50F; Fog all day long

 

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8 June 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

3.30am: Drifter alongside

10.30am: HMS Skipjack left collier and anchored in berth

11.15am: Fleet Surgeon of HMS Benbow visited & inspected ship
2.00pm: S.O.M.S. visited ship

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds SE/SW force 1; barometer falling 29.88 to 29.68; temperature 55F; early rain clearing up to some cloud mid morning

 

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9 June 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

4.15am: HMS Skipjack, HMS Gossamer, HMS Speedwell, and HMS Foxglove left harbour

7.25am: Moored alongside HMS Assistance for repair

5.00pm: Drifter alongside with stores

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds WSW/SSE/Calm force 2 to 0; barometer rising; temperature 55F; blue skies and some cloud

 

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10 June 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

1.00pm: Hands overhauling boat gear, painting ship etc.

8.30pm: Hoisted whaler

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds SE/SW/SE force 1; barometer rising; temp 56F; clear skies with cloud

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11 June 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

5.00am: Hands employed on wire sweeping gear

6.00am: Lost one 12 inch MacMahone spanner overboard

4.00pm: Drifter left for Kirkwall

11.15pm: Drifter alongside

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds SE/SW/SE force 1; barometer rising; temp hit a lovely 72F; blue skies, with clouds petering out in the pm

 

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12 June 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

7.30pm: Lost overboard one Bosun's call

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds SW force 1; barometer rising; temperature 55F; blue skies some cloud, misty by midnight

 

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13 June 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

2.40am: Destroyers enter sea harbour

9.30am: Unmoored & proceeded for engine trials in Scapa Flow

3.00pm: Rear Admiral F.S. (Francis Spurstow) Miller [Editor's note: see gazeteer at end of log for details] and S.O.M.S. visited re defects

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds SE force 1; barometer rising; temperature 50F; blue skies some cloud

 

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14 June 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

2.00am: Deadlights opened. Ventilation attended to

4.40am: Minesweepers left harbour

11.00am: Left HMS Assistance for trials in Scapa Flow

2.50am: Moored alongside HMS Assistance

7.20pm: Anchored in Long Hope

10.25pm: Weighed anchor and proceeded

11.26pm: Pentland Skerries distance 1.5 miles

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds SE/Calm force 1; barometer steady; temperature 63F; mostly blue skies

 

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15 June 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

4.00am: Rattray Head [Lat 57.6, Long -1.8] distance 4 miles

5.35am: Buchan Ness distance 2.5 miles

7.25am: Passed breakwaters

7.45am: Moored to quay

1.00pm: Left jetty for dry dock being towed by two tugs

1.40pm: Vessel dry docked

3.00pm: Vessel shored

6.00pm: Repair work proceeding as fast as possible

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds SE/Calm force 1; barometer steady; temperature 57F; blue skies

 

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16 June 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

In dry dock

9:30pm: Unnecessary lights out

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds SE/SW Calm; barometer slowly falling; temperature 58F; mostly blue skies

 

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17 June 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

In dry dock

11.00am: Senior Ranking Officer visited ship

9:30pm: Unnecessary lights out

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds SE/SW force 1; barometer steady and high 30.48; temperature 55F; blue skies

 

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18 June 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

In dry dock

9.00am: Hands employed fitting buoys, collision mats, breakers etc

1.00pm: Hands getting stores on board for HMS Hollyhock

Provisions: fresh meat 130lb, vegetables 100lb, bread 160lb

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds SE/Calm force 1; barometer steady; temperature 55F; mostly blue skies

 

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19 June 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

In dry dock

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds SE/Calm force 1; barometer falling slowly; temperature 55F; blue skies and some cloud

 

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20 June 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

Ship in dry dock

1.00pm: Leave to Stokers to 11pm

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds Calm/S/Calm force 1; barometer falling to 29.96; temperature 55F; clear skies with clouds

 

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21 June 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

4.00am: Flooding dry dock

5.00am: Dock flooded

6.00am: Left dry dock for wet dock towed by two tugs, no steam

7.15am: Moored alongside quay in Victoria Dock

1.00pm: A. Slater, Engine Room Artificer, discharged to Royal Infirmary Aberdeen [see gazeteer]

Provisions: fresh meat 160lb, vegetables 500lb, bread 250lb

Water: 20 tons

Coal: 218.5 tons

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds SW/SE/Calm force 1; barometer rising slowly; temperature 55F; mostly blue skies

 

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22 June 1915

Aberdeen to Scapa Flow

Lat 57.5, Long -1.7

9.00am: Unmoored & proceeded

9.10am: Passed through locks

9.23am: Passed Pierheads

11.00am: Buchan Ness Lighthouse distance 1.8 miles

11.45am: Rattray Head 3 miles

5.44pm: Pentland Skerries Lighthouse distance 1.8 miles

6.45pm: Passed Switha Gateway Zigzagging 2 points

7.05pm: Moored to Collier Spilsby

8.20pm: Commenced coaling

11.10pm: Finished coaling

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds Calm/ENE force 0 to 3; barometer steady; temperature 56F; mostly blue skies distant objects unusually clear and distinct at midday

 

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23 June 1915

Scapa Flow M2 berth

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

3.35am: Minesweepers left

8.15am: Cast off from collier

8.55am: Anchored in M2 berth

1.00pm: Surgeon of HMS Skipjack inspected crew

2.00pm: Water boat alongside

6.00pm: One Stoker left for HMS Crescent for punishment

7.45pm: One Stoker joined from HMS Benbow

8.15pm: Three Ratings discharged to hospital ship HMHS Plassey

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds E/SE force 1 to 2; barometer steady; temperature 50F; mostly blue skies

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24 June 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.7, Long -2.8

2.00am: Opened all ventilation

5.30am: Reduced orders for steam 15 knots

9.18am: Weighed anchor and proceeded

9.50am: Passed Switha Gateway

10.00am: HMS Dahlia in company. Cruising awaiting HMS Foxglove

12.06pm: Pentland Skerries distance 1.5 miles. Zigzagging 4 points

7.25pm: Heavy Weather reduced to 12 knots

9.00pm: Reduced to 10 knots

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds E/ENE force 1; barometer steady; temperature 48F; overcast and cloudy; swell up to 5

 

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25 June 1915

At Sea

Lat 60.5, Long -0.3

12.45am: Observed Outer Skerries Lighthouse bearing N6E

5.00am: HMS Foxglove distance 2 miles on port beam. HMS Dahlia distance 2 miles on starboard beam

1.20pm: HMS Dahlia ordered to examine two trawlers

2.00pm: HMS Dahlia took station astern 3 cables

4.00pm: Altered course N15W to close HMS Foxglove

4.20pm: Conveyed two Dutch trawlers to Lerwick

6.30pm: Off Lerwick [Lat 60.1, Long -1.1]

9.00pm: Cruising round watching HMS Dahlia (examining two Dutch trawlers) to 9.45pm

11.00pm: HMS Dahlia took station astern 3 cables

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds E/ESE force 5 to 6; barometer steady; temperature 50F; overcast in the fore noon,

plus mist in the after noon; swell 5 to 4

 

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26 June 1915

At sea, and Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

6.25am: Observed Old Head ahead [Lat 58.75, Long -2.9]. Stopped for steering gear defect

6.39am: Proceeded. Foggy

6.50am: Too foggy to enter

8.00am: Dense fog

12.00pm: Thick fog

3.00pm: Passed Pentland Skerries 1 mile

3.47pm: Passed Switha Gate

4.00pm: Moored alongdside collier

4.20pm: Commenced coaling

6.40pm: Drifter alongside with mails

6.45pm: Flushed coaling

6.45pm: Acting SPO discharged to HMS Plassey

8.25pm: Left collier

8.43pm: Anchored in Long Hope Sound

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds ESE force 2; barometer falling slowly; temperature 55F; some cloud plus thick fog 8am to midday

 

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27 June 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

6.00pm: Hoisted motor boat

6.13pm: Weighed anchor and proceeded from Long Hope Sound

7.00pm: In M2 berth Scapa Flow

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds ESE/E force 2; barometer falling slowly; temperature 53F; overcast and cloudy, with drizzle for much of the day

 

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28 June 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

2.00pm: Hands fitting modified sweep, & cleaning out boats

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2.5 tons

Weather: winds ESE/E/SE force 1; barometer falling; temperature 52F; overcast with early rain, with a break in the clouds mid-afternoon

 

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29 June 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

Anchored in M2 Berth

8.15am: Mine Sweepers left

1.00pm: Hands refitting rails on boat deck, painting deck

3.45pm: Party for HMS Shannon

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2.75 tons

Weather: winds ESE/Calm force 1; barometer falling to low at 29.76; temperature 56F; mist, then overcast

 

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30 June 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 61.9, Long -4.5

9.30am: Drifter with mails

10.30am: Seaplane up from HMS Campania

4.30pm: Sent stores to HMS Hollyhock

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds SE/E force 1; barometer rising gently; temperature 52F; overcast all day long

 

 

LOGS FOR JULY 1915

 

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Log Cover/Certification July 1915

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Barometer information: Aneroid: Maker and number; J Hicks London No 2222: Height of cistern above sea 25ft Error of mercurial barometer +.10

Thermometer information: Position; amidships: Whether in screen; yes: Maker and number; J Hicks 1236; London1234 1st July – 31st July

 

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1 July 1915

 

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

1.20pm: Up anchor and proceeded
2.23pm: Let go starboard anchor in L2 berth Scapa Flow

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds NE/E/SSE force 1 to 2; barometer rising gently to 30.20; temperature 52F; overcast/drizzling rain

 

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2 July 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

2.45pm: McCleod Able Bodied Seaman Royal Naval Reserve discharged to Hospital ship HMHS Plassey

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds E/SSE/SW force 1; barometer falling; temperature 52F; overcast skies and drizzling rain

 

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3 July 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

1.00pm: Up anchor & proceeded to test bow defence gear & French Sweep [see gazetteer] in Scapa Flow

4.00pm: Gear tested

6.00pm: Finished tests

7.40pm: Proceeded to anchorage

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds Calm/SW/Calm force 0 to 1; barometer steady; temperature 58F; cloudy day

 

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4 July 1915ggg

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

Provisions: fresh meat 57lb, vegetables 228lb, bread 128lb

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds S/SW force 1; barometer falling to steadily low 29.93; temperature 54F; overcast with drizzling rain, improving to cloudy

 

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5 July 1915

Scapa Flow & at sea

Lat 58.7, Long -2.0

2.00pm: Hands taking in provisions

4.05pm: Weighed anchor and proceeded

4.40pm: Passed Switha Gate. HMS Dahlia, and HMS Foxglove in company

5.10pm: Rounded [Louther] Lowther Park [Lat 58.7, Long -2.9]

5.25pm: Pentland Skerries distance 1.75 miles

5.50pm: HMS Lilac joined set in dense fog

11.00pm: Lights airs & dense fog

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds Calm/SE force 0 to 2; barometer steadily low; temperature 68F at noon; overcast in the fore noon, dense fog later in the after noon

 

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6 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 59.5, Long -1.0

4.20am: Observed HMS Swift

12.00pm: North end of Fair Isle [Lat 59.5, Long -1.5]. Bearing S87W distance18.2 miles

1.30pm: On Patrol station

5.59pm: Altered Course South (avoiding drift nets)

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds SE/Calm force 1 to 3; barometer steadily low; temperature 52F; dense fog in the morning, some blue sky later

 

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8 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 59.49, Long -1.44

12.00pm: Sumburgh Head Lighthouse N82E distance 14 miles

3.43pm: Passed Reindeer Buoy colour red, green, and white

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds E/SE/SW/N/NW force 4 to 6; barometer rising 29.89 to 30.01; temperature 52F; overcast skies; swell 1 to 2

 

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7 July 1915

At Sea

Lat 59.7, Long -3.2

6.30am: Reduced to 10 knots. Dense fog set in

10.00am: Exercised for Collision and abandon ship stations

3.15pm: Various courses to close HMS Lilac

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds E/NE force 3 to 5; barometer falling to 29.90; temperature 54F; foggy/overcast

 

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9 July 1915

At sea

Lat 59.8, Long -1.7

8.00pm: Various courses to close HMS Lilac

8.40pm: Took Station

9.23pm: South End Fair Island at distance 4 miles

10.00pm: Flag pattern No 625 lost overboard

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds NNW/WSW force 5 to 6; barometer steady; temperature 51F; overcast all day; swell 3 to 5

 

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10 July 1915

At sea and Long Hope Sound, Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

1.45am: Single line ahead

2.00pm: Observed Pentland Skerries Lighthouse

2.30am: Passed Pentland Skerries Lighthouse distance 0.75 mile

3.10am: Passed Switha Gate

3.30am: Moored to Collier Mollie

10.00am: One Rating joined from HMS Imperieuse

2.00pm: Water boat and stores alongside

2.30pm: Finished coaling

3.20pm: Left collier

4.00pm: Fast alongside HMS Assistance

4.30pm: One Rating sent to hospital ship, accident to finger

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds NW force 2; barometer falling to 29.67; temperature 54F; overcast with drizzling rain

 

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11 July 1915

Scapa Flow, Moored to HMS Assistance in Long Hope

Lat 58.9, Long: -3.1

4.00am: HMS Assistance fitting deck over modified sweep

1.00pm: Pipe down

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds N/NW force 1; barometer falling to 29.54; temperature 61F; rain improving later

 

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12 July 1915

Scarpa Flow, Long Hope Sound

Lat 58.9, Long: -3.1

10.00am: One rating discharged to HMS Druid

7.00pm: Two Ratings joined from depot

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds NE/NW force 1; barometer steadily low; temperature 53F; cloudy

 

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13 July 1915

 

Scapa Flow, Long Hope, Moored to HMS Assistance

Lat 58.9, Long: -3.1

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds WSW/SSE force 1; barometer steadily low; temperature 55F; cloudy

 

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14 July 1915

Scapa Flow, Long Hope, Moored to HMS Assistance

Lat 58.9, Long: -3.1

5.30am: Lash up and stow

6.00am: Hands employed as required

8.30am: Divisions and prayers

9.20am: Hove ship off for HMS Assistance to lower boat

2.00pm: Hands cleaning and painting whalers

4.00pm: Quarters

5.05pm: Left HMS Assistance and proceeded

5.40pm: Senior Officer Medical Staff (SOMS) on board proceeded. In company with HMS Lilac, HMS Dahlia and HMS Lark to exercise sweeping

7.10pm: Evolution away seaboat

7.45pm: Proceeded to anchorage

8.10pm: SOMS disembarked

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds Calm/SE force 0 to 1; barometer steadily low; temperature 59F; cloudy

 

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15 July 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long: -3.1

5.30pm: Preparing sweeps

7.30pm: Gunboats and HMS Lilac left anchorage

8.55pm: Hove short

9.00pm: Weighed anchor and proceeded

9.30pm: Passed Switha Gate

10.00pm: Rounded Lowther Rd

10.08pm: Pentland Skerries at distance 1.5 miles

10.20pm: Station starboard beam. HMS Hollyhock S27E

11.50pm: Increased to 15 knots

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds SE/Calm force 1 to 0; barometer steadily low; temperature 57F; cloudy

 

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16 July 1915

Lat 58.3, Long -2.2

10.00am: Form on bearing 85 from S.O.

10.30am: Noss Head Lighthouse abeam

11.00am: Altered course ENE. Reform

12.00pm: In single port quarter line

12.00pm: Noss Head bearing N76W distance 26.5 miles

2.00pm: Various courses for changing station

4.00pm: Position checked by cross bearings

10.00pm: Took station on port beam of HMS Hollyhock

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds Calm/E force 0 to 3; barometer steadily low; temperature 65F; blue skies plus cloud

 

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17 July 1915

At sea

Lat 57.7, Long -1.5

6.20am: Noss Head

6.40am: Reform

8.20pm: Close to 4 cables

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds Calm/N force 0/6; barometer rising rapidly; temperature 55F; blue skies plus cloud in the morning, cloud to passing squally rain and snow late after noon; swell 2

 

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18 July 1915

At sea

Lat 59.7, Long -0.3

4.30am: Gunboats joined & took station a [editorial note: scan cuts off page]

5.40am: Opened out to 7 cables

7.00am: Heavy rain squall

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds NW force 3; barometer steadily around 30.00; temperature 54F; blue skies plus cloud

 

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19 July 1915

At sea

Lat 58.7, Long -2.8

3.15am: Altered course N82W Reduced to 10 knots

3.54am: Altered course N60W

4.00am: Altered course S45W

4.00am: Course N80W zig-zag 2 points

5.00am: Log taken in

9.00am: Divisions and prayers etc

11.10am: Altered course N8W zig-zag 2 points

11.40am: Altered course W0.75S

11.50am: Single line ahead

12.00pm: Pentland Skerries at distance 1.75 miles

1.04pm: Passed Switha Gate

1.30pm: Made fast to Collier Goukathra

2.40pm: Coaling. Two Ratings discharged to hospital ship

6.15pm: One Rating joined

8.30pm: Finished coaling

9.05pm: Left collier

9.30pm: Anchored in L line

10.00pm: Hands cleaning ship

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds S force 5 to 2; barometer falling 29.94 to 29.48; temperature 61F; clouds and late rain; swell up to 3 at noon

 

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20 July 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long: -3.1

6.10am: Gunboats shifted berth

9.05am: Weighed anchor

9.30am: Anchored in L5 berth

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds S/SE/SW force 1 to 2; barometer falling slowly; temperature 56F; blue skies plus cloud flowed by rain later

 

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21 July 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long: -3.1

6.30am: Up anchor & shifted berth

9.30am: Hands painting Ward Room

11.00am: Getting in booms

12.00pm: Cleaning boats

5.15pm: One Rating joined

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds NW/W force 2; barometer steadily low; temperature 55F; overcast skies plus cloud, ugly midmorning

 

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22 July 1915

Place: Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long: -3.1

11.00am: Hands stowing away bow defence gear.

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds Calm force 0; barometer falling to new low 29.33; temperature 58F; blue skies plus cloud

 

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23 July 1915

 

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long: -3.1

9.00a.m. Captain's rounds & physical drill

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds Calm; barometer slowly rising from 29.32; temperature 61F; blue skies descending to gloomy with rain

 

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24 July 1915

Lat 59.2, Long -4.5

4.50am: Passed HMS Royal Arthur

5.00am: Passed buoy

8.15am: Stack Skerry at distance of 2 miles

9.35am: Passed sweep

12.00pm: Sule Skerry Lighthouse 147 degrees, distance 4 miles

7.30pm: Slipped sweep up kite

7.45pm: In station

8.40pm: Passed through gate

9.40pm: Alongside Collier Mercedes

10.05pm: Commenced coaling

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds NW/W/Calm force 2 to 0; barometer rising steadily; temperature 63F; cloudy, clearing up a bit later

 

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25 July 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long: -3.1

1.45am: HMS Foxglove moored alongside. Taking in stores and provisions from HMS Foxglove

3.00am: Coaling finished. 300 bags of coal on upper deck. Pipe down

6.00am: Lash up and stow

10.00am: 2 Ratings joined, 1 Rating discharged to HMS Assistance

1.30pm: Left Collier Mercedes

1.57pm: Anchored in Gutter Sound [Lat 58.8, Long -3.2]. Starboard anchor in 9 fathoms

4.00pm: One rating discharged to HMS Imperieuse

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds Calm force 0; barometer steady; temperature 57F; cloudy changing to rain in the afternoon

 

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26 July 1915

Scapa Flow, Gutter Sound

Lat 58.9, Long: -3.1

11.00am: Quarters clean guns

2.00pm: One Warrant Officer joined

6.00pm: Hands employed with modified sweep

Provisions: fresh meat 245lb, vegetables 600lb, bread 448lb

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds NW/SE/Calm force 1 to 0; barometer steady; temperature 63F; cloud and ugly start clearing blue skies mid morning

 

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27 July 1915

Scapa Flow, Gutter Sound

Lat 58.9, Long: -3.1

11.30am: Monthly payment of hands

2.30pm: Leave to hands to 6.00pm

4.00pm: Petty Officer Hughes dives, Petty Officer H Baig attendant. One hours practice in 13 fathoms

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds Calm/ExN force 0 to 1; barometer steady; temperature 58F; blue skies plus cloud ending in rain

 

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28 July 1915

Scapa Flow, Gutter Sound

Lat 58.9, Long: -3.1

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds NW/Calm/NE/Calm force 1 to 0; barometer rising to 29.94; temperature 57F; cloud and rain to passing showers mid afternoon, then blue skies with cloud

 

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29 July 1915

Scapa Flow to Bear Island

Lat 59.2 Long -1.6

7.40am: Let go and proceed

8.05am: Passed Switha Gate

8.30am: Took station astern HMS Columbella

8.46am: Pentland Skerries abeam

9.00am: Position S32W of Pentland Skerries distance 2.5 miles

1.32pm: Fair Isle North Lighthouse at distance 10.5 miles

3.30pm: Sumburgh Head at distance 10.75 miles

8.50pm: Positions by cross bearings obtained frequently

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds N/Calm/W/N force 1 to 5; barometer rising; temperature 56F; cloud and passing showers early morning, then blue skies with cloud; swell in the afternoon 4 to 5

 

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30 July 1915

Scapa Flow to Bear Island

Dead Reckoning: Lat 63.7, Long 2.2

5.00am: Heavy head sea vessel pitching and straining

12.00pm: Shipping heavy seas

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds N/NE force 5 to 6; barometer falling slowly 30.00 to 29.79; temperature 53F; cloudy all day with rain in the morning; swell 5

 

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31 July 1915

Scapa Flow to Bear Island

Lat 67.5 Long 6.3

3.00am: Sea water thermometer broken (thrown overboard). Vessel pitching & straining

6.00am: Set in Dense fog

6.30am: HMS Columbella on port beam

10.00am: Landing parties exercised in rifle drill and marching orders

7.00pm: Served out extra gear to ship's company

10.00pm: Sunset

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 0.25 tons

Weather: winds NE force 5 to 2; barometer steady; temperature 59F; cloudy and dew first thing, then fog, then noon forward blue skies some cloud; swell 5 moderating to 2

 

 

LOGS FOR AUGUST 1915

 

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HMS Acacia. Copy of log book signed by L Dickinson Lt. RNR

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Care is to be taken that this Notice is not allowed to get into the hands of unauthorized persons.

FLEET NOTICE TO MARINERS. [No. 289 of the year 1915] ENGLAND, EAST COAST.

Yarmouth Road – Wreck marked by Buoy.

(a) Wreck:

 Position. - At distance of 6 cables, 63Deg. (N77E. Mag.) from Nelson Monument

 Lat 52.50, Long. 11.75

 Description – Sunken wreck of SS Sir William Stephenson, with

 Both masts and funnel standing, and the bridge showing

(b) Buoy:

 Position. – At a distance of 50 yards eastward from the wreck

 Description – a green wreck-marking buoy

Variation. – 14W.

Note.- This Notice is to be acted upon in accordance with paragraphs

 (b), (d), (f) and (h) of Fleet NOTICE No. 2 of 1915

 (Fleet Notice No;. 289 of 1915)

Charts temporarily affected. – No 1543, Yarmouth and Lowestoft roads.

 No 1094, Outer Gabbard to Outer Dowsing

 No 1408, Orfordness and Scheveningen to Terschelling Zeegat.

Authority. – Trinity House, London (H.4159/15)

 By Command of their Lordships.

 JF Parry

 Hydrographer.

Hydrographic Department, Admiralty, London.

 6th September 1915

 

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Barometer information: Aneroid: Maker and number; J Hicks London No 2222: Height of cistern above sea 25feet Error of mercurial barometer +0.10

Thermometer information: Position; amidships: Whether in screen; yes: Maker and number; J Hicks 1236; 1237 1st August – 31st August.

 

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1 August 1915

Scapa Flow to Bear Island

Lat 72.0, Long 12.2

4.00am: Engines stopped to repair stream: pipe. Log hauled in

4.29am: Proceeded. Streamed log

9.30am: Landing parties drilled in rifle and cutlass exercise [see gazeteer]

11.30am: Press wireless news received from HMS Columbella

9.45pm: Made preparations for minesweeping with French Sweep

Distance through water: 270 miles. Fuel expended: 14.75 tons, 224.25 tons remaining

Weather: Wind NE/E force 3 to 5; barometer rising 29.96 to 30.10; temperature 55F; blue sky with some cloud all day; swell NE to force 4

 

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2 August 1915

Bear Island, South Haven

Lat 74.2, Long 19.0

3.35am: Alter course SE

4.30am: Alter course N40E

5.20am: Alter course N38E

5.30am: Alter course N36E

5.35am: Observed ice bearing NNE & land ahead

6.30am: Single line ahead

7.00am: South Haven alter course S31W to search for trawlers. Log 736

8.00am: Breakfast. Passed several small growlers

9.00am: Divisions, prayers, etc

9.30am: Alter course 16 points N32E

10.30am: One fire bucket lost overboard

11.30am: Log in board

12.00pm: Off Bear Island South Haven

12.10pm: Entered South Haven various speeds

12.25pm: Let go starboard anchor in South Haven, Bear Island, 3 shackles in 6 fathoms

1.30pm: Landing party landed Bear Island

5.15pm: Landing party returned

5.17pm: Weighed & proceeded

5.23pm: Cleared harbour & proceeded round Western side of Island various courses

7.07pm: Reduced speed, re-met HMS Columbella

7.13pm: Stopped

7.35pm: Proceeded. 12 knots round Island

10.00pm: Set course to take station 4 cables on port bow of HMS Columbella

10.10pm: Streamed Patent Log

10.25pm: Alter course S31W

11.30pm: Alter course S39W

10.40pm: Reduced 9 knots

Distance through water 210+61=271 miles. Fuel expended 11.5 tons

Weather: Wind NE/Calm/SE force 3 to 0; barometer rising slowly; temperature 43F; overcast with hail, then mist, then just cloudy; easterly swell; ice sighted

[Editor's note: An average day in the Acacia 'office'!]

 

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3 August 1915

North Harbour Bear Island

Lat 74.3, Long 19.2

1.50am: Sighted Trawler Arley towing Trawler Mafeking

7.30am: Passed several growlers

8.00am: Passed large berg

9.20am: Hands employed painting Dan buoys as requisite

10.35am: Closed HMS Columbella

10.50am: Stopped

11.10am: Proceeded 8 knots to patrol distance 1.5 miles from anchorage

2.45pm: Stopped & sent seaboat to HMS Columbella

4.00pm: Hoisted second whaler. Patrolling across North Harbour various courses

4.25pm: Slow

4.30pm: Stop. Alter course N19W. 8 knots. Station starboard bow HMS Columbella

4.43pm: Half speed 6 knots

4.50pm: Start Log 4 miles from North Haven. Set to zero

7.00pm: Replaced French Sweep

8.00pm: Fog

10.00pm: Log cleared. Sighted 3 bergs & sailing ketch

12.00am: Foggy again

Distance through water: 174 miles. Fuel expended 8.5 tons

Weather: Wind NE/Calm/NNW force 0 to 2; barometer steady; temperature 43F; overcast with fog later on; ice sighted, large berg and growlers

 

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4 August 1915

Bear Island to Spitzbergen

Lat 76.3, Long 15.0

2.00am: Fog lifted, entered field of drift ice

2.52am: Stopped

3.00am: Slow ahead 6 knots

3.20am: Stop

3.30am: 6 knots

3.50am: 8 knots

4.00am: West streaming through large ice

12.00pm: Streamed patent log

2.00pm: Dense fog. Reduced to 6 knots

3.18pm: Observed ice, stopped

3.20pm: Full astern

3.21pm: Stopped. Hauled in log

4.00pm: Steaming slow ahead through drift ice

7.20pm: Turned about to clear ice fields

8.30pm: Stopped engines clear of ice field

9.30pm: Station on port beam of HMS Columbella

Distance through water: 179 miles. Fuel expended 7.5 tons

Weather: Wind N/NW/Calm force 2 to 0; barometer rising steadily; temperature 34F; clear sky changing to cloudy, then clear with patchy fog, then fog later on; ice caused ship stoppage

 

 

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5 August 1915

Lat 78.0, Long 11.0

3.10am: Took station on starboard bow of HMS Columbella

9.50am: Observed ice, apparently solid mass, ahead

10.50am: Stopped

11.00am: Proceeded, HMS Columbella left

5.50pm: Closed HMS Columbella

6.20pm: Stopped

7.00pm: 6 knots

Distance through water: 135 miles. Fuel expended 7.25 tons

Weather: Wind N/NW/Calm force 0 to 3; barometer steady; temperature 34F; clear sky with some cloud changing to overcast and cloudy; westerly swell; solid ice seen

 

 

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6 August 1915

Lat 79.2, Long 10.2

4.00am: Stationed on HMS Columbella starboard bow about 5 cables

3.40am: Sighted ice field on port bow & ahead

4.00am: Light airs, some snow, sea smooth, ~ [Editor's note – scan curtails image]

4.23am: Stopped engines

4.40am: Half speed ahead

11.55am: Courses as requisite for clearing drift ice

12.00pm: Reduced to slow & followed HMS Columbella

9.10pm: Altered course to avoid ice field

9.45pm: Altered course to close HMS Columbella, Passed sailing ketch steering South

12.00am: Snow showers

Distance through water: 141 miles. Fuel expended 7 tons

Weather: Wind N/NW/Calm force 2 to 0; barometer rising steadily; temperature 34F; overcast and cloudy or misty, some blue sky, then back to overcast and misty then snow at end of day; field ice caused course alterations

 

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7 August 1915

Spitzbergen to Bear Island

Lat 77.3, Long 10.5

3.04am: South to clear ice

11.00am: Altered course to close Sealer (Norwegian)

8.00pm: Moderate head wind and sea. Showery

Distance through water: 185 miles. Fuel expended 8 tons

Weather: Wind Calm/SE force 1 to 3; barometer falling slowly to 29.92; temperature 34F; overcast and cloudy with some snow and rain at end of the day; South to clear ice

 

 

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8 August 1915

Lat 74.5, Long 18.6

Spitzbergen to Bear Island

12.15am: Hauled in a cleaned & restreamed patent log

3.00am: Passed through drift ice

7.30am: Passed several large ice bergs to Port

2.30pm: Approaching North Harbour

Distance through water: 200 miles. Fuel expended 6 tons

Weather: Wind E/SE force 1 to 3; barometer steady; temperature 38F; mixed blue sky and cloud in the morning, then overcast with snow and ending with rain; several icebergs on way to port

 

 

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9 August 1915

Bear Island

Lat 74.3, Long 19.8

5.00am: Called hands, prepare for coaling

5.50am: Weighed starboard anchor, proceeded alongside HMS Columbella.

6.20am: Made fast

7.20am: Commenced coaling, Starboard Watch to breakfast

8.00am: Port Watch to breakfast

9.12am: Finished coaling

9.43am: Proceeded various courses and speeds.

11.00am: Hands employed cleaning ship

3.30pm: HMS Columbella searching ketch

12.00am: Moderate following wind, NW swell, rolling

Distance through water: 36 miles. Fuel expended 7 tons

Weather: Wind Calm/NW force 1 to 4; barometer dipped to 29.60 at start, 30.10 by end; temperature 36F; cloudy

 

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10 August 1915

 

Spitzbergen to Bear Island & North Coast of Europe

Lat 74.7, Long 25.2

5.40am: HMS Columbella left to board steamship

8.00am: Lat 72.05, Long 24.33

11.45am: Patrolling station 1 mile astern HMS Columbella

7.00pm: Patrolling off entrance to Riso Fiord [Lat 70.1, Long 25.6]

8.30pm: Patrolling off entrance to Kamo Fiord [Lat 71.1, Long 25.9]

8.00pm: Lat, 71.10 Long 26.00

11.00pm: Entered Porsanger Fiord [Lat 70.83, Long 26.0]

Distance through water: 188 miles. Fuel expended 7.5 tons

Weather: Wind Calm/NW force 1 to 4; barometer dipped to 29.60 at start, 30.10 by end; temperature 36F; cloudy

 

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11 August 1915

North Coast of Norway

Lat 71.7, Long 28.3

2.30am: HMS Columbella rejoined. Reduced to Slow

2.50am: Took station on port bow of HMS Columbella 5 cables. Stopped

3.10am: Proceeded

8.05am: (By signal) Stopped

8.30am: Proceeded

1.30pm: Turned together to North

2.35pm: Entered Vister Tana Fiord [Lat 70.5, Long 28.1667]. HMS Columbella left to search Hops Fiord [Lat 70.8, Long 28.1] and Lang Fiord [Lat 70.7, Long 28.2]

7.10pm: Vister Tana Fiord examined

8.00pm: Stopped to repair steam pipe joint

10.35pm: Took up station on starboard bow of HMS Columbella. Stopped

11.40pm: Proceeded N50E. Slow speed

Distance through water: 204 miles. Fuel expended 8.25 tons

Weather: Wind Calm/Variable force 0 to 2; barometer rising to 30.24; temperature 48F; blue sky with clouds

 

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12 August 1915

Lat 70.1, Long 31.8

Steaming along East coast of Norway and Lapland

8.00pm: In Litza Bay [Lat 68.6, Long 37.8]

2.30pm: Coasting from Vaida Bay [Lat 69.9, Long 32.0] eastwards

4.00pm: Moderate wind, sea smooth, clear

6.50pm: Stopped to let trawler overtake us

11.20pm: Dropped anchor

12.00am: Litza Bay

Distance through water: 201 miles. Fuel expended: 8 tons

Weather: Wind Calm/Variable force 0 to 2; barometer rising to 30.24; temperature 48F; blue sky with clouds

 

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13 August 1915

Lat 69.5, Long 32.3

10.30am: Aired night clothing & bedding lying to off Litza Bay

11.55am: Proceeded up gulf

8.00pm: Stand by hammocks

9.30pm: Trawlers Arley and Mafeking anchored

Distance through water: 98 miles. Fuel expended

Weather: Wind Calm/E/Calm force 0 to 1; barometer rising slowly; temperature 60F; blue sky with clouds

 

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14 August 1915

Lat 69.5, Long 32.7

6.30am: Trawler Arley left

11.55am: Blyndzo Island [Motovski Gulf, Russia: Ostrov Blyudste: Lat 69.50, Long 32.6] at distance 0.5 miles

1.05pm: Took station on starboard bow of HMS Columbella, 5 cables

3.30pm: Courses various to follow HMS Columbella

4.30pm: Trawlers searched Fodinagai Bay [see gazetteer]. Proceeding towards Kildin Island

8.00pm: Off Kildin Island [Lat 69.4, Long 34.2]

11.30pm: Patrolling between Motovski Gulf [Lat: 69.5, Long 32.6] & Kildin Island

Distance through water: 27 miles. Fuel expended: 6 tons

Weather: Wind Calm/E/Calm force 0 to 5; barometer rising steadily; temperature 59F; blue skies; swell up to 2-3

 

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15 August 1915

North Coast of Russia

Lat: 69.58 Long 32.5

Noon: Anchored in Monasteriski (Monastery) Bay

4.30am: Patrolling between Kildin Island and mouth of Motovski Gulf

8.10am: Anchor in Monastery Bay

1.08pm: Hove up anchor and proceeded

6.30pm: Took station on port bow of HMS Columbella 5 cables

Distance through water: 154 miles. Fuel expended 7.5 tons

Weather: Wind Calm/E/Calm force 0 to 5; barometer rising steadily; temperature 59F; blue skies; swell up to 2-3

 

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16 August 1915

On North Coast of Russia

Lat 69.5, Long 34.5

5.10am: Sighted HMS Columbella N by E 10 miles

6.05am: HMS Columbella joined up

6.30am: Took station on port bow of HMS Columbella 4 cables

12.00pm: Teriberski Bay off Teriberska Town [Lat 69.16, Long 35.15]

7.40pm: Kildin Island abeam

8.00pm: Lat 69.4, Long 34.3

Distance through water: 180 miles. Fuel expended 11.5 tons

Weather: Wind SE/NE/Variable force 2 to 5; barometer falling steadily; temperature 51F; blue skies and cloud; confused swell in early morning; morning steaming into the wind

 

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17 August 1915

North Coast of Russia to Scapa Flow

Lat 72.3, Long 26.8

8.00am: Lat 71.5, Long 30.1

10.21am: Log hauled in, cleared & paid out again

1.15pm: Hands employed painting ship & scraping quarter deck hatches

8.00pm: Lat 71.4, Long 22.3

8.30pm: Tested gun circuits (correct)

Distance through water: 264 miles. Fuel expended: 24.5 tons

Weather: Wind S/W/Light Airs force 0 to 2; barometer steady around 30.00; temperature 48F; blue skies and cloud for the morning, cloud in the after noon; much of the day steaming into the wind

 

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18 August 1915

North Coast of Russia to Scapa Flow

Lat 70.0, Long 11.7

4.00am: Light variable winds, fine clear weather

7.10am: Log foul hauled in

8.00am: Log cleared and restreamed

8.00am: Lat 70.5, long 13.7

8.45am: Hands employed painting inside of ship & 1st skiff as requisite

10.53am: Zigzag 2 points each side of S54W every 15 minutes

1.00pm: Reset patent log

1.15pm: Hands make and mend clothes

4.00pm: Evening quarters. Zigzag every 15 minutes S76W + S32W. Initial Course S54W

8.00pm: Lat 68.3, Long 8.2

12.00am: Light variable wind, high westerly, swell, overcast

Distance through water: 342 miles. Fuel expended: 23 tons

Weather: Variable Light Airs/SW force 0 to 2; barometer steady; temperature 50F; overcast with cloud morning, cloudy afternoon; increasing swell to heavy westerly by end of day

 

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19 August 1915

North Coast of Russia to Scapa Flow

Lat 65.3, Long 4.5

3.00am: Zigzagging. Initial course S41W, to S21W and S61W every 15 minutes

3.30am: Set in foggy

6.30am: Hands employed sweeping up decks and painting out waterways

11.00pm: Frequent heavy rain squalls

Distance through water: 338 miles. Fuel expended: 25.25 tons, 87.75 tons remaining

Weather: S/SW force 0 to 2; barometer falling slowly; temperature 56F; blue skies and cloud, fog, overcast, rain swell westerly to confused, 3 at end of day

 

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20 August 1915

North Coast of Russia to Scapa Flow

Lat 60.2, Long -0.8

2.30am: Heavy rain squalls at intervals

8.00am: Lat 61.7, Long -0.7

8.30am: Continuous heavy rain

9:10am: Observed land on starboard bow

10.00am: Observed Outer Skerries bearing S36W

10.00am: Outer Skerries abeam distance 2.3 miles

1.37pm: Sumburgh Head lighthouse distance 3 miles

2.10pm: Visibility reduced to 4000 yards

3.08pm: South Light House (Fair Isle) abeam 1.5 miles

5.00pm: Hands prepared for coaling

6.07pm: Auskerry Lighthouse [Lat 59.0, Long -2.6] abeam

7.20pm: Various courses in Pentland Skerries Channel

8.10pm: Passed entrance gates

8.27pm: Made fast alongside (Collier Mercedes)

Distance through water: 351 miles. Fuel expended 22.75 tons, 65 tons remaining

Weather: WSW/WbyN force 6 to 4; barometer rising slowly; temperature 55F; overcast with rain, overcast with more rain, broken clouds with squally rain. Yet another summer's day in the North Sea

 

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21 August 1915

Long Hope, Scapa Flow

Lat 58.8, Long -3.2

4.30am: Commenced Coaling

9.15am: One Ordinary Telegraphist joined ship from RNB Chatham

9.30am: Water Tank 'Progress' made fast alongside

10.30am: Water Tank cast off

11.30am: Discharged one Ordinary Telegraphist to HMS Hollyhock

2.00pm: Finished Coaling

3.15pm: One Rating joined from HMS Warspite

4.00pm: Proceeded to anchorage

4.20pm: Let go Port anchor 3 shackles 12 fathoms

Distance through water: 126 miles. Fuel expended 2 tons, 198 tons remaining

Weather: WbyN/NW force 4 to 2; barometer rising slowly; temperature 57F; overcast and ugly with rain later, clearing by end of day

 

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22 August 1915

Long Hope, Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

6.00am: Called Hands

6.30am: Hands cleaning ship

8.00am: Breakfast

3.47pm: Weighed anchor

3.55pm: Passed entrance gates

4.42pm: Passed Pentland Skerries Lighthouse abeam

Distance through water: 92 miles. Fuel expended 8 tons

Weather: NW/SW force 2 to 5; barometer steady; temperature 59F; rain clearing early morning to overcast and cloudy all day

 

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23 August 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

4.40am: Observed Girdle Ness Lighthouse [Lat 57.1, Long -2.1] bearing S74W

6.15am: Passed Pier, entered harbour

7.30am: Payment & Cooks. First watch to clean. Breakfast

8.50am: Libertymen fall in and Leave from 23rd August till 8.00am 28th August

11.35am: Tugs made fast alongside, proceeded into dock

1.00pm: Commenced to pump out dock. Hands employed removing ammunition also paint stores

4.00pm: Hands to tea

Distance through water: 162 miles. Fuel expended 3.5 tons

Weather: Calm; barometer steady; temperature 65F; blue skies and cloud all day

 

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24 August 1915

Aberdeen, dry dock

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

6.15am: Called hands

6.45am: Hands fall in

8.00am: Breakfast & clean

9.00am: Hands employed as requisite

12.00pm: Hands to dinner

1.30pm: Hands employed as requisite

4.00pm: Hands to tea

9.00pm: Rounds

10.0pm: Pipe down

Distance through water: nil – dry dock miles. Fuel expended nil tons

Weather: Calm; barometer steady; temperature 69F; blue skies and cloud all day

 

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25 August 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

1.00pm: Hands employed striking down fore yard and painting ship's side

Distance through water: nil – dry dock miles. Fuel expended nil tons

Weather: NW/Calm force 1 to 0; barometer steady; temperature 76F; blue skies and cloud all day

 

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26 August 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

2.15pm: Tugs alongside

3.30pm: Proceeded out of dock

3.35pm: Made fast Victoria Doc

Distance through water: nil recorded miles. Fuel expended nil recorded tons

Weather: WSW/Calm; barometer steady; temperature 60F; blue skies and cloud all day

 

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27 August 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

8.00am: Breakfast

12.00pm: Dinner

4.00pm: Tea

Distance through water: nil recorded miles. Fuel expended nil recorded tons

Weather: Calm, barometer steady, temperature 54F – possibly an autumnal nip in the air on a slack day at the Acacia Office

 

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28 August 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

Distance through water: nil recorded miles. Fuel expended nil recorded tons

Weather: Calm; barometer falling slowly; temperature 55F; blue skies and cloud all morning, overcast all afternoon

 

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29 August 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

9.30am: Divisions and prayers

Distance through water: nil recorded miles. Fuel expended nil recorded tons

Weather: Calm; barometer steady; temperature 60F; blue skies and cloud all day

 

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30 August 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

9.00am: Hands employed painting ship

Distance through water: nil recorded miles. Fuel expended nil recorded tons

Weather: winds NW force 1; barometer steady; temperature 54F; blue skies and cloud all day

 

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31 August 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

Distance through water: nil recorded miles. Fuel expended 0.5 tons

Weather: winds Calm; barometer steady; temperature 58F; blue skies and cloud all day

 

 

LOGS FOR SEPTEMBER 1915

 

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Barometer: J Hicks, No. 2222; Height of cistern above sea level: 24 feet

Thermometers for Air Temperature: Position in ship; Amidships. Whether in screen; Yes: Maker and No; 'Wet 1236, Dry 1237'

Thermometers for Sea Temperature: [No entry]

 

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1 September 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

6.00am: Refitting proceeding

Distance through water: nil recorded miles. Fuel expended 0.5 tons

Weather: winds Calm; barometer falling slowly; temperature 54F; blue skies and cloud all day

 

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2 September 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

6.00am: Refitting proceeding

Distance through water: nil recorded miles. Fuel expended 1 ton

Weather: winds Calm; barometer falling slowly; temperature 47F; blue skies and cloud, overcast later

 

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3 September 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

9.00am: Hands employed on various work connected with refitting

Distance through water: nil recorded miles. Fuel expended 1.5 tons

Weather: winds Calm; barometer falling slowly; temperature 53F; blue skies and cloud

 

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4 September 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

Am: hands employed on various work connected with refitting

6.00pm: Leave for Watch

Distance through water: nil recorded miles. Fuel expended 1.5 tons

Weather: winds Calm; barometer steady; temperature 53F; blue skies and cloud

 

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5 September 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

9.00am: Hands preparing French sweep

Distance through water: nil recorded miles. Fuel expended 1.25 tons

Weather: winds Calm/NE; barometer rising to 30.28; temperature 60F; overcast and cloudy

 

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6 September 1915

Aberdeen and At Sea

Lat 57.5, Long -1.7

6.00am: Lash up and Stow

6.30am: Hands employed on French sweep

9.45am: Discharged prisoners

10.00am: Left dock

10.10am: Passed out of harbour

12.00pm: True bearing and distance to MacDuff [Lat 57.7, Long -2.5] distance 36 miles

12.11pm: Buchan Ness Lighthouse at a distance of 1 mile

1.40pm: Took station astern of HMS Hollyhock

2.30pm: Anchored off Frazerburgh [Lat 57.7, Long -2.0]

5.30pm: Up anchor and proceeded

7.15pm: Anchored off Banff [Lat 57.7, Long -2.5]

Distance through water: 23 miles. Fuel expended 8 tons

Weather: winds Calm/SW force 0 to 1; barometer steady; temperature 60F; blue skies with some cloud in the fore noon, cloudy after noon

 

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7 September 1915

At Sea

[Editor's note: no Lat, or Long given]

7.15am: One rating joined

8.00am: Hands repairing French Sweep

10.45am: Up anchor + proceeded

Testing French sweep off Banff

1.00pm: Hands employed on French Sweep

2.35pm: Anchored in 8 fathoms off Banff

5.30pm: Leave to Petty Officers till 8.00 pm

8.00pm: One leave breaker joined ship

Distance through water: 54 miles. Fuel expended 3 tons

Weather: winds SW/NE/Calm force 2 to 0; barometer steady; temperature 60F; blue skies with some cloud, pm cloudy with drizzle at end of day

 

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8 September 1915

At Sea

9.07am: Up anchor. Var speeds & Cos testing French sweep

11.00am: Hove in sweep to repair

12.00pm: Steaming off Banff

2.45pm: Secure proceeded to anchorage

3.15pm: Anchored in 6 fathoms off Banff, 2.5 shackles

6.00pm: Leave to Petty Officers till 8pm

Distance through water: 19 miles. Fuel expended 4.5 tons

Weather: winds SW force 2; barometer steady; temperature 68F; blue skies with some cloud all day long

 

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9 September 1915

At Sea

Testing French Sweep off Banff

7.00am: One rating left for Banff Hosp.

8.00am: Hands employed in French Sweep

10.30am: One hand left for attention

10.55am: Up anchor and proceeded with HMS Hollyhock and HMS Foxglove

1.00pm: Various speeds & Courses testing sweep

4.00pm: Secure Sweep

5.00pm: Anchored in Banff Bay in 7 fathoms, veered to 2.5 shackles

Distance through water: 23 miles. Fuel expended 4 tons

Weather: winds SW/E/SW force 2; barometer steady; temperature 67F; blue skies with some cloud

 

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10 September 1915

At Sea

11.00am: Up anchor & proceeded in company with HMS Foxglove

3.30pm: Secure Sweep

5.00pm: in 6 fathoms 2.5 shackles off Banff

Distance through water: 2 miles. Fuel expended 3 tons

Weather: winds SW/S/SW force 2; barometer rising slowly to 30.40; temperature 70F; blue skies with some cloud, clearing completely later on

 

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11 September 1915

Lat 57.8, Long -2.3

10.00am: up anchor & proceeded

11.30am: Commenced sweeping

12.30pm: Slip sweep

1.18pm: Out sweep

2.26pm: Slip sweep

3.23pm: Out sweep

5.30pm: Secure sweep

6.50pm: Anchored in 9 fathoms, 3 shackles off Banff

Distance through water: 56 miles. Fuel expended 5.5 tons

Weather: winds SW force 2 to 6; barometer falling; temperature 59F; blue skies with some cloud

 

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12 September 1915

Lat 57.8, Long -2.3

6.00am: Hands preparing 'A' sweep

10.40am: Up anchor line ahead

11.30am: Out sweep

4.45pm: Secure Sweep

5.50pm: Lost 10ft dinghy oar

9.00pm: Two ratings to Banff Hosp

Distance through water: 79 miles. Fuel expended 5.5 tons

Weather: winds SW/Calm force 1 to 0; barometer falling to 29.92; temperature 63F; blue skies with some cloud

 

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13 September 1915

Lat 57.7, Long -2.3

12.35pm: Out sweep

5.45pm: Secure sweep

Distance through water: 67 miles. Fuel expended 5.75 tons

Weather: winds SW force 2; barometer falling to 29.78; temperature 61F; blue skies with some cloud

 

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14 September 1915

At sea

Lat 57.8, Long -2.84

0.00am: Weather 'black'

5.00am: Weighed and proceeded on sweeping operation

6.20am: Out sweep down kite

7.20am: Finished sweeping. Proceeded to anchorage off Banff Bay

10.00am: Skiff's 8ft scull lost overboard (accident)

1.22pm: Slipped sweep

1.40pm: Down kite and sweep

2.25pm: Slipped sweep

3.15pm: out sweep

4.08pm: slipped sweep

5.20pm: out sweep

6.00pm: slip sweep. Finished sweeping proceeded to anchorage

7.50pm: Let go anchor Banff Bay

Distance through water: 98 miles. Fuel expended 7.5 tons

Weather: winds NW/SSW force 1; barometer slight rise; temperature 52F; noted at start as 'black', blue skies with some cloud

 

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15 September 1915

At Sea

Lat 54.8, Long 2.8.

Anchored off Buckie [Lat 57.7 Long -3.0]

5.00am: Shortened in and weighed port anchor

5.15am: Proceeded for sweeping operation. HMS Dahlia's position 57.8N 2.8W

6.01am: Formed up for sweeping.

6.10am: Passed down sweep. Slipped sweep (HMS Leda swept up mine)

8.00am: Breakfast

8.40am: Anchored in Buckie

1.30pm: Took up station for sweeping

1.33pm: dropped dan buoy

1.34pm: Out sweep

2.25pm: Stopped sweep, 10 miles WNW(Mag) of Buckie Lighthouse

5.10pm: dropped buoy 7 miles N (True) of Buckie Lighthouse

7.30pm: Anchored in Buckie

Distance through water: 126 miles. Fuel expended 7 tons

Weather: winds SW/WbyS/WNW/NE/Calm/WSW force 3 to 0; barometer steady; temperature 65F; blue skies with some cloud

 

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16 September 1915

At sea

5.00am: Hove up and proceeded single line ahead

6.00am: Commenced sweeping. Finished sweeping

8.40am: Dropped anchor in Buckie Bay

1.45pm: Weighed and proceeded single line ahead

5.25pm: Anchored Lossiemouth [Lat 57.7, Long -3.3]

6.30pm: Metal boat hook lost overboard

Distance through water: 106 miles. Fuel expended 5 tons

Weather: winds NW force 2 to 6; barometer rising 29.93 to 30.26; temperature 63F; blue skies with some cloud, but 'black' at midnight end of day

 

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17 September 1915

Place: At Sea

5.00am: Weighed anchor

5.05am: Single line ahead

6.00am: At Acacia's dan buoy (Covesea N80W, Buckie S10E) [Covesea: Moray, Scotland: : [Lat 57.7, Long -3.4]

6.35am: Passed through fishing lines

7.00am: Hove up kite. Single line ahead.

8.00am: Down kite

10.15am: Anchored in Buckie

2.40pm: Weighed anchor. Proceeded single line ahead

4.00pm: Commenced sweeping

4.40pm: Slip sweep

4.55pm: Down kite

6.30pm: Finished sweeping. Proceeded into harbour line ahead.

Distance through water: 91 miles. Fuel expended 7 tons, 114.5 tons remaining

Weather: winds WSW/Calm/NE force 1; barometer steady until last 4 hours dropped 30.24 to 29.30 [Editor's note: possible penning error?]; temperature 54F; overcast with rain, ending overcast

 

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18 September 1915

At Sea

Lat 54.8, Long 2.0

5.15am: Motor boat's metal rudder and litter lost overboard (accident)

3.10pm: Commenced sweeping

9.00pm: Let go anchor in Banff Bay

9.30pm: Two breakers drawn from HMS Foxglove

Distance through water: 128 miles. Fuel expended 7 tons

Weather: winds ESE force 3 to 1; barometer steady and started at 30.32; temperature 55F; overcast with rain, ending overcast

 

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19 September 1915

At Sea

Lat 57.8, Long -2.5

6.10am: Weighed anchor and proceeded in single line ahead

7.15am: out sweep down kite

6.30pm: One breaker returned from HMS Foxglove after sweeping operations.

Distance through water: 128 miles. Fuel expended 6 tons

Weather: winds SE force 2 to 5; barometer steady; temperature 53F; overcast with some rain and some breaks in the cloud

 

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20 September 1915

Lat 57.8, Long -3.0

11.35am: Slipped sweep, proceeded in Division Course. NNW speed 12 knots. Columns 3 cables apart

1.15pm: Stowing gear and preparing for coaling

3.50pm: Noss Head Lighthouse abeam distance 3 miles

Draft before coaling: Fore 8ft 11in. Aft 11ft 7in

Draft after coaling: Fore 9ft 6in. Aft 12ft 1in

10.45pm: Finished coaling 684 bags. Hands to cocoa and Pipe down

Distance through water: 79 miles. Fuel expended 8 tons, 162.5 tons remaining

Weather: winds Calm/SE force 0 to 5; barometer steady; temperature 59F; overcast with some rain and some breaks in the cloud

 

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21 September 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

10.50am: Cast off from collier & proceeded

11.47am: Made fast alongside HMS Benbow

1.40pm: Hands employed returning ammunition

Distance through water: 74 miles. Fuel expended 2 tons

Weather: winds SSE force 4; barometer steady; temperature 57F; overcast with cloud; all readings cease noon onwards

 

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22 September 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

9.00am: Hands provision ship from drifter "Maggie Lough" empties returned by same

11.00am: Hands employed refitting sweeping gear

6.30pm: Cast off from HMS Benbow and proceeded

6.50pm: Passed through Switha Gate single line head 12.5 knots courses various

8.35pm: Passed Noss Head Lighthouse distance 3 miles altered course S35W

Distance through water: nil miles. Fuel expended 4 tons

Weather: winds SW force 3 to 4; barometer steady; temperature 52F; overcast with bright spells and some cloud

 

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23 September 1915

Lat 57.8, Long -2.8

12.40am: Anchored off Covesea

8.35am: Weighed and proceeded

9.30am: Commenced sweeping

4.25pm: In sweep

7.24pm: Anchored in Buckie Bay

Distance through water 115 miles. Fuel expended 8.5 tons

Weather: winds Calm/SE force 0 to 3; barometer falling 29.99 to 29.79; temperature 57F; mix of clear sky and cloud, but mid-afternoon a period of mist and drizzle

 

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24 September 1915

At Sea

Lat 57.8, Long -2.8

9.25am: Shortened and weighed port anchor

9.35am: Proceeded in a single line ahead

10.25am: Commenced sweeping

3.30pm: Finished off sweeping

3.50pm: Anchored off Buckie 2 shackles 7 fathoms

4.00pm: Leave to Chief & 1st Class Petty Officers till 7 pm.

4.30pm: One dan buoy returned from HMS Circe; one sinker returned from HMS Circe; 5 towing breakers returned from HMS Foxglove

Distance through water 104 miles. Fuel expended 5.25 tons

Weather: winds Calm; barometer steady 29.8; temperature 58F; mix of clear sky and cloud

 

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25 September 1915

At sea

4miles North of Buckie Lighthouse

6.00am: Hands fall in and scrub decks

7.45am: Hands to breakfast

8.30am: Hands to scrub mess decks

11.10am: Out sweep

11.40am: Slip sweep

11.50am: Slip course North

12.30pm: Negative sweep altered course West

3.33pm: Passed Fairway Buoy [Cromarty Firth: Lat 57.7, Long -4.0]

4.10pm: Passed first gate

4.15pm: Passed second gate

Distance through water not recorded. Fuel expended 4.5 tons

Weather: winds Calm/E/NE force 0 to 4/5; barometer falling to 29.39; temperature 52F; mix of clear sky and cloud at midnight, followed by rain, rain, rain, rain

 

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26 September 1915

At Sea

12.00pm: in entrance to Cromarty Firth [Lat 57.7, Long -4.0]

1.25pm: Hands unshipped bumpkins [see gazetteer] for bow defence and secured stern mat

Distance through water 64 miles. Fuel expended 3.5 tons

Weather: winds NW/NE force 1 to 6/7; barometer rising back to 29.64; temperature 48F; rain, followed by rain, rain, rain, rain, rain

 

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27 September 1915

At Sea

Lat 57.7, Long -2.5

7.00am: Weighed port anchor. Proceeded in company with gunboats line ahead.

7.20am: Passed gates.

9.20am: Covesea Lighthouse [Lat 57.7, Long -3.4] abeam 2 miles distant. Altered course S68E

10.00am: Hands employed reeving new boats falls and as requisite

10.00am: Heavy Swell

1.15pm: Kinnaird Head [Lat 57.7, Long -2.0] at distance 3 miles a/c S52E

1.53pm: Rattray Head at distance 2 miles a/c S20E

2.35pm: Passed through breakwater

2.45pm: Let go starboard anchor 8 fathoms 2 shackles

Distance through water 62 miles. Fuel expended 7.75 tons

Weather: winds NE/NW force 5 to 1; barometer steady 29.7; temperature 50F; overcast morning, mix of blue sky and cloud afternoon; heavy swell midday

 

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28 September 1915

 

At Peterhead [Lat 57.5, Long -1.8]

6.00am: Hands lash up and stow hammocks. Hands employed as requisite

7.45am: Hands to breakfast and clean

8.00am: Hands employed refitting boats falls & sweep wires, scrubbing boats covers, and as requisite

Distance through water 36 miles. Fuel expended 3.75 tons

Weather: winds NW force 5; barometer steady; temperature 53F; day starts with passing hail showers, mix of blue sky and cloud midmorning onwards

 

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29 September 1915

At Peterhead

6.00am: HMS Gossamer weighed and proceeded to sea

7.00am: Whaler arrived

2.45pm: Hands employed lubricating, cleaning out boats, fitting, picking up pennant, and as requisite

7.00pm: HMS Boadicea and HMS Moon anchored. One trawler returned to HMS Boadicea for sounding machine.

Distance through water not recorded. Fuel expended 3.75 tons

Weather: winds NE/N/NW force 4 to 6; barometer falling quickly then steady rise to 29.7; temperature 48F; day starts with passing showers, then rain with hail, by end of day mix of blue sky and cloud

 

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30 September 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

8.22am: Weighed starboard anchor. Passed through breakwater

8.40am: Buchan Ness abeam. Course SW

10.25am: Entered entrance harbour Aberdeen

10.40am: Secured to Provost Mearns Quay

7.00pm: Discharged two ratings to HMS Skipjack

Distance through water 36 miles. Fuel expended 3.75 tons

Weather: winds N/NW force 6 to 1; barometer rising gently; temperature 50F; mix of blue sky and cloud with passing showers around lunch

 

 

LOGS FOR OCTOBER 1915

 

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Front page of Acacia log book for October 1915. Certified as copy of the original by L Dickinson Lt RNR

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Barometer: J Hicks, London No 2222, Height of cistern above sea 23ft

Thermometers of Air Temperature: Position; Amidships boat deck: Whether in screen; Yes: J Hicks, London No 1236 air dry, No 1237 air wet. Thermometers of Sea Temperature: J Hicks, London

 

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1 October 1915

At sea

Lat 57.0, Long -1.5

9.20am: Cast off from Albert Quay

9.40am: Passed through breakwater

10.30am: Girdle Ness astern 2 miles line abreast

12.10pm: Single line ahead course North

3.05pm: Buchan Ness abeam. Ships head North

3.15pm: Entered breakwater

3.20pm: Let go starboard anchor 8 fathoms 2 shackles. Hands to tea.

6.45pm: Darken Ship. Supper

Distance through water 28 miles. Fuel expended 5 tons

Weather: winds NE/N/NW force 2; barometer steady at 30.00; temperature 44F; blue sky with clouds all day long; heavy swells noted midday

 

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2 October 1915

At Sea

Lat 57.3, Long 0.0

6.00am: Weighed anchor and proceeded

6.05am: Passed through breakwater

10.30am: Out sweep

11.40am: Subs 8pts to starboard

11.47am: Subs 8pts to starboard

12.58pm: Subs 8pts to port

1.10pm: Subs 8 points to port

2.05pm: Subs 8 points to port

3.20pm: Subs 8 points to port

3.28pm: Subs 8 points to port

4.30pm: Subs 16 points to starboard

5.30pm: Subs 16 points to port

6.35pm: Line ahead N16E. Slip Sweep.

6.55pm: Altered course N74W. Darken Ship

8.00pm: Lat 57.10, Long 0.00

9.00pm: Rounds

9.30pm: Pipe down

[Editor's note: Subs is possibly 'Subsequently altered course']

Distance through water 109 miles. Fuel expended 11 tons

Weather: winds WNW/SE/Calm force 2; barometer rising to 30.20; temperature 53F; blue sky with clouds all day long; heavy swells noted midday again

 

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3 October 1915

At Sea

Lat 56.9, Long 0.2

12.45am: Altered course 8 points to port

3.45am: Altered course 8 points to port

4.50am: Altered course 8 points to port

5.50am: Down sweep out kite

6.45am: Altered course 8 points to starboard

6.55am: Altered course 8 points to starboard

7.30am: Hands to breakfast

8.00am: Altered course 8 points to port

8.07am: Altered course 8 points to port

9.10am: Altered course 8 points to starboard

9.20am: Altered course 8 points to starboard

10.25am: Altered course 8 points to port

10.35am: Altered course 8 points to port

11.32am: Altered course 8 points to starboard

11.42am: Altered course 8 points to starboard

12.00pm: Dinner

1.00pm: Altered course in succession 8 points to port

1.48pm: Altered course 8 points to starboard

2.58pm: Altered course 8 points to port

3.04pm: Altered course 8 points to port

4.07pm: Altered course 8 points to starboard

4.17pm: Altered course 8 points to starboard

5.20pm: Altered course 8 points to port

5.30pm: Altered course 8 points to port

5.55pm: Slip sweep. Single line ahead course SSW

6.30pm: Darken ship

8.30pm: Rounds; Altered course 8 points to starboard (WNW)

9.30pm: Pipe down

11.30pm: Altered course 8 points to starboard (NNE)

Distance through water 258 miles. Fuel expended 13.5 tons

Weather: winds SE/Calm/SWS/ENE force 0 to 2; barometer rising still; temperature 54F; blue sky with clouds all day long again; sea flat

[Editor's note: A really long day in the Acacia Office, 258 miles]

 

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4 October 1915

Aberdeen

Lat 57.2, Long -2.0

5.40am: Girdle Ness

5.55am: Entered breakwater

6.10am: Made fast alongside "Albert Quay"

7.30am: Commenced coaling

11.30am: Finished coaling

Distance through water 193 miles. Fuel expended 3.5 tons

Weather: winds Calm; barometer rising to high of 30.46; temperature 55F; blue sky with clouds all day long yet again

 

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5 October 1915

At Sea

6.15am: slipped from quay and proceeded

6.30am: passed breakwater. Laying off harbour waiting gunboats.

7.15am: Single line ahead, Course NE

9.25am: Buchan Ness Lighthouse 0.75 miles

10.15am: Rattray Lighthouse distance 1 mile.

10.20am: Kinnaird Head abeam

11.30am: Stopped, sent whaler to HMS Skipjack for mails

12.21pm: Out sweep

5.00pm: Finished sweeping

5.40pm: Anchored off Banff

6.45pm: Hands darken ship. Supper

9.00pm: Rounds

10.00pm: Pipe down

Distance through water 57 miles. Fuel expended 9.25 tons

Weather: winds Variable/SW force 1 to 2; barometer steady; temperature 55F; Fog early morning then blue sky with clouds

 

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6 October 1915

At sea

Lat 57.8, Long 2.5

6.15am: Weighed anchor and proceeded 12 knots

7.15am: Minesweeping

11.17am: Dropped Dan Buoy in Lat 57.45, Long 2.26

12.03pm: Slip sweep

12.52pm: Dropped Dan Buoy in Lat 57.48, Long 2.24

12.55pm: Minesweeping

4.30pm: Proceeded in line ahead

5.50pm: Dropped port anchor 9.5 fathoms 2 shackles in Banff Bay

pm: One 8 inch spanner lost overboard (Gunners stores).

Distance through water 132 miles. Fuel expended 9.5 tons

Weather: winds SSW force 1 to 4; barometer steady; temperature 55F; clear sky with clouds

 

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7 October 1915

Banff Bay

Lat 57.7, Long -2.8

Another day of sweeping as yesterday

Distance through water 129 miles. Fuel expended 8.5 tons

Weather: winds SSW/SE force 3 to 4; barometer steady; temperature 55F; blue sky, later with clouds; getting up a swell of 3 at midday

 

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8 October 1915

Banff Bay

Lat 57.7, Long -2.3

8.15am: MacDuff Lighthouse distance 1.25 miles South

am: Mine sweeping

1.55pm: Weighed and proceeded

pm: Mine sweeping

Distance through water 107 miles. Fuel expended 8 tons

Weather: winds SE/S/SSW force 6 to 2; barometer falling, low for the day 29.79; temperature 53F; blue sky but with lunch time clouds; getting up a swell of 4 at midday

 

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9 October 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.1

5.30am: Weighed & proceeded line ahead with sloops

5.50pm: Mine sweeping

6.50am: Covesea Lighthouse at distance 2.5 miles

5.55pm: Weighed and proceeded line ahead with sloops

8.20 passed through gateway

8.45 am: Made fast alongside Collier no. 247 at Cromarty

9.30am: Commenced coaling

Before coaling draft Fore 9ft 4in., Aft 11ft 10in.

After coaling draft Fore 9ft 8in., Aft 12ft 3in.

12.00pm: Finished coaling. Hands to dinner

1.15pm: Hands clean ship

pm: Draft on leaving Fore 9ft 9in., Aft 12ft 5in.

4.00pm: Tea

5.30pm: Cast off from collier

pm: Mine sweeping

7.50pm: Let go port anchor 7 fathoms 2 shackles at Burg Head [Lat 57.7, Long -3.5]

Distance through water 87 miles. Fuel expended 6 tons

Weather: winds SW/Calm/SE force 2 to 3; barometer slowly rising; temperature 56F; cloudy with mist later but finishing clear

 

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10 October 1915

Lat 57.8, Long -2.8

6.16am: Covesea Lighthouse abeam Ships lead East

7.20am: Buckie Lighthouse abeam

8.30am: Mine Sweeping

Noon: Passed sweep down kite

pm: Mine sweeping

5.25pm: Let go port anchor 7 fathoms 2 shackles at Cullen

6.30pm: Darken Ship. Supper

Distance through water 123 miles. Fuel expended 10 tons

Weather: winds SE/E force 2 to 3; barometer steady; temperature 55F; clear at start of day, then cloudy, then rain all afternoon

 

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11 October 1915

At sea

Lat 57.8, Long -2.7

4.00am: Hands lash up and stow

5.55am: Weighed port anchor

6.00am: Proceeded line ahead

am & pm: Mine Sweeping

4.40pm: Anchored 10 fathoms 3 shackles at Portsoy [Lat 57.7, Long -2.7]

Distance through water 123 miles. Fuel expended 10 tons

Weather: winds SE/S force 2 to 5; barometer falling 30.01 to 29.64; temperature 54F; mix of clear and cloudy all day

 

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12 October 1915

At Sea

Lat 57.8, Long -2.7

9.20am: Weighed port anchor

9.40am: Proceeded line ahead

4.55pm: Finished sweeping line ahead

5.35pm: Anchored at Cullen [Lat 57.7, Long -2.8]

pm: 4 Breakers returned to HMS Speedwell

Distance through water 81 miles. Fuel expended 9.25 tons

Weather: winds SE/S/SSW force 7/8 to 2; barometer rising to 29.82; temperature 56F; mix of clear and cloudy all day; heavy Easterly swell until 8pm

 

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13 October 1915

At Sea

Lat 57.8, Long -2.8

9.20am: Weighed starboard anchor proceeded line ahead

am & pm: Mine sweeping

5.5pm: Anchored at Cullen

10.00pm: Motor boat broke adrift and now on rocks. Engines and fittings removed. Hull of boat unable to salve. This is the subject of an enquiry. [Editor's note: it is the 13th!]

Distance through water 81 miles. Fuel expended 9.25 tons

Weather: winds S force 2 to 4; barometer steady; temperature 57F; mix of clear and cloudy all day; swell up to 2

 

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14 October 1915

At Sea

Lat 57.8, Long -2.7

6.00am: Proceed, single line ahead. Mine sweeping

8.40am: Anchored 10.5 fathoms 2 shackles off Portsoy

2 five cwt sinkers drawn from Steam Drifter Eileen Emma

11.10am: Weighed and proceeded

pm: Mine sweeping

7.00pm: Anchored off Cullen

Distance through water 90 miles. Fuel expended 9.5 tons

Weather: winds Calm/S/SSW force 0 to 2; barometer from 29.87 to 30.13; temperature 60F; mix of clear and cloudy all day

 

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15 October 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.1

 

5.00am: Have up and proceeded

6.44am: Covesea Lighthouse distance 2 miles

8.35am: Passed through Cromarty outer gate

9.00am: Made fast alongside Collier Glen Frewen

9.15am: Commenced coaling

11.30am: Ceased coaling cast off from collier

12.00pm: Dinner

3.50pm: Left anchorage, made fast alongside Collier Wychwood at 4.20pm

4.3pm: Commenced coaling. Tea

6.30pm: Left collier. Darken ship

6.55pm: Anchored

7.00pm: Supper. Hands to bath

Distance through water 127 miles. Fuel expended 6.5 tons

Weather: winds S/SW/Calm force 3 to 0; barometer steady; temperature 60F; clear with some clouds

 

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16 October 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.1

9.30am: One absentee rejoined ship

12.30pm: Leave to watch till 7am

6:50pm: Darken ship

Distance through water 7 miles. Fuel expended 1 ton

Weather: winds Calm/Light airs; barometer steady at 30.21; temperature 53F; clear with some clouds

 

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17 October 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.1

6.00am: Hands fall in and clean in No 2s

9.00am: Hands to divisions and prayers

1.00pm: One dinghy's crutch broken

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1 tons

Weather: winds W/Calm force 0 to 1; barometer small rise; temperature 55F; clear with some cloud ending in rain at end of day

 

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18 October 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.1

am: Hands fall in employed painting inboard

Distance through water nil recorded miles. Fuel expended 1.25 tons

Weather: winds Calm; barometer rising to high 30.57; temperature 52F; rain improving to clear with some clouds in the after noon

 

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19 October 1915

Cromarty Firth

Lat 57.7, Long -4.1

am: Hands employed painting ship's side

Distance through water nil recorded miles. Fuel expended 2 tons

Weather: winds Calm/NE/SE force 0 to 4; barometer down then up; temperature 48F; started cloudy, cleared up, ended in rain

 

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20 October 1915

Cromarty Firth and at sea

Lat 57.7, Long -3.8

10.15am: Weighed and proceeded line ahead

am: to 5.00pm: Mine sweeping. Anchored in 5 fathoms 2 shackles in Dornoch Firth. Darkened ship.

5.00pm: Anchored in Dornoch Firth [Lat 57.9, Long -4.0]

pm: Hands employed preparing new kite and sweep wire

Distance through water 18 miles. Fuel expended 7.25 tons

Weather: winds ESE force 5; barometer falling; temperature 55F; rain, cleared up, passing showers, cloudy; swell 5

 

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21 October 1915

At Sea from Dornoch Firth to Scapa Flow

Lat 58.7, Long -3.0

6.00am: Weighed anchor and proceeded course NE by E

10.40am: Chart table lost overboard (i.e. lower woodwork part only)

10.52am: Noss Head Lighthouse abeam

Noon: Pentland Skerries distance 2.5 miles

12.40pm: Passed through gateway

1.15pm: Secured to Collier No 189 at Long Hope

4.30pm: Anchored M3 berth Scapa Flow

Distance through water 118 miles. Fuel expended 8 tons

Weather: winds SW/S force 5; barometer steady; temperature 51F; clear with some clouds; heavy northerly swell

 

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22 October 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

pm: Hands employed getting in mine sweeping stores. One 12ft kite, 2 sweep wires, 1 coil of grass

Distance through water 13 miles. Fuel expended 3.5 tons

Weather: winds S force 6; barometer steady; temperature 52F; cloudy with passing showers, improving later

 

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23 October 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

6.00am: Hands lash and stow. Employed fitting new eyes in sweep wires &c.

9.00am: Two ratings joined ship form depot.

4.40pm: Hands employed putting sweep wires on reels.

6.00pm: Darken ship

7.00pm: Supper

Distance through water 0 miles. Fuel expended 3.75 tons

Weather: winds SE force 6; barometer falling; temperature 50F; clear but increasing cloud until rain in later after noon

 

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24 October 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

6.15am: Hands employed scrubbing upper deck.

7.00am: Breakfast

8.15am: Employed putting eyes in sweep wires and cleaning ship

9.00am: Divisions and prayers

1.00pm: Pipe down

4.00pm: Tea. Evening quarters. Hands employed preparing ship for sea

5.30pm: Darken ship

7.00pm: Dinner

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 3.5 tons

Weather: winds SE force 6 to 2; barometer rise 30.11 to 30.50; temperature 52F; cloudy but clearing later

 

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25 October 1915

At Sea

Lat 59.0, Long -4.3

6.45am: Passed Cava Lighthouse [Lat 58.9, Long -3.2]

am: Mine sweeping

6.00pm: Anchored at Scapa Flow.

pm: one SSA (Senior Special Artificer) joined ship

Distance through water 70 miles. Fuel expended 5 tons

Weather: winds NW/N/NE force 3 to 1; barometer steady rise; temperature 49F; cloudy, clearing up but rain by midnight

 

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26 October 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

7.00am: HMS Marigold left

8.30am: 1 Rating rejoins ship from hospital in Banff

9.00am: SS Alisa alongside with stores

9.30am: Doctor's Inspection

Distance through water 76 miles. Fuel expended 3.75 tons

Weather: winds NE/Calm force 2 to 0; barometer falling from 30.50 to 30.30; temperature 51F; cloudy with some clear patches

 

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27 October 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

6.40am: HMS Marigold weighed and proceeded.

8.00am: Hands to breakfast. Clean in No.5

8.40am: Nightclothing aired. Up Nightclothing on Forecastle lines.

am: Rigging main topsail

4.35pm: Mine sweeping

7.25pm: Anchored in Sinclair Bay [Lat 58.5, Long -3.1]

Distance through water 35 miles. Fuel expended 7.25 tons [Editor's note: ? A lot used in washing nightclothing]

Weather: winds Calm/Light Airs/SE force 2 to 6 [Editor's note: not bad for Washing Day!]; barometer dropping like a stone from 30.23 to 29.62; temperature 44F; cloudy, even underlined cloudy mid-afternoon; sea swell rapidly from 1 to 5 and back to 3 in mid-afternoon

 

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28 October 1915

Sinclair Bay

Lat 58.5, Long -3.1

6.45am: Weighed anchor and proceeded various courses mine sweeping

9.05am: Rounded Dunnet Head [Lat 58.7, Long -3.4]

9.45am: Anchored in Dunnet Bay [Lat 58.6, Long -3.4]. Hands employed replacing & securing kites boats &c.

10.00am: Barometer readings now taken hourly

pm: At anchor

Distance through water 67 miles. Fuel expended 6.5 tons

Weather: winds SE force 7; barometer 29.50 rising slowly to 29.74; temperature 45F; cloudy then rain and mist and drizzle

 

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29 October 1915

Dunnet Bay

Lat 58.6, Long -3.3

Jobs about the boat, jobs on sweep wires, 3 meals, and bed

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 5 tons

Weather: winds SE force 7; barometer rising slowly; temperature 47F; overcast with rain/drizzle all after noon

 

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30 October 1915

At Sea

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

7.35am: Sighted Dunnet Head distance 2 miles

8.48am: Passed through gate to Scapa Flow. Made fast alongside Collier Horncastle

Noon: Competed coaling. Dinner

Wind direction and force, and barometer and weather reports every hour for first 4 only.

4.05pm: Cast off from collier

4.55pm: Mine sweeping

6.06pm: Duncansby Head [Lat 58.7, Long -3.0] distance1 mile

8.55pm: Anchored in Dunnet Head Bay

Distance through water 22 miles. Fuel expended 8.5 tons

Weather: winds SE force 5 to 1; barometer steady around 29.84; temperature 52F; mixed clear and cloud, after passing rain showers; swell from 1 to 3

 

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31 October 1915

At Sea

Lat 58.7, Long -2.9

4.05am: Weighed and proceeded

4.40am: Rounded Dunnet Head

5.15am: Stroma Lighthouse [Lat 58.7, Long -3.1] distance 1.5 miles

6.00am: Duncansby Head distance 1.5 miles

6.35am: Noss Head Lighthouse distance 1 mile

am & pm: Mine sweeping

Distance through water 138 miles. Fuel expended 15 tons

Weather: winds SE/SW/NW/NE/SW force 2 to 3; barometer steady; temperature 49F; clear with cloud in the fore noon, cloudy ion the after noon; moderate swell force 3

 

 

LOGS FOR NOVEMBER 1915

 

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Front page of Acacia log book for November 1915. Certified as copy of the original by WD Croudace SubLt RNR

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Barometer, and thermometers detail page. No entries made.

 

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1 November 1915

At Sea

Lat 56.8, Long 0.3

12.00am: Mine sweeping

1.35 am: Kinnaird Head S52W; Rattray Head S32W

3.10am: Rattray Head abeam distance 5 miles

4.00am: High South Easterly swell

8.00am: Line ahead

8.45am: Passed sweep subs altered course S72E

9.35am: Subs altered course 8 points to port

10.10am: Subs altered course 8 points to port

11.25am: Subs altered course 8 points to starboard

11.40am: Subs altered course 8 points to starboard

1.10pm: Subs altered course 8 points to port

1.20pm: Subs altered course 8 points to port

2.40pm: Subs altered course 8 points to starboard

2.50pm: Subs altered course 8 points to starboard

3.35pm: Subs altered course 8 points to port

4.05pm: Subs altered course 8 points to port

5.20pm: Slip sweep line ahead. 9 knots course N72E

5.45pm: Altered course S65E

6.45pm: Altered course in succession 16 points to port (N64E)

12.00am: Fresh head wind, sea moderate

Distance through water 252 miles. Fuel expended 14 tons

Weather: winds SE/ES/NW force 4 to 5 (not all entries noted); barometer steady; temperature 44F; clear with clouds until also passing showers and snow at end of day; swell up to force 6 mid morning

 

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2 November 1915

Lat 55.2, Long -0.3

am: Mine sweeping as previous day

12.45pm: Stop engines discharged signal rating to HMS Marigold

1.20pm: Proceeded

pm: Mine sweeping

Distance through water 234 miles. Fuel expended 16.5 tons

Weather: winds NE/Various force 1 to 3; barometer steady; temperature 47F; clear with cloud and snow showers; moderate swell

 

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3 November 1915

At Sea

Lat 57.6, Long -0.3

0.21am: Girdleness Lighthouse 4 points before beam (S85W)

1.07am: Girdleness Lighthouse abeam (N50W)

2.40am: Girdleness Lighthouse N68W

am: Mine sweeping

1.30pm: Overhauling sweep gear & splicing new eye in kite wire, then mine sweeping until anchoring

3.00pm: Furled sails

7.30pm: Land ahead

9.00pm: Pentland Skerries Lighthouse distance 2 miles

9.45pm: Rounded Island

10.05pm: Anchored in Long Hope

Distance through water 245 miles. Fuel expended 15.5 tons

Weather: winds SE/N force 2; barometer rising to 30.07; temperature 48F; clear with cloud, then same with drizzle, and then snow showers to lunch time; slight swell in morning

 

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4 November 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

7.30am: Secured to Collier Shakespeare No.454

8.45am: Commence coaling

11.00am: Finish coaling

6.00pm: Sweep wire received

Distance through water 135 miles. Fuel expended 3 tons, remaining 172.75

Weather: winds N force 2 to 1; barometer steady; temperature 46F; overcast, gloomy at lunchtime, drizzly later

 

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5 November 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

am: Employed on sweep wires, drawing stores &c.

11.00am: Engineers Bosun & Carpenters stores received

11.30am: One entangled sweep wire returned

1.30 pm: Football party landed

3.00pm: Weighed and proceeded with the assistance of two drifters

3.30pm: Anchored to await HMS Ajax anchoring

5.00pm: Tied up alongside HMS Ajax

5.00pm: Darken ship

6.55pm: Football party returned

Distance through water 5 miles. Fuel expended 2.5 tons

Weather: winds NNE/Calm/SW/W/WNW force 0 to 2; barometer steady; temperature 48F; clear with cloud until lunch, then clear but rain by end of day

[Editor's note: The mention of the name 'Ajax' just as a football party is landed is amusing. Ajax football team in Holland commenced in March 1900 so it may be possible that the party were aware of the irony]

 

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6 November 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

am: Splicing sweep wires & cleaning ship

pm: Make mend clothes

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.5 tons

Weather: winds NNW force 2 to 6; barometer falling fast 30.12 to 20.83; temperature 52F; overcast and rain at end of day again

 

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7 November 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

8.00am Hands to breakfast. Clean in No2s

10.10am: Church party allowed on board HMS Ajax

Distance through water nil recorded miles. Fuel expended 4.5 tons

Weather: winds WNW force5 to 7; barometer continues to fall to 29.56 at end of day; temperature 48F; overcast with passing showers including heavy hail at end of day; swell up to 2

 

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8 November 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

6.00am: Hands lash up and stow Scrub upper deck

7.05am: Slipped from HMS Ajax and proceeded to anchorage M6.

am: Cleaning out boats

1.20pm: Hands fall in. Whaler away sailing. Hands employed refitting.

3.45pm: Clear up decks for Quarters. Evening Quarters, Tea

5.00pm: One Rating joined ship from depot.

Distance through water 1.5 miles. Fuel expended 3 tons

Weather: winds WNW/Calm force 7 to 0; barometer gentle dip to low of 29.42 mid afternoon; temperature 45F; clear but early morning to overcast with passing showers, hail and rain all day; swell of 2 all morning

 

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9 November 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

am: Scrubing decks

pm: Painting ship

4.45pm: Darken ship

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 3 tons

Weather: winds NE force 1 to 7; barometer still falling from 29.26 down to 28.98 [Editor's note, 28.98 inches = 736.1 millimetres]; temperature 44F; overcast with passing showers some of the day ending in very heavy rain; swell of 2

 

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10 November 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

am: Cleaning mess decks

pm: Painting wardroom lobby and cleaning ship. Slowing UD gear

10.00pm: Pipe down. Anchor watch kept.

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 3.5 tons, remaining 154.5

Weather: winds NE force 7; barometer around 29.98, bar 29.18 at 4pm, and 29.28 at end of day; temperature 42F; rain, RAIN, hail, until mid-evening when clear plus cloud; swell of 2 all day

 

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11 November 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

9.10am: Alongside Collier Mercedes

10.20am: Commenced coaling

Draft before coaling: Fore 10ft 0in.; Aft 10ft 4in.

3.20pm: Finished coaling. Took in 98 tons. Slipped collier and scrubbed and washed upper decks

Draft after coaling: Fore 11ft 11in.; Aft 12ft 7in.

5.30pm: Hands to bath. Darken ship

Distance through water 5 miles. Fuel expended 4.25 tons, remaining 250.25

Weather: winds N/NE force 6 to 4; barometer 29.28 up to 29.38; temperature 48F; rain, hail passing showers clearing up to clear with clouds in the afternoon, but passing showers and hail by end of day; swell 1

 

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12 November 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

1.15pm: 1st whaler away sailing.

Distance through water 5 miles. Fuel expended 2 tons

Weather: winds NE force 4 to 6; barometer steady; temperature 42F; patchy cloud with snow and hail midmorning, passing showers later in day

 

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13 November 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

9.15am: Accompanied HMS Carnation to list sweep and pick up buoy

11.30am: To M6 berth and anchored.

Noon: Dinner and returned 4 breakers to HMS Daphne

pm: taking in and stowing away provisions

Distance through water 19 miles. Fuel expended 5.0 tons

Weather: winds NE/N force 6 to 5; barometer fallen to 29.31 and rising during day; temperature 45F; clear with cloud but soon squally with hail through much of the day

 

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14 November 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

Sunday

6.45am: Hands fall in and scrub decks

7.00am: Breakfast. Dress of the day No.4

am: Took in stores

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 3.5 tons

Weather: winds N/NW force 6 to 2; barometer slow rise to 29.73; temperature 43F; clear skies with some cloud and snow/hail during daylight

 

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15 November 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

10.00am: Steam for 15 knots at 4pm

4.00pm: Stands to sea

Distance through water 13.5 miles. Fuel expended 5.5 tons

Weather: winds Calm/NE force 0 to 3; barometer slow rise to 30.04; temperature 38F; all morning cloud with snow, all afternoon/evening clear sky with cloud; moderate swell noted at day end

 

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16 November 1915

Loch Eriboll [Lat 58.5, Long -4.7]

Lat 58.5, Long -4.7

2.00am: HMS Hollyhock turned searchlight on steamer

7.00am: Various courses

9.30am: Anchored in Lake Eriboll

10.00am Leave to part of ships company

1.20pm: Pipe down. 1st Whaler away sailing

4.30pm: Darken ship

Distance through water 88 miles. Fuel expended 6 tons

Weather: winds NW force 2 to 5; barometer rising to 30.31; temperature 40F; mixed clear and cloud but also snow, ending in cloud and rain

 

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17 November 1915

Loch Eriboll and at sea

Lat 58.8, Long -4.8

am: Mine sweeping

11.36am: Cape Wraith [Lat 58.6, Long -5.0] S24W

12.00pm: Cape Wraith S44W

pm: Mine sweeping

4.29pm: Anchored at Loch Eriboll

Distance through water 55 miles. Fuel expended 8.5 tons

Weather: winds NW/Calm force 1 to 0; barometer slow rise; temperature 46F; overcast with rain early on clearing to clear plus clouds later; moderate to light swell

 

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18 November 1915

Loch Eriboll and at sea

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

8.45am: Sorting sweep wires and preparing for coaling

10.21am: Dunnet Head abeam distance 2 miles

11.35am: Passed through gateway to Scapa Flow

11.50am: Made fast alongside Collier Mercedes. Took 15 tons.

2:20pm: Secured to M2 buoy

2.30pm: Washing down decks

3.45pm: Wash and scrub coaling suits

4.15pm: Hands to sea

Draft before Fore10ft 4in. Aft 12ft 5in., after Fore 10ft 7in. Aft 12ft 6in.

6.15pm: Hands fall in with scrubbed coaling suits

7.15pm: Supper

Distance through water 47 miles. Fuel expended 7 tons

Weather: winds Calm/SE force 0 to 1; barometer rising to 30.50; temperature 47F; clear with clouds all day

 

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19 November 1915

Scapa Flow and at sea

Lat 58.8, Long -2.9

9.50am: Slipped and proceeded to sea.

11.03am: Pentland Skerries Lighthouse distance 3 miles

12.25am: Wick Harbour Lighthouse [Lat 58.4, Long -3.1] distance 2.5 miles

1.00pm: Mine sweeping

3.50pm Sun set. Darken ship

5.00pm: Rounded Noss Head distance 0.75 mile

5.20pm: Anchored in Sinclair Bay

Distance through water 32 miles. Fuel expended 9 tons

Weather: winds SW force 2 to 4; barometer still rising to 30.64; temperature 42F; clear with clouds all day again

 

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20 November 1915

At sea

Lat 57.9, Long -2.5

6.35am: Weigh anchor. Swing ship to East

6.50am: Proceeded

7.00am: Noss Head Lighthouse bearing West (~) 1 mile

7.08am: Wick Breakwater Lighthouse

8.40am: Splicing wires and fitting new sweeping roller

9.50am: Took up station astern of HMS Daphne 15 knots

10.30am: Stopped

10.35am: Proceeded 12 knots

2.45pm: Dropped dan buoy & picked up HMS Foxglove's dan buoy

4.15pm: Anchored at Fraserburgh. Tea. Darken ship

8:00pm: Supper

10:00pm: Rounds

11.00pm: Pipe down

Distance through water 135 miles. Fuel expended 9.75 tons

Weather: winds SSW/Calm force 5 to 0; barometer and still on the way up to 30.73; temperature 45F; mostly clear skies with cloud; swell 3 to 0

 

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21 November 1915

At sea

Lat 57.9, Long -1.8

8.00am: Weighed anchor & proceeded at 12 knots course N50E

9.00am: Last hour run 12 miles 125.3 revs

9.15am: Down kite pass sweep course N18E

9.45am: Slip sweep

10.00am: Last hour run 10 miles 107.1 revs

10.30am: Down kite pass sweep

11.00am: Last hour run 11 miles 114.0 revs

11.45am: Left line

12.00pm: Dinner. Last hour run 10 miles 121.8 revs

12.10pm: Picked up dan buoy

12.20pm: Picked up dan buoy

12.30pm: Proceeded to Peterhead course S19W

1.00pm: Last hour run 10 miles 121.7 revs

1.50pm: Altered course S20W

1.53pm: Rattray Head abeam distance 2.25 miles

2.00pm: Last hour run 12.5 miles 130.6 revs

2.35pm: Entered harbour

2.40pm: Anchored 7 fathoms veered to 2 shackles in Peterhead harbour.

3.00pm: Last hour run 9 miles, revs not noted

4.00pm: Weighed and proceeded to Fraserburgh.

4.08pm: Passed breakwater

4.12pm: Course N18E

5.00pm: Last hour run 12.6 miles 126.0 revs

6.00pm: Last hour run 7.5 miles 77.9 revs

6.25pm: Let go port anchor in 6 fathoms veered to 2 shackles at Fraserburgh.

7.00pm: Supper Last hour run 2 miles 77.3 revs

9.00pm: Rounds

10.00pm: Pipe down

­­Distance through water 89 miles. Fuel expended 8.25 tons

Weather: winds SSW force 6 to 2; barometer falling to 30.6; temperature 43F; some clear sky in the morning, overcast and misty in the afternoon; swell from 0 to 4 at dinner, and back to 0

 

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22 November 1915

At sea

Lat 54.9, Long -1.7

7.40 Weighed anchor

8.00 Proceeded to sea

8.05 N62E

9.00am: Altered course East & took up station astern of Eastern ~

9.40am: Dropped dan buoy altered course West to pick up '~Aice' buoy

11.45am: Weighed 1st buoy proceeded towards 2nd

12.40pm: Dropped buoy

1.00pm: Picked up buoy

1.50pm: Finished

2.00pm: proceeded line ahead 12 knots

3.38pm: Rattray Head Lighthouse 2.5 miles

4.00pm: Tea.

4.30pm: Anchor in Peterhead harbour.

5.30pm: One rating rejoined ship from hospital

Distance through water 94 miles. Fuel expended 8.5 tons, 192.25 remaining

Weather: winds SW/NW force 2 to 5 to 2; barometer steadily dropping; temperature 47F; overcast and cloudy till some clear sky later; slight swell midday

 

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23 November 1915

Peterhead

Lat 57.5, Long -1.8

11.45am: Whalers crew to dinner & clean No.3s

12.00pm: Dinner

Distance through water 51 miles. Fuel expended 5 tons

Weather: winds NW/N force 2 to 6; barometer falling to 30.40; temperature 40F; overcast with rain then hail, just overcast and cloudy in the afternoon; light swell noted in the afternoon/evening

 

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24 November 1915

Peterhead

Lat 57.5, Long -1.8

7.00am: One lead line lost overboard (accident)

4.00pm: Tea. Scrub and wash clothes

8.00pm: Stand to and sling clean hammocks

Distance through water nil recorded miles. Fuel expended 4 tons

Weather: winds NW force 7 to 5; barometer steady; temperature 40F; swell increasing from light in morning to moderate in the afternoon/evening

 

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25 November 1915

Peterhead

Lat 57.5, Long -1.8

10.00am: Landing party. Dress No 3s and gaiters

11.50am: Landing party returned

Distance through water nil recorded miles. Fuel expended 4 tons

Weather: winds N/NE force 5 to 3; barometer down to 30.24; temperature 43F; drizzle, rain, mist, cloud; light swell

 

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26 November 1915

Peterhead

Lat 57.5, Long -1.8

1.00pm: Leave to Chief Petty Officers till 3.45pm

2.00pm: Pipe down

4.00pm Prepare for sea

4.40pm: Single line ahead 8 knots

10.00pm: Snow showers noted

Distance through water nil recorded miles. Fuel expended 5.25 tons, remaining 174 tons

Weather: winds N/NE force 2 to 1; barometer steady; temperature 42F; clear with clouds all morning, some snow in the afternoon; light swell, North Westerly swell

 

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27 November 1915

Peterhead to Scape Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

3.50am: Increased to 11 knots

5.30am: Pentland Skerries bearing East abeam distance 0.5 mile

6.25am: Anchored in Long Hope

8.00am: Made fast to Collier Shakespeare

11.00am: Received 60 tons. Hands sweep down upper deck

1.40pm: Slipped collier

4.00pm: Taking in mine sweeping stores

6.30pm: Navigator discharged to HMHS (Hospital Ship) Garth Castle

Distance through water 125 miles. Fuel expended 4 tons, remaining 236 tons

Weather: winds NW/SW force 1 to 4; barometer dropping to 29.87; temperature 37F; light swell in early morning only

 

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28 November 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

9.00am: Dress of the day No 4s Sunday

10.00am: Divisions and prayers

2.35pm: to No. 1 buoy

3.00pm: Secured to No1 buoy. One stoker joined ship from HMS Hollyhock for HMS Jason

Distance through water 2 miles. Fuel expended 4 tons

Weather: winds SW force 2 to 4; barometer falling to 29.59; temperature 43F; rain then cloudy all day

 

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29 November 1915

Scapa Flow and at sea

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

6.25am: Weighed and proceeded line ahead 10 knots

am: Mine sweeping

4.30pm: Passed Whiten Head [Lat 58.5, Long -4.6]

4.52pm: Anchored in Loch Eriboll

Distance through water not noted: Fuel expended 10 tons

Weather: winds SW/SE force 5 to 7; barometer dropping to 29.15; temperature 42F; mostly cloudy with gloomy skies and rain later; heavy swell

 

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30 November 1915

Loch Eriboll

Lat 58.5, Long -4.7

8.10am: Weighed anchor

10.00am: Anchored Loch Eriboll, shifted billet

1.00pm: Hands employed ~pounding dan buoys and towing breakers also fitting eyes in new sweep wire.

5.00pm: Reeling up sweep wire.

Distance through water 121 miles. Fuel expended 7.25 tons

Weather: winds SE force 7 to 1; barometer dipped to 28.97; temperature 42F; rain all morning, just overcast all pm

 

 

LOGS FOR DECEMBER 1915

 

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Log book page: Log of the Acacia for December 1915

Signed by W D Croudace

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1 December 1915

At sea

Lat 58.5, Long -4.7

6.30am: Hands lash up and stow

7.30am: Fall in prepare ship for sea.

7.45am: Weighed

8.00am: Breakfast

8.20am: Passed Whiten Head

9.00am: Divisions and prayers

9.25am: Cape Wraith abeam 3 miles S45W

11.20am: Whiten Head bearing S34W

3.40pm: Form single line

4.15pm: Entered Dunnet Head Bay

4.30pm: Anchored

Distance through water 38 miles. Fuel expended 9.75 tons, remaining 199

Weather: winds E/SE/NE force 0 to 5; barometer rising from 29.16 to 29.41; temperature 47F; some clear sky in the morning, overcast for remainder of the day; swell noted midday

 

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2 December 1915

Dunnet Head Bay to Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

12.30am: Let go starboard anchor veered to 2 shackles

7.15am: Weighed anchor and proceeded line ahead

9.50am: Secured alongside Collier Milly Longton

10.15am: Commenced coaling

11.45am: Finished coaling

1.5pm: Shoved off from collier

1.40pm: Secured to No1 buoy M line at Scapa

1 skiffs crutch lost overboard (accident)

Hands employed washing down decks

3.15pm: Hands to bath and scrub coaking sull~

6.00pm: Victualing stores (72 cases by drifter Ardfern)

6.30pm: 1 SPO joined from HMS Hollyhock. 1 SPO discharged to HMS Hollyhock

Distance through water 59 miles. Fuel expended 5.00 tons, remaining 234

Weather: winds NE force 6 to 0; barometer rising to 29.81; temperature 44F; cloudy most of the day plus snow early evening; heavy swell in the early hours

 

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3 December 1915

At sea

Lat 58.6, Long -2.8

7.15am: Drifter took 3 dan buoys to HMS Hollyhock

8.20am: Slipped buoy

9.30am: Old Head abeam S80/60E. Reduced 12 knots

9.50am: 8 knots

10.00am: 7 knots Course S20E.

10.10am: 9 knots

10.20am: S26E

10.35am: Reduced 8 knots

10.45am: 9 knots. Turned 16 points

10.48am: Duncansby Head N71W, Old Head N25W

10.55am: Pentland Skerries N56W

11.30am: Altered Course South.

12.00pm: Dinner

1.00pm: Altered course N52E

2.30pm: Altered course South

3.50pm: Slipped sweep formed single line ahead

4.00pm: Altered course S53E 11 knots

4.10pm: 12 knots

4.30pm: Darken ship

7.00pm: Supper

9.10pm: Altered course North. HMS Lilac, HMS Dahlia, HMS Acacia left flotilla. Proceeded on patrol line ahead

12.00am: Mod wind full

Distance through water 33 miles. Fuel expended 9.5 tons

Weather: winds NW/NE force 3 to 4; barometer steady and low; temperature 37F; clear skies, some cloud, and early morning snow

 

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4 December 1915

At Sea

Lat 57.8, Long -0.5

Steaming line ahead

5.18am: Stopped for HMS Dahlia to examine schooner.

10.00am: Formed line abreast & started zig-zag courses

1.50pm: Examined steamer

2.35pm: Examined Norwegian Steamer "Olyg"

6.00pm: Steaming line ahead

Distance through water 243 miles. Fuel expended 15.75 tons

Weather: winds N force 2 to 4; barometer falling to 29.46; temperature F; clear with some clouds

 

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5 December 1915

At sea

Lat 57.5, Long -0.7

2.40am: HMS Dahlia examined steamer

8.00am: Took up position line abreast and started to Zigzag

3.50pm: Hauled into line abreast

4.20pm: West to examine steamer

5.00pm: Sent away boat

5.30pm: Boat returned secured

7.00pm: Rejoined 2nd Division [of Fleet]

11.10pm: Fired two rounds blanks & examined Norwegian Steamer "Helga"

Distance through water 285 miles. Fuel expended tons 19.5

Weather: winds SE force 2; barometer steady but low at 29.60; temperature 41F; mixed clear and cloudy skies

 

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6 December 1915

At Sea

Lat 58.3, Long -2.5

12.30am: Continued with 2nd Division

3.30am: Altered course to N78W returning to base

Early am: Moderate gale and big sea. Vessel labouring

Mid am: Fresh gale, and big sea, and swell

Late am: High sea and Heavy rain, big sea and swell

12.30pm: Fired blank to attract attention to signal

1.00pm: Sighted land, altered course East

3.20pm: Passed Duncansby Head.

4.20pm: Passed through main gate

4.55pm: Let go port anchor in 13 fathoms & veered to 45 fathoms, in Long Hope anchorage

7.00pm: Supper

12.00am: Light breeze and fine

Distance through water 259 miles. Fuel expended tons 12

Weather: winds SE until midnight NNW force 7 to 2; barometer rising steadily 29.5 to 29.9; temperature 41F; overcast with rain all day until midnight when simply overcast; sea swell up to 6 at midday, down to 1 by midnight

 

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7 December 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

7.00am: Called hands, coaling required

9.00am: Weighed and proceeded to coaling hulk.

9.40am: Made fast alongside SS Rhio & started coaling

2.00pm: Hands to dinner

12.50pm: Hands fall in for coaling

2.55pm: Finished coaling

3.28pm: Left collier & proceeded to mooring buoy.

3.50pm: Secured to No.1 buoy

4.30pm: Darken Ship

7.00pm: Hands to Supper

10.00pm Pipe down

Distance through water 3.5 miles. Fuel expended 3.75 tons

Weather: winds SE force 1 to 2; barometer steady; temperature 43F; overcast and cloudy, skies partly clear later on

 

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8 December 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

4.00am: Strong wind and rain

1.00pm: Hands fall in, in No. 3 dress, for HMS Iron Duke's concert party

1.10pm: Fall in for inspection

3.00pm: Medical Officer joined ship

6.30pm: Party returned

7.15pm: Supper

9.00pm: Rounds correct

10.00pm: Pipe down

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 3.5 tons

Weather: winds NW force 3; barometer rising 28.94 to 29.64; temperature 38F; overcast with some rain in the morning, clearing to mixed clear and cloudy skies in the afternoon/evening; sea swell 3

 

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9 December 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

11.00am: Set sails to dry

1.15pm: Furled Sails

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 5 tons

Weather: winds NW/W/WSW/NE/E force 6 to 3; barometer fallen to 29.55; temperature 39F; overcast and cloudy improving to clear sky with cloud; swell up to 2 [Editor's note: a good drying day!]

 

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10 December 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

3.00am: Parted bridle on moorings. Hands called and repaired same.

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 3 tons

Weather: winds E force 5; barometer dropping slowly; temperature 39F; overcast with rain and squalls, improved a little in the afternoon; sea swell to 2

 

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11 December 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

10.00am: Two ratings left ship for HMS Hollyhock

Midnight: Fresh breeze and rain

[Editor's note: No weather readings after midday]

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 4.5 tons

Weather: winds SE force 5; barometer 29.36; temperature 39F; overcast with rain; swell to 2

 

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12 December 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

4.00pm: Quarters

4.05pm: Cooks

4.10pm: Tea. Darken ship

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 4.75 tons

Weather: winds N force 7; barometer slowly rising; temperature 37F; overcast and cloudy, clearing a little but with squalls later

 

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13 December 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

7.00am: Hands lash up & stow

7.15am: Breakfast

8.00am: Hands employed as requisite

10.30am: Stand Easy

10.40am: Resume Work

11.50am: Cooks.

12.00pm: Hands to Dinner

2.00pm: Hands employed as requisite

4.00pm: Evening Quarters

4.15pm: Hands to tea

7.15pm: Hands to supper

8.00pm: Stand by hammocks

10.00pm: Pipe down

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 5.5 tons

Weather: winds NW/Calm force 5 to 0; barometer slowly rising to 30.20; temperature 37F; to midday squalls and hail, after overcast and cloudy; sea swell to 4

 

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14 December 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

9.00am: Refitting gear

1.20pm: Pipe down

5.00pm. Darken ship

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 5.5 tons

Weather: winds SW/NWxN force 3 to 1; barometer slowly falling; temperature 42F; mixed clear and cloud, but cloud only at end of day; sea swell to 2

 

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15 December 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.1, Long -3.0

7.15am: Unshackled both bridles

8.10am: Slipped and proceeded

9.30am: Duncansby Head abeam 3.25 miles

10.30am: Noss Head abeam bearing N67W, 2 miles

2.30pm: Cullen abeam

3.20pm: MacDuff abeam

3.50pm: Troup Head abeam

4.50pm: Anchored in Fraserburgh Bay

Distance through water 48.5 miles. Fuel expended (not given) tons

Weather: winds Calm/SW/E force 0 to 2; barometer falling very slowly to 29.46; temperature 43F; mixed clear and cloud, but rain at end of day; sea swell to 3

 

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16 December 1915

At sea and at Scapa Flow, Long Hope

Lat 58.8, Long -3.1

1.40pm: Weighed and proceeded for steaming trials in flow with Engineer Captain

3.30pm: Proceeded to buoy

4.10pm: Picked up No.1 buoy & secured

8.00pm: Stand by hammocks

Distance through water 139 miles. Fuel expended 11 tons, 178 tons remaining

Weather: winds NE force 5 to 2 to 7; barometer 29.44; temperature 45F; overcast with rain all day long; sea swell to 3

 

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17 December 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

11.55am: Cooks

12.00pm: Dinner

4.30pm: Hands to Tea

7.05pm: Hands to Supper

8.00pm: Stand by Hammocks

9.00pm: Pounds Correct

10.00pm: Pipe down

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 3.5 tons

Weather: winds NE force 5 to 3; barometer rising; temperature 40F; day starts with rain and clears a bit to end of day; sea swell to 3

 

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18 December 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

6.30am: Lash up & Stow

7.15am: Breakfast & clean

8.00am: Hands employed cleaning ship

10.30am: Stand Easy

10.40am: Resume work

11.55am: Cooks

12.00pm: Dinner

1.15pm: Make & Mend clothes

3.30pm: Hoisted 1st whaler & 2nd Skiff

4.00pm: Hands to Tea

5.00pm: Evening Quarters

7.10pm: Supper

9.00pm: Rounds Correct

10.00pm: Pipe down

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 3.75 tons

Weather: winds N/NW force 2 to 3; barometer rising to 30.34; temperature 39F; mixed clear sky with clouds and rain later; swell to 2

 

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19 December 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 3 tons

Weather: winds E/NW/N force 1 to 3; barometer steady; temperature 43F; overcast all day with patches of rain; swell to 2

[Editor's note: Clean decks, say prayers, 4 meals and back to bed.]

 

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20 December 1915

Scapa Flow

Lat 58.9, Long -3.1

3.40pm: Passed through main gate

7.45pm: Sighted Cape Wrath Lighthouse bearing S66W

11.05pm: Sighted Tiumpan Head Lighthouse [Lat 58.3, Long -6.2] N80W

11.15pm: Tiumpan Head Lighthouse 4 points on bow N41W

11.37pm: Tiumpan Head Lighthouse abeam

Distance through water 103 miles. Fuel expended 13 tons

Weather: winds E/S force 2 to 3; barometer steady; temperature 40F; raining most of the day; swell to 2

 

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21 December 1915

Scapa Flow to Cardiff

Lat 55.5, Long -7.2

1.35am: Glas Island [Lat 58.03, Long -5.4667] abeam N20W distance 1.5 miles

3.22am: Neist Point [Lat 57.4, Long -6.8] abeam S52E distance 3 miles

6.45am: Barra Head [Lat 56.7, Long -7.6] abeam

8.05am: Skerryvore Lighthouse [Lat 56.3, Long -7.1] abeam distance 3 miles

10.00am: Sighted and challenged HMS Cochrane

1.52pm: Rue Point [Lat 55.3, Long -6.2] abeam N50E distance 1 mile

2.40pm: Tor Point [?Torr Head, Northern Ireland: Lat 55.2, Long -6.0] abeam S40W distance 1 mile

5.05pm: Copeland Island Lighthouse [Lat 54.7, Long -5.5] abeam distance 1 mile

5.47pm: Skullmartin Lighthouse [Lat 54.5, Long -5.5] abeam distance 3 miles

5.50pm: South Rock Lighthouse [Lat 54.34, Long -5.4] S28W

6.18pm: Altered course S16W log 367.5

7.10pm: St. John's Lighthouse [Lat 54.2, Long -5.6] abeam

Distance through water 289 miles. Fuel expended 31 tons, 123.75 tons remaining

Weather: winds West/Light airs force 3 to 0; barometer steady; temperature 49F; clear skies with cloud until last 4 hours when cloudy with rain and mist; swell to 3

 

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22 December 1915

Scapa Flow to Cardiff

Lat 51.3, Long -3.5

1.10am: Bardsey Island Lighthouse [Lat 52.7, Long -4.8] abeam distance 10 miles Log 470.6

3.15am: Strumble Head Lighthouse abeam distance 14 miles

5.45am: Rounded [The] Smalls [Lat 51.7, Long -5.7] bearing N42E distance 3 miles

7.45am: Passed St Gover Lightvessel [Editor's note: not found]

9.24am: Elswick Light Vessel [Editor's note: not found] abeam distance 1 mile.

12.08pm: Nash Point Lighthouse Head [Lat 51.45, Long -3.53] abeam distance 2 miles

1.07pm: Dropped anchor Barry Roads [Lat 51.4, Long -3.3]. Striking down ammunition. Patent log line carried away and was lost overboard

5.00pm: Weighed and proceeded to Cardiff [Lat 51.5, Long -3.2]

6.30pm: Made fast in Roath Basin [Editor's note: see Cardiff Bay]

Distance through water 353 miles. Fuel expended 18 tons

Weather: winds SW force 4 to 2; barometer drooped 29.92 to 29.44; temperature 49F; cloudy and misty, small sight of sun, then rain; swell to 4

 

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23 December 1915

Cardiff

Lat 51.5, Long -3.2

1.30pm: Four cases of charts received

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 3 tons

Weather: winds SW force 2; barometer still falling; temperature 47F; mixed clear and cloud, with rain at midday and midnight

 

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24 December 1915

Cardiff

Lat 51.5, Long -3.2

7.00am: Lash up and Stow

7.15am: Hand to breakfast and clean

8.00am: Hands fall in scrub decks and clean ship in general

11.00am: Dinner, Leave to watch from noon till 7AM

12.00am: Liberty men fall in

1.30am: Watch clearing up decks

3.50pm: Hands to tea

7.00pm: Supper

9.00pm: Rounds correct

10.00pm: Pipe down

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2.5 tons

Weather: winds Calm; barometer steady; temperature 51F; cloudy all day and a lot of rain

[Editor's note: Crew member Richard Haffenden died of drowning this day: see gazetteer]

 

 

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25 December 1915

Cardiff

Lat 51.5, Long -3.2

12.00 Dinner leave from noon till 7am

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2.5 tons

Weather: winds Calm; barometer steady; temperature 45F; a wet Christmas day

 

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26 December 1915

Cardiff

Lat 51.5, Long -3.2

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2.5 tons

Weather: winds NW force 4; barometer slowly rising; temperature 51F; Rain

 

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27 December 1915

Cardiff

Lat 51.5, Long -3.2

3.30am: Rating joined from Chatham Depot

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2.5 tons, remaining 95.25 tons

Weather: winds Calm/S/W force 0 to 7; barometer tiny rise; temperature 51F; rain on and off all day

 

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28 December 1915

Cardiff

Lat 51.5, Long -3.2

10.30am: Shift ship for coaling under tip

11.15am: Commenced coaling.

4.00pm: Draft before Fore: 9 feet 5 inches, Aft: 11 feet 5 inches; Draft after coaling Fore: 10 feet 11 inches, Aft: 12 feet 2 inches

5.30pm: Shifted ship from tip

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2.5 tons, 232.25 tons remaining

Weather: winds W/Calm force 2 to 0; barometer steady around 29.80; temperature 45F; mixed clear sky and cloud

 

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29 December 1915

Cardiff to Gibraltar

Lat 51.5, Long -3.2

10.40am: Cast off and passed through Roath Basin

12.00pm: Passed through locks

12.40pm: Dropped Pilot

2.00pm: 14 knots, 150.0 revolutions per minute

3.05pm: Bull Point [Lat 51.2, Long 4.2] abeam distance 3 miles

3.50pm: Altered course S78W to weather Lundy Island [Lat 51.2, Long -4.7]

4.15pm: Lundy Island Lighthouse abeam

6.15pm: Reduced to 10 knots

6.30pm: Reduced to 8 knots, 122.5 revolutions per minute

8.00pm: Reduced to 4 knots, 89.0 revolutions per minute

9.00pm: Fresh gales and high head sea, vessel labouring

Distance through water 88 miles. Fuel expended 12 tons

Weather: winds NE/E morning, then S, force 2 to 6; barometer steady [Editor's note: no readings after midday]; temperature 47F [Editor's note: no readings after midday]; overcast with cloud in morning, followed by mixed clear sky and cloud

 

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30 December 1915

Cardiff to Gibraltar

Lat 49.9, Long -6.7

12.00am: Fresh gale. Big head sea

7.35am: Increase to 10 knots

8.05am: Increase to 11 knots

11.40am: Bishop Rock [Lat 49.9, Long -6.5] abeam S84E distance 7 miles

11.50am: Increased to 11.5 knots

12.00pm: Dinner. Fresh wind and heaving head sea

1.25pm: Increased 14 knots

2.00pm: Increased 14.5 knots

2.15pm: Set main trysail

7.00pm: Eased to 13.5 knots

7.30pm: Reduced to 12.5 knots

Distance through water 170 miles. Fuel expended 18 tons

Weather: winds SW force 5 to 7; barometer steady around 29.58; temperature 51F; mostly overcast

 

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31 December 1915

Cardiff to Gibraltar

Lat 47.5, Long -8.5

12.55am: Reduced to 10 knots

1.50am: Reduced to 8 knots

8.00am: Fresh Gale, high head sea and swell

am: and pm: Ship's direction S47W

Distance through water 150 miles. Fuel expended 16 tons

Weather: winds SW force 7; barometer rising from low of 29.32; temperature 52F; cloud all day; swell to 7

 

 

LOGS FOR JANUARY 1916

 

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HMS Acacia Copy of Log for Month of January 1916

Signed by WD Croudace SubLieut RNR

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Barometer and Thermometer page. [No entries]

 

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1 January 1916

Cardiff to Gibraltar

Lat 43.2, Long -9.5

1.00am: Fresh gale, big head sea

5.00am: One 12lb Tampion washed overboard

8.00am: Hands employed securing gear

2.00pm: Two coir fenders and one hazel rod fender washed overboard

Distance through water 90 miles. Fuel expended 19.6 tons

Weather: winds W/SW force 8 to 6; barometer rising rapidly; temperature 55F; overcast all day, plus mist at midday, plus rain at midnight; swell to 7

 

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2 January 1916

Cardiff to Gibraltar

Lat 43.2, Long -11.0

am: Sea gradually abating

1.00am: 8 knots

7.00am: Scrubbing decks

8.00am: Breakfast and clean

11.15am: Pipe down

1.00pm: Reduced to 6 knots. Altered course S13W. Set fore trysail

1.35pm: Increased to 14 knots

4.30pm: Reduced to 10 knots

9.00pm: Increased to 14 knots

9.30pm: Pipe down [Editor's note: For the second time this day]

Distance through water 188 miles. Fuel expended 19.2 tons

Weather: winds SW force 5 to 6; barometer 30.40; temperature 58F; mixed clear skies and cloud; swell 5 still at midday, down to 1 at midnight

 

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3 January 1916

Cardiff to Gibraltar

Lat 38.0, Long -9.5

1.00am: At 15 knots

7.00am: Smooth and fine

10.00am: Altered course to avoid steamer

5.09pm: Cape St Vincent [Lat 49.9, Long -6.5] abeam distance 8 miles N 70 E

5.30pm Altered course S55E Reduced 14 knots

Distance through water 338 miles. Fuel expended 28.3 tons, 120 tons remaining

Weather: winds S/E force 1 to 3; barometer rising slowly to 30.61; no temperatures in the morning, 60F at end of day; mixed clear and cloud; slight swell to swell force 2

 

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4 January 1916

Cardiff to Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

6.35am: Cape Trafalgar [Lat 36.2, Long -6.0] abeam

9.30am: Passed Tarifa Point [Lat 36.0, Long -5.6]

11.15am: Weighed anchor and proceeded through breakwater

12.10pm: Started coaling

5.00pm: Finished coaling

Distance through water 275 miles. Fuel expended 15 tons, 107 tons remaining

Weather: winds ENE force 5 to 2; barometer steady; temperature 58F; mostly clear skies; swell reducing 3 down to 1

 

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5 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

4.30pm: Read Warrants

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 3.2 tons

Weather: winds E force 2; barometer steady around 30.50; temperature 58F; mixed clear and cloud

 

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6 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

8.00am: Stowing gear

1.20pm: Red leading ship

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2.7 tons

Weather: winds E force to 2; barometer steady; temperature 58F; mixed clear and cloud

 

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7 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

8.00am: Scrapping and red leading ship

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2.5 tons

Weather: winds E/Calm force 2 to 0; barometer dropping slowly; temperature 59F; mixed clear and cloud

 

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8 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

8.00am: Scraping ship's side

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 3.5 tons

Weather: winds NW/Calm force 2 to 0; barometer steady around 30.20; temperature 62F; mixed clear and cloud

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9 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

8.00am: Breakfast. And clean in no. 2 caps and coilers and flannels

9.30am: Muster open lists and inspect History Sheets

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2.5 tons

Weather: winds NW/Calm force 2 to 0; barometer steady; temperature 63F; mixed clear and cloud

 

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10 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2.5 tons

Weather: winds NW/S force 2 to 1; barometer rising slowly; temperature 68F; mixed clear and cloud with squalls late evening

 

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11 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

4.00pm: Cast off from South Mole & proceeded

4.40pm: Log streamed.

4.49pm: Set log

11.20pm: Passed trawlers 2nd pair

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 3.5 tons

Weather: winds W/ESE force 1 to 0; barometer steady; temperature 70F [Editor's note: no temperature readings show post noon]; mixed clear and cloud in the morning, clear skies afterwards

 

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12 January 1916

At sea

Lat 35.2, Long -2.7

2.07am: Alboran [Lat 35.9, Long -3.0] abeam, log 107

6.25am: Zigzag 3 points each side, initial course every 15 minutes

10.05am: Port Kelah [Lat 35.1 Long -2.1] abeam

10.12am: Cape Milonia [Lat 35.1 Long -2.2] abeam

11.15 am: Zaferin Lighthouse [Lat 35.2, Long -2.4] abeam distance 3 miles

am: Various courses (coasting)

4.30pm: Exercise fire stations and abandon ship

5.41pm: Alhucemas Lighthouse [Lat 35.3, Long -3.8] abeam distance 4 miles

7.05pm: Cape Baba [Lat 35.2, Long -4.3] abeam 4 miles. Log 324

11.26pm: Point Almina [Lat 35.9, Long -5.3] abeam 3 miles

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 21 tons

Weather: winds SW/W/ESE force 2 to 1; barometer steady; temperature 58F; overcast all day long

 

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13 January 1916

At sea

Lat 35.5, Long -2.5

6.20am: Zigzag 3 points each way every 20 minutes

7.24am: Sun rose bearing S52E Ships Head East

7.40am: Sighted Alboran Island Lighthouse

9.15am: Repairing fenders

1.30pm: Hands scrub and wash clothes

4.50pm: Zafarin Island Lighthouse abeam distance 1 mile

Distance through water 310 miles. Fuel expended 20.5 tons

Weather: winds Light airs/NW force 0 to 3; barometer steady; temperature 56F; clear skies

 

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14 January 1916

At sea

Lat 35.6, Long -5.0

2.33am: Sighted Almina Lighthouse on starboard bow

6.40am: Started zigzagging

1.30pm: Clear up desks, pipe down

3.50pm: Alboran Lighthouse abeam distance 3.5 miles

4.30pm: Set fore and aft sails

6.00pm: Darken ship

7.30pm: Slung clean hammocks

10.30pm: Exercised general quarters and abandon ship

11.25pm: Zafarin Island Lighthouse abeam 2 miles

Distance through water 277 miles. Fuel expended 19.5 tons

Weather: winds NW/W/SW force 4 to 1; barometer steady; temperature 59F; clear skies

 

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15 January 1916

At sea

Lat 35.5, Long -5.0

2.04am: Cape Tres Forcas [Lat 35.4 Long -03.0] abeam distance 4 miles

4.55am: Sighted Alhucemas Lighthouse 1 point on port bow

8.45am: Cape Baba Lighthouse abeam distance 1 mile

10.30am: Aired bedding

1.15pm: Forenoon watchmen air bedding

1.30pm: Hands make and mend clothes

3.30pm: Down all bedding

Distance through water 285 miles. Fuel expended 19 tons

Weather: winds W/E force 3 to 1; barometer steady; temperature 71F; mixed clear skies with cloud

 

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16 January 1916

At sea

Lat 35.3, Long -4.2

2.27am: Alhucemas Island Lighthouse abeam distance 4.5 miles

2.38am: Stopped. Spoke to TB 92

2.59am: Patrolling N83W and S83E at 12 knots

5.00am: Patrolling East and West 7 Miles off Alhucemas Lighthouse

6.45am: Proceeded to search Alhucemas Bay

11.15am: Altered course N41W returning to base

4.50pm: Picked up buoy No. 12 and secured

Distance through water 289 miles. Fuel expended 20 tons, 118 tons remaining

Weather: winds Calm force 0; barometer steady; temperature 63F; mixed clear skies with cloud

 

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17 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.2, Long -5.5

7.15am: Shifted to No 7 shed for coal & water

9.15am: Commenced coaling

1.00am: Finished coaling

1.40pm: Hands clean ship

4.00pm: Tea, Leave to watch from 4.30pm till 7.00am

Distance through water 72 miles. Fuel expended 9 tons, 109 tons remaining

Weather: winds NW force 1; barometer steady around 30.40; temperature F; clear skies all day

 

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18 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.2, Long -5.5

8.00am: Painting aloft

1.20pm: Getting out ammunition

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 'coaling' tons, 254 tons

Weather: winds SW/W/NW force to [Editor's note: force noted in swell column apparently]; barometer steady; temperature 59F; mixed clear skies with cloud

 

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19 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

8.00am: Painting aloft

9.30am: Proceeded into Dry Dock

11.00am: Read Warrant

1.20pm: Clearing store

1.30pm: One prisoner discharged to detention

4.45pm: Exercise fire stations

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended nil tons

Weather: winds NW/Calm force 2 to 0; barometer; temperature 57F; mixed clear skies with cloud

 

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20 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.2, Long -5.5

8.00am: Return boats falls

9.30am: Hands working about anchor and cables

5.00am: Exercised fire stations

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended nil tons

Weather: winds Calm force 0; barometer rising slightly to 30.56; temperature 58F; mixed clear skies with cloud

 

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21 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

8.00am: Painting out boats

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended nil tons

Weather: winds Calm/NW force 0 to 1; barometer steady; temperature 59F; mixed clear skies with cloud

 

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22 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

1.15pm: Make and mend clothes

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended nil tons

Weather: winds Various, force 0 to 2; barometer steady; temperature 61F; mixed clear skies with cloud

 

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23 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long: -5.3

9.00am: Church Parties Landed

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended nil tons

Weather: winds SW force 1; barometer steady; temperature 59F; mixed clear skies with cloud

 

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24 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

9.15am: Oiled aloft

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended nil tons

Weather: winds various, force 1 to 0; barometer steady; temperature 62F; mixed clear skies with cloud

 

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25 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

5.30pm: Exercised fire stations

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended nil tons

Weather: winds various, force 1; barometer steady; temperature 61F; mixed clear skies with cloud

 

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26 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

2.30pm: Three Ratings discharged to hospital

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended nil tons

Weather: winds various, force 1; barometer steady; temperature 62F; mixed clear skies with cloud

 

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27 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

1.15pm: Hands employed striking down cable

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended nil tons

Weather: winds various, force 1; barometer steady; temperature 61F; mixed clear skies with cloud

 

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28 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

7.45am: Painting ship

1.15pm: As 7.45 am

5.30pm: Exercised fire stations

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended nil tons

Weather: winds various, force 1; barometer steady around 30.30; temperature 56F; mixed clear skies with cloud but with rain midmorning

 

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29 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

9.00am: Drawing stores

5.00pm: Exercised fire stations

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended nil tons

Weather: winds Calm/W force 0 to 1; barometer steady; temperature 56F [Editor's note: no temperatures noted after midday]; mixed clear skies with cloud

 

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30 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended nil tons, 249 tons remaining

Weather: winds Calm force 0; barometer steady; temperature 55F; clear skies, bit of cloud toward end of day

 

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31 January 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

9.15am: Painting ship

1.15pm: Drawing stores

5.30pm: Exercised fire stations

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended nil tons

Weather: winds SW force 1; barometer steady; temperature 57F; mixed clear skies with cloud

 

 

LOGS FOR FEBRUARY 1916

 

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Copy of Log of the HMS Acacia for the Month of February 1916 Signed: WD Croudace Sub Lieut RNR

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1 February 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

7.45am: Employed painting boats

9.00am: Divisions, prayers, etc.

9.15am: Hands employed painting boats

10.15am: Discharged 1 rating to hospital

10.30am: Stand easy

10.40am: Resume work

12.00pm: Dinner

1.15pm: Hands employed getting out bow defence & kits for storage in dockyard:

2.25pm: 1 rating returned from detention

4.00pm: Evening quarters

4.10pm: Tea, usual leave to watch till 7.00 am

5.30pm: Exercised fire stations

7.00pm: Hands to supper

9.00pm: Rounds correct

10.00pm: Pipe down

In Dry Dock: Fuel expended nil tons, remaining 259 tons coal

Weather: winds Light Airs/Variable force 1; barometer steady around 30.4; temperature 59F; some clear sky, some cloud

 

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2 February 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

am: Still painting the boats

In Dry Dock: Fuel expended nil tons, remaining 254 tons

Weather: winds Calm; barometer steady around 30.40; temperature 58F; some clear sky, some cloud

 

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3 February 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.2, Long -5.5

7.45am: Preparing to leave dock

9.50am: Left dry dock and made fast alongside wall at No.2 steps

1.15pm: Hands employed in Dockyard stowing sweeping gear

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended nil tons, remaining 254 tons

Weather: winds Calm; barometer slowly falling; temperature 56F; some clear sky, some cloud

 

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4 February 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.2, Long -5.5

7.45am: Scraping decks

9.15am: Drawing stores

1.15pm: Drawing stores

5.00pm: One Rating joined from hospital

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2 tons

Weather: winds SW/NW force 2 to 5; barometer falling fast 30.14 to 29.80; temperature 57F; clear with cloud first 4 hours, then cloud with rain all day

 

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5 February 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

am & pm: Painting ship, make and mend clothes, plus 4 square meals

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1 ton

Weather: winds NW force 3 to 1; barometer quick dip 30.36 to 30.12 and back ; temperature 54F; clear with cloud

 

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6 February 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.2, Long: -5.5

am & pm: Cleaning the ship

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2 tons

Weather: winds NW/Calm force 2 to 0; barometer steady around 30.40; temperature 57F; clear with cloud

 

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7 February 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

7.00am: Scraping decks

9.15am: Drawing stores

10.15am: One rating discharged to hospital

1.15am: Getting in ammunition

Provisions received: fresh meat 60lbs, vegetables 100lbs, bread 100lbs

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2 tons

Weather: winds Variable force 1 to 0; barometer steady; temperature 57F; clear with occasional cloud

 

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8 February 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

7.00am: Sweeping up decks

9.00am: Divisions and prayers

9.15am: Drawing stores

12.30am: Sale of dead man's effects [Editor's note: No name noted, Rest in Peace]

1.15am: Hands employed painting out boats

1.50am: Two Ratings joined ship from Hospital

Provisions received: fresh meat 120lbs, vegetables 200lbs, bread 100lbs

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2.5 tons

Weather: winds Calm/NW force 0 to 2; barometer steady; temperature 59F; bit clear, bit cloud, and train for lunch

 

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9 February 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

7.00am: Refitting boats

9.15am: Employed working about boats

11.00am: Discharged three ratings to hospital

1.15pm: Hands employed bringing boats from boat shed

2.20pm: Slipped from mole and proceeded to buoy assisted by tug.

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 3 tons

Weather: winds NW force 3; barometer steady; temperature 53F; clear with some cloud and drizzle at the end of the day

 

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10 February 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

6.00am: Hands lash up and stow

6.30am: Unshackle and prepare slip rope

7.35am: Slipped buoy and proceeded course S72E

8.00am: Hands to breakfast and clean

8.5am: Streamed patent log

9.00am: Divisions and prayers

9.15am: Hands employed scrubbing decks

10.30am: Stand easy

10.40am: Resume work

11.50am: Set work sails

12.00pm: Dinner

2.00pm: Passed town class cruiser steering west

3.45pm: Sighted Alboran Island Lighthouse

4.00pm: Evening quarters and physical drill

4.30pm: Hands to tea

4.55pm: Alboran Island Lighthouse abeam distance 2 miles. Altered course S36E

6.30pm: Darken ship

7.00pm: Hands to supper

8.35pm: Altered course S23E

8.30pm: Rounds correct

9.30pm: Pipe down

10.50pm: Altered course N53W

Distance through water 50 miles. Fuel expended 6 tons

Weather: winds Variable force 3; barometer steady around 30.20; temperature 56F; clear with some cloud

 

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11 February 1916

At sea

Lat 35.3, Long -4.7

12.58am: Zafarin Island Lighthouse abeam distance 7 miles

1.20am: Sighted Tres Forcas Lighthouse

3.25am: Tres Forcas Lighthouse abeam distance 3.4miles

11.30am: Passed trawler and tug boat

2.35pm: Cape Negro [Lat 35.7, Long -5.3]

2.45pm: Wind freshened

3.35pm: Almina Point abeam

6.55pm: Passed 2 trawlers

9.45pm: Sighted Alboran Lighthouse ahead. Wind increased

11.05pm: Sighted Alboran Lighthouse abeam distance 2 miles

Distance through water 291 miles. Fuel expended 18 tons

Weather: winds NW force 3 to 5; barometer falling fast 30.30 to 30.12; temperature 64F; clear with clouds; swell increasing rapidly 1 to 4 afternoon and evening

 

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12 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 35.3, Long -2.6

4.00am: Altered course N53W Reduced to 12 knots. Strong head wind. Rough sea.

7.00am: Scrub upper decks

8.50am: Scrubbing mess deck

10.45am: Mellilla Lighthouse [Lat 35.3, Long -2.95] abeam distance 3miles

1.35pm: Reduced to 10 knots

4.05pm: Cape Tres Forcas abeam distance 2.5 miles

6.15pm: Darken ship

7.45pm: Sighted Alhucemas Lighthouse bearing S68W

10.05pm: Passed Alhucemas Lighthouse distance 6 miles

12.00am: Cape Baba abeam distance 6 miles

Distance through water 302 miles. Fuel expended 22.5 tons

Weather: winds NW force 6 to 4; barometer rising rapidly 30.10 to 30.40; temperature 55F; yet again, clear skies with some clouds; swell reducing from 6 down to 2

 

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13 February 1916

At sea

Lat 35.8, Long -3.8

2.00am: Moderate breeze, sea, and swell.

4.36am: Almeria Point 4 points on bow

5.16am: Almina Point abeam distance 6.9 miles

5.25am: Almina Point S58W

8.50am: Clear up decks

9.00am: Passed Yacht patrol

10.00am: Passed Hospital & Troop ship

11.00am: Moderate sea and breeze

12.30pm: Passed Trawler patrol

3.00pm: Alboran abeam distance 3 miles

4.30am: Sighted patrol Yacht

11.00pm: Examined SS Tanisic of Oran

11.45pm: Zafarin Island abeam distance 3 miles

Distance through water 236 miles. Fuel expended 15 tons, remaining 180 tons

Weather: winds NW/SE/SW force 5 to 1; barometer steady around 30.50; temperature 56F; mostly clear skies all day

 

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14 February 1916

Lat 35.7, Long -5.2

0.05am: Sighted Tres Forcas Lighthouse bearing N62W

6.21am: Passed Alhumecas Lighthouse distance 9 miles

8.00am: Cape Baba abeam distance 4 miles

8.30am: Light airs, smooth and fine

9.20am: Painting upper decks

1.30pm: Scrub and wash clothes

1.55pm: Almina Point abeam distance 2 miles

4.05pm: Passed trawler patrol

10.30pm: Alboran Lighthouse abeam distance 3.2 miles

11.50pm: Altered course to avoid steamer

12.00am: Sea smooth and fine

Distance through water 283 miles. Fuel expended 17.2 tons, remaining 162.5 tons

Weather: winds Light airs/NE force 1 to 2; barometer rising to 30.67; temperature 74F; clear skies

 

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15 February 1916

At sea

Lat 35.3, Long -3.8

11.45am: Passed Spanish Cruiser

1.30pm: Hands scrub hammocks and wash clothes

3.46pm: Passed Cape Baba

4.45pm: Passed TB patrol

4.58pm: Cape Pescadores abeam distance 1.5 miles

7.15pm: Sighted Almina Lighthouse bearing N25W

Distance through water 300 miles. Fuel expended 19.5 tons, remaining 143 tons

Weather: winds SW/Light airs force 3 to 0; barometer steady about 30.54; temperature 64F; clear skies all day long

 

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16 February 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 35.2, Long -2.2

12.30am: Altered course to examine steamer by searchlight

12.45am: Steered course again

2.20am: Passed TBD steering West

4.40am: Alboran Lighthouse 4 points on bow

4.50am: Alboran Lighthouse abeam distance 2 miles

8.50am: Air night clothing

3.35pm: Cape Tres Forcas abeam distance 2.5 miles

5.45pm: Course as requisite to close Trawler patrol

8.20pm: Examined SS Vergen de Africa, Spain

9.04pm: Cape Baba Lighthouse abeam distance 4 miles

10.08pm: Reduced to 8 knots

11.15pm: Passed armed boarding steamer steering SE

Distance through water 301 miles. Fuel expended 18 tons

Weather: winds various, force 1; barometer steady; temperature 63F; clear skies

 

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17 February 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

0.40am: Sighted Almina Point Lighthouse bearing N40W

9.50am: Secured alongside coaling shed no 5

Distance through water 206 miles. Fuel expended 16 tons, remaining109 tons

Weather: winds NW force 1; barometer steady; temperature 66F; mixed clear skies with cloud

 

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18 February 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Painting, coaling, painting

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.2 tons, 287 tons remaining

Weather: winds Various/light airs force 1 to 0; barometer steady; temperature 60F; mixed clear skies with cloud

 

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19 February 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

9.05am: Leave coaling shed secured to No. 20 buoy

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.2 tons, 287 tons remaining

Weather: winds Calm; barometer steady; temperature 60F; mixed clear skies with cloud

 

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20 February 1916

Gibraltar and at sea

Lat 36.0, Long -3.9

7.50am: Slipped buoy and proceeded

2.50pm: Sighted Alboran Island Lighthouse abeam distance 1.25 miles

3.50pm: Streamed patent log

7.03pm: Sighted Zafarin Island Lighthouse by S15W

7.45pm: Sighted Nemours Lighthouse [Lat 35.1, Long -1.9] right ahead

11.38pm: Zafarin Island Lighthouse abeam distance 1.5 miles

Distance through water 57 miles. Fuel expended 6.5 tons

Weather: winds Light airs force 1; barometer dropped to around 30.10; temperature 61F; mostly clear but some cloud

 

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21 February 1916

At sea

Lat 35.3, Long -4.7

4.19am: Cape Tres Forcas Lighthouse abeam distance 3.6 miles

4.38am: Cape Tres Forcas bearing S9E

9.21am: Morro ~Nerruc abeam distance 1.5 miles

11.30am: Passed TB Patrol

12.09pm: Cape Pescadores [Lat 35.2 Long -4.6] abeam distance 1 mile

4.38pm: Almina Lighthouse abeam distance 2.4 mile

5.30pm: Passed SS Saturnia of Glasgow

6.30pm: Darkened ship

6.35pm: Passed SS Andania of Liverpool

Distance through water 279 miles. Fuel expended 19.4 tons, 211.5 remaining tons

Weather: winds NW/Calm/ESE force 2 to 1; barometer falling slightly to 30.04; temperature 61F; mixed clear skies with cloud in the morning, afternoon overcast and cloudy

 

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22 February 1916

Lat 35.7, Long -2.9

12.50am: Alboran Lighthouse 4 points on bow

2.05am: Challenged HMS Mars Westward bound

7.05am: Off Nemour

9.15am: Hands employed receiving motor boats fal~. Course various patrolling coast

11.30am: Passed Mellila distance 3 miles

1.30pm: Scrub hammocks and clothes

2.47pm: Zafarin Island Lighthouse abeam distance 5.2 miles

5.00pm: Altered course N55W 2 miles off Nemours Lighthouse

9.40pm: Cape Tres Forcas Lighthouse abeam distance 5 miles. Altered course N61W

Distance through water 294 miles. Fuel expended 17.4 tons, 194 tons remaining

Weather: winds E/Calm force 3 to 1; barometer falling slowly to 29.90; temperature 62F; mixed clear skies with cloud

 

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23 February 1916

At sea & Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

8.15am: Secured to No 17 buoy

11.00am: Secured coal lighter alongside. Commenced coaling (native labourers)

2.30pm: Finished coaling, washed down decks

3.45pm: Received new Motor Boat

Distance through water 280 miles. Fuel expended 17 tons [distance through water looks to be over by 100 miles]

Weather: winds NE/SW force 2 to 1; barometer slightly lower at 29.76 but steady; temperature 59F; clear skies with cloud until rain at midnight on SW breeze

 

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24 February 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

7.35am: HMS Mars left

2.30pm: Secured another wire to buoy

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.5 tons

Weather: winds SW force 2; barometer fast rise and fall; temperature 59F; rainy and overcast until very late clear skies

 

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25 February 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long: -5.3

9.00am: Divisions + prayers

9:15am: Hands employed scrubbing boat covers

1.15pm: Hands employed drawing stores and getting in provisions

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.7 tons

Weather: winds NW/SW force 1; barometer steady; temperature 58F; clear skies with clouds

 

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26 February 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

8.15am: HMS Asphodel arrives

1.15pm: Make and mend clothes. Leave to watch till 7.30am:

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.5 tons

Weather: winds Calm force 0; barometer steady; temperature 54F; clear skies with cloud

 

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27 February 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

8.00am: Breakfast and clean in No.2s

8.30am: Roman Catholics landed

9.00am: Clear up decks for divisions

10.00am: Divisions and prayers

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2 tons

Weather: winds Light airs/SW/WSW force 0 to 3; barometer steady/falling a little to end of day; temperature 56F; mostly clear skies all day

 

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28 February 1916

Gibraltar and at Sea

Lat 36.0, Long -4.5

6.00am: Unshackling and securing ship for sea

3.30pm: Sighted Alboran Island and passed Trawler patrol

5.04pm: Passed Alboran Island distance 2.5 miles

6.40pm: Cape Tres Forcas Lighthouse abeam distance 3 miles

10.23pm: Off Nemours

12.00am: Zafarin Island Lighthouse 4 points on bow

Distance through water 54 miles. Fuel expended 6 tons, 249 tons remaining

Weather: winds SW/SE force 4; barometer falling to 29.64; temperature 58F; mostly clear skies all day

 

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29 February 1916

At Sea

Lat 35.8, Long -5.0

12.15am: Passed Zafarin Island distance 2.5 miles

2.23am: Passed Cape Tres Forcas distance 6.5 miles

3.00am: Light variable winds and rain squalls

4.35am: Sighted Alhucemas Lighthouse 1 point on the port bow

6.05am: Alhucemas 4 points on bow 6.55am: abeam 10 miles

7.00am: Courses as requisite to close land

8.34am: Penon de Velez de la Gomera abeam distance 2.5 miles9.15am: Rigging lower boom

10.00am: Cape Pescadores abeam distance 1 Mile

11.00am: Heavy squalls and rain

12:15pm: Sighted TB & Trawler patrol

2.00pm: Passed 3 French TBs

2.37pm: Altered course S79E off Almina Point

5.30pm: Heavy rain squalls

8.00pm: Heavy squalls, thunder, lightning & heavy rains

11.25pm: Passed Alboran Island distance 3 Miles

Distance through water 292 miles. Fuel expended 20 tons

Weather: winds Various Westerlies force 5 to 2; barometer small rise to 29.78; temperature 60F; rain clearing for midday, then back to rain rest of day [weather codes did not record the squalls, thunder and lightening]; swell to 2

 

 

LOGS FOR MARCH 1916

 

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1 March 1916

At sea

Lat 35.5, Long -3.2

1.45am Cape Tres Forcas abeam

3.10am: Sighted Zafarin Island Lighthouse bearing SSW

3.40am: Sighted Nemours Lighthouse ahead

5.40am: Altered course N66W off Nemours

7.43am: Zafarin Island Lighthouse abeam distance 2 miles

9.20am: Fitting gear

11.15am: Passed Tres Forcas distance 3 miles. Course various patrolling coast

11.30am: Strong wind rough seas and swell, rain squalls

3.50pm: Alhucemas Lighthouse abeam

5.35pm: Cape Baba Lighthouse abeam

10.04pm: Almina Lighthouse on port bow

10.32pm: Almina Lighthouse abeam distance 5 miles

Distance through water 287 miles. Fuel expended 17 tons

Weather: winds NW force 2 to 1; barometer rising to 29.98; temperature 55F; overcast with rain clearing to clear skies with clouds; swell to 3

 

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2 March 1916

At Sea

Lat 35.2, Long -2.0

6.52am: Alboran abeam distance 2.5 miles

8.30am: Winds considerable sea and swell

9.20am: Rigging topping lift and guys for lower boom

12.45pm: Altered course N68W 1.5 miles off Nemour Lighthouse

3.00pm: Altered course N434W 1 mile off Zafarin Island Lighthouse

4.30pm: Increased to 15 knots

11.30pm: Strong wind and rough sea

Distance through water 289 miles. Fuel expended 19.5 tons, 173.7 tons remaining

Weather: winds NW force 4; barometer steady; temperature 55F; overcast and cloudy for the bulk of the day, otherwise brighter patches; swell to 3

 

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3 March 1916

At sea

Lat 35.3, Long -3.8

12.30am: Patrolling off Alhucemas Bay

2.00am: Strong wind and rough sea

5.00am: Patrolling off Alhucemas Bay

12.00pm: Patrolling off Alhucemas Bay

3.00pm: Fresh wind and rough sea

7.10pm: Increased to 10 knots to intercept steamer

7.50pm: Stopped steamer SS Benigna Huelva and taking her to Gibraltar

11.30pm: Strong wind and heavy squalls

Distance through water 269 miles. Fuel expended 12.5 tons, 161.2 tons remaining

Weather: winds NW force 5 to 3; barometer steady; temperature 57F; mixed clear and cloudy skies; swell to 4

 

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4 March 1916

At sea

Lat 35.3, Long -3.6

8.15am: Signalled to Steamer (proceed on your voyage)

11.50am: Set course N43W for Gibraltar

5.45pm: Passed through entrance

6.15pm: Made fast to No. 9 Shed

Distance through water 187 miles. Fuel expended 11 tons, 265 tons remaining

Weather: winds NW force 5 to 2; barometer steady; temperature 63F; swell 5 reducing to 2

 

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5 March 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Coaling and cleaning

Distance through water 89 miles. Fuel expended 1.8 tons, 263 tons remaining

Weather: winds WSW/NW force 1; barometer falling to 29.75, rising back to 29.85; temperature 61F; mixed clear skies with cloud all day after rain in the early hours

 

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6 March 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

9.00am: Cleaning paintwork

11.50am: Left No. 9 shed and secured to no. 16 buoy

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2 tons

Weather: winds SW/ENE force 2 to 1; barometer falling; temperature 48F; rain early hours, then mixed clear skies with clouds

 

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7 March 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Cleaning, scrubbing and scraping decks

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2.5 tons

Weather: winds SE/NE force 2 to 1; barometer falling then rising; temperature 53F; mixed clear skies with clouds

 

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8 March 1916

Gibraltar

9.20am: Scrubbing boats covers and scraping decks

12.00pm: Cleaning boats

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 7.3 tons

Weather: winds WNW force 2; barometer steady around 29.98; temperature 56F; mixed clear skies with clouds

 

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9 March 1916

Gibraltar and at sea

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

7.00am: Slipped buoy & proceeded

9.20am: Fitting new boat ropes

10.20am: Marbella Pier (end) [Lat 36.5 Long -4.9] abeam distance 1.5 miles

11.20am: Callaburras Lighthouse [Lat 36.5, Long -4.6] abeam distance 1.5 miles

12.45pm: Set fore and aft sails

2.08pm: Torrox Point Lighthouse [Lat 36.8, Long -4.0] abeam distance 2.5 miles

3.41pm: Cape Sacratif Lighthouse [Lat 36.7, Long -3.5] abeam distance 2 miles

6.15pm: Darkened ship

6.40pm: Sighted Cape de Gata Lighthouse [Lat 36.7, Long -2.2]

8.00pm: Cape de Gata Lighthouse abeam. Altered course S14W

9.40pm: Turned 16 points N13E

11.40pm: Turned 16 points S14W

Distance through water 202 miles. Fuel expended 28.25 tons

Weather: winds NW force 2; barometer at 30.00; temperature 58F; mixed clear skies with clouds; little swell

 

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10 March 1916

At sea

Lat 36.6, Long -1.8

4.00am: Patrolling of Almeria, Andalusia, Spain [Lat 36.8, Long -2.5]

10.15am: Cape de Gata abeam distance 2.3 miles

11.51am: Mesa de Roldan Lighthouse [Lat 36.9, Long -1.9] abeam distance 1.5 miles

2.00pm: Examined Aquilas

4.40pm: Cape Agua [Lat 36.9, Long -1.9] abeam distance 2.4 miles

5.10pm: Cape Palos [Lat 37.6, Long -0.7] abeam distance 5 miles

9.15pm: Off Alicante [Lat 38.4, Long -0.4]. Courses various

Distance through water 313 miles. Fuel expended 20.5 tons

Weather: winds W/SW force 2; barometer fell half an inch in the day; temperature 60F; mostly cloudy, only a few brighter spells, a gloomy sky mid-evening

 

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11 March 1916

At sea

Lat 37.8, Long -0.5

2.00am: Patrolling off Alicante

4.30am: Tabarca Lighthouse [Lat 38.2, Long -0.5] abeam distance 6 miles

8.30am: Altered course for Alicante

9.20am: Alicante Harbour

10.08am: Tabarca abeam

12.15pm: Streamed patent log

1.53pm: Cape Palos Lighthouse abeam distance 5.0 miles

6.30pm: Darkened ship. Fresh wind, considerable sea and swell

Fresh wind, considerable sea and swell

Distance through water 292 miles. Fuel expended 16 tons, 186.5 tons remaining

Weather: winds SW force 4 to 6; barometer low at around 29.32; temperature 58F; overcast but some clear sky later; swell to 4

 

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12 March 1916

At sea

Lat 35.5, Long -2.6

2.32am: Habibas Lighthouse [Lat 35.7, Long -1.1] abeam

5.33am: Roshgun Lighthouse [Lat 35.3, Long -1.5] abeam distance 13.5 miles

7.30am: Off Nemours

10.30am: Zafarin Island abeam distance 2 miles. Altered course to close trawler.

1.50pm: Tres Forcas abeam distance 2 miles

3.00pm: Moderate breeze, sea and swell

7.40pm: Cape Baba lighthouse abeam distance 2 miles

10.00pm: Passed patrol

11.55pm: Almina Lighthouse 4 points on bow

Distance through water 235 miles. Fuel expended 22 tons

Weather: winds W force 3; barometer rising slowly; temperature 64F; mixed clear sky and cloud

 

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13 March 1916

At sea

Lat 35.7, Long -2.8

12.30am: Almina Point abeam distance 5 miles

3.00am: Light airs. Continues to rain, smooth sea

8.47am: Alboran Island abeam distance 2 miles

9.20am: Refitting

3.00pm: Off Nemours

4.00am: Light airs and smooth

4.57pm: Zafarin Island Lighthouse abeam

7.40pm: Stopped boat, examined steamer

8.30pm: Proceeded. Rounds correct

Distance through water 287 miles. Fuel expended 22 tons, 142 tons remaining

Weather: winds NW/Light airs/NW force 1; barometer rising slowly; temperature 58F; day starts with a gloomy sky, changes to the usual mixed clear and cloudy skies

 

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14 March 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

12.15am: Alhucemas abeam distance 7.5 miles

3.45am: Sighted Europa Point and Alhucemas Lighthouses

6.00am: Almina Lighthouse abeam distance 6 miles

7.00am: Prepare for coaling

7.40am: Secured to No. 6 buoy

8.00am: Left No. 6 buoy and secured to No. 20

12.40pm: Slipped buoy and proceeded

3.00pm: TB93 took station astern

4.30pm: Hands to sea

10.00pm: Callaburras Lighthouse abeam distance 7 miles

Distance through water 242 miles. Fuel expended 25 tons, 117 tons remaining [Editor's note: Clearly no coal came onboard in Gibraltar and she had a very fast turn around]

Weather: winds NW/SW force 3; barometer steady around 29.90; temperature 58F; mixed clear and cloudy skies with rain midmorning

 

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15 March 1916

At sea and Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

4.00am: Off Cape Baba

7.38am: Negra Point abeam [Lat 35.7, Long -5.3, see gazeteer]

8.45am: Preparing for coaling

9.45am: Europa Point [Lat 36.1, Long -5.4] abeam distance 1 mile

10.03am: Passed through entrance

10.25am: Secured to South Mole

10.45am: Commenced Coaling

1.30pm: Two ratings despatched to hospital. One to detention

5.45pm: Finished Coaling

Distance through water [Editor's note: mileage shows 276, but covered 120 miles according to knots list] miles. Fuel expended 2 tons [Editor's note, this figure of 2 tons used does not match the miles noted], 265 remaining

Weather: winds SW force 4 to 1; barometer falling slightly; temperature 58F; overcast and cloudy with rain on and off all day

 

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16 March 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

9.15am: Refitting wires etc.

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.7 tons

Weather: winds SW/NW/Light airs force 2 to 0; barometer rising slightly; temperature 64F; rain until midmorning then mixed clear skies with clouds

 

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17 March 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

9.15am: Refitting boats falls

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2.7 tons

Weather: winds NE/Calm force 1 to 0; barometer steady at 30.01; temperature 60F; mixed clear skies with clouds for the morning, then clear skies for the remainder

 

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18 March 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

8.45am: Cleaning paintwork and testing life floats

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.7 tons

Weather: winds N/NE/SE force 1; barometer steady; temperature 60F; mixed clear skies with clouds, with rain at the end of the day

 

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19 March 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 3 tons

Weather: winds SW force 1; barometer falling to 29.82; temperature 61F; mostly rain, drying up mid afternoon

 

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20 March 1916

At sea

Lat 36.3, Long -4.3

7.40am: Slipped buoy and passed entrance

1.00pm: Sea smooth. Light Breeze

3.40pm: Sighted Alboran Island

7.56pm: Zafarin Island Lighthouse on bow (S13W)

10.26pm: Off Nemours

Distance through water 53 miles. Fuel expended 20.5 tons, 235.5 tons remaining

Weather: winds SW force 2; barometer steady; temperature 56F; starts with rain, then overcast, then rain, then finally a break in the clouds

 

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21 March 1916

At sea

Lat 35.2, Long -4.7

11.30am: Passed Spanish Gunboat off Pescadores

6.30pm: Passed SS Olwen of Cardiff steering westerly

Distance through water 290 miles. Fuel expended 20.7 tons

Weather: winds NW force 2; barometer steady; temperature 62F; mixed clear and cloudy skies

 

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22 March 1916

At sea

Lat 35.9, Long -2.7

12.38am: Alboran Lighthouse abeam distance 2.2 miles

5.25am: Zafarin Island Lighthouse abeam distance 2 miles

7.10am: Off Nemours

8.45am: Aired night clothing

9.20am: Cleaning out boats

1.15pm: Down all night clothing

1.30pm: Scrub hammocks and wash clothes

3.00pm: Patrolling 3 miles off coast. Sea smooth and fine

5.05pm: Natives fired 2 rifle shots

6.00pm: Spanish gunboat entered Alhucemas Bay

6.30pm: Darkened ship

Distance through water 281 miles. Fuel expended 25 tons

Weather: winds NW/W force 2 to 1; barometer steady; temperature 61F; close to clear skies all day

 

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23 March 1916

At sea

Lat 35.7, Long -3.7

1.00am: Almina Lighthouse abeam distance 5.5 miles

8.45am: Alboran Island bearing S70E

2.19pm: Zafarin Island abeam distance 1.7 miles

4.00pm: Altered course N63W 1 mile off Nemours:

7.15pm: Sighted Tres Forcas Lighthouse (bearing N52W)

9.02pm: Cape Tres Forcas Lighthouse abeam distance 4.5 miles

Distance through water 283 miles. Fuel expended 22 tons, 168 tons remaining

Weather: winds W/NW force 2; barometer steady; temperature 59F; mixed clear skies with clouds

 

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24 March 1916

At sea

Lat 36.2, Long -4.8

1.13am: Alhucemas abeam distance 7 miles

2.47am Cape Baba abeam distance 5 miles

3.10am: Sighted Almina Lighthouse (bearing N39W)

7.40am: Almina abeam distance 5 miles

7.36pm: Tres Forcas abeam distance 1 mile

Distance through water 288 miles. Fuel expended 22 tons, 274 tons remaining [Editor's note: a mysterious coaling whilst at sea? See tomorrow's log for correction]

Weather: winds W/SW force 2; barometer steady; temperature 62F; sometimes clear, sometimes cloudy, sometimes mixed

 

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25 March 1916

At sea and Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

12.50am: Cape Baba on bow

1.12am: Cape Baba Lighthouse abeam distance 4.4 miles

3.30am: Sighted Almina (bearing N38W)

6.30am: Sighted Almina Lighthouse abeam distance 5 miles

7.45am: Passed through entrance. Secured No 5 shed South Mole

9.00am: Commenced coaling

2.00pm: Two Ratings from Hospital, and one Rating from HMS Cormorant, joined

2.19pm: Secured to No. 16 buoy

Distance through water 240 miles [Editor's note, only went 84 miles, so 'tons used' look to be incorrect]: Fuel expended 2 tons, remaining

Weather: winds NW/W force 1; barometer steady; temperature 62F; the usual clear skies with some clouds

 

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26 March 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.7 tons

Weather: winds NW/SW force 1; barometer steady; temperature 59F; the usual clear skies with some clouds

[Editor's note: A slow Sunday]

 

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27 March 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

1.30pm: Refitting wires

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2 tons

Weather: winds Calm/SW force 0 to 1; barometer rising slightly; temperature 60F; the usual clear skies with some clouds

 

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28 March 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

9.30am: Canvassing boats oars

1:30pm: Leave to watch till 7.00 am

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2 tons

Weather: winds W/NW force 1; barometer falling slightly; temperature 58F; the usual clear skies with some clouds

 

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29 March 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

8.50am: HMS Berberis left

9.20am: Drawing stores

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 8 tons

Weather: winds NW force 3 to 0; barometer falling slightly; temperature 63F; the usual clear skies with some clouds

 

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30 March 1916

Gibraltar & at sea

Lat 36.7, Long -4.7

7.00am: Slipped buoy & proceeded

9.20am: Refitting gear

12.10pm: Examined Malaga [Lat 36.7, Long -4.4]

2.30pm: Sea smooth. Overcast

9.03pm: Cape De Gata abeam distance 4.5 miles

12.00am: Heavy NE swell

Distance through water 65 miles. Fuel expended 18 tons

Weather: winds NW/SE/E force 3 to 1; barometer steady; temperature 61F; clear sky with clouds then overcast in the pm; Heavy NE swell

 

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31 March 1916

At sea

Lat 36.8, Long -1.6

1.00am: Standing off and on Almeria

3.00am: Fresh breeze and considerable swell

9.02am: Examined Almeria. German SS Javonina, Hamburg, alongside

10.15am: Cape de Gata abeam distance 2 miles

12.15pm: Mesa de Roldan [Lat 36.9, Long -1.9] abeam distance 2.5 miles

3.15pm: Examined Agilas

5.19am: Cape Tinosa [Lat 37.5, Long -1.1] abeam distance 4.5 miles

7.06am: Cape Palos Lighthouse abeam

8.00am: Heavy swell and heavy rain

8.05pm: Hormigis Island [Lat 37.7, Long -0.7]

11.00pm: Moderate gale. Heavy head sea and swell

Distance through water 272 miles. Fuel expended 17 tons, 223 tons remaining

Weather: winds E/N/NE force 3 to 5; barometer steady; temperature 59F; the usual clear skies with some clouds, but overcast with rain late in the day; NE swell

 

 

LOGS FOR APRIL 1916

 

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Copy of Log for HMS Acacia for the month of April 1916. Certified by WD Croudace Lieut RNS

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1 April 1916

At Sea

Lat 37.7, Long -0.5

3.45am: Tabarca Lighthouse abeam distance 9 miles

8.02am: Altered course S66W off Villajoyosa [Lat 38.5, Long -0.2]

9.30am: Examined Alicante, nothing to report

11.00am: Light breeze Heavy N.E. swell

12.45pm: Cape Palos Lighthouse abeam [Lat 37.8, Long -1.00]

1.40pm: Chapa Lighthouse abeam [Lat 37.6, Long -1.1]

2.44pm: Cape Tinosa

4.35pm: Examined Aquilas [Lat 37.4, Long -1.6]

6.06pm: Altered course S27W off La Garrucha [Lat 37.2, Long -1.8]

9.30pm: Cape de Gata Lighthouse abeam [Lat 36.7, Long 2.2]

Distance through water 196 miles. Fuel expended 17 tons, 223 tons remaining

Weather: winds NE/NW/N force 1 to 3; barometer steady; temperature 58F; overcast with rain at start improving to clear sky with clouds at end of day; swell to 4

 

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2 April 1916

At sea

Lat 36.7, Long -3.3

1:50am: Altered course 16 points S14W

3:40am: Altered course 16 points N12E

7.30am: Examined Almeria

9:00am: Sabinal Lighthouse abeam [Lat 36.6832, Long -2.7]

10.43am: Adra Lighthouse distance 5.8 miles [Lat 36.75, Long -3.0167]

2.21pm: Torrox Lighthouse abeam distance 2 miles

4.00pm: Examined Malaga

6.45pm: Full speed ahead

6.53pm: Reduced to 12 knots

11.30pm: Altered course S30E 3 miles off Alboran Island

Distance through water 268 miles. Fuel expended 18 tons

Weather: winds Light airs/SE force 1 to 2; barometer steady; temperature 62F; clear sky with clouds; swell to 1

 

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3 April 1916

At sea

Lat 35.3, Long -3.7

11.00am: Coasting round Betoya Bay [Lat 35.3, Long -3.4]

2.45pm: Passed Cape Baba distance 3 miles

4.15pm: Pescadores abeam distance 2.2 miles

5.55pm: Cotella Point [Lat 35.3, Long -4.9]

7.02pm: Altered course North off Cape Mazari [Lat 35.6, Long -5.2]

Distance through water 288 miles. Fuel expended 20.5 tons

Weather: winds NE force 2; barometer steady; temperature 63F; sky sometimes clear, with clouds

 

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4 April 1916

At sea

[Editor's note: No Latitude or Longitude noted]

8.00am: Secured to No 3 Buoy

8.45am: Coaling Ship

1.50pm: Finished Coaling

Distance through water 84 miles. Fuel expended 20 tons, 164.5 remaining

Weather: winds NE force 1 to 2; barometer steady around 29.90; temperature 65F; clear sky with clouds

 

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5 April 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2 tons

Weather: winds NE/Calm force 1 to 0; barometer steady; temperature 60F; clear sky with clouds

 

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6 April 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

9.20am: Scrubbing ship's sides and re-canvassing stanchions

10.30am: Exercised OD [Editor's note: Overboard Drill] and stewards at boat pulling.

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2 tons

Weather: winds NW force 2; barometer steady; temperature 66F; clear sky with clouds

 

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7 April 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

9.15am: Refitting wires

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2 tons, 258.5 tons remaining

Weather: winds NW force 1; barometer steady; temperature F; clear sky with clouds

 

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8 April 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2 tons)

Weather: winds NW/SW force 3 to 1; barometer steady around 29.97; temperature 58F; clear sky with clouds

[Editor's note: A long day resulting in good clothes and clean decks]

 

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9 April 1916

At sea

Lat 36.0, Long -4.5

7.00am: Slipped buoy and proceeded

2.00pm: Passed trawler patrol

4.00pm: Sighted Alboran Island on port bow

6.30pm: Darkened ship. Zig-zagging 2 points to each side of initial course.

7.45pm: Stopped zig-zagging

11.12pm: Off Nemours

Distance through water 52 miles. Fuel expended 7 tons

Weather: winds SE force 2 to 4; barometer steady; temperature 56F; clear sky with clouds; swell to 2

 

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10 April 1916

At sea

Lat 35.2, Long -4.7

12.50am: Passed Zafarin Island distance 9 miles

3.45am: Rounded Cape Tres Forcas distance 7 miles

4.30am: Heavy rain, moderate wind and sea

5.30am: Altered course to S70W to close land

9.15am: Refitting slip rope

10.20am: Cape Baba abeam distance 2.5 miles

11.51am: Cape Pescadores abeam distance 2 miles

12.50pm: Received signal to return to base. Increased speed to 15 knots

4.45pm: Passed through entrance. Secured to No 20 buoy

6.15pm: Slipped and proceeded to sea

6.35pm: Off Europa Point

Distance through water 284 miles. Fuel expended 25 tons

Weather: winds SW/NW force 2 to 4; barometer steady; temperature 54 F; overcast with clouds and rain for most of the day; swell to 3

 

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11 April 1916

At sea

Lat 35.7, Long -3.7

2.20am: Sighted Alboran Lighthouse

3.05am: Sighted Alboran Lighthouse abeam distance 6 miles

10.20am: Reduced to 6 knots. Signalled Trawler Patrol

1.15pm: Wash and scrub clothes

2.16pm: Alboran Island abeam distance 7 miles

4.40pm: Passed Yacht Atalanta

4.55pm: Passed TB Patrol

6.00pm: Passed SS Monmouth (Liverpool) (RTBF)

7.40pm: Moderate breeze, heavy swell

11.30pm: Passed TB patrol

11.55pm: Altered course as requisite for examining steamer.

Distance through water 270 miles. Fuel expended 25 tons

Weather: winds NW/W force 4 to 1; barometer steady; temperature 62F; overcast with rain till midday then clear sky with clouds on new westerly breeze; swell 4 to midday then 1

[Editor's note: A horrid morning weather-wise]

 

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12 April 1916

Lat 35.8, Long -2.9

0.20am: Examined SS Ekaterinoslav of Libau

1.30am: Alboran Island abeam distance 5 miles

8.00am: Passed TB Patrol

9.15am: Making covers

11.30am: Strong wind and sea

1.48pm: Reduced to 10 knots

2.28pm: Alboran Island abeam

3.00pm: Strong wind and Sea

5.15pm: Passed HMY Iolanda

Distance through water 262 miles. Fuel expended 20 tons

Weather: winds NW/W force 6; barometer steady; temperature 61F; clear sky with clouds, then clear with mist, then clear; swell to 5

 

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13 April 1916

At sea

Lat 35.9, Long -3.8

3.40am: Sighted Alboran Lighthouse

4.30am: Alboran Lighthouse abeam altered course N19E

5.15am: Altered course N69W

5.18am: Alboran Lighthouse abeam distance 5 miles

5.30am: Altered course to avoid a sailing ship

11.06am: Passed TB Patrol

12.00pm: Resumed zig-zag 3 points each way
2.00pm: Passed SS Milton of London

3.33pm: Alboran abeam distance 5 miles

[Editor's notes: The log keeper copied the morning events into the afternoon lines – which were then corrected]
9.20pm: Passed various shipping
Distance through water 231 miles. Fuel expended 18 tons

Weather: winds NW/SW force 4 to 1; barometer steady around 30.05; temperature 65F; clear sky; swell to 3

 

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14 April 1916

At sea

Lat 35.9, Long -3.3

0.10am: Passed HM Yacht Patrol

1.00am: Course S77E 12 knots 128 revs

1:21am: Alboran Island abeam 5.5 miles altered course N69W

2.00am: Course N69W 11.5 knots 128 revs

3.00am: Course N69W 12.3 knots128 revs

4.00am: Course N69W 10.6 knots 128 revs

5.00am: Course N69W 11.6 knots 128 revs

5.30am: Sighted trawler patrol zig-zag 3 points each side

6.00am: Course S77E 12.4 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes128 revs

6.00am: Hands lash up and stow

6.30am: Turned 16 points

6.30am: Hands employed scrubbing decks. Wind and weather freshening

7.00am: Course S77E 11.2 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes128 revs

8.00am: Course S77E 10.7 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes 128 revs

8.00am: Breakfast and clean

9.00am: Course S77E 11.2 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes 128 revs

9.00am: Divisions, prayers and physical drill

9.15am: Hands employed as requisite. Passed various shipping

10.00am: Course S77E 11.7 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes 128 revs 10.30am: Stand easy

10.40am: Resume work

11.00am: Course S77E 12.0 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes 128 revs

11.13am: Alboran abeam altered course to N69W

11.30am: Moderate breeze and fine

12.00pm: Course N69W 11.0 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes 128 revs

1.00pm: Course N69W 11.2 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes 128 revs

1.00pm: Passed trawler patrol

1.30pm: Passed TB Patrol. Hands make and mend clothes. Zig-zag 3 points each side of initial course N69W

2.00pm: Course N69W 10.7 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes 128 revs

3.00pm: Course N69W 10.5 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes 128 revs

3.00pm: Passed HMY Patrol

4.00pm: Course N69W 10.8 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes 128 revs

4.00pm: Evening Quarters

4.15pm: Hands to tea.

4.38pm: Altered Course S77E turned 16 points. Passed various shipping

5.00pm: Course N69W 11.0 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes 128 revs

6.00pm: Course S77E 12.0 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes 128 revs

7.00pm: Course S77E 12.6 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes 128 revs

7.00pm: Darkened ship

7.45pm: Set initial course. Light breeze and fine

8.00pm: Course S77E 12.0 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes 128 revs

8.37pm: Alboran Lighthouse abeam distance 8 miles. Altered course N13E

8.53pm: Altered course N69W

9.00pm: Course N13E/N69W 10.3 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes 128.9 revs

9.50pm: Passed TB 93. (Challenged)

10.00pm: Course N69W 11.4 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes 128 revs

11.00pm: Course N69W 10.7 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes 128 revs

12.00pm: Course N69W 12.1 knots zigzag 3 points every 15 minutes 128 revs

Distance through water 277 miles. Fuel expended 18 tons

Weather: winds SW/NW/W force 4 to 2; barometer steady; temperature 63F; sky with clouds; swell up to 4

[Editor's note: And that's everything that fills the average day]

 

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15 April 1916

At Sea

5.15am: Started zig-zagging 3 points each side of course

5.30am: Passed TB patrol

7.15am: Alboran Island abeam distance 5 miles

11.20am: Passed G class destroyer (Eastbound)

2.00pm: Passed TB patrol

3.15pm: Sighted SS Zealandia of New York

8.55pm: Alboran Island abeam distance 3.5 miles

11.20pm: HM Sloop Pentstemon passed steering easterly

Distance through water 276 miles. Fuel expended 20 tons

Weather: winds Various force 2 to 1; barometer steady around 30.16; temperature 64 F; clear sky, with clouds later

 

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16 April 1916

At sea and Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

7.26am: Secured to No. 16 buoy

9.30am: Coaling

11.30am: Finished coaling

Provisions: fresh meat 138lb, vegetables 300lb, bread 270lb

Distance through water 232 miles. Fuel expended 18 tons

Weather: winds Light airs force 1; barometer steady; temperature 60F; clear sky with clouds

 

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17 April 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.8 tons, 233 tons remaining

Weather: winds ENE force 1; barometer steady; temperature 62F; clear sky with clouds

 

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18 April 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

9.15am: Refitting gear

7.00pm: One rating joined ship from RNH

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.8 tons

Weather: winds Calm; barometer small fall to 30.00; temperature 67F; clear sky with clouds

 

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19 April 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

10.00am: Read Warrant No.19. Discharged one rating to detention.

11.50pm: Slipped buoy and proceeded

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2 tons

Weather: winds SW/Light airs/NW force 1 to 0; barometer falling to 29.67; temperature 66F; clear sky with clouds

 

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20 April 1916

At sea

Lat 36.0, Long -3.8

12.15am: Passed Europa Point

7.20am: Turned 16 points of Alboran Island. Reduced to 12 knots (15 revs) from 16 (159 revs)

8.00am: Strong winds and considerable sea

8.10am: Reduced to 10 knots (110 revs)

9.00am: Divisions and prayers and physical drill. Hands employed splicing motorboats' falls

10.30am: Stand easy

10.40am: Return to work

1.00pm: Passed Yacht patrol

7.30pm: Almina Lighthouse (N81W)

9.30pm: Altered course for Alboran

Distance through water 148 miles. Fuel expended 20 tons, 240 tons remaining

Weather: winds SW/NW force 6; barometer rising; temperature 64F; clear sky with clouds; swell to 5

 

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21 April 1916

At sea

Lat 36.0, Long -4.0

12.30am: Passed various shipping. Strong wind + rough sea

5.55am: Alboran Island Lighthouse abeam distance 3 miles

9.00am: Refitting gear

10.30am: Resumed zig-zagging

12.15pm: Passed Yacht Atalanta

3.00am: Strong wind and rough sea

5.20am: Altered course S10E to examine vessel

9.45pm: Passed various shipping

11.00pm: Fresh wind and moderate sea

Distance through water 211 miles. Fuel expended 17 tons

Weather: winds NW force 6; barometer rising; temperature 62F; clear sky with clouds, though overcast with rain mid-evening; swell to 5 then down to 2

 

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22 April 1916

At sea

Lat 36.2, Long -5.0

2.20am: Sighted Alboran Lighthouse

3.50am: Alboran Lighthouse abeam distance 4 miles

8.00am: Commenced zig-zagging 3 points each side

11.00am: Passed Yacht Narcissus II. Strong wind and rough sea

1.00pm: Make and mend clothes

3.40pm: Sea boats crew to tea

4.00pm; Hands to tea

5.00pm: Stopped. Away sea boats for provisions

5.50pm: Hoisted 2nd whaler and proceeded

7.30pm: Passed HMS Wisteria

7.40pm: Course S77E for Alboran. Moderate wind and sea

10.45pm: Passed trawler patrol

Distance through water 256 miles. Fuel expended 20 tons

Weather: winds NW/W force 6 to 4; barometer rising; temperature 57F; clear sky with clouds; swell 4 reducing to 2

 

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23 April 1916

Lat 35.3, Long -2.8

2.50am: Alboran abeam distance 4 miles

5.00am: light breeze and moderate swell

9.15am: Nemours distance 2.0 miles

11.37am: Zafarin Island abeam distance 3.2

3.24pm: Cape Tres Forcas abeam distance 4 miles

6.45pm: Alhucemas Lighthouse abeam 4.6 miles

8.50pm: Cape Baba abeam distance 7 miles. Altered course N34W

10.00pm: Sea smooth and fine

Distance through water 276 miles. Fuel expended 21 tons

Weather: winds W/Calm force 5 to 0; barometer rise to 30.20 then back to 30.15; temperature 68F; clear sky with clouds

 

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24 April 1916

At sea

Lat 35.8, Long -2.6

1.19am: Almina Point abeam distance 8 miles

2.00am: Alltered course S77E for Alboran Island

2.45am: Passed HMS Gentian

3.00am: Light breeze and fine

7.00am: Lost overboard one hacksaw from stores

9.15am: Getting down yards

10.15am: Alboran Island abeam distance 3 miles

1.30pm: Unbending sails

3.00pm: Light breeze and fine

4.30pm: Stopped

4.45pm: Proceeded N64W

9.00pm: Cape Tres Forcas abeam distance 4.5 miles

11.00pm: Light breeze and fine

Distance through water 292 miles. Fuel expended 21 tons

Weather: winds SE/NW force 2; barometer steady; temperature 61F; clear sky with clouds

 

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25 April 1916

At sea

Lat 35.6, Long -4.3

12.40am: Alhucemas Lighthouse on bow

1.30am: Alhucemas Lighthouse abeam distance 10 miles

2.35am: Cape Baba Lighthouse on bow

3.10am: Cape Baba abeam distance 7 miles

7.50am: Almina Point abeam

8.30am: Passed HMY Iolanda

10.30am: Light; breeze smooth and fine.

1.00pm: Passed trawler Patrol

2.05pm: Passed SS Strathness (Westward bound)

3.00pm: Fix by cross bearings

4.25pm: Stopped

4.45pm: Proceeded

7.00pm: Tres Forcas abeam distance 3.5 miles

7.30pm: Light airs from East

10.35pm: Alhucemas Lighthouse abeam 10.5 miles

11.43pm: Cape Baba Lighthouse on bow

Distance through water 291 miles. Fuel expended 20 tons, 141 tons remaining)

Weather: winds Light airs; barometer steady; temperature 63F; clear sky with clouds, in the morning then clear skies

 

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26 April 1916

At sea and Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

12.33am: Cape Baba abeam distance 10 miles

6.55am: Secured to No. 13 Buoy

8.30am: Commenced coaling

9.30am: Three ratings discharged to hospital

12.30pm: Finished coaling

4.00pm: Leave to watch till 7.00am

Distance through water 230 miles. Fuel expended 17 tons, 274 tons remaining

Weather: winds SE/NNE force 1; barometer steady; temperature 64F; clear sky with clouds

 

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27 April 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

9.15am: Fitting ridge ropes

1.30pm: Leave to watch till 7.00am

Provisions: 128lb vegetables, 100lb bread

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.7 tons

Weather: winds ESES/W force 1; barometer steady; temperature 65F; clear sky with clouds

 

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28 April 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

9.15am: Cleaning hauser reels

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.7 tons

Weather: winds NW force 1; barometer still steady; temperature 69F; clear sky with clouds

 

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29 April 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.7 tons

Weather: winds NW force 1; barometer still steady; temperature 66F; clear sky with clouds

[Editor's note: Ship scrubbed, prayers given, leave taken, 4 square meals, and back to bed]

 

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30 April 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

1.30pm: Leave to Chief & 1st Class Petty Officers till 10.00pm

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 1.7 tons

Weather: winds NW force 1; barometer steady; temperature 65F; clear sky with clouds

 

 

 

LOGS FOR MAY 1916

 

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Copy of the Log of HMS Acacia. Signed WD Croudace Lieut. RNR

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Barometer and thermometer information: blank

 

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1 May 1916

At sea

Lat 35.9, Long -4.3

7.00am: Slipped buoy and proceeded

7.25am: Set course to S68E off Europa Point

9.30am: Passed HM Yacht patrol

1.30pm: Spreading bridge awnings

3.25pm: Passed Collier 731 SS Strathdon Glasgow

3.42am: Alboran 4 points on bow

4.30pm: Stopped

4.45pm: Proceeded

5.00pm: Passed various shipping. Light breeze and fine

7.15pm: Darkened ship

7.30pm: Examined general quarters

9.00am: Stopped, hands to Abandon Ship stations

11.30pm: Passed steamer steering Easterly

Distance through water 66 miles. Fuel expended 6 tons

Weather: winds W force 3-4; barometer falling to 29.84; temperature 64F; clear sky with clouds

 

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2 May 1916

At sea

Lat 35.8, Long -3.2

3.50am: Altered course S86E by cross bearings off Europa Point and Almina

4.00am: Light airs and fine

4.40am: Altered course to avoid steamship

7.35am: Passed trawler patrol

8.55am: Sighted sloop 'Wistaria'

9.15am: Refitting gear

10.20am: Semaphored SS Glenshiel Tyne dock to Portsaid cargo coal steering easterly

10.55am: Passed transport steering Westerly

12.15pm: Alboran abeam 8 miles

3.47pm: Zafarin Island abeam distance 10.5 miles

4.00am: Light breeze and fine

4.25pm: Stopped

4.42pm: Proceeded

4.50pm: Fix by cross bearings

5.40pm: Zafarin Island Lighthouse on bow (4 points)

9.30pm: Tres Forcas abeam distance 5 miles

10.00pm: Light airs and fine

Sick list: 1

Distance through water 292 miles. Fuel expended 20 tons

Weather: winds Light airs force 1; barometer falling slowly; temperature 69F; clear sky all day

 

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3 May 1916

At sea

Lat 36.0, Long -4.5

2.00am: Light breeze and fine

6.40am: Passed SS Pierros de Espana

7.40am: Arrived in Straits

8.20am: Sent 2nd whaler to TB91 for provisions

8.35am: Proceeded S70E

9.10am: Rigging stages and awnings

10.00am: Moderate wind and swell

1.15pm: Scrub hammocks and wash clothes

5.15pm: Passed trawler steering easterly

6.30pm: Alboran abeam

8.00pm: Light breeze and considerable swell

10.45pm: Passed yacht patrol

10.55pm: Altered course to avoid steamer

11.03pm: Steadied

Provisions: 190lb meat, 200lb vegetables, 250lb bread

Sick list: 1

Distance through water 284 miles. Fuel expended 22 tons

Weather: winds ES force 3 to 1; barometer still falling; temperature 63F; clear sky with clouds in the forenoon, overcast with some rain in the after noon; swell to 4

 

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4 May 1916

At sea

Lat 35.3, Long -4.5

3.00am: Position by cross bearings off Almina and Europa Point

5.00am: Altered courses off Almina Point. Courses various. Coasting

8.00am: Light breeze and fine

10.30am: Pescadores abeam distance 1.5 miles

11.45am: Cape Baba Lighthouse 4 points on bow

12.00pm: Cape Baba Lighthouse abeam 3 miles

1.32pm: Passed TB Patrol

1.38pm: Alhucemas Lighthouse abeam

3.00pm: Coasting courses as required

6.30pm: Tres Forcas Lighthouse abeam distance 3.2 miles

9.34pm: Zafarin Lighthouse abeam distance 3 miles

11.25pm: Nemours Lighthouse abeam distance 6 miles

Sick list: 1

Distance through water 255 miles. Fuel expended 17 tons

Weather: winds SW/Light airs force 3 to 1; barometer down to 29.62; temperature 70F; clear sky with clouds; swell to 3

 

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5 May 1916

At sea

Lat 36.0, Long -4.3

4.10am: Sighted Alboran Lighthouse

5.00am: Moderate sea and swell

6.23am: Alboran Lighthouse abeam 4.2 miles

6.40am: Passed HMS Wistaria

9.15am: Cleaning rifles

9.50am: Passed SS Wellington of Cardiff

10.18am: Passed Italian barque Reno of Genoa

12.30pm: Passed HM Yacht patrol

5.00pm: Fix by cross bearings

Distance through water 280 miles. Fuel expended 20 tons, 182 tons remaining

Weather: winds NW force 4 to 2; barometer rising; temperature 66F; clear sky with clouds; swell to 2

 

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6 May 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

3.15am: Passed SS Huntsman Calcutta of London

6.58am: Secured to No. 13 Buoy

8.30am: Coaling

Sick list:

Distance through water 218 miles. Fuel expended 18 tons, 274 tons remaining

Weather: winds Various force 1 to 5; barometer rising to 30.00; temperature 63F; clear sky with clouds as usual

 

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7 May 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

3.00pm Landed funeral party

Sick list: 1

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended no record tons

Weather: winds SW/NW/Light airs force 2 to 1; barometer steady; temperature 62F; clear sky with clouds

 

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8 May 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

Sick list: 1

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended no record, 274 tons remaining

Weather: winds Light airs force 0; barometer steady; temperature 65F; clear sky with clouds

 

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9 May 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

7.00am: Painting ship's side

9.20am: Painting down aloft

Sick list: 1

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended none recorded

Weather: winds NE force 2; barometer steady; temperature 64F; clear sky with clouds

 

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10 May 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

9.30am: Discharged one rating to Royal Naval Hospital

Sick list: 1

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended no entry tons

Weather: winds E/NE force 1; barometer steady; temperature 64F; sky with clouds; swell

 

 

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11 May 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

9.20am: Drawing stores and painting ship

Provisions: fresh meat 120lb, vegetables 200lb, bread 100lb

Distance through water I miles. Fuel expended no record tons

Weather: winds NE force 3 to 1; barometer steady; temperature 62F; clear sky with clouds

 

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12 May 1916

Gibraltar

Lat 36.1, Long -5.3

6.30am: Reeved slip rope

7.00am: Slipped buoy and towed alongside wall

8.45am: Hands drawing stores

1.30pm: Hands drawing stores

6.10pm: Cast off from wall

6.30pm: Passed through entrance

9.00pm: Keeping station on port bow of transport

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended no record

Weather: winds E/SE/W force 1; barometer steady; temperature 67F; clear sky with clouds

 

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13 May 1916

Gibraltar to Malta

Lat 36.0, Long -0.9

1.50am: Sighted Alboran Lighthouse (by East)

3.05am: Alboran Lighthouse abeam 6 miles

5.00am: Moderate breeze and sea. Keeping station on port bow of transport

10.30am: Passed HM Yacht Patrol

1.15pm: Scrub hammocks and wash clothes

2.00pm: Cape Ferrat [Lat 35.9, Long -0.4] abeam distance 5.5 miles

9.10pm: Cape Tenez Lighthouse abeam

Distance through water 222 miles. Fuel expended 20 tons

Weather: winds NW/NE force 4 to 1; barometer still steady; temperature 68F; clear sky with clouds; swell

 

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14 May 1916

Gibraltar to Malta

Lat 37.8, Long 5.8

1.20am: Cape Shershal abeam [Lat 36.6, Long 2.2] distance 13 miles

3.27am: Cape Caxine abeam [Lat 36.8, Long 3.0] distance 1.5 miles. Altered course S55E

4.00am: Light breeze and fine

5.20am: Small French Cruiser steering West

7.06am: Cape Bengut [Lat 36.9, Long 3.9] abeam distance 7.5 miles. Altered course S79E

9.12am: Cape Corbelin Lighthouse [Lat 36.9, Long 4.4] abeam distance 8 miles

10.35am: Sigle Lighthouse [Lat 36.9, Long 4.8] abeam distance 10 miles. Altered course S88E

11.40am: Cape Carbon [Lat 36.8, Long 5.1] abeam

2.00pm: Heavy swell and moderate breeze

4.55pm: Cape Bougaroni [Lat 37.1, Long 6.5] abeam distance 9 miles

7.08pm: Cape de Fer Lighthouse [Lat 37.1, Long 7.2] 4 points on bow

7.40pm: Cape de Fer abeam distance 6.7miles. Altered course S78E

10.11pm: Cape de Gardi [Lat 37.0, Long 7.8] abeam distance 13 miles

11.55pm: Cape Rosa [Lat 36.9, Long 8.2] abeam distance 1.2 miles

12.00am: Heavy swell and moderate breeze.

Distance through water 305 miles. Fuel expended 25 tons

Weather: winds Light airs/NE force 0 to 1; barometer still steady; temperature 66F; clear sky with clouds in the fore noon, overcast in the after noon; NE heavy swell in the after noon

 

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15 May 1916

Gibraltar to Malta

Lat 37.3, Long 11.3

3.52am: Cape Serrat bearing S9E. Altered course N88E

4.35am: Fix by cross bearings

6.08am: Ras Eugela [Lat 37.4, Long 9.8]

6.30am: Cape Blanc [Lat 37.3, Long 9.8] abeam 8 miles

7.32am: Cani Rock Lighthouse [Lat 37.4, Long 10.1] abeam 10 miles. Altered course S62E

9.00am: Refitting gear

11.55am: Cape Bon [Lat 37.0832, Long -11.0388] abeam distance 10 miles

12.00pm: Light breeze and fine

1.40pm: Passed 'Anchor Liner' bound West [see gazetteer]

2.00pm: Passed 'BI' steamer bound West [see gazetteer]

3.33am: Pantelaria Lighthouse [Lat 36.8, Long 11.8] abeam distance 8 miles

3.39am: Closed 'Lake Manitoba'

11.05pm: Sighted Gozo Lighthouse [Lat of centre 36.1, Long of centre 14.3]

12.00am: Gozo Lighthouse 4 points on bow

Distance through water 300 miles. Fuel expended 25 tons, 203 tons remaining)

Weather: winds NW force 3 to 1; barometer falling to 29.82; temperature 63F; clear sky with clouds, clouds only, clear sky; Westerly swell

 

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16 May 1916

Gibraltar to Malta

Lat 35.9, Long 14.4

1.00am: Gozo Lighthouse abeam distance 12miles. Altered course N59W

8.45am: Prepare for entering harbour

9.20am: Passed boom defence

9.34am: Secured to No.3 & 3A buoys. Hans employed painting cable

1.00pm: Read Warrant No.20

1.20pm: Hands employed discharging ammunition

4.45pm: Towed to Boiler Wharf to discharge guns etc

Distance through water [Editor's note: 274 shown but miles noted show 121.6 miles]. Fuel expended 25 tons [Editor's note: matches 274 miles], 178 tons remaining

Weather: winds N/Light airs force 2 to 0; barometer slight rise; temperature 67F; clear sky with clouds/overcast

 

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17 May 1916

Malta

Lat 35.9, Long 14.4

8.00am: Ratings discharged to Lake Manitoba

9.20am: Cleaning brightwork

1.30pm: Preparing ship for sea

4.05pm: Slipped from Boiler Wharf

4.10pm: Passed through boom defence

6.35pm: Gozo abeam distance 5 miles. Set log. Altered course N58W

7.15pm: Darkened Ship

Distance through water nil miles. Fuel expended 2.5 tons

Weather: winds Calm/NW force 0 to 4; barometer slight rise to 30.07; temperature 78F; clear sky in the fore noon, mixed clear with clouds in the after noon

 

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18 May 1916

At sea

Lat 37.5, Long 9.8

3.20am: Pantelleria abeam distance 5 miles. Log 116.8. Altered Course N57W

4.00am: Light breeze and moderate swell

5.30am: Passed SS Newby Hall of Liverpool

7.10am: Passed French patrol Yacht Almah

10.55am: Cani Rock abeam distance 5 miles

2.30pm: Cape Serrat abeam distance 6 miles

3.00pm: Light breeze and fine

7.10pm: Cape de Garde Lighthouse abeam

9.11pm: Cape de Fer abeam distance 9 miles

11.38pm: Cape Bougaroni abeam distance 9 miles

Distance through water 259 miles. Fuel expended 26 tons, 150 tons remaining

Weather: winds WNW force 3 to 1; barometer rising to 30.20; temperature 65F; clouds to start, then clear all day; swell to 2

 

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19 May 1916

At sea

Lat 37.0, Long -2.9

3.50am: Sighted Cape Carbon Lighthouse before abeam

4.45am: Cape Corbelin abeam

7.45am: Bengut Island Lighthouse 4 points on bow

11.30am: Passed HMS Bristol. Light breeze and fine

1.50pm: Passed HM Yacht Patrol

5.20pm: Cape Tenez abeam

Distance through water 337 miles. Fuel expended 35 tons

Weather: winds NW/NE/Light airs force 1; barometer steady; temperature 67F; overcast and cloudy in the fore noon, clear skies in the after noon

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20 May 1916

At sea

Lat 36.2, Long -4.2

8.45am: Scrubbing mess decks and cleaning boom gear

2.30pm: Sighted Gibraltar

4.58pm: Secured to No.13 buoy. 2 ratings joined from hospital. Hauled in log.

Distance through water 340 miles. Fuel expended 40 tons, 75 tons remaining

Weather: winds Various force 1; barometer steady; temperature 70F; clear skies, some clouds in the evening