PART TWO - 1922 |
1st. 1922. At Vancouver. Wrote to Alice. Estimated 12,000
visitors walked round the ship. Went for walk in the evening.
Mon Jan 2nd.
Drizzly day. Went to pictures after tea.
Tues Jan 3rd.
Paraded Vancouver city plenty of excitement. Ship still swarming
Wed Jan 4th.
Letter & paper arrived from Alice Dated Dec 19th. Had forenoon at
Field Gun drill caused sport for the nation.
5th. Wrote to Alice. not much of note happened.
6th. Forenoon General Quarters. Still alongside & remaining
here till Monday. Shant be sorry now when we leave. Getting fed up
with the Vancouverites. Shooting War veterans at minature to-morrow
Sat Jan 7th.
Shooting match with 1st Batt Canadian Irish. Beat them by 11 points.
Made possible myself & tied with RSM Perry late Kings Prize winner.
Sun Jan 8th.
Part of ships company landed for Church parade. Naturally I
wasn’t there Leave expired at midnight.
Mon Jan 9th. Left
Vancouver and Arrived Seattle 4 pm. Went on shore and saw Cousin
10th. Went to Daisies place to supper & had a nice evening.
Her Husband seems a very decent chap. Showed them round the ship
to-day. fired two salutes while they were on board one of 15 and 1
Wednesday Jan 11th.
Went to Alecs relations (Daisies Husband) to dinner but had to leave
early as leave expired 8 pm. Left Seattle for ‘Frisco 10.30 pm. no
mail since 19th arrived yet.
12th. At sea. not much doing every body settling down after
so much leave Wrote to Alice to-night & posted it.
Friday Jan 13th.
Forenoon at action stations. Read in W/T press that Carpentier won
in 4 rounds lovely weather & getting warmer. Believe we get in San
Francisco to-morrow at 9.30 owing to case of appendicitis on board
instead of 4 pm. Writing to Bill to-night. Hoping to receive mail
Sat Jan 14th.
Arrived at ‘Frisco at 11 am & made fast alongside jetty. very
interesting place the Authorities have given us to tie up to where
the sewerage of the city runs down. Two letters from Alice arrived
20th and 22nd Dec answering to-night.
15th. Usual Sunday routine. Went for car ride round the
district during the afternoon, very interesting indeed. had PC photo
taken of the party. Went through Chinatown after dark with guide,
but nothing like China.
Monday Jan 16th.
mail arrived two from Alice 26th & 29th Dec & 1 paper. Answering
to-night & sending PC photo & postcards of ship etc. Had my own
photo taken yesterday sending proof on to-night Banquet & dance on
shore for Officers & men but did not go. Dont go much on America
although this is a nice town.
17th. About 30 hands down with flu but not I. Went to
Pontages after tea. Nothing else of note.
Wednesday Jan 18th.
Sending photos to Alice. More gone sick. Went for a long walk. Must
be because the place is dry that everyone feels queer.
19th. Went for long walk in the evening still more cases of
flu. Nothing more worth recording happened.
20th. Mail arrived, two from Alice 30th Dec & 2nd Jan also
paper of first. Leaving this show in the morning.
Sat Jan 21st.
Left ‘Frisco 8 am. fired four salutes immediately on leaving the
wall Passed Yankee Battle fleet & returned their salute to our
admiral. another 21 guns at Monterey where we arrived 4 pm.
altogether fired 86 Rds to-day. Anchored in an open roadstead quite
a change from the stinking old wall at Frisco. Writing to Sook
to-night, sent one more photo to her.
Sun Jan 22nd.
First 6 months finished to-day thank goodness. Plenty of visitors on
board this afternoon Writing to Kate to-night and sending Photo
Mon Jan 23rd. Nice
weather, still at Monterey & more ship visitors. Nothing else worth
noting. Letter to Alice to-night. Today is 23rd Jan so obviously my
guess was wrong, but cant conceive going to march all the same. Flue
still pretty strong
24th. Not much during to-day. FX to SA Drill some visitors
in afternoon. Everybody got jazzitis. shooting Yanks to-morrow.
“Flu” still “Fluing”.
Wed Jan 25th.
Yanks beat our team easy, but was leading them all myself until had
accident with sight then finished about third
Thurs Jan 26th.
Left Monterey 1 pm. Two letters arrived from Alice 5th & 7th Jan
also paper of 8th. One from Bill dated 9th Jan. Writing to Alice
to-night. Arriving Santa Barbara about 7 am. Flu has flew. Everyone
Fri Jan 27th.
Arrived Santa Barbara (Cal) 7 am & anchored in open bay. Afternoon
make & mend clothes having a quiet nap when messman capsized bowl of
sugar over one. Messroom not yet recovered. Wrote to Bill to-night.
Sat Jan 28th.
At Santa Barbara. Quiet day no more sugar episodes. Writing to Alice
29th. Not the usual quiet Sunday. very heavy wind & rain
storms. had considerable difficulty in hoisting all boats. Liberty
men left on shore. Abated somewhat in afternoon but blew up again
to-wards night. Keeping anchor watch.
30th. No communication with shore too rough was going to
write to-night but busy with GL until too late.
31st. Left Santa Barbara 6 am & arrived Santa Monica 10.30.
very open anchorage but leave given at 4 pm. Evidently plenty of
arrangements for amusement but shall not go. Writing to Alice
to-night. Some visitors came off.
Wed Feb 1st.
Started working up sections for annual course when we get to
Bermuda. Beautiful weather. A great number of visitors to-day. Mail
arrived 1 from Alice 10th Jan & two Ashford papers from Bill.
Writing to Victoria & Seattle to-night.
2nd. A fine day. Uncle Dave came on board & had a look round. Going
on shore to see him to-morrow Writing to Alice to-night. GO men to
preliminary RP to-day.
3rd. Went on shore after dinner. Went to Los Angeles & met Uncle
Dave & spent the night with him returning on board in the morning.
Sat Feb 4th. went
to Los Angeles saw ships team win Football cup. Went to Cousin Berts
friends house to dinner then to reception at Overseas club. Had a
good time. Saw several film studios.
Sun Feb 5th. Bert &
his friend (forget his name) came on board & drank my rum. (Must
make a note of that for |I don’t often give it away) Went to Los
Angeles & said Au Revoir to Uncle Dave & his friends. Charlie
Chaplin & several more film Artistes came on board this afternoon.
Very posh too.
Mon Feb 6th. Left
at 5.15 Am. Arrived at San Pedro 7 AM & oiled ship. American fleet
here so plenty of salutes. no more mail so will not get any till
arrival at Panama about 16th. Leaving here at midnight to-night.
Married 10 months to-day. Calcutta here with ratings & stores for
Tues Feb 7th. At
sea En Voyage to Panama. Very calm, doing 15 knots. Shall not get
mail till arrival on Wednesday 15th. Starting letter to Alice
to-night. News that 1500 stokers from Chatham to leave navy. First
results of disarmament. Wonder if it will affect us.
Wednesday Feb 8th.
At sea. Splendid weather. believe we get into whites to-morrow.
Opened minature range for second spoon shoot. few more lines to
Thursday Feb 9th.
At sea. Nothing to record. very fine day. Finished letter to Alice.
Friday Feb 10th. At
sea. GQs in forenoon. Pm carried over Sub Calibre night firing.
Saturday Feb 11th.
At sea. Usual Sat Routine dodging water all day. Still splendid
weather Starting another letter to Alice to-night. Much warmer now
we are in the tropics
Sunday Feb 12th. At
sea. Very warm. Opened minature range forenoon & evening. Sea very
calm, shoals of dolphin & an occasional turtle passed the ship Hear
that our next cruise after the refit is down the Indies.
Monday Feb 13th. At
sea. Still very nice weather carried out night firing full calibre.
10 Rds per gun.
Tuesday Feb 14th.
At sea. believe we arrive Balboa 6.30 am. put on possible minature
target to-night Hear that mail arrives to-morrow. Posted two letters
to Alice & one to Grace. Took mids to musketry to-day
Wednesday Feb 15th.
Arrived Panama 6.30 Fired salute of 21 guns & another 15 after
dinner. Mail arrived 7 letters & two papers from Alice. Quite a
budget. Dates, 12th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 23rd, 26th of January.
seems to be getting a bit worried to-wards the end of the time.
Think she must be very near now. Posted letter to Alice in answer to
Thurs Feb 16th. At
Panama. Very hot. Fired several salutes altogether 79 Guns. Among
them being the president of Republic of Panama Governor of Canal
Zone. Writing to Alice again to-night.
Friday Feb 17th.
Went ashore to-night, was surprised at the City of Panama. It is
thoroughly Oriental Bad news to-day hear that all foreign commission
are for at least 2 years & 6 months. Must not tell Alice that yet.
Saturday Feb 18th.
Left Panama 6.30 passed through canal arriving Colon about 1 pm.
Weather a bit boisterous this side. not going to Havana now but
arrive Bermuda on Friday 24th. wonder how Sook feels to-day.
Sunday Feb 19.
sea. Quiet day. Fresh breeze blowing. Portugese “Man-o-war” in
plenty floating by.
Monday Feb 20th. At
sea. Nasty weather this morning but running into calm weather again
now. Not much happened to-day of note. Passing island of Hayti.
Finishing letter to Alice to-night.
Tuesday Feb 21st.
At sea. Rather nasty day. Got 3” crews ready for Low Angle firing.
arriving Bermuda Friday.
Wednesday Feb 22nd.
At sea. Afternoon pipe down, had a nap. run paravanes all day got
them in 4.30 pm. getting much cooler, believe its blue clothing to
morrow Seven months of the commission finishes to-day.
Thurs Feb 23rd.
sea. In blues again. GQs this morning otherwise uneventful day.
Fri Feb 24th.
Arrived Bermuda 7 AM. Tug came out with target. Carried out Sub
Calibre runs pm Anchored in Grassy Bay & fired GCIIs 1” from 3” HA
guns. no mail here having gone to Havana. Rotten luck, anxious to
hear from Al. Letter from Victoria BC arrived though. Writing to
Alice to-night. Mail for UK closes 7 AM.
Sat Feb 25th.
Weighed at 8.30 & proceeded out of harbour. Carried out sub calibre
runs 7.5 Directos GLIIs at 3” 9 rounds per man independent at towed
target. Eleven fired CPL Bell Bromley I, CPL Bell II & AB Smith III.
quicker time 9 Rds 19 secs 9 Pfcts [?]. No news from home yet.
Mailbox left for home to-day.
Sun Feb 26th.
Sunday Routine. Quiet day nothing to note.
Monday Feb 27th.
Mail arrived with news of birth of son. A Red letter day. Two
letters from Alice after she began to mend 8th & 13th Feb. Evidently
the dear girl had a rough time. Two from Mum dated previous,
announcing the birth. One from Will Cotterill & one from Kate.
Posted one reply to Alice & writing another to-night. Overjoyed at
the good news & glad exceedingly that she has pulled through. By all
accounts a very pretty baby I bet Alice is happy now. Born on 1st
February started the month well anyhow (was at Santa Monica)
Tuesday 28th Feb.
Princess Mary’s Wedding Day. Hope he doesn’t get recalled like I
did. piped down 10.30 am Dressed ship at night illuminated.
Messmates say its not for her but for my baby. Rather a good joke
that. Shall be glad to hear how Alice is getting on with our son &
heir (? the heir). writing to Kate to-night.
Wed 1st March.
Carried out full Cal Reduced charge firing at BP target, had to
cease fire owing to visibility, nearly hit tug. Went on shore to wet
baby’s hair slight headache next morning.
Thurs 2nd March.
Alongside D Yd wall Slight headache is there alright. Writing to
Alice to-night. Enclosed £2.0.0
Friday 3rd March.
Finished returning empties. Afternoon make & mend. Went over & had a
few rounds in the evening. Mail arrived, nothing from Alice but two
papers. Gathered from note therein that she is alright also Baby.
Answered it briefly. was disappointed, expect everybody knows all
about her & Baby now bat Hubby. Letter from Bill
Sat 4th March.
Usual Sat Routine, nothing to note.
Sunday 5th March.
Quiet day, went for walk after tea
Monday 6th March.
Been married 11 months to-day Mailboat arrived but no mails for us.
Commenced disembarking Ammunition. Played football match v Constance
Tuesday 7th March.
Finished getting out Ammunition nothing else to note. shall be glad
to get some news from home.
March. Prepared for taking Middies through RP course to-morrow.
Heavy rain to-night. No mail till Friday.
Thurs 9th March.
Commenced annual RP with Mids. Nice weather for shooting.
Fri 10th March. At
range all day. mail arrived two from Alice 17th & 19th Feb. seems to
be going on alright & Baby also. but has had a nasty time by all
accounts. Sent one letter off to-night.
Sat 11th March.
Went to Range for private practice in the evenin afternoon. Writing
to Alice again to-night. Plenty of wind to-day.
Sun 12 March. Quiet
day. Went for long walk past Somerset after tea.
Mon 13th March. At
range all day. Mail arrived with two from Alice 22nd & 27th M Feb.
Tues 14th March. At
range. Posted letter to Alice last night & caught to-days steamer.
Went for a walk after tea.
March. At range. Completed pistol. Made 160 out of 210. Not a bad
performance. Writing to Alice to-night.
16th. At Range. Completed Officers Pistol course Very wild evening
blowing & raining.
Friday Mch 17th.
Range all day. Witnessed football match in the evening. Mail arrived
none from Alice but papers. writing to-night to catch steamer
to-morrow. Everybody agog waiting for news of reduction etc.
Saturday Mch 18th.
Went to range forenoon & got gear ready for Monday. Pm make & mend
so had a nap. Still nasty weather so sp stopped on board in the
evening. Wrote to cousin Bert & Lil to-night.
Sunday March 19th.
Started fresh range party. Sunday routine Church parade in forenoon
but not for me.
Mon Mch 20th.
Started fresh range party. pm witnessed trial match for Navy team
Tues Mch 21st. At
range all day. No mail arrives till Friday & about time too. Weather
Wed Mch 22nd.
Weather very bad. Did not go to range after dinner.
Thurs Mch 23rd.
Weather still bad. Played football against QD men in part of ships
cup. Draw 1 – 1.
Fri Mch 24th. finished range party am. Admiral’s “At Home” make &
mend, mail arrived two from Alice 4th & 8th march & papers. also
paper from Bill Alice none too strong yet. Don’t like it a bit. Bill
has moved furniture in so I suppose we live in the Mansion now.
Writing to Alice to-night.
Sat March 25th. Not
much doing to-day. Army & Navy Football match at Hamilton. Army won
3 – 2. Did not go over. Writing to Alice to-night again.
Sun March 26th.
Usual quiet Sundays routine
Mon March 27th.
Weather much warmer at Range all day. Letter from Alice 11th March.
Tues Mch 28th.
Range all day. Writing to Alice to-night & sending in Plumleaf who
leaves for England to-morrow.
Wed Mch 29th. Range
all day. Weather very warm Wrote to Bill to-night. Plumleaf left for
England this afternoon & took some of our ratings.
Thurs Mch 30th.
Range all day. Evening went to pictures. Officers jazz on QD
Fri Mch 31st. Mail
arrived, one from Alice. just got my letters in answer to the news
of Baby’s birth. Still very reticent about herself though. Played
football to-night lost 2 – 0. Got a peice shipped off my lug for my
trouble. Some Game. Wrote to Al to-night.
Sat M April
1st. Went to Somerset to see cricket match. 12 months today
went on draft leave.
2nd. Nothing much doing.
Mon April 3rd. Mail
arrived none from Alice one from Grace. letters in the ship up to
the 24th. very disappointing as my last was dated 14th.
4th. Weather too bad for shooting. Attended committee
meeting at Ch & Pos club re entertaining equivalent ratings of
Canadian navy saw football match Navy team v rest. Rest won 5 – 2.
Wrote to Alice.
Wed April 5th.
Weather still bad. nothing much doing to-day.
6th. First Anniversary of wedding day. Went to smoker given
by us to CH & Pos of Canadian Navy. Slightly foggy.
7th. Shooting match with Aurora. Did not have usual team
tried several Middies consequence Lost. Mailboat arrived, no mail
just about fed up. Wrote to Alice.
8th. Had a days rest owing to bad foot the result of
9th. Another quiet day.
10th. Range all day. Evening at club. mail arrived none for
me. Latest I have received dated 14th March. Ship in floating Dock.
11th. Range. Pm at club.
12th. Range. Remained on board pm. Did not write yesterday,
will on Friday is I get a mail.
13th. Range all day. Did not get on shore p.m. Expecting
mail to-morrow & hope not disappointed this time.
14th. At last, 3 letters from Alice 24th 27th & 29th March.
Answered at once.
15th. Went to Warwick Camp & shot Marines. lost by 11
points. Top score again.
16th. Not much doing. Quiet day.
17th. Good day two letters 1st & 4th April arrived from
Alice & papers. Writing to-night & sending two photos of myself &
18th. Range all day. Very hot though writing to Alice again
19th. Range all day. Went to Moresbys Plain for cricket
20th. More cricket after tea.
21st. Raining hard. Eased up in afternoon but started again
afterwards. Mail boat arrived no letters again. Writing to Bill
23rd. Finished off Range party forenoon Afternoon make &
23rd. 9 months of the commission gone. Usual quiet Sunday.
Wrote to Mum.
24th. Mail arrived one from Alice 7th April & paper Some
snaps of her & baby rather nice. Answered to-night.
25th. Anzac Day. Seven years ago & a good job too. Court
Martial on board to-day. Rather cold & plenty of wind. Cambrian
arrived from Halifax. Writing to Alice to-night.
26th. Quiet day on board. Weather still unsettled. No news
of anything yet. Writing to Father to-night. Started painting ships
27th. Working in office all day getting watch bill up to
date. Turned in early.
28th. Steamer arrived with no mails so will have to wait
till 5th may. Writing to Alice to-night. Attended meeting POs Club
elected new secretary.
29th. Sat routine, went for walk PM.
30th. Quiet Sunday, nothing to record.
Mon May 1st. Undocking to-morrow, umpired cricket match this
afternoon. could not play hand too bad..
Tues May 2nd. Received official news of C in Cs promotion.
Constance saluted with 17 Guns. Cambrian replied with 7.
Coaled ship 900 tons first time this commission. Had hand
lanced today, very sore. Hear that we have to be ready for
cruise by 26th May but not sure where to.
Wed May 3rd. cleaning ship after coaling.
Thurs May 4th. Went to Hamilton to see soccer match in
Fri May 5th. Commenced ammunitioning finished 1, 2 & 3 mags
Mail arrived 3 from Alice 13th, 16th & 20th April, paper of
16th & photos of Her & Baby, not very good of her though.
Sat May 6th. All hands provisioning
Sun May 7th. Writing to Alice to-day as boat leaves
to-morrow wearing whites.
Mon May 8th. Ammunitioning ship & oiling.
Tues May 9th. Finished Ammunt very easy going time this
time. Writing to Alice to-night.
Wed May 10th. Leaving D Yd 8 am for Grassy Bay Had neck
lanced to-day pretty sore. Writing to Victoria BC to-night.
Thurs May 11th. In Grassy Bay. carried out aiming tube with Mids, Act GLIs & Ord. T.C. Sick list now with neck. Writing
to Fred to-night.
Fri. May 12th. Arrived in Hospital to-day and got bunged in
Sat May 13th. Still in bed, some joke this over a boil,
getting fat on milk diet.
Sun May 14th. same as yesterday. Several visitors from the
ship, still getting hungry.
Mon May 15th. Wont let me get up to-day but have hopes
to-morrow. Mail in but letters not delivered yet.
Tues May 16th. 3 letters from Lal yesterday. 24th & 28th
April & first May. One from Bill. Wrote to Alice to-day
haven’t told her anything about Hospital. Still in bed. Had
another slit in neck to-day. gives one some idea how it
feels to be carved up. On Low diet not so bad Ship in
Murrays Anchorage I hear.
Wed May 17th. Still condemned to bed. just about getting fed
up with it too. Two papers from Al & 2 from Bill arrived
this morning. See Prize money id 3-15-0 per share hope this
is right. Neck much better to-day.
Thurs May 18th. Neck much better. no signs of getting up
Fri May 19th. Allowed up after tea last night, had a good go
at the old pipe too. Wrote to Alice last night. Think I
shall catch the ship alright she leaves next Thursday. Ship
doing full charge shoot at BP target to-day too. Hope they
enjoy it. Weather pretty cool for time of year. Hooray !
Just heard it; up after dinner & full diet.
Sat May 20th. All day up to-day. Neck much better & should
be out alright by Wednesday. George, Mr Bailey & Mr Asquith
came up to see one & brought programme.
Sun May 21st. still improving hopes of catching ship
alright. Writing to Alice & sending programme of cruise.
Rumours of going home in June 1923.
Mon May 22nd. Hopes of going back to ship on Wednesday.
Tues May 23rd. Got round the fleet surgeon alright. Going
back to-morrow. Mail arrives to-morrow.
Wed May 24th. Discharged from Hospital thank goodness. Two
letters from Alice 4th & 9th May & paper of 7th.
Thurs May 25th. Preparing for sea. Left Bermuda 4.30 pm on
cruise. Weather fine, ship very steady. Writing letter no I
to-night to Alice.
Fri May 26th. At sea. A little bit breezy. Lowered both
cutters to-night to give racing crews a run. Sat Routine
cleaning ship ready for Washington.
Sat May 27th. At sea. A nasty blow to-night on Star. beam
Sun May 28th. Weather better, arrived in River Potomac very
wooded country both sides. Started saluting, fired one 21
one 17 one 11. Anchored about 5 pm. party landed for cinema.
Writing LETTER No II to Alice to-night. Rig of day blues.
proceeding to Washington 0730.
Mon May 29th. Arrived Washtn 10 am. Fired a 21 & 13 but no
more shooting alongside navy yard. Plenty of nobs coming on
board including Sir Aukland Geddes (Ambassador) Had a walk
pm all round the Capitol. A very nicely laid out place. Rate
of exchange $4.43
Tues May 30th. Easy routine. Ships company & Officers photo
taken on jetty & on board. President US came on board Payed
money in forenoon. Ship open to visitors p.m. No mail
arrived yet. Dance to-night but not for me.
Wed May 31st. Ship again open to visitors. mail arrived two
from Alice 14th & 18th May & one from Bill Father. News of
reduction scheme. No shore to-day. Writing letter No 3 to
Alice. Weather very warm.
Thurs June 1st. Another gala day. General Pershing came on
board during forenoon. Ships team won tug o war cup from
Yankees. Raleigh won field events
Fri June 2nd. Raining hard. Dance to-night at British
Embassy. Mail from Alice 22nd May. Writing to-night Letter
no 4 Sent home views of Washington yesterday.
Sat June 3rd. At Washington. Boat race in fore-noon, both
our crews lost. Insufficient training Rainy weather. Paper
of 21st May arrived.
Church Parade on jetty. Ships Company
inspected by Sir A. Geddes the ambassador. Went for
invitation motor drive in evening. Saw all the Embassies
also place where Disarmament confce was held. Knickerbocker
Theatre where roof fell in. Saw Masonic Temple, an exact
replica of Solomons Temple, & visited a club called Order of
mystic shrine or something like that.
Mon June 5th. At home on QD. Plenty of notabilites on board
including President USA, Gen Pershing & Mrs Roosevelt &
several millionaires. Wrote No 5 to Alice to-day & sending
birthday card to-night Leaving at & AM to-morrow for
Tues June 6th. Left Washtn 7 am, arrived Quantico 10.0 am &
tied up anl alongside jetty. Admiral went on shore &
inspected American Marines this being their base on East
coast. Left Quantico 4 pm & proceeded down river. Dropped
pilot & anchored about 9.30 pm for the night. Much cooler
away from Navy Yard Wash.
Wed June 7th. Arrived Norfolk (Virginia) 1 pm fired 21 & 17
Guns. Went alongside wharf in Navy Yard. had a look round
Norfolk city in evening, not much off a place, reminds me of
Chatham. As usual, “Jazzes” for ships company.
Thursday 8th June. Terrific thunderstorm. very hot here.
Admiral presented with American D.S.M. for services in world
war, to-gether with an address by Theodore Roosevelt. No
mail here. Navy Reductions do not effect me. wish now I had
not wrote to Alice about it.
Fri 9th June. Left Norfolk 8.30 am. Fired 17 & 13 guns. Saw
Admiral presented with Much cooler at sea to-day. Writing to
Alice to-night (no 6). Arriving Bar Harbour Sundy.
Sat 10th June. At sea. Quiet day, Sat Routine & make & mend
control parties am. Very foggy to-night. Plenty siren music.
Finished & posted letter no 6 to Alice.
Sun 11 June. Foggy all night. Anchored about 4 pm off Bar
Harbour. Weighed & proceeded to proper anchorage when fog
lifted. Mail here letter of 26th May from Alice but no
paper. Rather a pretty looking place.
Mon 12th June. At Bar Harbour, not very exciting day another
mail arrived from Alice 31st May. Writing no 7 to her
to-night. Weather cool & showery.
Tues 13th June. At Bar Harbour, weather very nice. Ships
company & officers football match. Result 2 – 2. Range on 7x
to-night, put on possible again. Writing No 8 to-night.
Wed 14th June. At Bar Hbr, A very nice day. Sailing race for
ships boats pm. 2nd Cutter won. Range on 7x after tea
Leaving to-morrow evening. QD men landed for march without
arms. Hear that Capetown meets us before going to Montreal.
Thurs 16th June. Another nice day. Left Bar Hbr 8 pm. Ran
into another fog during the night.
Fri 16 June. At sea. Forenoon sun P.V.s & Gen Quarters fog
lifted in evening but came on again about 7 pm. Arriving
Sydney (Cape Briton) about 3 pm tomorrow narrowly escaped
collision with steamer in fog.
Sat 17th June. Arrived Sydney 3 pm & moored. a well enclosed
harbour. Large iron factories etc. One letter from Alice 4th
June. She has neuralgia pretty bad. Paper of 28th May
arrived but 4th June paper adrift again. Wrote letter no 9
Sun 18th June. At Sydney. Usual quiet Sunday. Visitors on
Board in afternoon. Wrote to Bill to-night.
Mon 19th June. At Sydney. Wretched day raining hard writing
No 10 to Alice. believe Cape Town arrives Wednesday.
Tues 20th June. At Sydney. Mail arrived. No 1 dated 6/6/22
from Alice & paper of 4th. Neuralgia much better. Also
letter from Bill.
Wed 21st June. At Sydney. Rain negatived landing Party.
“Cape Town” joined squadron from England 10 am. Saluted
flag, replied with 7. took in 26 cases 7.5 Reduced. Writing
No 11 to-night. Leaving for Charlottetown in morning.
Thurs 22nd June. Left Sydney 7 am. Coronation day dressed
with masthead flags. Very heavy fog again steaming slow
Friday 23rd June. Arrived Charlottetown 6 am & anchored.
Rather a pretty looking place. sports v military to-morrow.
Saluted Lieut Governor 17 Guns & American Consul 7. No mail
Sat 24th June. At Charlottetown. Letter no 2 from Alice & a
batch of Ashford papers from Bill. Writing no 12 to her
to-night. Hear that her Uncle Alec is dead.
Sun 25th June. At Charlottetown. Usual Sunday routine.
Mon 26th June. At Charlottetown. Topmen landed for Platoon &
MG drill. Had shooting match with Army team lost by 40
points. Top score again, don’t seem to find any talent.
Tues 27th June. Admiral “At Home” on QD so make & mend. No 3
arrived from Alice. all well at home thank goodness. Writing
no 13 to-night. Weather very nice. sent cutting of short
Wed 28th June. Another quiet day. Wrote No 14 to Alice as
will not be able to send any more till arrived at Montreal.
Good sport watching Stilt football match on Deck.
Thurs 29th June. Am landed with 1 & 3 platoons & machine
guns for drill. Pm prepared for sea. Weighed & proceeded at
Fri 30th June. Constance joined flag yesterday evening.
To-day carried out sub cal throw off at her 4 Rds per Gun.
Sat 1st July. Am. Reduced charge full cal throw off at
Constance. Ship v ship firing 24 Rds from 2 & 3 star 7.5.
Rather interesting too Constance just dropped 3 or 4 Rds
about 75 yds short of our ship side. Needless to say. Cease
Fire at once & do the run again. Writing no 15 to-night.
Anchoring in St Lawrence River at 10 pm till the morning.
Sun 2nd July. Quiet day. Under weigh about 5.30 am &
proceeding up River. Anchoring again to-night & going into
Montreal to-morrow. Hope there is mail there
Mon 3rd July. Arrived Montreal no mail yet. Berthed in same
billet as last time.
Tues 4th July. Mail arrived letters 4 & 5 from Alice Busy
day. Stokers to drill on jetty.
Wed 5 July. Went to St Johns to visit R.C.Ds & played them
football also baseball.
Thurs 6 July. Returned to ship. Letter no 6 arrived from
Alice. Writing to-night (no 16).
Fri 7th July. Still here. Ship swarming with children at a
party given by ships company.
Sat 8th July. Usual sort of Montreal day.
Sun 9th July. Quiet day. Rig no 6s.
Mon 10th July. Last day at Montreal no other mail arrived
Tues 11th July. Left Montreal 6 am & arrived Quebec 6 pm.
Berthed alongside wharfe.
Wed 12th July. At Quebec. nothing much doing. very warm
Thurs 13th July. Landed in forenoon for Company Drill on
plains of Abram.
Fri 14th July. Mail arrived, letters 8 & 9 from Alice & one
from Kate. Got new rooms thank goodness. Writing no 18
Sat 15 July. Sat Routine plenty of sand & water. Went to
Drill Hall smoker.
Sun 16 July. Very hot day, plenty of visitors as usual.
Mon 17th July. Went to plains of Abram am for drill Pm went
to Athletic sports. Mail arrived letter no 10 from Alice
with small snap of her & Baby. Writing No 19 to-night.
Tues 18th July. Empress of Britain left with some ratings
Commander Fraser leaving the ship on retirement.
Wed 19th July. Left Quebec 8 am. Exactly 12 months this
morning I bid farewell to Alice. Arrived at Murray Bay 3 pm
& anchored. Leave given till 7 am.
Thurs 20th July. At Murray bay. Quiet forenoon & make & mend
pm. Glad to be quiet after the hullabaloo at Montreal &
Quebec. Writing no 20 to-night & sending PCs of ship at
Montreal. Fri 21st July. Gen Quarters weather still very
Sat 22nd July. Mail arrived 11 & 12 from Alice. Good news
seems very healthy now. Held minature rifle meeting on 7X.
Did not shoot myself only to sight Rifles for them.
Sun 23rd July. Anniversary of commissioning. Ex President
Taft came on board & inspected ships company. Writing no 21
to Alice to-night.
Mon 24th July. Prepared for “At home” but cancelled owing to
bad weather. left Murray Bay 6 pm. Writing 22 to-night.
Tues 25th July. At sea. Exercised collision stations &
abandon ship. Finishing no 22 to-night. Notice up about
remitting Prize money so will send all mine home.
Wed 26th July. Arrived Dalhousie (New Brunswick) 8 AM. Capetown here also. Handed in remittance chit to-day for £29
(Prize money). Pm make & mend clothes. Visiting to Wally
Thurs 27th July. Pulp mills ashore closed down to-day to
allow the employees to visit ship. Of course plenty of them.
Paper of 9th arrived which ought to have arrived last mail.
No letter although letters up to 14th here. Wrote 23
to-night (short letter)
Fri 28th July. At Dalhousie still. Gen Quarters this morning
exercised fire in Lobbies etc. Plenty of visitors again.
Sat 29th July. Sat Routine. Letter no 13 arrived with one
from Uncle George to Alice enclosed. Posted on 16th July.
also letter from Bill. Paper of 16th for a wonder & Ashford
paper (Bill) Writing 23 to-night.
Sun 30th July. Sunday at Dalhousie. Gun C inspected Cape
Town. Quiet day on board. Weather rather cool.
Mon 31st July. Mustered night cruising stations Left
Dalhousie 9 pm & exercised above at stations Fired Star
Tues 1st August. At sea. Carried out sub calibre throw off
at Calcutta. Pm cruising stations. Fired star shell at Capetown target. Also sub calibre night firing.
Wed 2nd Aug. Full charge throw off firing 22 rds. arrived at
Bay of Islands (Newfoundland) 4 pm & moored. A very nice
enclosed harbour but very little habitation.
Thurs 3rd Aug. Forenoon evolutions “our sheet anchor” first
time this commission, but not so bad. Admiral transferred
flag to Calcutta for 9 days. Saluted him with 17 guns
Calcutta replying with 7. Calcutta left at 3 pm.
Fri 4th Aug. Left Bay of Islands & arrived Hawke Bay 5.30
pm. not a sign of a house anywhere Signed remittance chit
for Prize money to-day. Weather rather nice. Started letter
to Uncle George to-night.
Sat Aug 5th. Sat Routine. Still at Hawke Bay. Pm Interpart
cutters race marines v topsmen. Marines winning by 9 strokes
over 1 ½ mile course. Letter 24 to Alice sent to motor
launch “Hawke” the people on board agreeing to stamp all
Sun Aug 6th. At Hawke Bay. Mustered by open list. Pm Interpart Heats cutters &X beat marines by 15 strokes.
Stokers beat QD by 37 strokes. Final to-morrow night.
Commenced 25 to-night.
Mon Aug 7th. At Hawke Bay. General drill. Cut Stream & both
hedge anchors. 7X won cutters race beating stokers by 3
seconds. A splendid race almost a dead heat.
Tues Aug 8th. Left Hawke Bay 10 am. At 3.40 Pm in avoiding
an iceberg, done our best to knock spots of Canada (on
Labrador). What one would term an exciting finale. Nearly
squashed by pinnace so thought it best to stroll over the
other side of the deck. Spotted land so decided that was the
best side. Cutter manned by seamen & stokers capsized saw
several drown but impossible to assist them. Got line ashore
from Coston Gun. Some Idiot dropped the end so sent another
one. Eventually found myself being dragged through the surf
on Carley Hoar. No sleep that night & no Eats.
Wed Aug 9th. Salving gear very nice too. Anyhow got most of
mine. Had a delicacy Bread & CB for once. Ship evidently a
total loss. Calcutta (with Admiral) & Capetown arrived. No
of missing eleven.
Thurs Aug 10th. Beautiful march over the rocks to Forteau
carrying about a ton of gear. Billeted now in a fisherman's
cottage & waiting for ship to take us home. Said ship
expected on Sunday So as I’m like the barbers cat, “off” &
finished with the Raleigh apparently this log ends. The
first I’ve ever kept and it will be the last.
On August 8th
1922, RALEIGH sped t through thick fog and ran aground
at L'Anse Amour, Newfoundland and Labrador. Eleven sailors
were drowned in the shipwreck.
The ship was a total write-off but remained hard-aground
and upright for four years. During this period, she was
stripped of all salvageable items and was then destroyed
with explosives in September 1926
This transcript was kindly submitted for publication by the
RN Research Archive by Petty Officer Cobb's daughter,
Mrs May Cleland (Nee Cobb), she was born 12 years after the
sinking and inherited the diary on her father's death .
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