"Diary of Events during the
Commission of HMS Raleigh on North America and West Indies Station"
This transcript is
verbatim - all entries are replicated as EAC wrote them.
Uncertainties in reading his hand writing are shown thus [X].Ě
PART ONE - 1921
Ships Company arrived on board from R.N. Barracks Devonport ([Xxxxx?]
Ratings) & HMS Inflexible, myself included in the latter. Day passed
in shaking down to messes etc. First impression, not reconciled to
accommodation appears to be insufficient room for men.
Preparing to ammunition ship, armament of 7, 7.5 Guns & 4 3"Ě so
anticipate long task.
Ammunitioning ships, proceeding more favourably than expected
considering it is the first time.
Ship proceeding to Sound to swing compasses & carry out high speed
Torpedo trials remained there till Thursday. Still getting
ammunitioning stowed satisfactory.
Nothing eventful, still in Sound.
Returned to Harbour, docked & carried out D. Yd. tilt test.
Remained in Dock for weekend, went on shore & wrote to Alice.
Inspection by Admiral Sir Montague Browning. Cautioned ships
company on the necessity of upholding the flag abroad. Altogether
pleased that did not have Alice round as only staying a week & not
much leave at that.
1st. Left England for Bermuda. Not very Cheerful but rather
busy so worked it off. From Aug 1st to the 12th at sea. Did not
expect the journey to take so long. Am writing a little to Alice
each day. Weather not too good. Some of the youngsters losing their
Arrived Bermuda. No mail arrived yet. Rather warm now. Dress of the
day ‚€œwhites‚€Ě, not much more happening here. Went on shore during
the stay, was struck with the profusion of flowers (wisteria)
growing everywhere. Admiral & Staff joined ship from shore 24th.
Officers ‚€œAt Home‚€Ě, ship crowded with visitors of both sexes.
Went for pull in racing gig.
Sunday, a quiet day. During stay at Bermuda received 9 letters &
Papers from Alice & sent 5. Also a proof of Photos. Very nice was
disappointed at not receiving original.
Left for Murray Bay. Carrying out Fleet Exercises.
At sea, Lub calibre firing. Writing letter to wife.
Ship [?] at sea. Passed very close to Nova Scotia.
Rather cold. Still at sea. Forenoon fired 17 Rds [Rounds] 7.5 splash
marking for ‘Calcutta’. G [Gun ?] Programme finished and a good job
too. Entered Gulf of St Laurence. Have finished Letter to Alice
wonder if will be able to post it when at Murray Bay. Parson rigging
whist drive wish him luck but too cold to sit up there. Expect to
anchor at 9 AM (Sardines again).
Saturday. Anchored at Murray Bay Rives St Laurence about 10
AM in company with Constance & Cambrian very hilly place. Leave
piped to Chief & [Xxxx] but did not go. Sent mail ashore & letters
to Alice. Lovely weather one or two pleasure steamers came round the
Squadron. Inhabitants are French Canadians.
4th. At Murray Bay. Splendid weather. Leave to Chief and POs
[Petty Officers] from 1.30 – 7 PM. Did not go accounts from people
who landed yesterday not being sufficiently good. Ten women to every
man & more kids than both together. Very little English spoken
leaving here at 9.30 AM tomorrow Writing to night to Wally Saunders.
Captain says he wants everybody's medals polished. Shall have to get
a tin of Bluebell.
Mon Sept 5th.
Weighed & proceeded at 9.30 AM. Very interesting passage up Rr
[River ?] St Laurence. Passed Quebec about 4 p.m., looked much the
same as when I visited it in ’08. Passed under suspension bridge 150
ft high. Cleared it without striking Top Gallant Mast. Anchored
about 2 mile above it. Rained for a time during the evening. Proceed
to Montreal to-morrow. Hope there is a mail from Alice there.
6th. Arrived Montreal 5 PM. Made fast alongside wharf. Went
for a walk. Montreal city very nice, night signs etc being
particularly brilliant. Price of articles about the same as England.
Rate of Exchange $9.90 to the £. Very Frenchified. Do not think I
should like to live here.
Wed Sept 7th.
Ship opens to visitors. Plenty on board especially of the feminine
variety. Mail arrived two letters from Alice one 16 Aug & one 23rd
Aug My letter from Bermuda not yet arrived home.
8th. Ship thronged with visitors, mostly French posted
letters to Alice. Visited Royal Canadian Regiment Sergts
[Sergeants’] Mess. Not a bad lot of fellows Band played sunset with
9th. More visitors. Am went to GQs 226 Po & men landed for
free entertainment Did not want to go. Ship took in oil, 600 tons no
other mail yet arrived from home.
10th. Ship swarming with visitors afraid some of the younger
fellows losing their hearts in Montreal. Astonishing amount of
children aboard & of course playing about with everything they did
not ought to. Still no mail. going for walk tonight.
Sunday Sept 11th.
Divisions on the jetty. had to check the flow of visitors in the
afternoon ship being overcrowded.
12th. Good day mail arrived with two letters from Alice. One
29th and other 30th Aug answered at once. Good to feel she is
13th. Invited to dinner Royal Canadian Highlanders Sergts
mess. Had a very good time.
15th. Last day at Montreal. Ships company invited to ball
given by 2000 ladies of the city last night. Did not go. Posted
postcards to Alice. Forenoon at Field gun Drill on jetty. Took them
16th. Left Montreal 7 AM Proceeded down River Speed 13 Kts
[knots]. Not sorry to leave the wall. But altogether had a pretty
good time there. Would not [want ?] to live in that part of Canada
though. Arrived Quebec at 10 PM & moored ship. Remaining here 10
days. No mail here yet. Quite a change to-day to be free from a
crowd of visitors.
17th. Ordinary Saturdays Routine. Rather dreary day. Rained
heavy PM. No visitors to-day but a few I expect will come over
to-morrow. Leave given but did not land may one night to get some
postcards. Posted Letter to Alice. mail expected to-morrow.
18th. Very showery day, usual Sunday routine. very few
visitors on board. Altogether a quiet day. No mail yet. Two months
since I spent the last evening with Alice. Wrote letters to Kate and
19th. Mail arrived one letter from Alice dated Sept 5th &
one from Bill. No photo yet dissappointed . Rigged minature Range on
Jock [?]. Football team beat “Calcutta” 2 – 1. wrote answer to
Alice. Left Sheerness two months to-day.
20th. Bright day. Forenoon at minature R.P. Fired salute 11
guns for G.O.C. Just heard am to land with Fleet Battalion on
Thursday “some day” that. Believe mail arrives to-day Hope photo
comes. Astonishing amount of letters some of the men are receiving
from Montreal looks as if a good many “got off”. Just turning in
when photo of Alice came. Lovely that’s all. Must write and catch
some mail as other letters I have just posted to her.
Sept 21st. Forenoon at minature R.P. Make and mend clothes
P.M. Preparing for squadron landing party. Afternoon at home and
dance on Q.D. [Quarter Deck ?]. Wrote to Alice Empress of France
arrives with mail flag but don’t expect any for us. Just heard we
are likely to spend Xmas at Honolulu. Could not take us much farther
from England at that season. Rained in the evening. Must remember to
get some PCs.
22nd. Paraded through Quebec in the forenoon. Afternoon had
a nap. nothing else of note that day.
Friday Sept 23rd.
Two months in commission today roll on the other 22. Received letter
from Alice dated 9th Sept she seems very cheerful now. Also recd.
Ashford paper from Bill. Smoking concert at Engineers mess but did
not go. Bought post cards for Alice.
Sat Sept 24th.
Still at Quebec. Took team ashore to shoot R.G.A. Canada, 2, 5 & 600
yards. Beat them by 11 points. Very satisfactory performance but
still room for improvement in our team.
25th. Quiet day. posted letter to Alice. Started breaking
the news gently that we shall be miles further away in February.
26th. Left Quebec 7 AM. cannot say am sorry to leave that
place. Weather not too good to-night breezy and cold. Ord sea
training class started today.
27th. Passing through Belleisle Straits. Weather getting
colder. 8 PM fired 16 rounds star shell at “Calcutta” rather cold
Wed. Sept 28th.
Passed iceberg this morning on port beam. Arrived at Forteau 11.30
am. Very desolate place, inhabitants more like Eskimaux. Still cold
& have a snuffy nose. leaving for St Johns 6 AM.
29th. Left Forteau 6 AM. at sea in a dense fog but clear by
noon. Weather still very cold Arriving at St Johns 9.30 am. Turned
in early. Snuffy nose still prevalent.
30th. Arrived St Johns 9.30 AM. A very narrow entrance with
high hills & a splendidly enclosed harbour. Weather warmer & cold
nearly gone. Strong smell of fish though through cod industry. No
mail here, did not expect it, but am sending one.
1st. At St Johns. Went on shore in the afternoon to see
football match. Did not like the place. very dirty. mail arrived but
no letter from Alice. Very disappointed as it was a mail 7 days
later than the previous one. Bought her some postcards.
2nd. Usual quiet day for Sunday. Visitors on board in the
afternoon. A very nondescript crowd too. Sent PCs to Alice & asked
why I had not received a letter.
Mon. Oct 3rd.
Left St Johns 11.30 AM en route to Halifax, To-night rather
rough. Still feel down about not hearing from Alice. Ordered some
PCs of ships entering St Johns.
Tues Oct 4th.
At sea, nasty weather & ship making dirty passage. Held meeting
to-night re formation of rifle club.
Wed Oct 5th.
Arrived Halifax 9.30 and berthed alongside wall. Raining heavily all
day. Received two letters from Alice posted at Ramsgate. No hopes
yet she says at Ashford. Must answer to-night. Answered letter to
Alice finished 11.15 PM.
6th. Married 6 months today, many happy returns to myself &
Alice. Sent her Reg letter with £7 to keep for me. I do not think
she wants any more yet anyhow, so asked her to keep it separate for
our holiday on paying off.
Fri Oct 7th.
Still at Halifax. Went on shore to see football match, afterwards
strolled into “Ackers” music hall. Not very good, a plentiful
display of arms and legs in the so-called beauty Chorus, but sadly
lacking in humour. Incidentally the youngest beauty ? was about 45.
Sat Oct 8th.
Hear that Constance won football cup had shooting match with Aurora.
Did not shoot in team myself as wanted to try a couple of others.
rained heavily so discontinued match at 300 Aurora leading by 11
points owing to the very indifferent shooting of our Lieut Marines.
made 61 out of 70 myself not to count in match. No signs of mail
from home yet More than ever decided that I don’t like Canada too
9th. Usual quiet Sunday. A few visitors on board in the
afternoon. After tea went for a long walk around Halifax. Place
seems more dreary than ever on Sunday. Apparently all those who
don’t go to church stop in bed. faint rumours that there is a mail
in post Office for us. I hope so. Just heard today that we may be in
Victoria for Xmas instead of Honolulu. I sincerely hope so then may
be able to get a cable from Alice.
10th. Mail arrived, one letter from Alice dear old girl.
Seems a bit nervy, answered it at once & told her not to worry. Wish
she hadn’t gone to Ramsgate without her mother then she wouldn’t
have been allowed to look at a drowning man. Don’t think it will
upset her though. Posted letter to her to-night.
Tuesday Oct 11th.
Forenoon at field gun drill. Gave them a good shake up too.
Afternoon make & mend. After tea went to Ackers music Hall as there
was nowhere better to go. Leaving at 9.30 in the morning for
Wed Oct 12th.
Still at Halifax, very heavy fog all day. Impossible to navigate in
it, don’t know now exactly when we’ll leave. Gunnery programme made
out till 10th November, some programme too Believe it’s a fact that
we are at Victoria for Xmas Have told Alice that I believe it’s the
23rd Jan just see how far I am out. Will write to post on arrival at
13th. Left Halifax last night about 10.30. Rough weather,
Heavy sea & wind. Too heavy to carry out any sub calibre or other
exercises. Believe we arrive in Bermuda on Saturday.
14th. At sea weather abated somewhat forenoon GQs Afternoon
carried out the sub calibre through off at Constance. Too rough
though to run torpedoes. After tea had general meeting of Rifle
club, was elected committee. suggested that team be selected by
doing 6 shoots is possible with about 16 men & selecting the best 8,
suggestion carried. Arrive Bermuda to-morrow about 10 AM. Am writing
to Alice to-night.
15th. Arrived Bermuda about 10 AM put the clocks back 40
mins, I say we’ll never pay off if they go on at that rate. Cannot
see any signs of the damage supposed to be done by hurricane but
hear that it blew the roof off an house or two. leave given but did
not want to go. No mail from home worse luck. Have seen to-day the
proposed programme of cruise, must send a copy to Alice as soon as I
can get one. Posted letter to her last night. Admiral left to-day to
live on shore while we are here. Wish I was an Admiral.
16th. Prepared to muster open list but heavy rain prevented
it. Lucky for once. Quiet day otherwise posted letter to Alice with
programme of cruise Mail arrives to-morrow.
Monday 17th. Under
weigh at 11 AM, carried out sub calibre at Towed Target & run two
torpedoes everything being satisfactory & no panics. Anchored at
Murrays anchorage for the night. No mail on board yet.
18th. Under weigh 09.30, fired 6 ĺ charges at towed BP
target. As far as I can see practice was satisfactory. Run one
torpedoe. Anchored at Murrays Anchorage for the night Mail arrived,
one letter & 3 papers from Sook & 1 paper from Bill. Alice writes
very cheerful wants to know the babies name. Think I’ll say
Nicodemius [?]. Wonder what She’d say if I allowed for two. Writing
to her tonight.
Wed Oct 19th.
Loader Competition in Forenoon. After Crew won time for 5
rds 32 4/5 secs No 4 Crew Second 33 3/5 secs. Very creditable
performance by both crews. Pm. landed for range practice Good
shooting all round. Have hopes of lifting the cups. Finishing letter
to Alice tonight.
20th. Forenoon under weigh fired 6 ĺ charges at BP target.
satisfactory shoot. Nasty day plenty of rain. Pm carried out
some 1” night firing & very lights for star shell practice.
Think I’ll sing end of perfect day before turning in. Posted
letter to Alice. About time another mail arrived.
21st. Very wet day. Landed at St Georges range in forenoon
for practice. Very satisfactory results considering state of
weather. came on board 11.30 slightly damp. Not very good
thing for white suits. Went alongside dockyard wall 1.30 pm.
Mail arrived two letters from Alice 1st & 4th oct. one paper
from her & one from Bill. She seems to think I’m the worried
one now just what I want then she wont worry so much about
22nd. Usual Saturday, plenty of water and sand floating
about. Afternoon make & mend of course had a nap. Did not go
out for a walk not much to see here. Writing to Alice
23rd. 3 months in commission today. Roll on the other 21.
usual quiet Sunday not much of note happened. Posted letter
24th. During the forenoon disembarked 100 Rds 3” HE.
Afternoon went to Rifle Range first of eliminating shoots to
find 8 to shoot for cup. Finished top but shooting on the
whole not too good. Will have to do better to win it.
Mailboat arrived but no mail
25th. Embarked stores & Ammunition Afternoon landed for
rifle practice. Top score again. Team improving but not too
good yet After tea went to CPOs Club for quiet game of
26th. Very squally day, plenty of wind & rain. Forenoon
Afternoon landed for team practice much better in general.
Again top score should like to see myself further down the
list. Writing to Alice to-night.
27th. Another bad day. Had more practice at Range.
28. Blowing hard. Hurricane expected. sailing regatta
postponed. No shooting to-day.
29th. Shooting during forenoon. Mr Lamb (sub) won Squadron
Sailing cup with 1st whales. No mail arrived yet.
30th. Midshipmans race won by Gabbert 2nd cup in two days.
31st. Rifle cup won by Malabar Our own team not coming up to
expectations. Mail arrived 3 letters + two papers these from
Alice letters dated 7, 10 & 17 Oct 1 letter from Kate & one
from father. Two papers from Bill.
Tuesday Nov 1st. Monthly payment to-day writing to Alice. Steamer
collided with us when leaving the basin. Smashed up cutter &
port gangway. Managed to get whales and gig in board in
time. No other damage as far as I know.
2nd. Took Lewis guns to range & fired them. Afternoon make &
mend Raining hard to-night. Posted letter to Alice.
3rd. Left wall 7.30. Proceeded to sea & fired 8 full C
ranges. Returned alongside about 4.30. Spent evening in
collecting Rifle Club money.
Fri Nov. 4
Mail arrived two letters from Alice. Both dated 19th Oct.
She has received St Johns P.C.s writing to her tonight. had
a look at our Cinema on deck. Not a bad little thing but
films evidently chosen by the parson.
5th. Posted letters to Alice. Usual Saturday, plenty of
water & sand & spit & polish.
6th. Quiet day. Went for walk in the evening. But not to
7th. Left wall 2.30 pm & anchored in Grassy Bay. Not sorry
to leave it either more breeze out in the stream Posted
letter to Alice with revised programme of cruise. Also one
8th. Under weigh 9 am. fired 12 full charge per gun at BP
target. range 20,000 yards speed 20 knots. Firing
satisfactory I believe. Writing to Kate tonight.
9th. Anchored in Grassy Bay. Returned empty ammunition cases
in forenoon. Afternoon make & mend so had a nap. Admiral
presented prizes for sailing today. Mail closes to-morrow 10
PM so wrote to Alice to-night .
10th. Preparing for sea. Went to DYO in forenoon & returned
vent stalk & fittings drew new one.
11th. Proceeded en voyage to Jamaica 7 AM Carried out throw
off firings at Cambrian breezy but not rough. Observed two
minutes silence in recognition of armistice day. Two years
ago to-day arrived home from Gulf. Lots have elapsed since
then. A very sad occurrence to-day AB Brennan fell overboard
whilst ship was steaming at high speed. His body was not
recovered. Funeral service held and volleys fired. hard luck
for somebody at home.
Nov 12th. At sea. Getting warmer. Not much of note happened.
Usual Sat routine.
13th. At sea. Usual quiet Sunday Entered Tropical zone about
noon. Getting very warm. Starting letter to Alice tonight.
Parson giving lecture on these places in Columbus time.
want to know anything about the old gent so did not attend.
Recd press news to-day with American proposals for reduction
14th. At sea. Passed the Islands of Hayti and Cuba. fine but
very hot. Carried out Squadron torpedo firing. Discharged
two torpedoes.. finished letter to Alice. Arrive at Jamaica
about 9.45 tomorrow.
15th. Arrived Jamaica 9.30 am & anchored Fired two salutes.
Very low place plenty of cocoanut palms etc. Very tropical
looking place. Usual collection of native washerwomen &
“leave [?] I dive” boys. puts one somewhat in mind of
Colombo. Mail here, two letters & papers from Alice dated
25th Oct & Ashford papers from Bill. Posted one to Alice &
writing another to-night.
16th. At Jamaica. Posted letter to Alice last night. Very
hot weather. Ship swarming with fruitsellers etc. Went on
shore in the evening just to look at the place. Rather a
pretty show. Amused to see the black girls poshed up in
17th. Discharged 146 cases of 9” ammunition to Apostles
Island. Hear that mail for England closes to-morrow so must
write to Alice to-night.
18th. Posted letter last night. Had a quiet day. Did not go
19th. Went for car ride to Newcastle at top of
hills. A fine experience, car nearly overhanging with a drop
of a couple of thousand feet. $%&#!
20th. Shooting match with West Indian Regiment. A big
affair. Owing to mistake in arrangements they thought they
were shooting pick of the squadron for which they had been
training. However we made a good show losing by 30 points.
21st. Left Jamaica 7 AM. Cambrian remaining till 24th.
Constance left with us but parted company outside.
Altogether sent Alice three letters from there.
22nd. At sea en voyage to Colon. Still very warm arriving
there 6 am. Posted letters to Alice tonight.
23rd. Arrived Colon 6 am. Received letters & papers from
Alice dated 31st oct. oiled ship and proceeding through
panama canal Most marvellous piece of work I have ever seen.
Arrived Balboa (port for Panama City) about 8.30 pm.
24th. Posted quick letter to Alice in answer to hers. Left
Balboa 10 am. Fired salute 21 guns. Opened minature range
25th. At sea. Forenoon General quarters rather cooler, At
Evening tested Coston Gun Writing to Alice to-night.
26th. At sea. Sat Routine. Weather getting much cooler.
Writing to W Cotterill to-night.
27th. Quiet day. opened minature Range in forenoon &
evening. Heavy squall of wind & rain struck ship about 4 am.
A nice job furling all awnings in it.
28th. Forenoon general drill (tow ship etc) Not feeling up
to the mark.
29th. Very fine weather passed some sperm whales &
astonishingly large schools of dolphins. Keeping the coast
on our starboard hand. Feeling in the pink to-day. Fancy
dress ball for ships company on Quarterdeck last night. Some
fancy dress too. Good job the “Ladies” were only imaginary I
30th. More General Drill, a cool breeze blowing towards
evening. Still at sea. Writing to Alice to post on arrival.
Dec 1st. Fired HA guns at target smoke shell 12 Rds per gun.
Evening concert party performed. Good job there are no
bricks at sea. Weather steadily getting cooler. Payed
monthly money to-night.
2nd. Observe the red ink, brought the wrong bottle away from
the mess in mistake. General Quarters this morning otherwise
usual Friday work. Top men and QD men Loader and Tug o war
Competition to-day. top men winning. Collection for late AB
Brennan £79-8-10 plus £80 for his kit.
Dec 3rd. At sea. Usual Saturday, tons of water floating
about. Heavy ground swell but no wind. Posted two letters to
Alice one to Cotterill, one to Saunders. Arriving at San
Diego at about 6.30 Am to-morrow.
4th. Arrived San Diego 6.30 a. No Sunday Routine, hands
working all the forenoon. Mails here, 4 from Alice. 7, 8, 9,
11th November and two papers (7th). Plenty of Yankee
destroyers here, evidently a naval base. Some visitors on
board in the afternoon.
5th. At San Diego. Party of Chiefs and Pos landed early for
motor trip. Did not go. Fired four salutes altogether 76
Rounds a good forenoon wasted. Posted two letters to Alice
to-night. Visitors on board again this evening. Painted
6th. Quiet day. No salutes. Admiral & best part of officers
landed for motor ride round the district. Did not go on
shore Writing to Fred to-night & Alice.
7th. At San Diego, leave from 1.30 so landed & went for walk
through Balboa Park Visited museum & heard open air organ
recital returned on board at 5.30 pm. Very interesting day
Dec 8th. Left San Diego at 7 am & arrived at san Pedro 2.30
pm. several American battleships here & of course plenty of
salutes. Only remaining here two days. Wrote to Alice
9th. At San Pedro. Several people obtained leave to go to
Los Angeles but did not trouble. Invited to concert on
American Ships Arizona & Oklahoma, by all accounts they had
a good time. Did not go myself but smoked some of the cigars
they brought back. Oiled ship.
10th. Left San Pedro 7 am. Nothing of consequence happened
make & mend clothes pm.
11th. At sea. very large swell running but no wind. Passed a
seal today & a large whale. Weather getting colder. Opened minature range in the forenoon. Expecting rough weather.
12th. Ship making heavy weather of it. Leaden sky & sea,
reminds one very much of Channel weather. Rained to-wards
evening. if fine enough do full power trial to-morrow More
wet paint knocking about.
13th. General Quarters am. At noon commenced full power
trial. Heavy swell running and ship washed down fore & aft.
Not certain yet what speed we attained but think it was very
satisfactory. Passing through straits. Vancouver Island on
port side. Arrive in Eskuimalt at 11 pm to-night mail
awaiting us. Going to moor ship, not go alongside.
14th. Arrived Esquimalt at 10.15 last night & moored ship.
Mail arrived on board about midnight. Two from Alice 18th &
21st Nov & papers of 20th.
Dec 15th. Fine but cold, went on shore after dinner & met
Cousin David & several other members of family. Surprised to
hear that Uncle Jess was dead. Ship working One o’clock
Routine while here. Wrote to Alice to-day. Paper arrived
from her dated 27th Nov but no letters yet.
16th. Remaining on board to-night nearly all ships company
landed for dance given by Inhabitants. Going on week-end
leave to-morrow. Writing to Alice again to-night.
17th. Cousin Dave & wife came on board & had a look round.
Landed at 5 pm in a snowstorm. Went up to Aunt Alice &
stayed the weekend. Very cold.
18th. Freezing hard, turned out about 9 am. Went out in car
to chop down Xmas tree. Remained indoors the rest of the
19th. Came down to catch 8 OC boat but had to wait till
09.30. Ice everywhere temperature 11o below zero. Oilskin
froze on me. Did not go on shore to-night too cold. Wind
abated though. Writing to Alice to-night. Have had no mail
since 21st (posted thus).
20th. Landed for route march with one watch of stokers,
fairly warm while marching. Have reason to believe that one
of my homeward bound letters was destroyed in the burning of
a mail train. Went on shore to dinner at Daves house.
returned on board at 10.30 pm in a blizzard.
Dec 21st. Landed with another watch of stokers. Weather not
quite so cold to-day but still freezing. No letters yet,
writing to Alice to-night. Did not go on shore. Programme of
cruise slightly altered. Not going to Mexican ports. Sent
alteration of cruise to Alice.
Dec 22nd. Usual routine during the day. Went on shore after
23rd. Mail arrived two from Alice 5th & 7th December 28th
November. Posted answers before landing on weekend leave. (1
Letter from Bill)
Sat & Sun
Dec 24th & 25th. Spent Xmas at Aunts Had a very good time
but not like it would have been at home. Returned on board
at 10 am Monday.
26th. Went on shore to say good bye ship leaving in the
morning same opinion as ever, shouldn’t like to live in
Canada. Two letters arrived 5th & 7th Dec from Alice.
27th. Left Esquimalt 9 am & arrived Vancouver about 4 pm.
Berthed alongside CPR wharfe. Writing to Alice to-night.
Went to GQs this forenoon.
Dec 28th. Drizzly day but got finer to-wards dinner time.
Thousands of the “Great unwashed” came on board. In the
forenoon Admiral & Officers received a civic welcome from
the Mayor of Vancouver. The mayor made speech to ships
company mainly telling them not to leave too many broken
hearts in Vancouver. Rather a humourous old bean I thought.
Two letters from Alice arrived 9th & 11th December no news
from hospital yet. Writing to her to-night. Have not been on
29th. Raining to-day but that did not stop visitors.
Thronged with them. Some of the heart breaking business
started so far as I can see. Writing to-night to Alice. No
shore for me yet weather not comfortable enough.
30th. Still at Vancouver. went to Orpheum Theatre
(complimentary ticket). not a bad show A fine day, thousands
of visitors on board. sat Dec 31st. Good news to-day a
letter dated 19th of December from Alice with result of
second exam. very reassuring. Answering it to-night raining
Last day of
1921. May the next year bring us better luck.
PART TWO - 1922