Diary of 2/Lt. A. B. STREET
48 SIEGE BATTERY RGA
1st Jan. Saturday. Went over to the Docks by train; they had now started loading Tentage and there was nothing for us to do. Meade King went up to Town for the night to see his wife. I returned to Bristol soon after midday. Went to the Pantomime “Goody Two Shoes” in the evening, a very good show, amusing and some of the scenes very pretty.
2nd Jan. Sunday. Went to church at 8.0. Paid my bill at the Hotel and went to the Docks. Meade King returned. Went to the Rest Camp at 2.0 and marched our 15 men and the 30 for Malta down to the ship and embarked them. Paraded them at 3.0 for inoculation against Cholera and I was vaccinated as well. Meade King went off to his cousins at Stoke Druid for the night. I slept on board. Rain all evening & night.
3rd Jan. Monday. Cleared up about 9.0 and was a fine sunny day. Meade King returned at 10.0. Said we were both asked by his cousins for lunch, dinner and the night if not sailing. I went into Bristol to see Mr. Meade King re a power of attorney for Mother and returned to Stoke Druid to lunch with his wife; into Bristol again after lunch to sign P of Att: then to tea at Stoke Druid. M. K. and I then went out to the Docks to see if the ship would sail. On finding that she wouldn’t we went to Stoke Druid for the night which was very pleasant.
4th Jan. Tuesday. Caught bus after breakfast and were at the Docks shortly after 10.0. They finished loading by midday and we expected to sail between 4 and 8, no orders came however so we are here for the night. Started raining in the afternoon and continued. Sent a wire about 3.30 to say were off!!
5th Jan. Wednesday. Fine sunny day. Took a walk round the Docks in the m’ning. Cast off about 6.10 p.m. and anchored off Barry at 9.30 p.m. awaiting escorts.
6th Jan. Thursday. Left Barry Roads soon after midnight accompanied by our escort which was two armed trawlers whose speed was so slow that we had to reduce to half speed. A fairly fine day but a bit thick. A good many men were ill there being a fair amount of motion. Meade King succumbed also.
7th Jan. Friday. A fair day, fresh breeze and some sun. Most of the men were ill., Meade King in bed all day, the ship was rolling a lot. Made the Wolf Lightship about 8.0 am and picked up a new escort, 2 armed trawlers which could steam at our full speed, they left us at about 9.0 p.m. when off Ushant, we passed about 60 miles off.
8th Jan. Saturday. Fine sunny day, light wind but a heavy swell. Sunny.
9th Jan. Sunday. Fine day, dull. Wind veered round to the E. Bigend of H.P. Cyl[inder] began to knock about midday. Hove to at 6.30 p.m. for engineers to repair it. Under way again about 10.0 p.m. Abreast off Cape Finisterre, about 150 miles out, at about 5.0 p.m.
10th Jan. Monday. Lovely sunny day calm with an Easterly breeze. Stopped in the forenoon for about 15 minutes to adjust Bigend.
11th Jan. Tuesday. Lovely sunny day calm with an Easterly breeze. Altered course about 9.0 p.m. for the Straits of Gibraltar.
12th Jan. Wednesday. Lovely sunny day very calm Easterly breeze. Sighted land N. coast of Africa at 4.0 p.m. Met Patrol boat outside Gibraltar about 9.0 p.m. and arrived in Examination Anchorage about 12.0. Did not anchor.
13th Jan. Thursday. Lovely sunny day, very calm, practically no wind. Left Gibraltar at 5.0 am. Saw Sierra Nevada 11,000 ft. snow covered.
14th Jan. Friday. Fine sunny day, fresh breeze dying away in the evening.
15th Jan. Saturday. Fine sunny day wind went round to the North. There was a swell which caused her to roll rather heavily.
16th Jan. Sunday. Fine sunny day. Swell went down v. light wind. Passed several ships, one a 4 funnel cruiser on the horizon.
17th Jan. Monday. Hot sunny day calm light breeze. Arrived off Malta at 4.45 p.m. and were sent round to St. Paul’s Bay to anchor for the night. Anchored at 7.30.
18th Jan. Tuesday. Weighed anchor at 6.30.a.m. and proceeded into the harbour, anchoring off the fish market about 8.30. The 30 men for Malta were disembarked before noon. Meade King and I went ashore in the afternoon, cabled home, did some shopping and walked about. Fine sunny day.
19th Jan. Wednesday. Fine day but cloudy. Meade King and I went to lunch with 3 Subs. of 603 Coy. M.T. A.S.C. at Mosta Cross Roads about 7 miles outside Valetta. Did some shopping and posted letters. 30 men R.N.D. ratings joined on board.
20th Jan. Thursday. Fine sunny day. Fresh breeze from N. We left Malta at midday.
21st Jan. Friday. Warm sunny day no wind. Clouded over in the evening.
22nd Jan. Saturday. Dull. Rain on and off all day.
23rd Jan. Sunday. Dull and wet in the morning but cleared up in the afternoon. Calm sea fresh breeze.
24th Jan. Monday. Arrived off Alexandria at daybreak and entered about 7.0 am. We anchored out in the harbour. Rather windy some showers but warm and pleasant in the sun.
25th Jan. Tuesday. N. W. gale all day. No communication with the shore. Some sunshine and heavy squalls.
26th Jan. Wednesday. Fine day fresh breeze. Hill came on board in the m’ning and gave us news of the battery. Pilot came on board after dinner and we berthed at No 44 at 2.45 and soon after cargo began to be discharged. Meade King and I drove up to the town after tea and sent some cables. 30 R.N.D. ratings disembarked at 5.0.p.m.
27th Jan. Thursday. Fine day fairly sunny fresh breeze. Continued to discharge tentage. Harvey, Lane and White came down in the afternoon. Langford and Hutchings in the m’ning.
28th Jan. Friday. Warm sunny day. Began discharging lorries. Sent a cable to Judith.
29th Jan. Saturday. Lovely hot sunny day. Continued to unload lorries and tentage. Received mail from home.
30th Jan. Sunday. Lovely hot sunny day. Continued unloading all day. Got 4 of the gun pieces out.
31st Jan. Monday. Fine sunny day. Finished discharging the ship at 4.15p.m. After tea on board we all left for the Camp after just a month on board. Had a very comfortable happy time on board and a very pleasant voyage. Dined at Camp, sharing a tent with Harvey. Quite comfortable.