F. Hammond letter 21 January 1919

F. Hammond letter 21 January 1919

 

21.1.19

Ohligs Rhineld

Dear F & M

Just a line to let you know I am gogging along nicely.  I was very pleased to hear you fared so well at Xmas. Glad to say I received the parcel safely it was Tres Bien.  I am just in the middle of Binble.  Went to hear our Divl Concert party last night they were very good.  The only draw back here is this blooming Jerry language.  It gets me down and makes my headache.  However I can say good morning & evening now so if I stay here a few more years I shall be able to take over a Jerry’s job off him.  There are two picture palaces here but they are nothing great.  Sunday is great day here.  All the café’s are filled with people and the orchestras are playing in most of them.  The only thing is the beer is all substitute but palatable & the Rhine wine is rather expensive.  Still it is very fine and lively on Sundays.  There is also dancing in places.  I have not been in Cologne yet but can get a pass anytime.  They have a fine Opera House & hold all kinds of Operatic Concerts.  There is also a fine train ride down the Rhine to Bonn the University Town but I’ve got to do it yet.  We has a few phizogs taken a few days ago.  So I will enclose one.  Hoping you will be able to pick me out.  Well Cheerhio.  Hoping you are all keeping well & Jack is feeling himself again.  Fred

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 21 January 1919

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 21 January 1919

 

S.O. 9th Div of Drifters

D “Northesk” II

Cape Helles.

Jan 21/19

S.N.O. (H)

H.M.S. “Pelorus”

 

Submitted,

 

It is suggested that under the new escorting arrangements whereby more escorting vessels are available; it may now be possible for each vessel in turn to proceed to Chanak for a spell of 48 hours; the first day to be devoted to completing with coal & water & the remainder of the time to attending to small engine defects and also to enable the crews to go ashore for liberty.

 

Defects in the Drifters under my command are rapidly becoming more numerous owing to the fact that they have been without an opportunity to do these defects since Sept 4th & have been working continuously since Oct 25th with the exception of “Ten” & “Victoria II” who have been to Mudros for boiler cleaning & defects.

 

It is further suggested that arrangements may be made for the following vessels to Boiler clean at the earliest possible moment observing that the rule is that all Drifters should boiler clean every 6 weeks.

 

The dates given here indicate when last blown down & the weeks overdue.

 

91 “Northesk II” last boiler cleaning Oct 25 overdue 7 weeks.

93 “Prime”                  “           “          Sept 24      “     11     “

95 “Hopeful”              “          “          Oct 25       “       7     “

97 “Ebenezer”             “          “           Oct 25       “       7     “

 

The last named vessel (under the N.T.O.) is most serious of all as she has no fresh water boiler tank & has run completely on salt water since Oct 25.

 

 

R.H. Palmer.

Lieut. R.N.V.R.

S.O. of Div.

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 21 January 1919

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 21 January 1919

 

S.O. 9th Div of Drifters

D “Northesk” II

Cape Helles.

Jan 21/19

S.N.O. (H)

H.M.S. “Pelorus”

 

Submitted,

 

Enclosed I send detailed list of escorting vessels and the quantities of Fresh Meat desired twice weekly.

 

If these quantities could be sent down by a Drifter leaving Chanak – each quantity labelled – I would see they were at once delivered to each vessel.

 

At present Trawler “Farraday” is at Mudros but all other vessels are escorting.

 

Fresh vegetables – such as potatoes would be welcome when available.

 

One basket (140 lbs) would last a Drifter a fortnight & a Trawler approximately 9 days.

 

 

R.H. Palmer.

Lieut. R.N.V.R.

S.O. of Drifters.

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 21 January 1919

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 21 January 1919

 

S.O. 9th Div of Drifters

D “Northesk” II

Cape Helles.

Jan 21/19

Mail Officer

H.M.S. “Europa”

 

It is requested that mails for the following vessels in my Division may be sent to Chanak (c/o S.N.O. (H) H.M.S. “Pelorus” Chanak) until further orders.

 

No mails have been received for one month.

H.M.D. “Northesk II” No. 2022.

“     “Northern Scot” No. 2425.

“     “Prime” No. 2289.

“    “Ten” No. 1052.

“    “Hopeful” No. 2386.

“     “Comely” No. 2387.

“     “Ebenezer” No.2294.

“     “Victoria II” No. 766.

 

There are two or three parcels & registered letters adrift since Nov. last addressed to Lieut. R.H. Palmer R.N.V.R. Have you any trace of them.

 

R.H. Palmer.

Lieut. R.N.V.R.

S.O. of Div.