Report of Drifters off Syra 14 March 1919
Lieut. R.H. Palmer R.N.V.R.
D “Northesk” II 2022
March 14 1919
I have the honour to report that the letter given to me to deliver to Lieut Berkeley of H.M.T. “Eva Wales” has been undelivered owing to “Eva Wales” having sailed before my arrival.
On arrival at Syra at 1300 today I reported to S.N.O. and also informed him I had this letter to deliver.
I was told that Eva Wales had left Syra with the other Trawlers on the previous day & as there is no ferry between Syra & Malta I am returning the letter to you.
We arrived at Syra without incident although the speed maintained only averaged 7 Knots; this was due to three factors: –
The dirtiness of the bottoms of Northesk & Prime, the heavy load of stores in the holds of Hopeful & Comely and that we had very heavy weather from DORO to Syra.
I have the honour to be Sir