Diary of Alec S. Tempest
The Diary of Alec S. Tempest (1899-1978), signal boy aboard H.M.S. Lion from 20 May 1915 through 26 April, 1919 can be found at the Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum as MSS/84/187.3
It was purchased by the Museum in 1984 and contains some photographs and copies of speeches, signal traffic between the Grand Fleet and the High Sea Fleet from 15 November to 2 December 1918, and a concert programme for 4 June 1915. A cap ribbon that was also purchased was sent to the Museum's relics department. At the end of the diary, a few orders of battle were written down with pages torn out near them. As a result, only one labelled as being for the Battle Cruiser Force in January 1917 has enough context to be useful. Its data is reflected in the pages for the formations described.
The diary's entries run daily from 20 May to 23 August, 1915, and then becomes more sparse in their flow. They carry through to 26 April, 1919.
- 1 Inside Cover
- 2 Diary
- 2.1 May 1915
- 2.2 June 1915
- 2.3 July 1915
- 2.4 August 1915
- 2.5 September 1915
- 2.6 October 1915
- 2.7 November 1915
- 2.8 December 1915
- 2.9 January 1916
- 2.10 February 1916
- 2.11 March 1916
- 2.12 April 1916
- 2.13 May 1916 & Battle of Jutland
- 2.14 June 1916
- 2.15 August 1916
- 2.16 September 1916
- 2.17 October 1916
- 2.18 November 1916
- 2.19 December 1916
- 2.20 January 1917
- 2.21 February 1917
- 2.22 March 1917
- 2.23 April 1917
- 2.24 May 1917
- 2.25 July 1917
- 2.26 August 1917
- 2.27 September 1917
- 2.28 November 1917
- 2.29 December 1917
- 2.30 January 1918
- 2.31 February 1918
- 2.32 March 1918
- 2.33 April 1918
- 2.34 May 1918
- 2.35 June 1918
- 2.36 August 1918
- 2.37 November 1918
- 2.38 January 1919
- 2.39 February 1919
- 2.40 March 1919
- 2.41 April 1919
- 3 Footnotes
- 4 See Also
If found please return to A.S. Tempest Siglm. 47 Mess H.M.S. Lion or 37 Hunslett Road Leeds. If not able to do so please destroy with great thoroughness. AST
Alec S. Tempest
May 20th 1915
37 Hunslett Rd
May 20th 15.
Calibrating in Hoxa Sound 13.5". 3⁄4 charge & sub-calibre firing
May 21st 15
Weighed & proceeded out of the Flow, picked up the escort of 3 destroyers near the outer gate, very thick fog outside. parted company with destroyers speed 23 knots course SE.
Held up by fog outside Bridge nearly took a lump out of Inch Kieth, [sic] waited below bridge till 9.30 proceeded up the harbour, went into action with collier Agnes Duncan 720 tons finished 1.30
In Rosyth Harbour nothing doing. Sunday's Routine.
May 24th & 25th
In Rosyth, wearing of Jerseys discontinued. nothing else doing.
2.30 AM Iron Duke arrived Rosyth flying flag of C in C Grand Fleet.
Rosyth. nothing doing.
12.10, Iron Duke shoved off to rejoin G.F.
May 30th 15
At Sea, very rough sea, heavy swells,
1.30 AM Arrived in harbour moored by 3.15 AM, 5.0AM commenced coaling 800 tons; finished 9.30 AM.
Rosyth. Ordinary Routine.
June 4th 15
Rosyth. Ordinary Routine.
June 5th 15
Trawler Hawke reported sinking a German submarine off Peterhead[.] Destroyer Unity coming into harbour with crew consisting in all of 25 prisoners.
June 6th 15
German Submarine sank 3 trawlers by gunfire.
Rosyth. Ordinary Routine.
10.30 PM, proceeded to Sea
At Sea steering North[.] Did 4" night firing at midnight.
Carried out Battle practice No 1, Blue fleet consisting of B.C.F. 1st 2nd & 3rd L.C.S. 2nd & 7th C.S. versus Red fleet :– 1st 2nd
3rd & 4th Battle Squadrons including Iron Duke, Benbow, Queen E. & Warspite, Calibrated 13.5" guns each ship firing 8 rounds
Carried out Battle practice No 2, Blue F :– B.C.F. 2nd C.S. 1st 2nd & 3rd L.C.S. Fearless Broke & 1st flotilla destroyers versus Red F. :– 1st 2nd & 4th B.S. 7th C.S. & flotillas of Destroyers, 1 seaplane with each Fleet. 10 AM negative P.Z. 2[.] steerd South 20 Knots.
6.30 AM, Sighted May Isle also sighted submarine which fired torpedo. torpedo passing under stern, Southampton also reported sighting a submarine off Starb Bow.
10.30 AM commenced coaling 1820 tons. Finished 7.30 PM
Rosyth. Ordinary Routine. Duck cap covers & caps worn
Rosyth. Harbour Routine.
Princess Royal left for Cromarty
Rosyth. Harbour Routine.
7.40 Submarine reported inside outer gate trying to force through inner gate, mann[sic] & arm picket boats & chase, boats away all night returned next morning nothing to report. got nets out 10.30 PM.
8.30 AM Boats returned
1.40 PM Got nets in
Archbishop of York came on board. book apprehended.
Archbishop of York gave an open air Service in Rosyth Dockyard[.] thousands of sailors assembled to hear him speak. Lost 2/-
July 10th 15
5.45 AM commenced coaling. 400 tons. 7.5 AM finished. Agnes Duncan.
July 12th 15
At Sea. very calm water[.] fine weather.
Arrived Rosyth 4 AM moored[.] Australia proceeded to Cromarty
6AM commenced coaling 805 tons finished 9 AM.
July 14th 15
Q. Mary sailed
July 19th 15
July 20th 15
July 22nd 15
July 23rd 15
July 24th 15
Went sailing in cutters[.] left high & dry outside Bridge[.] waited for turn of tide. aboard 10.15.
26th & 27th July
3.30AM Australia arrived
8.30PM 2nd B.C.S. sailed
6.0AM coaled, 325 tons[.] Agnes Duncan
3.30 AM, 2nd BCS arrived
1st Aug 15
2nd Aug 15
Queen Mary arrived
3rd Aug 15
4th Aug 15
8. Indomitable sailed
1st & 2nd L.C.S. sailed
Botha & 1st Div Destroyers sailed
Hostile Submarine reported in Forth, mann[sic] & arm picket boars, search for Submarine, nothing reported
At Sea, Heavy seas.
9 PM night firing 4" guns
Sub-calibre firing & 3⁄4 charge firing. sighted Whale
Arrived Scapa Flow 5 AM commenced coaling 1280 tons, ran two torpedoes lost one, also sub-calibre firing. 5.PM Empress of India sailed
11.45 AM sailed from Scapa Flow.
23rd Aug 15
4.15 AM arrived Rosyth[.] coaled 600 tons, A. Duncan. 23rd to 10th Harbour Routine
Sep 9th 15
Cable parted 11.15 AM sent for tugs, let go sheet anchor & sent to PR for a sheet anchor
4.30 AM, Action stations enemy reported. report unfounded, supposed enemy ships 5th L.C.S.
Coaled 430 tons 1 hr 15 mins.
Oct 1st 15
Coaled 370 tons. discontinued wearing duck caps
Coaled 420 tons, Agnes.D.
8.PM Proceeded to sea in company with 1st BCS. & 2 divisions of destroyers
Arrived Scapa Flow. Coaled 950 tons.
Proceeded to sea at 6.AM[.] did firing (13.5") in Moray Firth.
9.AM Arrived Rosyth coaled 1350 tons finished 3 PM
Sailed 9 AM arrived at Newcastle 3.30 PM proceeded into dock & on leave for 6 days.
Arrived Rosyth coaled 600 tons
did 4 inch firing very rough weather,
PZ with 3rd BCS as Blue Fleet.
More PZ & range keeping exercise arrived Rosyth 10.30 PM
Coaled 1610 tons Agnes Duncan[.] average 355
Jan 30th 16
Arrived Cromarty 11.30 AM coaled 540 tons from collier Vittoria.
9 AM 13.5" firing in Firth saw remains of Natal.
Feb 2nd 16
Left Scapa 3.30 PM very rough Sea[.] steered South
Feb 3rd 16
At Sea, arrived Rosyth 5.10 coaled 605 tons
Heard of sinking of Arabis Minesweeper by enemy Torpedo craft. Steamed south as far as Heligoland & then Zig Zagged across North Sea on a North Westerly course.
8 AM arrived Rosyth coaled 900 tons Agnes Duncan.
Sun Feb 27th
Rendezvoused with Battle Fleet & went through PZ exercise[.] sea rough.
9.30 AM arrived Rosyth coaled 990 tons Agnes Duncan.
Heard news of H joining RN
Proceeded to sea in company with BCF
Hands at action stations sighted Reef horns light vessel off coast of Heligoland. Medusa in collision with Laverock & badly damaged[.] Lightfoot reported engaging enemy's aircraft steamed off Mouth of Heligoland Bight[.] no signs of enemy. Steered North at night[,] received news of enemy forces out so turned south again & one of our LCs rammed an enemy torpedo boat.
Enemy's forces returned to bases & we returned to harbour.
Arrived Rosyth[.] coaled 1760 tons.
left Rosyth in company with 1st BCS & 4 desrs.
Arrived Scap Flow 5.AM coaled 770 tons collier Moyle
aiming rifle & sub-calibre
Ran torpedoes & Battle practice firing 3⁄4 charges & night firing.
Coaled 620 tons. night firing
joined up with 2nd & 3rd BCS & 2nd & 3rd LCS with destroyers[.] steered South.
4 PM enveloped in dense fog decreased to 10 knots[.] Australia & New Zealand reported in collision[,] ordered to return to base escorted by Acheron Ariel Archer Attack.
3.AM fog lifting, Admiralty message received Abandon operations & return to base.
4.AM altered course to N 75 W
9.AM reports coming in of destroyers in collision[.] Ardent taken in tow to Tyne River & Christopher, Fortune, badly damaged. our speed 211⁄2
7 PM arrived Rosyth coaled 1020
10 PM sailed in company with BCF steam for full speed.
Lightfoot reported sighting enemy & giving chase but were forced to retire owing to superior enemy forces, we increased to 24 knot but were unable to overtake enemy.
9.AM return to base[.] coaled 850 tons. Invincible rammed by patrol yacht.
May 1916 & Battle of Jutland
2.30 AM Proceeded to sea with BCF. 10.30 AM ordered 2 LCS to proceed to a certain position & search for Zeppelin reported in difficulties. searched area[.] report blank.
10AM Zeppelin reported by Falmouth steering South.
1020 ordered 1st LCS to chase her, Galatea reported Zeppelin brought down by gunfire from Galatea & Phaeton. Submarine E 29 took 7 of her crew placed a bomb on board her & blew her up.
Returned to Rosyth & coaled 1250 tons
3.30 PM Engadine report sighting strange Battle Cruisers sent Seaplane up to investigate[.]
3.40 Galatea reported engaging enemy.
3.45 New Zealand reports enemy bearing SW
Altered course to S.W. 25 knots[.] enemy sighted, 6 Battle cruisers
3.50 PM opened fire
5.10. Q. Mary blew up[.] magazine exploding[,] 14 hands saved by destroyer, enemy suffering very severely from our fire. 4 leadmost ships firing at Lion who was leading ship. 1 of enemies[sic] Battle cruisers sinking[.]
6.30 ordered destroyers to attack with torpedoeswhich was done successfully, Lion fired 7 torpedoes resulting in two hits on different ships.
Indefatigable blew up sank in five minutes[.] 5th Battle Squadron appeared & opened fire with there[sic] 15 inch guns inflicting very heavy damage on enemy's Battle Fleet, just joined at this time the remaining Battle Cruisers were engaging the whole German High Sea Fleet & began to suffer from their fire about this time Lion got an unlucky shot in one of her turrets which blew off the roof of the turret & killed 71 marines, the whole of the turrets crew including the Major, Chaplain, Gunner & Mids.
6.20 PM enemy made a destroyer attack with torpedoes[.] about 9 destroyers, the attack was repulsed by Galatea & 1st LCS resulting in the sinking of 6 enemy torpedo boats.
6.30 one of enemies large cruisers (Helgoland class) dropped astern & destroyer Onslow attacked & sunk her with torpedo[.]
6.50 Invincible blew up & broke completely in half[,] both ends showing above water[.] 5 survivors picked up by destroyer Badger.
7.PM 1st C.S. Defence class. appeared & opened terrific fire on enemy, later the Grand Fleet appeared & the 2nd BS Flagship Orion detached themselves from remainder & attacked enemy, we altered course to NE & chased, reported two Battle cruisers in sinking condition 1 of which, Lutzow 15" guns was torpedoed by Dublin? remainder probably gone down, just before dark sighted enemy battle ship & fired salvo at her which completely smashed her in half. seen by several persons in Lion. during night our destroyers made night attack on enemy resulting in loss of one of enemies largest cruisers & one of our destroyers[,] Turbulent.
next day engaged in digging out bodies from wreckd turrets, buried them at 5.30 PM that night[,] 105 bodies.
2nd June arrived at Rosyth. Tiger & P. Royal && Southampton went into dock[.] we coaled, Engadine arrived reported having left Warrior with the most part of her upper deck awash had to abandon her after taking off her crew. During night of 31st a submarine was rammed & sunk by Lion.
Following general signal made by VABCF, following telegram received from C in C GF. ["]Please accept my sincere congratulations on the action of the forces under your command under the difficult & disadvantageous conditions of light which existed for you. Your ships inflicted very severe damage to the enemy. Words cannot express my deep sympathy with relatives & friends of the gallant officers &
friendsMEN who have done under." VA Beatty adds. "I wish to add my own congratulations to those of our Commander-in-chief & my great sympathy with relatives & friends of those who died so gloriously. I am even prouder than ever of my command[.] No Admiral could wish to be better served. I thank you.
1.PM arrived Scapa Flow & were given a rousing reception by all ships in harbour, cheering & bands playing, coaled 450
Aug 7th 16
10AM 1" aiming rifle
2PM sub Calibre
3.PM Torpedo running
11.PM Tested new device in searchlight(s?)
August 10th 16
Weather too bad for anything
A few rounds of sub calibre.
Weather too foggy for firing
1.0AM, 4inch & sub calibre night firing,
6.AM 4in practice, 8 rounds per gun.
Weather unfavourable for firing
Weather too bad for firing
11:45AM proceeded to Cantick Head & carried out full calibre firing[,] 4 round per gun
5.45.PM proceeded to sea in company with 1st & 2nd BCS negative Indomitable, 3rd LCS Gabriel & 10 destroyers.
10.40AM arrived Rosyth.
6.40AM. Chatham reports Nottingham torpedoed sinking condition, Dublin reports submarine fired five torpedoes three hitting Nottingham one just missed Dublin. Survivors:- Capt[,] 20 officers & 375 men picked up by Penn & Oracle total complement about 400, survivors taken xxxxxxx to Newcastle.
2..45PM. Joined up with 5 B.S. grand fleet 12 miles astern,
3.0 PM Zeppelins sighted off our port beam, following us about 30 miles astern xxxxxxx.
5.40 PM Falmouth reports struck by torpedo, steering gear out of action & fore compartments flooded proceeding under her own steam, another explosion blew her stern off & she sank within half a mile of harbour[.] one man killed by explosion.
Aug 21st 16.
Armed yaght[sic] 'Ermans' reports engaged Zeppelin numerous hits observed, Zepp disappeared in a shower very badly damaged.
Aug 22nd 16
Submarine E 23 reports having torpedoed German battleship of Nassau class
Aug 29th Submarine G 4 came alongside Lion with a view to familiarising officers & men with a modern submarine.
9.AM Oracle reports having lost man overboard who was drowned
Commodore T reports, engaged 3 Zeppelins with my destroyers & damaged two.
Proceeded on Leave.
Friday Sept 15, 1916
Heard I was awarded D.S.M. for services rendered on May 31st.
Sept 23rd 16
12.AM Sailed from Tyne in company with Marlborough Pelican & Nicator
4.30. Altered course 16 points just in time to prevent us from striking enemy mines. 8 were exploded in area whilst we were there. 3 within 300 yrds of ship.
9.PM arrived Rosyth.
4.AM ammunitioned ship
4PM Coaled ship 1000 tons[.] Cinematograph films were taken during progress of work
Sept 30th 16
10.40AM sailed from Rosyth in company with 1st & 2nd B.C.S. 2nd L.C.S & 13 destroyers Heavy swell on, airship C 22 maneovring[sic] with fleet until 3.30PM when she returned to base.
10.45PM, saw Aurora Borealis or Northern lights.
Oct 1st 16
Srrived Scapa-Flow, new Battle Cruiser 'Repulse' doing gun trials.
AM 1" aiming rifle practice
PM sub calibre firing, range keeping
anchored in calibration berth but wind too high for calibrating, target broke adrift & went on rocks, lost kedge anchor.
4PM lost bower anchor with 8 shackles of cable.
Oct 4th 16
9.45AM, calibrating full charge 6 rounds per gun
Oct 5th 16
Recovered Bower anchor, diver belonging to mooring lighter lost his life through coming to the service[sic] in too big a hurry & contracted caisson disease which is slow death.
4.15P.M Sub calibre firing went away in towing drifter
6.40PM. 4inch night firing.
Oct 7th 16
Carried out full calibre 13.5 target practice, obtained rather good results.
6.45PM, Proceeded to sea with remainder of BCF.
Arrived Rosyth, coaled 1000 tons
Oct 31st 16
4.45PM Proceeded to sea in company with remainder of Battle Cruiser Fleet, 5.30[.] Passed Patrician & Petard[,] the latter taking the former in tow as she has been in collision with trawler & was badly damaged.
November 2nd 16
P.Z. exercises with B.C.F. Battle Cruisers sent up paper balloons to practice with high angle guns. Nicator returnes[sic] to harbour condenser leaking badly[.] Moresby reports bridge rails very badly bent[,] cannot steam more than 12 knots head to seas.
12.30AM altered course for Rosyth, sea rather smoother.
Repulse joined up with B.C.F
Courageous joined up.
Admiral Beatty appointed Comdr(sic) in Chief Grand Fleet[.] Admiral Jellicoe First Lord of Admiralty
8.AM arrived Scapa Flow coaled, 650 tons
1" aiming rifle practice day & night.
1 inch aiming rifle, Sub calibre firing
Sub calibre, 4"inch night firing
4" day firing, 6 rounds per gun
Ran three torpedoes attained very good results. One hit Indom.
Coaled 500 tons collier Nilton?Nillon?Lifton?
Carried out full calibre firing with remainder of Battle Cruisers & 1st L.C.S. Proceeded back to Scapa, arrived 3.30PM coaled 350 tons.
3.15PM sailed from Scapa with Grand Fleet & remainder of Battle Cruiser Fleet
9.AM commenced PZ exercise ie (Battle Practice) very heavy seas. 4th Battle Squadron enemy fleet.
2.30PM negative P.Z.
Midnight. much material damage done to ship. Had to put about to batten down hatches on forecastle ordered remainder of ships to proceed ahead without us
Rendezvoused with Grand Fleet & proceeded South East. Report that we had captured a German convoy consisting of 6 ships laden with wheat. Champion reported passed wreck of Danish steamer
4.30AM arrived Rosyth[,] coaled 910 tons.
Carried out full speed trial[,] worked up to 28 knots, fired live torpedoes, carried out sub-calibre firing.
Sailed from Rosyth in company with 1st & 2nd BCS neg P.R. & Renown.
arrived Scapa Flow, coaled 825 tons from collier Constantine
2nd B.S. arrived.
Proceeded to Pentland Firth for range-keeping exercise with Tiger at full speed.
Carried out exercise with submarines J 1 & J 2, 4 torpedoes fired by each submarine
Proceeded to Pentland Firth & carried out range taking with Repulse.
Coaled ship 480 tons.
Carried out night firing full & sub-calibre in company with Battle Cruisers.
Arrived Rosyth. Coaled 700 tons.
Submarine minelayer sunk by H.M.S Trident off Blyth.
Submarine sunk by T.B.D 2 miles S.W of May Island.
March 13th Proceeded on leave.
Returned from leave.
Coaled ship 300 tons
Sailed in company with BCF
Arrived Scapa Flow after carrying out Battle tactical exercises with Grand Fleet.
Coaled 1350 tons, collier Kyleskin.
Carried out 12 aiming rifle practice & sub-calibre firing
PM 4" full calibre night firing
April 2nd 1917
Carried out sub-calibre & 4" full calibre in Flow.
April 4th 1917
Carried out 13.5" full calibre practice splendid results.
Arrived Rosyth. Coaled 500tons.
8.0 arrived Rosyth. Coaled 1300 tons Agnes Duncan
Arrived Scapa Flow. Coaled ship. 650 tons.
Rendezvoused with C in C GF & carried out Battle tactical exercises. Experimented with destroyers & Light Cruisers smoke-screen, also experiments with smoke-shells fired by Revenge class.
arrived Scapa coaled 1330 tons.
Under-way in flow, sub-calibre & 4" full calibre day firing sub calibre night firing
Proceeded to sea in company with BCF, submarines & 3 airships. Rendezvoused with Grand Fleet & carried out battle tactical exercises.
Returned to Rosyth with Grand Fleet, 1st 2nd & 4th BS & QE anchored inside bridge[,] BCF & 13th Flotilla outside Bridge also Campania Fearless Engadine Manxman & 8 K boats. Coaled ship 690 tons
At sea. Zeppelin brought down by naval airplane carried by HMS Yarmouth. No survivors. Arrived Scapa Flow 8.10P.M. coaled ship 935 tons.
Carried out 4" & sub-calibre firing night attack by destroyers.
Full calibre firing 13.5" good results. Coaled ship.
Torpedo running with new practice heads.
4" full charge firing.
Arrived Rosyth coaled 930 tons.
Sailed in company with same ships carried out same operations
Sailed with BCF & whole of G.F.
Carried out Battle tactical exercises with G.F.
Arrived Rosyth negative GF coaled 1000 tons.
Off the entrance to the Cattegat supporting 6th L.C.S. & destroyers who attacked a German auxiliary Cruiser & &[sic] 10 armed patrol boats[,] sinking the lot.
Off the coast of Norway & the Northern entrance to the Baltic keeping the roads clear for large convoys.
Patrolling same area, very rough sea, sent the destroyers back to base.
Arrived Rosyth coaled 1490 tons
At sea, very quiet, sea moderate. Escorted large convoy of about 30 or 40 large ships.
Arrived Rosyth 1960 tons coal.
Proceeded to sea with BCF & 5th B.S. at action stations from May Island.
Chasing enemy Battle Cruisers in the mist who had been reported as attempting a raid on Scarboro[sic] which turned out to be false alarm. Returned to Rosyth coaled 600 tons.
Sailed in company with BCF & 1st B.S. steering for Dogger Bank
Light Cruisers on Starboard Bow opened fire on three enemy Light Cruisers which were running away at full speed, result of action 1 enemy light cruiser on fire fore & aft & another one dropping astern of remainder very badly damaged, enemy retreated into their minefield in the fog, also they lost one minesweeper of 18 knots & one armed patrol vessel armed with 3 guns from which 22 survivors were picked up. casualties on our side 29 killed & 30 wounded. 4 enemy battle Cruisers came out to assist their light cruisers but when they saw our Battle Cruisers they turned & entered harbour again.
Rendezvoused with Grand Fleet & swept South in hopes of finding some enemy ships but nothing doing. Repulse reported that one of her 15" shells caused a terrific explosion onboard the third enemy Light Cruiser.
Arrived Rosyth coaled 2100 tons.
On leave. shot myself in hand[,] accident with revolver. 10 days sick ashore.
Returned to ship.
Discharged to Queensberry Hospital
Discharged to Dungavel VAD Hospital.
Returned to base coaled 700
Sailed in company with 1st BCS
Arrived Scapa Flow coaled 1000.
Jan 21st to 25th
Carried out practices as weather permitted, very little done on account of bad weather.
Carried out full calibre firing (13.5) in Pentland Firth. Tiger hit King Orry with 6" practice shell.
Feb, 15 1918
Sailed in company with BCF & 2nd B.S encountered very bad weather as soon as we reached open sea(s?)
At sea very rough weather, it had been reported that enemy Battleships & B.C. would attempt to raid our country, our presence prevented that & they never turned up.
Feb 17th 1918
Arrived Rosyth coaled 650 tons
At sea, lovely weather, mine-laying stunt
Arrived Scapa Flow, coaled 1560 tons.
Sub-calibre in Flow, night firing 4" in Pentland Firth
13.5" full calibre firing in Pentland Firth, accident in after 4" battery resulting in one being killed, 2 seriously & one slightly injured. Coaled 470 tons.
At sea, Thick fog, variable
Operations abandoned, return to base.
April 11th 1918.
Arrived Rosyth coaled 1530.
6.PM Sailed in company with whole of B.C.F.
Rendezvoused with Grand Fleet proceeded to Rosyth. Arrived Rosyth 7PM coaled 550 tons
At sea, proceeding up Skaggerrack(sic) heavy sea
Well inside Skaggerrack[sic], 6th L.C.S. 30 miles ahead, mopped up a large number of enemy patrol vessels, taking 111 prisoners, very rough seas, 3.30 altered course for base, Danish coast in sight
16th April 16th.(sic)
Arrived Rosyth 9AM, coaled
Sailed with B.C.F. as preceeding[sic] force to Battleships Force, gunfire heard.
Whole forces rendezvoused at 0500 proceeding East. Reported that 5 enemy BCs & 4 L.C.s were out. gave chase nothing more seen.
4PM. Shaped course for base.
Arrived Rosyth coaled 974 tons.
At sea, nothing to report
Received report from Dutch steamer being chased by German Destroyers altered course accordingly in chase[.?] Proceeded 25 knots, sent up airplane, latter reported 3 cruisers bearing E steering S.
9P.M. Received information ships being chased were Furious & 1st L.C.S Resumed original course.
Arrived Scapa Flow coaled 2000
carried out full-calibre firing very good results.
Proceed into Pentland Firth to carry out squadron torpedo firing with 1st B.C.S
Wessex & Vancouver in collision resulting in complete smash up of two destroyers & 6 lives lost[.] Torpedo practice abandoned.
Carried out squadron torpedo practice.
P.M. Proceeded in support of projected air-raid which was abandoned on account of weather. Shaped course for Rosyth.
Arrived Rosyth, coaled 1100 tons.
Off Danish coast scouting for enemy aircraft, none seen.
Weather too rough for proposed air-raid, returned to base arrived 7.PM coaled 1300 tons
At sea, weather very good.
Furious sent up reconnaiasance(sic) Planes[,] nothing to report.
11.30A.M. arrived Rosyth coaled 1450 tons.
Sailed in company with 1st B.C.S. 5th BS 6th & 1st L.C.S & 13th Flot, steamed full speed all day, enemy scouting squadron reported.
4PM, Rendezvoused with 2nd BCS & 3rd L.C.S. Nothing seen that day.
Steamed in triangle all day in hopes of sighting enemy, ordered by C in C GF to proceed in support of 2nd minelaying squadron (Yanks) Very rough weather.
Off Norwegian coast, minelayers sighted, remained in support of them all day, several mines blown up, weather much better.
7P.M. altered course for Rosyth.
Arrived Rosyth coaled 1540 tons
Monday 11 Nov.
Armistice signed, great rejoicings in harbour.
German cruiser Königsberg arrived Rosyth conveying Plenipotentionaries, Admiral Meurer & staff received by Admiral Beatty, all C in Cs demands agreed to by German Admiral, who sends information to Germany to that effect.
Nov 21st 1918
9.30AM rendezvoused with German Fleet, escorted them to Firth of Forth, hauled out of line & let the whole crowd pass, we then steamed in after them, passing each ship individually.
12.30P.M. Anchored surrendered ships east of Inchkeith, proceeded up to our own buoy.
sailed from Rosyth in company with 1st B.C.S. Picked up German Battle Cruisers East of Inchkeith proceeded out in following order. Lion, Seydlitz, Moltke, Von der Tann, Hindenburg, Derfflinger, Repulse, Renown, Tiger & P.R. Shaped course for Scapa Flow.
1st Division battleships arrived with Bayern & 3 more German battleships & 4 German Light Cruisers & remainder of German destroyers.
4th BS sailed for home ports.
2.30A.M. off Spurn Point.
5.30A.M. " Cromer.
8.0 " " Lowestoft.
10 " " Harwich
1.15. 1st B.C.S. hauled out of line, Passed Lion & gave us a cheer, we replied, P.R. & Renown parted company & shaped course for Portsmouth. Tiger resumed station astern of Lion.
1.30. off Dover.
10.30. off Spithead.
7.15A.M.Sighted Eddystone Light.
9.20. Passed breakwater fort, secured to number two buoy in sound
Proceeded on 25 days leave.
Returned from same.
Arrived Scapa Flow, relieved 5th B.S. of guard duty.
Princess Royal sailed for Rosyth for refit.
- Admiralty Weekly Order No. 324 of 27 June 1913 shows that S.S. Agnes Duncan, A.K.A. Collier Transport 1, was re-engaged for two years service on 5th July 1913.
- Not certain of reading of the last two words.
- The date of this makes it likely that the presiding officer was Commodore, Second Class Edwyn S. Alexander-Sinclair
- Note that the "3rd" here might be crossed out. It appears likely that the 3rd was not involved, given its absence in the coming day's practice.
- The two struck-through words are not certain.
- I am not sure I understand this entry, but it seems like it might be loss of a personal item, possibly related to July 1st's entry.
- This entry is wedged in, and is not clear.
- Time may not be correctly read.
- "KE" surely refers to the battleship H.M.S. King Edward VII, flagship of the Third Battle Squadron
- Time may be 4.0
- Not entirely sure of this supposed collier's name
- This is overwritten "22nd" (or vice-versa). Apparently "21st" is correct, given next entry is clearly for the 22nd.
- This must mean "24th", but seems to clearly read "14th".
- AM and PM are written atop each other.
- likely, this means 355 tons/hour
- Maybe "Victoria"?
- I am unsure what "H" refers to. A relative?
- Perhaps this should be "20th", but seems clearly written as "28th"
- Oh well.
- Date is illegible, but I infer from the two neighbors
- In actuality, the enemy had five battlecruisers
- While there are many odd mistakes in this account, this false impression is somehow unusual in its detail.
- These bold and definite statements are more unusual in that I am not sure they were echoed into any official reports.
- This is surely inspired by Lion encountering submerged wreckage as reported by so many British ships that night.
- This is hard to make out. We transcribed it as "Ermans", but it might be "Eun Mara", which is the closest yacht we know of to this spelling. See Dittmar & Colledge, p. 149.
- In other words, the diver was afflicted by "the bends"
- as previously mentioned on September 15th
- may be 4.15PM or other - numbers are overwritten.
- This does indeed appear to be dated Dec 21st, just as the previous two entries. Any of them may be in error.
- Name of collier may be wrong. Kylechin? Kyleshia?
- There are indeed two entries dated Dec 24th
- presumably, this means the Thirteenth Destroyer Flotilla
- presumably, this should read "2nd B.C.S. & 2nd L.C.S."