Item 01: John Duncan McRae diary, 5 October-11 December 1917 - Page 61

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whales have been seen, one of the main engines has been out of gear, we are going to train in S.Africa for two months and a thousand other unfounded things,, But by way of climax, one of our firemen has dreamt for three nights following that on a certain day next month our ship is to be torpedoed. Some of the boys no doubt place faith in such superstitions, but, whether or no, I think they will be greatly disappointed if we do not come upon shoals of periscopes before our journey's end.

Despite the fine treatment and good wholesome food which we receive on board our transport, the great majority of the men are constantly

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