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these being considered the most likely hours for an attack. At the same time as the order was given to stand to, the monitors in the bay just behind our position used to send 10 shells regularly to the enemies trenches immediately on our front, and do likewise at midnight. The Turks replied as a rule but seldom put many shells near our ships. The monitors are fitted with 14 inch guns a shade smaller than those carried by the "Queen Elizabeth" and one evening I was on duty in a tunnel working by candle light, some 30 yds. from the entrance, one of the monitors dropped a shell about 40 yds. on our front on the

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