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17 – 18 Nov

do, they do not seem to have any fear of sharks; at 7.30 P.M. the Star of Victoria lifted anchored & bade farewell to Colombo; Half the fleet consisted of all the boats under 13 ½ knots per hour, left about dinner time
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The New Zealanders were allowed off at Colombo & bought the town out of eatable fruit in no time. Bananas & a few melons were brought aboard yesterday but they are too green to eat yet. I suppose they will be sold through the canteen at starvation prices.

Wed 18th
I was on duty from 4 to 8 A.M. was no sooner on the bridge than it started to rain & by 6.30 it poured down. Hobson is on with me, we had a drink of tea & a scone as we came on the wind is blowing very strong but the

[See pages 121 and 123 for a message presumably seen by Tomlins while on bridge duty]

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