on G. Deck that the ships issue of knives forks & spoons are to be handed in on Friday, and thereafter use our issue ones. [Following shorthand is not transcribed.] No. 15
At 2.30 today there was an unexpected life belt alarm, which caused great communation. We had tea this evening with our life belts on. The doors between the bulk heads were closed for the time on the voyage. These divide the ship into water tight compartments & prevents communication between the lower decks except from above.
We passed Gibraltar at mid day and we are now off the coast of Portugal.
Friday July 21. 1916.
The sea is very calm today, and there is a gentle head wind. The course is exactly North East. Today we had to parade in marching order.
Our universal kits were brought up out of the hold for the first time. The