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naively went to the non-com & asked for his letters. They were also circulating the news that there was an accumulation of ashes in the stokehold & that the engineers were going to take the funnel off in order to clean these out. In fact the weather is so warm that they are going to bring the boilers up onto one of the upper decks in order to be able to get to them better.The weather, too, is going to be so rough that a reef has to be taken off the rudder, lest it be entirely washed away.

Today is extremely hot especially down stairs & the sweat runs out of us while doing our orderly work. After my dinner had settled & all our washing-up was done, I

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