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for half an hour on end. We did not go in to Freemantle as we had been hoping to but cruised about for about half an hour until another troopship came out & joined us. She is the 'Hessian' a cargo boat captured form the Germans. A flying fish flew aboard last night. Ashore signallers are exempt from guard duty, fatigue etc. but at present we have to do guard like the rest despite our protests.

21st February Saturday

Father Neptune & his assistants came aboard yesterday and performed

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