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time to last year when en route for Gallip. Then we answered the waving of the few spectators with cheers & choruses. Now sea trips had lost their novelty and we were quite callous to all enthusiasm.

We weighed anchor at daybreak next a.m (Sunday) we were immediately issued with lifebelts with strict orders that they had to be worn continuously by everyone – men & officers alike – and at night to be used as a pillow.

She was a dirty old ship having been used in the Atlantic Cattle Trade – the cattle pens had been extended to take a horse so that the alleyways between the rows of horses were very narrow which didn't make the work of feeding & watering the horses any easier.

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