Item 02: Frank Valentine Weir letter diary, 2 January-31 December 1916 - Page 320
[Thursday 16 November 1916]
Goodbye to the great grey frowning turretted & crenellated fortress rock. As the tugs whistled the echos sounded for minutes after & the French blue jackets stood at the salute - & cheered - The Officers of the French submarine were most kind in showing me all over their boats & we drank "vive la France" & entente cordiale in French vermouth-
I would like to describe the submarine but must not do so.
Beautifully calm & sea a lovely blue- We are again dressed up in our Lifebelts-
but one of H. M. Navy Torpedoe Boat Destroyers is acting as escort (so we are not worrying)