Diary of Albert Edward Essery on a Voyage from Liverpool to Oran, Algiers, Malta, Syra, Smyrna and Constantinople etc. and back to Liverpool

July to September 1919 when he was 14 years of age

(This diary was found amongst my father's papers after he died - it had been written in long hand in pencil on sheets of foolscap paper as the days at gone by - this is a verbatim transcript)

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Thursday July 17th 1919

Left Pier Head at 1.15am. I turned in. Woke up at 7.30am after a good sleep. When I came on deck, it was dull, hazy but quite smooth. At 8.30am we saw the Skerries about 3 miles off. About 9.40 heard the South Stack, too hazy to see it. 12 noon: Lat. 52°55’N, Long. 5°2’W

After Lunch the weather picked up and it became quite clear. About 4pm, a thick fog came on us & speed was reduced by half. Had dinner at 6.50. At about 8pm the fog cleared up. Talking to the Wireless Operator in the evening. Very nice chap. I haven’t felt the slightest bit sick yet.

Friday July 18th

Woke up about 7.30am to find the sea rough and the ship rolling. I began to feel sick. I could not eat any breakfast but had a cup of tea and some dry biscuits. Managed to eat some lunch but it was absolute waste of good food to do so. At 6.30pm I had dinner and turned in.

Saturday July 19th

Got up after a rather restless night to find a rough sea but clear horizon and myself still sick. I felt a bit better about breakfast, and had some fried plaice and a cup of tea, but it was all gone ten minutes later. During the course of the morning we saw many fishing boats an a few steamers. 12 noon: Lat. 46°27’N, 8°19’W. Saw two whales, one came quite close to the ship we could see it quite plainly.

About lunch time I began to feel better and managed two helpings of steak and onions. After lunch I was all right. Nothing occurred during the afternoon. This evening after dinner I was talking to Mr. Roitblitt (the agent for Howard’s firm), he was very nice to me as is everybody on board. The Captain says that now I am better I have to turn too and work on Monday. I have not done anything up to now as I have been too sick. We are now about ¾ of the way through the Bay. It is not such a terrible place as I imagined.

Sunday July 20th

Today I was quite better, it was a glorious day but rather too hot in the morning, a slight breeze sprang up in the afternoon and it was very nice and cool. When I cam on deck this morning we could see the Spanish mountains very plainly, and about 10.30am Cape Finisterre. We are now in the general track of ships and saw several during the day. It was a glorious evening and I turned in about 9.30pm. 12 noon: Lat. 42°56’N Long. 9°30’W.

Monday July 21st

Got up about 7.30am. It has been a beautiful day rather warm, but there was a light breeze. This morning we had a game of ‘Shovelboard’, an excellent game; about 11am I started whipping the awning stops which took me until lunch; after lunch I did some more until about 3.30pm, in all I had to do about 20. Capt. Hamden showed me how to splice, an eye splice, which I can do fairly well now. At 4pm we passed Cape Roca about six miles off. During the day we passed several big ships, with some of whom we communicated by wireless. 12 noon: Lat. 39°35’N Long. 9°50’W.

Tuesday July 22nd

When I came on deck this morning, the sun was out and the sea rather choppy. I woke up with a headache and felt rather sick, I tried to eat some breakfast, but made a very poor attempt. After breakfast I went up on the bridge and watched the man at the wheel and also tried to steer with the help of the man, but eventually I had to go down as I felt sick. I went down in my cabin and slept until 12 o’clock. I made a very poor attempt at lunch and came up on deck in the fresh air. About 3 o’clock I felt better and by dinner time I was all right. When I came on deck in the morning I was told we had rounded Cape St. Vincent about 5am. I was in bed. The wind had been freshening all day, and towards evening it was blowing a regular gale and we were shipping seas quite a lot of times, during the afternoon three of the passengers sent along to the forecastle and just at the wrong moment she shipped a sea, they came back like drowned rats. (Mr Roitblitt was one.) When I turned in about 9.30pm the sea was washing all over the decks and especially round the scupper at the end of the alley way in which I sleep. 12 noon: Lat. 36°35’N Long. 7°56’W.

PS About 7.30 passed the SS Kioto, and exchanged signals.

Wednesday July 23rd

When I got up this morning about 7.30, the wind had subsided and the comparatively smooth. We could see Spain quite plainly and about 9.30 passed Gibraltar Rock. After we had passed Cape Tarifa, about four miles we sighted a ship ashore flying signals of distress with one small steamer standing by her, we reported her by wireless to Gibraltar. This afternoon I was painting the fore part of fidley. During the day we passed three destroyers going eastward. At about 9.30 we passed Alboran island light, distance about five miles. When passing Gibraltar we saw an Ellerman boat of the Malatian type. I retired to bed about 11pm.

Thursday July 24th - Oran

Today the weather is very fine. We could see the coast all morning and arrived at Oran about 12 o’clock. The harbour itself cannot be seen from Oran bay, because of a breakwater which stretches right round the harbour leaving only a small gap for vessels to go through.

Oran town is situated upon the top of a hill about 1,000 feet high, and has about 100,000 population. After dinner I went ashore with two of the passengers. There are many people of different countries, but the majority are French. To get to the town, which is about a mile away from the harbour, there are tramways, there are many shops, practically all of which are stocked by England. There is a very big GPO in the town for such a small place.

We returned to the ship about 6pm. I never went on shore in the evening but stayed on board. The town looked very pretty with all the lights lit.

Friday July 25th - Oran

This morning I could not go ashore but stayed on board; the ship sailed about 11-45am.

The weather was fine but rather hot. When we were about 15 miles NNE of Oran harbour we sighted a three masted motor schooner (whom we have since found, by wireless to be the Padua) afire. We turned to go to her assistance but seeing the crew leave the vessel in her boat and another steamer close to her, we went on our course again. We have since heard that the ship sank but the crew all saved by the French steamer, ‘Balear’. During the ‘dog’ watch I went to the wheel for about an hour and did very fair for my first proper attempt.

Saturday July 26th - Algiers

Today the weather was quite fine. All morning we could see land on our starboard side. After breakfast I cleaned the brasswork on the bridge. About 11.30am we arrived at Algiers. It is a town very much the same as Oran, only much larger and not so highly situated. The boat was moored stern on, to the quay. The main road which is reached by going up steps and terraces has in it many fine shops and bazaars also many street cafes. In the afternoon I went ashore.

The people in the town, the population of which is about 200,000, are very much the style as those in Oran. In the evening I went to a little park in the town where a band was playing, the music was very fine.

Sunday July 27th - Algiers

Today has been very hot, and I did not go ashore in the morning. In the afternoon I went to a bathing place about a mile away from the ship with the Cap’n. In the evening I went ashore and wandered around for about an hour.

Monday July 28th - Algiers

Today has been hot but very fine. In the morning I went ashore about 10pm and met the Captain at the Agent’s office, who took us to a café where we had lunch. After lunch the captain and I boarded a tram which took us right round the back of the town the view was very fine we arrived back at the ship about 3.30. In the evening I was fishing with one of the passengers, he caught three.

Tuesday July 29th - Algiers

The weather is still very hot, and the mosquitoes numerous. In the morning I went ashore with one of the passengers. In the afternoon I was fishing and caught six fish. In the evening I went on a tram ride with the Captain, I enjoyed it very much. In the morning I cleaned all the brasswork on the bridge.

Wednesday July 30th - left Algiers

This morning the weather was quite hot but there was a slight breeze. About 10 o’clock I went ashore with one of the passengers for a last look around the town before leaving. We went into a café and had an ice, then walked down the main road. In the afternoon I had a welcome swim from the ship with one of the passengers. About 6pm we cast off, hove the anchor up and steamed out of the harbour. We had just got away from our moorings when we saw a boat coming up behind us, the people in it waving frantically they were some foreign deck passengers for Malta, late as usual. It was very funny to see them bundling their luggage up the gangway, musical boxes, bird cages etc. The weather leaving was fine and the sea smooth. We have a new saloon passenger, a Jesuit priest, which the Capt’n says is an omen of bad weather. I have hopes of seeing him leaning over the ship’s side sick.

Thursday July 31st

The weather today was rather dull and hazy but the sea smooth. After breakfast I went up on the bridge to steer until 10 o’clock. In the afternoon I was watching some of the sailors splice some wire. In the evening I was playing a game of grab with some of the passengers. 12 noon: Lat. 31°28’N Long. 6°16’E.

Friday August 1st

Today has been quite fine and the sea smooth. After breakfast I went up on the bridge to steer until 10 o’clock. Just about 10 o’clock we passed a "man o‘war" with whom we exchanged signals. When I came from the bridge I did some varnishing. This afternoon and evening nothing extraordinary happened. 12 noon: Lat. 38°20’N Long. 10°56’E. About 8-40 we passed Cape Bow, 15 miles off.

Saturday August 2nd - Arrived Malta

Today has been quite fine but as usual, very hot. The sea quite smooth. After breakfast I had to clean the brasses on the bridge. About 12 o’clock we sighted the island and arrived in the harbour about 5-30pm. In the evening I went ashore with one of the passengers. I like Malta town very much. It is situated on the top of a cliff about 500 ft up.

Sunday August 3rd - Malta

Today has been fine but also very hot. I never went ashore until 5 o’clock, then I went to the Malation, which is also lying in the harbour, with the Capt’n. There we met Capt. Hillditch and went for a motor ride. I enjoyed myself very much.

Monday August 4th - Malta

Today has been very fine although very hot. I woke up to find myself covered with mosquito bites. I decided that I would have to get a net. I stayed aboard all day and went ashore in the evening. In the afternoon I had a swim from the ship’s side.

I went ashore by myself and had a look round and bought a brooch to take home. I returned to the ship about 10pm.

Tuesday August 5th - Malta

It is just as hot today as yesterday. In the morning I went ashore with the Captain, came back to lunch and stayed aboard until 5 o’clock.

Today we are discharging the coal from no. 3 hatch and every thing is covered in coal dust.

At five o’clock Mr. Zimelli the agent clerk came on board and we went ashore and went (on) a motor ride all round the island and finished up by having dinner at Marisa Scirocco Hotel. I enjoyed the ride very much and saw quite a lot of the island.

Wednesday August 6th - Left Malta 6pm

It is very hot today as usual, and I was worried very much during the night by mosquitoes, one giving a fat eye and one biting me on the hand causing it to swell up to my wrist, so I showed them to the Captain and he decided to buy me some mosquito netting, as he says that I will require it more than ever at Smyrna and Constantinople.

After breakfast I went ashore with the Captain, who passed me over to Edwin Zimelli who took me to see the Chapel of Bones which unfortunately was closed, we then went to the museum which was very interesting. In it we saw all the old relics of Malta and the surrounding district. After that we went to a restaurant and had lunch, after lunch we went (to) Floriana Gardens. We then returned to the ship about 3pm. We sailed at 6pm having been prevented leaving earlier by a man o’war leaving the harbour.

The weather was fine and the sea smooth. I went to bed anticipating a pleasant night under my new mosquito net.

August 5th (continued)

I forgot to mention that in the morning when I went ashore with the Captain, we went to the Palace and went through the armoury, the State rooms and the ball room; when we were leaving the buildings we met Field Marshall Plumer the governor of the island who bit us good morning.

August 7th Thursday

This morning when I woke up my anticipation had been realised having had a good nights rest and no fresh bites.

The weather was fine and the sea smooth. After breakfast I went to the wheel and steered for an hour and a half. After that the Captain told me to get some rope and make an eye splice which I did to his satisfaction.

It has been exceedingly hot today.

12 noon: Lat. 35°56’N Long. 18°2’E

Friday August 8th

Today has been fine only very hot. I did not feel very well today. I think I got a touch of the sun.

About 11am we sighted Greece. During the day we saw many little islands.

Saturday August 9th - Arrived at Syra

I was wakened up this morning about 6.45am by the Capt’n who told me that we were in Syra and the doctor was waiting to examine us.

The weather has been fine but quite a strong breeze blowing, and they tell me that a regular gale was blowing whilst the ship was coming into the harbour.

This morning some of the passengers left us to join a ship that was sailing at 11.30am and was expected to arrive in Constantinople before us, it was only a small ship and with this wind blowing I expect that they will get a shaking up. Now that there is a vacant State Room I have shifted into it.

I never went ashore all day but expect to do so tomorrow.

Sunday August 10th - Syra

Today has been very fine, the sun was shining but owing to a stiff breeze it was not hot. In the morning I went over the side for a swim and enjoyed it very much. In the afternoon I went ashore and came back very much disgusted, as the place was awful the streets narrow and deserted. After dinner there was a band playing and I went ashore with the 2nd Engineer and one of the passengers and it was a bit more lively as all the people had come out for their evening walk. After the band finished I went to an open air picture palace, but it was not very interesting as it was written in French.

Monday August 11th - Syra

Today has been very fine. About 11am the Captain came in for a swim with me when he came out he found that he had gone in with his ring on and lost it. Nothing of any note happened though (sic) the day, and I never went ashore.

Tuesday August 12th - Left Syra

Today has been fine but very hot. In the morning with the Cap’n, I went in for a swim. I went in again with one of the passengers in the afternoon.

About 5pm we left Syra, during the evening we passed between the islands of Tinos and Mykoni.

Wednesday August 13th - Arrived at Smyrna

When I got up this morning we were entering just entering the Gulf of Smyrna. We passed about a mile off Long Island. When we were to the south of Long Island two mountains called the two brothers which are the leading marks were plainly to be seen. There are three other mountains called the three sisters.

Just before entering Smyrna harbour about 11.30am we saw the remains of S.S. City of Khios and the Assiout.

After waiting two hours for the control officers we got into our berth and made fast 3pm.

Thursday August 14th

Today has been very hot and the flies numerous.

In the morning I went ashore for a look around with the Captain. We went through the bazaars and down the main street. I never went ashore again until evening when I went to get some things for the 2nd Engineer. I went to bed about 9.30

Friday August 15th - Smyrna

Today has been fine but also hot. I never went ashore.

I do not like Smyrna very much; it is very flat, the streets very narrow and the drainage very bad, consequently so is the smell.

The town is now governed by Greece and the inhabitants do not altogether submit to it. Recently there have been many riots. Everywhere you go you see the British and the Allies flags flown even down to the smallest rowing boats.

Towards evening it got cooler.

Saturday August 16th - Left Smyrna

It has been very hot today but has been fine. I have not been ashore having seen all that there is to see.

About 6.30 we hove up the anchors and steamed out of the harbour. When we got outside the harbour, we found there was quite a strong breeze blowing and was steadily increasing. We again saw the remains of the City of Khios and the Assiout.

Sunday August 17th

When I came on deck this morning, there was a strong breeze blowing and a moderate sea.

At 8am we passed Tenedas Island, and about 9.30am entered the Dardanelles.

As we steamed up we could sea (sic) many sunken ships including many fine warships and transports. We could also see the trenches on the land.

At 1pm we had to stop at Chanak for the Doctor’s visit for whom we waited four hours. At five o’clock we hove up the anchor and streamed up the Dardanelles and entered the Sea of Marmara at 8pm.

Monday August 18th - Arrived at Constantinople

The weather today has been fine, a strong breeze was blowing and the sea moderate.

We arrived at Constantinople about 9.30am anchored in the Examination ground right opposite the Florence Nightingale Hospital. The Hospital is a long low building with many windows near the roof.

As there was no berth for us we had to stay there all day.

Tuesday August 19th - At Constantinople

When I came on deck this morning, I found that we were no longer outside the harbour, but inside moored to a buoy. I was told that the ship had proceeded into the harbour at 5.30am this morning.

After breakfast I went ashore with the Captain and met two of his friends with whom I had lunch. We returned to the ship about 3pm.

Wednesday August 20th

Today the weather has been fine and not at all hot in comparison with Smyrna.

This morning the 2nd Engineer slipped on the engine room ladder and made a nasty cut on his leg, so after breakfast we had to go to the hospital to have it seen to and I went with him.

When we landed on the shore we saw clouds of smoke rising and found that a motor wagon loaded with petrol was on fire; Mr Phayse, the 2nd Engineer got three fine photos of it.

I never went ashore after lunch.

Thursday August 21st

The weather today has been quite fine. In the morning I went ashore with the Captain and had lunch with two of the ex-passengers. After lunch we went to Robert College to see Miss Smith another of the passengers. Robert College is situated on the top of a hill and a very fine view can be obtained from there. We arrived back at the ship about 9pm.

Friday August 22nd

The weather today has been quite fine. I never went ashore all day but stayed on board. In the evening I played cards with the Chief Engineer.

Saturday August 23rd

Today the weather has been just the same - close and hot with little or no breeze. I stayed aboard all day and never went ashore. In the evening I played a game of Koon Khan with Mr. Threfall the Chief Engineer.

Sunday August 24th

Today the weather is quite fine but rather close.

Directly after breakfast the Captain and I went ashore, having had an invitation to a picnic in the Bosphorous; we went on board the steam tug that was gaily decorated with flags at 10am. There was quite a number of people on board including girls etc. The scenery is very fine. After a most enjoyable day we reached the harbour again about 8pm.

Monday August 25th

The weather this morning has been showery but it cleared up towards noon.

In the morning I went to the Hospital with Mr. Phayse who had his leg attended to and we returned to the ship about noon.

After Dinner I went to the "Pecuare", to see the junior wireless operator one of the party that went (on) the Picnic.

Tuesday August 25th (26th)

Today the weather was still fine. I never went ashore. In the morning I went aboard the SS Pecuare to see the Junior Marconi man. The evening was fine.

Wednesday August 26th (27th)

The weather has been quite good, with a slight breeze in the morning. In the afternoon I went with the Captain to Mrs. Mountons house. It is a very nice place and a very nice view can be obtained from it. We had tea there and returned to the Ship about 6pm.

Thursday August 27th (28th)

It has been quite fine today with a fairly strong breeze blowing. I never went ashore all day but in the afternoon I went aboard a Japanese steamer that is lying alongside of us. In the evening I played cards with the Chief Engineer.

Friday August 29th

This morning the Captain told me that we were booked for fourteen passengers so I had to shift back to my old digs with Mr. Cacran. I never went ashore all day. In the evening I played cards with the Chief Engineer.

Saturday August 30th

Today the weather has been quite fine. I never went ashore but in the afternoon I went over to the Pecuare. I went to bed about 10pm after a good game of cards with the Chief Engineer.

Sunday August 31st - Left Constantinople for Alexandria

Today the weather was fine. In the morning I went ashore to the Canteen.

At 4.30 we let go our moorings and after a considerable amount of trouble we got up our anchor, (which was entangled with that of a Jap. steamer which was lying along side of us) and steamed out of the harbour to the examination anchorage.

At 5.35pm after having received a visit from the allied control officers we hove up our anchor and proceeded to sea. At 6.40pm we passed San Stefano.

Monday September 1st

When I came up on deck this morning we were just leaving the Dardanelles. At 8.40 we passed out of the Dardanelles. At 9.30 we passed Gadaro islet and Tenedas. At 6pm we passed between Khios and Psara island.

Tuesday September 2nd

Today the weather was fine. When I came on deck there were several Greek islands in sight, at 9.30am we passed Kandeluisa Island about four miles off. At 3.30pm we passed Rhodes Island the last island on this run and set our course for Alexandria. About 9pm we had a fresh breeze with a moderate beam sea.

September 3rd Wednesday

Today there has been a fresh breeze and moderate sea. In the morning I went to the wheel for an hour. At 9pm we sighted Ras-el-tin light and at 10.45pm arrived off the port and stood off till day light.

Thursday September 4th - At Alexandria

When I came on (deck) this morning we were just entering the outer harbour where we had to anchor for quarantine purposes.

At 10am disinfecting operations having been performed we proceeded into the company’s berth in the inner harbour and made fast to the quay. We found that both the City of Oxford and Venetian were in harbour also.

At 5pm I went ashore with the Captain where I met Mr. Wakeham. I came back about 6.30pm.

Friday September 5th

Today was quite fine. When I woke up after a rather restless night I found myself bitten all over by mosquitoes. I never went ashore all day.

Saturday September 6th

In the morning I went aboard the Oxford and the Venetian. In the evening I went ashore with the Chief Engineer and I had a very good time.

I found out today that all the team-men were on strike also the scavengers consequently I don’t suppose that I shall be able to go about as much as I otherwise should have done.

Sunday September 7th

The weather today was fine but very hot. I stayed on board all morning. In the afternoon I went for a sail in a boat which Mr Endicott kindly lent. There were five of us in the boat, Mr Katayama the 3rd officer of the Venetian, Mr Haworth our 3rd Engineer, two Apprentices off the Venetian, and myself. We sailed out to the breakwater, dropped the anchor and had a swim then sailed back again.

In the evening I went ashore with the two Apprentices.

Monday September 8th

Today the weather has been quite fine. I never went ashore in the morning or afternoon.

In the evening I went to the pictures with the 2nd Engineer and I had a very good time.

I returned to the ship about eleven o’clock.

Tuesday September 9th

The weather is still fine but very hot. In the morning I went ashore with the Captain. In the afternoon I went out for another sail with the two apprentices, in the evening I went ashore with one of them.

Wednesday September 10th - Left Alexandria

The weather has been fine but it is still hot. I never went ashore in the morning. At 4pm we let go our moorings and steamed out of the harbour, outside there was a slight breeze and a moderate sea. About 9.15pm we lost sight of the Ras-el-tin light.

Thursday September 11th

Today the weather has been fine, a slight breeze and moderate sea. In the morning I had to go on the bridge and steer for an hour and a half. I managed very well by myself.

Nothing of importance occurred during the day. I went to bed about 9pm.

Friday September 12th

Today it has been fairly rough. All the passengers with one or two exceptions were sick. I was sick also. I never had any lunch or dinner.

12 noon: Lat. 33°16’N Long. 23°18’E.

Saturday September 13th

The weather today has been fine and the sea calm. I am quite all right again. Nothing of importance occurred during the day. We passed several ships.

12 noon: Lat. 34°31’N Long. 19°36’E.

Sunday September 14th

It has been very hot today and the sea very calm. About 4.30pm we sighted the islands of Malta, Comino and Goza. At 9.30pm Goza light was abeam. The evening was very fine. I turned in about 10pm. 12 noon: Lat. 35°46’N Long. 15’39E.

Monday September 15th

It has been just as hot today but the (sea) not quite as calm.

When I came on deck this morning the island of Pantelleria could plainly be seen.

In the morning I cleaned some of the brasswork and then went to the wheel from 10am to 12pm. In the afternoon I had to tie the screening round the bridge deck to the rail.

The evening was quite fine.

12 noon: Lat. 36°58’N Long. 11°54’E.

Tuesday September 16th

This day commences with light winds, smooth seas and fine weather.

In the morning I took the wheel from 10am to 12am (sic). As the quartermaster was working coal. In the dog watch I painted the letters and figures on the otters. The evening was fine.

12 noon: Lat. 37°54’N Long. 8°40’E

Wednesday September 17th

Today the weather is just the same. In the morning I finished painting the otters. At 12.30pm we passed the SS Bosoman steering East and exchanged signals. This afternoon I did not feel very well so I went to my cabin and laid down.

12 noon: Lat. 37°25’N Long. 4°27’E

Thursday September 18th

The weather today has been fine, but hot and the sea calm. This morning I cleaned the brasswork on the bridge. About 7pm we sighted Mesa de Roldan light.

12 noon: lat. 36°56’N Long. O°

Friday September 19th

This day commences with moderate winds and squally weather. When I cam on deck this morning the coast of Spain was well in sight and the Sierra mountains were plainly to be seen. In the morning I had a lesson in splicing. At 3.15pm we sighted Gibraltar Rock and at 6.45pm we passed through the Straits. The Rock looked rather a pretty sight all lit up. We signalled the ships name, where we were from and where bound, by morse. The evening was fine and very clear.

Saturday September 20th

This morning the weather has been squally with a rough head sea, vessel pitching. In the morning I cleaned the brasses on the bridge. At 5pm we passed Cape St. Vincent about four miles off.

Sunday September 21st

This day commences with moderate gale and heavy head sea. Ship pitching heavily. Shipping water forward.

At 7.40am we passed Cape Espichial distance 15 miles. At 10.15am we signalled at Citavos, at 11.20am we passed Cape Roca distance 3 miles. The kings palace Cintra could be plainly seen. At 5.15pm we passed the Burlings distance 6 miles.

Monday September 22nd

Today the weather has been rough and squally with a strong wind. In the morning we had to stop as there was something the matter with the steering engine. We were stopped for about one hour.

Nothing of any importance happened during the day.

About 8pm we sighted Cape Finisterre light and it was abeam about 10pm.

Tuesday September 23rd

Today the weather has been cold with a strong beam wind and rough sea. It was too wet to clean the brasses in the morning. The weather never changed all day. I went to bed about 9pm.

12 noon: Lat. 44°36’N Long. 8°46’W

Wednesday September 24th

Today the weather is just the same, strong wind rough head sea vessel pitching. In the morning I cleaned the brasswork on the bridge. Nothing else of importance occurred. I went to bed about 8.30pm.

12 noon: Lat. 47°13’N Long. 7°36’W

Thursday September 25th

Today has been fine with moderate wind and sea. When I came deck this morning Bishop Rock could be plainly seen. At 10am Scilly Islands were abeam, distance about six miles. I did not do anything of importance during the day. At 7.45pm we sighted the Smalls light and passed it at 10pm. I had a bath and turned in at 9pm.

Friday September 26th

Today commences with strong winds and rough sea. When I came on deck in the morning Bardsey Island was abeam about eight miles off. At 10.40am we were abeam of the South Stack Lighthouse. At 11.30am we were abeam of the Skerries Lighthouse. At 1.30pm we were standing off Point Lynus and at 2.20 the Pilot came aboard and we proceeded full speed. After leaving Point Lynus we passed quite close to Puffin Island and could see Penmaenmawr quite easily with the aid of a pair of glasses. At 4.10pm we were abeam of Great Ormes Head at about four miles distance. At 6pm we passed we the North West Light Ship and at 7pm passed the Bar Light Ship and proceeded up the river and at 9pm we anchored off the North Wall. We will not go into the dock tonight but will do so tomorrow midday.

And after having come to the end of a most pleasant voyage and holiday, I am greatly indebted to Captain Harnden, for having such a good time; but after all I do not think that that I shall take up ‘the sea’ as a profession.

Hoping to dock tomorrow I turned in at 10.30pm

(Despite this last statement Albert Edward Essery DID take up "the sea" as a profession and, like his father before him and his elder brother, went on to become a qualified Master Mariner. Throughout his career he suffered from seasickness!)

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