|ML Historical Scrapbook||Convoy Chart HX348|
By kind permission of Mrs Kathleen Caldwell née Hart ©
Sat Sept 9th 1939
Capt goes ashore for orders from Navy. Left canal and anchored in river
5.30 sailed convoy of 8 ships 1bomber 1seaplane 2 destroyers “Beaverbrae” “Princessa” “Manares” (Commodore) “Jonathan Holt” “Corner Brook” Blue Funnel “Jamaica Planter”
Friday November 3rd 1939
Left Manchester 2 pm nearly full cargo . 4in gun gunner Tied up at Latchford went ashore
Left at 6 arrived Ellesmere at noon Went ashore at night.
left at 3pm and anchored in river
left Liverpool 4pm convoy of 7? Ships 2 destroyers 1corvette Speed 10 knots Newfoundland
Should meet convoy out of Bristol Channel (but did not)? At 9 knots
Strong S gale with very heavy weather Of Lands End
weather sunshin Subs in vicinity zigzagged a course destroyers searched
convoy broke up full speed 14 ½ knots
Heavy head swell pitching bad 13 ½ knots
Gale Blowing 245 miles Nov 12th
Gale Heavy seas running 172miles
weather finer swell going down 329miles
Fine but cold had gun practice fired 2 shells
17th Nov 300miles Fine but cold snowing
Cold Arrived Quebec 6.30pm bLeft Montreal 6am Sunday for Halifax Cold but clear Went through Gut of Cansso Tuesday 7am arrived Halifax Wednesday 1am Went to Inner Harbour Thursday 2pm Large Fleet in Halifax 2British 2French battleships 4subs
Saturday 2nd Dec.
Left Halifaxat 10am In convoy of 14 ships 2subs & 2destroyers 11knot convoy HMS” Ascania” foggy Saturday night regret collision in fog “Chancellor” and “Atholl Chief” former sank loss of 24lives it was 8pm and foggy
wind getting up still foggy 221miles
still foggy getting ready for bad weather We have 2 French ships in the convoy one a liner the “De Grasse”
still foggy lost all other ships Sea going down
Sea Calm lost convoy saw sub blew Whistle for gun stations False alarm as it was our sub gave us all a scare Convoy still lost and sub has gone now don’t like being on our own.
Sea Calm Found convoy at 8am but sub still missing Everybody glad to see convoy
Nice weather sub came up at 5pm
quiet day still all together.
10th Dec Fine day zigzagging but making 10 knots
dull and rain lost “Torr Head” no escort yet
Picked escort last night at 7pm and today a bomber. The Channel convoy left at 1oclock with the sub.