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Peacetime and at War

These outlines of the daily routines on board a naval vessel in the early years of the 20th century have been taken from Log Books of some of the ships which W S Prince was serving on at the time.

Peacetime

HMS Hibernia moored at Devonport on Tuesday 3rd March 1908.

A.M.

  • 4.00 Lit fires in 1st P.B. [Picket Boat].
  • 6.00 Employed cleaning ship.
  • 9.00 Employed stowing provisions, drawing hospital stores, scraping net shelves and as required.

P.M.

  • 2.00 Employed drawing stores, scraping net shelves and as required.
  • 4.00 Gave special leave to part of watch till 7 a.m. Quarters.
  • 6.00. Drew fires in 1st P.B.

 

HMS Hibernia at sea between Portland and Christiana on Wednesday 17th June 1908

A.M.

  • 1.00 Exd.[?] sea boats crew and watch. Closed W.T. [watertight] doors.
  • 3.00 Fires in 10 boilers, banked in 3.
  • 5.00 Thick fog.
  • 5.53 Reduced to 50 revs.
  • 7.20 Heard Haaks Fog signal ahead.
  • 9.00 Hands at net stations and employed refitting gear and as required.
  • TC's [Trainee Cadets] at instruction.
  • 11.30 Increased to 64 revs.

P.M.

  • 2.00 Watch employed as required.
  • TC's at instruction.
  • 4.00 Raised steam for 14 knots.
  • 4.15 Quarters Exd.[?] Fire Stations.
  • 5.00 Commenced steam tactics.
  • Hands scrub and wash clothes.
  • Fires in 15 boilers.
  • 6.25 Assumed cruising formation.
  • 6.35 Proceeded course NE1/4N 65 revs.
  • 9.00 Banked fires in 5 boilers.
  • 9.25 Commenced steam tactics.
  • 10.55 Finished tactics.
  • 11.5 Put clocks on 15 minutes.
  • Exd[?] sea boats crew and closed WT doors.

 

Wartime

 

HMS Lion moored at Rosyth on Friday 22nd June 1917.

A.M.

  • Boilers A1 2 3 4 alight.
  • 4.15 Lit fires in 1st and 2nd PB and barge.
  • 6.00 Hands employed cleaning ship. Hoisted out 1st cutter.
  • 8.45 13 Dockyard workmen on board.
  • 9.10 Exercise Action. Stokers party landed.
  • 10.35 Leave action stations. Paint ship, stand fast turret crews. Carried out Heeling Test.
  • 11.30 Stokers party returned on board.

P.M.

  • 1.00 Ship swung stern to south.
  • 1.15 PO's Liberty men and Boys landed.
  • 1.25 Hands employed painting ship.
  • 3.45 Cleared away duty guns and searchlights.
  • 6.30 PO's and Boys returned.
  • 7.00 Barge moored up. Drew fires.
  • 9.00 Hoisted in 2nd PB (Drew fires), Launch, 1st Cutter, 1st Whaler.
  • 9.30 Darkened ship. Closed B&C doors.
  • 11.00 1st PB moored up and drew fires.

NOTE: Entries for other days show that 7.30 a.m. was breakfast; at 11.30 a.m. hands were piped for dinner, and the 'usual leave' was given to the watch until 7.30 p.m.; at 4.00 p.m. hands had tea. On Sundays at 9.30 a.m. there were Divisions and Prayers.

HMS Lion at sea between Scapa Flow and Rosyth on Sunday 20th May 1917.

A.M.

  • Fires lit in 42 boilers - all boilers in ship.
  • 1.50 19.5 knots. Commenced zig-zag.
  • 2.30 Sighted smoke 2 pts. on St. Bow.
  • 5.40 Reduced to 18.5 knots.
  • 5.30 Repulse took station N70W 1.5 miles Princess Royal S70E 1.5 miles Tiger S70E 3 miles Renown S70E 4.5 miles.
  • 7.10 Sighted 4 funneled cruiser 5 points on Port Bow.
  • 7.30 A/C (altered course) S20W and zig zag.
  • 8.30 Hands employed cleaning ship.
  • 8.35 Control stations.
  • 8.55 Action stations.
  • 10.00 Carried out Exercise I.
  • 11.55 Secured from action stations.

P.M.

  • 0.10 Reduced to 145 revs.
  • 0.30 A/C West
  • 2.00 Carried out Exercise II.
  • 3.00 Co.[course] and speed as required for z.z.[zig zag].
  • 5.42 Neg z.z. Co. SSE 17 knots.
  • 5.46 156 revs.
  • 6.00 Co. S10E.
  • 6.50 195 revs. Commenced z.z.
  • 7.05 206 revs.
  • 8.40 Darkened ship.
  • 9.00 Night Defence.
  • 9.30 Reduced to 12 knots. Neg.z.z.
  • 9.45 20.5 knots.
  • 10.15 19 knots. Resumed course S10E.
  • 11.30 A/C S23W (Steering 183 Gyro).

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