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.
HMS Hibernia moored at Devonport on Tuesday 3rd March
- 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.
- 2.00 Employed drawing stores, scraping net shelves and as
- 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
- 1.00 Exd.[?] sea boats crew and watch. Closed W.T.
- 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
- TC's [Trainee Cadets] at instruction.
- 11.30 Increased to 64 revs.
- 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.
HMS Lion moored at Rosyth on Friday 22nd June
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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