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Month: October 2012

October 31st, 1935

October 31st, 1935

Arrived Marseilles at 6am. Had early breakfast and went ashore at 8:30. Took taxi for a run through the principal streets and to Notre Dame which stands on a hill. One goes up 300 feet in a lift on the cliff side, crosses a bridge […]

October 30th, 1935

October 30th, 1935

Weather fine but breezy. We passed Cape Palos at about 6:30a.m., Cape Nao about 10:45am. On the starboard side the Balearic Islands were visible. They constitute a Province of Spain. The principal islands are Majorca, Minorca, Ibaza, and Formentera. These islands were annexed by the […]

October 29th, 1935

October 29th, 1935

Finer weather. The ship was off the mouth of the River Tagus at 2:30am. Cape St. Vincent was rounded at 8am. We passed Cape Trafalgar at 4pm and Tarifa at 5pm; and at 5:45pm the Rock of Gibraltar was passed very close in. Had a good view of the warships in the Harbour and the best possible view of the Rock. A lot of children are on board and six o’clock appears to be the time when they are released from the nursery to take exercise on the deck with their mothers or nurses – their voices are real music to me. Mac is having plenty of swimming and appears to be the best aboard so far. We take on a lot of passengers at Marseilles on Thursday.

October 28th, 1935

October 28th, 1935

Arose early. A warm sea water bath and a good breakfast felt much better for the day in bed. The crew appear to be mainly lascars and they appear to be very proud of their caps with red bands. Some have very fine embroidered crowns. They […]

October 27th, 1935

October 27th, 1935

Some roll on the ship so, having promised myself a day in bed, I thought this the best opportunity and stayed there and enjoyed the rest. I understand I did not miss much – a very boisterous day.

October 26th, 1935

October 26th, 1935

Left for Tilbury where we boarded the “Strathmore”. My wife and a few friends were allowed on board for a very short time. We had on board a few young priests who were evidently going abroad as missionaries and the friends who were seeing them off were having a good time, trying to make themselves and everyone within earshot miserable by singing some very melancholy hymns.  Melancholy to me going away for a few months but to men who were returning to their duties abroad it must have sounded very depressing indeed. We moved off at 5:15pm and after losing sight of my friends on shore I went below to unpack. About 7pm went to dinner and during dinner I commented upon the smooth running of the boat – no vibration – and was told that we were not moving. We had only moved into mid-stream and were stationary. It was about 8-15pm when we set off. Now going full speed – nearly 11.pm and I am going to bed.

 

Photo courtesy of Steve Hunnisett.