Journal of Lieutenant Banks Arendell

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The ocean was pretty “choppy” [inserted]anyway[inserted] as our chief steward termed it. Unlike Jack Keefe in the Saturday Evening Post, I couldn’t blame my unwholesome feeling to something I had eaten for I hadn’t eaten anything [right?] recently. A good night of sleep and a forced breakfast put me right again. Only a British Cruiser and a US destroyer stand to accompany us all the way over Dancing & reg. band music help to pass of the days

Thursday passed very much according to schedule, assignment too life boats, etc. Colonel Halstead was assigned to my boat.

Our life belts are by strictt order an indespensible part of our clothing. No telling when our ship may get bombed.

August 2 - Excitement ran high tthis morning when the whistles of our fifteen boats began to toot all sorts of signals. Without a bit of confusion or scare men and officers alike went to their life boats in [illegible] order and awaited anything that could be expected

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under such circumstances. We were at once disappointed and relieved to learn that the ships were only practicing fog signals. But we shall be alert at any [deletion] time to the succession of [inserted]short[inserted] sharp blows.

We all put [deleted]on our[deleted] the [Wildcats?] on our toques today. We are [haughtily?] proud of them.

August 3 - Well there was at least one break in today’s monotony which [deleted]at one time[deleted] at one moment promised to cause more than one brave body to shiver. About five in the afternoon a ship was sighted off our port [deleted]bow[deleted] stern far away on the horizon. As we [deleted]looked[deleted] watched her casually, we heard three or four successive cannon booms, and each time we could see a puff of smoke rise

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from [inserted]her stern.[inserted] [deleted]the aft end of the distant boat. Remarkably[deleted] I distinctly saw one flash. A minute or two of general excitement followed. I couldn’t, for the time being, figure out whether the boat was firing us or at a [inserted]sighted[inserted] U-boat. We chanced to find out later [deleted]that[deleted] from one of our experienced English friends that it was one of the ships of our own convoy practicing her guns and gun crews. P.S. I am gradually getting the knack of [inserted]using[inserted] nautical [inserted][times?][inserted] [phraseology?].

[inserted]This morning[inserted] we passed an empty American troop ship [deleted][strolling?][seleted] [inserted]wending[inserted] her lonesome way homeward. I had vain wishes she seemed happily lonesomeway homeward. She seemed happily lonesome. [inserted]I had [wain?] wishes.[inserted]

[inserted]This Saturday night[inseted] I laid aside all my previous negative resolutions and all my apprehensions of German submarines, and got into the [inserted]bath[inserted] tub. Naval officers and life boats.

August 4 - From gulf stream to icebergs; our ship has struck both extremes during the past twenty-four hours. Yesterday [deletion]

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It was a comfort to shed our [deletion] blouses. Today all on board who have [deleted]them are[deleted] [inserted]accessible[inserted] overcoats are calmly strolling up and down the promenade, while the less foresighted of us stand shivering in all available crevices and corners trying to keep warm. One of the ships crew told a bunch of us that we were not so far from the spot where the great Titanic meet its icy doom. The ship on our starboard signaled ice off its starboard bow early this morning. I know we must be pretty far north. Not only because it so unusually cold, but [inserted]also[inserted] because day broke this morning at 3 o'clock. In addition to the extreme cold the heavy fog this [?] perhaps served to chill our bones. The fog [inserted]was accordian-like in its [deleted]motion[deleted] movement, now heavy, now light. One second we could see our neighboring ships, the next second we were scarcely visible to each other.[inserted]

This daily setting of watches is becoming a nuisance! When we left N.Y. we set our watches back an hour to get out of the daylight saving time. The first day [deleted]it[deleted] the time was 40 min. faster than N.Y. time, the next day 20 mins. The

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next day 5 min. The next the same. Today we are 40 min. ahead of N.Y. time plus the extra hour of daylight saving. No one knows what time it will be this time tomorrow. My only regret is that [inserted]they wait till midnight to turn the clocks up. Consequently[inserted] I lose [deleted]in some way or other[deleted] about an hour's sleep every night.

We sighted land yesterday. We [are?] told that it was the Grand Banks of the coast of Newfoundland. I didn't think for a second that we were near any land except the bottom of the ocean.

August 5 - This afternoon we had one of the best little concerts I have ever seen anywhere. The [inserted]following[inserted] program which I have saved speaks for itself:

I have been appointed mail censor for my company. I imagine that I shall be much the wiser after censoring [deleted]some[deleted] [inserted]a few[inserted] of the letters of these lonesme boys to their patiently waiting sweethearts.

August 6 - As we begin our seventh day on the ocean, we [deleted]simultan[deleted] also commence the second half of our momentous

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