8 December 1916
We arrived back in Milford this morning at 9.30 AM after our trip to Liverpool. There was a dense fog over all the time and we could scarcely see anything, in fact I never saw New Brighton Tower. We stayed a whole day but did not get ashore although we were tied up to the main jetty. Part of the crew got ashore at 5 until 9 Thursday evening but I let Joe go ashore as he had never been in Liverpool before & I stayed aboard & did the watch.
We saw a big Canadian transport bring in 2000 Canadians & a good number of ships set their sirens & hooters blowing to welcome them. The Guardian & news have arrived but the two parcels are still adrift. If I get ashore I will make enquiries about them.
Poor Merryweather it is indeed bad news & I am very sorry for he was such a straight chap & would stand no fooling. I will certainly thanks the Womens Union myself as soon as the parcel comes to hand. I am not in need of anything & the cake is the best thing you can send it is much better than buying cake here it has no body in it & never tastes like your cake.
Glad Ellen is making herself useful but tell Fanny she must buck up.
You did jolly well at your jumble sale and I hope your cake does well. Dad seems to like Sunday work. I wish he would come & work my Sundays for me & then he would appreciate them a little.
We touched North Arlow, Wicklow & Waterford Counties but could only see the coastline. I will write Joe Lomas about the coat at once it’s a fine way of repaying anyone for doing him a little service.
I am now eating all before me and feeling quite well & very hearty.
I should get some photos from Whitehead I like them best. Don’t worry about the Navy now Beatty has the strings. He’s the chap we want & given a free hand he will do the trick.
I must not say anything definite about my leave until I get it certain then I will wire you but it will be very near Xmas. Hoping all are well
Love to all
DIARY: Arrived back Milford 7.30 AM & into Dock for repairs.
Stayed in dock the next day too.