James goes home on his Draft Leave, the leave before his first posting to HMT Nodzu, in Milford Haven. DIARY: Draft leave
DIARY: Arrived back 2.20 pm (on 29th) Dale Roads then to anchor in stream. Stays at Anchor until 3 December.
28 November 1916 HMT Nodzu Milford Wednesday Dear Mother & Father We have just returned to Milford after a 3 day trip to sea. It has been a very eventful one as you will learn later on. We left Milford last Sunday morning just as the Church bells were ringing. It seemed very strange going… Continue reading 28 November 1916 – Action against a German submarine.
DIARY: Kept 6.30-7.30 watch. Went aft for breakfast. On watch 9am when periscope of German submarine was sighted 50 yds away. Opened fire and fired 3 rounds but apparently did not sink her. Put out sweeps and exploded a mine. Cruised about all day off Lands end in search of submarine. Put into Mounts Bay. … Continue reading 27 November 1916 – Spots German U-boat
DIARY: Left Milford 10.30am to go for escort to Wolf Lightship, Lands End. Wolf Rock Lighthouse, off Lands End, took 8 years to build being finished in 1869
DIARY: Arrived back Milford to anchor at 9.30 pm towed mystery ship from Dale Roads to Milford
DIARY: Picked up convoy. Oil tank, escorted her to Conningbey Lightship. Relieved of convoy by Queenstown patrol James is referring to the Coninbeg Lightship that marked the rocks off Wexford's Saltee Islands. The Lightship had first been put there in 1824. The light was automated in 1980 and replaced by a superbuoy in 2007.