This week we return to the Mauretania and the adventures of
Miss Yellowley on her way to the South East Asia Command.
We rocked all night and all day of Monday the 22nd
most of the party were sick, I stayed in bed all day living on two day biscuits
and an apple.
Tuesday 23rd nearly everybody feeling better got out
of the bay and in the straits it’s a lovely day sun shining beautiful and feels
quite warm we are all up on deck enjoying the sun at 11 o’clock we shall be
having lifebelt drill. The time has been put on 1 hour and already we can feel
the difference in the weather we are passing the coast of Spain and can see the
hills in the distance. After lunch sunbathed until time to dress for dinner,
the food here is excellent. After dinner we went to an open air concert on the
deck it is a glorious moon light night and the deck is floodlit and everybody
sitting around on their life saver. Babs sang two songs for the troops and
quite a number of chaps sang and various other things it was very good and we
enjoyed it very much. While we were listening to the concert we had passed by
the rock of Gibraltar about 9o’clock it was all lit up but I was very sorry I hadn’t
seen it, we are now in the Mediterranean.
Wednesday 24th it is a lovely day the sun is
shining beautiful and it is getting quite hot. Everybody on deck is gradually
getting into shorts and sun bathing and the sea looks divine, we are on deck
sewing for the troops, the piles of sewing are gradually getting bigger and it
looks as though we’re in for a good time. We can see the Libyan coast and we
have come in quite close to Algeria, we had really good views of these places.
In the evening there was a concert and dance for the troops on the lower deck,
it was jolly good and ended another grand day.
Thursday, a lovely day we did the usual things sitting about
and sewing etc. passed the island of Pantelleria off the Sicilian Coast. In the
afternoon we passed Malta not very close to it and that will be the last land
we shall until we reach Port Said on Friday morning. In the evening we went to
the pictures and saw Sonja Heni in “Wintertime” enjoyed the skating scenes very
much but the story was poor, after the pictures there was a dance and concert
in the officers lounge and that was very good and I had a good time at midnight
the clocks were advanced one hour, now we are two hours ahead of British time.
Friday we all woke up feeling tired but got up on deck and
the skies were very grey. Soon after it started to rain and we went inside and
squatted down anywhere we could find a spot. After lunch the sun was shining
again and we were on deck until dinner, there was a grand concert in the
Officers Lounge for the troops and the girls were invited it was very good
indeed. At midnight the clocks were again advanced one hour, that is 3 hours
since we left England. Saturday about 9o’clock we were just at the entrance of
the Suez Canal, it was a glorious sight …
We will join Miss Yellowley again in a few weeks when she travels
through the canal and there is more sewing to be done.
Posted by Jennifer Hunt, Deputy Archivist at 09:00
Monday, 13 February 2017.
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