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outside the harbour. Her cap- ship, “Am remaining at sea tain reported clear weather all for the night owing to weather." the way up, but as the fog Heavy billows of freezing fog was coming on again, he ad- and snow, exaggerated by the vised me to turn back. I feeble glow of our navigation didn't relish the idea of going lights, drifted slowly past us, on in the fog and darkness, as we peered out ahead listenbut my relief had arrived, and ing intently for the breakwater I was well on my way, so I sound signal. carried on. Looking back on I was about to stop and it afterwards, I saw what a take
take a sounding, when we fool I had been. If I hadn't struck heavily and heeled right been advised to go back, I over to port. Simultaneously should have been sensible and I saw breakers on my starreturned to Blyth.
board bow, so I put the helm At 4.15 it began to snow hard a-starboard and went heavily, and the fog was thicker ahead and astern, trying to than ever. About then, after clear. There was no result a few preliminary back-pops, except the most appalling the ignition failed, and I had crashes down below, the boat to join up four cells of my feeling as though she would main battery. This took some turn right over. I flooded fortime, and when it was finished ward and blew out water aft, and the engine was going well, and then reversed the process; I continued my south- then I tried every combination easterly course so as to keep of tanks, all to no purpose. I clear of land and shipping. then flooded down to keep her When I had run my distance steady, and went below to on this course, by time, I altered have a look round. The batto west so as to make the tery was not bad, though very entrance to the Tyne.
much run down, and a good I was much to blame for deal of acid was spilt, due to three things. I should not the rolling. By putting preshave left Blyth at all. After sure on all the ballast tanks a south-easterly wind there is in turn, I found that three of always a current of unknown them had been holed. This strength making up the coast, was not as serious as it might but I had not allowed for it. appear, as the inner hull was Finally, I had considerably quite water-tight. Aft, by the overestimated my speed, which engine-room, there was a strong we had no means of gauging smell of petrol, of which we in that class of boat. A big could not discover the cause ship shaved past our bows and After another signal to the disappeared in a moment. I Bonaventure, I gave orders to rang down “slow," and sent draw the main fuses and for for the wireless operator to every one to come up on the make a signal to the parent- bridge, as the fumes were very
bad, and I was afraid of an attempt to get the boat off. explosion.
I blew all the tanks, and then When it became obvious that went full astern, with no sucthere was no chance of getting cess. off the rocks, I started firing After striking, there had been Very lights at intervals, and so much going on that I had managed, during a break in not had time to realise the the fog, to ask the military by personal consequences of the flash-lamp where I was. How- mishap. Now that I had made ever, the fog came down again, a final attempt to get clear, and I could not read their with no result save the noise reply. By this time there was of tearing plates and horrible a heavy swell, and we sixteen lurches and vibrations, I realwere all up on the bridge, ised to the full what a ghastly jammed in tight round the mess I had made of things. I bridge rails. The boat was had only had command for rolling very quickly, about 30 three months, and here I was degrees each each way.
It was stuck on a rock for all the snowing hard, and to make world to see, and I had no it worse, there were 12 degrees excuse worth a cent. The boat of frost, and the spray froze would probably be a total loss, as it fell. We could hear and I should be court-martialled sounds from the beach, so we and turned out of submarines. knew, if we had to leave the While I was thinking about bridge, that we should prob- this, I spotted a light, or rather, ably get ashore alive.
a lightening in the fog, low Up to this time I thought down to seaward. The luminthat we were near the Tyneous patch disappeared, and breakwater, but now I began then turned up again a little to suspect that we were several nearer, and I thought it looked miles farther north. About like a fisherman's “flare." I 9 o'clock a rocket was fired sounded a couple of hoots, and from the shore. The coast- then hailed. A voice replied guard had seen our Very light, out of the fog, What craft and had fired a shot at it. The are ye?" I replied, “Subline fell alongside our bridge, marine ashore.” There was a and a man tried to hook it pause, then an anxious voice with his foot, but the boat sang out, “One of oors ? " We rolled, and he got a ducking. replied in chorus, “British, We fired another light, and you -!” then the voice the coastguard replied with a again, “Ay, it's one of oors second rocket, an excellent shot, arl reet." The boat came which fell right across our nearer, and it turned out to bridge. Knowing that we were be the Cullercoats pulling lifesafe now, as far as life was boat. We asked for our posiconcerned, I made the line fast, tion, and were told that we and had one more desperate were on the Briardean shoal.
This position, we discovered much have enjoyed watching later, was several miles out. it as a disinterested spectator.
I shall never forget the ap- Private Carlin jumped first; pearance of that lifeboat's crew. he fell in a heap in the bottom Fine tough old fellows they of the lifeboat. Submarine life were-all the young men were wasn't much in his line, and at the war-in oilskins and he was very pleased when the sou’westers, looking up at us opportunity occurred of learthrough the
we ing it. Then we passed a line crowded over the bridge rails. to the bow-men, and slid down I tried, but failed, to get a the confidential books ; the signal through to Commander steel chest went under water,
captain of the Bon- but the contents did not suffer aventure, and then wrote a much. After this we disemmessage - Am abandoning barked all the crew one by ‘C8'in a lifeboat,”-put it in one; they stood outside the a bottle, and sent it ashore on bridge rail, and jumped as I the rocket line.
gave the order.
This took a I brought up all the con- long time, and when the first fidential books and papers, then lieutenant's turn came the sea flooded some more tanks to was rather steep. He held on keep the boat steady for the a moment after I gave the night, and lashed the conning word, and jumped clear of the tower lid. The lifeboat hailed lifeboat. He went right under, us to say that if we didn't and came up the other side. come now they would not be He, luckily, had on a "Gieve's" able to take us off, as the sea waistcoat. Then I jumped, was getting up. We sent off and slipped on the turtle-back some more lights and hooted of the lifeboat's bows. I held on the siren, in case a tug had on by one hand to the stembeen sent out to look for us, post, and was hauled in, feet and then I regretfully gave the first, by the crew. I had some order to abandon ship, and qualms about deserting my called out to the lifeboat to ship; but I could have done close us. There was too much no good by myself, and should sea for her to come alongside, probably have been frozen by So she kept poking her bows the morning, whereas now I in, backing and pulling. The might be of some assistance oars
the starboard side at the salvage, if there should were painted white, and on the be anything left to salve, which port red, and the cox'n kept did not appear probable, as singing out, “Pull yer reds— the sea was breaking right over back yer whites," then, as a her. wave took them almost into We settled down and doubleour bridge, Back all ! Back banked the oars to keep warm, all !” It was a good bit of and set off down the coast to seamanship, and I should very make the Tyne breakwater.
The cox'n didn't “'old with boat, the occasion
was too compasses,” which was just as tragic. They stood about offerwell, as the lubber's point was ing me hot toddies and saying steady at north-east, regardless nothing, and we all felt very of the direction of the boat's sheepish. At last there was a head, so he steered by keeping telephone call from the Satellite. the wind on his left cheek, or It was the captain of the Bonathe small part of it which was venture speaking, and he wanted not covered with grey hair. to know if we were all safe After pulling hard for an hour, and sound. Poor man, he had we thought we could just hear spent a dreadful nine hours the faint note of a fog-horn on from 6 P.M. till 3 A.M. When our starboard bow, so we altered our wireless message was sent in towards the shore and heard the ship's operator only reit again; then, after a few ceived half of it, and reported minutes, we found ourselves that the strength of signals was right under the north break- very weak. Then he had called water, with the glare of the me up and received no reply, light just visible above our so he concluded that the boat heads. We rounded the end was lost with all hands. I was of the arm, and landed at the able to set his mind at rest steps.
about that anyhow, and felt We marched along the slip- glad that I had pleased somepery pier, and reported at the body on that miserable night, Satellite, guardship of the Tyne, On receiving my signal, Comwhere I rang up the senior mander Shad gone ashore, naval officer. My report was and driven bis car up the coast not greeted with any great road, which was a fairly hopeeffusion, and I was told that less job under the existing I ought to have remained on weather conditions. He heard the bridge myself, in which a rumour that I was on the case I might have died in the Briardean rocks, SO drove night and rid the navy of a down to the Tyne again, left damned fool, all of which, how- his car with a soldier sentry, ever true it might be, did not and dashed off full speed in tend to make me feel at all the Daring, Admiralty paddlepleased with myself.
tug, the best boat we had in Eventually we went back the Tyne. As he came out he to the Bonaventure, where my nearly bumped the motor-lifemessmates were waiting up to boat, which was drifting beamcommiserate with me.
on to the swell. He hailed mess of this kind there is them, and told them to go on generally a running fire of and look for “ 08.” The cox'n, “back-chat” between the vic- who had small knowledge of tim of a mishap and his more the workings of internal comfortunate messmates ; but in bustion engines, bawled back, this case, having wrecked my “I'm tryin' to, but I can no
go aheid; me carburretty's to borrow a rocket-line. I fruz," and he eventually drifted congratulated the old pensioner ashore at Tynemouth. The who had fired the rockets, for Daring lived up to her name, he was still feeling rather hurt and went full-speed up the that I had disdained to make coast, blowing her siren-I had use of his life-saving arrangeheard a siren to seaward about ments. 8.30,—and eventually hit the I swam off to the boat to rocks near St Mary's Light, have a look round, and found two miles north of my position, that she was just as we had and sank like a stone. Com- left her the night before, exmander S and the rest of cept that there was a slight the crew pulled down to the trace of chlorine gas due to Tyne in two small boats, and salt water in the battery tank, had a fairly rough passage. also some of the loose gear in
Commander S and I left the boat had broken adrift the ship at 8 A.M. to look for and smashed up several electhe boat. We landed at How- trical fittings. When I got den and went to his car, and back we decided that we would found all the cylinders cracked. try and haul the boat up on The sentry, whom he had left the beach, take out all the in charge, had turned the wrong heavy gear, patch ber bottom, tap; instead of draining the and refloat her at high water. radiator he had turned on the About 3 o'clock the tide was petrol, and the frost had done low enough to enable us to get the rest. We then found a on board in waders. We opened soldier batman driving a car, up all the hatches to clear the and we commandeered it, as fumes, blew out all the water we found that the owner was and fuel tanks, and made fast on leave. Taking two of my a big hemp hawser to the crew, we drove over the frozen boat's bow. There was a covetsnow up the coast road, looking ous crowd of motor owners for the wreck. When we got watching 2000 gallons of the to Whitley Bay, there was best petrol being blown into 08'
about 150 yards out the sea, but there was no help from high-water mark, with a for it. At about 9.30 that night few warlike small boys throw- it was high water, 80 ing stones at her, thinking she o'clock, with the permission of was a U-boat !
the colonel commanding and We tried to persuade the the great goodwill of his officers, Cullercoats cobbles row we had about 100 soldiers us out, but they said the swell on the sand manning the hawwas too big, and they wouldn't ser. Luckily we had a very risk it. Commander Sthen high tide, and after twenty went along to the military C.0. minutes we felt the boat yield to borrow some ropes, and I about a foot; the soldiers, went to the coastguard station who, like sailors, enjoy doing