Lloyd Hann: Diary of Trip to Seal Hunt, 1935

1935 DIARY (SEAL HUNT) By Lloyd G. Hann

March 6, 1935
Imogene left St. John’s 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, being the last to leave.  Caribou was first, sailing 10 minutes before 8:00, followed by NeptuneThetisBeothicUngava, etc.  The water was very smooth, all other ships out of sight, but brought them in sight before dinner 12:00.  Passed the wooden ships 1:30.  Steamed through several patches of ice.  Passed Beothic 3:35 and Ungava 4:00.  Ice fairly heavy and snowy and clinging to ship’s side.  Went astern once, before passing Beothic.  Caribou in sight 10 miles NE Cape Bonavista.  Steamed out of sight of other ships.  Sometimes ice very heavy and ship has to butt, and other times follows lakes of water and makes good progress.  Was up in Marconi room tonight and got international code from Dick Ryan, and then went in captain’s room and had a chat with him, turned in 10:30.  Ship steaming through heavy ice all night.

Thursday, March 7
Ice heavy, visibility very good early morn, becoming thick about 8:00 a.m.  Caribou passed, and then cleared away towards noon.  Caribou in sight, gaining on her.  Got stuck several times this morning and was freed by blasts.  Caught and passed Caribou about 12:30, then struck heavy sheet and Caribou caught up again.  Both ships butting side by side; sometimes Imogene is ahead and sometimes Caribou.  Both ships fairly well matched.  The smoke of other ships can be seen on the horizon.  Imogene seems to make better progress than Caribou.  Both ships working together.  Caribou stuck more often than Imogene; one ship butts the other free.  Imogene leading.  Both ships burned down broadsides 9:00 p.m.

Friday, March 8
Started steaming early morning.  Caribou broadside; both ships butting, making slow progress.  Cape Bonavista and other land in sight, also all other ships in sight.  UngavaBeothic and Terra Nova about three miles away.  Eagle and Neptune about four miles.  Thetis in sight.  Weather fair and cold.  Caribou and Imogene come very close together sometimes, crews talk to each other.  Position now about 20 miles E Cape Bonavista.  Both ships steaming all night, fair progress.

Saturday, March 9
Weather clear and fine.  Sighted what was supposed to be Cabot Island from barrel, but unable to see it from deck.  Could see Cape Bonavista this morning.  Caribou butting broadside all day, close together.  Ice heavy, large sheets and raftered.  No other ships in sight.  Position now approximately 10 miles WNW Cabot Island 11:00 p.m.  Heard first whitecoats crying 10:30 and stopped and took some aboard. Caribou also took some.  Burned down 11:00 p.m.  Caribou also burned down alongside of us. Some of our crew went on board Caribou and some of Caribou’s men came aboard of Imogene for fresh water, the water on board of Caribou being salty.  Leonard Winsor was one of the fellows who came aboard.

Sunday, March 10
Weather clear and fine.  Got up steam 7:00.  Ice the same as yesterday, both ships butting together, making fair progress.  Sighted Funks Island this evening and ran into a patch of whitecoats, small, believed to be southern patch.  Captain Winsor and Jabez Winsor of the Caribou came on board about 4:00 this evening and stayed until both ships burnt down 6:00.  Captain Winsor’s opinion on the two ships was that they were well matched, 50-50, Caribou being a bit better in snowy raftered ice and Imogene being better in sheet ice.  Several of Caribou crew came aboard tonight, and several of Imogene crew went on board of Caribou.  Men held church service in mess room tonight.  I went on board of Caribou, had lunch aboard of her and had a chat with Uncle Edgar and others, then came aboard of Imogene.  Went to captain’s room for a while, and then in the saloon, where navigator Burton, engineer M.C. Gideon and wireless operator Ryan were talking about the navy, etc.  Then went and turned in 12:00.

Monday, March 11
Weather fine.  Got up steam 6:30 and steamed through the patch, which was reckoned about 20,000.  The whitecoats were very small and of a yellowish colour, and old seals were numerous. Caribou butting alongside most of day, then took a different cut for a while, and came alongside of us again.  We then steamed through another patch, supposed to be the northern patch.  Seals were very small, patch estimated about 100,000.  Ice very heavy, and a swell began to get in it towards evening.  Steamed through the patch and turned 6:00 and went back through them again, and burned down.  Caribou alongside.

Tuesday, March 12
Steaming around all day, Caribou following us.  Took different cut several times, and stopped in hopes that Caribou would go on, but whatever cut Imogene would take, so would Caribou.  Big swell, and ice gone to pieces, and seals very scattered.  Beothic about eight miles away noon today, but steamed out of her sight again.  Smoke of other ships also seen.  At present things are not very encouraging, seals very scattered and very small, some just pupping.  Rang engines dead slow 8:00 p.m., Caribou and Beothic alongside, and burned down 8:15.  Wind SSE, blowing hard and stormy.  Stood Martin Blackwood’s watch as bridgemaster from 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., turned in 2:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 13
Got up 4:00 a.m. and dressed for to go on ice, snowing and mild, and we had to wear oilskins.  Beothic and Caribou alongside.  Captain Kean put his men out before dawn.  Ice was very bad, and hard to get our bearings.  Raftered up in some places level with the rail of ship.  Began steaming around as soon as dawn broke, and dropped men here and there, Caribou following in our wake all the time.  We put some men out on a small wad (?) of seals, and Caribou steamed across their head and cut them off from seals.  Fog then set in, and other ships were lost to view.  Seals very scattered and small.  Put most of men out for quinters and took them aboard and went back and picked up last of men.  We then left and steered towards Funks, which we could not see.  When we did sight it, seals were seen more plentiful.  Caribou and Beothic also headed in same direction.  Captain sang out to chief engineer for every pound of steam he could get, and we headed off the Caribou and dropped men according as we went.  Ice was loose and hard to get over, but seals were fairly plentiful but unable to get at, owing to loose ice.  The last of men left ship about 2:30.  We panned until 6:00, and began to get together because a storm was working up.  Caribou’s men were panning seals right alongside of us.  As soon as it started to snow, most all men got together on large pan and put up torchlights, and ship picked us up 7:30 p.m.  Seals reckoned 6,000.  Picking up pans all night by aid of searchlight.

Thursday, March 14
Got up 4:45 a.m.  Weather bad, snowing, and barometer down low.  Went on ice 6:00 and began panning.  Seals scattered.  Caribou on best patch of seals.  Began snowing about 7:00 and continued to get worse, and men began to get together, when finally the storm turned into a raging blizzard.  Everything was lost to view.  All men were wearing oilclothes and escaped from getting wet.  The walking was very bad.  Storm cleared a little about 10:30, and most all men got aboard 12:00 noon.  The storm was then over.  We had dinner and went on ice again, and got on board again 5:45.  Seals reckoned today 9,000.  Ship steaming all night, picking up pans.

Friday, March 15
Snowing and cold.  CaribouBeothicUngavaThetis and Eagle alongside.  Had breakfast 4:45 a.m. and started to put men out.  Captain Winsor of Caribou tried every possible means to cut us off and even split pans of seals.  Our men were out by 6:00.  Martin Blackwood, myself and Roland Roberts and Henry Wareham were last (?) lost (?), along with six other men.  Ship then turned away from us and we were left to ourselves.  We stuck eight flags and panned 120 among four of us.  Couldn’t get to any more seals owing to lake of water cutting us off, so we built up a shelter and began beating around, waiting for steamer, of which there was no sign on horizon.  We tried to walk in direction our flags led, but couldn’t get across, so we went back to our shelter again.  And just before sunset the other six men joined us, and after a while we all walked in the direction we thought the ship lay, but we couldn’t get across a lake.  After walking half a mile or so, we had to stay.  The sun had now set.  Eagle and Ungava passed in to east of us.  About 7:00 p.m. we saw a light on horizon, which we supposed belonged to Imogene, and as light drew nearer we lit a fire with flags and the hauling ropes (cut them up).  Finally, Imogene’s powerful searchlight picked us up and we got on board 8:00, after being on ice since 6:00 a.m.  My birthday today, 20 years of age.  After tea I cut my cake and opened a bottle of rum and treated the boys.  Seals on board and stowed down 10,000.

Saturday, March 16
Morning clear and cold.  Ship picking up pans.  Men went on ice 7:30 doubling pans, and would come on board for meals.  About 3:00 p.m. all men were ordered to get ready for a run out on ice quintering, and we got aboard again 6:00 with a very good share of seals, considering the short time we were out.  My middle finger right hand felt stiff and tender today, and saw doctor.  He ordered me to keep it painted with iodine.  Caribou in sight until 2:00 p.m. and Thetis in sight 6:00 p.m.  Seals on board and stowed down 14,000.  Fred Tiller skinned my cat for me tonight.  The sky is overcast and shows signs of stormy weather.  Burned down 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 17
Started steaming 6:00 a.m., picking up scattered pans.  Big swell in ice.  Came across four of Beothic’s pans and took them, with Captain Kean’s permission.  No seals at all in sight today.  Sighted Cape Bonavista this evening.  Steaming full speed on a NNE course through heavy rafter loose ice.  Some of the ice we passed through was very dirty and full of sand and mud and scattered bough or sticks on it. Sighted smoke of two ships this evening, Eagle and Ungava.  Had a message from Eagle asking for medical assistance, three men being sick on board of her.  We then steamed up alongside of Eagle 7:45 p.m. and Dr. Forbes, Captain Burton and George Mullett went on board.  We were about 50 yards from Eagle, and the crews of both ships were continually singing out to one another.  Captain Sid Hill of Eagle and several more men came on board.  Gerald was on board, and several fellows from Imogene went on board of Eagle.  When Dr. came back from EagleImogene blew siren three times to call men on board.  Then steamed on N by E and Eagle following in our wake as long as she could keep up, but she soon fell astern and was soon steamed out of sight.  15,000 on board.

Monday, March 18
Had breakfast 6:00.  No seals anywhere in sight.  Ice loose but very heavy.  8:00 a.m. we saw scattered whitecoats and prepared to go on ice.  The ice was tighter here.  UngavaEagleTerra NovaNeptune following our wake.  It is foggy this morning and mild.  There were only about 500 or 600 seals in patch seen.  Eagle and other ships stopped for them.  We steamed on and didn’t see any more seals for the day.  Cleared away 3:00 p.m., and Caribou could be seen in to west of us and cutting out towards us.  Wind breezing from W, and cold.  Struck scattered whitecoats 7:00 p.m. and burned down.  Caribou came up and burned down just ahead of us.

Tuesday, March 19
Morning very cold and stormy.  Had breakfast 6:00, and as soon as daylight, started steaming to find out how big the patch was.  It turned out to be only a narrow strip of about 100.  Was steaming all day with Caribou on broadside.  About 11:30 a.m. a raging blizzard came on and ship stopped until it cleared up.  We then steamed on through very heavy raftered ice, sometimes butting, until 5:30.  Whitecoats were sighted, and all hands went out for a tow.  There was a big swell in the ice.  We secured about 600.  Caribou about two miles north of us also had her men out.  Wind still high, but only snowing occasionally.  Burned down 7:45 p.m.  Position 50 miles SE by S of Funks.  Beothic position 90 miles SE of Funks.  At noon today Imogene 38 miles SE ¾ S Funks.  Went to Marconi room tonight and told Mr. Ryan to inquire how Clifford was on Beothic.

Wednesday, March 20
Got up 4:15.  Weather somewhat milder, heavy swell in ice.  Position four miles SE by S ¾ S of Funks.  Got on ice sunrise, ice very heavy and hard to get over.  Swell heaving from ENE.  Seals scattered and were all panned by 10:00 a.m.  We then commenced doubling pans and got on board 12:00.  Picked up all of our pans and reckoned 4,500, and burned down 6:30 p.m.  About 2:00 p.m. fog came in but cleared up again towards sunset, and again becoming thick after dark.  Heard from Clifford on Beothic.  He is now well and feeling okay.  Stood wheelsman’s watch from 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 21
Got up 7:30 and had breakfast.  Weather stormy, snowstorm came on 12:15 and continued until 8:00 a.m.  No seals in sight.  Stood wheelsman’s (Mike O’Keefe) watch this morning 11:00 to 12:00.  I was relieved when a string of seals was run into.  Don Andrews got out with part of his watch and ship steamed on, dropping men all along in a straight line.  The seals were in a long line and very narrow, leading W x SW.  Ship steamed about 10 miles after dropping first men, and was then through the string of seals.  Heavy swell in ice today, and ice hard to get over.  Wind SE, dull and sometimes foggy.  Position 46 miles SE by S Funks.  Killed and took on board 800.

Friday, March 22
Had breakfast 5:00 and commenced steaming.  Steamed through small patch of seals on very loose ice, too bad to get on.  Sighted Caribou 6:30.  Heavy swell in ice.  Struck tighter ice 8:00 a.m. and scattered seals, and began putting men out.  Steamed through string of seals until all men were dropped off in groups of four to six men.  I went on ice today with Andrew Ford, because Martin had to stay on board as bridgemaster.  Ice very difficult to get over.  Some men reported seeing a polar bear today.

Saturday, March 23
Got up 5:00 and prepared to go on ice.  Ship into a string of seals and putting men out in small groups.  No other ships in sight, several small icebergs.  Swell in ice gone back a little.  Saw two foxes this morning.  Weather dull with scattered snow flurries.  Some men did very well today, and others were out of seals by 10:00 a.m.  I got aboard 4:00 p.m. with 180 seals for three of us (Andrew Ford and Eric Bishop).  Ship picking up pans all day.  Beothic hove in sight about 6:00 p.m. and steamed towards us. Imogene burned down 8:30, and Beothic also burned down alongside (inclined to snow).  Killed and panned today 6,000.

Sunday, March 24
Morning fine, visibility about five miles.  One of our crew died 5:00 a.m., Arthur Chater from Flat Island, Bonavista Bay, age 53, died of pneumonia after being sick five or six days.  Men built a box for him and settled (?) him away.  The Church of England burial was read and a hymn sung, and the remains was then put on top of hospital on quarter of ship.  Northern Head Catalina and Cape Bonavista were sighted today, position 50 miles ESE Cape Bonavista.  Ship picking up pans of seals, got all seals aboard 1:30 p.m. and headed N for another patch.  Sighted EagleUngava about 4:00 and Caribou later.  Beothic in sight practically all day.  Passed Beothic 7:30 p.m. and Eagle 8:00 p.m.  Becoming dull and threatening to snow.  Heard whitecoats 8:45 and burned down.

Monday, March 25
Morning very dull and snowing.  No seals in sight, only seven.  Started steaming 6:00 and shot two bitches and two pups, the dog hood went off.  Struck several strings of loose ice and bays of water.  Heard from Caribou this morning stating she was six miles S Cabot Island, B. Bay, jammed.  Sounded for depth of water 1:00 p.m. and got 93 fathoms.  Sounding lead brought up sand and gravel.  Captain Burton judged our position 10 miles from Cabot Island.  Struck tighter ice as we steamed towards land.  4:00 p.m. sighted Offer Wadhams and White Island and turned southern.  6:30 altered course and steered E.  Counted 20 icebergs from barrel this evening.  Weather cleared up in evening, but came in thick again 7:00 p.m.  Steaming all night.  Blowing a gale and stormy, scarcely could see half length of ship.  Icebergs numerous, passed some very close.  Rough all night.

Tuesday, March 26
Stopped steaming 3:30 a.m. and started again 4:00, very rough.  When daylight broke, Funks was only about half mile away.  Steamed on to north.  Ice becoming very tight.  Turned ship south about 10:30 a.m., given up thought of seals being north.  Got out of tight ice and into bays of water and loose ice.  Steaming all day, had Beothic and Eagle abeam.  6:15 p.m. ice tight.  Sighted Ungava and Caribou 8:00 p.m.  Had Cabot Island light abeam about 12 midnight, steamed in towards Wesleyville.

Wednesday, March 27
Started steaming 5:30 a.m.  Bennett’s Island light could be seen.  Steamed in the bay.  Caribou broadside and Ungava astern.  Steamed in as far as Butterfly Island and turned and went up along by Greenspond.  Could see houses and men in Wesleyville and Brookfield with spyglass.  Ice a bit tight by Butterfly Island, but loose and in string offshore.  Several men and boats out from Greenspond.  Scattered whitecoat around.  Had two exciting races with Caribou today in clear water.  Drawed away from Caribou on fair trial.  Imogene was making 15 knots by her engines.  Chief engineer told Captain Blackwood this would give her a speed of 14 ½ knots.  Struck ice just off Cape Bonavista and kept ahead of Caribou all day.  Picked up scattered whitecoat, and shot family of hoods.  Sighted Baccalieu and steamed in towards South Head Catalina.  Several shots (?) of ducks passed us today.  Ungava almost out of sight.  Weather fine and clear.  Burned down 8:00 p.m., Caribou alongside.  Some of our crew went aboard of Caribou tonight.  I had John Day of Musgrave Harbour in our room tonight, singing songs.  He’s a comic, makes up songs himself.

Thursday, March 28
Had breakfast 5:00 and started steaming daylight.  Caribou alongside, but took a different cut from us.  We were quintering scattered seals all day and got 800.  Fine in morning but became dull and started to snow 12:00, weather mild.  No seals around.  Burned down 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 29
Had breakfast 5:00.  No seals in sight.  Ice very loose.  Started steaming 5:45, Caribou alongside.  Struck a small string of seals about 8:00, and all hands got out for a tow and secured 750 seals.  Would have had more, only Caribou put her men out among ours.  Ice was loose and dangerous, with heavy swell.  We then steamed out to the SE.  Saw quite a number of bedlamers on loose ice, they were too wild to get a shot at.  We then steamed back to where we were in morning and got a few more seals.  Caribou following us all day.  Today was one of the finest days we had for the spring, warm and clear, but weather is threatening to come before morning.

Saturday, March 30
Raging snowstorm started early morning and continued until 12:00 noon, when it cleared away fine.  Caribou and Eagle in sight.  Three ships steaming around picking up quinters.  Ice very bad and loose and hard to get over.  Wind shifted further westerly in evening, becoming colder.  No bedlamers seen today.  Burned down 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 31
Morning fine.  Started steaming 6:00, steaming until 1:30 p.m. through loose ice and bays of water.  Burned down 1:30.  Started steaming again 4:00.  Steaming SW in first part of day, then when we started 4:00, shifted course to NW to N and steamed on that course until 7:15 p.m., when ship burned down.  Scattered snow flurries today.  No other ships in sight.  Ice very loose and bad to get over.  Passed through quite a lot of bedlamers on loose ice, but they were very wild and would go off before ship would get near.

Monday, April 1
Ralph Roberts April fooled me this morning, but I got it back on him again.  Had breakfast 7:30.  Ship steaming through loose ice, picking up quinters and shooting scattered hoods.  2:00 p.m. sighted small patch of bedlamers, and three gunners went out and shot about 300, and men hauled them together and ship picked them up.  All aboard about 4:30 p.m.  Ice was very bad and loose, and a lot of slob between it.  Captain Blackwood received a message from Bowring’s this evening, calling ship to port.  Ungava in sight this evening.  Burned down 7:10 p.m. with Ungava and Caribou in sight.  Wind WNW.

Tuesday, April 2
Weather fair and fine and somewhat colder.  Steaming through loose ice and water at half speed until 1:00 p.m.  Caribou following us until 11:30 a.m., when she turned on a different course.  We picked up scattered quinters today.  Captain received message instructing him to locate BeothicTerra Nova and Eagle and give them cartridges.  We came alongside of Beothic 4:00 p.m. and put 10,000 cartridges on ice for her to take aboard.  Clifford and several other fellows came on board.  Clifford is well.  He brought some letters aboard for us to take to St. John’s.  We then started for Terra Nova, and came alongside of her 5:45 p.m., gave her 8,000 cartridges and other things and took on board two sick men, one with appendicitis.  Men launched him over ice in a boat, and the other man walked on board.  Left Terra Nova 6:45 p.m. and steered for Eagle.  Stopped alongside of her 8:15 p.m., hoisted 6,000 cartridges out on ice for her and waited for Captain Sid Hill to come on board.  Several of his crew also came aboard.  There are two sick men also on Eagle to come aboard of Imogene.  Wind high, westerly, and cold.  Blew farewell to Eagle 10:45 p.m. and headed for St. John’s, steaming on all night.

Wednesday, April 3
Wind high, and snowing fast.  Left ice 5:30 a.m.  Steaming about 12 knots most of morning, then slowed down, weather very thick.  Heard Cape Spear horn about 10:00 and Fort Amherst horn 10:30, and went through the Narrows 10:45 a.m. and anchored in stream until doctor’s boat came aboard.  Ship then steamed in to Bowrings south side premises 12:00.  There wasn’t very many on wharf, owing to bad weather.  I then went over to telegraph office and sent message to Mother, telling her Clifford and myself was well.  We were just 27 days from the time we left port until we returned hauling for blank).  Land sighted this spring was Cape Bonavista, Cape Freels, Wadhams, Funks, Baccalieu.  Went up to Captains Abe and W. B. Kean’s with some letters they sent in from ice, then brought some flippers to Aunty Flo and Edna.  Stayed at Edna’s all night.

Thursday, April 4
Went down to Bank of Nova Scotia in morning and got some money.  Then went over on board of Imogene and had dinner.  Then went up to dock shops and inquired about basin (?) for boat, etc.  Met a man, Mr. Pearcey.  Then went and got my hair cut and shampooed and went down to Bowring’s aboard of Jas. (or Jos?) Winsor’s schooner.  He was just going out to move to another wharf.  We then went down the harbour for a spin.  When we came back I went to Ayres and bought a shirt, then to post office and to Imperial Life office, and then back to Edna’s, where I wrote a letter to Mother.  I then went over on board of Imogene for the night.

Friday, April 5
Got up 4:30 a.m., had cup of coffee and started work heaving seals in jig 6:00.  Worked on one hour shifts all day.  Snowing most all day and becoming cold in evening.  Got my share of 3 ½ dozen flippers, and salted them in a box for to send home.  I then tidied and gathered up all of my clothes preparatory to leaving ship.  Went in cabin for a while, crowd was there playing cards.  Alicia and Tom were also there.  Left Imogene 10:15 and went to Edna’s for the night.

Saturday, April 6
Had a phone call from Mr. Pearcey of railway shops, then rang Mr. Kearney.  Went and made arrangements with a fellow to bring my suitcase, etc., over from Imogene to Jos. Winsor’s schooner.  Then went up to railway to see Mr. Pearcey, and then went over on board of ship to dinner.  After dinner I went across in motorboat Rob Roy to Bowring’s north side, where Jos. Winsor’s schooner was, put all of my belongings on board of her, and went to Edna’s to tea.  After tea I went down Ayres and got some necessities, and then to Jos. Winsor’s schooner, and then back to Edna’s for night.

Sunday, April 7
Had breakfast in bed, dressed for dinner.  Went down on board of M.S. Lutzen, and then to Jos’s schooner and then over to Imogene, where I had tea and stayed until 8:15 p.m.  I then went over to Aunty Flo’s.  Jean Wakely and Miss A. Kean were there.  Had lunch and walked home with Jean 11:20 p.m. and went back to Edna’s for night.

Monday, April 8
Went downtown this morning to get something I wanted for Red Wing, etc.  Went down aboard of Winifred Lee and then went up to dock, and then downtown looking for an ignition switch operated by a key.  Met Mr. Jack Meehan (?) Meecham (?).  He drove me down to Kelly’s garage in his car.  I was in to Baird’s, bought pair of dungarees, then went to Imperial Life office and went to Sterling Restaurant for dinner with Mr. Kearney.  Went to Kodak store, got a roll of film, then went to Edna’s and tidied.  Went up to Holloway’s Studio and had photograph taken.  Then went up to dock shops and got 40 feet of condenser tubing and brought it down on board of Winifred Lee, Joshua Winsor’s schooner.  Went to Ayres and bought some confectionary and went back to Edna’s to tea.  After tea I took Golda, my cousin, to Capitol Theatre to see The Merry Widow.  It was a fine picture.  Madeline and Aunty Flo came in and sat alongside of us.  Remained to see part of second show, and then went back to Edna’s for night.

Tuesday, April 9
Brought some parcels down on board of Winifred Lee at Bowring’s this morning and went back to Edna’s to wait for mail.  Received mail half hour after I got there, had a letter from Mother and Father, all well home.  Phoned Bowring south side to find out when Imogene would have her seals discharged, got them out about 12:00.  Had dinner at Edna’s and went to Holloway’s to see about photograph.  Then went to Bowring where Imogene crew were paid off $50.43 less crop, etc.  Each of crew were given a genuine French briar pipe and half pound of Black Duck tobacco.  I then went to Imperial Life office and paid half of my premium.  Then went down aboard of Winifred Lee and took my suitcase up to Mrs. Budden’s where I had tea.  I then went down to Sterling Restaurant for refreshments.  Then went to Aunt Flo’s.  Aunt Gertie was there.  Had lunch and went back to Edna’s for night.  Also was in to R. G. Silverlock’s for motor accessories.

Wednesday, April 10
Went down to Baird’s and bought combination suit, pair of shoes and necktie.  Then went up to Holloway’s and then to Board of Liquor Control and got a bottle of rum for Grandfather and took same down to Aunt Flo’s.  Then went to Kennedy’s Drugstore and bought some throat tablets, went to Martin Royal Stores and got grey engine enamel, one tin plaster wood and extension rule.  Then went to Mr. J. C. Pratt’s office and inquired about some marine hardware Father had ordered.  Mr. Pratt took me to Harris and Hiscock to see some galvanized pipes suitable for handrails for boat.  Then went up to Holloway’s and got my two photographs and went back to Edna’s to dinner.  Half holiday in stores today.  I spent evening painting with Fred in the kitchen.  After tea I packed up my clothes and went to Aunt Flo’s to get parcels I had there.  Then went up to Mrs. Budden’s and packed my suitcase, then went down board of Prospero.  Then went to GPO and sent message to Betty and then to Sterling Restaurant for refreshments.  I then went back to Edna’s for night.  Light fuse blew out tonight.  I made temporary repair by inserting piece of tinfoil in fuse socket.

Thursday, April 11
Had breakfast 8:00 at Edna’s and phone for one of ABC Taxis and drove to Baird’s to change pair of overalls, then drove to Mrs. Budden’s and got my suitcase and went on board of Prospero 9:00 a.m.  Harry Abbott (steward) took my suitcase for me.  Everyone was on board by 9:30 a.m., when we heard news that Bonavista Bay was full of ice and Prospero was not going.  After waiting considerable time, Fred Carter of Greenspond, followed by large crowd of men, paraded to railway station and demanded that something be done to get men home.  Then they decided to transfer men from Prospero to Ungava, but that fell through, and finally 12:00 midday they decided to send Prospero, and tickets were sold $4.00.  She was scheduled to leave St. John’s 2:00 but was postponed until 4:30 (waited for Ungava’s men).  Water was very smooth.  Our first port of call was Bay de Verde 8:00.  Left B.D.V. 8:15 and struck first ice 9:45 p.m.  Ship driving on all full speed.  No one scunning her through ice, and men on bridge drunk.  Ship used to strike very hard sometimes, until finally Captain Kean went on bridge and slowed ship down.

Next day??
Ice was very tight in Bonavista Bay, ship could barely move along.  Sighted Greenspond about 3:00 p.m. and arrived there 6:00 and anchored off Pound Rocks.  Nina Blandford and Magistrate Wornell came on board to go to St. John’s.  Arrived home about 7:00 p.m.


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