[ Gallipoli; Dardenelles ] Chief Officer's Rough Log of the 'Government Transport Service' of HM Transport 'Clan Macrae' in the Mediterranean as part of the Gallipoli Campaign.

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Log book of HM Transport Clan Macrae (Captain Alex R. Weir) during the Gallipoli Campaign, 1916 [Clan Line Association of Steamers, Glasgow]
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5 April 1915 to 14 June 1916. Departing from Liverpool and returning to Glasgow, refitted at Alexandria, and taking in Imbros, Kephalo Bay, Port Said, Port Murdro and other destinations.
£650.00
SKU: 18854

4to, 346 pp. Divided into two sections, each on different printed forms, bound together in contemporary red calf 4to half- binding (with ticket of Smith & Lane, Printers, 15 Bridge St, Sydney. Text clear and complete, on aged and foxed paper. Binding worn and stained. Part One: 5 April 1915 to 31 January 1916. 4to (leaf dimensions 30 x 25 cm), 252 pp. Part Two: 1 February to 14 June 1916. 4to (leaf dimensions 32 x 25 cm), 94 pp. In a variety of hands, the second section being described as being kept by 'The officers of s/s 'Clan Macrae''. Containing the usual detailed information, down to the names of the lookouts. Of especial interest are the copious 'Remarks' by each entry, providing a wealth of background information. For example, the entry for 4 July 1915 ('At Kephalo Bay'): Com. discharging cases of tinned meat into Lighter from No. I Hold. 2/30 S.B.B. Ree orders from Destroyer to <?> to Imbros Is. as quicklyu as possible. Submarine having been sighted close to 2/35 Com. heaving up anchor 2/38 Under fire from shore & S/S. Hit by two shells [one of the shells pierced the boat deck & entered 3rd Engineers cabin completely wrecking & setting it on fire, the other shell hit amidships on port side damaging plating & <?>] 2/45 Full ahd 2/49 Stop. 2/55 Anchor up & Full away 3/30 Red. Speed app. "Kephalo Bay" 3/47 Slow 4/00 Cleared Booms 4/13 Half astern 4/15 Let go Port anchor in 9fthms. water 4/20. 3/3. Brought up 45 fthms. of Chain & R.O.E.' Refitted at Alexandria by 'Government workmen' from 25 April to 5 May 1915. Used to transport soldiers, equipment and provisions (25 May 1915, while anchored at Imbros Harbour, 'Two Boats lowered & 35 Australian soldiers transferred to S/S. "Seang Bee"'). Remark on 28 December 1915 ('At Anchor Kephalo Bay'): '3/30 pm. Hostile airship over harbour and dropped bombs. H.M. 3 ships replied with gunfire and drove same off.'