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(December)

Dec 1 Clear day but very warm

Dec 2 Clear day and a little cooler fellows are sleeping on deck it is so warm below passed through the Straits of Babelmandu into the Arabian Sea at 4 Oclock.

Dec 3 Clear and smooth sighted the Island Socortras about 1 Oclock. there are very high mountains on it at 4 PM we saw a lot of whale 7 PM we are still passing the Island but can hardly see it

Dec 4 Clear and cool it is so windy we can hardly go through our exercise on deck

Dec 5 Working in Lavatory had hair shaved Sea is still rough 3 PM was detailed to help th electrician am eating now with the ship officers Oh what a difference

Dec 6 Putting up electric fans had a bad storm last night.

Dec 7 Cool and cloudy looks as if will have a storm.

Dec 8 Clear and cool got up with a swollen face gum bile working yet and good meals

Dec 9 Sea rough sighted Colombo India at 9 am arrived at 10.05 am Nashville is here and a German Danish and Italian Warship went to shore with Danfield at 6 PM returned at 11. PM

Dec 10 Got news of Vice Pres Hobarts death we expect Transport Meade to overtake us while we are here

Dec 11 Left Colombo at 6.30 am for Singapore can see very large mountains along the coast ran along coast all day

Dec 12 Warm and clear sea very smooth fresh water give out started to rain at 9 am rained all day. saw a large warship.

Dec 13 Ran through a storm about 2.30 PM cloudy all day nothing of importance

Dec 14 Bad storm last night sighted Nicobar Islands at 11.10 AM Gunners on board has target practice this morning with the aft guns

Dec 15 Warm with showers no land in sight Storm last night struck something last night at about 1 PM traveled 290 miles in last 24 hrs entered the Straits of Mallacca at 4 PM passed a large rock off the coast of Sumatra

Dec 16 Clear and warm we can see the coast of Malay Peninula on the port Side sighted Island of Sumatra at 11 AM on starboard side sighted Singapore at 1 PM arrived at 2.55. Was tied to the pier at 5.45 they have a lot of chino boarding coal mayby it ain't warm here 2 degrees from the Equator

Dec 17 Clear and red hot still coaling pulled out of dock at 3.15 to let a mail steamer in we pulled into another dock. below where we was

Dec 18 We sailed out of Singapore at 7 AM we sailed along the eastern coast of Malay it is very warm. lost 5 men ashore shea is very rough the Captain intends to go to the Equator will reach there about 11.30 tonight will have a Neptune party.

Dec 19 King Neptune is coming aboard at 2 PM to christen some of the crew. Neptune is aboard we had more than fun

Dec 20 Sea is very rough we had fresh water to wash with today the first time since we left New York. It seems like a present.

Dec 21 Getting all our things ready to move off the boat at an hours notice

Dec 22 We sighted the Island of Luzon at 10 Oclock. we arrived at Manila at 4.30 PM

Dec 23 Still on the boat we think we will land monday. Left boat about 4 PM were put on lighters and sent up the Pasig River to a place called San Pedro Macati 6 miles from Manila arrived at 12 PM

Dec 24 On church guard with Danfield very lonesome

Dec 25 Today is Christmas who would have thought it Sergt Dumkle shot in the leg at about 1 AM first shot in the company. called to arms.

(Dec 26 - Jan 16: no entry)


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