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Any cadet who cannot swim must learn without delay. The bath, eight feet deep at one end and three feet at the other, is thirty yards long. It is opened at 6 p.

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A spring board for diving is provided, as well as various ropes suspended six feet above the water by means of which the more agile spirits swing themselves along, as monkeys swing from tree to tree. Defective eyesight is one of the commonest causes of rejection, for it is obvious that full normal vision is essential for the Navy. On the river there is the choice of two kinds of boat—five-oared gigs and skiffs.

A long and muddy creek, known as Mill Creek, branches off from the river just above the College.

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But it is well to remember that the tide here is very treacherous. Then the terms double away to their dormitories. As soon as he has passed lights are put out and the day is over. It is, perhaps, too soon to speculate on the influence which this most opportune concentration of sea power brought to bear on the course of the War.

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Was it due to foresight? Or was it just a gorgeous piece of luck? Who shall say? The cadets were all sent to Portsmouth, from where they embarked on the various ships to which they had been respectively appointed. As a description of my personal experiences I think I will insert here the copy of a letter I wrote to my mother on my return to the College, omitting only some personal details of no interest to the public. Now to describe the mobilisation. I did enjoy myself. When we were just coming into Gosport in the train, we saw an airship and two aeroplanes above us.

We went on board the tank-ship Provider , which [14] took us to our respective ships. While we were waiting to start we saw flights of aeroplanes like birds chasing each other through the air, and a big airship was slowly hovering about low down on the horizon. Outside the sight was wonderful. Simply miles of stately battle-ships, and swarms of little torpedo craft. As we steamed out the Astra Torres , a huge airship, hovered over us. Just as we got abreast the line they fired a salute of pounders to the King. It was lovely seeing the little white spurts of smoke from the sides of the huge ships.

We went alongside the Irresistible , and soon afterwards saw the Formidable signalling to us a message from my ship—the Lord Nelson. It was [15] absolutely ripping!

Then we set to and started to explore the ship. Then came supper of sardines and bread-and-butter and ginger-beer in the gun-room. That was splendid. The beams seemed to pierce everywhere. They described arcs and circles in the sky and swept up and down, and round and round, and from right forward to right aft. This went on for about an hour, and then we turned into our hammocks.

I sat just opposite the galley whence emerged an odour of varied foods cooking, and I was so far away from the Padre that I never heard a word and nearly went to sleep. After church we shifted from our best clothes and started exploring again. We looked in the engine-room and went up a mast, etc. Then we had lunch. After lunch we went all round the Fleet in a little steam launch, and as the Lord Nelson was flagship of the 2nd Fleet we conveyed instructions to a lot of ships. When we came back we had tea, and then went on deck and ragged about for some time. Having had supper we went on deck and got into conversation with a sporting Lieutenant, who [17] told us all sorts of things about the Navy.

Then we turned in and I fell asleep almost at once. Next morning we got up early and watched them weighing anchor. Then we saw the 1st Fleet slowly get under way. When they had all passed we got under way and steamed down Spithead at the head of our line.

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When we got near the royal yacht, ship was lined and we fell in on the after turret to cheer the King. That was grand! The rails of the steps were so hot that they blistered my hands. Then the 1st Fleet fought us in a sham fight [18] out in mid-channel, and there was a beastly row when each ship started firing her pounders.

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The flotilla then turned round and steamed away as fast as they could. I think we were supposed to have beaten them off. We arrived at Portland at 8 in the morning, and after breakfast we disembarked and returned to the College by train. I must stop now as it is time for prayers.

Fuller details in the leave. Best love from. But I must not anticipate. After a short pause during which a universal murmur of excitement rippled through the ranks, he continued:.

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You will proceed at once to your dormitories, where you will pack your chests, and move them out of the dormitories to the nearest pathway, and stand by to load them on the carts and wagons which will convey them down to the pier. You will then fall in in terms on the quarter-deck to draw your pay. I will have lists of the ships to which cadets are appointed posted up in the gun-rooms as soon as they are made out. The Chatham batch will leave the College first, followed by the Portsmouth batch.

Those going to Devonport will leave last. A year ago I promised the Admiralty to clear the College of all cadets and active service ratings in eight hours. I trust to you to make this promise good. On the way to the dormitories and while shifting wild speculation was rife. Very little cricket was played that afternoon. Should we be mobilised? Luckily for our education only two more [22] exams remained to be done, since we were far too excited to give them much attention.

What after all were examinations compared with the possibility of such tremendous adventures as had suddenly loomed up on our horizon! At this time, as the reader will no doubt remember, portentous events followed each other in such quick succession that more excitement was crammed into a single day than into any ordinary week or even month.

On the Wednesday morning when we assembled in the gun-room a rush was made for the notice board, on which had been posted the list of ships to which in the event of war we had been appointed. These were eagerly scanned, and excitement rose to fever pitch. It had come at last!