The 1916 war diary of 2nd Lieut. Dick Willis Fleming


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28 February 1916

Posted by Dick on February 28, 1916
We saw land soon after six, and by seven o'clock we were going through the straits. The coast of Spain was beautifully clear and looked very wild, also the coast of Africa. The first town we saw was Tarifa (Spain) then we had a splendid view of Tangier and Centa. We came abreast of Gibraltar just before eight and it was a glorious sight, but there was rather a mist hanging round the Rock. A school of porpoises came along quite close to the ship.

Just as we had passed the Rock a torpedo boat came dashing out to us and told us the course we were to go, and also said enemy submarines were active in the Gulf of Lyons, but we shall be giving that a wide berth. There was a good many cruisers in Gibraltar. It was beautifully calm today and nice and warm. Have seen a lot of black backed gulls about. After leaving Gibraltar we kept getting glimpses of the North coast of Africa but about thirty miles from us.

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