Dennis, Walter, Ship's Log, 30 April-1 May 1915

HMS Vengeance log


Case Study: 
British Forces in the Middle East
Dennis, Walter
Ship's Log
30 April-1 May 1915
Place: Dardanelles
McMaster University Libraries
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Apl 30th cont – were concentrating their fire on Chanak, and by 3 o/c Chanak was in flames. At 4 o/c pm the disappearing guns on the Asiatic shore again fired on our troops disembarking at Seddul Bahr, their object apparently is to prevent if possible the landing of supplies & stores. Their efforts, till now, however proving hopeless failures. At 7 o/c pm some little excitement was caused by the appearance, overhead of a Taube, some bombs were dropped without however doing any damage. At nightfall the burning of Chanak presented a most appalling sight, the flames reaching a great height & illuminating the sky for miles. At 8.45 we anchored in the same position as last night.
Apl 30th cont – The objects on which point of aim is taken by our gunlayers in replying to the fire of the disappearing guns on the Asiatic shore have been nicknamed I Kaiser Bill, II Keir Hardie & III Aunt Sally by our spotting officers. The orders to train on Kaiser Bill Keir Hardie etc sounding very amusing.
May 1st – In the Dardanelles. At 4.30 am we again weighed & proceeded to our original position. On arrival there it was observed that Chanak was still in flames. At 8.10 am Aunt Sally & Kaiser Bill opened fire on our troops at Seddul Bahr, the “Vengeance’ immediately replied. Apparently these guns are mounded on the same principle as are those in use by the Allies in Flanders (ie in armoured trucks & moved by rail). At about noon enemy’s destroyers were sighted in the Narrows, our ships opened fire on them & they drew off. During the afternoon Kaiser Bill, Keir Hardie, & Aunt Sally fired occasional shots at Seddul Bahr no damage done, no casualties, ammunition wasted. At 8 o/c pm we anchored. During the night we could plainly see, and at times, by the aid of