Thursday, 17th day (19 April 1917)

Got a chap, cook or something, to do some washing for me, and his charges were amazing – 3d. Each for handkys.  Some seals or sea-lions have been seen.  What must be a Cape Pidgeon flew around the boat.  Several explanations were forthcoming, e.g. that it was the Dove come to tell us that land was in sight – that Peace was declared.  We hear that we passed more than 200 miles south of the Horn.  The Maori Officer is seriously ill having been operated on for appendicitis, and we are all very sorry to hear it.  He had won all hearts.

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