Passed several vessels today: a three-masted schooner scudding before the wind, an old tramp, and a large U.S. Battleship.
The educational classes have started again, but seem to be half-hearted. Many of the men have taken the basket-making class, and you come across groups of them weaving baskets all over the ship. Good in theory, the education scheme is a howling failure, and the £50,000 provided by the N.Z. public as good as thrown into the Atlantic.
Reading a historical novel by A. Balfour who, if I remember aright, wrote a rattling good novel called “By Stroke of Sword”.