Friday, 30th May 1919

Wednesday was slipped to adjust the calendar.  Off Cape Palliser!  The refrigerating machinery (hardly necessary in this temperature) says “We’re getting there – we’re getting there”, whilst the big main engines growl “Your’re ‘ome, your’re ‘ome, your’re ‘ome”.  Back from the “Great Adventure” – I am staring again at the high bluffs of Palliser – snow-capped as they are now, and almost obscured by flying foam.

The Southerly is following us right in.  I have your wireless greetings, though by no means the first wireless I have had from you.

As for the wind, let it blow, and let the rain rain!  It tried hard to blow us back, but the “Pakeha” put her nose into it to the tune of 10 knots an hour, and here we are almost in sight of Pencarrow.

As the Yankees stated in an immense poster at Newport News: –


6 thoughts on “Friday, 30th May 1919”

  1. So off the ship. Is this the end? I’m going to miss the messages from across the century. It has been a wonderful insight into Lincoln’s life and time.

    Thank you, John, for your work on the blog. It is much appreciated.


  2. Yes it is indeed the end. A thank you to all the folk who have been following the blog, including friends and family. A particular shout out goes to the encouragement provided by Angela and Denis – thank you for all of your emails. For those of you who haven’t picked it up, Angela is the daughter of Lincoln’s best friend, Warwick. (Warwick, or W, featured reasonably regularly in the first half or so of the diary, until he went to officer’s training school).


  3. How utterly exciting for Lincoln, John, after all he’s been through. And what an utterly individualistic way he covers it. I’m sorry it’s all going to end soon.

    Your parents are away, I think. I’m looking forward to having you all, including Dominic (is it?) to a very informal lunch when they return.




  4. Many thanks for your labour of love, Johnny! It’s been wonderful to follow Lincoln on his adventure, and to experience the utterly different world he lived in through his eyes.


  5. Thanks Nick. It’s been good to have had some old friends following the blog closely – makes it a more meaningful exercise somehow.


  6. Home again indeed! Thank you so much John, the blog has been a fascinating companion for the past 2 years and good to get to know your grandfather – although of course we never met him. We did visit the area north of Amiens last October where Lincoln moved to in the German Spring 1918 offensive; my great uncle Harry Filmer Smith fell there and we found his grave, very moving. Lincoln’s subsequent trek across Belgium to Cologne was yet another aspect that amazed us.
    All the best, Bob and Bobbie


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