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Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1926 Temp. max 69°F. min 60°F.
First impressions on taking the
Naval Academy sub-chaser from the "Reina" pier
out to the Chaumoint, was that the Chaumont
seemed too small to go to sea -- but Bill
tells me that, "as is", she is a 14,000 ton
displacement ship (Whatever that means).
It was a cold, dark, drizzling day, nothing
looked inviting. We were aboard ship at
about 4:30 P.M. and found assigned to us
a very nice room on the port side -- correspond-
ing location as marked X in picture on opposite
page. It had two bunks (singles) and a
transom, and was nice and roomy -- just the
contrary to what I had always heard.
Mother and Isabel (Claude) stayed for
dinner (it was [pork?]) and for the movies
which followed. They left the ship, and me,
at about 9:30 P.M. and I cried my eyes out
because mother was not going too.
Wednesday, Sept. 29th Temp. max 80°F. min 60°F.
Got up at 7: A.M. so as to get
ready for breakfast at 745 -- was told if
we weren't there at the minute we would lose
out on service -- and I must have service.
There is a "first call" at 7:30 and a "last
call at 7:45 -- calls are made by a mess
boy playing a tune on a sort of xylophone.
Had a fine breakfast. Got underway
at 9 A.M. and was so surprised there was
no more motion than when at anchor. It was
so foddy and misty we could hardly see
the shore line. All day we glided along
down Chesapeake Bay & at about 5 P.M.
approached Cape Henry and the open sea
-- I was so excited and nervous because
I had heard so much rough weather outside
of the Capes -- it started to roll and
pitch a bit, but alas!, I didn't feel
seasick. Can't say I exactly liked the
motion either. Also a hurricane was
reported around Cuba. The captain said
if it was bad and headed in our direction we
should turn around & go back into
Hampton Roads until it blew over. At about
10:30 P.M. it was getting a bit rougher &
I sure did not want to turn in. The old