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Wyndam Bolling Blanton diary, 4 August-19 September 1915

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My first experience on a boat of such importance. To bed about 12 feeling very tired. We are supposed to sail tomorrow about noon.

Sept. 19 15 Rose about 8:30 had breakfast & then took a taxi for an hour & a half trip thru Bordeaux to take some photographs. Returning found Dr Crawford & Miss Green waiting on deck. We stood talking until lunch time & Miss Green had to go. Immediately after lunch we were on deck and at 1:30 weighed anchor & dropped slowly down the river. Very very slowly we went a tug pulling us for a long way. Then we dispensed with this assistance, and under our own steam covered the sixty miles to the mouth of the river. With us was another steamer bound for South America. Just before sunset we cast anchor with our sister ship following suit in a little inlet near the mouth of the river & waited for darkness. It must be remembered that four French liners