David J. Castleman letter to Mary Pride Jones, 22 November 1918
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time, that if it ever came to the real thing out on the ocean in such weather as that, I'd just kiss myself good bye we were not allowed to land while at Halifax. On the aft. of the 3rd we pulled out with a convoy of seven or eight ships, a British cruiser in charge. Before we got out of the harbor we ran into an awful storm which lasted three days. It was five days before the vessels got back together, each having to look out for himself. Just before night we sighted the cruiser & several other vessels off in different directions which had turned back to look for us. Well, we all started off together & we felt much better in having some company. We never saw them again. They were 25 miles ahead of us by the next morning & were wiring us to speed up. They finally got tired of us & then left us to good luck. We never saw a vessel again after that until after we had passed thru the narrow channel between Scotland & Ireland & into the Irish Sea. A destroyed then picked us up & in a few hours we anchored for the night just inside the bar at the mouth