Catching submarines with cables

As the wife of an Admiralty official, Florence Vansittart Neale was especially interested in naval news and rumours.

3 March 1915

Hear we have caught 4 submarines – put cable down & drag them. Keeping it dark so more may come out!

Heard 2 submarines German waiting by Dover to blow up “Queen Eliz:”, she at Dardanelles.

Bad fire at Portsmouth Dockyard – close to building yard of new ship. Hear 2 men were shot.

Diary of Florence Vansittart Neale (D/EX73/3/17/8)

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A pre-war visit to Portsmouth docks remembered

The choir of Pusey had a personal interest in the fate of the Royal Navy, thanks to a recent dockyard visit on their annual seaside outing, as the parish magazine notes:

On July 9, some members of the choir visited Portsmouth and Southsea. In view of the War the memory of this excursion will be especially interesting, for through the kindness of Lieut-Commander Leonard Patch and Commander Arthur Barrow, the party was privately conducted over the dockyard and spent an hour on H.M.S. Good Hope. Lieut-Commander Patch is now at sea engaged in the War on the first-class cruiser and flagship Bacchante, while Commander Barrow (probably in the North Sea) is on the battleship H.M.S. Africa.

Longworth and Pusey parish magazine, September 1914 (D/P83/28A/9)