Ammunitioning commenced this morning. Lighters [flat-bottomed barge] were disposed as follows:
Cordite – Port forecastle
Shells – Starboard forecastle
Oer & Pom Pom – Port Midships
4″ fixed – Starboard Midships
Cordite & Shell – Port Quarterdeck
Cordite for “A” & “B” turrets was hoisted by lighter’s derrick and initially all struck down into “B” Turret. 6″ Shell [see sketch] was hoisted in by ship’s derrick & struck into “A” turret, H.E. first being fused at position just aft of the breakwater.
“4” fixed” was hoisted in by lighter’s derrick on to boat deck & struck down into 4″ magazine. “Close Range” was hoisted in by ship’s crane. Ammunition from the after lighter was brought aboard by lighter’s derrick.
The weather was not very good & grew worse until about noon it was too rough to continue with operations & work was suspended for the day.
The Wolverhampton party postponed their visit until tomorrow.