Yesterday afternoon (3rd), the lower deck was cleared when the CVE [HMS] “Speaker”, carrying several hundred British & empire PsOW, passed round the fleet before leaving the Bay, bound for Australia. All ships gave them a great send-off. We hope it will not be long before we are following them.
Just before midday, HMS Ariadne entered harbour & anchored to the west of us. It is a very neat job of the Aldiel minelaying class, reputed to be capable of a speed of over 40 knots.