June 18, 1942
Myself in company with about twenty other men from 14th went to Cowes in a truck and caught an “R” Boat for Portsmouth, where we visited the Naval dockyards, paying special attention to Nelson’s Victory Ship. It really is quite a sight – 104 guns aboard and carried a crew of over 800 men. The men were crowded in like cattle, but his suite and that of Hardy were palatial. The “R” Boats are very fast but very wet. This afternoon Charlie Page and I were in Ryde – and actually had fresh strawberries.