The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Thursday, 20 February 2014
18th & 19th April, 1948 - Closer and closer... The Bay of Biscay and Finisterre while the nights are getting colder.
Now out in the Atlantic the sea though not rough
is making the ship pitch and roll. This
has caused many people, especially those who embarked at Gib., to develop mal
de mer. Fortunately so far I have
escaped this fate but my tummy warns me not to be too optimistic about crossing
The voyage is beginning to bore me now,
everything which was new in the first few days has fallen into place to make a
routine. The mornings I find pass much
more quickly than do the afternoons.
Reading is my main occupation
interspersed with aimless gazing out over the wastes of water. We are out of sight of land now and after Cape Finisterre at tomorrow morning I doubt
if we shall see more main land before that of the U.K.
My friend and I are still sleeping in
hammocks on deck but we notice that the nights are becoming cooler as we
Every evening now we have a cinema show on
deck but these have had to be begun later than they were when we left Palestine for it is still light at
To get a reasonable seat at one of these
shows one has to rush up to a preselected position as soon as dinner is over.
Several evenings the show has had to be put
over in doubt for we sit expecting rain now we near England.