Quarters aboard ship were crowded but reasonably comfortable.
Although it was only possible to have two meals a day the rations were American
and a real treat after an almost steady diet of
sausage, mutton and Brussel sprouts.
The weather was perfect with calm sea and bright sunshine.
The convoy proceeded so far west in the Atlantic that the possibility
of reaching HALIFAX was discussed.
The issue of mepacrine pills was started.
Officers began giving lectures on Malaria.
A pamphlet on “The Behavior of Troops in North Africa”, was given
to all ranks and the betting as to where we would land received a new impetus.
Considerable centralization of money took place during the trip both
among Other Ranks and the Officers, with poker and “the bones” being the
The convoy passed through the Straits of Gibraltar just before sunset
giving everyone a wonderful view of the Rock.
The lighted coast of TANGIERS aroused a great deal of interest after
two years of blackout.
On the 6th November our convoy was attacked at dusk by torpedo bombers.
Later reports stated that one ship was sunk, two damaged and 3 enemy planes
The following night, in anticipation of a repeat performance
by Jerry, the ship's Ack Ack defences were reinforced by all available bren guns
manned by unit personnel.
To nobody's sorrow all was quiet and the ship docked at NAPLES 8th November.
The American Transport Commander of the ship paid
the unit the high compliment by writing the following letter:
To Commanding General. Canadian Troops in Italy.
The conduct, attitude and bearing of the Canadian troops brought to
Italy on this vessel have been so
commendable that it seems proper to bring them to the favourable
attention of the Commanding General Canadian Troops in Italy.