Nice to know they thought about some light relief for the boys, even during the war!
From HMS New Zealand's log, 26 August 1919, while in port at Wellington (ahem, New Zealand) -
am and early pm: "Hands employed as requisite..." (so far, so standard) "... and decorating ship" (Oh, that's different)
early evening: "Ship's Company held Ball"
Not sure if the 1200 visitors were all at the ball - they'be been recording lots of visitors (16,000+ on the first Saturday after they arrived, and 21,000+ on the Sunday), but they're shown as xxx Ship Visitors.
Anyway, did a WW1 battle cruiser have acres of open deck available for the holding of balls (I can remember at least two before this), like the sailing ships had?
And I wonder what the Ship's Company did for partners?