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Three Hurricanes
« on: November 14, 2011, 05:12:28 pm »
Three hurricanes, all seen by HMS Caesar, while stationed in Bermuda.

1) 3rd & 4th Sept' 1915, Hurricane No 5 of 1915, a category 3 storm.
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The ship was still recording force 10 winds in the early hours of Sept 5th.
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HMS Suffolk also encountered this storm and recorded a floating dry dock breaking adrift, so it seems a little harsh of of the Captain of the Caesar to admonish the Boatswain for damaged awnings on the 4th.

HMS Calgarian was also anchored at Bermuda during this time, reporting force 10-11 winds at midnight on the 3rd and 'Wind blowing at hurricane force throughout the watch' on the 4th.
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2) 23rd Sept' 1916, Hurricane No 11, another category 3 storm.
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The Caesar log page for Sept' 24th includes the entry 'HMS Ready proc'd to St George' so there may be another record of this storm in existance.

3) 4th Sept' 1917; Hurricane No 3, a category 3 storm, is listed in Wikipedia as passing within '120 miles of Hamilton, Bermuda'The log page for the 4th shows force 9 winds throughout the morning so that may have been the point at which the storm passed.
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After passing Bermuda, the storm continued moving northwards and two days later, on the morning of the 6th, appears to have
encountered HMS Donegal.
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Re: Three Hurricanes
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2011, 05:27:25 pm »
Someone seems to be a regular Jonah ...

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Re: Three Hurricanes
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2011, 05:49:14 pm »
Actually, there not as unlucky as who might think; the Caesar left Bermuda at the end of August 1918;- if they had stayed there a few days more they would have been hit by another hurricane, the same one that battered the 'Donegal' that September
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Re: Three Hurricanes
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2011, 06:22:33 pm »
In "So long and thanks for all the fish" Douglas Adams refers to a "spear-carrier", thus:

"And as he drove on, the rain clouds dragged down the sky after him for, though he did not know it, Rob McKenna was a Rain God. All he knew was that his working days were miserable and he had a succession of lousy holidays. All the clouds knew was that they loved him and wanted to be near him, to cherish him and to water him."

Have you considered that you could be a Wind God?

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Re: Three Hurricanes
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2011, 06:39:05 pm »
No, - better to  follow the example of the Captain of the Caesar;- blame the boatswain !

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Re: Three Hurricanes
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2011, 11:45:49 am »
Please note, I have added some additional pages, from HMS Calgarian & HMS Donegal to my original posting in this topic.

Regards,
              Bernie
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