By dusk we were through the lake

TCD MS 10516 folio 45 recto

TCD MS 10516 folio 45 recto

[15th September 1916] lake on the plea of being stranded; in this way they might remain there idle for a month; they would wade off and enjoy themselves in the neighbouring villages while all the time they would claim full wage.
I turned them all into the water, took the helm and refused to allow one aboard until we were afloat. With the expenditure of much energy we shifted the bellum, sailed for a few hundred yards but again stuck fast. Then would recommence the same altercations with the Arabs, my own exhortations and the combined labour of all. By dusk we were through the lake; the remaining bellums had reached the exit by 1 p.m. and, by now, were at Chabaish. Being dusk, it was dangerous for us to continue so we lay to for the night.
The dredger, Oswald, is at work near