[2nd August 1916] We took precautions against snipers, detailing the guard for duty at the taffrail and instructing the unarmed to lie quietly amidships. Nothing disturbed our night. After dark we reached Chaibaish, moored to the bank and enjoyed the coolest night for many weeks. We were glad in the early morning to seek warmth beneath a blanket.
Thursday: August 3rd 1916: Hamar Lake.
Away at dawn; soon entered the Hamar lake in the teeth of a strong wind. The lake was very shallow, but 2½ feet of water. We soon met a small launch flying the British ensign and attracting our attention with loud repeated whistles. A man, waving a large flag to make him the more conspicuous, came wading towards us through the lake with