Every boat, with its white sheet of limp and empty sail

TCD MS 10516 folio 46 verso

TCD MS 10516 folio 46 verso

[16th September 1916] hauled and a bellum, under such conditions, makes much leeway. Soon we were on the lee shore and aground. Some time elapsed before we could be refloated; we then had to pole the boat until the bend in the stream was passed and the wind again free.
Unfortunately the wind had almost died away. Later it lulled to a complete silent calm, leaving nothing but the placid flow of the river to waft us on to Kurna. The evening was delightfully still; every boat, with its white sheet of limp and empty sail was reflected in the mirrored stream as a vision of graceful beauty.
Reached Kurna before dark. Busy till late transferring sick to steamer Bhadra. Then the bellums had to be emptied; equipment collected and stored. A decided effort was made to deprive me of some of my staff to send with the sick