My instructions were to go on board the dredger

TCD MS 10516 folio 45 verso

TCD MS 10516 folio 45 verso

[15th September 1916] the exit of the lake. Her strenuous efforts do not appear to be fruitful, as the channel she is digging silts up as rapidly as it is excavated. My instructions were to go on board the dredger to inquire for any sick, and remove them, if necessary, to Kurna. On boarding the dredger I found Col. Johnson awaiting for a favourable opportunity to take a motor launch across the lake. The Captain very kindly asked me to dinner. We spent a little time scanning the country from behind a searchlight. From the dredger I had a full view of the immense fires that we had previously observed. The skipper says that they are large brick-kilns. The bricks must be manufactured on an enormous scale, as, by night, the sky is bright with flame and, by day, darkened in a black pall of smoke.