The river is thronged with ships –

TCD MS 10515 folio 18r

TCD MS 10515 folio 18r

[March 8th 1916]

of which place the Turks had sunk three ships to bar the channel. These were now visible; the largest was a German vessle, sunk in mid-stream, with funnel and masts now standing above the water. At her bow and stern an additional smaller boat was sunk, but one of these had been dragged aside to give a channel to our ships. We called these the “Defences of Basra”. We reached Basra at 3.30p.m. The river is thronged with ships – some thirty in number, – so troops must be pouring into the country. They present a fine spectacle by day but still more impressive by night, when the long line of glittering lights are like the illumination of a great city. They give a vivid impression of the reality of our command of the seas.