[March 9th 1916] irrigation channel would have been so great as to give it an increase over its fellows of one third its height.
Friday: March 10th 1916: Basra
At midday we moved further up the river and were allotted a berth first in the line, above all the other ships, about half a mile up stream from the town of Basra. The vessels we passed formed an interesting collection. All were engaged in the work of war; there were transport supply ships, hospital ships, captured German vessels, river paddle boats, penny-boats from the Thames, stern wheelers from the Nile, tugs, gunboats, and innumerable dhows, barges and lighters all engaged in supplying the force with food, munitions of men or occupied in removing its ineffectives. I went ashore this afternoon and wan-