Monday April 7th 1941
Rained all morning. Troops came right through the morning. Great crowd down to see us away. Rangitieri and Taranaki gave us a great send off. Nieuw Amsterdam pulled out at 12.15am. Mauretania left 15 minutes later. Stayed in stream for hours.
Left later with 3 escorts :-
Hobart, Canberra, Achilles
Tuesday April 8th 1941
Had a rough night most of the boys are rather sick. Was put on guard duty for 8 hours. Can pick up the escorts quite easily. Nieuw Amsterdam on our port side. 3 escorts right in front of us.
Put clock back one hour. Boys are rather quiet – thinking about when next with they see New Zealand.