August 15th 1921
During the afternoon the steam trawler "Polar Prince" of North Shields with about one hundred tons of coal, thirteen tons of ice, and food for 10 men for 8 days, left the River Tyne in charge of skipper G. Bruce D.S.M. for the North Sea Fishing Grounds.
Weather heavy, easterly swell with moderate easterly breeze. After proceeding about forty five miles on an easterly course, the port trawl was shot.
From the time of leaving the port, all hands were busily engaged preparing the nets and gear etc. During this period, the vessel pitched and laboured heavily, which did not permit an excess of comfort. Fishing was commenced after proceeding a distance of forty fivemiles, as previously referred to, in thirty nine fathoms off the north-east side of Barnacle Bank; the trawl warp being about one hundred and fifty fathoms. When the gear was shot, the vessel steadied considerably and life became worth while.
All hands feed together in the cabin with the exception of one man at the wheel, and one in the engine room. Four meals are served daily, while the teapot is kept fully loaded at all times ready for immediate action, and is taken "as required". The food, if not substantial is good and in sufficient quantities. If fish is fancied each man partakes of his favourite fish from the trawl.
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