"The whole fleet was ordered to sea and we all proceeded to Scapa Flow to join the Northern Fleet. This armada put to sea in battle array, a really impressive sight to see, over forty battleships together with an American squadron of thirty fast, light cruisers and flotillas of destroyers and submarines. We were on a large scale manoeuvre in the direction of the German coast. Each flagship had an observation balloon with lookouts. I was wondering why we were all out, was there a big battle imminent?"