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===(2)=== [[File:Alderton, Frederick William-02.png|thumb|Page 2 - Paula Bird]] 3.50 p.m. Our Battle Cruisers were heard firing, so I thought it was time to get to my perch in the Silent Cabinet. I saw nothing until about 4 p.m. when I sighted a German Light Cruiser at which our leading ships were firing. Now things were beginning to look busy. Surely we would sight something bigger soon. About 4.10 p.m. we turned to approximately S.S.E. I then sighted the German Battle Cruisers steaming on a parallel course to us. There were five of them and I thought their order was as follows:- 3 Derflinger class leading the line, followed by the 'Moltke' , and lastly the 'Seydlitze' and not the 'Moltke' for I carefully compared the two and saw that the rear ship had a raised forecastle, which is about the only way of distinguishing the 'Seydlitze' from the 'Moltke'. 4.15 p.m. We opened fire of the 'Seydlitze'. We were the last ship to commence as we were the last in the line. The range was 1,900 yards and the enemy bearing about two points before the beam. The visibility was then good for ranging but I thought it bad for spotting, as the background was misty and of exactly the same shade as a splash, thus making them difficult to distinguish. Remembering my experience on the Belgian coast I started with the intention of keeping as full notes as possible throughout the action. They would at least have been interesting for me, even if they should not prove to be of use as evidence. This I managed to do, with the exception of the occasions when I had to go into the Turret to attempt to rectify a defect. By a misfortune, which I shall never cease to regret, these notes became detached from the signal pad and were thrown away by an enthusiastic boy as waste paper. I made notes of what I thought was the fate of every salvo that I saw, the target and anything of interest. Practically the only definite thing that I remember about the fall of our shot is the fact that we hit with our fourth salvo. All the rest is jumbled up in my head and I cannot pick out the times at which various incidents happened. When the 'Seydlitze' was hit she at once turned about 5 points away, but shortly afterwards resumed her course. Very soon after this I remember thinking that the enemy must be zigzagging, at any rate on several occasions we found our shots going wrong for deflection. During this time the enemy were firing quickly, but it seemed to me wildly. We fired quickly for the first few salvos but as the light gradually became worse our firing became more deliberate and the range closed. I did not have much time for observing how the shooting of the other ships faired. All I remember is that the enemy's ships all seemed to be having a severetime, and that they appeared to be obliterated by the splashes of shell. I distinctly remember make a note that the 'Seydlitze' was badly on fire soon after we hit her, and that the third ship was also on fire. The Battle continued in this manner until 4.50 p.m. The visibility was rapidly becoming worse and at times we could only see the flare of the enemy's guns. Notwithstanding this, however, the enemy must have been able to distinguish us very plainly for the horizon on our starboard side was very definite.
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