His Majesty's Ship "Dorsetshire" was in Australian waters for nearly two months; during this period 19 ratings deserted, of whom 10 deserted during the visit to Sydney for the centenary celebrations. Eight deserters have been recovered. The commanding officer has reported that it is not possible to attribute these desertions to any particular cause.
No, Sir. This ship is a perfectly happy ship. Desertions unfortunately are not infrequent in Australia, possibly due to the very hearty welcome that the men receive there.