The New Zealanders at Gallipoli
While confined to the narrow waters of Cook Strait, the fleet preserved its line ahead formation, but after passing Cape Farewell the two divisions of five ships each steamed in parallel lines eight cable lengths apart. Miles ahead raced the “Minotaur,” a speck on the horizon; the “Philomel” was four miles astern; while on either beam, six miles away, were the other two cruisers—the “Ibuki” to starboard and the “Psyche” to port.
The weather was typical of the Tasman Sea, and both men and horses suffered a good deal from seasickness. Where there were many horses, particularly on ships like the “Orari,” those who were well enough had plenty to do cleaning the horse decks and setting unsteady animals on their feet. That only four horses died out of the 3815 on board speaks volumes for the care taken in selection and the solicitude of the seasick troopers and drivers.