I. Keeling Islands
"I respectfully report the landing force, consisting of 3 officers. 6 petty officers and 40 men, ready to leave the ship.”
It was at 6.30 a.m., on Nov. 9, 1914, that I made this report on the bridge to Commander von Mueller, commanding H. M. S. Emden. She lay at anchor sit Port Refuge, which is the harbor built among the reefs of Keeling. Before long the two cutters contained the officers and men of the landing force. The steam launch was ready to take them in tow. The instructions that I received from the captain were to destroy the radio and cable stations on Direction Island (the most northerly of the Keeling group), and, if possible, capture and bring aboard all signal books, secret codes and other similar books.