7. Captain Hotham, of the "Alexandra," has specially brought to my notice a deed of valour performed by Mr. Israel Harding, the Gunner of that ship, who probably saved many lives by lifting and placing in a tub of water a 10-inch shell with burning fuse, which had passed through the ship's side, and lodged on the main deck. He has also drawn my attention to the praiseworthy behaviour of Commander Alan Thomas, of the "Alexandra," throughout the day. I trust that this officer and Staff Commander Hosken, of my proper Flag Ship, who is most favourably reported on by Captain W. Hunt-Grubbe, will not suffer by my enforced absence from her. The whole of the Captains speak in the highest terms of the conduct of their officers and crew.