The reporter is most probably referring to Lieutenant Aylen's notebook. The force of the collision with Olympic knocked his notebook overboard. As a result, the 'fix' he had taken prior to the collision was lost and he was unable to provide that data. It is interesting to note that his compass was 'spinning right round' prior to the collision, owing to Olympic's close proximity.what caught my eye was the editor’s last sentence: “If only the divers could discover also that little book, which so unfortunately fell into the sea when the shock of the collision was felt by the officer of the Hawke, that might help to elucidate matters too.” What??? has anybody else heard of this speculation?
Best wishes,Q. Did it occur to you or Commander Blunt as far as you knew to say something of this sort, “This thing is unfortunately missing, it is fresh in my memory, I will do my best to reproduce the book.”