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“But early next morning, while oil fuel was being pumped into the ships of the two hunting groups and mechanics aboard the Ark Royal worked hard to get her aircraft serviceable, the Graf Spee struck again and for several hours the Port Chalmers struggled to get the raider report from the Tairoa (for that was the ship) through to a shore station.”
“A further signal — the Graf Spee was getting almost daily intelligence reports from the Seekriegsleitung about this time — - told him that the Renown and Ark Royal were to operate from Cape Town.”
“The Ark Royal and Renown would have swept through these areas had they not been diverted.”
“Ark Royal and one 6-inch cruiser to be detailed by C-in-C.,”
“It was too late for the Ark Royal and Renown to reach the area between Freetown and Pernambuco and "seal the gap" in order to intercept a raider breaking out into the North Atlantic.”
“On 3rd December the Sussex and Shropshire reached Simonstown three quarters of an hour before the Ark Royal and Renown arrived at Cape Town.”
“New orders went out from the Admiralty to the Ark Royal and Renown, and the Sussex and Shropshire on 27th Novem - ber to patrol south of the Cape.”
“The two cruisers were followed next day by the Ark Royal and”
“This allowed aircraft to fly off from the Ark Royal only once in five or six days, so the patrol could not be extended far enough south to intercept a raider "bent oa evasion.”
“Renown, and one carrier, preferably Ark Royal on account of her large endurance, required to proceed South Atlantic.”
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