Friday, July 10, 2009

Richard Haydon: Shipboard Diary to New Zealand, 1883 - #2

SS Taranaki

Richard Haydon's diary continued:

23 August

she is sailing about 3 1/2 miles up to 1/2 past 3 o'clock when the wind began to sprang up and sent her on about 7 miles an hour we had a shower of rain with it we are about 860 miles from the line [Equator] we saw several vessels about 6 o'clock this morning it gets dark about ? of 6 o'clock evenings.

25 August

A strong side wind. sea washed over the deck bit calmed down a little towards the evening sailing about 9 miles an hour.

28 August

Its very hot today this ship is got a little out of her course the wind still the same sailing about 7 miles an hour we saw a large numbers of birds they were called the stormy petrels.

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