Sunday, July 19, 2009

Richard Haydon: Shipboard Diary to New Zealand, 1883 - #8

Spermaceti Whale. J Stewart, Lizars, Edinburgh,1837

11 September

Rather cloudy today the wind is got behind the ship she is rolling heavy sailing about 10 miles an hour the Nelson passed us this morning getting ready for rough weather taking down the old sails and putting new ones up. is on her right course.

12 September

A fine day the wind keep changing about sailing 8 miles an hour we saw a large whale this evening is about 50 feet long. I am on watch tomorrow morning from 2 till 6.

13 September

A wet morning cleared up about 12 o'clock we fell in again with the Nelson sailing about 10 miles an hour we had to keep down below all the morning all well.

14 September

A dull morning fine in the afternoon I washed my shirt today the Nelson still in sight rather cold wind sailing about 9 miles an hour.

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