Monday, July 20, 2009

Richard Haydon: Shipboard Diary to New Zealand, 1883 - #9

Dolphin Pelorus Jack, shadowing ship on Picton to Nelson run, circa 1904. M Esson, photo.

15 September

A fine morning held at [sic] Bazaar on board for the Merchant Seamen Orphan's Asylum a heavy squall came on all of a sudden this afternoon with heavy rain the cry was all hands on deck for the first time since we left England off the Cape of Good Hope sailing about 11 miles an hour all well.

16 September

Sunday very cold had two or three hail storms today sea running very high a strong wind we passed a Island called Tristan D. Cunha last night a large number of Cape pigeons flying around us sailing about 12 1/2 miles an hour.

17 September

We had a heavy squall this morning about 1/2 past 3 o'clock the cups and dishes flying all over the floor the ship rolling very heavy all day the sea often washing over the deck sailing about 13 miles an hour we saw a large number of black fish called the Dolphins this evening alls well.

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