Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Richard Haydon: Shipboard Diary to New Zealand, 1883 - #17

The Snares, Charles N Worsley, 1902 water colour.

16 October

Very showery today changable winds again this morning sailors doing very little more than shifting the sails the ship is sailing about 5 miles an hour the wind has been blowing from the South-West since 12 Oclock the woman in the Hospital is much better today it is a beautiful evening this moon is at its full and the sea very calm like a mill pond.

17 October

Very fine day nice breeze from the North-West ship sailing about 8 miles an hour we got at our boxes today for the last time before going ashore a large number of birds fling [sic] around us again to day geting [sic] near the Snares.

18 October

Very cold wind had several hail storms to-day we passed the Snares this morning about 9 Oclock it is 4 or 5 rocks standing up in the sea about 40 feet -- ship sailing about 10 miles an hour she is rolling a great deal to-day sailors are geting [sic] the Anchors out we passed Stewart Island this afternoon.

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