Saturday, July 27, 2013

27 June 1859

June 27. Got into NW trade winds. Weather fine. At night there was dancing on the poop. The Captain with a lady led off in a jig.
Campbell, Alexander. Letters and papers, 1859 - 1870. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 50.  

27th. A very fine morning but we are not getting on very fast. The air is sultry but a few drops of rain has made it better and in the afternoon about 4 o'clock, a fresh breeze filled our sails and our gallant ship bounded over the foam crested billows at a cheerful rate and as we were expected to catch the North East trade winds we receive this as an agreeable sample (these winds are said to blow one way for some time without changing much). We have seen a small tortoise and some flying fish. These are about the size of a common herring but seldom fly very far at once.
Booth, Thomas. Papers, 1857 - 1859. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/56.

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