Saturday, July 27, 2013

29 June 1859

June 29. Made the Tropic of Cancer. Sudden squalls frequent in the tropics. A passenger went up the rigging: when the sailors up after him, tied him there, and he was released on paying the usual fine, a bottle of grog.
 Campbell, Alexander. Letters and papers, 1859 - 1870. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 50

29th. This morning was fine with a good breeze making about 10 knots. Considerable unpleasantness exists between the captain and his men. He wants to put them extra hours although no bad weather to need it. The men stand out and beat him but mark this, they having pledged themselves to obey orders they do not directly refuse but say it is too much, we cannot do it. The Boatswain who was working his passage receiving his share of abuse in the past disturbance afterwards as per agreement he claimed five pounds per month wages.
Booth, Thomas. Papers, 1857 - 1859. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/56

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