Saturday, July 27, 2013

4 July 1859

Next evening [4 July] there was another collision between the captain and one of the passengers. During tea in the first cabin, several parties were walking on the quarter-deck and the tramp of their feet had rather annoyed some of the exquisites below. The captain, to oblige them, sent up his compliments, with a request that the walking might be stopped until tea was over. This request one or two refused to comply with. When the captain came up he took them to task about it, and one of them (an Irishman) said he had a right to walk on the quarter-deck when he thought proper, as he had agreed with Messrs. Wilson and Chambers for that privilege.
Our Voyage to New Zealand Per the Tornado (by a Glasgow Emigrant) Glasgow Herald December 19, 1859

July 4. Divine service as usual. Well attended outward attention to the Sabbath in respect to cleanliness and dress much observed.after the forenoon service the children were taken a walk on the poop. Mary Crocker was looking down the ventilator from the intermediate - over balanced herself and fell on the table below, a distance of 20 feet. She was picked up soon and brought to her Mother. The Doctor ordered her to be put in a warm bath and afterwards it could be ascertained if she was internally injured as there was not outward damage done. Fortunately it was afterwards found that she was none the worse for the fall, whilst every person wondered she was not almost killed by such an accident.
 Campbell, Alexander. Letters and papers, 1859 - 1870. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 50.

4th. The morning is fine but the wind not so favourable, taking us too much to the west. After dinner the cry of sail was heard. From two quarters they are almost like two houses behind the hill as we can see the upper part of their rigging first and the other as we come nearer. I hear it whispered today that in the recent disturbance between the captain and mate, the ship was put in a wrong course (the captain being drunk at the time) and report says we are about a day's sail from South America. (I hear we have made 3,300 and 60 miles).
Booth, Thomas. Papers, 1857 - 1859. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/56.

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