Saturday, July 27, 2013

5 July 1859

July 5. Weather still fine - heat intense. The nautillus common in these latitudes, to be seen around the ship: it is a small fish by some termed “Portugese Man O’War”, which swims on the surface with a little sail which it can raise or depress at pleasure.
Campbell, Alexander. Letters and papers, 1859 - 1870. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 50.

5th. The weather is fine this morning but a head wind so we have to tack about right and left like an overloaded animal crossing about to get up a hill but make little progress. We sighted two sails but at a distance. Some large flag fish were seen rolling like horses.
Booth, Thomas. Papers, 1857 - 1859. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/56.

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