Sunday, July 28, 2013

6 July 1859

July 6. Head wind. Rough sea. Saw the “Southern Cross” for the first time. Lost the rudder chains.
Campbell, Alexander. Letters and papers, 1859 - 1870. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 50.

6th. A fine morning, the breeze rather light but in the right quite near course I am told. The ships sighted yesterday have disappeared at our stern as all others have done since we first set out. Some fine fish appeared under the ships bows called the Bonita but none caught. We have passed under the sun where there was no shadow and now it is just appearing in an opposite direction to what it has been and as we approach the Equator day and night are about equal here.
Booth, Thomas. Papers, 1857 - 1859. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/56.

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