Wednesday, August 7, 2013
12 August 1859
12th. About two this morning another stern sail boom broke. But the morning was fine though cloudy with a strong breeze in the right direction which blew up a few light showers during the day. The juvenile and female passengers do not appear as much on deck as usual on account of the rain, the cool wind and having not shelter. Since morning the wind slackened very much. The stern sails are again flying but not doing as much as in the night before they broke. During the day we have had a great deal of company of the winged tribe and although very different to the land birds yet not the most handsome in their appearance yet they appear to fly with great ease being rarely seen to move their wings. Our progress today has been very good. The clouds cleared off after sun set making it more pleasant on deck. Gibson the stowaway was struck on the face this afternoon without provocation by the captain.
Booth, Thomas. Papers, 1857 - 1859. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/56