Thursday, August 8, 2013

21 August 1859

21st. Sabbath this was a very cold stormy morning. The sailors having been hard at work all night taking in and reeling sail which was done by about 7 this morning. It was rough and uncomfortable all day. After breakfast we began to look for it being a little more favourable. Believing that the morning (at home) sacrifices would be going up to him who rides upon the stormy sky and calms the roaring seas. I heard of the Church minister attempting to hold service in the saloon and as his Rev was saying something about his audience bowing down with him it was said as he finished the sentence he fell with the roll of the ship. We can guess how devotional they would feel in such circumstances. We did not attempt to hold service although the wind hushed a little just then about. The night was fine but cold and all the children joined and sang although the stormy wind may blow and every wave roll high. (Main top Gallant brace broke this morning)
Booth, Thomas. Papers, 1857 - 1859. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/56

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