Monday, August 5, 2013

26 July 1859

July 26th. A fine morning but afterwards showery. But nice sailing and a better breeze towards night. The main sail of the main mast was taken down for repairs and replaced by another much too small for the place. Such is the state of our sails that two or three men are required constantly to assist the sailmaker to keep them in repairs and then we are frequently minus a sail or two for two or three days together. This has been almost invariably the case since we crossed the line.
Booth, Thomas. Papers, 1857 - 1859. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/56.

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