Friday, August 9, 2013

28 August 1859

28th - About eight in the evening an alarm of fire was raised: a strict investigation was made, but no trace of it could be found. The officers, however, who made the investigation found some of the passengers burning rags, coated with fat, for light, a practice which was ordered to be discontinued at once, as it was very dangerous.
Our Voyage to New Zealand Per the Tornado (by a Glasgow Emigrant) Glasgow Herald December 19, 1859

28th. We had a morning very fine for winter. The sea more calm and the wind more settled and with all our sail set we went on well until about noon when the wind increased very much so that most of sail was taken in and while so engaged a gust of wind went through the foretop sail and rent it very sore. We had no preaching on account of the weather but the ship bell tolled for the steeple house man's entertainment in the saloon.
Booth, Thomas. Papers, 1857 - 1859. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/56.

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