Monday, August 5, 2013
31 July 1859
July 31st. This morning we was aroused early by a squall having come on us rather sharply which had shivered the two fore gibb sheets and a third after dinner. Her rolling more than usual and a little extra noise on deck got a few of us out before the accustomed hour. The morning was showery, the breeze strong and the sea heavy until about sun set after which the breeze settled a little and we sailed more pleasant after although the evening was dull and like more rain. The state churchman did not hold a service the weather being too heavy. About service time in the evenings shower of rain came and cleared the decks and rendering our service a matter of doubt for a short time but as it soon blew fair, G Hayter got up and spoke a little on the Gospel ship.
Booth, Thomas. Papers, 1857 - 1859. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/56.