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An unknown hand kept a journal of the voyage of the John Pirie. The surviving journal contains entries from 1 March 1836 (eight days after the ship departed from London) to 11 February 1837. The journal is overwhelmingly concerned with the welfare of the livestock on board and on land, suggesting that the writer was employed in animal husbandry.

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Thursday 10 March 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

During this Day, the Capt sent on board,
six young Sheep, likewise a lot of A swede or yellow turnip. Sweedish Turnips ,
and some Hay

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Tuesday 15 March 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

There was a deluge of Rain, all last Night, accompd with
uncommon heavy A squall is a sudden, sharp increase in wind speed. Squalls , indeed so excessively hard, has
the Wind been blowing, the last two Nights and Yestdy that
even in this well shelter’d Harbour, several Ships have
brought home their Anchor’s, and drifted to Windward is the direction from which the wind is coming. Leeward is the opposite direction, away from the wind. leeward , where
they have had to let go, the second One  ____   however the
“John Pirie”, has rode out the Gale in safety, by only one
Anchor being down, and without ever moving from the first
situation, in which She was placed    ______    The Weather
has now become quite moderate, but two of our Sheep, have
caught very bad Cold’s, and are removed to the Livestock on board were normally kept in pens on deck. Any needing to recover from exposure during severe weather might have been transferred to the between-decks. While loosely described as a ‘hospital’, it was in no sense a formal one. Hospital ,
(a place we have partitioned off, from the others) where
they can be better attended too, and made more comfortable,
than being amongst those, that are healthy   _______

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Saturday 19 March 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

There being a fine Breeze, from the S,E, this Morng we
got under weigh, at Daylight, and proceeded to Sea,
in company with several other, outward bound Vessels,
______

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Tuesday 22 March 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

_______    There has been a great deal of Rain, during the
Night, and 2 A,M, the Wind shifted round to the Northward
in a fine Breeze, but which only lasted untill Noon,
when it fell nearly a Calm, and at 4 PM, a steady
Breeze again sprang up from W,S,W, but a strong Sea,
still coming from N,W, causes the Vessel to labour very
much, and has prevented the Sheep getting any rest in
their Pen’s since Yestdy morng, besides making several
of the Passenger’s squeamish     _____________

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Thursday 24 March 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

___   There has been a tremendious high and cross Sea, all
Night, with heavy Squalls of Wind, from N,W, by N,
accompd by pelting showers of Hail, and Rain,  _______
All our live Stock seem very much distress’d, for
the want of rest, and one of the Rabbits brought forth
six young One’s, during the Night, all of which were
dead   _______

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Sunday 27 March 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The Gale has contd since Thursday, from the Westward,
and without the least intermission, or abatement, but
at 3, P,M, of this Day, it veer’d to S,W, and increased
to a perfect Hurricane, raising the Sea, to the greatest
possible pitch of Madness, and violent uproar, so that
fearing every thing would be washed off the Deck’s, we
bore away, right before the Wind, at 4, P,M, hoping by
this means, to save them, from destruction, but the Weather
has contd (to the end of this Day) so truly awful, as
to baffle all description, indeed the Elements, seem to be
engaged, in the most dreadful Warfare, with each other,
and violence is the order of the Day, in which the Rain
likewise takes a good share, for it is pouring down
in Torrents  _____  At 10, P,M, the Wind backed
round to N,W, and I think (if possible) it blows
more terrifickly than ever  _________

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Monday 28 March 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

At 2, A,M, a most tremendious Sea, overlap’d the Vessel,
and giving her such a violent Shock, as caused both the
Capt and every Soul on board, to suppose She must foun-
-der, being for a time completely buried under Water,
however, after a few Moments, of the most horrible suspense,
the little Vessel again arose out of the angry Deep, when
both Pumps were essential equipment because all ships took in water. They were worked by hand, either by the crew or by steerage passengers who were expected to assist Pump’s  were set to work, and which to our unutterable
satisfaction, very soon sucked her dry, but the loss
sustained by that dreadful Sea, is truly lamentable  ____
The two Sheep-pen’s, were swept away from their fast-
-enings, and One of them dashed to pieces, when all the
poor Sheep which it contain’d, were washed overboard, the
other Pen is also greatly injured, and thus were 12
of our Sheep either kill’d or drown’d, likewise, 3 Pig’s
23 Fowls, 2 Turkey’s, and 2 Rabbits, shared the same
hard fate, besides 5 Sacks of Fodder, and all the Turnips
also, 1 Barrel of Beef, 1 Tierce of Pork, the Log-reel,
and several other Articles, were all swept off the Decks,
along with the Sides of a ship raised above deck level to protect objects and crew Bulwark  &c, after which Capt Martin,
order’d all the Hay to be thrown overboard, deeming such
a course expedient for the safety of the Vessel, as the
Sea was now making a regular passage over her, every
Minute, and filling the Cabin with Water, through the
Panes of A framework placed over a deck opening and fitted with glazed windows to admit light Skylight , which it had broken, although they
were defended all round, by strong Canvas, not even leaving
a place uncover’d by which to see the Compass, nor daring
to steer in any other direction, than right before the Wind,
At 4, A,M, the On a schooner like the John Pirie, the foreyard is the lowest yard attached to the foremast to spread the square sails Foreyard  gave way, breaking into two
pieces by the Slings, and the close reef’d Fore-top-sail,
split into Ribbon’s, which was the only Canvass, we
had set, at the time, our A small boat carried across the stern of a ship and suspended from davits stern Boat  also got stove,
Thus did this most desperate of all Gale’s, continue
to blow, without the least sign of abateing untill Noon,
when it became rather less violent, and at 4, P,M, we ventured
to To ‘heave to’ is to reduce a ship’s sails and adjust them so they counteract each other and stop the ship making progress. It is a safety measure used to deal with strong winds heave-too , although the Sea was most terribly high,
and the A squall is a sudden, sharp increase in wind speed Squalls  still uncommonly heavy, causing the
Vessel to labour exceedingly, and ship a great deal of Water,
but we had either to do this, or run down upon a A lee shore is dangerous. It is a coast onto which the wind blows from the sea, presenting the danger that a ship will be blown onto shore lee Shore
in the Bay of Biscay

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Tuesday 29 March 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

We contd To ‘heave to’ is to reduce a ship’s sails and adjust them so they counteract each other and stop the ship making progress. It is a safety measure used to deal with strong winds hove too the whole Day, with the
Wind still blowing very strong indeed from N,W, and the
Sea running most tremendiously high & cross  _____
The People have all been busily employed, in clearing
away and securing every thing, that remain’d upon Deck,
repairing various parts of the Rigging, and fishing
the On a schooner like the John Pirie, the foreyard is the lowest yard attached to the foremast to spread the square sails Fore-yard

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Wednesday 30 March 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

At 4, A,M, the Wind coming round from S,W, we bore
away for Falmouth, which was then, about 300 Miles dis-
-tant, as the Wind still kept blowing most awfully, and the
Sea equally as cross as ever, causing the Vessel to roll about,
and labour very much indeed  _______  During the Forenoon
our white Sow brought forth 10 young Ones, all of which
were dead, and the size of half grown Rats  ________

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Thursday 31 March 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

Our Vessel contd, to tumble about exceedingly heavy the whole
of last Night, and shipping a great deal of Water, while
the Wind still kept blowing very strong, until 3 A,M, when
it began to moderate, and at 8 A,M, has gradually lessend,
to a clever Breeze, and we had once more the pleasure of
seeing all the Seafarers reduce sails in strong winds so that ships can move more safely and comfortably. Sails are made with rows of small ropes attached to them and these are tied around spars to reduce the amount of sail exposed to the wind. The amount of sail taken in by securing one set of ropes is called a reef. reef’s  shaken out, and our Vessel again under
whole Sails, after having experienced one of the most severe
Gales of Wind, ever witnessed, indeed I am astonished, how
this little Vessel, has weather’d such a violent and terrifick
Storm, in the awful rough Sea’s of the Western Ocean,  ___
The only live Stock which have survived its fury, are
5 young Sheep, (which we purchased at Falmouth)
2 Sow’s, 3 Rabbits, and 1 Turkey, besides several of
the Crew being almost fatigued to Death, our Cook has not
been able to come upon Deck, since Tuesday last, but
two of the Passengers, named Tindal, and Powell,
volunteer’d to do his duty, these men, with one Stephen Sessions
have always been very willing, to render their assistance
when ever they could be useful  _____________

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Friday 1 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The beginning of last Night, was nearly a Calm, which contd until 3, A,M, when a fine Breeze sprang up from S,W, and the Sea is much fallen, but at Noon, the Wind increased to a fresh Breeze, with hazy Weather, and at 4, P,M, our Capt thinking we should not be far from the [...]

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Saturday 2 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

We had a high Wind all last Night, accompd with heavy Showers of Hail, and at 6 A,M, it Westward, but still blew very strong in the Squalls, and we had got so far to leeward of Plymouth, as to be unable to reach that Port, however we got a Dartmouth Pilot when off the [...]

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Sunday 3 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

Most of our People, went on Shore to Church, this Morng, but Stephen Sessions never came back to the Ship, so that I think, the uncommon severe Weather, that we have experienced, must have terrified him from proceeding further on the Voyage, as he always behaved himself very well, and seem’d to be an honest, [...]

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Monday 4 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

This Morng Lloyd’s Surveyor, and two other Gentlemen,
came on board, to look at the Damage, our Vessel had
received in the late tremendious Gale’s, and found that
amongst other disasters, the Fore-top-Mast was ‘Sprung’ is the past participle of ‘spring’. In respect of the John Pirie’s Fore-top-Mast, the word ‘sprung’ refers to the mast being split or cracked during the storm it experienced. sprung ,
and in the Afternoon sent Workmen to commence repairs __
At 2, P,M, we were very much surprised, at receiving
a visit from Sl Stephens Esqr C.M. who had left the
Duke of York in Tor Bay, which is not more than
5 Miles distant from this place and where She has been
all the late bad Weather, but has broke her A machine with a horizontal axle for hauling or hoisting: in this case it refers to the device used to hoist the anchor on the John Pirie. A windlass is different from a capstan, which has a vertical axle. Windlass , and
lost an Anchor,  _________  The Weather is very fine to
Day, with a gentle Air of Wind, from the Northward  ___

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Tuesday 5 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

There has been a fresh Breeze of Wind, all this Day, from S,W, accompd with a great deal of Rain

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Friday 8 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

We have had variable Weather since Tuesday, and we sent our 5 remaining Sheep, on Shore this Morng to recover themselves a little from the effects of the late disastrous Weather, which has made them very sickly, and weak  ___________

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Sunday 10 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

Several of our People went on Shore, to Church, during the Day,  _______  Two of the Crew had got on Shore last Night, and no doubt have absconded, one of them is the Cook, the other is an able Seaman, call’d James Cantilian  ____________

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Wednesday 13 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

During this Afternoon we got on board, 2 Rams
2 Ewes, 1 Sow, 1 Boar, and 4 small pork Pigs,
also a lot of Fowls, and 3 Turkeys, besides 3 Bags
of Oats, 3 Bags of Barley, and a quantity of A swede or yellow turnip. Swe-
-dish Turnips
  _____________

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Friday 15 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

Yestdy we got on board 11 Bundles of Hay, and this Afternoon have got back the 5 Ewes, that were sent on Shore to recruit themselves, but one of the poor Animals is in a most deplorable condition, being as lean as Wood, and so very lame’d that it can scarcely put a Foot to [...]

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Saturday 16 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The repairs of our Vessel being completed, and every
thing got on board, with two fresh Sailor’s, and a Cook,
to fill the situations of those who decamp’d (but no One
in the room of Stephen Sessions), we When the crew weigh anchor they raise or lift it from the ocean floor so they can put the ship in motion. weigh’d Anchor at
10½, A,M, and proceeded to Sea once more, with the Wind
from S,S,W, which contd until 5, P,M when a fine
Breeze sprang up from the Northward, and remain’d so
all Night  ________  In the Afternoon our Capt order’d the
Ewe to be kill’d, which I spoke of Yestdy, as it was in
extreme Misery, and at 4 P,M, one of the Turkey’s,
unfortunately flew overboard and was drown’d  _____

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Sunday 17 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The Wind still remains Northerly, and at 9, A,M, we saw the Lizard Point, about 10 Miles distant  _________

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Monday 18 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The Wind contd from the North all Night, but at 4, A,M, it veer’d round to N,W, which remain’d untill Noon, and then again backed to the Northward, in a gentle Breeze, that lasted all Day  ____________

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Wednesday 20 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The Weather has been very fine since Monday, with light Airs of Wind, veering about from North, to W,S,W, and sometimes nearly a Calm, until 6, P,M, when a clever Breeze sprang up from N,N,E  _________

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Thursday 21 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The Wind contd all Night from N,E, but at Day-light
it lower’d into a gentle Air, which kept shifting about
from North to West, all Day  _______  At 6, P,M, we
came in sight of part of a Wreck, consisting of a
lower Mast, and Yards are horizontal poles that are suspended from the masts to support and spread the square sails. They are basically set square to the ship’s centre line but the angle can be adjusted to suit the direction of the wind. Yard , a top Mast and Yard,  ___  with
a few Spar’s,  ___  round Top,  ___  and the remnant of
Sails, Rigging, &c, all of which had no doubt,
been carried away from some unfortunate Vessel, in
the awful Gales of the 27th, 28th,, Ult is short for Ultimo which means ‘of last month’. Ult , We took only
One Spar, as our Decks, are already too much ‘Lumbered’ is an informal term mainly used in Britain to refer to someone being burdened with a thing, or things, unwanted. In shipping terminology, ‘much lumbered’ or ‘lumbered with’ were sometimes used to describe the state of decks that had become cluttered with cargo and other objects during storms. lumberd ,
for stowing any more,  __  but they will be a good prize, to
a Ship, that can make room for them  __________

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Saturday 23 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The weather has contd uncommon fine since Thursday,
and Wind veering about from West, to North, sometimes
being a smart Breeze, and at other times nearly a Without wind. Calm ,
At Noon we To speak a ship is to communicate with it by voice or signals spoke a Schooner, call’d the New-Jane,
of Plymouth, bound to Liverpool, the Capt of which
promised to To record meeting another ship upon arrival in port. In one case, the South Australian Company Directors learnt at their meeting of 17 May that the John Pirie had been encountered on 23 April in latitude 42E north, longitude 12E west. report us, on his arrival there  _____

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Sunday 24 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

We have had a remarkable clever Breeze, all last
Night, and to Day, from N,E, which has sent our
Vessel along at the Rate of 6, and 8 The speed of ship or wind in nautical miles per hour. A float is dropped overboard and the speed is indicated by the rate at which the ship sails away from it. Spacing of knots in the log-line connected to the float is in same proportion to a mile as the half-minute sandglass used is to an hour, thus the number knots counted off in the time is the speed in knots Knots an Hour  _____

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Wednesday 27 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The Weather has remain’d uncommonly fine since Sunday,
accompd with a smart Breeze from N,E, and at Day
light this Morng we could just discern the tops of
the high Lands, in the Island of Porto-Santo,
shortly after which, saw the Island of Madeira, and
before it was dark, passed through between them, keep-
ing Porto-Santo, with a few Islands called the
Desertas, on our The old term for the left hand side of a ship looking forward. The right hand side is starboard. To avoid mis-hearing an order, it is now referred to as ‘port’. larboard , and Madeira on the The starboard is the right side of a ship or a boat perceived by a person on board facing the bow (front).The left side was originally called ‘larboard’ but in the early nineteenth century that term was replaced by ‘port’ to avoid the crew mis-hearing an order. The change was made official in 1844. star-
board
 Side  _______  In the grey of the Eveng we got
sight of a Whale, about 3 Miles from us, it was spou-
-ting up Water to a great height in the Air  _______

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Thursday 28 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

There is less Wind to Day, than has been for the last few Days, but it still continues from N,E, and the Weather feels so much warmer, that we had the Wool cliped off our Sheep this Morng ___________

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Friday 29 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

At Noon we saw the Island of Palma, it was then nearly abeam of us on the larboard side, and about 20 Miles, distant  _____  There has been a gentle little Breeze all last Night and to Day, but which still remains right Aft, and sends us along, at the Rate of 4, or 5, Miles [...]

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Saturday 30 April 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

This Morng all the Chests, Bedding, &c, belonging
to the Passenger’s, were got upon Deck to Air, and
in the mean time the The area of between-decks occupied by steerage passengers, that is, those travelling at the cheapest rate. Steerage was thoroughly cleansed,
as the Weather is now getting very warm  _______

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Tuesday 3 May 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

We have had beautiful Weather, with a moderate Breeze from the N,E, since Saturday, but which increased last Night to a fine fresh Breeze from E,N,E, and has contd all this Day, sending our Vessel along, at the Rate of 6, and 8, Knots an Hour, and as we were in between 22E, and 23E, [...]

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Friday 6 May 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

We have had a smart Breeze from E,N,E, since Tuesday with delightful Weather, and this Day at Noon, were abreast of St Antonio, one of the Cape Verd, Islands which was about 15 Miles distant, on the larboard Side, we then had a Calm, that contd for about an Hour, after which a clever Breeze [...]

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Saturday 7 May 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

There has been a fresh Breeze all Night from E,N,E,
and at 8, A,M, took a Seafarers reduce sails in strong winds so that ships can move more safely and comfortably. Sails are made with rows of small ropes attached to them and these are tied around spars to reduce the amount of sail exposed to the wind. The amount of sail taken in by securing one set of ropes is called a reef. The action of reducing sails is called reefing and the knot that is used to tie the ropes is called a reef knot. In light winds all the reefs are taken out and the full size of the sail is exposed to draw full power from the wind. reef in the The top sail on a foremast. Fore-top Sail , for the
first time since leaving Dartmouth, and at 11, A,M, had
the Islands of Brava and Fogo, (two of the Cape Verde)
right abeam of us, the former about 20, and the latter
40 Miles distant, on the larboard Side, it then fell
Without wind. Calm , and remain’d so untill the Eveng, during which,
the heat was excessive  ____  We saw a great number
of A family of marine fish (Exocoetidae family) consisting on some 64 species. The species’ defining feature is their wing-like pectoral fins used for gliding above the water’s surface for up to 50 metres. Flying fish live in all oceans, but are particularly prevalent in warm tropical and sub-tropical waters. flying Fish , this Morng and in the Afternoon were
follow’d by a Shark, that broke two fishing Lines, and
a strong Hook, when One of the Sailors found a proper
Shark-hook, on to which he put a piece of Pork,
for Bait, and gave it to the Short for Captain. Capt , who in his eagerness
to catch the Fish, did not notice, that there was no Line
made fast to it, but immediately threw it overboard, which
caused a hearty Laugh, and most probably saved the Sharks
life, for we could not find another One, strong enough
to hold him   ___________

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Sunday 8 May 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

At 11, O’Clock last Night a gentle Air sprang up from E,N,E, which at 8, A,M, had increased to a smart Breeze that contd all this Day,  _______   We have seen an im- -mense number of flying Fish, during the Day, three or four of which, flew upon our Decks, they were follow’d by several [...]

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Saturday 14 May 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

There has been a light Air of Wind, all Night, from E,N,E,
but at 8, A,M, it became quite Without wind. Calm , and the heat was
really intolerable untill 2, P,M, at which time, a gentle Breeze
sprang up again from E,N,E, which made it a little more
cool, but at 6, P,M, we had another Without wind. Calm    ______   Most of
the Passengers have slept upon Deck, every Night, for
the last Week, as the The area of between-decks occupied by steerage passengers, that is, those travelling at the cheapest rate. Steerage is like a hot Oven,  ______
We have seen a great number of A porpoise is a small marine mammal related to whales and dolphins. The word ‘porpoise’ has sometimes been used by sailors and fishermen to refer to any small dolphin. Porpoises , and other large
Fish, swiming about the Vessel, for several Days past, but
have never been able to catch One, untill this Morng, when
at 6, O’Clock, (having made a Shark-hook out of an Iron
Bolt,) we had the pleasure to haul in One of these voracious
Animals, which was afterwards Cook’d, and consider’d a great
treat by the People, who it served to every Meal, du-
-ring the Day   _____________

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Monday 16 May 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

…   On Saturday Night, and
last Night, there was a great deal of Lightning, with
a little Thunder, and some Rain, which is the first
we have had since leaving England, but at 5, P,M,
there was a heavy Shower, so that the Passengers got
a quantity to Wash their Clothing with   _________
At 9, A,M, saw a Vessel a long way Astern, for which
we shortend Sail, and at 4, P,M, she came up to us,
and proved to be a fine Dutch Ships were generally classed by the way they were rigged for sail. A bark (also spelt barque) had: three masts, square sails on the front or forward mast square sails on the middle or main mast, and fore-and-aft sails on the back or mizzen mast. They were relatively small sailing ships in the 1830s.Barque, well Arm’d
call’d the Maria, and bound to Batavia, there were
several Soldiers on board of her   _________

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Tuesday 17 May 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

We have had light, variable spots of Wind, and Calm’s during the Night, but at 7, A,M, a clever Breeze, arose from the S,S,E, that has lasted the whole Day, and cool’d the Air considerably   _______

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Saturday 21 May 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

We have contd to enjoy a fine Breeze, since Tuesday, varying from S,S,E to South, and at 8, O’Clock, last Night, cross’d the Equinoctial Line, in about 18E30′, West Long, and without any of us undergoing the Shaving operation, but instead of which, the People got each a Glass of Grog, this Afternoon   _______ At [...]

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Tuesday 24 May 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The Wind and Weather, has remain’d much about the same, as is mention’d on Saturday, untill this Afternoon, when it became Squally, and accompd by heavy Showers of Rain, during which the Wind kept shifting from South, to E,S,E, but toward Eveng it settled into a fine steady Breeze from S,E, with clear Weather   __________

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Thursday 26 May 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The Wind has contd from the S,Eastward, since Tuesday,
accompd with most beautiful Weather   _______
This Afternoon a disagreeable Quarrel took place between
Mr Davies, (our First officer directly coming under the command of the captain. Ships’ Mates were responsible for supervising watches, crew, navigation and safety equipment, and sometimes even served as the ship’s doctor. chief Mate ) and the Carpenter,  ___
It appears the latter wanted some Nails, when the Mate
told him to be more careful of the Provision of food, drink, medical comforts, and equipment for all passengers and crew to survive the voyage. Ships Stores , and
charged him with having recd a great many things in
London, of which he could give no account, this was
passionately denied by the Carpenter, and caused very
angry Words, that soon produced Blows, however they
were parted without having hurt each other much, after
which Capt Martin coincided with the Mate, and blamed
the Carpenter for not fulfiling his duty, in many respects,
but all of which the latter strongly denied, and complain’d
of having recd very hard usage, ever since leaving England,
however, after making use of very strong Language, to each
other, they separated mutually displeased   _________

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Sunday 29 May 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

We have had a clever little Breeze from S,E, since Thursday and very fine Weather, until yestdy Eveng at 6, O’Clock, when it became rather Squally, accompd by heavy Showers of Rain, and this Morng, at 8, O’Clock, a reef was taken in the Fore top Sail, as the Wind had then increased to a [...]

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Monday 30 May 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

There was a strong Breeze all last Night, from
E,S,E, and during which the Rather than a foresail permanently secured to the fore yard, the John Pirie had a square-sail which was hoisted to the yard when required. Square-sail , & A triangular sail carried on a rope stay running between the foremast and the jib boom, an extension of the bowsprit. Jib , were
taken in,  and The mainsail is the lowest sail on the mainmast, as is the fore-sail on the foremast. Main sail Seafarers reduce sails in strong winds so that ships can move more safely and comfortably. Sails are made with rows of small ropes attached to them and these are tied around spars to reduce the amount of sail exposed to the wind. The amount of sail taken in by securing one set of ropes is called a reef. The action of reducing sails is called reefing and the knot that is used to tie the ropes is called a reef knot. In light winds all the reefs are taken out and the full size of the sail is exposed to draw full power from the wind. reef’d , as our Vessel labour’d very
heavy, against an uncommon strong head Sea, which
causes her to leak very much indeed,   ___   At 10, A,M,
while most of our People were assembled on the The quareterdeck was the deck between the main mast and the back of the ship.It was sometimes raised to give more headroom to the cabins below it. In sailing ships the quarterdeck was the place from which the captain commanded the ship.It was the custom in most ships that only officers would use the quarterdeck. The crew would only go there for specific duties or to take instructions. Quarter deck ,
it being the dryest place on the Decks, Our Vessel was struck
by the A descriptive term for a sharp crest resulting from two waves crossing each other, just as it can apply to the elevated region where several mountain-chains meet. Knot of a Sea , that came right over this favourite
Spot, giving all of us a regular good ducking, but the
poor Tom-Cat, got such a fright by the shock, as to jump
from the weather side of the Deck, clean over the lee Sides of a ship raised above deck level to protect objects and crew. Bulwark
into the Sea, where he met a water’y Grave   ________
At Noon the Wind became more moderate, and at 11, P,M,
after a pelting Shower of Rain, it shifted to about due
East, and clear Weather

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Wednesday 1 June 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The Wind has contd from due East, since Monday Night, accompd with fine Weather, untill this Eveng at 8, O’Clock, when it became Squally, with heavy Rain, that lasted untill 10, P,M, and then again clear’d up,  _______

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Thursday 2 June 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

We have had very fine Weather, since the Rain, last Night
and this Morng was beautifully clear and bright, but at
7, A,M, a brawl took place in the The area of between-decks occupied by steerage passengers, that is, those travelling at the cheapest rate. Steerage , between
Mrs Chandler, and the Messrs Powell, in which the
most disgusting and aggravating Language, was made
use of by both Parties, towards each other, at length
Chas Chandler (who had been on Deck, during all this uproar)
went down to them, and endeavourd to get his Wife pacified,
but it was all in vain, for shortly afterwards She came upon
Deck, with a Bundle of Clothes in her Arm’s, and made
towards the Ship’s side, threatening to drown herself, but
was prevented doing so, by the Captain catching hold of her,
and was made to go below again by the assistance of her
Husband, but while we were at Breakfast, the Helmsman
alarm’d us very much, by crying Out, that a Woman had
jump’d overboard, when rushing upon Deck, we saw
the poor miserable Wretch strugling in the Sea, astern
of the Vessel, when immediately tacking Ship, we suc-
-ceeded in getting her aboard again, but almost in a
lifeless state, having been in the Water, at least 10, minutes,
however the usual remedies for recovering Person’s, apparantly
drown’d, were made use of, and I am happy to say, they
had the desired affect, for She is greatly recover’d, although
still uncommonly Weak, with severe pains in her inside,
and likewise in her Head   _______   It appears that while
we were in the Cabin, she took the opportunity of coming
on Deck, with the Bundle still in her Arm’s, and went
to the fore part of the Vessel, in a terrible rage, but
at which both her Husband, and others who were present,
took little notice, thinking the Woman, could not actually
mean to destroy herself, however, when at the The shrouds supporting the masts pass over channels, broad planks projecting out from the ship’s side, and are tied back to the hull with chains. Thus it is for instance convenient to stand on the channel ‘in the chains’ when finding the depth of water. fore-Chains
She suddenly stop’d, threw the Bundle overboard, and
giving a momentary glance at Chandler, She sprang
over the Sides of a ship raised above deck level to protect objects and crew. Bulwark herself,  to the horror, and amazement
of all who beheld the sight,   ________    The temper of
this Woman is most violent, and when in a passion, She
is shockingly wicked, while her Husband, Chas Chandler,
appears to be a very decent, quiet, sort of Man, for whom
I am truly sorry, but yet, She is not without some
good properties, having always taken great pains to
keep both herself and Children, neat and clean, but She
is now with scarsely a Rag to put on her Back, having
thrown almost the whole of her Clothes into the Sea, that
no other Woman (her Husband might take to Wife) should
have the satisfaction of wearing them, after She was
gone, they have four fine Children, the oldest of which
is a little Girl 10, years of Age, and the youngest about
about 12 Months   __________
At Noon we got sight of the Island of Trinidad
right ahead, bearing about S,W by S, and not less
than 50 Miles distant   ___   The Wind has been va-
-rying since Noon, with light Airs, from E,S,E to South,

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Friday 3 June 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The same kind of light variable Winds, has contd all Night and the whole of this Day, as we had Yestdy __   at 4 A M were abreast of Trinidad, passing it to the Westward, this is a small uninhabited barren Island, situated in 20E32′ S, Lat, and 29E9’ West Long, at 6, P,M, it bore [...]

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Saturday 4 June 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

We still contd to have light and variable Winds to the
close of this Day  __   but at 8, A,M, were within 2 Miles
of the Vessel that was seen Yestdy at which time, She
To hoist and display the ship’s flag. hoisted her Colour’s and began to To signalise is to make contact by use of signal flags. Signalize , that was
duly answer’d by us, however at Noon, She commenced
To signalise is to make contact by use of signal flags. signalizeing again, but being then to The direction from which the wind blows. The other direction is termed ‘leeward’. Windward of her
we could not see them distinctly, and therefore bore down
towards her, so as to get within hail, but this it appeared
greatly alarm’d them, as their Capt inform’d us, that seeing
so many People on Deck, he did not like our appearance
at all, and had got everything ready for Action, if required,
of which they soon gave us a proof, and by discharging a lot
of A muzzle-loaded, smooth bore long gun, fired from the shoulder. Muskets , and two A sea-term for cannon. great Gun’s , She was a pretty
little A sailing vessel with two square-rigged masts. Brig , called the Mary, of Leith, bound to the Isle
of France,  __________    At 5 P,M, we saw a Whale
not more than a Mile off, playing about, and spouting
Water up into the Air   _________

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Monday 6 June 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The Weather remain’d very fine all Yestdy, untill 11, P,M,
when it came on to blow a heavy Gale of Wind, from S,E,
so strong that the A sail immediately above the lowermost sail of a mast and supported by a topmast.Fore top SailThe topgallant mast (pronounced and sometimes written t’gallant) is the mast immediately above the topmast, or an extension of the topmast. See ships’ rigging for further discussion.Top gallt SailA triangular sail carried on a rope stay running between the foremast and the jib boom, an extension of the bowsprit.Jib,
and Rather than a foresail permanently secured to the fore yard, the John Pirie had a square-sail which was hoisted to the yard when required.Square sail, were taken in, and the The mainsail is the lowest sail on the mainmast, as is the fore-sail on the foremast.Main sail,
close Seafarers reduce sails in strong winds so that ships can move more safely and comfortably. Sails are made with rows of small ropes attached to them and these are tied around spars to reduce the amount of sail exposed to the wind. The amount of sail taken in by securing one set of ropes is called a reef. The action of reducing sails is called reefing and the knot that is used to tie the ropes is called a reef knot. In light winds all the reefs are taken out and the full size of the sail is exposed to draw full power from the wind. reef’d, which has contd the whole of this Day, accompd
by a tremendious A cross sea arises when the waves raised by a gale continue after the wind has changed direction. Continuing changes, such as during a cyclone, may result in the waves rising up in pyramids and sending their tops perpendicularly into the air.cross jump of a Sea, that makes the
Vessel, A ship pitches when its head plunges up and down under the action of waves.pitch and roll about dreadfully, and causing
her to leak very much, being upon the The old term for the left hand side of a ship looking forward. The right hand side is starboard. To avoid mis-hearing an order, it is now referred to as ‘port’larboard Ships could not sail directly into the wind, but they could sail across it at an angle. So, to move forward in the direction of the wind they set a zigzag course, sailing across the wind at alternating angles. That procedure was called tacking.Tack   ___

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Tuesday 7 June 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The Gale contd rageing with unabated fury the whole
of last Night, but at 8, A,M, it became a little more
moderate, and the close Seafarers reduce sails in strong winds so that ships can move more safely and comfortably. Sails are made with rows of small ropes attached to them and these are tied around spars to reduce the amount of sail exposed to the wind. The amount of sail taken in by securing one set of ropes is called a reef. The action of reducing sails is called reefing and the knot that is used to tie the ropes is called a reef knot. In light winds all the reefs are taken out and the full size of the sail is exposed to draw full power from the wind. reef’d a sail immediately above the lowermost sail of a mast and supported by a topmast.Fore top Sail was set,
although the Wind, which is now due East, has still kept
blowing very strong, in the A squall is a sudden, sharp increase in wind speed.Squall’s, all this Day,
During the Night, we crossed the The imaginary line dividing the tropics from the rest of the southern hemisphere, and marking the limit of the sun’s apparent movement southwards during summer. The northern limit is the Tropic of Cancer.Line of Capricorn,
in about 29E40’ West Longitude is the distance, measured in degrees, of the meridian on which a point lies to the meridian of Greenwich. On the other side of the earth to Greenwich is a point with a longitude of both 180 degrees east and 180 degrees west.Longitude    _________

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Thursday 9 June 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

… ________  The late high Winds have cool’d
the Air very much indeed, which is uncommonly grate-
-ful to us, after being almost stew’d Alive, for a Month,
besides making our Butter run to an Oil, and
Candles unable to stand upright, without having
props to support them   _____________

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Friday 10 June 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

During last Night, the Wind gradually veer’d round
to the Northward, and having had a fine Breeze, from
that Quarter, all this Day, we consider ourselves now to
be out of the S,E, Regular winds which move towards the equator within or near the tropics, the earth’s rotation dragging them such that in the northen hemisphere they blow from the north-eastward and in the southern from the south-eastward. Trade Winds    ___________
Mrs Chandler being greatly recover’d, from the effects
of her late attempt of drowning, the Capt has given her
Husband strict orders, that whenever She comes upon
Deck, his is to watch her closely, as it is not improbable
That She might make another attempt   _________

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Saturday 11 June 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

There has been a smart Breeze all Night, and the
whole of this Day from N,N,W, causing our Vessel to
run at the rate of 7 or 8 The speed of ship or wind in nautical miles per hour. A float is dropped overboard and the speed is indicated by the rate at which the ship sails away from it. Spacing of knots in the log-line connected to the float is in same proportion to a mile as the half-minute sandglass used is to an hour, thus the number knots counted off in the time is the speed in knots. Knots an Hour, in a S,E,
direction, which Course, is something new to us, after
having been Steering to the S,Westards, ever since leaving
Dartmouth, untill the last, two or three Days

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Monday 13 June 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

… _____    I am very sorry to say Mrs Chandler is again
very Ill, having violent pains in her Side, and Head,
accompd with a dreadful Cough

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Thursday 16 June 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

We have had most delightful Weather since Monday, with a gentle Air of Wind from the S,Westward, untill Yestdy Eveng when it became nearly Calm for a few Hour’s, but at 11, P,M, a fine little Breeze sprang up from N,N,W, which gradually increased towards Noon of this Day, into a smart steady Wind, sending [...]

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Saturday 18 June 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

There has been a A gentle wind, which can be described fancifully as ‘clever’, ‘smart’, ‘fine’ or ‘fresh’. clever Breeze from the N,Westward
since Thursday, during all which time we have never
gone less than from 8, to 9, The speed of ship or wind in nautical miles per hour. A float is dropped overboard and the speed is indicated by the rate at which the ship sails away from it. Spacing of knots in the log-line connected to the float is in same proportion to a mile as the half-minute sandglass used is to an hour, thus the number knots counted off in the time is the speed in knots. Knots an Hour , but this Eveng
the Wind has increased to a strong Gale, putting us under
Under suitably reduced sail in preparation for expected conditions, such as meeting a gale. snug Canvas ,   _________     Messrs Powell, and Tindall,
thought proper to have a few Blow’s, at each other Yestdy,
arising from an old Grudge between them, but they were
speedily separated, each having got a slight Wound, in
his Face   _________   This afternoon our Capt order’d
Powell, (who always stands Butcher) to kill the Sow, that
was purchased at Dartmouth, for the purpose of giving
all the People, a fresh A fresh serving of food. Mess , to-morrow   _______
Mrs Chandler still continues dangerously “Ill”, and this
Morng it was deem’d advisable to take half a Pint of
Blood from her   ________________

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Friday 24 June 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

…    ____   This Morng
at Day-light there was a Vessel abreast of us, about 3 Mls
distant, and at 9, A,M, we To hoist and display the national flag to establish that this was a British ship. hoisted our Colours , which were im-
mediately answer’d, but She being then a considerable way ahead,
very kindly To ‘heave to’ is to reduce a ship’s sails and adjust them so they counteract each other and stop the ship making progress. It is a safety measure used to deal with strong winds. hove-too , untill we got within hail of her, and
proved to be the Mary Bibby, of Liverpool, bound to Bom-
-bay, She was a neat little, full rigged Ship can be a confusing term because it actually has two meanings. Its common meaning is an ocean-going vessel that is larger than a boat. When used in that sense, a ship can be rigged in many different ways. In strict maritime usage ship also has a second meaning. It names a specific type of rig. A ship has a bowsprit and three masts and it carries square sails on all three masts. Ship , and being
only in Any dense heavy material, such as lead, placed in the hold of a ship to help weigh it down and increase stability. Ballast trim, sailed very fast, but they could
not give us any account, of the Lady Mary Pelham  ____
At 11, A,M, another Vessel came in sight, a great distance
To be any distance behind a vessel. Astern us, steering the same Course as ourselves,  ____
Those are the only Ships we have seen, since speaking
the Mary of Leith on the 4th Inst,  _________ …

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Monday 27 June 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

… __________    Mrs Chandler con-
-tinues getting worse every Day, in despite of all the
care and attention that is paid to her, for I am sure
She does not want any thing, that can be obtain’d on
board of this Vessel, which is thought advisable for her
to take, such as Gruel, Sago, Wine, Medicine &c,
but She is quite delirious at intervals, and the smell
that comes from her Breath, is uncommonly strong, and
most disagreeably sickening   __________

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Wednesday 29 June 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

There has been a gentle Air of Wind, with occasional Calm’s, since Monday Night, untill this Morng at 7 O’Clock, when it veer’d round in a smart little Breeze, from S,E, which kept increasing all Day, and at 8, P,M, caused a reef to be taken in the Sails  _____   Our Sheep consumed the last [...]

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Thursday 30 June 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

We have had a strong Wind all Night, and at 7, A,M, it flew round to the N,Eastward, but contd Squally the whole Day, accompd by a great deal of Rain, and terrible cross Jump of a Sea,    _________    At 8 P,M, our Vessel was (by calculation) in the same Parallel of Longitude as the [...]

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Friday 1 July 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

… In the very height of the Gale, about 8, P,M, Mrs Chan-
-dler departed this Life, after having endured very much indeed,
by severe Pain’s, which for the last two or three Days,
have been principally in her Head and Breast,   _____
She was quite sensible a few Minutes before her Death,
and seem’d in a very despondent state of Mind, respecting
the future Welfare of her Soul, however, we may rest per-
-fectly satisfied that the Lord, will measure out, the rewards
of all his Creatures, in the strictest Scale of Justice, and
therefore it does not become us to Judge any One, but trust
to the unerring wisdom of our merciful Redeemer

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Saturday 2 July 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The Wind gradually lower’d after Midnight, and at 8, A,M, was
nearly a Without wind. Calm , with the most beautiful clear Sky, but the Sea
still very rough   ________    At which time the Body of Mrs
Chandler was committed to the Deep, it was sew’d up in two or
three old Sack’s, with a weight of old Iron, (in a Bag), made
fast to the Feet, for the purpose of making it sink  _______
On this melancholly occasion, all the People were musterd on
the The quareterdeck was the deck between the main mast and the back of the ship.It was sometimes raised to give more headroom to the cabins below it. In sailing ships the quarterdeck was the place from which the captain commanded the ship.It was the custom in most ships that only officers would use the quarterdeck. The crew would only go there for specific duties or to take instructions. Quarter Deck , where the Capt read over the Burial service
of the Church of England,  ______    It is rather singular that
it was 8, O’Clock in the Morng of June 2d when this Woman
threw herself into the Sea, and at the same Hour of July 2d
her Remains were thrown overboard, and both Morngs being
remarkably bright and clear, after having had heavy Rain,
and Wind, the previous Night   _______     …

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Tuesday 5 July 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

We have had a smart Northerly Breeze, ever since Saturday, with fine Weather, untill 10, O’Clock last Night, when the Wind shifted to W,N,W, and blew a heavy Gale, which has contd the whole of this Day, accompd with pelting Shower’s, of Rain, and an exceeding rough Sea   _________

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Thursday 7 July 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

At 10, O’Clock, on Tuesday Night, the weather became quite moderate, and sometimes nearly a Calm, that lasted untill 10, O’Clock, last Night, when a smart little Breeze, sprang up from N,W, but which kept increasing untill it blew a strong Gale, and at 4, A,M, the Sails were reef’d  ___

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Friday 8 July 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The Wind contd to blow very heavy, the whole of Yestdy and last Night, from the N,Westward, but at 2, A,M, it veer’d round to S,W, in a sudden Squall, and has re- -main’d in that Art all Day, however it became a great deal more moderate towards Noon, and at 10, P,M, had lower’d [...]

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Saturday 9 July 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

We had light variable Airs of Wind, and Calm’s, all Night, but at 6, A,M, a gentle Breeze, arose from the Northward, which gradually freshen’d untill it blew very strong, and at 4, P,M, the Sails were reef’d  ___ There has been an uncommon heavy Sea, sweeping along from the S,Westward, these last two Days, [...]

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Wednesday 20 July 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The Wind contd Squally from the S,W, accompd
with cold Weather, untill last Night, when it became
moderate, and veer’d round to South, but has been
nearly a Calm, the whole of this Day  ________
On Monday we got a place, contrived down below, for
the two poor Ram’s (where the Carpenter, Second Mate,
and T, Waldron, live) as there is not hieght enough, in
the Pen’s for them to stand, without chafeing their Backs
against the top part of it, and during the many Gales
of Wind, that we have lately experienced, they have been
very much bruised, by tumbling about, upon the Deck’s,
On Monday our Cook likewise took very Ill, of Pains, in all
his Limbs,  ____   and Yestdy the chief Mate, also became
very unwell, they are both confined to their Beds,  _____
But their is One of our Passenger’s, call’d James Jones, who
has been almost, a constant Customer, to the Medicine Chest,
ever since we left Dartmouth   ______________

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Thursday 28 July 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The Rams are uncommonly weak, not having
taken any nourishment, for the last 10 Days, except
what has been given to them, by means of a Bottle, and
the little Ewes, have again suffer’d, most severely in the
late Gales, indeed it is really astonishing, how these
poor Animals survive, after enduring so many hardships
being almost continually Wet, and Cold, besides when the
Sea’s, some rushing upon the Deck, in Gales of Wind,
they are for a while, almost overhead in Water, and dread-
-fully knocked about, by the violent rolling, and pitching
of the Vessel

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Saturday 30 July 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

The Rain contd without the least intermission, all Thursday Night, but at 6, A,M, of Yestdy it clear’d up, Yet, still remains very unsettled, sometimes We have it fine, and pleasant, for an Hour, or two, together, then a black Cloud will come, sweeping over our Heads, in a violent Squall, from the Westward, pelting [...]

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Sunday 7 August 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

Our Cook is quite recover’d again, and resumed his occu-
-pation on Friday  ________    During his illness, the
Cooking has been done by Joseph Jones, who has been
very useful indeed, in many respects, since we left
Dartmouth, having fill’d, even the situation of a
Seaman, at two or three different times, for 10, or 12,
Days together, in the place of Sailors, that have been
unwell, and I understand, that Capt Martin, intends
to remunerate him, for his services  ___   besides this
Young Man, I consider that, Halford, Chandler,
Powell, and Tindal, have been the most industrious
and willing, of all the Company’s servants, during
our Passage, that are on board, of this Vessel  ____

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Tuesday 9 August 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

During all Sunday Night, the Wind kept veering round, and Yestdy Morng became due South, from which Art, we contd to have a clever Breeze, untill this Morng when it lower’d to a gentle Air, that remain’d untill 4, P,M, and then fell nearly a Calm   _____________ Thos Waldron has been very ill indeed, of Dysentery, ever since [...]

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Friday 12 August 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

We had light variable Airs, and Calm’s, all Tuesday Night, but on Wednesday Morng, a gentle Breeze, sprang up from N,N,E, which kept increasing untill the Eveng, and then blew very strong from N,E, causing a reef to be taken in the Sails at 6,P,M,  ___  however at Noon of Yestdy it lower’d a little, [...]

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Monday 15 August 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

At 11, O’Clock, on Friday Night, we had a dead Calm, that contd untill 6, A,M, of Saturday, when a gentle Breeze sprang up from the Southward, but did not remain long, and since which time, there has been nothing but Calm’s with occasional light and variable Wind’s, untill Yestdy at Noon, when a gentle [...]

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Tuesday 16 August 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

________   At 9, A,M, we rounded Point
Marsden, and had the pleasure of seeing two Barques
at Anchor in “Nepean Bay”, which proves to be
the “Duke of York”, and “Lady Mary Pelham’,
they had arrd about 3 Weeks before us  ____
In the course of an Hour, we were visited by
Sml Stephens Esqr, C,M, [Company Manager] who was saluted with
three times three Cheer’s, and shortly afterwards a
Boat came from each of the Vessels, in one of
which was Capt Morgan of the “Duke of York”, who
undertook to be our Pilot, and at 3, P,M, we were
safely Anchor’d in a well shelter’d Roadstead, not
more than a Mile, distant from the Shore, and
right abreast, of the Company’s Tents, at the “New-
-Colony” of “South Australia”   _____

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Wednesday 24 August 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Salt Lagoon Station,
Kangaroo Island, So Australia.

Augst 24th 1836, Four of the Companys Labourers and myself were
sent up to the Salt Lagoon, for the purpose of erecting Sheds
and making a Fence round two small plots of Ground, for the
live Stock, which have all to come up here, there being plenty
of both Water & Grass at present, and where it is intended to
establish a permanentThe South Australian Company’s whaling station. Station  _________

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Monday 29 August 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Augst 29th On Saturday Eveng all the Men went down to Kingscote
for their Wages and fresh supplies of Provision, leaving me quite
alone untill this Afternoon (Monday) when two of them came back
named Bates & Powell, with a few Sheep, Pigs and grey Peas,
but the other two Men call’d Jones, who are Brothers (and were brought
out, in the “John Pirie”) refused to come with the “Stock”, because
Mr Stephens would not allow them, to bring any Spirituous Liquours.
The Man Bates mentiond above, has been 13 Years on this
Island, and is a very active, civil sort of Fellow _________

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Tuesday 30 August 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Augst 30th This Afternoon all the Merino Sheep came from Kingscote but have been most dreadfully ill used by the Persons who had charge of them across the Bay to this Station, indeed two Rams 1 Ewe, and a Lamb are nearly lifeless, having entirely loss’d the use of their Limbs, by being roughly drag’d [...]

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Wednesday 31 August 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Augst 31st I had the three unfortunate Sheep & Lamb, laying by the Fire all Night, and find the Ewe & Lamb, considerably better this Morng being able to stand upon their Legs, and eat a little choice Grass, but One of the Rams is dead, & the other not much better  _______   I therefore [...]

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Thursday 1 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 1st Mr Stephens paid us a visit to Day, and brought with him a Man, calld Mitchell, to attend upon the Stock __

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Friday 2 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 2d At Noon a Boat arrd from Kingscote, with a few Oats, and a Ram, & Sow, that could not be seen, when they brought the others on Monday last  ________

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Monday 5 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 5th At Noon, Bates & Powell (who had gone to Kingscote on Saturday) arrd here, and as it Rain’d considerably in the Afternoon, very little Work was done  ________

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Tuesday 6 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 6th The Sheep sheds being finish’d at Noon, Powell assisted by Mitchell, commenc’d erecting himself a Cottage  ___

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Thursday 8 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 8th Yestdy G. Bates began building me a Cottage, and to Day Mitchell took so very unwell, as to be obliged to leave of Work in the Forenoon  ______

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Friday 9 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 9th Mr Stephens came up to this Station, he had a Lot of Tools in the boat for us, after remaining here a short time, he left, taking Mitchell along with him  ________

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Saturday 10 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 10th During last Night, the other poor Merino Ram that came up from Kingscote in such a miserable condition died, his Loins were very much bruised, and Kidneys swell’d, which I have no doubt was caused by the rough usage he experienced in the Journey to this Station the 30th Ult

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Monday 12 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 12th At Noon Bates & Powell came from Kingscote
having been there all Night, and were accompd by a Man named
Chandler, who came to fill the place of Mitchell, in the After-
-noon Powell was assisted by Chandler building his own Cottage
and Bates was engaged along with myself, looking for the
Merino Sheep, which had stray’d away, but found them again
before it was quite Dark _________

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Tuesday 13 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 13th Chandler & Bates were engaged at my Cottage, and Powell at his own, the whole of this Day  _______

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Wednesday 14 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 14th Mr Stephens paid us a visit to Day, accompd by the Captain of the Cygnet, and left 2 She Goats, and 2 Sow’s belonging that Vessel, to recruit here a while  _____

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Friday 16 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 16th Powell having been engaged at his own Cottage, all the Week, finished it this Eveng

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Saturday 17 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 17th Bates & Chandler have been busy at my Cottage
since Tuesday last, and to Day were assisted by Powell, in
the Eveng they all went to Kingscote, leaving me again quite alone

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Monday 19 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 19th The Men arrd here at Noon, and were accompd by
Powells Wife, and Chandlers Children, they were all employ’d the
remainder of the Day, getting up their Chests, Bedding &c, to this
Station from the Beach   _______

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Tuesday 20 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 20th Chandler commenced erecting himself a Cottage, and
to Day was assisted by Powell, The Merino Sheep having
strayed away Yestdy Eveng, G. Bates and his two Women
have been employ’d seeking them all this Day, without success __

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Wednesday 21 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 21st The Merino’s were found this Forenoon in the Woods, at a considerable distance from here, and on their arrival, were secured by Cords to Tethering Irons — At Noon the Boat arrd from the “John Pirie” with all my Traps, except 2 Casks of Iron &c, which are landed at Kingscote and in [...]

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Thursday 22 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 22d Chandler assisted by Powell, has been employ’d at his own Cottage Yestdy Forenoon and all this Day, but cannot finish it untill we get some Rope Yarns from Kingscote

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Saturday 24 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 24th Powell and Chandler have been engaged all Yestdy
& this Day, strengthening the Sheep Sheds, and commenced putting
a good strong Fence round the two Paddocks as the temporary ones
that were made at our first coming here, have become of no use whatever
to keep in the Sheep…

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Monday 26 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 26th Chandler was employ’d the Forenoon among the live Stock and Powell at the new Fence — G. Bates arrd from Kingscote at Noon, and bringing with him a few Rope Yarns

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Thursday 29 September 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sept 29th Chandler assisted by Powell, having been employd at his own Cottage for the last 3 Days, finish’d it this Eveng

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Saturday 1 October 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Oct 1st This Morng I got G. Bates to Saw off part of a
Horn, from One of the Merino Rams, in order to get at a Wound
that was underneath it, and which the Animal recd on the
first Day of being Tether’d by plunging about to get his
liberty, when the Cord slip’d under his Horn and cut his Neck
severely, since which time it has contd getting worse, on acct
of not being able to apply any remedy, for the above mention’d
piece of Horn being right upon the part most Wounded —
Powell and Chandler have been engaged at the new Fence, Yestdy
and to Day, while G. Bates has been employ’d among the
Stock and sometimes at the Fence, during all the Week, but
this Eveng left us to accompany Mr Stephens, on a visit
to the Main-Land with which he is well acquainted  _______

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