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Week 03 - Waiting on the wind

[ 6th of March 1836 to 12th of March 1836 ]
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One week after the storm the Duke of York was still at the Isle of Wight, held there by ‘adverse winds’. Captain Morgan made use of the time to repair the ship and replenish his stores, providing fresh meat for both passengers and crew while he had the chance, but his passengers fretted at the delay.  He also sent two letters, one to his employer, George Fife Angas of the South Australian Company explaining why he was delayed, and one to his wife. A note on the letter to Angas suggests that it was received the next day, which seems amazingly prompt. At a pragmatic level Captain Morgan’s letter reflects the dependence of sailing vessels on favourable wind and tide, but in writing to fellow Christian George Fife Angas, Morgan also emphasises his religious faith, expressing a conventional belief in individual ‘destiny, were [where] we all fulfill our station of life’. Captain Morgan was clearly concerned about the adequacy of the ship’s ‘A coffer is a strongbox for holding valuables and money. It is also a treasury or a fund. Cofer ’, but his principal anxiety remained his more private concern for his wife.  By 12 March, with still no word, he was seriously worried: ‘I tenderly love the partner of my life,’ he wrote in his diary, ‘parting…felt like cutting the tender string of life or the divideing [sic] of vine and branch’.

Ship progress, weeks 2 to 3.

Journals from passengers at sea:

Tuesday 8 March 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

Extracts from letter, Captain Robert C Morgan
Recd March 9th 1836
G Fife Angas Esq
Jeffrey’s Square
St Mary Axe

Bark Duke of York March 8th 1836
off the Isle of Wight

Dear Sir

under a sense of the love and
favour of God I address these few lines to
You as the chief friend and counceler and
director in this important station of life
I am placed in both in regard to Yourself
and the Company how far I may give
satisfaction I know not but I look up
to God in Christ to be guided with
wisdom and grace …
we were compelled to put in here by
adverse winds and our time has bing
employd in getting ready for sea I have
kept the people and passengers on fresh meet
wile here beliving that to be both cheap
and best for the people and I likewise
I have got a few things here that we were
short off which I trust you will approve off
the wind is now fare from the North
and I hope by the blessing of Him who
hold the winds in His fists and holds
the waters in the hollow of is hand will
conduct us to our place of destine were
we may all fullfill our station of life
We use family service on board and keep
the Lords day and expect the Lords blessing
which He has allready favoured us with
Mr Stevens [illegible word] I belive to be a sincere
Christan and Mr Bear [Beare] I belive will prove
a serveseable man if spared to the
Company I still feel some anksierty
concerning the Ships Cofer if You can give
me any directions or council concerning it
the first oppertunity I will be glad
fare well dear Sir praying You and Yours
every blessing for time and Eternity for
our Redeemers sake Amen

Yours affectonately Robert C Morgan

Mr Stevens haveing nothing perticular to write
desires his respects Mr and Mrs Bear [Beare] and family
are all well the work men allso
we now have a fair wind and shall make
the best farewell Sir

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Tuesday 8th March 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

– received on board the To navigate difficult stretches of water, ships took pilots on board. Pilots were coastal navigators with knowledge of their local waters and they captained the ship through the channel or harbour. pilot  hove up …
anchors and made sail the wind at north I felt …
us for a letter but did not receve one tharefore I was led [to?]
trust and leave all in the hands of the God of all gra[ce?]
the cost of England looked delightfull as we sailed by
but soon it looked like a cloud at 7 PM tacked ship
Portland light in sight …

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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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Friday 11 March 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

– I felt it a disappointment not receiveing a
letter from her I tenderly love the partner of my life …
sharer of my cares though so much absent from each other
which makes our parting so severly felt like cutting the
tender string of life or the divideing of vine and branch
I have wrote home but received no answer but belive all
will be well for time or Eternity thanks be to God and
His grace …

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Saturday 12 March 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

This 24 hours blowing hard from the westward let go the
seacond anchor …
…  felt ankious not receiveing letter .

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Will the Duke of York manage to get underway again?  And will Captain Morgan learn his wife's fate before he must leave for the other side of the globe? Read on next week.

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