23rd October 1878 – 27th day

Up at 7 for a cold bath which is the best thing we get on board. After breakfast Arthur began a new trade that of washing his dirty clothes of which he did a goodish quantity. However he found it rather warm work. We are now of the Cape Verdi Isles but we shall not sight them as we are too far out. Our clock is also rather changeable being now 1 hour 35 mins after London time.

The sail maker has made us a set of quoits with which we have been amusing ourselves all day.

Sailers playing quoits

Today, being fine weather they have changed a set of sails so as to keep the new ones in good order in case of bad weather. We are running very short of provisions this week as we have all good appetites now. However we have our reserve stores to fall back on & the fresh lot come in every Friday. Bed at 12 having spent a pleasant evening with the apprentices who are a decent lot of fellows”

Extract from A.Whelen’s Australia travel diary sailing from England aboard the Hesperides in 1878

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