13th December 1878 – 78th day

“Heard this morning that we had had a very bad night; they thought that once or twice that our house would cave in as one green wave went right over & fell on the other side with a crash.

Ship in a rough sea

I heard nothing whatever of all this as I am a good sleeper, but the ladies & the rest were awake nearly all night & are therefore resting themselves this morning. The wind has been fair all day but not so strong; we are only doing 8 knots an hour. The last two days we did 300 & 245 respectively which is very good. Have got a dry house to sleep in tonight which is quite a treat. Store day today & I hope next Friday may prove to be the last.”

Extract from A.Whelen’s Australia travel journal sailing from England in 1878 aboard the iron clipper ‘Hesperides’

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