15th December 1878 – 80th day

Today is Daisy’s birthday so the cook provided us with a little better dinner. And we enjoyed ourselves as much as was possible with the rolling. Joey has been fishing all day but could not catch anything so has gone to bed very much disgusted.

Sailing ship weather vane

The wind has been changing all day but still continues fair & we are moving along steadily. Bed at 11pm”

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

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