“Had a good night’s rest & have only a riddle to give for today. Why is a ship like a lady? Because she requires a man to look after her. It being rather dry work writing such things as these & it being also Harry Mundy’s birthday Joey & I drunk his health in a glass of beer & turned in early feeling more comfortable after the process.
Got to sleep about 1.30 as we had visitors now & again”
Extract from A.Whelen’s travel journal aboard the Hesperides sailing from England to Australia in 1878