“Arthur & myself up at 3.30 to see the sheets hung up and the last of the tug which left us at 5.30. Saw the sun rise & had a cup of hot coffee which did us both good as it was rather cool out. Hot roast beef for breakfast. Today is a perfect calm & we have not done more than 10 miles for we have been in sight of Brighton all day.
This morning we took a walk round the farmyard (viz 3 pigs, 3 sheep, 72 fowls, 24 ducks & sundry other birds of prey) in search of a church but did not succeed.
Bed at 9.30. At this rate I am very much afraid we shall take more than 70 days which is a good passage –“
A travel journal extract from A.Whelen’s travels sailing from England to Australia in 1878