17th October 1878 – 21st day

Up at 7.30. Arthur went out fishing for the day & caught nothing.

Hot Sun setting over the sea

The sun is getting very hot & it is now as hot as on any day we had during the summer. I have left off my coat & collar & if it continues to get much hotter I shall go about in bathing drawers only. Doing about 6 knots an hour all day. Today is quite a busy day with Arthur & myself. We are making our beds which work of charity has not been done for about 10 day so you can guess it looks rather dissipated. Bed 10.30pm”

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

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