“Another fine day but we are not making much headway as the wind is contrary. Made a raid on a small nest of cockers & demolished the lot. We are saving some to send to England as they are fine specimens about one and a half to 2 inches long.
More fishing & more luck, as Arthur has caught the sun & some of the skin of his arms & face is peeling off. Splendid sunset this evening. The finest I think I have ever seen. Had a bath tonight at 8pm with Arthur & one of the sailors drawing water over the side & throwing it on us. It was quite a treat. Had some songs with the apprentices. And to bed at 10.”
Extract from A.Whelen’s travel journal aboard the Hesperides sailing from England to Australia in 1878