Strathmore Wrecked in 1876 – Journal Entry 8th December 1878 – 73rd day at Sea

“This is now our 11th Sunday on board & no doubt you are expecting to hear from us soon or at least through the paper of our safe arrival. We are now near the Crozet Isles Where the Strathmore Wrecked where the Strathmore was wrecked in 1876. In marking off the chart last night the […]

Southern Cross Sighting – 21st November 1878 – 56th day at sea

“A grand sea on today; one moment we are in a valley & the next on a mountain. It is also considerably colder now. Our friend was quite near us this morning & we found by looking through the glass that she had got a lot of horses on board. Yesterday afternoon Ada had a […]

Crossing the Equator – 6th November 1878 – 41st day at sea

“Fishing all the morning for Joey. Salt junk for dinner; the cook says eating this is very much like kissing one’s sister, very tame work & not much flavour. Today they had the donkey-engine alight to make some fresh water, as that which was remaining was very rusty. One poor fellow last voyage came out […]

Antique Journal – Voyage to Australia in 1878

I came across this antique journal which had been hand written by a Mr A.S.A. Whelen about 140 years ago. A.Whelan was a second-class passenger aboard the iron clipper Hesperides that departed London on the 27th September 1878 sailing for Australia to arrive in Melbourne 93 days later on 28th December 1878. The account of the voyage […]