Abstract of Log of Ship
Abstract of Log of Ship Nightingale, Captain Samuel W. Mather, from
New-York to Melbourne, Australia, 1854.
- 1854 May 19 - August 2
- Sailed from New York to Melbourne in 76
days and 16 hours, the fastest passage to the time.
- May 19
- At 12,30 steamer left us outside the bar. At 1,45 P.M., light
boat bore south one mile distant. Thick foggy weather during the night.
Morning, light variable winds. Clear overhead, with dense fog around the
horizon. Ends light variable airs.
- . . .
- June 20
- 7°06'N 29°32'W "Brisk breezes and squally. Wind
veering and hauling some two points. Sea large from S.S.E. Squally, with rain
through the night. Morning --- strong breezes. In T.G. sails for the first
time since leaving New-York. Ends strong breezes and fair. Set reefed for and
- . . .
- July 29
- 53°55'S 123°49'E D.R.
- "Comes in good, steady
breezes from N.W. and cloudy. At 9, p.m., the wind suddenly hauled to the
westward and increased in force; continued blowing strong all night. Ends
pleasant weather, with strong, steady breezes from S.W. Ship making 16 knots
by the log."
- August 2
- Comes in, light breezes and pleasant. At 1, a.m., made Cape
Otway light, bearing N.N.E., twenty miles distant. Moderate breezes and cloudy
during the night. At 12, m., took a Pilot just outside the heads of Port
Philip. At 8, p.m., dropped anchor in safety in Hobson's Bay.
The U.S. Nautical Magazine, Vol. III (1855-56), pp ??-??.
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