AB Steele’s Shipboard Journal – 6 May 1886

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Arose at 6. A nice morning the sea being quite calm, we are expecting to be in the Australian Bight shortly.

Distance 297 miles.

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AB Steele’s Shipboard Journal – 5 May 1886

May 5, 2012 by

Arose at 6 after one of the worst nights on Board. Tin Boxes and trunks were chasing one another all over the blooming place making an infernal noise. Poor Old Gumbo got rolled out of his berth causing no little amusement. It was however really no laughing matter for he might have been badly hurt weighing as he does 26 st.

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AB Steele’s Shipboard Journal – 4 May 1886

May 4, 2012 by

Arose at 4 am. Had a good nights rest. The sea being calmer. We had to stop four hours for repairs. This is my 22nd birthday but I am not having such of a jollification. I am however not going to let it slipp by altogether un-noticed, so they ordered extra dinner – for 3 of my mates and myself.

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AB Steele’s Shipboard Journal – 2 May 1886

May 2, 2012 by

Arose at 6 am. The wind is blowing up a storm but the sailors say it will be night before it is fairly on us. One young fellow went out of his mind – it taking four men to hold him and bind him hand and foot. He was taken to the hospital. He got it into his head that the vessel was going to be wrecked.

Distance 271 miles.

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AB Steele’s Shipboard Journal – 1 May 1886

May 1, 2012 by

Arose at 6 am. May Day, but not such a one as 12 months ago when I was in Hanley. This year I have to “muddle” the time away as best I can.

Distance 297 miles.

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