To Auckland by the Ganges: the journal of a sea voyage to by Robert M. Grogans

By Robert M. Grogans

The non-public diary of a Scottish journalist on an emigrant send

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M. a breeze had come, and up went our spanker. The Spaniard has also spread out his duck, and showed his stunsail royals. For a time the two vessels 17 To Auckland by the Ganges seemed to be pretty fairly matched, but before long it was evident that the Spaniard was gaining upon us, and at nightfall he was considerably ahead. If there had been a stronger wind the result would probably have been different. , longitude 24° 33' W. Temperature 82F. 22 July – Last night we had a copious shower, which lasted nearly an hour, and cooled the decks.

Towards the night the wind freshened, and the Ganges’ sails began to pay out. It had became dark earlier, for at seven o’clock in the evening we could not see to read with daylight. The dew was also falling heavily on our decks, so that at a comparatively early hour this evening there was a strong muster in the saloon. Whist and cribbage, reading and conversation, passed away the night. , longitude 22° 30' W. 13 To Auckland by the Ganges 14 July – We have had a fine wind throughout the night, which has brought us within the tropics, and this morning it fortunately continued.

The forward passengers caught the contagion; having procured a concertina, they commenced their gambols on the quarter deck and all went joyous. , longitude 20° 50' W. 28 July – We were now nearing the line, and leaving the sun behind us. The temperature was lessening, as the thermometer stood only at 78F this morning. The wind had become more favourable, and we were advancing rapidly, and expected to cross the line tomorrow morning. It was a really fine day; and one could not conceive more delightful weather, and yet, I dare say, if you had it in Buchanan Street in Glasgow, it would be deemed rather oppressive, as you have not passed through the ordeal which we have done, or became accustomed to go about so lightly clad.

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