Catalpa Part 5

This is the beginning of the section I transcribed, and contains the shipboard events during the escape and rescue.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday Mar. 14th

 

This day commences with a calm and thick foggy weather Middle part.Much the same until 10 pm then had a fresh breeze from WNW and clear pleasant weather steering E by N.

 

Wednesday Mar. 15th

 

This day commenced with a fresh breeses from the WSW and clear pleasant weather Steering E by N. At 2 pm kept her NE. by. E half. E Middle part Much the same at 2 am saw St Pauls Island bearing NE half E at 2:30 shorten sail and Luff to aback Latter part. Strong heavy breeses from the Sou. and  squally at 5 Am kept her off and run in towards the Sand at 6:30 under the lee of the land but blowing to hard and to rugged to Lower a boat at 7 Am kept her off E by S

 

Thursday Mar 16th

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from the SW and cloudy squally weather- steering E by S half S. at 6 pm Kept her E.S.E Middle part more moderate Latter part Light breeses Ship with all Sail Set to the best advantage Steering E.S.E Saw One Sail

 

 

Friday Mar 17th

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the W. and thick Cloudy weather Steering E.S.E at 2 pm dyed away calm and rainy at 4 pm fresh breeses from the SW and Squally weather Steering E.S.E Middle part. Much the Same Latter part  Strong heavy breeses and Squally Steering E half S

 

Saturday Mar 18th

 

This day commences with strong heavy breeses from the SW and Cloudy Squally weather-

Steering E. half. S at 3 pm kept her E. by S. Saw One Sail Middle and Latter part blowing Strong with heavy Squalls untill 9 Am then more moderate Made all Sail

 

Sunday Mar 19th

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from the S.S.W and cloudy weather accompanied with Light Squalls Steering E.S.E Middle and Latter part fresh breeses from the W and occasionaly Light squalls of rain Steering E.S.E.

 

 

 

Monday Mar 20th

 

This day commences with a fine breeses from the W. and cloudy Overcast weather Steering E.S.E Middle And Latter part. Fresh breeses and Squally Steering E S E

 

Tuesday Mar 21th

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from the SW and Squally Overcast weather

Steering E.S.E Middle and Latter part Light breeses and fine weather – Employed in mending Lower maintopsail

 

Wednesday Mar 22d

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the W and clear pleasant weather Steering E.S.E middle part. Calm Latter part. fresh breeses from the NW and Squally weather Steering E

Lat 35 57

Long 102 31

 

Thursday Mar 23d

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from the NW and Cloudy Squally weather – Steering E. half N. at 6 pm wind Shifted to the W.S.W in a Squall Middle and Latter part Moderate breeses from the W and pleasant weather-Steering E half N.

 

Friday Mar 24th

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from the SW and Cloudy Overcast weather accompanied with Light Squalls Steering E. Middle and Latter part much the same Steering E. Saw One Sail.

 

Saturday Mar 25th

 

This day commences with a fresh breese from the SW and Cloudy Overcast weather Steering E Middle and Latter part Light breeses Steering E by S. Saw One Sail

 

 

Sunday Mar 26th

 

This day commences with light breeses from the W and cloudy Overcast weather Steering E. By S. Middle and Latter part Much the Same at 10 Am Saw the Land ahead Steering E by S

Lat 33 55

 

 

Monday Mar 27th

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the SSW and clear pleasant weather Steering ENE at 4 pm got the anchors off the bow and bent the chains at 5 pm Luff to aback heading heading SE at Sundown at 2pm took in all the Light Sails [written in margin] the Land distance about ten miles Middle and Latter part. Light breeses from the SE Ship working to the windward in towards the Land

 

Tuesday Mar 28th

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the SSW and clear pleasant weather Steering in toward the Land at 2 pm of Cape Naturaliste and then kept her off down along the Land at 5 pm passed vasse at 7 pm came to anchor in ten fathoms  of water give her thirty fathoms of chain and furled the Sails and Set Officers watches for the Night. Middle and Latter part Light breeses from the W at 5 Am got under way and steered down along the Land towards Bunbury At 10 Am came to anchor off Bunbury in 7 fathoms of water give her 45 fathoms of chain and furl the Sails So Ends This day

 

 

Wednesday Mar 29th

 

This day commences with fresh breezes from the SSW and cloudy weather Middle and Latter part moderate breeses from the S and clear pleasant weather at 5 Am got under way and worked up towards the jetty at 7 Am came to anchor in 5 fathoms of water give her 45 fathoms of chain and furl the sails.

 

Thursday Mar 30th

 

This day commenced with Light breeses from the S and clear pleasant weather Middle and Latter part much the same at 5 Am got off two ton of potatoes At 7 Am got One of the bobstays off and took it ashore to be fix and the mate stop on ashore to have a talk with the captian about it and the boat came off at 10 Am Joseph McCarty Cyrus S Hill George  Durgin and Harry Duggin Stole a boat and run away Lowered another and boat went after them but they got ashore before they could catch them took the boat and brought her onboard again the captian and mate saw the signals go up from the ship Started twoards the Ship and meet the water police who tolds us that four of our men had run away Started over twoards the beach and saw them way up the beach at 11 Am the police Started after them So End this day

 

 

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Friday Mar 31st

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the S. and clear pleasant weather. Employed in fixing the Main royal Sifts At 4 pm the police had caught all of the men the captian and mate went up to the court House and the men and the police and captian and mate Started to come off with them but Joseph McCarty insulted one of them they arrested him and Loged him in Jail at 5 pm got onboard with the other three put them in irons and put them down the Steerage at 6 pm give them their Suppers and put them down in the Steerage again Middle and Latter part much the same at 7 am called the men up and give them their breakfast Along of the other men took their irons off after breakfast put them in again and Let them Stay on deck at 12 noon give the three men their dinner

 

Saturday Apr 1st

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the SW and clear pleasant weather Employed in Setting up the bobstays and bowsprit guy S  at 5 pm give the three men their Supper and put them in Steerage again for the night  Middle and Latter part much the Same the men Still in irons but Let them out to get their meals At 7 Am Sent one watch ashore on liberty

 

 

 

Sunday Apr 2

 

This day commences with Light breeses and fine clear weather At 10 pm the captian went to fremantle  Middle and Latter part Much the Same men Still in irons but Let out at meals times At 8 Am all of the watch came  Sent the other watch ashore

 

 

Monday Apr 3d

 

This day commences with Light breeses and fine clear weather the mate took a boat and crew and went up the river for a sail Middle and Latter part much the Same At 8Am watch all came off men Still in irons but Let out meals times

 

Tuesday Apr 4th

 

This day commences with Light breeses and fine clear weather At 3 Pm got off two boat Load wood Middle and Latter part much the Same got off five boat Load of wood men Still in irons but Let out at meals times

 

 

 

Wednesday Apr 5th

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the E. and clear pleasant weather Middle and Latter part much the Same At 8 Am Sent one watch ashore on Liberty Employed in washing Ship turn the men to work in irons but put them in irons again nights

 

 

Thursday Apr 6th

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the E. and clear pleasant weather Middle and Latter parts Much the Same  Employed in washing Ship At 8 Am watch came all on board at 9 Am Sent the other watch ashore the men Still out of irons days but put in again at night got off two boat Load of wood

 

Friday Apr 7th

 

This day commences with Light breezes from the E. and clear pleasant weather Middle and Latter part much the Same at 8 AM all of watch came on board men Still out of irons day time but put in again nights

 

 

Saturday Apr 8th

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the E. and clear pleasant weather Middle and Latter part Much the Same Employed in painting Ship and got a raft ashore for water Men Still Let out of irons daytime but put in again nights

 

Sunday Apr 9th

 

This day commences with Light breezes from the N. and clear pleasant weather Employed in pumping the ground tier and getting ready for water At 4 pm got off about 30 barrels  Middle and Latter parts much the Same

 

Monday Apr 10th

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the NW and clear pleasant weather Middle and Latter part much the Same Employed in getting off water

 

 

Tuesday Apr 11th

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the E. and clear pleasant weather Employed in getting off water  Middle and Latter part much the same at 9 Am finished getting off water.

 

 

Wednesday Apr 12th

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the NW and clear pleasant weather Middle and Latter part blowing heavy in squalls At 11 midnight Let go the Second anchor and give her the whole Length of both chains.

 

Thursday Apr 13th

 

This day commences with Strong heavy breeses from the NW and cloudy Squally weather Middle and Latter part much the same

 

Friday Apr 14th

 

This day commences with Strong heavy breeses from the NW and cloudy Squally weather Middle and Latter part much the same this day the man Joseph McCarty came out of Jail but did not come aboard

 

 

Saturday Apr 15th

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from the W and pleasant weather Except a few Light rain Squalls Middle and Latter part Light breeses from the SW and clear pleasant weather  At 7 Am took one anchor and hove short ready for sea

 

 

Sunday Apr 16th

 

This day commences with moderate breeses from the SSW and clear pleasant weather At 2 pm took our anchor and went to sea steering from N NW to N by W  one flew to the port anchor was gone Middle and Latter part much the steering different courses

 

 

Monday Apr 17th

 

This day commences with light breeses from the SW and clear pleasant weather ship heading WNW on the wind At 1 pm the captain took a boat and crew and started for the shore Land about 15 miles off middle and latter part fresh breeses Laying off and on the land

 

Tuesday Apr 18

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from the W. and squally cloudy weather Ship laying off and on Garden Island and waiting for the captian at sundown Garden Island about 9 miles off middle and latter part fresh breezes but pleasant weather laying off and on the land at 8 am the steamship Georgette hailed me and her captain asked me if I had Seen a boat with a lot of men in it I told him No Another man asked me if the captian was onboard I told him No Asked if I had any Strangers on board I told him No Then asked if he might come on board I told him No The Steamer then left me and I Stood on my course on the wind heading S.S.W. Land about 13 miles off.

 

 

Wednesday Apr 19th

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the W and clear pleasant weather-Ship heading S SW at 2 pm wore Ship heading N.N.W at quarter past 2 raised the boat bearing N by E kept off her at 3 pm She came along side with 10 passengers Coast guard boat in Sight She hoisted her flag we Set ours and wore Ship the Coast guard boat run along by us and they bid the captian good by Middle part Light baffaling baffaling winds working into the westward Latter part fresh breeses from the WNW Still working to the windward  At 5:30 Am Saw a Sail to the windward Ship on Starboard tack heading N the Sail kept off for us and proved to be the Georgette She had her flag Set and we Set Ours

 

 

Continued from Wednesday

 

At 8 am the Georgette fired a gun across our bow the captian stood on the weather rail and raised his Speaking trumpet the Georgette then hailed back Ahoy The captian answered what do you want Georgette then hailed heave to the captian asked what for and again what am I to heave to for After Some time the Georgette hailed have you any convict prisoners on board Captian answered no prisoners and again no prisoners that I no of Georgette then hailed I telegraph to you government do know that you are amenable to British Law in this colony you have Six convict prisoners on board I See Some of them on deck Now captian answered you are mistake Sir the men you see are my Ship crew- Georgette hailed again I give 15 minutes to consider and you must take the consequences I have the means to do it and if you don’t heave to I will blow the mast out of you the Captian Said I am on the high Seas that the American flag my flag protects me if you fire on this Ship you fire on the American flag Ship continued her course At 8:30 wore Ship heading SW.S Georgette hailed again wont you surrender held on our course Georgette hailed again can I come on board Captian answered No Sir I am bound to Sea and can’t Stop at 9:30 Am She Left and we kept on our course heading SW So Ends this day

 

 

Thursday Apr 20th

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the W.SW and clear pleasant weather Ship heading NW Middle and Latter part wind from the SW. Steering different courses into the westward.

 

Friday Apr 21st

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the S. and clear pleasant weather Steering W by N Middle and Latter part Much the same Steering the Same

 

Saturday Apr 22d

 

This day commences with fine breeses from the SE and clear pleasant weather Ship Steering W. by N. Middle part Much the Same Latter part Light airs and calm Employed in mending and Setting Cloth into the foretopgallantsail

 

 

Sunday Apr 23d

 

This day commences with Light airs and calm and clear pleasant weather ship heading into Northard at 3 pm Light breeses from the NW heading from N by E to N.N.E Middle and Latter part Light airs and calm

 

 

Monday Apr 24th

 

This day commences with Light airs and calm mostly from the NW and clear pleasant weather Ship heading into the N. Middle part Much the Same Latter part Light breeses from the Eastward Steering N.N.W

 

Tuesday Apr 25th

 

This day commences with Light airs and calm from E. and clear pleasant weather at 6 pm Light breeses from the S Steering N.N.W Middle and Latter part fresh breeses from the E. Steering WNW

 

 

Wednesday Apr 26th

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the S and dark Squally weather Steering W by N, At 2:30 pm had a heavy squall from the SE. with Some rain Steering W by N. Middle part blowing Strong and Squally at 2 Am had a heavy Squall of wind and rain accompanied with plenty of Lightening called all hands and took in Everything but Lowermaintopsail the Mainsail got tore bad in the Squall Latter part More moderate at 6 Am Set the topsails and main to gallantSail Steering W by N

 

Thursday Apr 27th

 

This day commenced with Strong heavy breeses from the SE and thick cloudy Squally weather Steering W by N. half N. Middle and Latter part fresh breeses from the E.S.E and occasionaly passing Squalls Steering half N.

Friday Apr 28th

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from the E.S.E and cloudy weather accompanyd with passing Squalls Steering W half N. Saw one sail Middle and Latter part fresh breeses from the E by S and clear weather Steering W. Saw a finback

 

Saturday Apr 29th

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from the E by S and clear pleasant weather Steering W. Middle and Latter part much the Same

 

 

Sunday Apr 30th

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from the E and pleasant weather Except a few passing Squalls Steering W. by. N. Middle and Latter part Light breeses and pleasant weather

 

Monday May 1st

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the E and clear pleasant weather Steering W. by N. Middle and Latter part much the Same Employed in mending the main sail

 

 

Tuesday May 2d

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the E. and clear pleasant weather Steering W by N Middle and Latter part much the Same Employed in mending the mainsail

 

Wednesday May 3d

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from the SE and cloudy overcast weather Steering W by N. half N. At 4 pm bent the mainsail Middle and Latter part Strong breeses Saw one Sail

Lat 25 33

Long 83 54

 

 

Thursday May 4th

 

This day commenced with Strong breeses from the SE and cloudy overcast weather Steering W. by N. half N. Middle and Latter part much the Same

 

Friday May 5th

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from the E. SE and clear pleasant weather Steering W by N Middle and Latter part Much the Same

 

Saturday May 6th

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from the SE and clear pleasant weather Steering W. by N. Middle part much the Same Latter part much the Same until 6 Am then had a Squall from the SW and foggy drizzling weather

 

 

Sunday May 7th

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the SE and foggy drizzely weather Steering W. by N. Middle and Latter part Light Light breeses from the E. And clear weather

 

Monday May 8th

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the E. And clear pleasant weather Steering W.by. N Middle part Much the Same Latter part Light airs from the SW heading W by N Employed in mending the fore sail

 

Tuesday May 9th

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from the S and pleasant weather Except a few Squalls passing Steering W by N At 3 pm bent the fore Sail At 7 pm our Second mate felt unwell told the captian of it And he gave him Some balsam of Life and Sugar. At 8 pm the boat Steerer came down and told the captian that Mr Farnum acted curious went on deck and found him in a dying condition At 10 minutes past Eight he was dead apparently of the heart disease Middle and Latter part Soon Moderate At 10 AM burried our second mate Mr Farnum of which I pray god be peace to his Soul

 

 

Wednesday May 10th

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the S. And clear pleasant weather Steering W. half N. Middle part much the same Latter part Light baffaling wind

 

 

Thursday May 11th

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the S. And clear pleasant weather Steering W. half S Middle and Latter part baffaling winds from the S SW to E Steering W half S.

 

Friday May 12th

 

This day commences with fine breeses from the SE and clear pleasant weather Steering W half N Middle and Latter part Light breeses

 

 

Saturday May 13th

 

This day commences with fine breeses from the SE And clear pleasant weather Steering W. by N. Middle and Latter part Much the Same Steering the Same

 

Sunday May 14th

 

This day commences with fine breeses from the SE And clear pleasant weather Steering W. Middle and Latter part Much the Same

 

Monday May 15th

 

This day commences with fine breeses from the ES E and clear pleasant weather Steering W. Middle and Latter part wind from the E.

 

 

Tuesday May 16th

 

This day commences with fine breeses from the E by N And clear pleasant weather Steering W. Middle and Latter part Much the Same

 

 

Wednesday May 17th

This day commences with fine breeses from the E. And clear pleasant weather Steering W by N half N Middle and Latter Much the Same

 

 

Thursday May 18th

 

This day commences with fine breeses from the E. And clear pleasant weather Steering W.N.W Middle and Latter part calm untill 6 AM then fresh breeses from the W. heading S. SW

 

 

Friday May 19th

 

This day commences with fine breeses from the W. And clear pleasant weather Ship heading SSW. Middle and Latter part. Moderate breeses from the W.N.W. Ship heading SW

Lat 28 56

Long 41 56

 

 

Saturday May 20th

 

This day commences with fine breeses from the NW and clear pleasant weather Except a few passing Squalls Ship heading WSW. Employed in mending Mizzen topmaststaysail Middle part wind from the W N W At 1 Am tacked heading N Latter part wind from the WSW Ship heading from NW to NW by W

 

Sunday May 21st

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from the SW to SW by W and cloudy overcast weather heading from WNW to W by N Middle and Latter part fresh breeses from the S.S.W Steering W by N

 

Monday May 22d

 

This day commences with Light breeses from the S.S.W. and clear pleasant weather Steering W by N. At 4 pm kept her Middle and Latter part calm Employed in mending upper fore topsail

 

Tuesday May 23d

 

This day commences with a calm and clear pleasant weather At 5 pm Light breeses from the E. Steering W. by S. Middle and Latter part Much the Same.

 

 

Wednesday May 24th

 

This day commences with fine breeses from the ENE and clear pleasant weather  Steering W. by S Middle and Latter part much the Same

 

Thursday May 25th

 

This day commences with Strong breeses from the NW and gradually hauling into westward with cloudy Smoky weather At 3 pm blow strong from the SW wore Ship heading  W.N.W At 7 pm Ship Laying to with Lower maintopsail and Stay Sails heading W. by N. Middle and Latter part calm untill 7 Am then fine breeses from E.N.E Steering W. Employed in Setting up the topmast to gallan and royal back stays fore and aft

 

Friday May 26th

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from the E.N.E And cloudy overcast weather Steering W. At 3 pm had a heavy Squall of wind and rain from the W. Ship heading SW by S At 7 pm wore ship heading NW Middle part blowing heavy from the WSW to W accompanied with heavy Squalls of rain Ship Laying to under Lower main topsail and Stay Sails heading from NW to NNW At 2:30 Am main stay sail blew to pieces Latter part more moderate Ship heading about the Same

 

Saturday May 27th

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from the WSW and clear weather Ship heading NW At 3 pm quite moderate made all sail At 7 pm calm Middle and Latter part fresh breeses from the N Steering WSW At 10 Am wind hauled to the WNW heading SW

 

Sunday May 28th

 

This day commences with Strong breeses from WNW And clear weather heading SW At 3 pm Ship Laying to under Lower maintopsail At 6 pm Light breeses made Sail at 7 pm wind hauled to the SW wore Ship heading W.N.W. Middle and Latter part Light breeses untill 6 AM then calm with a heavy Swell

 

Monday May 29th

 

This day commences with a fine breese from the E.N.E and cloudy overcast weather Steering W. by S Middle part Strong breeses and rainy At 2 AM had a heavy Squall from the N took in Everything but her Lower topsails and foresail Latter part blowing Strong from the N. Steering W by S At 8 AM wind hauled into the NW heading from WSW to SW. by W. At 12 Noon wore Ship heading N

 

 

Tuesday May 30th

 

This day commences with Strong heavy breeses from the NW to W.N.W And clear weather Ship laying to under two Lower topsails heading from N to N by E Middle and Latter part more moderate with the wind the Same at 11 Am tacked Ship heading from SW by W to W.SW

 

Wednesday May 31st

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from NW to WNW and clear weather Ship heading from SW. to SW. by W Middle and Latter part much the Same At 7 AM tacked Ship heading N by E

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