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Acknowledgements

Life on board

PEOPLE ON BOARD

Captain
Chief mate
Mate
Boatswain
Cook
Sailmaker
Carpenter
Crew
Passengers

LIFE ON BOARD

  • Used gravel as ballast
  • Caught water in waterbags for the tank
  • Friday was washing day
  • Carried pigs to slaughter and salt. One was 15 stone. One sheep died ( p33).
  • Took 7 sheep on at Sydney. Took 2 little black China pigs on at Shanghai.
  • Carried tea home
  • Sundays had prayers, sermon etc
  • New Year's prayers
  • Passenger - shot Cape pigeons, tried to fish ( p11 ) and catch birds ( p12 )
  • The Boatswain had pheasants, which escaped
  • Cooked flying fish
  • Cooked shark mefs ( p34 )
  • Signalised with other boats - heard news of Emporer of Russia's death, and heard Sebastopol not taken ( pO7 )
  • Went off course ( p42 )
  • Man lashed to wheel 3 days ( p13 )
  • Saw a shipwreck ( p39 )
  • Saw a pirate ( p64 )

CREW

  • Washed deck before breakfast
  • Varnished the decks
  • Painting
  • Spinning spunyarn ( p20,35 )
  • Draw, knot and ball ropeyarn ( p30)
  • Clean brass
  • Clean arms ( p30 )
  • Clean large cannons ( p31 )
  • Cleaned and painted the brafs
  • "Variously employed"
  • Holey-stoning the decks
  • Scraped down the mast
  • Cleaned the boading pikes
  • Made gaskets ( p90 )
  • 2 Boatswains "hung miling ( Marlin ?)spikes at there backsides" ( p36 )-Christmas Eve. Drunk ?!
  • other tasks not specifically mentioned:
    • Steering the ship
    • Handling sails - furling, setting, trimming to make best use of wind. This often required more than the 5 men on each watch, so those off-watch had to be called to assist. Watches worked 4 hours, then had 4 hours off ( unless called out ).
    • Servicing the rigging

SAILMAKER

  • Made a waterbag
  • Made a boat cover
  • Made a tarpauling
  • Made a cover for the 'skylight hatch
  • Made cartridge bags
  • Repaired sails - sometimes while aloft
  • "Employed with ship duty"

CARPENTER

  • Repaired oars
  • Made the hatch in the roundhouse smaller
  • Made a graiting for the poop under the wheel
  • Made carved work for ornamenting the figurehead
  • Made a boat choke ( a cradle on which a boat was secured)
  • Made a boom - often
  • Rising lower bunks ( p15)
  • Made boarding pikes ( p27 )
  • Repaired booms, masts etc
  • Caulking - decks, roundhouse - after planking, the seams were caulked. Cracks were plugged with strands of oakum and filled with molten pitch. This was overlaid with thick tar.
  • "At his respective duty"