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JJ Rowe Diary: 4 Mar 1889

Introduction

Joseph has now been at sea for three weeks. The anticipated tug-of-war takes place, with the outcome predicted by Joseph. More flying fish spotted, but it was been a few days since another ship was seen.

The Diary Entry

4.3.89 (Monday)

Three weeks today since we came on board. How quick the time fly’s. I did not wake till a few minutes to 6 am so missed my bath this morning.

Pollie seem rather poorly, could not eat scarce any breakfast. We have all got a cold now, baby’s as well. It would amuse any one to hear him cough for after he has finished coughing he always say (Aha) but he is very bright & jolly.

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JJ Rowe Diary: 3 Mar 1889

Introduction

It’s Sunday, and Joseph attends religious service aboard ship.

The Diary Entry

3.3.89 (Sunday)

On watch last night. Helped to wash decks down this morning at 4.30 am.

Went to Divine Service at 10.30. No Sermon as it was Communion Sunday.

Had fresh beef for dinner. There was a Service on deck this afternoon. A few Officer & Ladie’s Attend. It was very short, the Sermon, if so it was called, only lasted about 10 minutes.

Gave the remainder of our books & papers away today. one of the Christian Sailors gave a lot away. I think he gets things from Miss Robinsons Institute in Portsmouth, to give to the troops on the voyage.

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JJ Rowe Diary: 2 Mar 1889

Introduction

Sports on deck have the soldiers and sailors vying for prizes. Joseph reminisces with one of the sailors about mutual friends back home.

The Diary Entry

2.3.89 Saturday

Awoke about 3.30 am & got up & went on deck for a bath. Canvas bath was not up so I went into the bath house & had one & the went to be again.

I hung up my towel on the iron rail to which our hammocks are hung & when I woke at 6 am it was gone. a good many things like that we have had the misfortune to lost, they never turn up & no one ever seem to know anything about them.

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JJ Rowe Diary: 1 Mar 1889

Introduction

Pollie is feeling better, but the illness must be spreading through the ship, since Joseph now reports feeling unwell. He also reports that there is skulduggery amongst the children in the nursery.

The Diary Entry

1.3.89 Friday

I slept on deck last night till about 4 Am this morning then the deck swabberes hunted me off down below. I did not have a bath this morning, as I felt rather dickey, & had such a nasty taste in my mouth. I went below & laid down till 6 a m then got up & got breakfast ready.

Pollie better, she eat a good breakfast, this morning.

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