November 14, - Embarked on board the Acheron about 10 am and about 2 pm we weighed anchor,
and fairly put to sea. The commander of the Acheron, Capt Kennedy obligingly accommodated
me as to my religious ceremonies, convenience for cooking &c.
November 15, - The wind blew very hard; I felt very sea-sick throughout the day.
November 16, - Wind still blew hard.
November 17, - Weather somewhat moderated.
November 18, - Fine weather and smooth water. Spain in sight.
November 19 Fine weather continues. The coast of Algiers in sight. Passed Malaga. At 10
pm we descried the rock of Gibraltar, and about midnight we moored alongside the pier.
November 20, - After breakfast I went ashore whilst Capt Cogan obtained permission for us
to inspect the rock; it is a stupendous fortification, and is supposed to be the finest in
the world. Thence we went on board the Braganza to secure our passage to England and
November 21, - <snip> About 5 pm we embarked aboard the Braganza, and in two hours
November 22, - Wind blew very hard. About 11 am we reached Cadiz; it is a splendid town
and some of its beautiful buildings were visible from the deck. We stopped there for
about two hours and then started for Lisbon.
November 23-24, - Wind blew very hard, and sea tremendously high.
November 25, - Weather somewhat moderated. Early in the morning we saw the land of
Portugal. About 11 am we entered the Tagus, and anchored off the Customs house at Lisbon.
The climate was mild although it was late in November. <snip>
November 26, - About 1 pm we embarked aboard steamer and about 6 pm we left Lisbon.
November 27, - The wind blew very hard, so that the Captain thought it prudent not to
attempt to touch at Oporto; the poor passengers who had embarked for this place were,
therefore compelled to remain on board, which was a melancholy sight, and they were landed
at length at Vigo.
November 28, - About 10 am we clearly saw the town of vigo, and anchored there at twelve
o'clock.; we left in about two hours, the wind still blowing very hard.
November 29, - We were now in the Bay of Biscay. The sea ran mountains high, the vessel
laboured very hard, and I felt very sick and miserable.
November 30,- Wind blew very hard. About 5 pm to my great joy I saw the coast of England,
and the Light House on Lizard Point. About 7 pm we anchored at Falmouth, where some of
the passengers landed; and at 10 pm we weighed anchor.
December 1, - About 4 pm we were off the Isle of Wight, after much delay, by keeping
company with the steamer Tagus which had broken down.
December 2, - About 6 pm we anchored at Gravesend, where my froend Capt Cogan started for
London, to prepare accommodation for me, and I promised to meet him next morning at
Blackwall. I now thanked God that the troubles of my voyage were over, and went to be
December 3, - We weighed anchor early, but the fog was so thick that the pilot could
scarcely see his way. At length we anchored at Blackwall about 11 am; in half an hour
Capt Cogan arrived, with whom, and my two servants, I went ashore. <snip>
Part 3 of 3
S.B. Southerden from Winchester, Hampshire
Researching Kearton; Kirton; Kyrton