August 6th “Java Sea”, 26 days out.  DCF 1.0

We are going along splendidly now.  A beautiful , S.E.  Monsoon is blowing, the waves, crisp and curl all over the sea.  The sun sends its long rays of light through the cumulous clouds- alternating with the dark shadows of the latter which I always love to see.  The sea, meantime, which has been so long blue-black is now grey-green an accent of the shore water, for we have now only 18 fathoms.  In the last four days we have sailed far more than all the passages before- and Java is only a hundred miles south of us…
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Sailing down the grand old straits of Macassan, it is monstrous- such DCF 1.0solitude, no life, no nothing.  Still there was one fine feature- when the sun set on the next opposite Selebes, she used to _____ her rays into  _____ gulley and _______ and light them up to the very mountain tops in array that was something sublime.  It was north all the rest and now we are coming to where the ______……
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Friday, 16th of August.  Latitude 7 degrees south, Longitude 103 degrees, East- 30 days out-

Now we are off! 170 miles from Anjer in the Indian Ocean.  Wednesday DCF 1.0morning, the 9th, we saw the light on the north watchet Island, our first land mark after entering the Java Sea.  Soon after lots of vessels- one was the “Bunker Hill”, my old friend Davis- bound to Manila, a large _____ was bound to Batavia, beating it just as I was ten months ago.  The sea, sky, _____, and wind is just the same, but all else, how changed! Just 28 days from Ilo-ilo, we made Anjer sight.  How welcome it looked, it seemed like an old friend.  But our fair wind died away and we drifted very near the ugly rock called the “Butcher”, however they say a ship can’t strike on that anyhow, at least we didn’t.  We tried very hard to get to anchor at Anjer but drifted right past it at 8 o’clock.  All night we were _______ _____ with a fair wind…..
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…a little.  At 4 o’clock in the  morning.  Boats began to come with supplies and by eight o’clock, there was a whole fleet of them along side and the DCF 1.0decks were filled with native _____  us in fowls, $1.00 a dozen…Ducks same price.  Potatoes $1.00 a ______ (187 pounds).  Eggs, rice, fruit, coconuts, all as cheap as dirt.  Then came men with all sorts of birds.  And the sailors were perfectly frantic, selling their shirts, shoes, and anything they had for a curiosity, fruit, birds, etc.  But fate seems against our anchoring, the wind died away again.  By chance a ship chandler and a pilot had pulled off to see if I was going to stop so?  I concluded to send the mate to enquire for letters, etc. while we drifted about becalmed.  Had I kept on all….
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…all about us ____ the last rays of the sun bathed the near shore of delightful _______ and its glorious  _______ in a flood of golden light.  All DCF 1.0seemed to say to us, “Good Bye” Deck Bucket, “come again and bring your ______ with you next time”.  At 8 in the evening, the last ray of Anjer light twinkled itself to us 20 miles off and was felt that we were indeed toward Boston.  The regular S.E.Trade sprung up and our glad Bark was bowling over the Indian Ocean, as ___ as a lark.  The spray was far and wide and rolling things around the cabin perfectly. Regardless, everything was in a grand frolic ‘til Chin got to work, and stopped here.  So I thought it all over as I lay back on the quarter deck, gazing at the stars, nearly a year since we left this ocean to begin a long Islands cruise.  Nothing since that but Sands, rocks, and shoals, and currents, and ….
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…with the following pleasing(?) gossip.  “you know Capatin?  The stroon rocks just over there?”  “indeed I do.  I have been as near as I ever want toDCF 1.0 be to them.”  Well, the ______ ship, Agnes Bowfield, struck them a couple of weeks ago, and went right down.  The crew barely escaped with their lives!”  “You don’t tell me so!” “Yes! And two months ago, another English ship was lost right there!” “And the Cap.(rock) Indeed!  Any other cheerful intelligence?  The American ship, Emily McNear(?), was lost, on Klapper Island, a few weeks ago, Capt. Scott has just gone home here!  Hallra(?) says Pilgarlic.  D.Bucket you are not in that category yet, but tell us of the civil war in Paris.  Well the communists have been beaten by the Versailles government and they are quiet now, but they have nearly destroyed the beautiful city.  ______  ______ any ships from Manila or Ilo-ilo…
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…______   ________, The “Peter Roland” a ______ Bark that left Ilo-ilo past me last night, he sailed ten days ahead of me, so this is not bad.  While I DCF 1.0noticed a boat coming along side this morning, I heard a rough voice sing out- How de do Capt. Drew.  I wonder who don’t know me, I thought to myself.  It turned out to be a man who pilots ships into Batavia, who had seen me at the hotel, last year.. He said he piloted the Orpheus into Batavia last year, and that my brother was apprentice on board.  In Hong Kong, the pilot told me he was third mate, and some else told me he was a mid-shipman.  So it seems he has held a number of offices.  Everybody seems to know he is my brother.  I wonder where he is.  Well! The mate did not get any letters and….
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August 14th

Out on the Ocean all ________ we side. We’re homeward bound, we’re homeward bound.DCF 1.0
It was good to be rolling over the ocean again.  So we are now steering WSW ( West south West) for Cape of Good Hope, before a pleasant trade wind, and under a beautiful sky.  Nothing particular to write about.  Yesterday was our first   Sunday- outside, and a nice day it was.  We held a ________ service in the cabin as usual, spent a large proportion of the day reading over Lovey’s letters.  I’ve only had five this voyage.  And I finished reading the “Iliad of Homer”.  It’s funny…
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…Achiles.  I had a good illustration the other day of the sailors stand on morality…

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Halloa. Bucket.  Poetry again?  Only a little Pilgarlic, and why not?  Oh nothing, only I thought I heard you say you had it nearly all taken out ofDCF 1.0 you.  That’s so.  A good balance sheet at the end of this voyage will be ________ to my ears.  Poetry is no disgrace, but it is mighty inconvenient and I begin to see that.  Well placed speculations will do me most good in the years to come.  I wish I had done more of that thing before, but they say “All’s well that ends well.”  And Pil. You and I will try and make it end well, so let us think of  home.  Haying was long ago, and before, they had good crops.  The Circus and caravan have been along, and now it is ______- I so ______.  I hope next fall they will get a crop of potatoes and apples.  Apples did you say?  How long is it D. Bucket since you have had an apple?  Let me see… Three years next fall, I believe.  Yes, all that.  I guess they will taste good.  ____ by that time they’ll have a _______ picked …
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Sunday, 20th August – 39 days at sea.
Lat. 15 degrees South
Long. 83 degrees East

Now we are in the heart of the Indian Ocean, bowling off for the _____.  A DCF 1.0great change has come over our heretofore quiet voyage.  Cool weather has come.  Heavy masses of Caper clouds fly over us, though we are in the tropics yet.  Strong breezes are blowing us along, and the sea rolls and seethes and surges after us, as with days of yore.  The spray flies over us fore and aft.  The ships groans and creaks, but on, on, we go.  200 miles a day, as we used to say…
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…years ago as we sailed over the ______ ______ together, there was an old gentleman passenger there. Capt. Mongford(?)  He was a venerable oldDCF 1.0 man, when Saturday night came, he would say- What Captain! ____we toast his loved ones?  With all my heart, Capt. Mongford, and then calling the passengers and officers, he would pour the wine, and raising his venerable form, with sailor locks streaming in the air, thus he would say-“Friends, ‘tis Saturday nights, let us remember; Absent friends, sweethearts, and wives.  God Bless them.”  And we had a fine passage home, the best I ever made.  The old man has gone home.  I shall never forget him.  Would, that my end might be like his.  And tho this all ______ far and wide.  And Deck Bucket is but little better off than them.(rest of page is unreadable)

 

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Thursday, August 24th, 43 days out –

We are going along at about 220 miles a day for home.  There is a terrific DCF 1.0sea chasing us, and it strikes us with a noise like the sound of artillery, but we laugh at it so far- _______ we have to rig our pumps, and pump her out once in four hours.  We never had to do it  before, but we never had her so deep before.
When outward bound, I had always been in the saying as Sunday came round, how one-two-or three weeks ago, I was with my darlings, and so on till the time gets so long, I give it up.  So, as we near home, I begin on the other margin and say; ”I hope in so many Sundays, to be home again.”
Quien Sabe- (in Spanish it means who knows)
The weather is quite cool now, though the thermostat stands at 75 degrees….
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Sunday August 27th, 46 days out.

Night before last we passed within 20 miles of another landmark, DCF 1.0“Roderigue Island”- but did not see it.  Now we are approaching the Isle of France, commonly called the “Maniteros”.  We hope to pass that tonight and see B______ Isle tomorrow.  These island all in the Western part of the Indian Ocean ___ show that over half of the great sea is passed- it is a beautiful day.  The wind has  moderate ______, the sea has gone down, so the decks are dry, and the…..
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The ship was running two knots, and a very heavy sea following, when all at once, the wheel and her screw patent(?) became stationary and could DCF 1.0not be moved.  The ship payed off before the wind, then got by  lee, then gathered stern way, with the wind a gale, and driving the ship astern into the heavy sea.  This about the worst thing that can happen.  But we soon got the wheel to rights.  A Pin had worked out and the screw were unshipped(?)  So, a little a thing can cause a ship wreck.  Glad enough we were when we got her before it again.
It seems like old times to be running along here, and Sunday, my favorite day, always brings her to mind-  The Old Dolphin.  I wonder what has come of her?   I don’t care much, I never much pleasure in her.  Still, I learned a good deal in that craft, that has been useful to me since.  Now, I am reading a fine work,  Bancroft’s History of the United States….
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