|H||K||F||Courses||Winds||Rems. Sunday 10th May 1789 In the Bountys Launch|
|1||2||2||WBN||EBS||Fine Wr. I now got fitted a pair of Shrouds to each Mast, and contrived a Canvas weather cloth around the Boat also raised the Quarters about 9 Inches by help of the Seats, and found it of great Service|
|5||3||"||"||Served a bit of bread and a Jill of water for supper|
|9||3||4||WNW||SSE||Squally much Rain Thunder and Lightning. Caught 20 Galls water|
|12||3||SE||Being very wet and cold and no shelter, served a teaspoonfull of Rum to each man.|
|8||4||"||"||Squally and Rain with a high Sea. Obliged to keep before it which is the cause of the Course being altered.|
|10||4||Served Bread and Water for breakfast at the proportion of 2 oz of the first and a Jill of the last to each person pr. day as before mentioned|
|12||4||"||"||Fresh Gales and cloudy. Most uncomfortably wet and cold. The Sea constantly
breaking over us. Cannot keep our Course. |
Served a morsel of Pork about ½ an oz and Bread & water for dinner
In the afternoon I got fitted a pair of Shrouds to each Mast and contrived a Canvas weather cloth round the Boat and raised the quarters about 9 Inches by nailing on the seats of the Stern Sheets which proved of great benefit to us.
About 9 oClock in the Evening the Clouds began to gather and we had a prodigious fall of Rain with severe Thunder and Lightning. By midnight we caught about 20 Gallons of water. We were now miserably wet and cold, I therefore served to each person about a teaspoon full of Rum to enable us to bear with our distressed situation without considering it, if it was possible, a point of necessity. But as the weather continued extremely bad and the wind encreased, we spent a very distressing night without Sleep but such as could be got in the midst of the Rain. We had no releif with the day but its light. The Sea was constantly breaking over us and kept two persons bailing, and we had no choice how to Steer for we were obliged to keep before the waves to avoid filling the Boat. The allowance to each person which I serve regularly at Sun set, at 8 in the morning, and at Noon is 1/24 of a lb at each meal. Today I gave about ½ an oz of Pork for dinner, which altho any moderate person would have in the most plentifull situation considered in quantity as a mouthfull, was divided into three and four.