March 1, 1866
Highlights from the Journal of Edwin Mitchell, Vol. I:
Mar. 1: "This A.M. at ten Oclock a sail hoveHove Heave
To throw. in sight ahead steering northward, at half past eleven we spoke her; it was the Dutch BrigBrig
Vessel with two masts; both square-rigged. Henryetta from Buenos AyresBuenos Ayres
Buenos Aires The capital and largest city in Argentina.. The Capt. requested him to report us."
Mar. 4: "The Capt. invited the Second mate and the Carpenter aftAft
Towards the stern, or rear, of a vessel. to take dinner with him, so us boys had the duffDuff
A boiled or steamed pudding, usually containing dried fruit. to ourselves."
Mar. 6: "This A.M. we are about forty miles from the Brazilian coast; at twelve soundedSounding
The name given to a depth of water obtained by a lead and line sounding machine, or echo-sounder, or by any other means. The figures on a maritime chart which indicate the depth of water are also known as soundings. twice but did not get bottom; also caught a Dolphin on a line which was trailing astern."
Mar. 7: "Saw three sails to windwardWindward
The direction from which the wind blows.It is used as a point of reference in designating a movement or a location. , one Southward and one Northward. The wind is blowing quite fresh."
Mar. 9: "This A.M. I have been at work cleaning some guns for the mate."
Mar. 11: "This P.M. saw a Brazilian fishing boat ahead; the mate motioned for them to come along side but they droped under our stern when we hove to; When the Capt. went aboard taking some bread and meat all of us boys sent letters home by them. They said they were going to Cape FrioCape Frio
A cape on the south east Atlantic coast of Brazil, east of Rio de Janeiro in a day or two and would take the letters; they gave the Capt. quite a number of fish."
Mar. 12: "The Capt. caught eight red mulletMullet
A bony fish with a stout, elongated body. and a shark...Tonight the sailors had the shark cooked for supper and I ate a piece; it was very nice."
Mar. 13: "This P.M. Ross and I have been hauling the fishing line for the mate, caught a lot of Mulletts."
Mar. 14: "Saw a large school of Porpoise but did not get any; tonight one of the men hauled a BonitoBonito "Bonita"
A kind of fish. out of the water but lost him."
Mar. 17: "Tonight us boys went forward and rigged the pump and had a good wash."