Wednesday 27 April 1836

[, on board the wrote. | Read source notes.]

The Weather has remain’d uncommonly fine since Sunday,
accompd with a smart Breeze from N,E, and at Day
light this Morng we could just discern the tops of
the high Lands, in the Island of Porto-Santo,
shortly after which, saw the Island of Madeira, and
before it was dark, passed through between them, keep-
ing Porto-Santo, with a few Islands called the
Desertas, on our larboard, and Madeira on the star-
board Side  _______  In the grey of the Eveng we got
sight of a Whale, about 3 Miles from us, it was spou-
-ting up Water to a great height in the Air  _______

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2 Responses to “Wednesday 27 April 1836”

  1. Bob May 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    The position of the Duke of York on 25 April is correct, and it was the John Pirie which passed Madiera on the 27th. However, as you continue plotting the positions you will notice that Captain Morgan recorded the latitude as 17 odd degrees south on the 29th, with the island of Antonio in sight, but his ‘latitude’ the following day is clearly the longitude. There is a problem on 1 May as well. The longitude is almost illegible on the microfilm and has been read as either 21 or 22 degrees, but in fact must be 24 degrees.

  2. Brian W. Rice April 28, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    It is interesting to enter the Lat. and Long. (25.52, -23.59) for Week 10, Mon 25 Apr 1836 into Google Earth and note the distance of 1,046Km (565nm) to Porto-Santo, Madeira and Desertas Islands. The Captain seems a long way out in his navigating if he sails between these Islands as recorded Wed 27 Apr 1836.

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