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The Piraki Log (e Pirangi Ahau Koe), or, Diary of Captain Hempleman

Remarks, 1841. — [March 9 to April 27, 1841.—Same Log book.]

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Remarks, 1841.
[March 9 to April 27, 1841.—Same Log book.]

March. Tuesday, 9th.—Strong breeze from the westward 1841 in the morning; very warm at mid-day. Men employed in the bush felling timber; Sawyers and Carpenters at their trades. A Mowerie boat left for Wongooloa.

Wednesday, 10th.—Strong breeze all day, and warm. Men employed in the bush; Sawyers and Carpenter at their trades. Blowing very hard towards night from the South'ard, with rain.

Thursday, 11th.—Wind from the South'ard, with rain in the morning; cloudy all day. Men employed carrying plank from the bush; Sawyers and carpenter as usual. Wet towards night.

Friday, 12th.—Wind from the west'ard in the morning; warm at mid-day. Men employed bringing plank from the bush; Sawyers and carpenter as usual. Strong breeze, with rain, from the South'ard towards night. George came from Oashore.

Saturday, 13th.—Wind from the South'ard, with rain, in the morning. Men employed in the garden; Sawyers and carpenter as usual. A Mowerie boat came and left. Wind from the west in the evening.

Sunday, 14th.—Wind from the South'ard, with rain towards night. Nothing of any consequence occurred.

Monday, 15th.—Strong breeze from South-West, with rain in the morning. Carpenter at work; men employed shifting plank in the boat-shed. Blowing hard, with rain towards night, from the same quarter.

Tuesday, 16th.—Less wind, and no rain. Men employed page 120 1841 carrying plank out of the bush; Sawyers and Carpenter at their trades. Wind the same, with fine weather towards night.

Wednesday, [Mar.] 17th.—Wind the same; steady breeze all day, and fine. Men employed bringing stuff from the bush and repairing big house; Sawyers and Carpenter at their trades. George left for Wongalooa. A very heavy swell from the South-west for the last three days.

Thursday, 18th.—Wind the same, with fine weather. Men employed repairing the big house; Sawyers and Carpenter at their trades. Moles and another man stopped here a short time on their way from Wongalooa to Oashore, across the hills.

Friday, 19th.—No wind and fine weather. Men employed carrying posts for the big house, and for the fence round the Captns house; Sawyers and Carpenter at their trades. The Captn started to walk to Wongalooa.

Saturday, 20th.—Wind N.E., with fine weather. Men employed repairing the big house and carrying posts out of the bush for the fence round the house; Sawyers and carpenter as usual.

Sunday, 21st.—Foggy in the morning; very warm at mid-day; foggy in the evening.

Monday, 22nd.—The Captain returned late last night. Foggy, with rain, in the morning; fine in the after-part of the day; wind from the South'ard. Men employed thatching the big house and fencing. Killed a small pig. Sawyers and carpenter at work. Mr. Hernott came from Price's fishery early in the morning, having slept on top of the hill all night.

Tuesday, 23rd.—Wind N.E., with cloudy weather. Mr. Hernott and the Mowerie that came with the Captn started to walk to Wongalooa. The Captn went to Price's and Wood's fishery in the boat. Carpenter at work. Saw the Magnet off the Heads this morning and again in the evening.

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Finished thatching the big house. Phil Ryan and a boat's 1841 crew anchored off the shears late at night.

Wednesday, [Mar.] 24th.—Phil and Yankee Bill came ashore early in the morning. Wind easterly all day. Men employed fencing; Carpenter at work. The Captn went to Wongaloa in the boat in the afternoon. Very warm at mid-day; cloudy towards night.

Thursday, 25th.—Phil sailed in the morning. Wind from the S. by W.; cloudy weather. Carpenter at work.

Friday, 26th.—Blowing hard from the S.W. all day. Carpenter at work. Cloudy towards night, and blowing a gale of wind.

Saturday, 27th.—Wind the same in the morning, but less cloudy weather. Carpenter at work. Rain in the evening, and less wind.

Sunday, 28th.—Rain all last night, and blowing hard from the S.W. Light winds, and fine weather all day.

Monday, 29th.—Wind from the S.W., with fine weather. The Captn returned with the boat early in the morning. All hands up in the bush in the middle of the day after pigs, but saw none. Two men in the garden.

Tuesday, 30th.—Light wind from the S.; fine weather. Carpenter at work. The Captain very ill: kept his bed all day. Two men in the garden.

Wednesday, 31st.—Light wind from the N.E. in the morning. The Captain worse to-day. Carpenter at work; two men employed in the garden. Fine weather all day.

April. Thursday, 1st.—Light wind from the N., with fine weather. Two men employed in the garden; Carpenter at work. Caught a few fish with seine. The Captain very ill all day: not out of bed.

Friday, 2nd.—Light winds from the East'ard; cloudy in the morning, fine towards mid-day. Carpenter at work; two men employed cutting grass to thatch the boat-shed. The Captain better to-day, but still very ill. Discharged the Sawyers.

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1841Saturday, [Apr.] 3rd.—Wind N.E., with fine weather in the early part of the day. Carpenter at work; the two men cutting grass. The Captain very unwell: got up towards mid-day. Saw a sail off the heads: supposed her to be the Magnet.

Sunday, 4th.—Light wind from E., with fine weather. The Captain much better to-day: got up shortly after breakfast. Hauled the seine at night. Shaw, one [of] the men, very ill.

Monday, 5th.—Wind from the S.W. A boat out fishing in the morning saw a sail to the S.E., but could not make her out. The Captain rather worse, but not in bed. Discharged one of the men.

Tuesday, 6th.—Wind the same. A boat out fishing spoke to Charley Brown (off the heads) one of the Go'ashore headsmen. Saw two other boats at sea. Carpenter at work. James Fernis, Bill the sawyer, Phillips, and the Doctor left the beach (having been discharged) for Wongalooa. The Captain much the same. Whaling, a constable, came from Wongalooa in the afternoon. Hauled the seine at night. Fine weather all day; strong breeze from the North'ard towards night.

Wednesday, 7th.—Blowing very hard all night and this day from the same quarter. Carpenter at work; men employed bringing vines from the bush. The Captain no better to-day; Shaw very ill. Blowing a gale of wind towards night from the North'ard. Whaling, the man that came yesterday, is not a constable, but is going to Price's for employment. Heard several guns fired in the direction of Woongalooa.

Thursday, 8th.—Wind the same last night and all to-day, but more moderate. A boat out fishing, but caught nothing. Carpenter at work; men employed bringing vines from the bush for the fence round the house. The Captain better to-day; Shaw much the same.

Friday, 9th.—Wind from the South'ard, with fine and warm weather. Men employed bringing vines from the bush page 123 for the fence; carpenter at work. Whaling left to walk to 1841 Price's fishery. Wind from the Eastward in the evening. The Captain much the same; Shaw better.

Saturday, [Apr.] 10th.—Light wind from the N.E. in the morning. A boat out fishing, but returned without catching anything. Saw two sails in the offing, and boats in shore whaling. Carpenter at work. Captain much the same; Shaw worse. Wind S.W., with fine weather in the after-part of the day.

Sunday, 11th.—Wind N.W., with cloudy weather all day. A boat from Price's fishery landed in the morning, and went shortly after. Capt: better; Shaw much worse.

Monday, 12th.—Light wind from the N.E., with fine weather. Mr. Woods came here in a boat early in the morning, and went away about mid-day. Men employed bringing vines from the bush in the morning; in the afternoon went to Go'ashore in the boat. Captain much better; Shaw better. Carpenter at work.

Tuesday, 13th.—Light wind from the N.E. all day, with fine weather. Men employed bringing vines from the bush; Carpenter at work. Captain better; Shaw much the same.

Wednesday, 14th.—Strong wind from the N.E. all day, with fine weather. Men employed bringing posts from the bush for the fence; Carpenter at work. Shaw better.

Thursday, 15th.—Strong wind from the N.E. all last night and this day, with fine weather. Men employed bringing posts from the bush for the fence; Carpenter at work. Shaw much the same.

Friday, 16th.—Light wind from the N.E., with fine weather throughout the day. Men employed bringing flags from the creek and thatching the boat-shed. Shaw better, and at work in the garden.

Saturday, 17th.—Light wind from the N., with rain, last night; wind the same this day, with rain in the afternoon. Men employed bringing grass and flags from the creek; Carpenter at work. Shaw worse.

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1841Sunday, [Apr.] 18th.—Light air from the N., with fine weather all the day. Shaw much the same. Hauled the seine in the evening.

Monday, 19th.—Wind S.W., blowing hard all day, with showers of rain and hail. Denis and Jack refused to work any longer; Carpenter at work; one man employed thatching. Shaw no better. Blowing very hard towards night.

Tuesday, 20th.—Wind N.E. till evening, when it shifted to the Sd; fine weather all day. Carpenter in the bush after knees; one man thatching. Shaw no better. Hauled the seine.

Wednesday, 21st.—Wind N., blowing very hard all day, with heavy squalls. Carpenter at work; Mic cutting grass; Shaw mending the seine. Wind shifted to S.W., with rain, after nightfall.

Thursday, 22nd.—Wind S.W., with rain, last night and this morning; blowing strong, but no rain all day. Shaw and Mic thatching; Carpenter at work. John Hursts started to walk to Woongalooa in the early part of the day, being discharged for refusing to work. Hauled the seine.

Friday, 23rd.—Wind S.W., with fine weather. Shaw and Mic thatching; Carpenter at work. Hauled the seine at night.

Saturday, 24th.—Light wind from the East'ard, with fine weather. Shaw and Mic thatching; Carpenter at work. A sail off the heads.

Sunday, 25th.—Light wind from the N.E. Went round to Horse Shoe Bay with the boat. Saw a schooner at anchor at Price's, and a sail to the Nd. Hauled the seine at night.

Monday, 26th.—Rain all last night and to-day; wind from the West'ard. A boat out fishing. Saw the schooner under weigh for Woongaloa, and two sails to the Nd. Carpenter at work.

Tuesday, 27th.—Rain all last night; wind from the S.E. all day, with cloudy Weather. Mr. Woods came in with page 125 a boat's crew from Woongalooa, and shortly after Mr. Brown 1841 from the same place; Mr. McGillvray and John Hursts came in. The boats started again in about two hours for Go'ashore. Carpenter at work; Shaw and Mic in the garden.

[This ends the bound Log Book.]

Refer to Glossary.