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Historical Records of New Zealand Vol. II.

Captain Furneaux to Secretary Stephens

Captain Furneaux to Secretary Stephens.

Adventure, sloop, at Plymouth, 22 May, 1772.


I have received your letter of the 16th past, and in conformity to their Lordships' directions inclose herein the observations of the qualities on his Majesty's sloop under my command on her passage from the river.

The weather being in general calm, we had few opportunitys of making observations on her sailing, but this the opinion of my officers and self that she is a vessel fit for the intended voyage, and will answer every purpose therein.

I am, &c.,

Tob's Furneaux.

bservations of the Qualities of his Majesty's sloop the

Her best sailing draught of water when victualled and stored for foreign service, being given this 22nd day of May, 1772 Afore, 15 feet.
Abaft, 14 feet 8 inches.

Her lowest gun-deck port will then be above the surface of the water.

Quere the 1st.— How she behaves close hauld, and how many knots she runs? In a top-gallant gale.
In a topsail gale.
Under her
And query.—
Whether she will stay under her course.
How she steers and how she wears and stays No ship can steer and wear better.
Had no trial.
Had no trial.
Had no trial.
2nd.— In each circumstance above mentioned (in sailing with other ships), in what proportion she gathers to windward, and in what proportion she forereaches, and in general her proportion of leeway? Have been in a tides way all the way from the river.
3rd.— How she behaves in sailing through all the variations of the wind, from its being a point or two abaft the beam to its veering forward upon the bow-line, in every strength of gale, especially in a stiff gale and a head sea; and how many knots she runs in each circumstance, and how she carries her helm? What little trial we have had she seems to fall and rise very easy; she carries a weather helm.
4th.— The most knots she runs before the wind, and how she rolls in the trough of the sea? Have had light breezes and with a strong tide, seven knots.
5th.— How she behaves in lying too or a-try, under a mainsail and also under a mizen? No trial.
6th.— What for a roader she is, and how she careens? A very good roader. page 94
7th.— If upon tryal the best sailing draught of water given as above should not prove to be so, what is the best sailing abaft draught of water? Afore
Abaft, 6 inches.
From intelligence I had from the master of her in the merchant service.
8th.— What is her draught of water when victualled to twenty-two months and stored for foreign service? Afore, 16 ft.
Abaft, 14 feet 8 inches.
9th.— What height is her gunwale then above the surface of the water? Abaft, 7 feet 10 inches.
10th.— The trim of the ship? (At present, four inches by the head.

Tob's Furneaux.