Wind came out from NW last night at 8 ½ and blew hard has abated but little this morning, a thick fog is hanging round got underweigh at 1 PM at 3 saw the lighthouse at SW pass at 5 minutes to 4 got a pilot, then a steamboat came along, and said for our comfort that we could not go in to night, at 5 dropped anchor in Mississippi, to wait our time, the Shakespeare is ahead of us arr. yesterday the Resenne the day before, the weather is cold have on all our winter clothing, and have to shut the door beside, we call our passage 56 days from Liverpool
Wind NE and cloudy as much sail on the ship as is desirable according to my feelings, at half past one o’clock came into light water, which is an indication that we are nearing the mouth of the Mississippi, the weather is so thick that we made but little distance, saw two ships this morning one bound in the other out, Fanny is as merry as a cricket playing with her stick and string and singing out main topsail haul how George would laugh to hear her, at 5 PM let go anchor in 4 ½ fathom of water
The wind increased during the night, at 4 AM furled the spanker and mainsail, at 2 PM set them again wind still from NE at 4 PM a ship in sight, has been rainy most of the day and quite cold, have felt a little seasick been on the sofa most of the day, letters to night, made 185 miles
Last evening the moon shone brightly, almost a dead calm every thing hushed as midnight, we sat on deck in the first watch, there she blows says the Capt in a moment I was on my feet and in various directions could see the water rise if some large object moved it, at every motion could hear the shouting voice once I saw the back of a huge fish quite near the ship, it was a company of whales, shouting how I wished it had been daylight, the sight would have been grand, have seen one steamship made 60 miles
Last night at ten made Ahaco light, went on deck at 12 mignight and saw the light, and again at 4 am, At 3 PM made the Berry Islands and passed them before dark 70 miles.
There is hardly a breath of wind to move us along this morning the sun quite hot, Fan and her mother were amused some tine this morning watching the
occasional appearance of monstrous fins showing themselves above the water, not enough of the animals to be seen to tell who they are, the Capt calls them black fish. The newly mended mainsail was bent the first thing this morning, atlas not been set to day the wind is so light, fine studding sails set and no wind to fill them, have made 38 miles
A smart breeze from SW at twelve increase commenced taking in sail, one hard squall parted the main tack, and main topsail sheet, split the mainsail and main topsail, PM all hands at work sending down the broken sails, and releasing them with alters, sent(?) a new main topsail, a foresail in place of the mainsail, which took until 5 PM has rained in torrents all the afternoon, an inch. In sight under swuq sail