9 weighed and steamed down the River, passed several stuck
craft and after quarters excercised at shifting sails - At dusk
as usual came to an anchor among lots of mosquitoes -
May 8th Weighed again at daylight and went on our course;
the breeze being fair made all possible sail - Towards evening
it had a very threatening appearance, with lightning so the Pilot
coming to anchor which we did at once in 9 fths.
May 9th A thick fog and very cold raw weather, at 8 a Brazy
Steamer passed: at 9 it cleared up a little when we weighed
and went onwards passing a complete of Schooners going up
9.30 Passed Martero Garcia a small scattered town: it was now
very thick and we were uncertain if we could proceed having to
pass a very intricate place, where there was only twelve feet of
water, however we went on having a look out man at the jib boom
end: at 3 it cleared up a little and we could see the shipping in
the Outer Roads of Buenos Ayres, so we went ahead at full speed
and by four came to an anchor in the middle roads about 2 miles
from the Town, where the Passengers, Commdr and Pilot went on
shore: at 6 the boats returned: the mosquitoes worse tonight
than they were up the River, had supper and turned in.
May 10th Very foggy, at 6 sent gig ashore for the Commander,
after Quarters with the Cutter in: Engineers and Stokers repairing
and cleaning the Engines - At 1 the boats returned bringing me
a letter from Eversfield, a card and bundle of cigars from John Kirk
and an invitation from him to make his house my home when
at Buenos Ayres. At 4 Commdr and Pilot came off, lights fired,
got steam up, weighed and proceeded to the outer roads, where
we anchored about 6.30, let the fires go out & disconnected.
Evening very cold.
May 11th At daylight weighed and made sail with a light
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