himself and two sisters, orphans. He is 18 yrs old.
has been at sea two or three years. Reached New York
in a Norwegian vessel Dec. 1, 1861. ran away with the
whole crew, and in eight days was before the mast
on the Oriental, unable to speak a word of english
but learns fast.
Thursday. March 6. Barometer  for 48 hours low,
with slight ups and downs. telling of things to come,
though the weather for the most part has been fine.
But today, a succession of heavy squalls wind and
Rain - once, a little dash of hail. The sea was a
beautiful green, “topping up” splendidly under
the brisk breezes. Shortened sail gradually.
4 ½ P.M. Made my debut at reefing top sails 
putting double in the fore, and single reef in
main top-sail. Another reef in the main at 7 ½ o’c
that our captain may nap in safety. The Bark
we came up with Feb. 28. has been “fore  and aft” of us
ever since, especially fore. Always in sight. This P.M.
an hour before sun set saw her away to leeward 
passing through the arc of a fine rainbow. Her white
sails, and masts made of noble foundation for the
seven colors. Water 69o . (Lagulhas current? “Maury”)
Lat. 39os. Long. 33os east.