while reaching back one year and I was then at sea.
Tuesday, Dec. 30. Spoke British ship Solent (iron), 75 days from
Shanghai for London. Dec.31, about 6 P.M. Passed 60
miles to the westward of Ascension I. 
Thursday, Jan 1, 1863. Fine. Lat. 8°30’ S., long. 16°30 W.
Wednesday, Jan 7. Lat. 2’ N., long. 24.°45’ W. Mate and four
men board the Br. ship Hippogriff, on the Line, 32 days from
Cardiff for Calcutta; brought off papers (Gen. McCln superseded)  and a bbl of flour.
Lost my chance to go and bail the boat, by being asleep. Met
several ships here. After 3 days of calm and light wind with
little rain, catch a strong N.E trade at 4 P.M., Jan 10.
Jan 20. Lat. of Cape de Verde Islands. 15°8’ N. Friday, Jan 30.
Mate boards Barq. Flora, 84 days out from Peru for Hamburg.
Got sea biscuit  and flour. Feb 3. Board American brigantine ”Hercules,”
33 days from N.Y. for Cadiz. News of Burnside’s reverse .
Yankee Captain took us for privateer , and at first refused
to leave his cabin. Thursday, Feb. 5. Lat. 39°N, long. 35°W.
Splendid breeze and weather. Caught both at Tuesday midnight after
a week of nearly solid calm. Full moon. Sunday, Feb 15.
Landfall 50 miles west of Cape Clear, under lee of Skellig
Rocks ; tack ship. Drifted 120 m. too far north by the current.
Feb 16. Sight Bantry Bay lighthouse, Mizen Head, and Cape Clear  Beating still. 1/2 past 12 A.M. Tuesday
wind shifts. At daylight running up the St. Georges Channel 
with fair wind.