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Nelson Historical Society Journal, Volume 6, Issue 2, 1998

Wednesday 6th February

Wednesday 6th February

Turned out at 7.30 am. Skipper lost the toss so had to get breakfast. Gave us warmed oatmeal, bread and butter, jam, cocoa. Very good, but porridge spoiled by being half cooked. After breakfast went across to mainland. At 10 am got under weigh for Torrent Bay. The morning was all that could be desired, light sea breeze and beautiful warm sun. Arrived at Torrent Bay soon after mid day. On rounding the point into the anchorage a royal salute was fired in our honour by the crew of the yacht Jessica Logan, who had been up on the hills goat hunting. In the afternoon called on Mr and Mrs Tregidga and Mr and Mrs Rainier. Had a pleasant chat and peaches. Invited Mr Tregidga to afternoon tea and took him across to our yacht by dingy. Had tea, then a smoke and a yarn. (Note by Skipper: Yarn generally consists of a number of fabrications related by First Mate). Set the alarm for 4 am in case there should be a SE breeze which we were hoping for and expecting. The alarm went off all right, but despite the utmost efforts of the First Mate to persuade the Skipper to rouse out, nothing would induce him to come on deck. With a sad heart First Mate had again to retire to his bunk and to his sad meditations.