1854: Captain Frederick Howard – log of HMS ‘Herald’, in Levuka harbour for two months; read Articles of War to crew, hosts Cakobau with 10-gun salute

 29th September 1854, Levuka Harbour
AM

2.30 Observed the centre of Ovalau WNW. Hove to set spanker
4.0 Wore hove to. Centre of Ovalau NW by W
5.45 Filled
6.50 Wore
8.0 Bore up for entrance of reef, set courses and topgallant sails
9.30 Furled courses in topgallant sails standing through the Southern entrance to Levuka 10.0 Shortened sail and came to in 14 f. Moored ship with 5 shackles on each cable
Noon 30.01 78°

PM
Bearings at anchor
right arrow xeme N 30° W
Centre of Village S 56° W
Southern Entrance S 67° E
Furled sails
Out pinnace
Down royal yards
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight

 29th September 1854, Levuka Harbour

AM
Employed watering and as requisite
Carpenters repairing ladder
Noon 30.00 – 79°

PM
Employed as before noon
Sunset up boats
Midnight 30.00 – 77°

Remarks Saturday 30th

AM
Employed watering and cleaning ship
Artificers as requisite
Noon 30.00 79°

PM Employed as before noon
Loosed small sails to dry
4.0 Unbent small sails
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight

Remarks Sunday 1st October

AM
10.0 Mustered by divisions
Noon 30.00 74°

PM
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 30.00 – 77°

Remarks Monday 2nd

AM
Employed watering
Blacking down rigging &c.
Carpenters making cases for plants
Noon 29.95 78°

PM
Employed as before noon
Sunset up boats
Midnight

Remarks Moored off Levuka Ovalau Tuesday 3rd October 1854

AM
8.0 Loosed sails
Employed watering blacking down rigging
Carpenters making cases for plants
Noon 29.97 – 77°

PM Employed as before noon
Completed water to 67 tons
Furled sails
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 30.05 – 77°

Wednesday 4th

AM
Gave one watch liberty
Employed as most requisite
Noon 30.00 – 79°

PM
Sunset up and moored boats
Liberty men returned
S
Midnight 30.05 – 75°

Thursday 5th

AM
One watch ashore on liberty
Carpenter making specimen box and repairing skylights
Noon 30.07 80°

PM
One watch on shore
Sunset liberty men returned up and moored boats
Midnight 30.30 – 77°

Friday 6th

AM
Boats away surveying
Carpenter making specimen box
Noon

Boats away surveying
Sunset moored boats
Midnight

Remarks Moored in Levuka Harbour Saturday 7th October 1854

AM
Employed cleaning ship
Boats away surveying
Noon

PM Boats away surveying
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight

Sunday 8th

AM
10.0 Mustered by divisions and Per open list
Performed Divine Service
Noon

PM
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight

Monday 9th

AM
Scrubbed hammocks and washed clothes
Carpenters repairing ladders
Noon

PM
Employed as requisite
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 30.10 – 77°

Tuesday 10th

AM
Boats away surveying
Employed making spun yarn
Sailmaker making canvas shoes for boats crews
Noon 30.00 80

PM Swing ship for deviation
Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 30.02 – 78°

Remarks Moored in Levuka Harbour Wednesday 11th October 1854

AM
Boats away surveying
Employed repairing ratlines
Noon 30.00 81°

PM
Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 30.00 – 79°

Thursday 12th

AM Boats away surveying
Employed making spunyarn, fitting topsail yards &c.
Sailmaker making canvas shoes for boats crews &c.
Noon 30.05 82°

PM
Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 30.00 – 80°

Friday 13th

AM Boats away surveying
Scrubbed hammocks and washed clothes
Employed making mats fitting topgallant rigging &c.
Sailmaker making canvas shoes for boats crews
Noon 30.07 – 80°

PM Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 30.10 – 77°

Saturday 14th

AM
Boats away surveying
Employed cleaning ship
Noon 30.08 – 80°

PM
Employed making and mending clothes
Midnight 30.13 – 80°

Remarks Moored in Levuka Harbour Ovalau Sunday 15th October 1854

AM
10.0 Mustered by divisions and read articles of war to ships company
Noon 30.10 – 81°

PM
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight

Monday 16th

AM
Down topgallant yards and lowered topgallant masts. unbent jibs. Secured foremast with [indecipherable] and tackles in jib and flying booms, unclothed bowsprit
Carpenter making saddle for dolphin striker. Sailmaker repairing sails
Noon 30.06 – 79°

PM Employed refitting ship
Artificers as before noon
Unbent fore topsail
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 30.05 – 79°

Tuesday 17th

Unbent mainsail down main yard
Employed refitting ship
Artificers as yesterday
Noon 30.02 – 77°

PM Employed as before noon
Setting the bobstays &c.
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 30.00 – 70°

Wednesday 18th

AM Employed staying foremast setting up fore rigging and refitting
Carpenter making saddle for dolphin striker
Sailmaker repairing sails
Noon

Employed as before noon
Out jib boom up main yard
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight

Remarks Moored in Levuka Harbour – Ovalau Thursday 19th October 1854

AM
Down fore yard – unbent sails
Employed refitting &c.
Sailmaker repairing sails
Boats away surveying
Noon 30.03 – 79°

PM
Employed as before noon
Sunset up boats
Midnight 30.07 – 78°

Friday 21st

AM Employed rattling down rigging and refitting
Carpenters making clothes rack
Sailmaker repairing sails
Noon 30.04 – 81°

PM
Employed as fore noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 30.05 – 78°

Saturday 21st

AM Employed cleaning ship
Boats away surveying
Carpenters making Log rack
Sailmaker repairing sails
Noon 30.05 – 79°

PM
Employed as before noon
Up fore yard
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 30.03 – 78°

Sunday 22nd

AM
10.0 Mustered by divisions and Performed Divine Service
Noon 30.03 – 84°

PM
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 30.03 – 78°

Remarks Moored in Levuka Harbour Ovalau Monday 23rd October 1854

AM
Boats away surveying
Employed watering and as requisite
Sailmaker repairing sails
Carpenters repairing Log Rack
Noon 30.03 – 80°

PM Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight

Tuesday 24th

AM Boats away surveying
Employed rattling and blacking down rigging
Noon 30.10 – 75°

PM
Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 29.95 – 77°

Wednesday 25th

AM Employed rattling and blacking down
Carpenters making clothes rack
Sailmaker repairing sails
Noon 29.92 – 79°

PM Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 29.85 – 76°

Thursday 26th

AM Boats away surveying
Fidded topgallant masts
Employed staying topgallant masts and fitting topgallant backstays
Artificers as yesterday
Noon 29.95 – 77°

PM Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 29.95 – 74°

Remarks Moored in Levuka Harbour Friday 27th

AM
Employed making mats &c.
Ropemaker making spun yarn
Artificers as yesterday
Noon 30.05 – 77°

PM
Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight

Saturday 28th

AM
9.0 Arrived the American barque Seagou from Sydney 10 days
Employed cleaning ship
Noon 30.04.77

PM. Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Mr Nugent (Mid.) and 2 men proceeded in the schooner Glide (Niece Master) to V’antavu in search of 2 men supposed to be runaway convicts

Sunday 29th

AM
10.0 Mustered per open list
Noon 30.05 – 80°

PM
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 30.05 – 77°

Monday 30th

AM
Employed watering ship and as requisite
Carpenters making clothes rack
Noon 30.05 78°

PM
Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 30.02 – 78°

Remarks Moored in Levuka Harbour Tuesday 31st October 1854

AM
Employed watering
Carpenters making clothes rack
Noon 30.00 – 77°

PM
Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 30.01 – 76°

Wednesday 1st November

AM
Employed watering and as req.
Carpenters making clothes rack
Noon :

PM Completed water to 67 tons
Bent sails
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 30.00 – 76°

Thursday 2nd

AM
Employed as most requisite
Carpenters making clothes rack
Noon 29.95 81°

PM Boats away surveying
Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 29.97 – 79°

Friday 3rd

AM
9.0 Cleaned hawse and unmoored ship
Bent small sails courses topgallant and royal yards and loosed sails
Employed preparing for sea
Noon 30.06 80°

PM Employed as before noon
Furled sails in pinnace
Midnight

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Remarks Anchored in Levuka Harbour Saturday 4th November

AM
Employed cleaning ship
Loosed sails
Noon 29.96 – 83°

PM
Employed as before noon
Furled sails
Sunset up boats
Midnight 29.97 – 79°

Sunday 5th

AM
10.0 Mustered by divisions and per open list
Noon 29.95 82°

PM
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight

Monday 6th

AM
Loosed sails
Employed as most requisite
Noon 29.88 78°

PM
1.0 Furled sails
Boats away surveying
Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 29.84 – 79°

Tuesday 7th

AM
Loosed sails
Employed as most requisite
11.30 Furled sails
Noon 29.85 78°

PM Employed cleaning pump wells
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 29.90 – 79°

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Remarks At Single Anchor in Levuka Harbour Wednesday 8th November 1854

AM
Cleaned sail bins
Aired spare small sails and awnings
Employed making mats&c
Noon. 29.91 80

PM
Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight

Thursday 9th

AM
8.0 Dressed ship in honour of the Anniversary of the Birthday of His Highness the Prince of Wales
Noon Fired a general salote of 21 guns

PM
1.30 “Thacamban” Chief of Ambau came on board saloted ditto with 10 guns
Sunset moored boats
Midnight 30-00 80°

Friday 10th

AM
Boats away surveying
Employed making mats
Noon 29.95 83

PM
Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 29.92 78°

Saturday 11th

AM
Boats away surveying
Employed cleaning ship
Noon 29.85 78°

PM
Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight

Remarks At Single Anchor in Levuka Harbour Sunday 12th November 1854

AM
10.0 Mustered by divisions
Noon 29.80 – 82

PM
sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 29.81 – 79°

Monday 13th

AM
8.0 Loosed sails
Employed cleaning sail room and airing spare sails
Noon 29.85 85°

PM Employed as before noon
3.0 Furled sails
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 29.90 79°

Remarks Tuesday 14th November 1854

AM
6.30 Shortened in cable to 2 shackles Up boats loosed sails
7.45 Weighed and made all plain sail on starboard tack
Tacked as requisite working out
9.30 Shaped course SSE set P. log
Up [indecipherable] trimmed as requisite to light airs up courses – very heavy rain
Noon

PM 1.0 Tacked
4.0 Wore Sounded in 217 ooze
6.0 Tacked right arrow xeme Ovalau N21° W
left arrow xeme Batiki – N 71.40 W
Midnight 30.00 78°

Remarks Wednesday 15th November

AM
Aired bedding
7.0 Set port topgallant studsails
9.0 Altered course to SW. trimmed
11.40 Obs. a schooner on starboard beam
11.0 In studsails, wore, altered course to North set starboard topg’t studsails
Noon

PM 1.15 Trimmed, bent and set staysails, spanker and main trysail
3.0 Fired 2 muskets to bring schooner to, which having no effect fired a shotted 9 pr. In studsails up mainsail wore and hove to on port tack – boarded schooner and found her to be from [indecipherable]. Mr [indecipherable] on board having left Mr Nugent 12 days previous, [indecipherable] [indecipherable] Viti Levu in search of the two men who had escaped from V’antavu , and supposed to have gone [indecipherable] [indecipherable] Filled, tacked and stood for Ovalau. 5.0 Braced round on port tack. Trimmed as requisite
6 Shortened sail to topsails topgallant sails jib and spanker. Braced up on starboard tack. 8.0 Levuka entrance of reef W by N ½ N [indecipherable] view of Nalau W by N [indecipherable] WSW.

Remarks Thursday 16th November

AM 12.30 Braced round on port tack
3.30 Tacked and hove to down jib.
4.0 Xmes of Ovalau NW by N [indecipherable] W ½ S
Trimmed as requisite standing for Levuka Harbour.
7.0 Shortened sail and let go S. B. in 15 fath. Moored with 5 shackles on each cable.
Loosed small sails to dry.
Noon 30.00 82°

PM
Furled sails
Employed as most requisite
Sunset up and moored boats
North Xme N33 W
South Xme S 8 E
Centre of Levuka West
Passage S 73° E
Midnight 29.99 – 80°

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Remarks Moored in Levuka Harbour Friday 17th November 1854.

AM
Boats away surveying
Sailmaker repairing pinnace cover.
Noon

PM.
Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight

Remarks Saturday 10th Nov.

AM
Mr Nugent arrived in the schooner ‘Glide’ having captured the two convicts and a whaleboat they had stolen at [indecipherable]
Boats away surveying
Employed cleaning ship
Noon 30.00 79

PM
Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 30.00 80°

Remarks Sunday 19th

AM
Mustered by divisions
Noon 30.00 – 78°
PM
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 30.04 – 78°

Remarks Monday 20th

AM
Employed as most requisite
Boats away surveying
Noon 30.05 – 79°

PM
Employed as before noon
3.0 Cleaned hawse

Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight

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Remarks Moored in Levuka Harbour Ovalau Tuesday 21st November 1854

AM
8.0 Loosed sails
Emloyed as most requisite
11.0 Furled sails
Noon 29.90 78°

PM
Issued soap and [indecipherable] to ships company
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 29.87 – 77°

Remarks Wednesday 22nd

AM
Issued slops to ships company
Employed as most requisite
Noon 29.84 75°

PM
Employed as before noon
Sunset up and moored boats
Midnight 29.87 – 75°

Remarks Thursday 23rd

AM
8.0 Loosed sails
Employed as most requisite
Carpenters repairing ladder
Sailmaker fitting quarter deck awning
Noon 29.91 79°

PM
Employed as before noon
3.0 Furled sails
4.30 Unmoored
Sunset up boats
Midnight 29.95 – 76°

Remarks Friday 24th November 1854

AM 6.0 Weighed and made all plain sail standing out of Levuka Harbour
6.40 Hove to and discharged pilot
8.0 Tacked set middle staysails and main topsail
Employed stowing anchors cleaning cables &c
Noon 29.95 – 79°

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