The Diary of a Second Mate

By Jack Churchouse, published November 1974


The Tasmanian, Frank Innes, twenty-two years old and six years at sea, kept a diary whilst second mate of the 700 ton three-masted barque ‘Louisa Craig’ on an inter-colonial voyage from Melbourne to Kaipura and Williamstown in 1905. The diary writes about subjects familiar to mariners like cargo working, running repairs to the rigging, endless maintenance, extended watches, lack of sleep and being soaked, hazardous entrances and near collisions, adjusting moorings, personality clashes involving much “growling” at malefactors, ships passing in the night, ominous weather to windward, big seas running, and being washed over-board and back.

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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