We sailed on Monday May 19th at 4pm and the weather was bitterly
cold; 3 days after––we were in the current of the Gulf
Stream and the weather was so warm that all the iron in the ship
was dripping with damp, & the change was considered very unhealthy,
a great many are even now on the Sick List with Rheumatics &
low Fever. It has been gradually getting warmer every day, &
to morrow all hands are to wear white trousers, white caps &c.
We can't bear any bed clothes on at all now & only 7 days ago
I had a Blanket & my Rug in use. We shall be 5 months now before
we get any more cool weather, & the greater part of the time
we shall be in the Tropics.
We have been under steam ever since we left Halifax,
& that makes the lower deck where we live & sleep almost
unbearable, today we are 280 miles from Bermuda, but are not going
in before Friday as a good deal of Dredging has yet to be done.
The distance from Halifax to Bermuda is only 730 miles, but the
course we steer would make it about 1100 miles. On the 20th the
depth was 80, & 200 fms close to the coast of Nova Scotia, the
bottom was rocky & the Dredge brought up star fish, anemones
&c. On the 21st depth 1250 fathoms, bottom of mud, more star
fish, insects & c. On the 22nd bottom at 2,200 fathoms, but
in hauling up, the dredge & 1800 fathoms of line was lost over
board. The Line gave way––so that day's work went for
nought. On the 23d bottom of rock at 2,800 faths (over 3 miles),
nothing brought up. On the 24th Gale of Wind blowing & dead
against us, ship steaming against it but only made 40 miles &
rolled tremendously, no soundings could be taken.