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Matkin goes on to describe some of the considerable celebrity afforded Challenger at her various ports-of-call, the different diversions and company of the captain and officers, and his lack of regard for the women of the area.

The Captain & party also returned last night from their 3 days excursion to the hot springs. To day the Portuguese Governor, the British Consul & a party of Ladies & Gentlemen came on board, & lunched with the Captain, after which they look'd round the ship. We have had any amount of visitors off to the ship here, especially last Sunday afternoon—we were crowded. The women here are far from handsome and don't dress in the latest style.

I hear we are to sail for Madeira tomorrow night—where I hope we shall find our letters all right. The distance is 490 miles (south east) & we shall have sounding & dredging every day.

 

They departed as planned, and during the slow transit dredging and sounding from the Azores to Madeira, Matkin took advantage of the offer Wyville-Thomson had made to the crew during his lecture and visited the naturalists' workroom.