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Title: [?], Bombay to David Carse, Saintfield, Co. Down
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
SenderA Carse sibling
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationnavy officer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBombay, India
DestinationSaintfield, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientCarse, David
Recipient Gendermale
SourceDonated by Mrs. I.J. Beattie, 120 Carsonstown Rd., Lisowen, Saintfield, Ballynahinch, Co. Down, BT24 7JN, N.Ireland.
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park.
Doc. No.9904071
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 07:04:99.
Word Count493
TranscriptWrite on receipt Bombay 25th June 1850

My dear Brother
I had this
pleasure on the 2nd Inst. via express
to Madras & I have since been favoured
with your thrice welcome letter of
18th ulto. which has put me in possession
of many interesting events
both at home & elsewhere.
In my last letter I had not
time to record any remarkable
incidents that occurred during the
passage, neither is it possible to do
[even?] [in?] a letter. However I may
just mention a few. When off the
coast of Africa to the Northward
of the Cape de Verdes, we observed
the Sails of the Ship of a reddish
colour & on examing we found the
[p----?] of the Sails full of Sand
it was then pretty hot, with a red
hazy atmosphere, we were
about 550 Miles from the [Mainland?]
incredible as this may appear,
still it is not the less true.
When we got near the Equator
we were becalmed several days
in company with about 20 Ships
bound to all parts of the globe
all Ships endeavour to cross the
line in from 20ø to 25ø W [West?]
longitude whether outward or
homeward bound owing to the Trade
winds which blow in one direction
throughout the year in the Torrid
Zone: that is N.E. and S.E. This part
of the Atlantic & Indian Oceans
abound with Fish of all kinds
which afford considerable amusement
fishing: The Flying Fish are
in countless myriads, they rise
in large schools when pursued
by their greatest enemies the Dolphin
or overtaken by a Ship, the [they?]
can fly a good distance & frequently
alight on the Ships deck. Shooting is
another source of amusement.
Birds of various kinds are very plentiful,
the largest of which is the Albatross which
resembles the Swan. I shot a number
of them that measured Ten feet
across the wings you may guess the [they?]
are large aquatic Birds.
One Sunday morning prevous [previous?] to
approaching the Cape of Good Hope we
were somewhat alarmed at seeing a very
suspicious looking Brig about 2 Miles
to leeward of us taking the same
course, after Breakfast she asked
what Ship? where from? where bound?
& our longtitude? with Men of War
Flags: we answered the several queries
& asked their longitude, which just
agreed with ours. shortly after she
put about & sheered across our stern
we of course made the obeisance
requested to H.M. Ships, that is
lowering down & hoisting up the
Sails, when a few miles astern she
tacked again, but the breeze having
freshened, she did not overtake us.
until 1 O'Clock the next morning
she came close alongside & asked the
same questions, the Commander said
she was one of H.M. vessels from
Sierra Leone bound to the Cape
I think he must have lost his reckoning
it is not usual for H.M. vessels to
ask questions from Merchantmen.
I have not space to say much
about this wonderful place

*envelope address:

Via Marseilles
Mr David Carse
Co Down