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Title: Colonel Pomeroy's Diary for Voyage to America
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCol. John Pomeroy/35
SenderColonel John Pomery
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationarmy officer
Sender Religionunknown
Recipient Genderunknown
SourceT 2954/5/3: Presented by Mrs. A. R. Hodgson, The Cottage, Compton, Guildford, Surrey.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.9602040
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 01:02:96.
Word Count1986
Transcriptpage 1st
Thursday 1st September 1768
64th & 65th Regts [regiments?] embarked at Corke [Cork?]
at Seven in the Morning -
Fryday [Friday?] 2
Col [colonel?] Lestre Caps [captains?] Powell & Hervay &
I went down on Board transports, dined & Lay at the Cove
of Corke [Cork?]
Saturday 3d
We went on Board the Isabella Transport remained on Board
Nothing extraordinary till
Tuesday 6th
A Signal Made from Man of War at 3 in the Evening to unmoor
[?] - another at Six to [Wheig?] & Fall [d---?] -
Wednesday 7th
A Gun fired & a signal made for sailing a little after Five
in Morning we were under way at Eight - little Wind & against
us, obliged to anchor at Harbour Mouth - at 2 oclock [o'clock?]
afternoon, Gun fired to put into Harbour & anchored - anchored
off Cove [Cobh?] at Seven in Evening
Page - 2d
Thursday 8th
dined on Board the Frigate & at three oclock [o'clock?], Gun
Fired to sail - got under Sail, but were obliged to put Back
in two hours -
Fryday [Friday?] 9th
Capt [captain?] Man of War dined aboard of us Nothing
Saturday - 10th
at half after 8 in Morning Gun fired to sail - got under
sail by nine - blew hard to fair - every one sick -
Sunday - 11th -
Fine day Wind fair -
Monday 12
Wind fair, blew very hard, a very high Sea - parted with
the Robert at Night in a high Wind -
Tuesday 13th
Blew hard, but fair - very near running foul of the
Man of War, the Robert joyned [joined?] us at ten at
Wednesday 14th
very Fine day - wind fair -

Page 3d
Thursday 15th
wind Fair blew fresh -
Fryday [Friday?] 16
fine day - wind fair Nothing extraordinary
Saturday 17th -
Blew hard - but fair -
Sunday - 18th -
very fine day, boats out, Major dined on board Man
of War --
Monday - 19th
very Fine day, little wind, & against us
Tuesday - 20th
very Fine day. Lay too [to?], visited & changed
Signals - wind sprang up in the Evening - & blew Fresh
in the Night & against us -
Wednesday 21d
Blew very hard against us. Capt [captain?] of Frigate
was to have dined with us, but the sea too high - all
night blew very hard, the Robert, Brilliant, & Carolina
fell to Leeward & parted Company kept a look out all
Night, to see the Madeiras
Thursday 22d
very fine Morning, the wind a little more in our favour,
the Robert joyning [joining?] us -

Page 4th
Fryday [Friday?] - 23d
very fine day, the wind pretty Fair, imagine we are
coming into the Trade.
Saturday 24th
fine day. Wind fair, Capt [captain?] of frigate
dined on Board of us
Sunday 25th
have got into the Trade - a Man died on board, Capt
[captain?] Davies Company, at ten oclock [o'clock?],
Signal from Man of War of seeing Land - at 12 Made
it very plain - the Island of [Jonaril?], one of
the Canary Islands - the Carolina came in sight in
the Evening -
Monday 26th
we spoke with the Caroline at four Oclock [o'clock?]
in the Morning - saw the Peak of [Jonaril?], & the
Grand Canaries, & one or two Little Islands Palma
and Gomera -
Tuesday 27 -
Nothing extraordinary

Page 5
Wednesday 28 -
in Latitude 25 - saw a great Many Flying Fish -
Thursday 29th
Met a ship bound to Coast of Africa - Nothing
extraordinary - went 8 knots an hour
Fryday [Friday?] - 30th
Nothing extraordinary -
Saturday - October 1d
some of the officers from the Robert Transport
dined on board of us -
Sunday 2d -
Nothing extraordinary -

Monday 3d
Little Wind, almost becalmed, Major dined on Board
Man of War spoke a good deal with Col [Colonel?]
Tuesday 4th -
Little Wind, catched [caught?] a Barracouta
[barracuda?] -
Wednesday - 5th
Nothing extraordinary, very little Wind Weather
intensely Hot, officers from on Board the Robert
dined with us,
Thursday 6th
Calm - Nothing Extraordinary

Page 6
Fryday [Friday?] 7th
becalmed - we catched [caught?] a Dolphin - we are
this day within 3 Leagues of the Tropic, being in
Latitude 23 - 34 - Capt [captain?] Parker visited
us in the Evening
Saturday 8th
Calm with a very great Swell - [jars?] on the Line
this day, saw two Tropic birds - Capt [captain?] of
Man of War dined with us - a fresh Breese [breeze?]
sprang up in the Evening
Sunday 9th
Nothing extraordinary
Monday 10th -
a very fresh Breese [breeze?] saw quantity of Popoises
[porpoises?] -
Tuesday - 11th -
fresh Wind Continues
Wednesday 12th
Nothing extraordinary

Page 7th
Thursday - 13th
a fine fresh Wind
Fryday [Friday?] - 14th
blows fresh with Squals [squalls?] - expect to
see the Island of Bermudas [Bermuda?] by Wednesday
Saturday 15th
Blew very hard at Night, we split one of our
[Midden?] Sails -
Sunday 16 -
Nothing extraordinary
Monday 17th -
Nothing extraordinary
Tuesday 18th -
very little Wind
Wednesday 19th
in the Morning little Wind, & that against us,
imagine we have left the trade - saw a Devil fish -
Capt [captain?] Parker dined on board of us - at
four in the Evening the Wind sprang up very fresh.
at past Five it blew very

Page 8th
hard, & the Unity alongside of us carried away her
Fore top Mast, & Main top [Gellaws?] mast - the Man
of War sent carpenters on board of her - the Capt
[captain?] of the Unity the day before wanted to
part Company - & in the Morning the Capt [captain?]
of the Man of War was acquainted with it, & sent an
officer on board to take charge of the Ship - it blew
hard in the Night -
Thursday 20th
blows hard but fair - we are about 50 Leagues from the
Island of Bermudas [Bermuda?] - in the Horse latitudes -
from 28 to 32
Fryday [Friday?] 21d
Nothing extraordinary
Saturday 22d - early in the Morn [morning?] -
saw a sail, [brought?] help, at Nine Oclock
[o'clock?] - a french ship from [--?] [----rcois?]
bound to Marseilles
Page 9th
Sunday 23d
early in the Morn [morning?] most violent Rain & Squals
[squalls?] of Wind - blew very hard all day, the Robert
carried away her Gib Boom & the Raven Split her Fore Top
Monday 24th
Wind against us - nothing extraordinary -
Tuesday 25th
Fine day - Wind more favourable -
Wednesday 26th
Blew very hard, but quite fair - went 10 knots an hour -
hope to be at Boston in five days - Wind Changed in Night
Thursday 27th
Blew very hard & against us, a North Wester, we were under
our Courses for 12 hours, none but the sea Men Could keep
the deck

Page 10th
broke many of our things in the Cabbin [cabin?] with the
Ships Rolling - all Night blew hard
Fryday [Friday?] 28th
in the morn [morning?], Wind began to abate - at Noon came
a point or two in our favour the fleet all in Sight tho
[though?] at a great distance -
Saturday 29th
Before day Break began to blow very hard at North West
from Six in Morn till four afternoon blew a perfect Storm,
under our courses the Whole time -
Sunday 30th
the Weather Moderate but Wind Still full against us, no
chance of Making Boston with it, the fleet greatly dispersed
by the Storm of yesterday, one Ship Missing. we are at too

Page 11th
great a distance to be certain whether it is the Man of War
or the Robert -
we find it is the Robert that is Missing - the Wind rises very
high at Night -
Monday 31d
Blows very hard in the Morning & all the Night before, at day
Break we find we have lost the Raven -
our Tiller Rope Broke
in the Evening the Raven came in Sight - a fine Night
Tuesday - 1 November
at Day break, we find we have lost Convoy & fleet - occasioned
as we imagine by Not seeing the Signal Last Night for Tacking.
a very fine day quite [unintelligible]

Page 12th Wednesday 2d
fine day, the Wind come quite Fair at 12 Oclock [o'clock?],
but very little of it, by our observation this day we find
the Gulph [Gulf?] Stream has carried us a good way to the
Northward, we hope in two days to get to Boston - we Lay too
[to?] at 12 at Night for fear of Nantucket Shoals & the
Southward of St. Georges Bank - at half after 12 at Night it
began to Blow very hard - from one to half past three a perfect
Hurricane - we split our Main main Top Sail - & lay
for near three hour under Bare poles with our Helm Lashed, we
were all Wel [well?] in our Beds with the Rain

Page 13th
Thursday 3d -
a Hang [?] Moderate morning got an observation at 12 - we hope
we are Clear of Nantucket, & steer Northward to avoid St George
Bank - we think we are not above 31 Leagues from Cape Cod -
Fryday [Friday?] 4th
Began to Blow very hard early in the Morning & quite against us,

Continued so the whole day we were almost all day under our
Courses - at Nights grew Moderate - were blown a little off
the Coast Thursday, the Night fine -
Saturday 5th
very fine Morning but wind quite Contrary - saw a ship at
day Break

Page 14
Sunday 6th
A fine day, very little Wind but fair, we saw the Unity & bore
down to her - she sent her Boat on Board of us - & told us she
parted Company Last Wednesday with the Man of War - & that all
the fleet had parted from her before she did - the Unity was in
great distress for dining, we supplied them - we are not above
fifty Leagues from Boston -
Monday 7th
very fine Weather - front, which has brought the wind to North
East quite fair - hope to be in Boston in two days - the Unity
in Company with us -
Tuesday 8th -
the wind changed at 11 Oclock [o'clock?] in the Morning, blows

Page 15th
quite against us, we met a Schooner from Marble Head at Eleven
in the Morning, who tells us we are 15 Leagues from Cape Ann,
& 18 from Boston, blew fresh the whole day against us, Late in
the Evening we saw Land, which they imagined was the three
[Agamenticos?] Hills - spoke to a ship in the Night
Wednesday - 9th
at day break we saw Land Not four Leagues from us, we think
it Cape Ann, becalmed alongside of it, Wind sprang up in the
Evening - fair, but we were afraid to run in for the Coast at
Night as no one on board knew any thing of the Land [and?]

Page 16th -
saw many boats, &, fired several Guns, but None would Come
Near us, we tacked after in the Night for fear of the Land,
being often very near the Rocks
Thursday 10th -
at day break we fired a Gun & made a signal, & at Eight A
Pilot Boat put off - & brought us up just to the town of
Boston at ten Oclock [o'clock?] Morning - where the Robert
had got in the Night before - the Unity, & Brilliant a few
hours before us - & we, thank God, dropt [dropped?] an anchor
at Half after ten morning –