Thomas Crawford's Diary, 1825

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“Smoke on the Land”

Entry for 25/10/1825

Tuesday 25th. The wind during the forenoon was very light, with a strong current, both of which prevented us from making any progress. The Land which we are very near, presents an appearance comparatively level. Soon after breakfast we saw smoke on the Land, which extended some way along the shore & were informed by the prisoner on board that the natives on seeing the ship were making the signal for us to land. Immediately after dinner the wind came off the Land, & we are now sailing at a smart rate 1/4 to 9 P.M.