Thomas Crawford's Diary, 1825

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“Very like William Glen of Largs”

Entry for 24/06/1825

Friday 24th. Early in the morning was awaked by Mr. Littleton to go on deck & assist at the Cap-stone. The ship is getting under weigh, with her sails set, & in heaving up the Anchor had caught hold of a Schooners Anchor that was close to, the wind being fresh drove the ship [?] near the pier & was almost on shore upon the rocks, when we hove out another anchor which just caught her up when she was within a few yards of the pier. After we got fairly out from the pier we set sail. The nativs of Santa Cruz are very indolent, & Greedy as soon as we went on shore they ran after us begging. The dress of the women is very peculiar; they have a blanket that covers the head & hangs down their back & on their head over the blanket is a hat, the same hat as is worn by the men. Camels are very common there instead of draught horses, they carry very heavily burdens on their back; the ass also in Santa Cruz is very plenty & a small kind of horse, there are no Carts there. Oxen are also in great abundance & instead of dragging by the neck they drag by the horns a sort of sledge without wheels, & upon this machine they drag their wine & water; the natives drive the horses & oxen into the sea & swim along with them to wash them. There are a number of very fine bells in Santa Cruz, there was one bell which was very like the high Church Bell of Edinburgh. I observed a man in Santa Cruz who I thought was very like William Glen of Largs. Mr. Ryrie went on shore with his [?], & he excited the surprise of all the natives who saw him particularly when he was mounted on horseback.