Little Bassa, Liberia

First mate’s logbook

There was a stormy sky at dawn, with a gentle NE breeze. We raised anchor and set sail to Little BassaLiberiaLittle Bassa, steering WNW; we got a depth of 17 1 fathom = 6 feet (170 cm) fathoms on stiff ground. With 4 The length of the watches was measured using an hourglass filled with sand. Each watch consisted of 8 half-hour glasses, marked by bells. glasses into the forenoon we had a calm, and anchored at 17 fathoms stiff ground. Little Bassa was to the N by E of us and the 7 Tree to the E by N of us. Today one of our sailors died, his name was Roelof Siewerdts. We sewed him in and cast him overboard. Then a shot was fired. We also sold the deceased’s possessions today. Some canoes from Little Bassa were taken on board; we bought a male slave and a girl slave, No. 7 and 8, and 28 baskets of rice. During the dog watches we passed a ship below. At night it was stormy with heavy thunder, lightning and rain till morning.