Berbice, Guyana

First mate’s logbook

A gentle breeze came from NE in the morning and we had good weather. During the forenoon we had showers with a stiff breeze and it was also calm. At noon we lifted anchor and set sail, and we estimated this to be at the beginning of the high tide. We steered to the S by W towards the corner and we saw an opening. We sailed for it, passing a depth of 4 fathoms to 8 to 8½ and later 10 feet. The wind from NE was mostly calm. We could not keep the ship straight and so we ended up below the opening and when The length of the watches was measured using an hourglass filled with sand. Each watch consisted of 8 half-hour glasses, marked by bells. a glass had run out in the dog watches we got stuck and dropped the anchor at 10 feet. We had the eastern corner of the island to S by W from us on our compasses. We saw an anchored ship at the watch-post. Later at night we had a rainy sky until the morning.