The Cruise of The Flying Squadron
1869 – 1870
The Flying Squadron, Plymouth Sound. June 1869
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Tuesday 1st June 1869
"An old ship of mine arrived from the West Indies. I went onboard and saw L.C Boyle a great friend."
Wednesday 2nd June
"Queens Birthday. I drove out to the review with Boyle and met a very pleasant young fellow named Murray, Inspector of Police in one of the West Indian Islands. Went to the theatre in the evening and saw Aladdin played. 11.30pm returned onboard. "
Friday 4th June
"HMS Cadmus went onshore and knocked a large hole in her bottom. The crew are to be turned over to the Barrosa another Corvette only larger. "
Thursday 17th June
"Fleet were about to sail but were detained by the breaking down of the Barrosa’s engines."
Saturday 19th June
"We all started at last leaving the Barrosa behind to join us at Madeira. Weather very calm, but the hour for starting very early - it being 3.30am. Nothing of importance occurred during the passage to Madeira except the usual drills and manoeuvres of a fleet. "
Wednesday June 23rd
"Admiral inspected this ship. Nothing of importance occurred just a regular services inspection in which he found fault with the Midshipmen’s ignorance in seamanship – all except myself and two other fortunates. "
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