NOTE: The spelling is that used by James Smith; some punctuation has been added where it helps the sense - SK
Wampole Reach Friday August 27th 1830
Calm and pleasent Weather at 4h 30m up Anchor and drifted up the river by the Flood Tide but run foul of the Cumberine
let go the Anchor to get clear hove up and Anchored abrest of the Fort William of Bombay and the Golcondor.
Mored ship went to Breakfast at 8 at 9 Wash Decks unbent sails unrove the Running Geer the place were we now lay is
certainly a beautiful place there is a river empt it self just were we are laying a little farther up on the starbord
side is 2 large Towns one of them is Nambol the other Bambo and Around us is several Pinacles on the Larbord Side is a
high mountain on the other at the foot is a Valey looking very fertile at 6 p.m. the Capt and Capt of the Jno Bannaman
went to Canton togeather in the Jno Bannaman's boat at 8 I was going to strike 2 Bells when I fell from the Windlace
and struck myself a violent Blow in the Head which stuned me but I soon recovered.
Calm and hot weather got the Long Boat out Killed several Rats in her which the China Women thought a great treat
to get hold of them to Eat at 2 got the Sheep into the Hogs sties the Capt returned from Canton to Dinner with the
Capt of the Jno B at 8 a fiew of us was Enjoying ourselves on the Forecastle when I was took a violent pain in my Head
the Doctor not being on bord the Chief Mate did not know where he was but he sent to Evry Ship till he found him. at
9h 30m he came on Bord and Bled me from which I soon found relief he gave me some Laudunum to make me sleep but I did
not get any rest till toward morning.
I felt Better though a great weakness and lightness in my Head all Hands Cleaned themselves there was a great many
Boats pleasuring in the river Spoke to the Baker under the Bows that left us in Bombay.
Calm and Hot Weather at 3 a barque Hauled down the river the Capt spoke her in the Evening saw several Sailing Boats
sailing up and down the River. Today I felt better.
Light Breezes and pleasent Weather to day I felt a great pain in my Back so that I was scarcely able to walk at 7 a.m.
the Capt went to Canton with the Capt of the Jno B had a rowing match between our 2 boats at 6 the Steward went
on shore had the Steward of the Triumph and Carpenter of the Fort William on Bord and some Mates of other
ships they left at 11 O'clock had some Europians from the Gilford after our Doctor.
Wedensday Sept 1st
Calm and hot Weather the Charles Forbes hauled down the river to day I felt better Carp repair the Gratings.
Thursday Sept 2nd
Light Breezes and cloudy Steward took a Pig on bord the Triumph. I went on shore and Cut Grass. Carpenter
repairing the Long Boat.
Friday Sept 3rd
Light Breezes and cloudy Got Teackles up for Getting out Cargo got some out of the after Cabin at 10 p.m. saw the
procession of a Chineas wedding by Water which consisted of alluminated boats which had a pretty appearence at 11
Capt went to Canton with the Capt of the Jno Ban.
Light Airs and Clear Weather had 2 Cargo Boats along side began to del Cargo Carpenter and Steward went on bord the
Fort William. At 9 the Gig returned from Canton with some spar for the Long Boat.
Capt returned from Canton and the Mate went to Canton. Cleared the after Cabin out I went on bord the Guilford
with Melvile and returned at 8 O'clock.
Monday Sept 6
Light Airs and Cloudy at 2 an American Ship Arived blonging to Boston discharged 4 Chops at 4 p.m. I was working in the
Hold when a bale of Cotton fell down the Hatchway & struck my Hand. Cleared the Cloves out of the Store Room.
Light Airs had 3 Chops along side began to fill one when their was a dispute about the Chops and the Bales was taken out
again and we discharged none to day had the Capt of the ...............on bord to dinner Mr Hennecar went to Canton to
know the reason of the dispute and returned again at 9 p.m.
Light Airs and Clear Weather discharged no Cotton at 8 sent down royal & top Galent Yards at 9 down royal & top Galent
Masts. Hands clearing the Gun room out and breaking out Cargo at Night strong Lightning and Cloudy inclining to rain
stowed the Cotton snag to Geather on deck and spread torpaulings on it.
At midnight strong lightning and Thunder such as I never saw before accompanied with heavy rain at 4 the Capt went to
Canton it still continuing to rain but the Lightning Abated a little discharged 3 Chops the Guilford began to
discharge. The Goat Kidded.
Strong Breezes and Cloudy with rain Carpenter making masts & Boom for the Long Boat Cleared the Cloves out of the Stewards
store room the Caron from Bombay Arived, Arived in Bombay to take in her Cargo 13 July. Mr Young on bord to see the
Saturday Sept 11
Fresh Breezes with heavy rain discharged 5 Chops. A China Boy came on bord to get his face dreased which was cut in a
dreadful manner. Broke out in the Main Hold had great difficulty in getting out some of the Bales between decks.
Light Airs and Clear Weather all Hands to work till 12 O'clock Had some Gentlemen on bord to dine from Canton Had one
man from the Guilford and 1 from the Triumph who spend the day with me at 3 had a heavy squall of rain.
Light Airs and cloudy discharged 4 Chops had difficulty to get Bales to fill them the Cambarine began to discharge
her Cargo an American Brig Arived.
Tuesday Sept 14th
Light Airs and cloudy had 5 Chops along side but discharged only 3 Capt went to Canton 3 Comp Ships Arived & an American Ship.
Light Airs and Cloudy a Dutch Ship and one American Ship moved farther up the river discharged 5 Chops had a survey on the
Cotton the Water had been 3 feet above the Kilson.
Light Airs and Cloudy discharged 5 Chops some of the cotton very wet.
Light Airs and Cloudy with rain 2 Comp Ships Arived had 5 Gentlemen on bord to dine discharged 3 Chops A China Junk
ran foul of the Coleorida and ingured her Long Boat.
Light Airs and Cloudy with light misty rain discharged 3 Chops & emptied the hold of the Cotton - discharged a great
deal of the Cotton without weighing it on account of it being so much Damaged.
Light Airs and Cloudy 5 Comp Ships Arived at 11 the Cook floged for being saucey Capt went on bord the Jno Bannaman
to dine at 3 Carpenter & Steward went on bord the Fort William. Me and Gouthwait had the loan of the Jolly Boat for
to go around the India Men at 3h 30m some Officers from the Fairley came on bord the Cook floged again at the Gangway
at 7h 30m I came on bord and the Capt Servant was in Liquor when Mr Smith asked me to attend in the Cuddy and get him some
Supper which I did at 9 the Steward came on bord when Mr Smith ordered the Steward to punish him in what way he liked he
ordered the Tindal to flog him.
Light Airs and Cloudy discharging Sandle wood and finished the Cargo gave 3 Hussars and Spliced the Main Brace Shifted
our birth farther Forward Carpenter stopping a leak over the stern Bellemy caught a snake on the stern. Cleared the
Forecastle out the David Scot Comp Ship moved farther up the river astern of the Fort Wm.
Light Airs and cloudy with rain the Capt went to Canton 4 Comp Ships Arived the Steward went on the Abercrombie
Steward went on bord the American Ship for Segars for the Capt.
Light Airs and Cloudy with rain Mr Turner went to Canton an American Ship Arrived Chief Mate had Comp on bord I went
with the Carpenter on bord the Guilford.
Light Airs and clear Weather Smoked Ship sent the Cloves on bord the Golconda but the Manderean would not let
them be taken on bord. Hands emploid setting up the fore stays and bob stays Soloman got hurt from the landyard giving way.
Saturday Sept 25th 1830
Light Airs and Clear Weather took the Hatches of and found that the Smoke had took no affect on the Cockroaches and
Smoked her again. The Officers went on bord the Golconda to dine Belemy sick of the Feaver and was blead the
Doctor & Mr Smith had some words Mr Smith went on bord the Berwickshire.
Light Airs and Clear Weather of Hatches and Scrubed the lower deck Capt returned from Canton but did not stop on bord
on account of the smell had the Carpenter and Boswain of the Guilford on bord & Mr Young of the Fort William
at 11 p.m. came on a heavy squall with rain.
Monday Sept 27th
Light Airs and Cloudy with the Stewards stores in the Gunroom. China men began to paint ship Carp repairing the Copper.
Light Airs and Cloudy Weather Bottled of all Spirrits the Triumph sailed sent up fore top Galent mast.
Strong Breezes and cloudy the Capt taken ill. Stowed the spirrits away and cleared out the Lockers at night increasing
breezes and cloudy with light rain.
Strong gales with heavy rain Ships having top Galent & royal mast up was obliged to strike them the Land much overflown
with the lightness of the Tide & the Paddy Fields sustained much damages. The Gilford drifted from her mooring
and was near foul of the Cumberine sent on bord of us for Hands to help them. at 1 p.m. the Mates Clothes was
hanging to dry between decks when Some One rubed tar over them he Complained to the Capt he told him he did not wonder
at it for he treated them so harsh. Hands emploid cleaning Blocks and clearing the Riging out of the Forecastle Capt
worce to day We Cleared Cable at 6 p.m. I was standing on deck when Mr Smith asked me the reason I had not removed our
birth I told him I had done it once he Caled me a Liar he pushed me and I was near going down the Hatchway. I told him
not to throw me down the Hatchway but he said he would and took me by the Colar and again attempted to do it but fortunately
for me I caught hold of the Gallis Stention and got safe hold and he could not take me from it. He then abused me in a
Friday Oct 1st
Rather more moderate with rain 2 Comp Ships Arived one went up the river. Steward taken sick. 2nd Mate of the
Fort William on bord.
Light Airs and Cloudy with rain the Capt of the Dutch Ship buried that was killed at Canton Mr Hennecar went to his
Funeral. Capt better Abused Melville about the Biscuit and Rice.
Sunday Oct 3rd
Light Airs and cloudy with rain. Fetched the Sails from the Golconda. Mr Turner mast headed. The Capt stoped
the Lascars Fish & Vegetables and all Liberty on acct of Smiths Clothes being tared. Hands emp cleaning the Forcastle.
Monday Oct 4th
Strong breeze and cloudy with rain. Capt went to Canton. Hands Emp cleaning Water Cask.
Tuesday Oct 5th
Light Airs and Clear Weather. Hands Emploid Variously about the rigging the Ganges Arived from Bombay. 2 Gentlemen
to dine on bord & the Doctor from the Ganges.
Light Airs and Cloudy at midnight I went on bord the Golconda to fetch the Chief Mate on bord but he would not
come and afterwards Mr Smith went himself at Night the Doctors Mate of the Fairlea came on bord and stoped all Night.
Thursday Oct 7th
Light Airs and Cloudy. Mr Smith and the Doctors Mate went to Canton at 11 the Fattii Salam in droping down
droped foul of our Bows & carried away our dolfin striker but luckily did no farther ingury but she carried away her
Burnkin & Boat davits & Obliged to cut away her Boat she then droped her Anchor in the Evning the Chief Mate of her
came on bord to know what ingury they had done us at 11 p.m. the Mate returned from Canton and Mr Hennecar and him had
Light Airs and Cloudy Weather. A ship Arived Jewery Riged having sufred much from the late Gales. Height of the
Thermometer 87 in the shade. Had a French Capt on bord to dine & the Capt of the Fort William in the Evening.
Saturday Oct 9
Light Airs and Clear Weather. The Chef of the Golconda on bord to dine. Steward better to day. Painted my
Chest put some Golgan round the mizen mast in the cuddy.
Light Airs and Clear Weather. The Mandareans measured the Ship and made us a present of 2 Bullocks 5 Bags of Flour and
8 Jars of Shamshaw at 1 p.m. the Chief Mate ordered 4 hands in the Gig and they being rather longer than they ought he
beat one of them in a most shameful manner he then caled the Chief Tindal and beat him likewise he then caled out for
help he then put him in Irons. He the Chief Mate went on bord of the Golconda to dinner. The Capt returned from
Canton with some more Gentlemen. one of the Bullocks fell down the fore Hatchway.
Monday Oct 11th
Light Airs and Clear Weather at 7 Bells all Hands to witness Punishment but the Tindal was not Floged though the grating was
riged but he as well as all hands had a thick reprimand the Capt went to Canton & Mr Hennecar went with the Chief of the
Golconda. China men painting the Capt Cabin Sent up Royal and Skeysail mast Carp fitting the Long Boats mast.
Mr Smith went on bord one of the Comp. Ship.
Light Airs & Clear Weather Mr Hennecar went to the Funeral of the Chief of the Dutch Ship. Killed one of the Bullocks.
Mr Smith confined Mr Hennecar to his Cabin. The Steward & Mr Dresser went to Canton.
Light Breeze & Cold Weather. China Men Painting the Cuddy one of them stole a tray of Biscuits out of the Lockers.
Cumberine Bent sails the HCS Marquis of Huntly Arived.
Friday Oct 15th
Light Breeze & Cold Weather at 7 a.m. sent up top Galent Yds Capt came down to Breakfast with some more Gentlemen
riged the Long Boat Cleared the Booms of the Hogs sties at 11 the Capt went to Canton to Night the Steward returned
at dusk a Brig hove in sight but did not come up.
Light Airs & Clear Weather the Brig came up China men Painting the out side of the Ship Carp went to Wampole.
Sunday Oct 17th
Light Breeze & pleasent Weather the Golconda hoisted all her signals the Capt came to dine with 3 other
Gentlemen at 6 O'clock at 9 they all went to Maco to gether in the Fort William's Long Boat.
Light Airs & Clear Weather the Cumberine unmoored had the First Chop of Cargo containing 400 Cases of
Sugar Chief Mate went to Canton Hands Emp getting wood out of the Hold.
Light Airs and Clear Weather China Men Painting the Mast Melville went to Blacken the Counter of the Ship &
went into the Appo Boat & got tipsey Mr Smith sent him below Mr Smith Cut the Copper Boat adrift the Lord Castlereigh
Wedensday Oct 20th
Light Airs and Clear Weather. Thermometer 86 in the shade Steward sick Mr Hennecar went to Canton Mr Smith fitted the Long
Boats mast & Sails the Sarah began to discharge. I put the Capt Carpet down The Lord William Bentick hauled down.
Light Airs & Clear Weather. Took in 1 Chop of Cargo containing 70 Cases of Rhubarb 100 Nankins & 59 Gamboge. Washed
decks in the Evning Chief of the Fort William on bord & the Ship steward of the Abercrombie Robinson.
The H.C.S. Marquis of Camden Arived.
Light Airs and Clear Weather the Bombay Castle hauled down China men Painting the upper Deck Steward worse, was
Bled at 8 the Capt Arived from Maco I sat up with the Steward.
Light Airs and Clear Weather the American Ship Alert hauled down the H.C.S. Marquis of Camden came up
past us the Agness and Argile of Bengall Capt went to Canton Carp repairing the Water Cask.
Light Airs and Cloudy with light rain saw the procession of Mandareans going to measure the Comp Ships. I had some
words with Mr Turner. A Chop came along side but Mr Smith sent it away.
Light Airs and Clear Weather took in 1 Chop of Cargo containing 162 Bores of Nankins 4 Cases of Tortoise Shell 50
Aniseed 4 Pickled Ginger & 60 Bales of Silk.
Light Airs and Cloudy the Marquis of Camden droped down again and Moored in the Cumberine's place at Night
the Chief Mate had Comp on bord Sent up Royal Yards at 11 p.m. saw the Golconda taking in a Smugled Chop of Cargo
China men Painting Water Cask I placed the Hen Coops.
Strong Breezes & Cloudy Carpenter Corking between decks I paid the Trothes of the Hencoops put the Stewards Plumbs in jars
China men painting between decks Mr Hennecar putting a star on the Gig Carp of the Fort William on bord.
Light Airs and Clear Weather. The Thomas Cootes droped down to the 2 Bar the Ann in droping down went on
shore but got no ingury took in 1 Chop of Cargo Containing Nankins, Anniseed, Sweet meat, Ginger, China Ware, Toys, & Ivory
Wares total 400 cases at 2 p.m. the Capt came from Canton with some more Gentlemen to dine. at Night had some Americans on
bord from the Panama the Long Boat hoisted up to the Cats head to paint.
Light Airs and Clear Weather at 9 the Capt went to Canton Began to stow the Cloves the Doctor of the Ganges came
to see the Steward Carpenter repairing the Long Boat China Men Guilding the front of the Cuddy Carpenter went on bord the
Light Airs and Clear Weather hoisted the Gig in bord Mr Turner Europeans received their Dollers I received 20 at 6 p.m.
the Capt came from Canton and went on bord the Pasco to Dinner.
Light Airs and Clear Weather. The Bannaman sailed asked the Capt for Lyberty went on bord the Panama to
Church with the Capt & Mr Smith at 5 went on bord the Gilford with the Carpenter but did not stop.
Monday Nov 1st
Light Breeze & Cloudy Weather I fell very ill to day was obliged to lay up Mr Smith went to Canton.
Light Breeze & Cloudy filed all the water to Clear them.
Light Airs and Cloudy Capt & a Gentleman came from Canton to Tiffen Cleared out the after Cabin and put
the sails in the stearege. I felt worse to day Mr Dresser mast headed the Heneless of Bengall Arived.
Light Breeze and Cold Weather Carpenter Corking the Long Boat Hands Emp variously.
Light Breeze & Cold Weather Filled the Water Cask for sea. China men painting the Long Boat.
Saturday Nov 6th
Light Breeze and Cold Weather. Hands Emp variously at Night took in 3 Chests of Smugled Goods.
Light Breezes and Clear Weather. Had the Long Boat under sail for the first time Capt came from Canton with some
Gentlemen to dine sent on bord some ship for servants.
Light Breezes and Clear Weather. Capt went to the 2 Bar to Second a duell but the Parties did not come to the Scratch.
Light Airs & Clear Weather took in 1 Chop containing Nankins, Anniseed, Gamboge, Vermilion Fish Counters Blinds,
Fans Sweet meats &c. Total 440 Cases.
Light Airs and Clear Weather sent down Top Galent & royal Yds and bent the sails to them and sent them up again 1
day of the Grand Boat race.
Light Breeze and Clear Weather Bent Sails and Firled them I struck of the Doctors List.
Light Breeze & Clear Weather. Capt went to Canton the Lowgee Family droped down.
Light Breeze & Clear Weather took in 1 Chop containing 31 Bales of Silk 10 Rhubarb 200 Cases of Casia Buds 30 Cases of
Nankins 6 Cases of sweet meats.
Light Airs and Clear Weather the Pasco droped down Sun set at ½ past 5. At 11 a.m. all Hands to Muster; at
6 p.m. Capt came to diner with some Gentlemen from Canton.
Monday 15th Nov
Light Airs and Clear Weather took in 1 Chop containing 244 Chests of Anniseed 160 Cassia Buds Nankins Fans Ivory Ware
Capt went to Canton, Fort William droped down.
Light Airs and Cloudy Rove Running Geer China Men Painting ship out side. at Dusk all hands firl sails saw a Woman
floating in the Water Close to the Ship took in 1 Chop Containing raw Silk Pickle dto Nankins Sweet meats Gamboge Fans &c.
Total 500 Cases. Spent a comfortable Supper being my Birth day.
Light Airs & Cloudy with rain Hands emp reaving running Geer Had a Chop run foul of our Bows loosed sails Steward came from
Canton Cleaned the Harness Cask.
Thursday 18 Nov
Light Airs & Cloudy at 6 Capt came from Canton with a Bly Gentleman loosed sails at 11 Firled sails at 2 p.m. Capt went to
Canton received 4 Cases of sweet meats from the Marquis of Camden. I repaired my Scuttle But, Steward had some words
with Mr Smith.
Light Airs and Cloudy Cleared the after Locker had some words with Mr Smith about it. Launched the Jolly Boat at Night the
Chief Mate went on bord the Marquis of Huntly. Jolly Boat went a drift 2 men floged for it.
Light Breeze & Cloudy at 7 p.m. the Chief Mate sent me aft on the Poop for not attending to his orders at 10 he called me
down & told me to get my self for to go to Canton on Liberty at 12 Noon all Europeans & Sea Curries went to Canton in the
Long Boat had a pleasent journey 2½ hours going up.
Sunday 21st Nov.
Light Airs and Clear Weather at daylight got up and had breakfast after that went out and Bought some things at 9 went
down to the Boat at 10 left for Whampoll had a tedious passage down when we got to the Ship they were discharging a Chop
containing Nanking, Lacquerd Ware China Ware Fans Silks Sweetmeats and Cassia Oil Total 450 2 Seacurries & a Seachy put
in Irons for getting Tipsey Capt on bord the Glenclue droped down.
Light Airs & Cloudy Painted the Harness Cask Loosed sails at Noon furled sails Capt left for Canton at Night Had some English
Men on bord to supper from the General Harris Brought with them 1 Case of Drawings 1 Lacquerd Ware received some
Grass & Hay Hoisted the Long Boat in.
Light Airs and Cloudy Opned 1 Cask of American Pork & one of Beef. China Men Painting the upper Deck & Guilding the Head
Stored the Gun Room.
Light Airs & Clear Weather Received on Bord 8 Doz of Fowell 40 Capons 6 Doz of Geese Moved our things into the For castle.
Light Airs and Clear Weather Weighed all the Poultry and placed them in the Coops put Petetions in the Long Boat Carpenter
went to Canton with Mr Smith Saw 6 small guns laying too all day at Night the Mandareans gave them a Chase.
Light Airs & Clear Weather Emp getting evry thing ready for sea Lashed the Harness Cask and put the fuse in the Long Boat
at Night the Capt came with some Gentlemen to dine and Brought with him 4 doz of Teal.
Light Airs & Clear Weather took in 1 Chop containing Nankins of Different Sorts Screens, Ivory Wares, Ivory Fans, Paper
Leaf Fans, Feather Fans, China Paintings rice Paintings Funles, different kinds of Sweet meats, Lacquerd & China ware.
Capt went to Canton in the Jolly Boat at 1 all Hands to unmoor ship hove up the Small Bower first had difficulty in
getting it Carried away 4 Hawsers at 5 got Booth Anchors but the Tide had turned and was obliged to let go the Anchor
again at Night had an English Boats Crew on bord from the Macqueen with 12 Bales of Silk.
Light Airs & Clear Weather at 30m a.m. hove up & droped down was obliged to let go the Anchor several times at 4h 30m
brought up below the 1 Bar at 6h 30m all Hands at 9 p.m. had 12 Bales of Silk from the Erl of Bellcarris at
9h 30 the Capt came on bord and ordered evry thing to be got ready for getting under weigh Pilot on bord Capt brought
some Teal and 3 Cots with him the Summatra droped down Steward went to Canton.
Monday 29 Nov
Strong Breezes and Cloudy at 1 a.m. hove up and droped down a little ways at 3 brought up at 8 hove up & made all
sails set Studding sails an India Man got under weigh at the Same time and went down with us at 11 p.m. the Capt went to
Canton in the Charles Mcleonil's Boat at 1. Brought up at the 2 Bar firled sails & received 75 Bales of Silk from
an India Man Saw another ship coming down.
Strong Breezes & Cloudy at 8 Shorting in Cabel & sheated home the Topsails at 8h 30m got under weigh at 9 abrest of the
Edingborough Comp Ship she got under way after we got the Anchors to the Cat heads she was down very much by the
lead and all Hands was sent aft on the Tafsail at 2 Brought up in Lintin Roads Firled sails Several small Vessels laying
here greater part Smuglers.
Wedensday Dec 1st
Strong Breezes & Cloudy Weather at 9 hove up and went under the Leagh a high on the side of it was a great many houses
scatered about at 10 had some boats along side from different ships with Silk at 1 the Agness of Bengall Came down
& brought up astern of us & began to send silk to us Carpenter hurted his foot with the Pump Shand marbled the Cargo Chest
received altogether 460 Bales.
Strong Breezes & Cloudy Had a China Carpenter from the Agness to repair the Hatches the Glencoe &
Summatra sailed & an American left from Whampoal the Golconda came down but did not bring up exchanged
signals with her Received 60 Bales of Silk & 50 Nankins Cosses at 5 up Anchor & went farther up.