Mr. John King Davis, Captain; Mr. Fletcher, Chief Officer; Mr. Grey, N.O.;
Mr De La Mott, 3rd Officer; Mr Gillies, Chief Engineer;
Mr. Maxfield, 2nd Engineer; Mr. E Adams, B’swain;
Mr. A Thompson, Donkeyman; Mr. J Forbes, Sailmaker;
Firemen: Mr. S. G. R. Taylor, Mr. R Bradley, Mr. Alf Kohler
A.Bs: Mr. J Dochertey, Mr. Hackworth, Mr. O. McNeil? Mr. A. Schroder,
Mr. B. Lincoln, Mr. L. Vinje
Marconi Operator Mr. Jeffries Whaling Capt. Mr. Davis
Assistant Steersman Mr G. Taylor Sec. of A.A.E.E Mr. Eitel
Cook, S. Dobbs; Chief Steward, G. Williams; 2nd Steward, S
Captain John King Davis
Mr. Fletcher Mr. Grey De LaMott
Mr. Gillies Mr. Maxwell
Crew Donkeyman Boatswain Sailmaker
Three Firemen SixA.B.’s
Two Stewards One Cook Me
== Diary ==
I signed on 30=10=1912 at Shipping Office Melbourne Victoria.
Joined ship at Williamstown Government Dockyard 31=10==1912
Williamstown Longitude 145E, Latitude 37 South
Sailed from Williamstown noon Saturday 2=11=1912
Arrived at Port Kembla 6 o’clock AM
6=11=1912 Port Kembla Longitude 151 East. Latitude 35 South
Sailed from Port Kembla 7 PM
6=11=1912 Arrived at Hobart 5 O’clock PM
10=11=1912 Hobart Longitude 147½ East, Latitude 44½ S
Shipped on board Professor Flynn and his assistant Mr. Denny. Two Professors of Science
Sailed from Hobart 4 O’clock PM 12=11=1912
13=11=1912 Sounding Trawl out 3000 Fathoms Result nil.
8 AM 658 Fathoms Noon 1500 Fathoms Bottom Sandy
14=11=1912 Sounding Bottom
8 AM 2000 Fathoms White Clay
6 PM 1945 Fathoms Yellow Clay
Lost two Chronometers
15=11=1912 Sounding Bottom
6 AM 794 Fathoms Sandy
11 AM 666 Fathoms Sandy
2 PM 700 Fathoms Sandy
Fishing for Albatrosses but caught none .
16=11=1912 Weather too rough for sounding or Trawling
17=11=1912 2000 Fathoms after losing two lines. Weather rough.
18=11=1912 Tried to get sounding but weather too rough. Lost four lines. We weighed the coal with the result that she burned four and a half ton per day.
19=11=1912 Sounding Lost line and six sinkers.
9 AM 2595 Fathoms Weather calmer.
20=11=1912 Sounding Bottom Weather
10 AM 2880 Fathoms Sandy Moderate
21=11=1912 Sounding Bottom
6 AM 2462 Fathoms Rocky Put the trawl out.
2 PM 2640 Fathoms Rocky 2700 Fathoms
7 PM 1405 Fathoms Rocky 10PM
22=11=1912 Sounding Bottom
8 AM 636 Fathoms Believed Hauled Trawl in 7.45 AM
10 AM 578 Fathoms to be
2 PM 1780 Fathoms Rocky Result. A lot of different species of jellyfish, one ordinary fish two feet long. The Trawl net was severely torn also Iron frame two inches in diameter twisted like wire.
23=11=1912 Arrived at Macquarie Islands 7 PM
Macquarie Island Longitude 159East, Latitude 55South.
Laid at anchor till 24=11=1912
Sailed at 10 o’clock AM
2 PM Sounding 180 Fathoms, then from 3 PM till 6 PM we took sounding every quarter hour. Average sounding 25 Fathoms
Arrived at Macquarie Island 6.30 PM
25=11=1912 Sounding Bottom Left Macquarie 10.30 AM.
Noon 1458 Fathoms Mud Light snowstorm lasting
2 PM 2745 Fathoms No bottom three hours in evening.
26=11=1912 Sounding Bottom
8 AM 1855 Fathoms Mud Snowstorm in
2PM 2100 Fathoms Rock forenoon.
Caught a crab 12″ diam.[30cms] Wind and sea very rough towards night.
First time in my experience to see a ship roll her forecastle head under water, right to her capstan.
27=11=1912 Sounding Noon 2585 Fathoms. Bottom White clay.
Arrived off coast of Auckland Island 8 PM. Steamed around coast all night.
Auckland Island Longitude 166 East, Latitude 51 South
28=11=1912 Sounding Bottom Let out cone shaped
8 AM 80 Fathoms Sandy diver for sample of bottom
10 AM 198 Fathoms Sandy but received no result
Noon 250 Fathoms Sandy from 1000 fathoms.
8 PM 81 Fathoms Gravel
2 PM left coast of Auckland Island. Weather very rough.
29=11=1912 Big seas running and terrific winds, too rough for sounding or trawling.
30=11=1912 Sounding noon 1985 Fathoms, rocky bottom.
Sea and wind quieted down a little.
1=12=1912 Sounding 2 PM 2610 Fathoms. Mud bottom.
Captain took photo of Sounding machine also Operators.
3=12=1912 Weather too rough for sounding or trawling. The ship absolutely buried under water.
4=12=1912 Sounding 4 PM 2700 Fathoms, Clay bottom.
Weather calmer, rained at night.
5=12=1912 Sounding 6 PM 1017 Fathoms Sandy. Showery all day.
6=12=1912 Sounding 6 AM 1300 Fathoms Rocky
Noon 1018 Fathoms Rocky
8 PM 710 Fathoms Rocky
8.15 PM 750 Fathoms Rocky
7=12=1912 Sounding Bottom
10 AM 570 Fathoms Rocky
2 PM 818 Fathoms Rocky
Trapped Albatross, 18ft tip to tip. Chief Engineer tried patient with success, an instrument to give depth of water and bring up sample and temperature of water at bottom, also sample of earth at bottom.
8=12=1912 Sounding Bottom Noon
8.30 AM 1094 Fathoms Rock Longitude 148o E
1 PM 935 Fathoms Rock Latitude 46oS
8 PM 859 Fathoms Rock
9th & 10th 12=1912 Blowing a Gale, Seas Terrific
11=12=1912 Sighted Tasmanian Coast daybreak.
2 PM 1150 Fathoms Rock 8PM Stopped engines
6 PM 75 Fathoms Rock till following
8 PM 780 Fathoms Rock morning.
12=12=1912 Sounding Bottom
5 AM 1300 Fathoms Clay
3 PM 1300 Fathoms Clay Put trawl out 5 AM.
4.30 PM 75 Fathoms Sand Hauled it in 3 PM empty.
At 3 PM put on topmost speed towards the land.
4.30 PM put trawl out again & hauled it in 8 PM.
Result thousands of starfish, different species, also of the fish, three crabs largest on record. Claws 19″ long.
We then got underway dead slow 8.45 PM.
Sounding 6 AM. 600 Fathoms. Clay bottom. Let out trawl on 2000 fathoms of wire 6 AM. Started to heave trawl in. 10 AM
Got half of it in when steam gear broke down, had to heave the rest in by hand. We got the trawl aboard 2.30 PM.
It had in it one fish two and a half feet long, body quarter of an inch diameter and large black round head. Its mouth reached right round its head. It also had very long sharp teeth, and its skin was thin shiny jet black.
There was also an Octopus with tentacles four and a half feet long, very large black eyes and a large black beak parrot shaped. Its body and tentacles is like jelly, the body is three times as large and the shape of a football.
We also got in the net several different species of Sea weed, Sponges and Starfish.
We then got under way 2.45 PM. Making out to sea off Tasman Island we took
Sounding 8PM. 1890 Fathoms. Rock bottom. Weather warm. Sea Calm.
Warrimoo passed us at 1 AM bound for Melbourne.
Maunganui passed 5 AM bound for Hobart.
[diagrams of trawl, fish and octopus]
14 =12=1912 Arrived in Hobart 1.30 PM