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John MacGillivray
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 317 pages of information about Narrative of the Voyage of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By the Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During the Years 1846-1850..
greater weight to be hauled up than the iron framework to which the shot was slung, and a small bell-lead with the usual arming of tallow, to which portions of the bottom would adhere.  The line was similar to that employed on January 12th, as then carefully coiled away in casks, each of which held from 800 to 1000 fathoms, and ran out remarkably well, without any tendency to kink or get foul; but, unfortunately, after 3500 fathoms (or forty yards less than four statute miles) had gone out, the line parted, from some flaw, it is supposed, as a piece of the same bore a far heavier weight when tested subsequently on board.  The whole weight employed was equal to 280 pounds; and the time taken by the line to run out was 1 hour, 59 minutes, and 56 seconds.

Column 1:  Fathom mark
Column 2:  Time of passing (in hours minutes and seconds).

100 :  0 0 42. 200 :  0 1 49. 300 :  0 3 3. 400 :  0 4 23. 500 :  0 5 57. 600 :  0 7 39. 700 :  0 9 30. 800 :  0 11 22. 900 :  0 13 20. 1000 :  0 15 19. 1100 :  0 17 35. 1200 :  0 19 44. 1300 :  0 21 38. 1400 :  0 24 15. 1500 :  0 26 47. 1600 :  0 29 32. 1700 :  0 32 17. 1800 :  0 35 2. 1900 :  0 38 11. 2000 :  0 41 5. 2100 :  0 44 3. 2200 :  0 47 38. 2300 :  0 50 47. 2400 :  0 53 57. 2500 :  0 57 6. 2600 :  1 0 51. 2700 :  1 6 15. 2800 :  1 12 25. 2900 :  1 20 27. 3000 :  1 26 34. 3100 :  1 32 45. 3200 :  1 39 49. 3300 :  1 45 37. 3400 :  1 52 47. 3500 :  1 59 56.

Arrive at Hobart town.

On June 24th we entered Storm Bay, and next day arrived at Hobart Town.  None of our Australian colonies—­I had previously seen them all—­reminded me of the mother country so much as Tasmania.  The clearings on the shores of the Derwent looked very pretty, and almost English, particularly the spire of a small church peeping out from among the trees.

CHAPTER 1.2.

Arrive at Sydney. 
Bramble is attached to the Expedition. 
Survey Entrance of Port Jackson and Twofold Bay. 
Sail upon our First Northern Cruise. 
Arrive at Moreton Bay. 
Proceedings there. 
Natives at Moreton Island. 
Arrive at Port Curtis. 
Settlement of North Australia. 
Excursions made in Neighbourhood. 
Natural Productions. 
Call at the Percy Isles. 
Port Molle and Cape Upstart. 
Unable to find Fresh Water. 
Return to Sydney. 
Recent Occurrences there. 
Sail for Bass Strait. 
Visit Port Phillip and Port Dalrymple. 
Inspect the Lighthouses of the Strait.

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