. . . Monday evening, about 9 o'clock May 7th, we arrived in Auckland. Landed next morning but the steamer City of Sydney did not arrive until Wednesday, May the 9th. We were glad to meet Elder E. Hoagland, Father Pegg, wife, stepson Willie, a young man about 18 or twenty, & 2 daughters, Lottie about 14 and [-] 5 years of age. Father Pegg is 82 years old. We found them quite an addition to our party. We were now 16 souls all together.
While in Auckland it rained and blew a hurricane most of the time. We took a trip to North Shore. We got caught in one of the heaviest showers of rain I ever experienced. On account of limited means we [p.304] engaged passage in the steerage. We secured our births, got mattresses, made up our beds. The families were allowed cabins 2nd class and we ate in the 2nd class saloon. There are a great many passengers, both in the steerage and cabin. This steamer is sister to the city of San Francisco, one of the largest ocean steamers, and splendidly fitted up. It was a little rough when we got outside and as a general thing (self excepted) all hands seasick again.
Thursday, May 10th. 200 miles. Head wind.
May 11th 283
Saturday 12th 273 miles, gained a day. Saturday 254 & Sunday 13th, 239 miles.
Monday 14th, 251 miles, sighted the Nauejatous [UNCLEAR] Islands off starboard, passed near them in the evening.
Tuesday, May 15, 269 miles, calm weather.
Wednesday 16, 260 miles.
Thursday 17, 265 miles.
Friday 18, 265 miles.
Saturday 19, 267 miles.
Sunday 20, 268 miles.
Monday 21, 263 miles.
Willie Pegg fell off a rope on the back of his head, dented his skull in. He went [p.305] cold and stiff but Charlie and I kept administering to him before they could get the doctor and when he did come he poured the best part of a tumbler of brandy which of course made him insensibly drunk. I sat us with him till 3 o'clock a.m., then Charlie took my place.
Tuesday 22nd, 271 miles. Willie Pegg is gaining fast much to the doctor's astonishment. We anointed and administer to him occasionally.
Wednesday 23rd, 212 miles. At daylight we were close to Honolulu and by 5 o'clock we were along side of the wharf. Although it was very early quite a number of Kanakas were on hand. Soon all was hurry and bustle. All kinds of fruits such as coconuts, bananas, etc. and late in the day oranges, limes etc etc coral shells, etc. The day was delightful.
About 9:00 a.m. Brother John Burnett and I walked up to the King's Springs, enjoyed a good wash & change. [p.306] Only one Kanaka woman joined us in the bath much to Brother John's horror.
We got some fine watermelons. After dinner I took Willie Pegg up in the principle part of town. In the evening John Burnett & I took a long walk through and round the suburbs.
The brass band came down to the wharf and serenaded us. The choirs also. All natives except the leader of the brass band who was a German. The king came on board & the princess [BLANK] took passage to Frisco [San Francisco] with us, that is, in the cabins of course. We bought some beautiful specimens of coral & shells very cheap of the natives.
At 10:00 at night we steamed out for Frisco [San Francisco], and by noon Thursday we had made 144 miles. Friday, May 25th, when we arose in the morning the steamer was lying listless in the water, and all the machinery stopped. We had quite a scare and thought of our breakdown in the Colima, but nothing very serious had happened. [p.307] We were informed that one of the hands in the engine room had fell asleep and had neglected to oil some parts of the machinery and it had got overheated. However, we were rejoiced to see her under way again. By noon we had run 244 miles. (After one hour delay)
Saturday, May 26th, 269 miles. Father Pegg slipped on a hide (they had just been butchering) and unfortunately put his shoulder out. After a great deal of trouble the doctor set it in its place. Had to administer chloroform. The old gentleman stands it pretty well and after he was bandaged up felt comfortable.
Sunday May 27th, 276 miles. Quite cool.
Monday May 28th, 282 miles. Wind a beam passed a barque & ship, a very pretty sight with all the sail set.
Tuesday May 29th, 298 miles.
Wednesday 30th, 281 miles.
Thursday May 31st, at 2:00 p.m. arrived at the wharf of San Francisco...[p.308][NO ARRIVAL DATE INTO SALT LAKE CITY]
BIB: Hurst, Frederick William, Autobiography and diaries (1855-1877). pp. 304-08 trip from San Francisco to Salt Lake City.