Voyage 8 – Jamaica & Cartegena 1831

James’ sketch of Cartagena and La Popa

Notes of a Voyage to Jamaica, Carthagena & back

Sailed 9th July 1831 – Returned 15th Oct.r 1831

Absent 14 weeks

After only a month in Falmouth, the Duke of York once again set sail, this time bound for the Caribbean. After such a short time at home James joined the ship with “dark clouds of melancholy and regrets” but on climbing aboard he was pleasantly surprised at how clean and tidy the ship was following the appointment of a new Steward.

During this trip he tries a rose plum for the first time, encounters slaves/negroes who come aboard to “sell everything and many other things”, goes to the theatre to see a farce called Nature and Philosopy, or the Man who never saw a Woman, learns to play chess, has dinner with a swindler and ends the voyage with a very sad trip home during which a young crew member dies and is buried at sea.

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