6th April 1833

East Falkland Island
After cruizing about the mouth of the Sound to complete the survey, we stood out to sea on our way to the Rio Negro.

Captain Fitzroy’s Journal:
Having embarked M. le Dilly, with some of his officers and crew, and lumbered our little ship with the spars and stores purchased from him, we sailed from the Falklands. Our passage to within sight of the river Negro was short, though stormy, a south-east gale driving us before it, under a close-reefed fore-topsail. As the sea ran high, it might have been more prudent to have 'hove-to', but time was precious, and our vessel's qualities as a sea-boat, scudding as well as 'by the wind,' were well known.

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