25th to 29th July 1833

Patagones on the Rio Negro
Our regular fortune followed us in the form of a sharp gale of wind. It soon lulled but for two or three days a nasty head swell remained, which sadly hindered our progress. The object of this cruise is to survey some of the outer banks near the R. Negro & Bahia Bianca & likewise to pick up Mr Stokes & his party, who have been so laboriously employed with the little Schooners.

Captain Fitzroy’s Journal:
On the 24th we sailed to Cape San Antonio, and thence along the coast, close by Cape Corrientes, and skirting the San Blas banks, till we anchored off the river Negro.

Syms Covington’s Journal:
Men were hired from Monte Video and the ship (The Beagle) sailed from here July 24th.

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