Challenger would soon leave Bermuda for Halifax, Nova
Scotia. But a few last details about Bermuda are worth reporting:
May 7th, 1873
Easter Sunday was very wet at Bermuda & I never left the ship.
On the 14th a seaman belonging to the "Royal Albert" ironclad,
fell from the main rigging to the bottom of the great iron floating
Dock a distance of 70 feet, and was picked up dead. On the 17th
we took in an 100 tons of Coal, & caught an Octopus, or Devil
Fish in the bathing place. This fish has 8 arms of feelers capable
of clinging to anything, a man or a rock, & is the most horrible
thing to look at in the world. His eyes and mouth are in the middle
of his body, and he looks something between a Dragon, Star Fish
and the Devil. A large octopus is capable of holding a man under
the water until he is suffocated, they are not often met with, but
there is one living in the aquarium at Brighton; our specimen died.
A visit to the cemetery in Bermuda, and then for Halifax:
20th all hands went to the Dockyard church, and in the afternoon
I had a walk to the Dockyhard cemetry, & spent nearly two hours
reading the inscriptions on the Stones &c. You would be surprised
to see what a quantity of seamen & Naval Officers have been
burtied there, during the last 80 years.....There are 3 Admirals
buried there, and a large monument to the 350 Officers & men
belonging to H.M. Ships Acorn & Supply; which foundered with
all hands between Halifax and Bermuda about 40 years ago. But the
prettiest stone of all is one dated 1809 to the memory of 2 midshipmen,
brothers belonging to the same ship, one 17 years old, the other
only 13, who died within 3 days of each other from Yellow Fever.
We are to bring a stone back with us from Halifax to Bermuda, in
memory of our Schoolmaster, and the sailor boy who was killed off
S. John. The subscription was made for it the other day and over
£15 was obtained.
On Monday, April 21st we left Bermuda for Halifax....