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Portion of Flinders' journal on HMS Providence (1791-93) (FLI08a) Page 10

Octr 6th Sun nearly vertical, of Course we have now
no Shadow, yet we do not find it remarkably warm
The fine trade wind makes it remarkably pleasant, our
Constitutions being tolerably well seasond [sic] to 74° of the Ther
about which it generally ^ stands, even this degree of Heat is equal
to the Artificial one raisd [sic] in Hot Houses in England and
10° higher than the common summer weather there
but to us who have stood it at 89 in the Shade which it was
at Teneriffe and I dare ^ say more than 100 on the burning Sand
on shore, it was is only a pleasant Temperature. –
We almost every Day see many Nautili or Portuguese
Men of War
which in the Night make a luminous Ap-
-pearance, not but that there may be many other shin-
-ing Substances which may also cause the same Appear-
-ance particularly that Sparkling which the is almost
always observd [sic] in low Latitudes in the Water put in Motion
by the Ship, this I think Mr Forster in his Treatise on
the Causes of these Appearances says is occasiond [sic] by small
Molluscae which at pleasure make a radiant Appearance
and when taken up in a Bucket had a very perceptable [sic]
Motion. –
Octr 11th a visible Eclipse of the , but by not being
timely apprisd [sic] of it, we neglected that opportunity of
ascertaining of our Longitude ^ was neglected, however our Time Keepers
are certainly to be depended on to a greater Nicety, than
any Longitude we coud [sic] procure by any Eclipse of the
at Sea, yet it is always satisfactory to have as many
circumstances as poƒsible concur in determining our
Situation. –

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