John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 5

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Attriveda [Atriveda] 132 ft keel   Ship rigged 23 hands

Captn Shearer of (?)ledonian Lodge Dundee

Mr Jos.  A. Pettit   Builder

Lower Orwell Strt Ipswich

Suffolk England

Sailed Sept 12 from Gravesend

arrived Dec 12

83 days in all

75 from (land to land)?

Atriveda sailed from Gravesend

on Sep 12 arrived at

Melbourne Dec 5

83 days on passage

(?) Were lost to our (?)  glimpse of you again. Even with the glass - (?)  distinguish a party waving  a hanky for some time but we could not make out that it was you - Hope you had no difficulty in town with respect to your lodging & journey home - Suppose you saw us start - We are ploughing along now with a splendid breeze - our  vessel  already exhibited her superior sailing qualities. Sheerness is passed.   You of (?)

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