CHINESE PIGS AND OIK 47
Thursday, October to.aThe sky s somewhat murky, and the ship is rolling. A huge shark and several thousand flying fish are seen. We overtook an oil-motor cargo-boat. Such are slower than steamers and much more dangerous. Explosions are apt to occur through pressure and variation of temperature. The Theseus is driven by a three-cylinder engine with varying pressure of steam, 190, no and 35lbs. to the square inch respectively. The steam is condensed and the water used over again.
I long enjoyed the lovely night under " the floor of heaven thick inlaid with patines of bright gold."
Friday, October 11.aSome rain has been falling, and we were visited by a swallow. How do these little birds live so many hundreds of miles from land ? for in this dreary, monotonous waste there is " water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink."
I heard how the Chinese ship their pigs and oil. The porkers are placed separately in baskets in which they have to kneel. These baskets are piled one on another, ten to twenty high. With the pitching and tolling of the ship the bottom-most pig must be surely pork-pie before it reaches its destination ! Oil is often brought on to the ships in paper bottles. When the Chinese stevedores have finished lading them they may run an iron rod into the bottles and receive its contents in large cans carried in their small boats !
Sailors' nicknames for one another are not always remembered. The captain is the Skipper or Old Man; the doctor, Pills or Sawbones; the carpenter,Sailors' nicknames for one another are not always remembered. The captain is the Skipper or Old Man; the doctor, Pills or Sawbones; the carpenter,