the Demeter ship's log
[From Varna to Whitby, Written 18 July]
On 14 July was somewhat anxious about crew. Men all steady fellows, who sailed
with me before. Mate could not make out what was wrong. They only told him there
was SOMETHING, and crossed themselves. Mate lost temper with one of them that
day and struck him. Expected fierce quarrel, but all was quiet.