Sea Shanty! “Around the Wild Cape Horn”

April 1st

But alas, alas, we are today but 50 miles north of the Cape, having had somewhat of a miserable time in this wretched place. May we never have occasion to visit it again. We have had winds and gales of all kinds but the right and heavy head seas plenty, besides rough seas of all kinds, squalls of rain, hail and snow and have been way South to fifty-eight and one-half degrees latitude. But today a change has come over the spirit of our voyage – a most favorable one. May it last. We have a beautiful day, fine wind carrying us northwest at the rate of 10 knots.