Aboard the “Forth”, off the coast of Cape Horn

14th April 1831

On this day, 14th April 1831, Allan Cunningham was onboard the “Forth” sailing for England and off the coast of Cape Horn.

Allan Cunningham wrote: The winds now hung much to the northward, and our passage easterly, towards the “Horn”, was protracted to our fifty-third day at sea, April 14th when we passed that celebrated and somewhat notorious Cape. The sea was calm, and the sky beautiful, with Staten Land in sight, twelve leagues to the north, looking even green. It was to all of us a long and tedious run, and, moreover, unusually monotonous, for we saw but few birds, and the sea had a uniformly heavy swell. ((Source: Robert Heward’s Biographical Sketch of Allan Cunningham))