0Saturday. 6th October [1877]—Besika Bay, on board the Helicon
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6 October 1877 — Besika Bay, on board the Helicon
Saturday. 6th October [1877]. Mr Winslow & Sir E. Commerell came to fetch me & Miss Boyd & Capt. Stopford to go on shore & play lawn tennis. Mr Kennedy got leave to go to Athens with Capt. Grubbe of the “Devastation” & we saw them go off abt 10. We could not play lawn tennis very well on acct of the wind so went on further to watch a cricket match wh was going on between 2 of the ships & then the rain drove us on board. At 3 o’cl we weighed anchor & the Helicon started for Constantinople very sorry to leave Besika but glad to have seen such a sight as the 14 fine men of war lying at anchor. The Genl who while we were at Besika had stayed on board the Alexandra returned to us & we all returned as we came minus Kennedy. We had it very smooth till we passed the Dardanelles when just at the end of dinner we began to dance & I got quickly on to the deck cabin. It got worse & worse & I soon got to bed & we had a very rough night & had to slacken speed.

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