Matkin was a young assistant ship's steward on HMS Challenger when it sailed from Portsmith in 1872 for a three-and-a-half-year voyage of scientific exploration; he kept a journal, from which he wrote letters home. The letters, discovered in the early 1980s, provide an intimate look at life aboard;Some of our men were expecting to pass buttons for money aamp; they expect to get to some islands bye aamp; bye where they can ... I bought a large bunch of bananas, some shells, aamp; a fish-hook made out of a sharka#39;s tooth for 3d, a paper collar, aamp; an old Tie. About 50 ... flThe missionary seems to have more power than the King; his cottage is next door to the Royal Palace, aamp; is MARCH I874-NOVEMBER 1874 177.
|Title||:||At Sea With the Scientifics|
|Author||:||Joseph Matkin, Philip F. Rehbock|
|Publisher||:||University of Hawaii Press - 1992-01|