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5 January 1828. A Storm Right in Our Teeth

The Anna Eliza is anchored at Messina, Sicily. It is a rough night and day. Richard Temple, the first Duke of Buckingham and Chandos writes in his diary:

The Gale last night was tremendous. Craft of all kinds coming in all day from stress of the weather. Much thunder & lightening.

The Gale was so strong last night & this morning, that even if it had been in our favour we could not have gone. As it was, it not only blew a storm, but it was right in our teeth. So we are remained fast, fortunate in having a safe anchorage. All day vessels were putting in to Messina with more or less damage, driven in by the weather.

H.M.S. “Mastiff,” barque-rigged, employed as a surveying vessel in the Archipelago, put in here from Malta, bound to Naples. She was all but lost last night, having stood in too long upon one tack into the bay beyond Scylla, and getting embanked on a lee shore, just cleared the rocks. Her boat was carried from her stern.

To-day Mr. Moore, Sharp, and two seamen, were going on shore. The waves beat high on the quay where they landed. Sharp was in a hurry to get out, fell backwards, and upset the boat. Moore clung to her, and she righted again instantly. Sharp and the seamen jumped into the water, fearful lest the boat should come over them. All wet; no one hurt or injured. We are all better today—& shall sail as soon as the Wind moderates & comes round in our favour.

Moore was the ship’s surgeon. Sharp the waiter. They are among a crew of 48 aboard the Anna Eliza.