Early in the morning the Captain with a large party landed in the four whale-boats. Dinner for all hands was taken, as it was intended to work at the land-mark all day & return in the evening. King & I went in one direction to geologize & Mr Bynoe in another to shoot. During our walk I observed the wind had freshened & altered its point; but I paid no further attention to it. When we returned to the beach, we found two of the boats hauled up high & dry & the others gone on board. The Captain two hours previously had had some difficulty in getting off & now the line of white breakers clearly showed the impossibility. It was an unpleasant prospect, to pass the night with thin clothes on the bare ground; but it was unavoidable, so we made the best of it. Mr Stokes & Johnson were left in command & made what arrangements they could. At night no supper was served out; as we were 18 on shore & very little food left. We made a sort of tent or screen with the boats sails & prepared to pass the night. It was very cold, but by all huddling in a heap, we managed pretty well till the rain began, & then we were sufficiently miserable.
Captain Robert Fitzroy: