Note: On July 10th after rowing 100 miles during a gale, for their days work, the Fox is hit broadside by a huge sea and capsized. They had hand rails on the keel as a contingent for righting the boat. They lost many provisions so they headed into the shipping lanes and on July 15th, they were befriended by the Barque (full rigged sailing ship) CITO.
Wednesday, July 15th.
The night has been fine. Wind SW light breeze. 8 am Wind WSW light breeze.
12 noon. Wind West light breeze. Days work 50 miles.
Spoke Barque CITO of Laurvig, Norway
Capt. Claussen. Found
Latt. 47 degrees 10 min LW gr. 31 20
Received from the CITO water & provisions to last another 5 weeks and had dinner onboard. Could hardly walk when we got on her deck. We were treated like Lords. Left the CITO again at 5 pm.
This is to certify that I met the rowboat FOX of New York on Latt:-
47 degrees 10 LW gr. 31 degrees 20' on
this day July 15th, 1896 and that the boat contained no mast, sail or rudder.
Barque CITO of Laurvig
Thursday, July 16th.
The night has been fine with wind West, light to fresh breeze with fog.
8 am Wind and weather the same.
12 noon Weather the same. Day's work 50 miles. Course E by SSS.
6 pm Wind SW light breeze with fog.
Friday, July 17th.
The night has been fine with wind WSW and fog. Light to fresh breeze.
8 am Weather the same. Very thick fog.
12 noon Wind SW fresh breeze with fog.
day's work 55 miles. Course E by SSS.
6 pm Wind SW fresh breeze and foggy.
Saturday, July 18th.
The night has been fine with fresh breeze. Wind west and partly foggy.
8 am Wind SW fresh breeze and foggy. 12 noon Wind SW fresh breeze, foggy.
Days work 60 miles. Course E. by SSS.
Smooth water. 6 pm Wind SW fresh breeze. Clear weather.
Sunday, July 19th.
The wind during the night has been WSW fresh breeze with fog.
8 am Wind West. Foggy.
12 noon. Wind West, fresh breeze and foggy. Day's work 55 miles. Course E by SSS. 6 pm Wind West, very light. Passed a barrel about sundown. Examined it. Found it contained Kerosene oil. Had no means of getting any of it.
Monday, July 20th.
The wind during the night shifted around to the North, fresh breeze.
8 am Wind N.N.E strong breeze.
12 noon. Wind N.N.W. strong breeze. Day's work 50 miles.
6 pm Wind and weather the same. More sea. 7 pm Wind sprung around to W.N.W. and blowing stronger.
Course E by S.
Tuesday, July 21st.
The wind during the night has been WNW and very strong breeze. 8 am Wind NW and strong.
12 noon. West wind, strong breeze.
Obsv. Latt. 49 degrees 11 minutes.
Days work 60 miles. 6pm Wind WNW strong breeze. Course ESE.
Frank's watch stopped today. Main spring broke. We feel the loose of the time very much.
Wednesday, July 22nd.
The wind during the night has been from WNW Very strong breeze. Breakfast.
Wind and weather the same. Noon same.
Obsv. Latt 49 degrees 16 minutes. Day's work 60 miles.
Drawed the fresh water from the after tank and filled it with sea water to make the boat ballast on an even keel.
Suppertime. Wind west. fresh breeze. Course ESE. Smooth water.
Thursday, July 23rd.
The wind during the night has been westerly blowing with showers of rain. Very strong. breakfast time Wind WSW
very strong and raining.
Noon wind west very strong breeze and clearing off. Day's work 55 miles. Course ESE 6pm Calm and clear weather.
Friday, July 24th.
It has been calm all night and clear with high sea. 8 am Calm and clear. Sea moderating. Noon Wind NE very light breeze. day's work 50 miles.
Spoke Barque EUGEN of Christiana and went onboard and had dinner there and received a little provision.
6 pm Calm.
This is to certify that I met the rowboat FOX of New York on this day and examined her and found nothing that she could be propelled by except oars.
July 24th, 1896 Axel Bache, Master
Eugen of Christiana
Saturday, July 25th.
The night has been partly calm. After mid night wind sprung up from the NNE with light rain. Breakfast time. Wind north strong breeze with showers of rain.
12 Noon. Wind North strong breeze and clearing. Day's work 45 miles. Suppertime. wind and weather same with high sea running.
Monday, July 27th.
The wind during the night has been from the NW to North and very light with fine weather. Breakfast time. Wind NE light breeze. Noon wind NE light breeze with choppy sea. Obsv. Latt 49 degrees 27min
Drawed off the fresh water from the tank.
Filled after tank with salt water to trim the boat. Suppertime. Wind the same.
Tuesday, July 28th.
The night has been partly calm to light winds from the NE shifting to South.
Breakfast time wind SSW fresh breeze.
Noon wind SW strong breeze.
Day's work 55 miles.
Obsv. Latt 49 degree 27 min Course ESE
Suppertime wind SSW very strong breeze with showers of rain.
Wednesday, July 29th.
The weather during the night has been rough. Breakfast time wind WNW very strong, breeze with showers of rain.
Noon wind west, blowing hard with high sea. Going before it at a good rate. Course ESE Day's work 65 miles.
Suppertime wind and weather about same
Thursday, July 30th
The weather during the night has been rough, blowing hard from the WNW with showers of rain. Breakfast time wind and weather the same. Noon wind NW going down some and clearing off.
Obsv. Latt -49 degrees 41 min. Day's work 75 miles. Course E by SSS.
Suppertime wind NW fresh breeze.
Friday, July 31st.
The wind during the night has been from the NW shifting to NE fresh breeze.
Noon wind east, very light. Day's work 60 miles. Obsv. Latt. 49 degrees 34 min.
Course East. Suppertime wind very light.
Saturday, August 1st.
The weather during the night has been with light breeze from the North.
One hour before daylight discovered Bishop Rock Light bearing North, distance 10 miles off. One hour after daylight discovered Land. Sicily Island.
At 11 am made land at St. Mary. Went up and called at the US Consul and was received with great honor and favoring us in every way.
Towards night hauled out from the pier, anchored and both of us turned in for the night. The wind is now East and commencing fog. Expect to get underway early in the morning.