Dawn brought no improvement in the weather. Coxwain Langlands realised there was still no possibility of launching the Robert and Mary Ellis down the ramp. Even if the strong winds did not overturn the boat as they dragged it out on its carriage, the great waves crashing on the ramp frustrate all attempts to float the vessel, and almost certainly do irreparable damage.
There was no prospect either of being able to sail the John Fielden out of the harbour.
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