11th April 1859

From the Journal of Lt. Lempriere, RE, on board the Thames City on route to British Columbia.

11th Monday Head wind and endeavored to beat up the Straights but made little way forward -

Saw several canoes with Indians in them; one of them came near the ship soon after sunset.  Our bugle happened to sound and they made off  - as fast as possible, probably thinking we were beating to quarters.

Note: On board Naval vessels, the use of the ship's brass bell was, in effect, the clock of the ship.  In the British Army, the bugle served the same function in alerting the Detachment for various duties.  It is interesting to note that both communication methods were used on board the Thames City.