5th April 1859

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

5th Tuesday The oilcloth in the cabin was taken up and the place cleaned for the first time.

456 miles from Cape Flattery.

Notes: The oilcloth was a tarpaulin placed on the floor of the cabin to protect the wooden surface.  The Officers of the Detachment were given the luxury of cabins while the remainder of the Detachment, their wives and children, lived communally on the troop deck.