In this one he is remembering a sailing trip he took with some teenage friends down the Brisbane River.
My cousin Helen Butler found this 1906 map of the Brisbane River showing the location of Parker Island. In 2015 Parker Island is no longer on maps of the Brisbane River
The wind was freshly blowing
When we hoisted up the sail
It came and went in heavy gusts
But nothing like a gale
When we got into mid stream
There was a sudden puff
He tried best to get her around
But ?? was slow stuff.
I'm not sure that this would win a literary prize but I felt it was interesting to know he and his young friends sailed down the river and camped. Making lemonade without a woman's aid must have been a feat for them then. Too bad we can't make out the missing words. Do you try to guess what he might have written? I didn't have his logic so can't think what he might have put in the ?? spaces. Anyone else hazard a guess?