When the authorities at Funchal
objected to our presence in the harbor, and seriously and persistently insisted that the Laurel
should proceed at once to sea, Ramsey
was ready with a broken piece of machinery, without which he insisted that his engines could not be made to move.
The delicate and tedious work of repair was entrusted by the authorities to their own workmen on shore, so anxious were they to get rid of us. While they were still hammering away the Sea King
arrived and signalled, and the Laurel
steamed out to join her.
Not far from Madeira
, and of the same group, is the Desertas, and under the lee of that uninhabited rock both vessels anchored, and all guns, supplies, etc., were transferred from the Laurel
to the Sea King;
whereupon the first entry in the log of the Shenandoah
was made as follows: