This Day in History: 1849-11-03

Troopship Apollo, now 139 days out from Ireland on passage to Hong Kong with the 59th Foot (later 2nd East Lancashires), rounds the Cape of Good Hope, having departed Capetown the day before after a 3-week stay. For the first six weeks as she crosses the Indian Ocean, she enjoys fresh breezes and cold, healthy weather. However, because she is now sailing so late in the season, the North East Monsoon sets in and she misses the chance to take the short route to Hong Kong through the South China Sea. Instead, she is obliged to take the longer course via the Timor Straits and the Philippines. The weather becomes sultry, water is reduced to one pint per day each for all purposes, and the sick list lengthens.