He spent much of his time when not actually patrolling the waters and causing havoc to the French, anchored in his ship, the Amphion, off Vis (Lissa). He was only a young man, and confided in a letter to his mother that he was often very lonely and homesick without any means of communication with the outer world for months on end. No doubt he realised that his men would feel the same. In a letter to his mother (June 15th 1809) he writes
"We have stablished a cricket-club at this wretched place, and when we do get anchored for a few hours, it passes an hour very well."