Sail Away

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[Penned in the top margin] hands of one of the men

After a furious jerk the line parted in the hands of one of the men Who was foolish enough to hold him without making the end fast, the harpoon and twenty fathoms line falling to the share of the whale while For my Share in the transaction I got my leg broke and my foot jamed while the Seaman had all the skin taken off his hands. Thus ended th affair All parties being pleased except those ingured So ends this day

July the 22nd Comences with fine weather the wind is South east the air is most beautiful and clear every thing appears as pleasant as nature could form it how beautiful is the Sailing in the tropicks no part of the world can be equald to it moderate and the water Smoth Sky clear and no squalls of wind to ingure you, all is pleasant around you if it was not for hard ships indured [in] other climes Oh Sea Oh Sea I would be induced to love The more than ever by Seeing the beautes of a Seamans life in the tropicks This day at twelve we cross the line reluctant wee it leave behind Raine Storms and fays I Sorely dread Eight bells has Struck I must to bed

July 23 this day commences with fine clear weather wind from South east all hands imployed in various Jobs about decks It is Strange that it has always ocured to me and I [Believe] [prety] generaly to all [illegible] people living north of the line [which] may do bussseness in southern Latitudes that when on [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] they have crosed it [illegible to end]

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