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to rowing to an oar that we were unable to git up to them before dark and they had their spoutings out and went down and we saw nothing more of them, we headed to the south through the knight untill one Oclock A.M. the wind headed us of so theat we lay up S.W. and moderated away away [sic] 5 A.M. it was flat Calm, we made the best of our way back whare we saw the whale but we did not gain more than 6 or 8 miles all the forenoon so ends theas 24 hours Lat 24=29 Long 84=54
Friday May the 2nd/51 the first part of theas 24 houres calm saw a plenty porpeces [porpoises] at 1/2 past 5 P.M. saw some small breaches from aloft to the S of us, lowered larboard boat and rowed of in the same direction theay proved to be a school of porposes [porpoises] struck one and saved him. it held calm untill next morning at 6 A.M. when a breez sprung up from N.E. at 7 A.M. got site found ourselves in the Long of 84=20 latter part of theas 24 houres pleasant gales from N.E. at 12 got an Observation and find that we have a strong Current setting to the S.E. so ends theas 24 houres Lat 24=30 Long 84=40
Saturday May the 3rd/51 theas 24 commence with fine weather but rather fresh gales from the N.E. saw a large whale of our lee bow at 2 P.M. about 2 or 2 1/2 miles distant, bore off and run 10 or 15 minutes from him and hove to the next time she came up she was off our weather bow about 1 or 1 1/2 miles the wind had rather freshened lowered larboard and waist boats and chaised to the windward untill dark when the waist boat got onto her but she settled tail first leving nothing but her head out of watter the boat Stearer hove as he thought best but his iron drawed only taking out 5 or 6 fathoms of rope suposed that the iron hit the Eye bone latter part of these 24 hours moderate gales from Eastern quarter, steering N.W. at 10 A.M. ris a school of whales under our le[e] bow bore of[f] for them so ends these 24 hours Lat 24=50, Long 84=35
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