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Sunday May the 4th/51 the first part of theas 24 houres commence with pleasant gales from the N.E. with fine weather and whail in sight lowered larboard and waist boat and chased to the Leward an hour or two when hoisted signal for whales to windward lowered starboard boat and men all in chase Waist boat Struck one and saved him the school did not [unclear] at all but started of very quick to the south the larboard boat chased as long as they could keep sight, took the whale alongside it being near dark had barly time to get up our cutting punchis ready to commence in the morning at 8 P.M. fresh breez from the E and continued through the knight at 4 in the morning fresh gales from the S.E. and very ruf ruged weather, got the whale cut in about 12 fresh gales at the end of these 24 hours all hands in good spirits. Lat 24=10 Long 84=20

Monday May the 5th/51 Strong Current Setting to the S.E. [noted in margin] theas 24 hours commence with pleasant gales from the S all hands imployed in taking [unclear] of the [unclear] and [unclear] the Gales ceased to blow and we have at 6 PM a Calm which lasted until the latter part of the knight at 4 A.M. commenced boiling with fine weather and a light breeze from the S.E. latter part of these 24 hours very nearly calm so ends these 24 houres boiling blubber Lat 34=04 Long 84=18

Tuesday May the 6th/51 the first part of these 24 hours intirely Calm woch on deck imployed in boiling out, finished about 2 Oclock A.M. at 7 A.M. got a site Long 84=30 a breeze sprung up about this time from the N.E. we [improoved] this opportunity to get back to the N.W. where we saw the whales, latter part of these 24 hours Strong breezes from the N.E. bad whailing weather so ends these 24 hours all well Lat 24=48.

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