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Brig Gem of Beverly, Page 11 of 256

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Sunday May the 11th/51 theas 24 hours commence with fresh gales from the N.E. verry ruged weather for Whailing at 1/2 past 6 PM shortened sail and hove to as yousal [usual] wind N.E. heading N.N.E. fresh breezes through the knight at 1/2 past 6 A.M. got site Long 86=40 at 8 A.M. wore ship latter part of theas 24 houres fresh breezes but more moderate then theay wer in the morning. so ends these 24 hours all well Lat by Observation 26=11

Monday May the 12th/51 theas 24 hours commence with fin and pleasant gales from the E. 5 A.M. got site Long 87=28 latter part of theas 24 hours Strong breezes from E.S.E. took in topgalliant sails and furled flying gib [jib] so ends these 24 hours all well except my self not able to be on deck to perform duty in concequence a sore on the skin of the left leg got poisoned by the black skin of the whale gitting in to the flesh where the skin was of[f] so ends these 24 hours Lat 25=18

Tuesday May the 13th/51 the first part of these 24 houres commence with fresh gales from E.S.E. and a heavy sea heaving on at 6 A.M. got site Long 87=57 pleasant gales from the East. I am still unable to perform duty on deck so ends these 24 hours Lat 23=38 Long 88=04

Wensday May the 14th/51 theas 24 hours moderate gales from the East and fine weather 5 P.M. got site Long 88=10 - hove back and sounded got bottom 37 fathoms our lattitude at this time was 23=14 at 6 A.M. mad sail run S.W. with 5 [k]not breeze till 8 A.M. sounded and had 43 fathoms then steered N.W. with a five knot breeze from the E with fine weather through these 24 hours Lat 23=08 Long 88=17

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note the section where he reports having his leg infected by the skin of the whale. I think that "of" here and elsewhere means "off". This fits the context here and elsewhere.