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Thursday May the 15th/51 the first part of theas twenty foure hours pleasant gales from the Eastern quarter Stearing N.W. at two P.M. sounded and got 33 fathoms on the Catooch Bank [Campeche Bank, Gulf of Mexico] at 4 sounded and got 50 fathoms at 5 P.M. got sight Long 89=05 latter part of theas 24 hours gentle breezes from the East 4 1/2 knot breeze at 12 got an observation Lat 24=14 being within 6 or 8 miles of the Arias Shoald [possibly Cayo Arenas Shoals, near Campeche] or rocks as laid down on the Chart wore ship and run for them, so ends theas 24 hours Lat 24=17

Friday May the 16th theas twenty foure houres commence with pleasant gales from the East and fine weather Stearing S.W. to make the Arias Shoald or rocks which is concidered doubtfull by manny, at 3 P.M. the look out at the mast head cried out white watter a head, it being about time to come up with the before mentin[ed] Sholde we concluded that it was Arias Sholde but by this time the lookout cried out there She blowes, and again there She blowes, and again there she blows and again and again she blowes, and we wer all rejoiced to fine that the Arias Shoald was a fine school of whale. we lowered and took three of them along side just before sunset got a sight Long 89=46 latter part of theas 24 houres moderate gales from the ENE at 12 got an Observation Lat 24=17

[note in margin] from 4 A.M. to 12 Oclock, all imployed in cutting in except the fool of a Mate who is employed in prowling [?] the only thing he can do

Saturday May the 17th theas twenty foure houres moderate gales from E. smooth sea and pleasant weather all hands imployed in taking care of head oile at 5 P.M. got sight Long 89=40 at 5 P.M. commenced boiling blubber at 6 A.M. got sight Long 89=40 saw some 12 or 15 breaches 4 or 5 miles of[f] theay proved to be a learge school of porpeces. pleasant gales from the east, so ends theas 24 houres Lat 23=49

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