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Friday April 11th first part of theas 24 hours Calm. at 4 P.M. saw a some grampeces. at 9 P.M. hurd blackfish blow, and saw learg schools of porpeces 9 A.M. saw plenty porpeces and 1 breach, 3 sail in sight. saw lots of peces of squid at 10 A.M. saw the remains of a reck, a learge ship that had ben burnt and left at sea at 10 ris - a larg school of black fish, prepaired to Lower, it being about 12 and dinner being ready, we something to stay the stomac first. thus ends theas 24 hours all hands in good sperits to lower after dinner, moderat breezes from the N.E. Lat by D.R. 38 = 35 Long by [symbolic notation for form of position fixing used] 68=30

Saturday April the 12th at ½ past 12 Lowered for black fish and took three. saw a thirty Bbl grampus at ¼ past 5 took moderat gulph squall. at midnight Strong gales from the north. squalley and raney and thus continues through these 24 hours Lat 36=40 Long by [symbolic notation for form of position fixing used] 68=30 at 8 AM

Sunday April 13th theas 24 hours commence with strong gales with rain squals the weather continues to be squaly at midnight the moon and Stars mak their aperence between the squalls and looks pleasant by spells. at 6 in the morning the wind moderated. mad all sail with the wind N.N.W. a sail in sight of the weather quarter so Ends theas 24 with fine weather all well. Lat by Ob[symbolic notation] 33=49 by D.R. 34=03 Long by [symbolic notation for form of position fixing used] 69=04 [symbolic notation]=[symbolic notation]

Monday April 14th theas 24 houres commence with moderat clowdy weather. wind NW at midnight the wind southerd and bafling at 5 in the morning took in the top galliant sail and flying gib at 6 double reafed topsails and furled the mainsail. 7 took in jib spencer [spanker] and clost reafed fore topsail and furled the fore sail. the wind hauled to the south. Weast[?] latter part of theas 24 houres fresh Breezes from WSW Lat by Ob 32 50 dead Rec 33=03 Long 68=47 [symbolic notation]

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Friday April 11th

saw a some grampeces ... blackfish ... schools of porpeces According to Wikipedia, besides applying to a number of different types of fish, "blackfish" is a name used for six types of oceanic dolphins, including the long-finned pilot whale, which was historically hunted off the New England coast and is often observed socializing with common bottle-nosed dolphins, Atlantic white-sided dolphins, and Risso's dolphins. In this case, however, the reference may to orcas (killer whales), particularly the resident type of orca, which feeds primarily on fish and squid and are often found swimming with porpoises, other dolphins, seals, and sea lions. Orcas are also known by the name "grampus," which would account for the reference to a sighting of "grampeces." Since they have little oil, however, they were not commonly hunted, and were considered more a nuisance species, since they compete with fishermen. Possibly the group contains both orcas and some other kind of whale, quite possibly some type of pilot whale.

Monday April 14th

the wind [southest] and bafling A baffling wind is one that frequently shifts directions from one point to another.

clost reafed fore topsail Close reefing means reducing the area of the sail as much as possible. (See comments on page 1.)

the wind hauled to the south. That is, the wind changed direction to the south.