Journal of a whaling voyage to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Includes descriptions of marine life and whales seen or taken, accidents, illnesses, deaths at sea, desertions, fights, punishments, carving scrimshaw, interactions with natives, taking on provisions at various ports, trading with natives, shipboard medicine, and shipboard dentistry in the form of tooth pulling. Also contains whale drawings and several watercolor illustrations. The crew played instruments and sang as a means of entertainment. The keeper noted several penguins in January 1843. The keeper sighted a comet in March 1843 and drew a picture in the journal. The crew saw "three large meteors or balls of fire" on May 9, 1842
April 23, 2021 Subject:
While it’s difficult for me to “navigate” the pages with my old iPad, what I’ve been able to read is highly entertaining! The log keeper not only had exquisite penmanship of a kind no longer seen on earth, but also had a good sense of humor and lively personality. I’ll keep trying to read it...