Whaling Log of the Ships Andes, Beaver, Argonaut and Cadmus, 1822-1830

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Remarks on board Saturday the 21st of ?sept these 24 hours Commences with moderate weather. We called all hands and loosed Sail and stood to the northward and westward. The watch employed in making lance ?Worps and sinnet. 87 Days out.

Remarks on board Sunday the 22nd. These 24 hours Commences with moderate weather. We saw several right whales. Welowered down the boats and after a long row the Capt. boat struck but did not hold on long. We chased them a while but found it was no use to chase them. We went on board and we saw another on our lea beam and the mates lowered away went after it but did not catch it and soon returned to the ship. We killed a hog and took in sail and at 12 ?ware ship. AM called all hands and made sail. We struck two porpoises but the iron tore out and we lost them and at 8 we saw a right whale and we kept the ship for it but it was a going to the windward very fast so that we did not go after it. We saw several spouts to the leaward. We kept a way for them and when we had got about two miles of them we lowered the boats and went after them but they proved to be killers. The boats soon returned to the ship and we hoisted them up and stood to the south and westward. There is several finbacks in sight 88 Days out

Remarks on board Monday the 23d. These 24 hours Commences with fresh breeze and squally. The watch employed in ?macking [MAKING] bone scrapers. We saw a sail in trying but we did not speak ?? 89 Days out

Remarks on board Tuesday the 24th. These 24 hours Commences with fresh breeze and heavy squalls. At 6 the weather more moderate. Called all hands and made sail. We saw ship on our weather bow -

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and another on our lea bow. At 10 we saw some whale to the leaward. We lowered the and gave chase and a while we came up with them and Mr. Jones struck and it is very ragged weather. The whale brought [WHALE TAIL - ILLUSTRATION IN MARGIN] to but they squermed about so that it took us some time before we could get any of them sunk to spurt blood but after a while we [WHALE TAIL - ILLUSTRATION IN MARGIN] got three of them a spouting blood. We struck one of them and soon turned her up and Mr. Jones got his turned up and begun for to tow our whale sunk and we went on board and got the husser and carried it to Mr. Jones and put it on the whale and took it along side of the shipand begun for to cut but it was so rugged we could do nothing with it so we ?wove ship and the whale went went under the ship and came up the other side. We the ?then ?then had to take the flook rope and carry it round the stern and the whale back again and then we ?wove ship again and hooked on them. We was a going to war again but the flook rope parted and we did not ?wave. We then took both ends of the flook rope and bent on and let it lay along side all night. 90 Days out.

Remarks on board Wednesday the 25th. These 24 hours Commences with fresh breeze. We spoke the Victory of New Bedford. She had nothing and two sails to the leaward. The weather more moderate. We got our whale in after awhile and made sail and begun for to try. 91 Days out.

Remarks on board Thursday the 26th. These 24 hours Commences with light winds and calms. The watch employed in trying a ship to the leaward. 92 Days out

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Remarks on board Friday the 27th of Sept 1822. These 24 hours Commences with a fresh breeze from the northward and eastward. At 10 we finnished trying. The wind breezes very fast we double reeft the fore main and mizen topsails. At 11 took in the jib and spanker and mizen topsail and at 6 took in the fore topsail. At day light called all hands and ?cloos reeft the main topsail and hauled up the foresail and then begun for Cooper the oil and put it between decks and then took in the foresail and put three hogsheads on the weather side of the deck and then scraped off the decks and then went all below but the watch it rains some and the wind blows very hard. 93 Days out.

Remarks on board Saturday the 28th. These 24 hours Commences with a gale of wind. We had a sea board and knocked out the waist boat and knocked the waist boat of the ?ranes. All hands were called to get it to its place and then we hoisted the Capt. boat up for there is a vry bad sea. The cook fell in the lea scuppers and hurt him so that he can't attend to his office. 94 Days out.

Remarks on board Sunday the 29th. These 24 hours Commences with a heavy gale. One ship on our weather quarter and another on our weather bow. 95 Days out

Remarks on board Monday the 30th. These 24 hours Commences with more moderate weather at 8. All hands were called and then begun for to brake out the fore hole for to stow down the oil. We then hoisted it out from below decks and coopered it. Sent it below. Four ships in site. 96 Days out

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REmarks on board Tuesday the 1st of October 1822. These 24 hours Commences with high winds and heavy sea. We finished stowing down and then loosed the fore and mizen topsail and foresail and jib and spanker and let one reef out of the mainsail and then we scraped the decks and killed a hog. AM light winds and Calms. We saw several ?gramposes and a plenty of birds. 97 Days out

Remarks on board Wednesday the 2nd. These 24 hours Commences with pleasant weather. At AM the weather grows rugged very fast. At 10 called all hands and took in sail and hove the ship to. 98 Days out

Remarks on board Thursday the 3d. These 24 hours Commences with fresh breeze at day light. Called all hands and made sail and at 10 saw a sail ahead. ?Vc 99 Days out

Remarks on board Friday the 4th. These 24 hours Commences with with a gale. We took in sail and hove the ship to. AM we saw several whale. The weather's squally. 100 Days out

Remarks on boarde Saturday the 5th. These 24 hours Commences with with light winds and cloudy with some rain. We saw a school of black fis. We broke out the mizen hatch and got up some corn. AM Clear and pleasant. At 6 we saw a whale to the leaward about a mile off. We hove a back and lowered the boats and went after it and after awhile Mr. Jones boat struck and the whale run very bad so it took us some time before we could kill her. We got it along side of the ship and cut it in. 101 Days out

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23 Remarks on board Sunday the 6th of October. These 24 hours Commences with fres wind and heavy squals. All hand employed in scraping bone and bunching it up. The blubber ?tries very free. 102 Days out.

Remarks on board Monday the 7th. These 24 hours Commences with moderate breeze and a heavy sea. At 1 made sail and at 6 took in sail and at 2 we finished trying down. At 5 we called all hands and broke out the fore hatch and stowed down the oil. The weather is rather squally. 103 Days out

Remarks on board Tuesday the 8th. These 24 hours Commences with light winds and Calms Clear and pleasant. We scraped the decks and washed them. The watch employed in making brooms 104

Remarks on board Wednesday the 9th. These 24 hours Commences with light winds and Calms Clear and pleasant. Shortly after sunset we saw a large ?serm [sperm] whale about a quarter of a mile off. At 12 we saw another one. AM at 11 we saw a ripple. Mr Fordham lowered his boat, went to see what it was but he soon returned and did not see any thing. The man aloft saw [ILLUSTRATION - Whale tail] a spout and Mr. Jones lowered his boat went that way and we went to. We saw a school of mackeral and did supposed it to be the whale and then gave up the chase and started for the ship and we very soon saw that the Capt was off and shortly saw the whale and Mr. Jones boat got fast and then we got first and he was real ?limber whale and after a while we killed him and got him along side. 105 Days out

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