The Old Whaling Days
On the 3rd & 4th we were busily employed in setting up the rigging Watering Wooding &c. On the morning of this day the 4th the Cutter's Bowsprit being sprung I went over in the Boat to Kearadier to endeavour to procure a spar to make one. I found one 37 feet long for wh I paid 36lbs. of Brazil Tobacco. Having compleated on the 4th & procured about 28 Pigs some of which were very large, on the 5th We stood out to Sea in the hopes of finding some Sperm Whale off the East Cape, before proceeding to the Southward, but strong Gales continuing to blow we saw nothing and if we had; could not have lowered a Boat.