The log of the whaling ship Catalpa and the rescue of the 6 Fenian prisoner from Freemantle, Australia Part 1

In 1873 John Devoy received a smuggled letter from imprisoned Fenians in Fremantle, Australia, asking to aid in an escape. Devoy approached the 1874 convention of the Clan na Gael and got the Clan to agree to fund a rescue of the men. He then approached whaling  agent John T. Richardson, who told them to contact his son-in-law, whaling captain George Smith Anthony, who agreed to help.

James Reynolds, a member of the Clan and on the committee to rescue the prisoners, bought under his name for the Clan a three-masted whaling bark Catalpa for $5,500, and George Anthony recruited twenty-two sailors. On 29 April 1875, Catalpa sailed from New Bedford, Massachusetts. At first, most of the crew was unaware of their real mission.

The expenses of the rescue were to be covered by the results of whaling

Two Fenian agents, John Breslin and Tom Desmond, had arrived in Western Australia in September. Breslin masqueraded as an American businessman “James Collins”, and made arrangements for the escape.

The Catalpa dropped anchor off Bunbury on 27 March 1876. Anthony and Breslin to prepare for the rescue.

The first intended day for escape was 6 April, but the appearance of HMS Convict and other Royal Navy ships and customs officers quickly led to a postponement. The escape was rearranged for 17 April.

The Catalpa then dropped anchor in international waters off Rockingham and dispatched a whaleboat to shore. At 8.30 am, six Fenians who were working in work parties outside the prison walls, absconded were met by Breslin and Desmond and raced 12 miles south to Rockingham pier where Anthony awaited them with the whaleboat.

On the return to the Catalpa a fierce squall struck, breaking the whaleboat’s mast. The storm lasted till dawn on 18 April and was so intense that Anthony later stated that he didn’t expect the small boat to survive. At 7 am, with the storm over, they again made for the Catalpa but an hour later spotted the steamer SS Georgette which had been commandeered by the colonial governor, making for the whaler.

The Georgette found the Catalpa, but in Captain Anthony’s absence the First Mate refused to allow the colonial police to board as the ship was outside the colony’s three-mile limit. The steamer was forced to return to Fremantle for coal after following the Catalpa for several hours.

As the whaleboat again made for the ship a police cutter with 30 to 40 armed men was spotted. The two boats raced to reach the Catalpa first, with the whaleboat winning, and the men climbing aboard as the police cutter passed by. The cutter turned, lingered briefly beside the Catalpa, and then headed to shore.

Early on 19 April the refueled and now heavily armed Georgette returned and came alongside the whaler, demanding the surrender of the prisoners and attempting to herd the ship back into Australian waters. They fired a warning shot with the 12 pounder  cannon that had been installed the night before. Ignoring the demand to surrender, Anthony raised the U.S, flag, informed the Georgette that an attack on the Catalpa would be considered an act of war against the USA, and proceeded westward.

What follows is a transcript of the ship’s log of the rescue trip kept by First Mate Samuel P Smith.

It is a faithful transcription as no changes have been made to correct spelling or punctuation.

For easier reading, I have omitted the longitude and latitude reading

Catalpa ODHS557 0030-033

G 3284  OCT 21 1937

Gift of Mrs Ethel Anthony Huggins (daughter of Capt. Anthony)

Logbook of Bark Catalpa of New Bedford, Mass. [marginalia:] No. 1784

April 29, 1875 to August 23, 1876

Captain George S. Anthony

Note see April 18th – 19th -1876

Fenian Rescue

Remarks On Board Bark Catalpa

Thursday, Apr. 29th 1875

This day commences with Light breeses over the SE and Clear Weather

At 9 Am took Our Anchors and Stood to SEa At 11.30 the Captian Came On board with

Officers Crew all on board

 

Friday, Apr. 30th

 

This day commences with fresh breeses from the S.  Still working Out to Sea At 4.30pm pilot Left Us At 5pm took Our Anchors On the bow and Lashed them and Stowed the Chains Middle part.  St[r]ong breeses with Squalls of rain At 11pm took in the foretopgallant sail latter part.  Fresh breese from the SW Ship heading S by E on the wind Employed in ready for Whaling.

Saturday, May 1st

 

This day commences with Strong breeses from the SW and hazy weather Steering S.S.E Middle & Latter part much the Same Still Steering S.S.E saw two School blackfish and two sails in Sight.

Capt. Anthony Outward Bound

Sunday May 2d

This day commences with Light airs and calm At 6pm took a Strong breese from the SE by E and thick squally weather and Some rain At 8pm took took in Light sails and furl them Ship heading S by W. on the wind Middle part blowing Strong [T]ook in Everything but two topsail and foresail Latter part Strong breeses from WSW. and Squally with plenty of rain Ship heading S. Under Short Sail So Ends

Monday May 3d

This day commences with fresh breeses from the NNW. And Clear Weather Steering S. at Sundown Shorten Sail and Luff to Wind heading NE. two Sail in Sight.  Middle part much the same Latter part the same At 7Am kept. her off into the Eastward Employed in getting ready for whaling

Remarks On Board Bark Catalpa

Tuesday May 4th

This day commences with (strong)  breeses from the W NW and hazey weather.  Ship Steering SE At 5pm raised a school of Sperm whales going quick to the windward Luff to wind but whales going quick No chance to lower for them At Sundown Shorten Sail Ship heading it[.] Middle part Much the Same[.] at 12 midnight.Wore ship[.] Latter part Light Airs from the ESE Ship heading NE So Ends this day Employed in getting ready for whaling
Wednesday May 5th

This day commences with Strong breeses from the S and Smoky hazey weather

Ship steering E NE at 2 pm raised a school of Sperm Whales on Lee quarter

Going quick to windward wore ship to head them off and wind shifted to the SW with a heavy squall of wind and rain and blowing a gale Ship under twoLower topsail heading SSE and raining hard Never saw the whales again  Middle  part Clear weather and strong breeses from the NW at 4 Am [wore] ship heading NE by E Latter part Strong breeses at 10 Am raised whales going quick into the westward wove Ship and stood  along after them So Ends this day

Capt. Anthony Cruising On the Southern Edge of the Gulf

Thursday May 6th

This day commences with strong breeses from the NW and a heavy Swell at 12 Noon lowerd

2 boats and chased the whales Chased untill Sundown without Sucess Whales going quick to windward (at) Sundown Came On board and Shorten Sail for the night.  Ship heading W.S.W. Middle part  Light breeses Latter part Light airs and Variables at 6Am, raised whales at 9 Am Lowered two boats @ 11Am Struck to waist and Larboard boat waist boat iron Strap parted but killed to Larboard boat So Ends this day

 

Friday May 7th

 

This day commences with Strong breeses from the S and Squally weather at 2pm  took the whales along side and commenced to get ready to cut him in At 5 30pm hook on to cut. at 8 pm finished cutting Ship heading ENE under Short sail Middle and Latter part blowing a gale from the NE with heavy Squalls of wind and rain At 11 Am wove Ship heading E by S

So Ends this day a blowing a gale

Remarks On Board Bark Catalpa

Saturday May 8th

This day commences with a gale of wind from the N.N.E and heavy squalls of wind and rain

Ship heading E on the Starboard tack Middle And Latter part blowing heavy Ship under Lower main topsail and v[e]ry heavy Swell running

Sunday May 9th

This day commences with a gale of wind from the NNE and a Vary heavy Swell

Ship heading E. Middle part much the same  Latter part Strong breeses and heavy swell at 10Am

Started the works to boil So ends this day boiling

Monday May 10th

This day commences with Light airs from the SE Ship heading SSW At 4pm

Spoke the barque Eos Seven  days from New York bound to Limerick Middle part         much the same Latter part blowing @ gale from the SW Ship heading S.S.E @ 6Am  Finished boiling whale made twelve Barrels[.] So Ends this day

Cruising On the Western Ground

Tuesday, May 11th

This day commences with a gale of wind from the SW and Smoky hazey weather

Ship heading S.S.E middle and Latter part.  Strong breeses from the SW. At 7 Am wore Ship

heading W.N.W. So Ends Employed in filling up for whaling

Wednesday May 12th

This day commences with Strong breeses from the SW and Smoky hazey weather

Ship heading W.NW Middle and Latter part.  Light breeses from the ESE Ship Steering W by S. Employed in the rigging and mending foretopmast Stay sail

Thursday May 13th

This day commences with fresh breeses from the ESE and pleasant weather Ship Steering W. by S At 4pm raised whales at 4 30 pm lowered for them Struck and killed to Larboard and waist boat.  At 9 pm took them along side and Set the watches for the night.  Middle and Latter part.

Much the same with Light rain squalls of At 5 Am commenced to get ready to cut.  At 7 Am hook to cut

Remarks on Board Bark Catalpa

Friday May 14th

This day commences with fresh breeses  from the W.SW and clear pleasant weather

At 4pm finised cutting Ship heading NW On the port tack Middle and Latter.

Part Light breeses At 5 Am raised And Lowered for them and Struck to Larboard boat.

And the Line parted and whales went to the windward and came on board at 9 AM wind Shifted in a squall to the E. Ship steering W

Saturday May 15th

This day commences with a fresh breese from the E. and clear weather at 1 Pm raised the whales at 2 pm Lowered whales going quick to the westward at 6 pm boat came  On board never see them Out of the boats Middle part fresh breeses from the S SW Ship heading W At 7 pm Started the works to boil Middle and Latter part.  Much the same Ship heading W. by N.

Cruising On the Western Ground

Sunday, May 16th

This day commences with fresh breeses from the SW and clear pleasant Weather

Ship heading W by N Middle and Latter part.  Much the same At 4 Am finished boiling

Ship heading W. by N.

Monday May 17th

This day commences with fresh breeses from the S.S.W. and Cloudy weather Ship heading W at Sundown Saw white waters from aloft.  Middle and Latter part much the Same Ship heading W. and W by S.

Tuesday May 18th

This day commences with Strong breeses from the SW. by S. and Cloudy weather Ship heading W. and W by N. Middle and Latter part much the same Employed in Stowing down Ship Steering into the Northard

 

Remarks On Board Bark Catalpa

Wednesday May 19th

This day commences with strong heavy breeses from the S. and a heavy swell At 5pm finished Stowing Down Ship Steering into the Northard at Sundown (45) Luff to wind heading W.S.W middle and Latter part much the Same at 7Am Luff to the wind heading SE by E

Thursday May 20th

The day commences with Strong heavy breeses from the S And Cloudy weather Ship heading SE by E. Middle and Latter part much the same. At 7Am kept her off into the Northard So Ends

Friday May 21st

This day commences with Squally rainy weather from the SW. Steering into the Northard at Sundown wore Ship heading S.S.E Middle and Latter part Light breeses from the SW. and clear weather heading into the SE.

Cruising On the Western Ground

Saturday May 22d

This day commences with fresh breeses from the W and Clear weather heading into the Northard At Sundown Shorten Sail Middle and Latter part Squally at 4Am had a heavy Squall of Thunder and Lightening So Ends this day in Squally weather

Sunday May 23d

This day commences with Strong breeses from the W. And Smoky Cloudy Weather Ship heading N.N.W. At Sundown Shorten Sail Middle part Squally and rainy weather Latter part strong breeses from the W.  Ship heading into the Northard

Monday May 24th

This day commences with Strong heavy breeses from the W. and Smoky Cloudy weather Ship heading into the Northward[.] At 3pm (wind) Shifted in a Squall to the Northard[.] Wore Ship heading W. by N. Middle and Latter part Strong breeses from the Northard Ship heading into the westward

Remarks On Board Bark Catalpa

Tuesday May 25th

This day commences with Strong breeses from the Northard And cloudy weather Ship heading into the Westward At Sundown Shorten Sail[.] Middle and Latter part Light breeses from the SW by W. And Clear pleasant weather Ship heading NW by W

Wednesday May 26th

This day commences with fresh breese from the SW by W. And Clear pleasant weather Ship heading NW by W. At Sundown Shorten Sail Saw two Sails Merchantmen See One or two Most Every day Middle And Latter part Strong breeses and Cloudy weather Ship heading the Same

Thursday May 27th

This day commences with Strong heavy breeses from the W And Squally rainy weather At 6pm blowing a Gale Ship heading S.S.W. Middle and Latter part.  Strong breeses and variables at 10 pm  Wind hauled into Nothard and blowing Strong  Ship heading WNW

So Ends

Cruising On the Western Ground

Friday May 28th

This day commences with Strong heavy breeses from the N. and Clear weather Ship Steering SW At 7 pm wore Ship heading NE by E Middle and Latter part blowing a gale from the N. and heavy Squalls of rain Ship heading NE by E So Ends another day

Saturday May 29th

This day commences with a gale of wind from the N. and Squally weather at 2pm More

Moderate Rept her off S by E at Sundown Luff to the wind heading SW by S. wind Shifted to the westward Middle and Latter part Much the Same Ship heading About the Same

Sunday May 30th

This  day commences with a gale of wind from the NW and Cloudy weather Ship heading W. S.W Middle and Latter part Light breeses And pleasant weather from the NW At 8Am Spoke the brig [F]lorence Anapolis from Liverpool bound to St Stevens withe Cargo of Salt.  She having been dismasted and Short of provisions Supplyed her.  So Ends another day heading into the E. N.E.

Remarks On Board Bark Catalpa

Monday May 31st

This day commences with Light breeses from the NW and clear pleasant weather.  Steering
E.S.E At Sundown Shorten Sail and Luff to the wind heading N.N.E. Middle and Latter part Light airs and calm heading into the SE

Tuesday June 1st

This day commences with Light breeses from the S.S.W and clear pleasant weather Ship heading into the SE at Sundown Shorten Sail and tack Ship heading W. Middle and Latter part.  [F]resh breeses and cloudy weather Ship heading W.S.W. So Ends this day Employed in fitting boats rigging and cutting gear.

Wednesday June 2d

This day commences with fresh breeses from the S and Cloudy weather Ship Steering W. Middle and Latter part Strong breeses and squally rainy weather at 11Am  Saw White waters four times but a heavy squall came down on us and never see it again.  Steering W. Luff to wind but much of it raining hard at 12 noon caught a porpoise

 

Cruising On the Western Ground

 

Thursday June 3d

This day commences with a gale of wind from the E.N.E  and squally rainy weather accompanied with Thunder and Lightening Ship heading N. Middle and Latter part Strong variables wind and accompanied with squalls of rain Ship Steering into the Nothard and westward

Friday June 4th

This day commences with variables wind And Squally rainy weather Ship Steering into the NW

At 3pm the wind settled into the E. with Strong breeses  At 5pm Exchanged Longitude with the Brig Rescue of New Bedford At Sundown Shorten Sail and Luff to the wind heading N.N.E Middle and Latter part.  Strong breeses from the E.N.E And clear pleasant weather Ship heading into the Nothard

Saturday June 5th

This day commences with Light breeses from the ENE and clear pleasant weather Ship heading into the No[r]thard At 3pm kept. off NW by N at Luff to and Shorten Sail heading N Middle part much the same Latter part calm Employed in mending the foresail So Ends this day

Remarks on Board the Bark Catalpa

Sunday June 6th

This day commences with Light breeses from the S and clear pleasant weather  Ship heading into the Westward At 4pm finished mending the foresail and bent it  At Sundown Shortened Sail  Middle and Latter part much the same  Ship heading the Same.

Monday June 7th

This day commences with Light breeses from the S.S.W and clear pleasant weather  Ship heading into the Westward At Sundown Shorten Sail Middle part much the Same Latter part Strong breeses and clear weather At 7Am kept her of N.  Saw several sails of which we see about Everyday.

Tuesday June 8th

This day commences with Strong breeses from the S.S.W  and clear weather  Ship Steering E and Sundown Shorten Sail and Luff to wind heading SE. by S.  Middle and Latter part much the Same Steering SE Saw Several turtle

Cruising on the Western Ground

Wednesday June 9th

This day commences with Strong breeses from the S.S.W and Smoky hazey weather  Ship heading SE.  Sundown Shorten Sail  Middle part much the Same Latter part Light breeses and clear pleasant weather At 10Am kept her off E. by S Saw finbacks Grampuses pieces of Squid and plenty of fish

Thursday June 10th

This day commences with Light breeses from the S and clear pleasant weather  Steering E. by S At 6pm wind hauled to the SE  Ship heading E.N.E  Middle part much the Same  Latter part fresh breeses and pleasant weather  Ship heading ENE saw considerable drift Stuff and Several Sail

Friday June 11th

This day commences with fresh breeses from the SE and cloudy Smoky weather  Ship heading ENE At Sundown took in the Light Sails  Middle part much the Same Latter part  Strong breeses At 10Am tacked heading SW  At 12 noon tack back again heading E. So Ends

Remarks on Board Bark Catalpa

Saturday June 12th

This day commences with Light breeses from the S.S.E and Smoky hazey weather  Ship heading E.  At Sundown took in the Light Sails  Middle and Latter part much the Same  Ship heading about the Same  So Ends this day

Sunday June 13th

This day commences with fresh breeses from the S. and Smoky hazey weather  At 6-20pm raised whales going quick into the W.  Lowered for them Struck to Larboard  and waist.  And killed them  Middle part much the Same  At 10pm took them along Side and made them fast for the night and Sent all hands below  Latter part Light breeses and pleasant weather  At 4Am called all hands and commenced to get ready to cut.  At 5.30 commenced cutting So Ends this day a cutting

Cruising on the Western Ground

Monday June 14

This day commences with fresh breeses from the S and cloudy Squally looking weather  Still a cutting Ship heading SE by E  Middle part much the Same  At 6.30 finished cutting all but the head  Latter part.  Strong breeses with heavy Swell at 5Am hook onto cut head got the Junk and Lost case So Ends another day

Tuesday June 15th

This day commences with a gale of wind from the S and squall rainy weather blowing So hard we cant boil try but could not.  Ship heading SE. by E Middle part much the Same  Latter part Light airs and heavy rain with a a heavy swell  So ends Saw two Steamers

Wednesday June 16th

This day commences with Light breeses from the NE and cloudy squally weather  Ship Steering SW. at 1pm commenced to boil  Middle prt. Squally rainy weather had to cool down  Latter part Strong breeses commences to boil  at 7 Am Kept her off into the Southard and Westward wind from the NE  So E[nd]s this day

 

Remarks On Board Bark Catalpa

Thursday June 17th

This day commences with Light airs and calms from the Southard and clear pleasant weather  at 5.30pm the wind breesed up from the S.S.W  Ship heading W.  Middle part blowing Strong and squally rainy weather  At 1Am wore Ship heading SE.  at 2Am cooled down could not boil  Latter part blowing hard and @ heavy Swell running  So Ends this day with a gale

Friday June 18th

This day commences with a gale of wind from the SSW and squally rainy weather  Ship heading SE at 3pm  Shifted into the W. Ship heading from S. to SW.  Middle and Latter part  Light breeses from the N.  Ship heading into the westward at 4Am Started the works to boil At 6Am Kept her of[f] W.S.W So Ends this day with pleasant once more

Cruising On the Western Ground

Saturday June 19th

This day commences with Light breeses from the SE and clear pleasant weather  Ship steering into W.N.W at Sundown Shorten Sail  at 8pm finished boiling  Middle part fresh breeses at 11pm Luff to the wind heading W.  Latter Strong breeses and Smoky hazey weather at 7Am Kept off into the Northard and westward So Ends

Sunday June 20th

This day commences with Strong breeses from the S.S.W and Smoky hazey weather Ship Steering into the Northard and westward at 4pm Luff to the wind heading W.  at 6pm wore ship heading SE Middle part much the Same  At 11pm wore Ship heading W.  Latter part blowing a gale and raining hard So Ends this day in a Storm

 

Remarks On Board Bark Catalpa

Monday June 21st

This day commences with Strong breeses from the W.S.W and squally rainy weather  Ship heading NW. Middle part much the Same Latter part Light airs and variables with Squalls of rain Ship heading into the Northard and Westward So Ends this day

Tuesday June 22d

This day commences with Light breeses from the westward and Smoky hazey weather  Ship heading into the N.N.W at Sundown took in the Light Sails and tack heading S.S.W. Middle and Latter part much the Same Ship heading S. Employed in Stowing down.  So Ends

Wednesday June 23d

This day commences with Light breeses from the W.S.W. and clear pleasant weather  Ship heading S. at 2pm wore Ship heading NW. at Sundown took in the Light Sails  Middle and Latter part much the Same Ship heading NW.  So Ends this day

Cruising On the Western Ground

Thursday June 24th

This day commences with Light breeses from the W.S.W. and clear pleasant weather  Ship heading NW.  Middle part much the Same Latter part Strong breeses and Squally rainy weather Ship heading NW. Saw grampuses

Friday June 25th

This day commences with Strong breeses and Squally weather from the W.S.W Ship heading NW Middle and Latter part much the Same At 8Am wore Ship heading S. So Ends this day without Nothing.

Saturday June 26th

This day commences with Strong breeses from the W.S.W. and squally weather  Ship heading S. Middle and Latter part much the Same Ship heading the Same

 

Remarks On Board Bark Catalpa

Sunday June 27th

This day commences with Strong breeses from the W.S.W. and cloudy Squally weather Ship heading S. Middle and Latter part much the Same So Ends another Sunday  Saw blackfish and porpoises

Monday June 28th

This day commences with Strong breeses from the W.S.W and cloudy squally weather Ship heading S. Middle part much the Same Latter part fresh breeses and occasionaly Light Squalls of rain Ship heading from S to S.S.W Saw two Sails

Tuesday June 29

This day commences with Light breeses from the W. and cloudy weather Ship heading S.S.W. at Sundown took in the Light Sails  Middle part much the Same Latter part Light breeses from the W.N.W and pleasant weather Ship heading SW. So Ends this day and Saw nothing of the whale kind

Cruising On the Western Ground

Wednesday June 30th

This day commences with Light breeses from the NNW and clear pleasant weather Ship heading WNW at 4pm kept off W.S.W.  at Sundown Shorten Sail and Luff to the wind heading W. by N. Middle and Latter part much the [same] at 7Am kept her off into the Eastward So Ends

Thursday July 1st

This day commences with Light breeses from the NE. and clear pleasant weather Ship heading E.N.E at 7pm Spoke the brig [H]eroine of Peru bound to Barbadoes and Sent Letters by him at Sundown took in the Light Sails Middle and Latter part much the Same at 7Am tacked heading NW Employed working in rigging So Ends this day without nothing

Remarks On Board Bark Catalpa

Friday July 2d

This day commences with Light breeses from the NE. and clear pleasant weather Ship heading N.W. at 3pm tacked heading E.N.E Sent down the two main topsails and Sent up two Others Middle and Latter part Light breeses and variables heading On both tacks cruising Employed in setting pieces in the foreyard which we found a Little rotten so Ends.

Saturday July 3d

This day commences with Light breeses from the E. and clear pleasant weather Ship heading into the E.N.E at 5pm spoke and gam[m]ed the bark George & Mary Cannon two months out.  Clear middle part calm Latter part  Light breeses from the S. Steering different courses cruising Saw a Large red can buoy marked No 12  So Ends this day

Cruising On the Western Ground

Sunday July 4th

This day commences with Light breeses from the S. and clear pleasant weather Steering into the Eastward GEo & Mary Still in Sight.  at Sundown Shorten Sail and wore Ship heading W.S.W Middle and Latter part Light airs and calm working into the NW. So Ends this day Like many more and nothing for it. Saw one Sail

Monday July 5th [6 crossed out and 5 written on top of it]

This day commences with Light airs and calm pleasant weather working into the NW. at 1..30pm picked up a barrel of kerosene oil Middle and Latter part much the Same Saw killers.

Tuesday July 6th [7 crossed out and 6 written on top of it]

This day commences with calm and pleasant weather Middle and Latter part much the Same Employed in washing the ship

 

Remarks On Board Bark Catalpa

Wednesday July 7th [8 crossed out and 7 written on top of it]

This day commences with Light airs and calms from the SE. and pleasant weather working into the No[r]thard two Sail in Sight middle and Latter part much the Same So Ends Employed in the rigging

Thursday July 8th [9 crossed out and 8 written on top of it]

This day commences with Light airs from the Eastward and pleasant weather at 1pm picked up a Large Spar.  Ship Steering into the No[r]thard Middle and Latter part much the Same Steering the Same Saw plenty of Blackfish and four grampus So Ends

Friday July 9th [10 crossed out and 9 written on top of it]

This day commences with Light breeses from the Eastward and pleasant weather Steering into the No[r]thard Middle and Latter part much the Same Saw finbacks and grampus So Ends

Cruising On the Western Ground

Saturday July 10th

This day commences with Light breeses from the S. and clear pleasant weather Steering into the No[r]thard and westward Middle and Latter part fresh breeses from the W.S.W. and Smoky hazey weather Steering NW saw two Sails

Sunday July 11th

This day commences with fresh breeses from the W.S.W Smoky hazey weather Steering NW by N. Middle and Latter part blowing a gale from the W.S.W and Squally and rainy at 5Am Saw a painted ports bark a whaler Steering NE Ship heading NW

Monday July 12th

This day commences with a gale from the WSW and Squally rainy weather Ship heading NW at 5pm wind hauled Some wore Ship heading S Middle and Latter part much the Same Saw plenty of blackfish

Remarks On Board Bark Catalpa

Tuesday July 13th

This day commences with a gale of wind from the W.SW. and Smoky hazey weather accompanyed with Light rain Squalls Middle and Latter part blowing heavy rain Squalls heavy at 7Am wore Ship heading NW.

Wednesday July 14th

This day commences with a gale of wind from the W.S.W and cloudy Squally weather Ship heading NW. Middle and Latter part much the Same So Ends this day in a gale

Thursday July 15th

This day commences with a gale of wind from the WSW and Squally rainy weather Ship heading from NW to NW by W Middle and Latter part much the Same So Ends another day in a gale nothing but gales and no whales still hoping for good weather and Some whales

Cruising On the Western Ground

Friday July 16th

This day commences with a gale of wind from the W.S.W and thick rainy weather Ship heading NW to NW by W. Middle part much the Same Latter part Light airs and calms and Some fog So End this day Employed in various Jobs about the ship

Saturday July 17th

This day commences with Light breeses from the WSW and clear pleasant weather Ship heading NW. at 3pm Saw a School of Blackfish Middle and Latter part fresh breeses from the SE Steering W.N.W. at 7Am Luff to the wind heading N by E at 10 Am dyed away So Ends

Sunday July 18th

This day commences with a calm and nice pleasant weather at 4pm breese Sprung up from the westward Steering NE by E.  Middle and Latter part Cloudy and bad Looking weather accompanied with Light Squalls of rain Steering different courses into the No[r]thard and Eastward

Remarks On Board Bark Catalpa

Monday July 19th

This day commences with Light breeses from westward and cloudy Squally Looking weather Steering E. by N. Saw a School of killers middle and Latter part much the Same Steering the Same Saw plenty of Square headed grampus Robert [Knacker?] [Ruacker?] sick and off duty

Tuesday July 20th

This day commences with fresh breeses from the SW and cloudy weather and light Squalls of rain Steering different courses cruising at Sundown Shorten Sail Ship heading W.N.W. Middle and Latter part much the Same Steering different courses cruising Saw Several Sails

Wednesday July 21st

This day commences with fresh breeses from the N. and clear weather at Sundown Shorten Sail Ship heading W.N.W. Middle and Latter part much the Same Ship heading on the wind with all Sail Set heading NW So Ends this day

Cruising On the Western Ground

Thursday July 22d

This day commences with Light variables wind from the No[r]thard and Eastward and clear pleasant weather Ship heading from NW to N. Sundown Shorten Sail and wore Ship heading S.E. Middle and Latter part Light airs and calms So Ends this day Like many more and nothing for it Saw plenty of grampuses

Friday July 23d

This day commences with Light airs calm and clear pleasant weather at Sundown Shorten Sail heading E. Middle and Latter part Light breeses from the No[r]thard Ship heading E.N.E. Saw Several Sail Employed in various Jobs about the Ship in which we are about Every day Robert Knacker Still Sick and off duty

Saturday July 24th

This day commences with Light breeses from the N and clear pleasant weather at Sundown Shorten Sail heading ENE Middle part calm Latter part Light from the SSW heading On both tacks cruising Saw plenty of grampuses So Ends

Remarks On Board Bark Catalpa

Sunday July 25th

This day commences with Light breeses from the SSW and clear pleasant weather heading W. At 2pm kept off NE by E At Sundown Shorten Sail Saw Several Sail of which we see about Everyday Middle and Latter part much the Same Ship heading E.S.E Saw plenty grampuses So Ends this day

Monday July 26th

This day commences with fresh breeses from the S. and cloudy dark Looking weather and occasionaly Light Squalls of rain Ship heading E.S.E at 4pm Saw a Large Iceberg at Sundown Shorten Sail Middle part much the Same Latter part fresh breeses from the W.S.W. and clear weather.  Ship heading S. Saw grampuses Robert Ranacker Boatsteerer Still Sick and off duty

Cruising On the Western Ground

Tuesday July 27th

This day commences with Strong heavy breeses from the W. and accompanyed with Squalls of rain Ship heading S at 7pm blowing a gale from the NW Ship heading W.S.W. Middle part much the Same Latter part more moderate Steering different courses cruising.

Wednesday July 28th

This day commences with Strong variables winds and accompan[i]ed with Light rain Squalls at Sundown Shorten Sail heading E Middle part blowing Strong from the N.N.E with Squalls of rain Latter part more moderate with pleasant weather Steering different courses cruising Saw finbacks.

Thursday July 29th

This day commences with Light breeses from the NE and clear pleasant weather Steering SW. by W. Middle part calm Latter part Light breeses from the S. and pleasant weather heading W.S.W Employed in overhauling the footropes Lifts and brace pendants Saw grampuses Robert Ranacker Still Sick and off duty.

Remarks on Board Bark Catalpa

Friday July 30

This day commences with fresh breeses from the SW and clear pleasant weather Ship heading W.N.W at 5pm tacked heading S.S.E Middle and Latter part much the same Saw two Sails of which we See One or more about Everyday Employed in overhauling footropes and Lifts

Saturday July 31st

This day commences with fresh breeses from the SW and clear pleasant weather Ship heading S.S.E at Sundown took in the Light Sails and tack heading NW. by W.  Middle and Latter part much the Same at 7Am tacked heading S. Robert Ranacker Still Sick and off duty

Sunday Aug. 1st

This day commences with Light breeses from the W.S.W and clear pleasant weather Ship heading S at Sundown took in the Light Sails Middle and Latter part much the Same at 7Am kept her off S by E Saw Jumpers and porpoises and picked up a round Spar

Cruising On the Western Ground

Monday Aug. 2d

This day commences with Light breeses from the W.S.W. and clear pleasant weather Steering S.E. by S. at Sundown Shorten Sail and middle and Latter part much the Same Steering the Same Employed in the rigging

Tuesday Aug. 3d

This day commences with Light breeses from the Westward and clear pleasant weather Steering E.S.E. at Sundown Shorten Sail Middle and Latter part much the Same at 9Am Spoke and gam[m]ed the bark John Dawson and the brig Eunice H. Adams neither of them had taken anything this Season Saw four Sails Ship heading NE by NW

Wednesday Aug 4th

This day commences with fresh breeses from the NW and cloudy Squally Looking weather Ship heading N.N.E at 5pm finished gam[m]ing Saw the Emma [C?] Jones to the windward Middle part fresh breeses from the NE. and squally rainy weather Ship heading N.N.W Latter part wind much Same cloudy overcast Looking weather at 7Am kept off W. Robert Ranacker Still Sick and off duty brig Eunice H. Adams in Sight So Ends this day

Remarks On Board Bark Catalpa

Thursday Aug. 5th

This day commences with fresh breeses from the NE and cloudy overcast weather Ship Steering W. at Sundown took in the Light Sails Middle and Latter part much the Same Steering the Same

Friday Aug 6th

This day commences with fresh breeses from the E. and clear pleasant weather Steering W by N. at 2pm Luff to the wind heading S.S.E at Sundown Shorten Sail Middle and Latter part much the Same heading into the Southard and Eastward Saw a School of Blackfish Saw Several Sails

Saturday Aug 7th

This day commences with moderate breeses from the SE and clear pleasant weather Ship heading S by W. At Sundown Shorten Sail Middle and Latter part much the Same at 7Am tacked heading into the No[r]thard and Eastward So Ends this day Robert [Ruacker?] Still Sick and off duty

Cruising On the Western Ground

Sunday Aug 8th

This day commences with Light breeses from the Eastward and clear pleasant weather Ship heading N.N.E at Sundown Shorten Sail Middle and Latter part Light airs and calm Saw Square headed grampuses porpoises and pieces of Squid and one Sail

Monday Aug 9th

This day commences with Light breeses from the NW and clear pleasant weather Ship heading N.N.E at Sundown Shorten Sail Middle and Latter part fresh breeses and occasionally Squalls of rain at 7Am Kept off E.N.E Robert Ranacker Still Sick and off duty

Tuesday Aug 10th

This day commences with variables winds and Squally rainy weather at 2pm cleared up and pleasant weather with the wind from the N Ship heading E by N. at Sundown Shorten Sail Saw one finback Middle and Latter part Light breeses from the NE Ship heading E.S.E. Saw grampuses and drift Stuff So Ends this day

Wednesday Aug 11th

This day commences with Light breeses from the NE. and clear pleasant weather Ship heading E.S.E[.] at Sundown Shorten Sail[.] Middle and Latter part Light breeses from E. heading SSE at 7Am tacked and kept her N. by E[.] Saw grampuses[.]

Thursday Aug 12th

This day commences with Light airs from the E. and clear pleasant weather Ship heading N by E  at Sundown Shorten Sail[.] Middle and Latter part calm Saw grampusesEmployed in Scraping yards and in the rigging Robert Ranacker Still Sick and off duty

Friday Aug 13th

This day commences with Light airs and calm from the westwar[d] and clear pleasant weather Ship heading N Three Sail in Sight. At Sundown Shorten Sail Middle and Latter part fresh breeses from the W.N.W and clear pleasant weatherShip heading N. Saw porpoises and grampuses

 

 

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