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    Re: Whaling logbooks
    From: Ian Gifford
    Date: 2016 May 20, 12:50 -0700

    Hi Frank,

    Thanks for the response and great pics and story on the Morgan!  Some of the questions relate to odds and ends we have in the attics/basements of our scatterd family e.g., sea chests, parallel rules, nav books, etc.  The chart was stored for years in a large metal chart tube - very old.

    Your reply reminded me of the time we were sailing down east from Marion, MA and I was on day watch when I sailed into (by mistake) a large whale sunning itself on the surface; we were on a 50' Ketch the whale just swam away like nothing happened but I ended up pulling into Stonington, ME for bottom repairs...I guess we can chock that up to payback for my ancestors choice of employment.

    Have fun!

    -Ian

    P.S. The attached JPG is from the Aldrich 1887 photo collection at the New Bedford Whaling Museum; probably used to show greenhands what whaling was all about :).



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