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    Re: The voyage of the CWM
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2003 Dec 21, 13:01 EST
    Jim, in answer to your question, here's a sample log page from another whaleship, the "Morrison" out of New London, Connecticut which is ten miles west of here:

    [the author is a passenger keeping a personal diary. At the beginning, he is talking about the changes in the star patterns as the ship heads south]
    >>>>>
    ...part of their revolution are invisible. I watch them with increasing interest from night to night, regarding them as old & intimate friends, whom I must soon bid adieu for a considerable season. My regret at loosing their society for a period is however much diminished by the anticipation of cultivating a pleasant acquaintance with their antarctic brothers and sisters in the opposite hemisphere. These are already presenting themselves in the southern sky, and I am beginning every night to grow more & mo re familiar with their countenances. At two o. clock this afternoon Capt G. took a lunar and we worked it out together. he showing me his method of doing it by Turner's Tables. He also worked the Longitude by both of our Chronometers with the view of comparing the results. The weather this forenoon was somewhat squally, this afternoon pleasant. Wind from the East and East by South Our course has been South by East, or South 1/2 East. We are now within two days sail of the Cape Verde Islands & as th e Capt thinks some of stopping to obtain fresh supplies, I shall write two or three letters in the hope of meeting with an opportunity to send them home, though I regard the prospect as very small.
                Observed Latitude            22ø 09' N.
          Longitude by one Chronometer      26ø 42' W
          "      "      the other            26ø 12' "
          "      "      Lunar Observ.      26ø 21' "
    <<<<<
    Great stuff, huh?!

    The URL for this page:
    http://www.mysticseaport.org/library/initiative/SPageText.cfm?BibId=31902&Image2Id=028

    Frank E. Reed
    [X] Mystic, Connecticut
    [ ] Chicago, Illinois


    Frank E. Reed
    [X] Mystic, Connecticut
    [ ] Chicago, Illinois
       
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