Diary: James P. Stabler, 1827 (Volume 1)

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a brig in sight _ The captain had the boat lowerd down to day and with a couple of sailors rowed round the Ship to take a paragraph upon her rigging &c. Latitude 41.23 Long 49° 9' 30" by obser of chronometer _ course NE _ another thick fog closed this day _

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Two ships in sight this morning & another perfect calm _ The ship almost motionless except the gentle rolling from the swell. Let down a thick 2oz vial with a ground stopper to the depth of a ball of twine about 4 inches in diameter _ brought it up full of water and the stopper apparently as tight as it could be _ when I touched the stopper it appeared as if there was a little gush of the condensed air outwards. — passed our two Ships — and another Brig in sight to the NE. A calm most of the day and tried the effect of a bate thrown from our [ed. side] of the Cabin Windows to a small black fish 4 to 6in long that keeps about the rudder from whence they

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derive their name — but it would not take — Lat to day 41° 51 — A slight breeze at night and we begin to for from 3 to 4 miles pHr [but bring] abt makes her roll _

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Quite a bresse this morning & which gives us pitching for rolling which is far preferable _ I have just discoverd that my birth is in about the worse place in the whole ship * discoved it by walking on the deck _ and when I got over my sky light _ when the Ship is pitching it seems as if it shrank from underneath the feet. — rainy_wet_damp weather to day — the sea runs high (fine mild weather) and we run faster than 9 of 10 knots to the N — several of us Sea sick again – I feel a little conscientiously scrupulous about the matter but not eno to part with what I have taken to fill the blanks between bone & skin _ A ship in sight to day.

Lat 43, 51

* & so dark that I can seldom write well

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6th day 29th

A fine breeze all night - the sea not so high but eno motion to induce a few qualms amongst some of the passengers. The Sailors employed in shinning ropes – the Carpenter making ladders — the passengers employed in playing _ some cards _ some chess – some the fool — and so we go.

A sail in sight this morning bound westward — hoisted our signals to the spanker - which was soon answerd by her - but owing to the distance could not make out her number. _ five sail of one kind or other seen to day and we have passed three of them _ This day suppose we are about halfway across the Atlantic – The sea rough part of the time and our gate 10 miles the hour — about dusk decreased to 7 1/2 _ _

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This evening will make us two weeks since we left the Western World — the bale of the voyage looked upon as only equal to a mere trifle – passed 2 brigs in sight this morning – Long 37° 13 Lat 44° 34 – all well on board except the poor Sea Turtle which

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has neither ate nor drunk since we started, and it probably is six weeks since he left the gulph. of Mexico from whence he was brot to N.Y. _ In passing him or approaching, he gasps as if at Prayer: and if so, no doubt his petition would be _ "pray eat me", or like the sailor boy "please to throw me overboard" _ Was favourd by request, with corn bread for breakfast. _ better than "possom sop" _ 2 more sail in sight but passed them also with but little wind this afternoon __.

1st day morning 7 mo 1st Last night about ten, the wind sprung up and shifted to the NW since when we have been moving from ten to 11 1/2 miles the hour. Nearly all our sail out and the sea rising from 15 to 20 ft high apparently. A gallant sight to be sure to stand on the fore castle and look astern to see the mounting of so large a body, apparently from wave to wave - sometimes it appears as if we were down in a deep ravine, and the surface of the sea above the sides of the ship as

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if they would roll over the deck - but in a moment it mounts aloft and the waves pop under her - and appear at the side or stern according to the direction they come _ _ While on the top it seems as if we were "whirld aloft" and a gulph yawns below - to receive us _ _ I was about 12 oclock sitting with R L on the deck and just about to express an opinion that if the spars were not strong they would certainly be carried off. _ The wind appeared to blow a young hurricane and the ship careened from the larbord side almost to an angle of 30 degrees _ when "crack went one of the four topmast spars (a boom) and down came the sail . - all hands were at work in a moment and soon had it safe "at home" - but before a great while they had another up in its place. _ At this time we were going about 12 miles an hour _ _ A very large sea gull close to the bow _ 2 curious looking whitish col'd birds flying over the main Topmast head screaming and appeard as if they wanted to

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