June 19, 1832

19 June: Early in the morning, fog or fog with some rain. With the brisk, rather contrary wind, it is so cold that the sailors are wearing gloves. At eight o’clock the thermometer registers 4 1/2°R ⟨[42.1°F, 5.6°C]⟩ in the air, in the seawater 4 3/4°R ⟨[42.7°F, 5.9°C]⟩.

For breakfast today we had fried liver from the captured dolphin, and all of us found it very tasty, as good as venison liver. In addition, we had salt beef, half moldy American cheese, and coffee. The wind is becoming strong and very cold. Noon latitude 42°44' north, longitude 47°53' west. Temperature of the air at noon 4 2/3°R ⟨[42.5°F, 5.8°C]⟩, of the water 3 2/3°R ⟨[40.2°F, 4.6°C]⟩. The lead is tossed out—the same line as used recently—but it does not touch bottom; therefore we are not yet on the Great Bank of Newfoundland.M9In order to toss out the lead (heave the lead), the sails are partly taken in and the yards set against each other, then the helm down. The lead is tossed into the sea from the stern of the ship and the line located aft allowed to follow rapidly and run out completely. Bringing the ship into the position where it stands still is called to lay to, and a ship already in this position is called a ship laying by; both are actually the same. At noon for lunch we had a dish of dolphin meat, pork, potatoes, and dumplings in a whitish sauce; the dolphin meat, quite black, was boiled, somewhat stringy, but tasty.

In the afternoon they scrape and plane the deck, which has become so slippery from the splashing of the seawater that one can hardly walk on it when it is wet. At four o’clock the fog lifts, and the sun shines brightly; the wind moderates and is more southerly. At six o’clock, because of bright sunshine, the temperature of the air and water is exactly the same as it was at eight o’clock in the morning. Little wind in the evening. White and other storm petrels fly around us, also several ⟨[other birds]⟩ such as gulls and terns, white with a forked tail. When it is dark, one hears the call of the little black storm petrel. At nine o’clock, nearly calm. At night, sheet lightning and heavy rain showers. Somewhat more wind arises, and the ship sails northwest.

Tuesday, June 19, 1832
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