The whales were in winrows last year; at one time 25 were so near that no gaps between them were so wide but that a man could strike on either side. They were seen all summer; this year only in spring. They were more abundant in spring and fall than during the summer. Had a graphic account, from Capt. Owen, of the loss of the 33 ships of the whaling fleet near Point Barrow in 1874. Caution inculcated by such experiences. Anchored this evening near the Belvidere and 4 other vessels. The schooner people complain that this is a bad year for walrusing, ice too thin; after killing a few the hot blood so weakens the ice that in their struggles they break it and then fall in and sink.
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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