A little rain at night. Wind from N.E. Sighted land about 6 P.M., found that the current had carried us 25 miles to the N. of our course. Are now steering for Pt. Lay, intending to seek the Daniel Webster in case we can get around to where she was beset, and hear any tidings of her from other whalers before proceeding far. Aug 15. Fine bland clear day. Temp. 51. Steaming N. at 6 P.M. Spoke whaler, who gave us news of the Dan Webster. She was crushed in the ice off Pt. Barrow. About half her crew have been picked up by the other whalers, the other half are still at Pt. Barrow or on their way down. We are going N. to seek them. Captain Owen sent a letter to them by an Eskimo, telling them to make large fires that might be seen by vessels off shore a few miles. Saw a star this evening – Venus or Jupiter, and the moon. The star the first since
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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