For More Than Twenty-Four Hours, Having Had A Fine Gale At South, This
Enabled Us To Steer East, With Very Little Deviation To The North; And The
Wind Now Altering To S.W. And Blowing A Steady Fresh Breeze, We Continued
To Steer East, Inclining A Little To South.
On the 6th, had some snow-showers.
In the evening, being in latitude 53 deg.
13', longitude 111 deg. 12', the variation was 4 deg. 58' E.; and the next morning,
being in latitude 58 deg. 16', longitude 109 deg. 33', it was 5 deg. 1' E.
The wind was now at west, a fine pleasant gale, sometimes with showers of
rain. Nothing remarkable happened, till the 9th, at noon, when being in the
latitude of 53 deg. 37', longitude 103 deg. 44' W., the wind veered to N.E., and
afterwards came insensibly round to the south, by the E. and S.E., attended
with cloudy hazy weather, and some showers of rain.
On the 10th, a little before noon, latitude 54 deg., longitude 102 deg. 7' west,
passed a small bed of sea-weed. In the afternoon the wind veered to S.W.,
blew a fresh gale, attended with dark cloudy weather. We steered east half
a point north; and the next day, at six in the evening, being in latitude
53 deg. 35', longitude 95 deg. 52' west, the variation was 9 deg. 58' east. Many and
various sorts of albatrosses about the ship.
On the 12th, the wind veered to the west, N.W.; and in the evening to
north; and, at last, left us to a calm; that continued till midnight, when
we got a breeze at south; which, soon after, veering to, and fixing at,
west, we steered east; and on the 14th, in the morning, found the variation
to be 13 deg.
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