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Determining the Facts

Transcript: Edwin Hadlock's Journal

Thursday, Nov. 2, 1848
These 24 hours begins with light breezes from the north and clear. Middle and latter part the same. At 1 PM weighed anchor and made sail. At 9 PM came to anchor in Cranberry Isles for water and provisions. All hands employed in ships duty. So ends these 24 hours at anchor.

Remarks on Friday, Nov. 3, 1848
These 24 hours begins with fine breezes from the North and clear. At 1 PM weighed anchor and made sail. At 11 PM Matinicus Light bore north 1/2 west true 15 miles distances from which I [take?] my dep. [arture]. At midnight strong breezes from the NW and clear. Stowed the light sails and two reefed the main sail and reefed top sail. All hands employed in working ship. So ends these 24 hours at sea with strong breezes.

Saturday, Nov. 4, 1848
These 24 hours comes in with strong breezes from the NW and clear. At midnight calm. Latter part, fresh breezes from SE and cloudy. At 5 PM made Cape Cod Highland light bearing WSW true 14 miles distance. At Meridian Chatham light NNW 8 miles distance. At midnight made all sail. All hands employed in ships duty. So ends these 24 hours beating to windward on the foot of the shoals.

Sunday, Nov. 5, 1848
These 24 hours comes in with strong breezes from the SE and cloudy. Middle part the same. Latter part strong gales from the SSE and thick with rain. At 8 PM came too [sic] anchor in Holmes Hole and furled sails with the light bearing NW by N per compass. Four fathoms muddy bottom. At 7AM let go the sheet anchor. All hands employed in ships duty. So ends these 24 hours at anchor in Holmes Hole with both anchors ahead.

Monday Nov. 6, 1848
These 24 hours begin with violent gales from the SSE and thick with rain. At 5PM more moderate the wind veered to the WNW. Latter part strong breezes from the west and clear. All hands employed in ships duty. So ends these 24 hours with both anchors ahead in Holmes Hole waiting wind.

Tuesday Nov. 7 1848
These 24 hours begins with strong gales from the WNW and clear. Middle and latter part the same. At 9 AM lowered away the boat and went on shore. All hands employed in ships duty. So ends these 24 hours at anchor in Holmes Hole waiting wind.

(Acadia National Park)

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