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VOYAGE TO GREENDAND.

in different directions, as to resemble hillocks coming together with inexpressible rage, and producing overwhelming destruction.


May 7. 
The gale moderating and settling to the northward, we again sailed towards the ice. It being usual for the officers to dine in the cabin to drink a prosperous voyage, the mate and harpooners were invited this day, and never did I see more justice done to roast beef and plum-pudding! The mirth-inspiring grog made all happy, and the usual fishing toast; "ship strong, crew healthy, ice open, and fish plenty," was drunk by all with great glee. Captain Scoresby, as is usual at this annual meeting, delivered to them his instructions, signals, and particular orders, to be observed when in pursuit of whales; and, as some of them relate to giving assistance to foreign adventurers, and partake so much of the national character, I have procured a copy of them. They will be found, I trust, not unworthy the imitation of other commanders of Greenland ships, and their diffusion may be eminently useful. Latitude this day, 75° 20′; thermometer 27°.


DIRECTIONS TO HARPOONERS WITH REGARD
TO ASSISTANCE.


First, "Assist all ships whatever, either British or foreign, when it can be done without disadvantage to your own vessel."

Second, "If you accompany the boat of any ship,