Viewing page 20 of 184

Sunday Aug 19th 1860
A fine morning. About 10 O Clock an Esquimaux in his kayack came along-side; soon an Oo-miu with 3 families with their tents, Dog, tuktu skins etc. They had but little provision as lent from tuk-tu were to be seen
At 11 O'clk The Cry: 'Bow head! bow a head!' came singing down into the before quiet cabin. This was enough for Whalers - to them better than Church going music!
All hands were on the alert - the command went forth: Man the boats quickly & [[underlined]] quietly [[/underlined]]! - The oars were perched[[guess]] while the 'Indian paddles' were brought into requisition. The waters were still & Mirror like. On - on the [[?]] boats went listlessly. Every ten minutes 'There she blows' There She blows!' was whispered among our remaining men. This was a huge Bow-head lazily playing around the Bay as if to spend the day in rest & retirement. But the day was too cl[[?]] for Whaling. At length the monster saw his pursuers & departed. It is said windy weather (wind from the NW) is far more favorable for Whaling than calm. 
At 2 o'clk P.M. Myan & his company returned finding that there was no tuk-tu (deer) to be had. They had changed their usual track of migration.
There is no Sunday among whalers [[strikethrough]] exc [[/strikethrough]] when there are Whal^[[es]] [[strikethrough]] ns [[/strikethrough]] about the business being prosecuted ever more ambitiously on that than any other as seems to me. 
The Esquimaux know no Sunday - every day is the same to them. So it may be for aught they learn of the white men they meet. The only Kab-loonas or whites they they see are Whalers & as above they keep no day sacred 
It strikes me that there should be a reform in this. Scoresby one of the best hunters on the Arctic Regions who was a very successful Whaler never would whale or allow his Ship's Company to do it [[insertion]] on the sabbath [[/insertion]]. More than this, he always held Divine services on board his vessel on Sunday, Capt. B. asked Myan on his appearaning[[guess]] in the Cabin this P.M. Why he went off yesterday as he did when he knew the arrangement was that I should accompany him!
Please note that the language and terminology used in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact