Thursday, Jan. 31, 1788
1:00 pm Light Airs & Cloudy Weather.
5:00 pm Caught a Dolphin
7:00 pm Tacked. Fine Weather and faint Lightning all around.
8:00 pm A Number of Fish about. A large School of Porpoises in the NW about ½ a mile from us made every appearance of a dreadfull breaking shoal, it being immediatly in the track I had passed, and also if any real Shoal had been there I must have seen it at the close of the Evening when I have always a careful look out from the Mastheads; made me quite certain that no danger existed there, however if it had appeared ahead of me as it did astern; I certainly should have tacked for it. This may account for the many Shoals laid down of which we can find no traces of their existence.
Friday, Feb. 1, 1788
5:00 am A little Squally
6:00 am Cloudy Weather saw some Sheerwaters and many fish.
8:00 am Cleaned below and employed making Points.
9:00 am Much Rain
10:00 am Saw a Water Spout 4 miles to the Eastward.
11:00 am Set Steering Sails low & aloft.
12:00 pm Very Cloudy Weather light Breeze.
Remarks at Noon: Thermometer in Air 77°