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Monday, February 13, 2006

Dec 5. 1776
This day dawned with the wind shifting to the N.E. overcast and squally. By midafternoon we were in a fair tempest with water breaking on the deck. We have all taken our turn at the pumps. We got down the topgallant masts and have taken in all but the fore top sail. Several men suffer injuries and are now with the surgeon. One of these men was a helmsman in my watch. Our Master knowing my sea going experience has asked me to take over this station. The storm shows no sign of breaking and we shall have a long night.

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