Thomas Crawford's Diary, 1825

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“Covered with white Albatrosses”

Entry for 03/09/1825

Saturday 3d. Lat: 41.52 Longitude 49.25 The wind during the forenoon was light, and towards the afternoon, it became calm. Before dinner a dead whale was observed ahead of the ship quite close to us, covered with white Albatrosses & Cape Pigeons; it came close by the side of the ship floating on its back, & it appeared to have been dead for some time, for there were two holes in the belly apparently made by the birds, & the smell was very strong.