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Impenetrable Bay Ice: May 21st, 1811

May 21, 2011

On Tuesday the Resolution, and a large number of the fleet were still trapped.

… set main stay sail Troy sail and Fore sail under which sail with two close reefed Top Sails and F,T,M Stay Sail began to ply to windward most of the Ships in sight under easy sail[.]

Later in the day the fleet followed the Resolution through an opening, but the ice was still close-packed, and Scoresby hints at the lean season, saying that of the 21 ships nearby, onle three had taken whales. even in this tight situation, “A Whale was struck by Vigilant but lost presently afterwards[.] About Mid night the wind had fallen to nearly calm, water freezing[.]”

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