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In Whitby Harbour: August 10th, 1811

August 10, 2011

On Saturday, August 10th, the Resolution had been in the harbour for almost three days and in that time it had been repeatedly struck against the bottom by a rolling sea:

About noon a heavy NE gale of wind commenced which soon caused a very high sea to roll into the Harbour every Person now much regretted that we had not gone above Bridge. Every tide for 2 or 3 Days the Ship struck an hour or two with such violence as to shake the masts exceedingly. No evident damage was sustained.

In Scoresby’s manifest of the cargo he records a successful season. The Resolution had taken 570 butts of blubber at half a ton each, and they were quickly rendered into oil. By September, duty had been paid on 214 tons, and 72 gallons of oil had, so far, been produced from the cargo. Scoresby says:

The prosperous issue exceeded my highest hopes. We obtained a cargo, consisting of thirty whales, which produced about 220 tuns of oil, the largest quantity that had ever been taken into the port in one vessel. The voyage was without much adventure. (Life of William Scoresby, p. 78).

In the days that followed the Resolution would be de-rigged and laid up for the winter, because for reasons of regulation, and the payment of the government bounty for whale oil, whale ships were not allowed to sail out of season. Sails were sent to the sail loft, to be stored in dry condition.

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