Martha's Vineyard Museum Laura Jernegan
"Tuesday. 21th 1871.
It is quite pleas-ant today. the men are cuting in the whales. they smell dredfully. we got a whale that made 75 barrels. the whales head made 20 barrels of oil. the whales head is as big as four whole rooms. and his boddy as long as one ship. the men have got 5 whales cut in. they have throne some of the whale over board. it is fun to see them cut the whales in. Mama has just come doon stairs. and Prescott I just went up on deck and the men were just geting the last pease. when they get done they all hury, hury and five and forty More. Papa said he would put some whales down in my journal, but I don't think so. Prescott is up on deck. I am going up on deck. the men have just begun to boil out the blubber. good by for today."