Deals with the 1871 disaster to the New Bedford whaling fleet off Alaska, but not in a compelling way. Rather disorganized with paragraphs coming in what seems like random order.
p. 36, from the log of Eliza Williams: peaceful aboard ship on Sundays unless whales were spotted. The men read their Bibles or worked on some piece of carving or scrimshaw: “It is the Sabbath, and all is orderly and quiet on board much more than I expected among sotra many Men between 30 and 40… nothing done on Sunday but what is necessary.”
p. 58—talks of heretical and seditious books in Massachusetts, but hard to tell why he chooses to fill in the Quaker picture in that way.