19th Feb 1932

St. Jago to Fernando Noronha
This morning a vessel was in sight, but would not show her colours. An hour before sunset Fernando was clearly visible; it appears an extraordinary place, there is one lofty mountain that at a distance looks as if it was overhanging. We are at present lying off and on, and as soon as the moon gets up we shall anchor in the harbor. Just before it was dark Sullivan harpooned a large porpoise. The instrument was hurled with such force that it passed through the entire body. In a few minutes a fine animal about five feet long, was lying on the deck and in a still less time a dozen knives were skinning him for supper. The view of the group of Islands was very grand by the clear moonlight, and I felt rather disappointed when I found at day-break...

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