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Hartwig, Theodore E. F. / Letters, 1846 and 1851 [Transcriptions]
Call Number, SC 167 ([unpublished])

Cedarburg (Wis) September 25, 1846,   pp. [1]-23 PDF (8.9 MB)

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pared like beefsteak, tastes very good.
 By means of the first one we caught, we took an enormous 
shark.  The porpoise had been skinned and drawn, and had been 
hung in the water alongside the ship to keep the meat from
spoiling.  Near noon it became calm and presently it was 
rumored that there was a shark nearby.  Everyone rushed to the
 rail, the harpoons were fetched and large hooks baited with
pork were thrown ever the side.  The shark swam majestically
back and forth longside the ship then aproached more closely, 
sniffed at the porpoise and then went off a short dstance.
Swimming with him above his back or under his belly was a
little blue and white striped fish, about a foot long which 
the ship's people call the shark's pilot.   After a time, he
 returned and grabbed the porpoise.   A passenger pulled it up
 so that the shark's head appeared above the water and the
 two tussled like two dogs over a bone yet the shark did not 
stop until he had torn off a good sized fragment.   Then he
went away and we thought that he would not come back.   A
quarter hour later, I sat with Harpke in the stern of the 
boat, when he suddenly returned.  We called the captain and 
he began to lure him with the baited hook.    The shark swam
 around it several times, sniffed at the pork and finally 
grabbed the piece with the hook in it.    Re scarcely had it in 
his mouth when the captain quickly jerked the line so that the hook protruded
through the upper jaw.  Now he was hoisted somewhat and two slings were fastened
about his tail and so he was pulled up on the forward deck.  Here he thrashed
until he had completely entangled himself in the ropw.  Then a sailor

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