Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Whales]
Vails haf a burying ground de same as elephants, but no vun has found vun. Ven I vas a boy I shipped on a vailer from Norvay an ve vailed in South Seas. Shipmates who had followed de sea on vailers told me sperm vails vould alvays come back to de vaters off [Tasmania?] to die, no matter how far dey vere avay from dere.
Ve caught many sperm vails dere— big vuns. Dere vas vhere most of de ambergris vas found, too. Amergris comes from sick vails, so maybe de sailors yust fig'red dis vas where the vhales vould come to die.
—Chris Olson, Marysville, Wash. Gunner on SS Tanginak, a whaler operating out of Bellevue, Wash., in Alaskan waters.