Notes on the Voyage
Of Owl and Girl

J. R. Carpenter

[notes]

don't fret sea wet mist and haze come inland come hell or high water come home sick come house wreck come sea wrack and ruin strewn ashore wind lift spin drift gale blown spray sown storm seeds spoon drift moon lifts far flung low slung sea lung a frozen tide a breath suspended sea lung wort a plant of the borage family with leaves with an oyster-like flavour neither land nor sea nor vapour impassable impossible impenetrable
legends warn of rip tides shallows shoals reefs ridges spits bars stones avoid a void inked-in where sea monsters swim beware be where be here here be dragons pure white octopi occupy obscure dark worlds cracks beneath the surface hydrothermal vents mid-ocean smoke a sudden sulphurous odour a column of bubbles tunnels up from the deep
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7 May: departed from Dartmouth 15 June: mightily pestered with ice and snow no hope of landing 29 June: a company of isles full of fair sounds the sea void of ice the land untroubled with snow within the sounds we sent our boats within the snowy mountains earth and grass such as our moor and waste grounds of England 17 July: we fell upon a most strange quantity of ice we supposed it to be land we coasted this mass our shrouds, ropes, and sails frozen compassed with ice 2 August: much troubled with a fly which is called mosquito 15 August: here we had great hope of a through passage this land is nothing in sight but isles 19 August: it began to snow all night with foul weather 20 August: we bare in with the land 28 August: in this place we continued 1 September: six miles by guess into the country this place yieldith great store of birds at the harbour mouth great store of cod 6 September: purposed to depart presently let slip our cables 11 September: a fair westnorthwest wind we departed with trust shaping our course
silence listen into the ether an ocean of static an ocean of noise beeps blips tongue slips loose lips sink ships full stop post date press here press on on board unmoored unhomed uncomfortable untranslatable questions chart answers sound fathoms compass bearings 50.289339,-3.554077 49.809632,-5.245972 49.820265,-6.47644 51.124213,-10.239258 54.393352,-11.337891 57.938183,-8.349609 59.489726,-3.032227 60.866312,-0.131836
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