Sighted Ascension (Pouinipete or Ponapi Island) of Carolina group, about six degrees north and longitude 160 degrees east, and on April 1, looking into Lod Harbor of that island, found four whalers there.
Took a pilot (an Englishman, named Thomas Harrocke, from Yorkshire, who had been a convict, and had lived on this island thirteen years) and anchored in the harbor.
Sent off four boats and boarded each vessel and made prizes of American whalers Edward Carey, of San Francisco; Hector, of New Bedford; Pearl, of New London, and Harvest, from New Bedford, nominally from Honolulu, but really an American under false colors, having an American register, having no bill of sale, and being under her original name.
All four of the captains had gone on a visit to a missionary post near by. As they returned in their boat we intercepted them and brought them on board.
It was no April fool for them, poor fellows.
We transferred everything needed from the prizes, and taking them to