Although not on the programme, Captain Waddell
concluded to push on to the Arctic Ocean
On the 22d of June we had reached latitude 62° north, and then we fell in with the ships William Thompson
, both whalers.
We burnt them, and on the 23d we captured two more ships.
This day was made additionally eventful by crossing the 180th meridian of longitude, making that week eight instead of seven days. We had two Fridays and two 23d days of June.
We made this addition to avoid being twenty-four hours ahead of time when we got home, as it happened to Phineas Fogg
in his trip ‘Around the World in Eighty Days.’