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Captain William Owen's Visit-1770

Oct 22 1770 Upon taking a survey of the quantity of spirits, provisions and warm clothing remaining in Store , I found i was not sufficiently provided for a long, tedious,and perhaps severe winter,not even for the necessary supply of my numerous family; independent of the people of Indian Island, the young settlers on the  Schoodic,a great part of the improvident tribe of Indians, many of whom I was certain, if not occasionally relieved by me must be inevitably starved. I therefore determined tho the season was too far advanced for so small a vessel, to proceed in the Campobello as soon as possible to Boston or some other port of New England , where I could be supplied. I immediately ordered the vessel to be stored and victualed , fixt on her little crew,and changed a man with Wilson, my tenant for his servant Aaron Bunker, a very clever fellow, who was to be my pilot, and like most other New-England-men was Carpenter, Farmer,fisherman and seaman; and without a moment's loss of time made every necessary preparation for my voyage.

Oct 29 1770 ....at half past two crossed the bar which extends from the Southend of Mount Desert to the West end of Tom's Island, two fathom on it at low water and anchored with the best bower in 3 fathoms of water in Bass-Harbour in the south part of Mount Desert, where we laid land locked  except from S by W to S b E, and those two points sheltered at a distance by Tom's and little deer Island: The Betsy kept on for Naskeag, and the Dolphin schooner followed us in.
    Coming into this harbour keep the East head on board,and when well up, give the point of rocks on the larboard hand a good birth, then luff up within it and anchor. To the S Ew of the west point of the entrance of the harbor lies a detached ledge a good third of the channel over, covered at a quarter flood, which should be carefully avoided, especially in turning in or out: for want of giving the aforementioned  a good berth we touched in coming in.
    On the west side of the harbour are two poor, honest industrious families settled, they have cleared little land and as ytet have raised nothing but potatoes. Except  the daughter of old Job Denning, who with proper help raised a fine girl, that in a few years will be able to card, spin  & do as her mamma did before her. We had strong gales at NNW & a hard frost in the night.

Owen proceeded as far south as Falmouth where he was re supplied by Brigadier General Jedediah Preble. "We took on board as much rum, molasses, flour and Indian corn as we could possibly stow in the hold and battened down the hatches: stowed in my cabin and lockers  aquantity of fearnaught, milld caps, mitts, hose, shoes sand blanketting : and on the deck took two carcasses of beef and lashed some casks of cyder and other articles."

Nov 20 1770