Dr. Vincent Bowditch's text description

Photo courtesy of Polly Bunker


Photo courtesy of Polly Bunker

Aug. 15, 1919.  ...While reading night before last, a sudden deep sound came as if a large body had fallen either in the attic or woodshed & had shaken the house.  Feeling rather "eerie", we stalked in various directions & with prickling hair, to look, Scotty & I down stairs, Nina & Livy upstairs.  Nothing found.  Scotty then said I believe that was dynamite & they were blowing up the dead whale on the south shore.  Later two less resonant reports were heard & subsequent inquiries told us that S. was correct. ...

It seems that a Big Islander, hooked on his trawl a big dead whale lying on the bottom and ready to float from decomposition.  The pull was enough to bring him up near the fisherman's boat much to his amazement & he decided to bring him to the shore for possible oil.  At low tide the fellow stuck in the rocks & nothing could be done to make it worthwhile.  So as Mr. Whale was beginning to be recognized in certain ways of the wind, blowing up was resorted to.  Pleasant for the Storeys!  A few days later, to the consternation of the same fisherman, a huge whale about 60 feet long came to the surface close by his boat & spouted, much to the horror of the man who got out of his way as soon as possible. ...

From The Islesford Journals of Dr. Vincent Y. Bowditch, vol. III: 1917-1922, pg. 20, pub. April 1994 by the Islesford Historical Society.  Dr. Bowditch had a summer place on Little Cranberry Island.