On the 11th of May, the sounding lead was cast, and bottom was found at 80b fathoms; a sign that they were upon the Codfish Banks.
He in turn sold me to a ship-maker, who worked me over into a sounding lead for a steamer he had built.
Taking the sounding lead with us, we were soon able to find good fishing grounds.
The sounding lead is a long slug, something like a 99 window-weight, at the bottom of which is a saucer-shaped hollow.
They call it bank, because, in coming from the deep sea, it is the first place where bottom is found with the sounding lead.
The only activity was the sounding lead which was thrown overboard occasionally.