Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | August 22, 2013

22nd August 1859

Mary Brewster did not make any journal entries from August 17-September 4, 1848.

Mary Lawrence, [Mon.] AUGUST 22 [1859]: “Samuel went aloft this morning about four o’clock; raised whales at half-past five. Sent two boats out and after breakfast sent the remaining two. There were plenty of whales all around us, and had been a breeze, think we should have stood a good chance to strike, but it was dead calm. The wind died away in the night, and about 10 A.M. it came in thick; could hear the whales spout occasionally but saw nothing. We were obliged to call our boats on board with foghorns. After dinner a nice breeze sprang up, and the fog disappeared, also the whales. Chased one this afternoon, but he went very fast to the windward. Spoke the Rambler, Captain Willis. He was boiling a whale which he took night before last. Has taken two this season, one on Kodiak and this one. We did not gam, as both were busy. Saw a bark’s boats strike a whale about 6 P.M. to the windward of us near the ice. Stowed down the remainder of our oil today; 168 barrels in all, a very good whale. About 10 P.M. spoke the Magnolia. Captain Pierce came on board for a short time, as he wished very much to see Samuel. They were formerly shipmates in the Magnolia with Captain Simmons. Captain Soule of the William C. Nye was mate, Captain Lawrence of the Addison, second mate, and Captain Pierce of the Magnolia, third mate. He is Portuguese with, I should [say] considerable black blood in his veins, but a very likely man for all that.”

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries from August 22-26, 1861.

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