Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | June 25, 2011

June 25 [1846, 1848, 1857 and 1859]

Mary Brewster, THURSDAY JUNE 25 [1846]: “Arose at 6 this morning. The weather damp and cloudy, went on deck, boats all off and chasing whale; a large number in sight. Husband up masthead. I overheard him say to the cabin boy William fetch me some shoes. I looked and saw he had come down from aloft and was preparing to go in the remaining boat. He caught my eye and understood the expression which was ‘don’t go in the boat’, but the words, I must just try my luck and lower away the boat left me no hope.  They chased about four hours but could not get fast and returned as they went. What luck, a plenty all round the ship, have counted a number which have passed my window blowing and bellowing loudly but they are very wild. Oh patience come to the relief of us impatient mortals. I am cheered tonight by the long sighs of my dear Companion who feels nearly discouraged, in vain I have attempted to calm his troubled mind but he refuses to be comforted. Nothing but whales will cheer his disconsolate feelings. I have today commenced the office of ship’s nurse. The lame sick and bruised all come to me.  Doctoring done free of all expense.   LONG.  143.17.”

Martha Brown, Sunday Eve, June 25 [1858]: “This is the second Sabbath I have spent at home from church [She is staying at Honolulu; her husband left her there in April to await the birth of her child while he returned to sea to continue whaling]. Two weeks ago to-day I went, and when I came home I felt very unwell, and was almost afraid I should make a mis-carriage, for it was about the seventh month. I spent a very unhappy night the first part of it, at least. I felt better about midnight and went to sleep, but I have been very careful since and am obliged to be on account of my complaint, which I fear is assuming a more serious form. If I keep just still, I do not feel it much — but a little excercise on my feet, and especially walking, brings it on directly. It seems rather peculiar to this climate, as many foreign ladies here are troubled in the same, and some are obliged to wear a supporter. They cannot live, or rather walk, a step without one.”

Mary Lawrence, [Thursday] June 25 [1857]: “Have seen no whales today. We are very near the land. Two ships and two barks in sight. Captain Parsons of the Charles Carroll came down in the afternoon and took tea with us; has taken a large whale, since we saw him, that made 240 barrels.”

Eliza Williams, [Saturday] JUNE 25th [1859]: “A very fine day. The wind blowing northeast. Hove up the anchor 7 o’clock this morning to go farther up the Bay, but the tide was not fair. When the tide turned we went a little ways, but it has been almost calm all day, so we could not get far. Let go the anchor again at 5 o’clock this afternoon. We are now about up with some of the Ships. A very large cake of ice passed quite near us after dinner. A good deal of small ice floating. Saw a bowhead. My Husband lowered for him, but did not see him again. Sent two boats away [after whales] this morning.”


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