Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | June 27, 2011

June 27 [1846, 1857 and 1859]

Mary Brewster, SATURDAY JUNE 27th [1846]: “Good weather all day. The whale cut in and [at] five tryworks in operation. Boats chasing most of the day. This afternoon heard the sound ‘waist boat fast’, anticipation had the whale dead and alongside when to my regret it got away, the line had parted. In the meantime one of the men cut his foot and I was left to do it up. This day I sewed some, knit a little, parched a large quantity of corn, made some gingerbread, written a letter, and read this evening. So ends this week.”

Martha Brown did not make a journal entry for this date in 1848.

Mary Lawrence, [Saturday] JUNE 27 [1857]: “Stowed down our oil today, about 158 barrels. Saw whales in the afternoon. About half-past seven lowered for them and took one; got him to the ship about ten o’clock. Where we now are, the sun sets about nine o’clock [PM] and rises about three [AM]. It is daylight nearly all night.   113 barrels.”

Eliza Williams, [Monday] June 27th [1859]: “It has been a pleasant day, quite calm the fore part of the day. A breeze sprung up about one o’clock. Saw a plenty of boats about. We thought that some of them might be ours, and so they proved. Three of ours and two of the Thomas Dickerson’s came aboard about 4 o’clock. Their Ship is at Shantarr Bay, they think. They will stop with us. We are now going there when the tide is right, for we have heard unpleasant news from there. Two Men, one form each of our boats up there, have run away, the one from Mr. Morgan’s boat taking the Boomlance Gun with him. They also took a bag of bread with them. They have got no whale yet. The Wavelet’s boats got one up there; our second Mate got a White Fish at the head of the Bay, but left it there. It appears from what our Men learned, that some of the Florence’s  Men have had some difficulty with some of the Russians, one of them having fired a ball at one of the Russians. It seems he had been drinking and had some words with the Russian. The Man may die. The ball was in him yesterday. I am afraid that it will cause the Florence some trouble.”  Below is a map of Siberia Russia and the Shantarr Islands; the islands are shown in red in the southwestern portion of the Sea of Okhotsk.


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