Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | November 23, 2011

November 23, 1846

Mary Brewster, MONDAY [Nov.] 23rd [1846]: “This forenoon our oil was commenced upon [boiling the blubber into oil] and will take the week to cooper it [store it in 31.5 gallon barrels or casks]. So I am below for some time as the decks will be full [of whale carcass, parts, and oil] dirty. This afternoon I went fishing, husband having previously fixed a line for me. We caught nothing and landed. The mate of the Brooklin was there with two boats carrying fish to the ship. The mate of the Brooklin was there with two boats carrying fish to the ship. With a seine [net] they at one haul got 1500. He said they had more than they could take care of and a large number left on the beach. The birds had come in large flocks and not a fish could be found but what had lost one eye picked out whilst laying there. We have got to our ship and all thought we had done nobly. Mr. Brewster spent the evening with Capt. Smith and has just got back. Capt. Jeffrey has returned and reports War news favorable which I suppose can be credited. *  When at the Sandwich Islands it was thought very unsafe to be on the coast for fear of the Spaniards but Cap. J- says they have no means to fight our crafts. They are all poor and wish to have this part of the country governed by the Americans as they are in hopes their circumstances will then be bettered.

* NOTE: Here Mary is referring to the US’s annexation of the Republic of Texas in 1845, which caused diplomatic problems between the US and Mexico.  Congress declared war with Mexico on May 13, 1846.

Martha Brown’s journal entries ended on Nov. 11, 1848, when she was reunited with her husband who finally returned to Hawaii after being about six weeks overdue.

Mary Lawrence did not make a journal entry for this date in 1857.

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries between Nov. 17-25, 1859.


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