Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 6, 2012

6th January [1847 and 1858]

Mary Brewster, WEDNESDAY [Jan.] 6th [1847]: “Have not accomplished much as I have been looking out and keeping the run of our boats for Mr. B. who is so busy he don’t spare time to look through the spyglass. The weather very warm and pleasant. At 3 this afternoon our boats got fast to a whale and killed him and got him to the ship at 10 this evening.   It is now 11 o’clock all abed but me. For the last half hour I have been looking out the window. The evening is particularly pleasant as the moon is nearly full. 5 ships boiling [trying out the blubber into oil], which is business they all like, and it has seemed to me they were trying to see who would make the greatest light. At times the blaze [the fire under the tryworks] is so high the ships look as though they were all blazing. A plenty of smoke above and around us and when our window is up we are by no means exempt from the disagreeable smell of trysmoke.”

Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] JANUARY 6 [1858]: “Saw four whales in the morning before breakfast. Soon after breakfast the boats went in pursuit of them. They fastened to two, but the iron [harpoon] from the second mate’s boat came out, so that we were successful in taking but one, which we were very happy to have. They were employed until dark in cutting him in. Saw a ship at a distance. Commenced blowing hard before they finished cutting in the whale.”


Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries from Jan. 6-9, 186.


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