Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 12, 2012

12th January [1847, 1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, TUESDAY [Jan.] 12 [1847]: “The weather quite cool and cloudy. The boats are off but have not taken anything. Capt. B- on board. We had a long chat about home. Employed knitting edging & reading.”

Mary Lawrence, [Tues.] JANUARY 12 [1858]: “Fine weather during the day with the exception of one or two squalls. After dinner spoke the ship Splendid, of Edgartown. Captain Smith came on board and passed the afternoon with us. As he was bound for Talcahuano [Chile] very soon, I sent some letters in by him that he might mail them home. I sent two sheets to Falmouth, one to S.P. Bourne and one to Sarah, one to New Bedford to George, one to Father and Mother, one to Charles and Lizzie [Mary’s brother-in-law and sister], and one to Cynthia to Sandwich, and one to be left at Talcahuano to Thomas and Mercy. Hope they may reach their destination before letters that we shall send from the [Sandwich] Islands. Captain Smith has not taken a drop of oil for eleven months; has 250 [barrels] sperm and 1,400 whale. In the afternoon there was another ship in sight.”

Eliza Williams, [Thurs.] January 12th [1860]: “It has been a fine day and very good breeze. We saw a school of Sperm Whales this afternoon. The Man aloft raised them about 3 O’clock. Soon lowered all the boats for them. We watched them from the Ship with a good deal of anxiety. Two boats soon got fast — my Husband’s, which unluckily soon got loose again for some reason, the irons [harpoons] both drawn, and Mr. Morgan’s. They succeeded in saving theirs. No other boats got fast. We were very sorry not to get any more out of the school. It is a small one that Mr. Morgan has — a calf — but we think it will make about 10 bbls [barrels]. They soon got it alongside the Ship. It looked quite natural though it is sometime since we have seen a Sperm Whale.   The Baby is a  year old today and has 5 teeth.”

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