Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 13, 2012

January 13 [1847, 1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, WEDNESDAY [Jan.] 13th [1847]: “Pleasant warm weather and calm all day. A number of boats fast to whale I have seen going past. Saw one killed by Cap. J- near to the ship. Have been knitting and commenced reading Mr. Wilke’s * exploratory expedition.”

* NOTE regarding FOOTNOTE #30 by Joan Druett; from She was a Sister Sailor (page 180): Charles Wilkes, Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition During the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, 5 vols., (Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1845).

Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] JANUARY 13 [1858]: “Pleasant weather with quite a strong breeze. The ship Splendid in sight astern to us. After tea our goose flew overboard, and we were obliged to send two boats out after her. They finally succeeded in catching her after injuring her with the boat hook. Consequently we were under the necessity of killing her. About dark the wind increased.”

Eliza Williams, [Fri.] January 13th [1860]: “It rained quite hard all night and most all day. It is almost calm. The Men have been cutting in the Whale. It is pretty fat. There are a plenty of Sharks about. They have gnawed great pieces out of the Whale. The Men killed several of them and Mr. Morgan showed me one of the Jaws. The teeth are very sharp. I should not like to get near one of them.”


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