Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 21, 2012

January 21 [1847, 1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, THURSDAY JANUARY 21st [1847]: “The employment above has been cutting in the whale, mending the boat which was stoven yesterday, with the addition of another today.  The maxim here is few whale and plenty of cracked cedar, scarcely a day passes without some of the ships have boats brought to mend. We had just done dinner when Steward said there was a strange boat coming up the bay. It came alongside and proved to be from a New Bedford ship which was anchored down in the entrance. This was the same Barque which we saw one day off the false passage. That night just as she got to the entrance of the bay she met a boat’s crew from a french ship which had got ashore in the same place where we came near to getting into  the breakers. He had been up there and got what he could from the wreck with 200 bbls oil and had all the crew on board. The french captain was with him. They took dinner but I did not make my appearance. To tell the truth I was ashamed to be seen in the cabin, it was in such a condition. We had taken oil so fast and had been very shorthanded so Steward had so much to attend to he could not keep it as nice as formerly. The french Capt. said he heard Capt. Beck died one week before the ship got in and was buried in the deep. Mrs. Beck had gone home in the ship Charles of Boston.   After dinner they went on board of the Cabinet and Capt. B- will pilot them up in the morning to where the ships are at anchor.”

Mary Lawrence, [Thur.] JANUARY 21 [1858]: “A gale came on the night of the seventeenth [error; the 18th] which has continued without abatement ever since, and last night Samuel resolved to go before the wind and leave this region as quick as possible. It is useless to stop here; for if we should see whales, which we do not, it would be of no use with the wind blowing a gale. Have had no one looking out at the mastheads for a week. Saw a ship bound in the same direction with ourselves.”

Eliza Williams, [Sat.] JANUARY 21st [1860]: ” It has been a very fine day. The land in sight is the land just before we get to New Zealand, called the Three Kings. It is pretty high land. There are three [Islands] that look quite round in the cluster; one part runs off long.”


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