Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | February 4, 2012

February 4 [1847, 1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4th [1847]: “First part light fog. At 9 cleared away with beautiful weather. Two Spaniards on board with Oranges and sweet lemons which my husband purchased and this forenoon I have been employed in putting some up in hopes they would keep. At one o’clock boats returned with a whale. The afternoon I spent knitting.   Towards night a was towed to the Catherine very badly stoven which gave us the impression that someone must be hurt. After tea husband went on board and found such indeed was the case. The mate came very near drowning. Had it not been for assistance of a Portuguese, who held him up till a boat could reach him, he would have sunk. One man was so injured it is supposed he can live through the night. Another poor man was never seen after the whale struck the boat. He must have been killed by the whale. Thus ends the life of many a young man with the Ocean for his grave.”

Mary Lawrence, [Thurs.] FEBRUARY 4 [1858]: “Have been trimming ship today so that we may sail faster; had not enough [ballast] of her, so they have been filling casks with salt water. About sunset was near enough to the James Maury to speak her. After that we passed her.”

Eliza Williams, [Sat.] February 4th [1860]: “The gale is as bad as it was yesterday. The Harvest is in sight but some ways astern. There is another Ship in sight. We think that she is bound into the Bay of Islands [northeast coast of New Zealand].”


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