Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | February 5, 2012

5th February [1847, 1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, FRIDAY [Feb.] 5th [1847]: “My husband has concluded to whale no more in this bay, which I am glad, and if there is a thankful heart it is mine, that thus far we have been preserved and no accident has happened to our crew whilst whaling. Whilst in the bay we have taken 500 bbls [barrels] which gives us two thousand in all. All on board but one bota’s crew which is cutting wood. The last few weeks it has been very still here. Boats off by 5 and seldom are back till afternoon, which has left us much alone.”

Mary Lawrence, [Fri.] FEBRUARY 5 [1858]: “A strong breeze which carries us speedily on our way. The James Maury beat us a little last night. We have seen nothing as yet to indicate whales, not even a blackfish, porpoise, or finback. Now we are proceeding on our way to the Marquesas Islands, where we shall touch for wood. At sunset the James Maury was as far astern as she could be seen from aloft.”

Eliza Williams, [Sun.] February 5th [1860]: “The wind is [still- day three] blowing a gale. The Harvest is not in sight. She is astern. We have had less sail out to have her keep up, and she could not.”


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