Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | February 9, 2012

9th February [1847 and 1858]

Mary Brewster, TUESDAY [Feb.] 9th [1847]: “Fresh breezes and pleasant. Capt. Mallory on board and took tea and passed the evening. A few are whaling yet and get one occasionally. The ship is scraped and the things are picked up, oil stowed down and tomorrow night I am in hopes to have a clean ship.”

Mary Lawrence, FEBRUARY 9 [1858]: “In the morning arrived in sight of the island; a ship in sight appearing to be bound in, which we took to be merchantman. As we approached the land, we saw a ship in the harbor, a sight that was pleasing to me, as I felt somewhat anxious in regard to going among those wild savages. As we drew near, a boat came off to us, filled with frightfully tattooed naked men. One who said he was chief could talk a little broken English. He is to stay on board while we are procuring wood to look out for the natives, as he says, ‘They sava plenty steal.’ One of our boats went ashore, and another went on board the merchant ship to see if we could obtain late papers and to carry letters in case she should be bound to California, which proved to be the case. She was the bark Glimpse, Captain Dayton, bound to California from Sydney with forty passengers. The ship in the harbor was the Japan, Captain Dinman; no oil since we last saw him. When the boat returned, she brought off some bananas, coconuts, and some fowl as a present to me from John’s (the chief) wife.”

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries between Feb. 7-11, 1860.


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