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

21st February [1847 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, SUNDAY FEBRUARY 21st [1847]: “At 7 this morning the ship was underway and at 6 PM we anchored in Fish Bay. Before we came to anchor a boat came alongside with three men. It proved to be one which started a week ago — for the little schooner which is some 60 miles from here, at the place where the french ship was wrecked — Two of the men came in a canoe from the schooner to get a boat from Capt. Smith so they could get casks and loose things from the wreck. They procured a boat and another man by the name of Jones and started to go inland by means of the bay which makes out in a lagoon and extends a long ways up and had got 40 miles. They slept ashore nights and anchored their boats. On getting up in the morning they found a whale had stove and upset their boat. All their provisions were gone, and water, so they had nothing. It was much nearer to come to the place where the ships were anchored than [to] attempt reaching the schooner. They had been 3 days without food or water when they reached our ship. We had tea immediately made for them, and gave them light food — which made a great difference in their looks and feelings. One of them was the mate of the schooner.”

Mary Lawrence did not make a journal entry for this date in 1858.

Eliza Williams, [Tues.] February 21st [1860]: “It has been a beautiful day and a strong breeze. We will not see Pleasant Island this morning. It was 30 miles to windward.”


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