Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | May 12, 2012

12th May [1847,1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, WEDNESDAY [May] 12th [1847]: “Frequent showers through the day. The Phillip Tabb arrived today from the N West having been gone 6 weeks. They encountered a gale which caused the ship to leak badly and was obliged to return. Capt. Joles came ashore took tea and then started for Oahu. Two ships got in, one from New London [CT] with lady passengers from New Holland, report says.”

Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] MAY 12 [1858]: “Kept headed in through the night; in the morning found ourselves among the ice among ships. The Addison with her consort decided to run along a little further and see what was to be seen, as there were three ships farther in the ice and one had her boats down. Down afterward the Champion repented and turned back, and we kept on alone. After dinner we saw a mussel digger, which we suppose to be the same one that the boats were in pursuit of.

Eliza Williams, [Sat.] May 12th [1860]: “It has been a beautiful day, quite warm, perfectly calm. We are quite near the land. It looks fine to see land. I can plainly see, through the glass, fields of grain and the Fishermen’s houses. It is a fine sight to me and full of interest. The land is beautifully varied by mountain, hill and vale — the fine white sand  beach, the water as smooth as glass and covered with fishermen’s boats. Our Ship has been surrounded by them all day. Some of them came aboard. They view every part of the Ship with eager curiosity and are very noisy with their talk, but we can’t understand a word they say. My Husband tried to find out by them if they knew where the Whales were. They motioned that there were plenty in shore. These people look a good deal like the Japanese and must, I think, be one race of People….”

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