Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | May 17, 2012

May 17, 1858

Mary Brewster did not make any a journal entry for this date in 1847.

Mary Lawrence [Mon.] May 17 [1858]: “The good old Addison has taken a bowhead, the first that we have heard of being taken. The boats were down from several ships near us, and so we thought our boats might as well be down also, even if we could see nothing….They started for him[whale], but our boat, having the best chance, struck. He ran under the ice soon after they fastened [the harpoon stayed within the whale’s flesh/blubber], but our brave crew were not going to give him up so, so two boats went around the other side of the ice to lance him and send back, which they finally did after having quite an exciting time….Most of them have been chasing all day without success. Spoke then Milo this morning. We have had very delightful weather for three days past. We hope it may continue. This P.M. all hands have been busily engaged in cutting him in.”

Eliza Williams did not make a journal entry for this date in 1860.


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