Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | May 29, 2012

May 29 [1847, 1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, SATURDAY [May] 29th [1847]: “Another week gone and how passed and employed I can hardly tell. In looking over my journal I see that some part has not been accounted for and I am not particular in writing now it is past my object [in] noting down any of it is, if spared to return I can look back upon this voyage and see how a portion of it was spent and shall have a more definite idea of the whole than I could have without noting it down. This day has been employed like many others, sewing, playing with the dear children, and walk just at night.”

Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] MAY 29 [1858]: “Captain Sanborn of the Omega came on board and passed most of the day. In the afternoon lowered the boats and sent them in the ice to look for a bowhead. Saw plenty of walrus on the ice and in the water. The waist boat killed one, but he was so large they thought it would take too much time to tow him to the ship, so they cut off his head and left his body on the ice. They judged the weight to be about eight hundred pounds. The head is very frightful-looking thing but has a splendid pair of tusks. Towards night Captain Slocum came on board for a short time. Captain Sanborn says that a schooner is to leave the Islands in June with potatoes and letters for the Arctic fleet. I hope it may be even so and that ours may be of the number.”

Eliza Williams, [Wed.] May 29th [1860]: “The wind has increased, till it is now almost a gale. The Charles W. Morgan has taken a Whale today. We think he must have picked up a dead one, for it has been very bad to lower for any other, and then he did not change his course or take in sail.”


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