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

July 12 [1858 and 1860]

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

Mary Lawrence, [Mon.] JULY 12 [1858]: “Most of the fleet we saw yesterday have gone south, but the Benjamin Tucker and Addison have decided to stop around here for a few days and go around in the bays, Captain Barber came on board this morning, but it came so rugged that he soon left us. During the forenoon we had a strong breeze and a heavy sea. Spoke the Emerald, Captain Hallock, from the Arctic going south; nothing [this] season. In the afternoon worked up in St. Lawrence Bay [not the one above northeastern U.S.] and found the weather very delightful. About 5 P.M. anchored in twenty-three fathoms of water in company with the Benjamin Tucker and the Goethe, Captain Austin. He is just from Kodiak with three whales; reports whales quite plenty there but difficult to take. We are to send boats farther up the bay, prospecting, and oh, that they might find one bowhead to cheer our hearts!”

Eliza Williams, [Wed.] July 12th [1860]: “It has been a splendid day. The boats have gone off [after whales]. Capt. Manchester and his Wife and Captain Cook have been aboard. Capt. Manchester and his Wife spent the day. My Husband’s and Capt. Manchester’s boats have been getting a raft of water for us. We were all going on shore a little while and waited till they got the water, to have the boat, and then a black cloud came on and with it a sprinkling, so we had to postpone it. We have spent the day pleasantly. Willie is a year and a half old today [He was born on board]. The boats have returned with poor success. They have not seen a Whale today.”

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