Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | July 15, 2012

July 14, 1858

Mary Brewster did not make any journal entries from July 12-16, 1847.

Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] JULY 14 [1858]: “Weather thick and foggy during the night. Heard nor saw nothing of the boats. After breakfast got out our big gun and fired so as to guide them to the ship. We suppose they stopped on board some ship, as there were several near the whale. About nine o’clock the boats returned, leaving the whale anchored and a waif in him so that no one might claim him. Soon after, a slight breeze sprang up, and we got under way. Captain Barber made us a short call. At 12 M. found the whale, got him alongside, and commenced cutting in. They do not make much oil, but every little helps in these hard times. There appears to be a great number of them around, but they are generally hard to take and more dangerous than other whales, often chasing and attacking boats. Afternoon. Fog cleared away and very pleasant. The Benjamin Tucker lowered for mussel diggers; fastened to a cow and calf. The latter sank. Samuel went on board at 8 P.M. and stopped until 10. The Benjamin Tucker got his whale alongside about that time. We are now in what they call Bowhead Bay, nearly off East Cape and in sight of the Diomede Islands, which are situated nearly in the center of the Strait. Shall not anchor unless it comes in thick.”

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries from July 13-17, 1860.

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