Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | July 24, 2012

July 24 [1847, 1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, SATURDAY [July] 24th [1847]: “Completed my dress which has occupied my time and attention this week. Mrs. Forbes called to see us this afternoon. Bush has opened his store and things look quite lively at present, all expecting to make their fortunes out of the poor whalemen. Received a note from Miss Ogden who is well and has arrived home and writes me her things were found in perfect order and she now enjoys herself in her own clothing.”

Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] JULY 24 [1858]: “Pleasant weather with a light breeze. Several ships in sight; Champion close by. P.M. Saw the Marengo [and] a clipper at a distance which we could not make out [its name]. About 8 P.M. a boat lowered from the clipper and came toward us. When it came near, we found it to be Captain Gibbs and wife of the Speedwell. I was extremely happy to see them. They stopped until half-past eleven, and I enjoyed their visit very much. Captain Gibbs has decided to stick to the Arctic this season, oil or no oil.”

Eliza Williams, [Tues.] July 24th [1860]: “It has been cloudy most all day and some foggy around the land this morning. We made the land last night just before dark and thought it to be Aian, by the make of it, but it was a poor horizon all day and we could not get a good Longitude [reading]. We did not think we were as far along till this morning we made this land and raised several Ships at anchor about here. We spoke the John P. West, Capt. Tinker, and he told us that we were in Mercury Bay. The strong tide had set us some off our course, and the Ship has been going fasted than we thought for. We have now come to anchor. This Bay ios next to, and close to Shant[ar] Bay. This afternoon have been on board the John P. West and spent the afternoon very pleasantly with Mrs. Tinker. She came out across land to meet her Husband last fall. She brought their little Boy. He is about 2 years old and a fat little fellow. They have not been fortunate in taking Oil this season. The ice has been out of this Bay 3 or 4 days.”

NOTE: The Shantar Islands lie in Uda Bay, southwest zone of Sea of Okhotsk; close to the Siberian Mainland.


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