Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | July 27, 2012

27th July [1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster did not make any journal entries from July 27-31, 1847.

Mary Lawrence, [Tues.] JULY 27 [1858]: “As we drew near land the gale moderated. Quite calm inshore. Spoke the Nil, a French ship. Samuel went on board for a short time. Captain Morel, late of the Napoleon 3rd, returned with him and stopped a short time. I wanted to do something for him, but he said that he saved his clothes. Samuel gave him some tobacco. We heard by him that the Jason had a boat stoven [destroyed or broken into pieces] by a mussel digger, one man killed and four hurt. The America heard from with four whales. Heigh-ho, when will the Addison have four? P.M. The Marengo close by us. Mrs. Skinner and I waved handkerchiefs. I sent Mrs. Skinner some cookies, and she sent me some figs.”

Eliza Williams, [Fri.] July 27th [1860]:“It has been quite foggy all the morning, but is now very fine. The boats are all off. Two of them came back last evening with poor success. They saw 3 or 4 small Whales. The Mate * of the Charles W. Morgan [of New Bedford, MA now the premier exhibit at Mystic Seaport Museum in CT] came aboard with them. He is looking for his Ship. He has struck a large Whale and thinks it will make 150 bbls of Oil.”  

The only surviving wooden whaleship Charles W. Morgan

NOTE: At the time of Eliza William’s 1860 journal entry, the Charles W. Morgan had been whaling for nearly twenty years. This voyage, her sixth, started October 4, 1859 and ended May 12, 1863. When the Morgan returned home to New Bedford, MA, her cargo’s gross value was $165, 405.74 and would be her most profitable voyage over her ninety year history. The captain of the sixth voyage was James A. Hamilton; First Mate, George Smith; Second Mate, John Williams; Third Mate, Peter Sylvia.  So when Eliza makes mention of the Morgan’s “Mate” it could have been any one of these three men.  


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