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

29th July [1858 and 1860]

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

Mary Lawrence, [Thurs.]  JULY 29 [1858]: “Beating up the [Bering] Strait in company with six other ships. Land in sight on both sides and the center of the Strait. America on one side, Asia [Russia] on the other, and the Diomede Islands between. P.M. Spoke the Marengo, and we ladies had another flourish pf pocket handkerchiefs. Saw the Speedwell inshore cutting in a whale. Lucky man, may we go and do likewise. We had our boats to try even to get a mussel digger, but ’twas of no use. Shall we get anything more this season?” 

NOTE to Mary Lawrence’s journal entry (satellite image above): According to Mary’s journal and an accompanying map, her husband’s ship the Addison was about half-way between Russia/Siberia and to the southwest of Big Diomede (the island on the left of the photo above).  Once the Addison had passed by the Diomede islands at the center of the Bering Strait, Mary may have seen something like the photo below. Since this photo was taking looking to the south, Little Diomede is to the left and Big Diomede is to the right.

Eliza Williams, [Sun.] July 29 [1860]: “It has been a very fine day. It was almost calm yesterday, after we took the anchor, and we could not fetch by the point of land ahead, for the wind was almost ahead, so we let go the anchor about 8 O’clock. It was then head tide. At 12 O’clock ay night the tide changed, and we took the anchor but did not go any more than the tide took us, for there was no wind. About 7 O’clock this morning, my Husband went off to the Whale to see what he could do — then about ten miles off, the Ship along slowly. About 5 O’clock this afternoon, we came within a mile or so of the Whale and let go the anchor. The two boats came off loaded with bone. It is splendid bone. My Husband has seen Whales and chased them, with poor success though, and had now returned to the Ship.”


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