Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | August 5, 2012

August 5 [1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster did not make any journal entries from August 2-6, 1847.

Mary Lawrence, [Thurs.] AUGUST 5 [1858]: “Cloudy with quite a strong breeze. About 10 A.M. spoke the America; Captain Bryant came on board and stopped until after dinner. He has been as far as the ice barrier since we saw him and has seen ne’er a whale. If we cannot get ourselves, it is a great satisfaction to know that others are not taking it in great quantities, in this ocean at least. Is it  possible that our season’s work  can be reckoned at 200 barrels? Samuel is more fortunate than many others, for he has no home expenses to pay. Oh where shall whales be found? Minnie’s throat is better today.   P.M. Clear and bright with a strong breeze. Bound to the eastward to see what may be there for us.”

Eliza Williams, [Sun.] August 5th [1860]: “Have had another very unpleasant day, foggy and rainy. Saw a great quantity of floating ice this morning. The tide took it past us. There were some cakes that came against the Ship with great force, but the most of it was tender, breaking into small pieces all about us. This weather will soon carry it all off. Tonight we are surrounded by ice. A good deal of it is quite heavy. We can plainly hear the Whales saw a Cow and Calf quite near, unsuccessful. The other boats have been around the large body of ice, and returned. The Second Mate struck [a whale] or rather shot  one. The Whale took the line, and they lost him.”


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