Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | September 2, 2012

September 2,1858

Mary Brewster did not make a journal entry for this date in 1847.

Mary Lawrence, [Thus.] SEPTEMBER 2 [1858]: “About the same weather we had yesterday, with a thick fog for the most part of the day. We were engaged in stowing down the oil from our last whale, which amounted to 110 barrels [about 3,150 gallons of oil], so that we have 700 barrels [equivalent to about 22,050 gallons of oil], the product of our season’s work, which is a good average among the Arctic Ocean fleet so far as we have heard from. After tea spoke the ship Emerald. Captain Hallock came on board. He has taken two whales this season. He gave us sad intelligence of the death of Captain Macomber of the Majestic, which took place on the next day we saw him. His body was committed to the deep in a few hours after his death, as they were not able to keep him long enough to reach the land. I feel for his wife and family when they shall hear the sad tidings. May they find relief and comfort in Him who has promised to be the widow’s God and Father of the fatherless. He also reported the Benjamin Tucker to us with one whale. He has not left the Arctic as has been reported. In taking that whale he had a boat stoven [broken, crushed, destroyed by the whale] and a man killed. Truly, ‘in the midst of life are we in death.’ Reported Captain Childs of the William Thompson as having picked up a boat’s crew belonging to the French ship De Hautpoul, which was fast to a whale and lost the ship during a fog. Have been with him a week and have not yet seen the ship. Captain Childs has taken eight whales.”

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries from August 19-September 4, 1860.

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