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

5th September [1847, 1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, SUNDAY [Sept.] 5th [1847]: “This morning we all went to the seaman’s chapel. Mr. Damon is chaplain, has been here some four years, he is not much of a preacher but is said to be useful among the sailors. This afternoon I devoted to writing, this evening went to the chapel. So ends Sunday — ”

Mary Lawrence, [Sun.] SEPTEMBER 5 [1858]: “Quite a strong breeze through the night with rain and heavy sea, which caused the old Addison to reel to and fro like a drunken man; but this morning it has moderated somewhat, but rain and fog abounds. Saw a few mussel diggers during the day and three ships, but ourie bowheads, as the Kanakas [Native Hawaiians] say.”

Eliza Williams, [Wed.] September 5th [1860]: “We are having fine, mild weather most of the time, with an occasional  blow. We got our first Whale Monday. It was small but very fat and will make about 100 bbls [barrels] of Oil. Willie and I have been stopping on shore at Okhotsk City, over two weeks, and spent the time very pleasantly until Willie got sick, which happened only 3 or 4 days before we left. He took a violent cold that settled on his lungs, and I was afraid he was going to have the Croup. I had considerable trouble to make the people understand what I wanted to give him, but I got along very well and doctored him up, and he got better. People did everything they could for him and showed us all the hospitality and kindness that we could ask for while we were there. They seemed much pleased with our visit and were quite sorry to have us come away….The season for cultivating the ground is very short. They raise a good many of the kinds of vegetation that we do at home, but they grow so fast and the frost nips them so early, that they don’t arrive at the same perfection that they do at home….There are beautiful rivers about the place, and they abound in fish of various kinds, of which the most numerous are Salmon. They have very fine trout….While we were there, we had several sled rides, drawn by dogs. They had 14 harnessed to a very light sled, the same kind as they use on the snow….I liked it very much. The dogs are large and strong. They have a great many of them and use them as Beasts of burden altogether. They have Cows, but I saw no Oxen used. Further back they have great numbers of Reindeer….We had while we were there, all the milk we wanted and nice bed, fine berries, of which they get several kinds from the mountains….They have a nice, white sugar as I ever saw. They raise a very poor kind of wheat which makes very black bread, though sweet. They are much pleased to get wheat flour from the Ships.”

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