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

29th December [1847, 1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, WEDNESDAY [Dec.] 29th [1847]: “Calm and misty this morning. At 6 a school of sperm whale was raised [sighted] off decks — The boats lowered and chased without success and at 10, came on board — a light breeze sprung up and at 2 PM came up with them. They proved to be a large school, the boats lowered again and at last got fast [harpooned] and killed one, and by 7, had it to the ship — So at length we have taken all we wish. All are pleased with our good luck. The whale is large and will make 90 bbls [barrels] if we have good weather which we have some doubts of it as it begins to blow quite fresh. The most of the sail is taken in and ship laying to the with whale some ways from the ship with the fluke rope well secured so as not lose him during the night.”

Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] DECEMBER 29 [1858]: “Saw Cedros Island but nothing around here that had life of the fish kind. There was a ship laying at anchor on the backside of the island, probably after guano. We should have sent a boat inshore after fish, but it was very rough; and Samuel did not care to stop, as there were no whales to be seen.”

Eliza Williams, [Sun.] December 29th [1860]: “Willie enjoys this place and weather much, I know. He almost lives on deck, and he is generally full of mischief when he is up there, throwing his Shoes and Cap, or something, overboard.”

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