Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 25, 2013

25th January [1859 and 1861]

Mary Brewster did not make a journal entry for this date in 1848.

Mary Lawrence, [Mon.] JANUARY 24 [1859]: “A bright and beautiful morning as usual. The days are all alike here. About nine o’clock Samuel and Captain May took us on board the Scotland, where we stopped until about 8 P.M. Their boatsteerer who had his leg broken continues very comfortable. His leg appears to be doing well. The mate of the Scotland came home about dark with his boat badly stoven [damaged]. A whale came up under his boat, knocked them all in the water, but he towed them so far out to sea they were obliged to cut from him. The brig Antilla from Oahu passed us today on her way up the lagoon. The captain came on board for a short time, and afterward Samuel went there. Our boats did not get home until eight o’clock in the evening. They took another whale and were obliged to anchor him on account of the tide.”

Eliza Williams, [Sun.] January 25th [1861]: “We have had a splendid day — a plenty of Whales in the Bay, and the Callao’s boat has got one. They brought it to our Ship and have now got it cut in. It is necessary to work quickly when they get one in this Bay, for the Sharks are so numerous that in short time they would eat the whole Whale. What short time they were cutting, they ate a good deal of the blubber. They are quite large and take great mouthfuls.   The Florida’s boat has a Whale, and it ran very badly, so that it took them a long way out of the Bay. The Ship has got under way and gone after it.”

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